What every Tea Kettles has:
- Heats water quickly.
- Signals when the water is hot.
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 electric kettle features six preset temperature settings for steeping different teas, plus a 30-minute "hold temperature" setting. In professional testing, it's fast and accurate, and owners love its handsome stainless steel construction, easy-open lid, and limited, BPA-free plastic components. Even the beep that lets you know the water is ready is pleasant, and the CPK-17 has a better durability record than the competition.
If price is your priority, the Hamilton Beach 40865 offers solid features at an excellent price. It has just one temperature setting -- boil -- but heats quickly. It also has a 360-degree rotating base that makes it especially convenient for left-handed users, and the cord is attached to the base, not the carafe, so it's easy to carry to the table.
This unassuming, cafe-style tea kettle is beloved by thousands of owners for its borosilicate glass construction and excellent value. Users love being able to see exactly what's going on inside the kettle, and it has a pleasant, breathy whistle to let you know the water's boiled. Even better: water from this kettle never has the "off" taste you often get from kettles with plastic parts.
The Breville Tea Maker BTM800XL works as a fully automated tea brewing machine; just program it and load it with tea leaves the night before and it'll do everything for you in the morning, from heating the water to steeping the leaves. The five preset temperatures and an extra, customizable temperature setting make it easy to get the perfect cup every time. The BTM800XL also functions as a conventional electric kettle.
Although the Cuisinart TEA-100 doesn't offer fully automated brewing, users still love this affordable tea-maker for its great looks, sturdy construction, and how it prompts you through the process of brewing perfect tea. Just select your water temperature and steep time, and it beeps to let you know when it's time to raise or lower the steeping basket. As a tea steeper, it has a 1-liter capacity; 1.2 liters as a water kettle.