The best electric kettles in 2020 for tea, pour-over coffee

The best electric kettles in 2020 for tea, pour-over coffee

Want hot water without the wait? One of these kettles will do the trick.

One seriously underrated kitchen workhorse is the electric kettle. I use mine regularly to brew French press coffee, for tea, and to add boiling water to a simmering stockpot. While many basic kettles have minimal options, there are also many models that have specialty features such as dedicated tea-steeping baskets and hold temperature buttons. They all have the same goal, which is to boil water fast, but what is the best electric kettle for your specific needs?

I tested eight modern electric kettles, ranging in price from the $22 AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A to the $280 Breville BTM800XL. Let's see which ones stood out the most. 

Best electric kettle overall

Cuisinart CPK-17

The Cuisinart CPK-17 is our favorite electric kettle. It's sturdily built, it boiled water pretty quickly during my testing -- and it has the largest capacity of all eight models. This stainless steel electric kettle also has a lot of buttons, including an open button that releases the lid and several temperature buttons to customize the water temperature. They range from a 160-degree/delicate button to a 190-degree/oolong button and even a "keep warm" button, as well as your standard boil button.

This cordless kettle automatically switches to "keep warm" after it reaches boiling and turns off after 30 minutes.

At $80, the CPK-17 stainless steel electric kettle is a bit of a splurge, but it does much more than your standard kettle and feels like it will last a long time. 

Best electric kettle on a budget

Miroco MI-EK003

The $38 Miroco MI-EK003 isn't exactly cheap, but it's the best electric kettle we tested under $50. It has a large 51-ounce capacity, a simple on/off lever and It boiled water quickly. I also like the look of its glossy black finish and stainless steel interior. 

A button on the top of the handle makes it easy to open the lid safely so you won't get hit with any steam. This model shuts off when it starts to boil.