The best electric kettles to buy in 2020

Editors’ note, Oct. 16, 2020: The Cuisinart CPK-17 electric kettle has been removed from this list due to customer feedback and Amazon reviews stating that the auto shut-off feature is defective and poses a potential fire hazard. We have reached out to Cuisinart for comment.

Electric kettles are underrated kitchen appliances. I use mine regularly to brew French press coffee and to add boiling water to a simmering stockpot. You can choose a basic kettle with minimal options easily enough. But it’s worth taking a look at models that have specialty options like hold temperature buttons and dedicated tea-steeping baskets

Below, I’ve detailed the results after testing eight electric kettles that range in price from the $22 AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A to the $280 Breville BTM800XL. Let’s see which ones stood out the most. 

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The 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. 

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The $280 51-ounce capacity Breville BTM800XL with its stainless steel base is technically a kettle — but it’s also a tea brewer and is by far the most decked-out electric tea kettle we tested. 

It features hot water and tea buttons, with options to specify the perfect temperature to brew green, black, white, herbal, oolong or custom and delicate teas. You can also select if you want the tea to be strong, medium, mild or custom. A digital…

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