Some of the best coffee you could ever hope to make at home comes from the pour over method. If you like to make this traditional, high-quality brew, then the easiest way to make it today is with an electric kettle. These devices are versatile and equally suitable for use in a kitchen or office.
However, shopping online for these great appliances can be difficult. There are a lot of models out there, and it can be hard to tell if you’re getting a model that you love or one that will leave you frustrated.
We want you to be able to shop online with confidence. Our reviews are designed to show you the best and worst parts of each electric kettle so that you can understand the experience you’ll have before you commit to buying. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide, so you can learn to evaluate electric kettles like an expert.
A Summary of Our Favorites (Updated in 2020)
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|Best Value||Zell Stainless Steel||CHECK PRICE|
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The 5 Best Electric Kettles for Coffee
1. Fellow Stagg Electric Pour-over Coffee Kettle – Best Overall
The Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-over Kettle is the best model for making coffee with a pour-over kettle on the market today. There’s a lot to love with this model, including its sleek, modern design. However, that design is functional, too. The spout and handle are designed to better distribute the weight for a more controlled pour so that you don’t get any splashing or have water rushing out of control. This model also comes with a wide range of temperatures, so you can always use the one which is right for your beans’ current state.
This model also comes with a great LCD screen shows you both the temperature you set it to and the current temperature so that you can monitor progress and use it when the temperature is just right. There’s just one thing we don’t like about this model, and that’s that it starts to malfunction if an internal chip gets wet. While this problem is fixed by a few days of drying, it’s one that’s very frustrating. If that were fixed, we wouldn’t have any complaints. Overall, this is an electric kettle that won’t let you down and will leave you happy with your buy.
The Bonavita 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle is another great choice for those looking for an electric kettle. This model can heat water anywhere from 140- to 212-degrees Fahrenheit so that you can make the perfect cup of tea or pour over coffee with just this one kettle. It also comes with a 1000-watt heater, so that you can heat your water to the desired temperature fast. Plus, this model can be set to hold that temperature for up to an hour, so that you can prepare the water and come back later when you’re ready for it.
This model also has a great all-around look. It fuses modern-looking stainless steel with a traditional shape, leaving you with a kettle that will fit in with any décor. The only problem we have with this model is that it tends to pour on the fast side, leading to some spillage and splashing, which can lead to extra cleanup, or in some situations, burns. If the neck were to be refined to reduce this, we’d like this model more. Still, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to our top model, this one isn’t a bad choice.
3. Zell Stainless Steel Electric Coffee-Kettle – Best Value
The Zell Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is arguably the best choice for people looking for an electric kettle that can get the same jobs done faster. This model is 1200W, so it can heat up a full load of water in as little as two to three minutes, which is blazing fast by electric kettle standards. It also comes with a great spout, which makes it easy to pour, without creating a lot of drips or unnecessary splashes. This model also comes with a long cord, so you’ll be able to use it in many spaces where other kettles won’t be able to reach an outlet.
You can get this electric kettle for around half to a third of what you’d pay for the top two models on our list. That’s a great deal and makes this model the best value for the money on our list. What keeps it out of the top two is the fact that it only holds 800 milliliters of water, compared to the one liter found in the top models. Still, if you’re looking for a very fast kettle, and don’t mind the drop in capacity, then you could be very happy with this model.
4. Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle
Sometimes the simple things in life get overly complicated, and we find ourselves spending a lot of time dealing with features you don’t want or need. If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward electric kettle, then the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle could be the model you’re looking for. It doesn’t have a lot of buttons or unnecessary features. In fact, it doesn’t even have temperature controls, heating water to the same temperature every time. While that’s not great for everyone, it’s good for those who don’t want to spend time fussing with it. It also comes with an automatic shutoff, which turns the device off when it’s done heating.
This model also comes with a long gooseneck, making it great for controlled pouring. What we don’t like about this model is its quality control issues, including seals that sometimes give out without warning. It also comes with a tricky lid that can be hard to remove at times, which is needlessly frustrating. You can still get good use out of it, and the overall value is decent. Unless you’re looking for a very simple model, you may be better off with a different kettle.
5. Hamilton Beach Electric Coffee-Brewing Kettle
The Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle is great for people who need a lot of hot water at once. If you’re going to make a lot of cups of pour over coffee, you’ll appreciate that this model has a 1.7-liter capacity, which is near twice the size of the next largest size on the list. Despite this extra capacity, it still heats very quickly, and it’s able to get all the water warm in just a few minutes. It also comes with a spring-powered button-activated lid, which makes it easy to open and clean when the time comes.
However, this model does have two serious issues that keep it from competing with the other models on our list. The first is that it’s unnecessarily loud. It makes a lot of noise, and while it’s not expected that electric kettles be silent, it’s enough to make experienced users wonder if there’s a problem. Some units also have issues with corrosion, which is something you never want to see in an electric kettle. Overall, there are better options for the price, and even though this isn’t an expensive model, it’s not one that’s going to leave people pleased in the long run.
When it comes to buying an electric kettle, the three most important things to consider are heating speed, capacity, and ease of use.
Heating speed is most people’s most important feature, even if they don’t realize it. People who “upgrade” to a model which takes longer to heat find that they don’t like it in the long run. The good news is that power correlates with heating speed. A 1200-Watt electric kettle will heat the water much faster than a 1000-Watt model with similar capacity will. So, if you value speed, it’s a good idea to invest in a model with as much power as possible.
It’s also important to take capacity into account. While most electric kettles measure their capacity in terms of milliliters or liters, those don’t directly translate to the cups of coffee that you’ll enjoy. For one, the ratio of coffee to water that you use affects how much water you’ll need to use, as well as how much coffee you want to make in one sitting.
You’ll also want to keep in mind that most models have a minimum fill level. In some models that will be far more than you need for a single cup, so if your plan is to largely make single cups of coffee for yourself, you’ll want to find a model with the lowest minimum fill level as possible, so that you don’t end up wasting a lot of water.
Ease of Use
Two factors play a huge role in how easy electric kettles are to use.
The first is the ease of pouring. Some models come with great spouts that make it easy to control the flow and help you limit splashing and the overall flow rate. Others don’t work as well in this regard.
The other important thing to focus on is the ease of cleaning. Some models have easy-to-open lids and other features that make cleaning easy, while others have lids that make you want to take a screwdriver to them. Getting the easier kind will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
The Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-over Kettle is our favorite electric kettle for coffee brewing. It comes with a simple design, a precision flow rate that reduces splashing, and a wide range of temperatures so you can get the perfect brew. The Bonavita 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle comes with a great look, fast heating, and a good range of temperatures, but its overly fast pouring keeps it out of first place. The Zell Stainless Steel Electric Kettle has a very fast heating process, a long spout that makes pouring easy, and a fantastic price that makes this model the best overall value for the money on our list. In fourth, the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle comes with a long neck, but its seal issues and tricky lid cause it to lose a few positions. The Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle comes with a large capacity, fast heating, and a push-button lid, but it’s very loud and suffers from corrosion issues which drop it to the bottom of our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have taught you all about electric kettles and have helped you find the model which is right for you.
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Table of Contents
- A Summary of Our Favorites (Updated in 2020)
- The 5 Best Electric Kettles for Coffee
- Buyer’s Guide