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Editors’ note: 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. Cuisinart did not respond to a request for comment.
One of the most underrated kitchen appliances is an electric water kettle. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker or a tea drinker, there are so many uses for an appliance that can boil water quickly. I use mine regularly to brew French press coffee or simply to add boilingto a simmering stockpot. You can find a wide variety of options, from the most basic models to kettles with specialty features such as and hold temperature buttons. Most have a concealed heating element, preventing burns and making them super safe to use. They also usually offer boil-dry protection, so if you accidentally turn one on without any water in it, it will automatically shut off.
Below, I’ve detailed my results after testing eight electric kettles that range in price from the $25 AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A to the $280 Breville BTM800XL. Let’s see which ones stood out the most. I’ll update this list periodically.