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Best Stovetop Kettle



woman's hands holding white mug of tea with lemon slice
Whether you’re having a tea party or a cup for one, the best stovetop kettle will make yours the best brew in town.

Brewing a cup of tea or can give you a nice pick-me-up, or settle you down at the end of a long day. While some people gravitate towards new countertop electric tea kettles, a stovetop kettle is still a great addition to any kitchen both for function and aesthetic.

Me? I like the T-fal Stainless Tea Kettle check it out at Amazon.

Many people (myself included) usually leave their tea kettle out on their stovetops. That’s why they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, so they look good on display. Read below to figure out how to find the best stovetop kettle for your unique kitchen!

First, let’s address the elephant in the room, tea kettles aren’t all that exciting (I’m not entirely certain they’re even a little exciting). But the moments you share with your friends over a cup of tea are, making the tool you use to brew that tea a little more important than you would initially think. So let’s talk a little bit about what should be taken into consideration when finding the right kettle for you.


T-fal C76220 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart, Silver

When considering which stovetop kettle to buy, size will be one of the most important factors. If you plan on making tea for the whole family or using it to entertain with friends often, you’ll want to get a larger capacity kettle.

The T-fal Stainless Steel Tea Kettle from Amazon holds 3 quarts!

However, if you’re only going to have a quick cup for yourself every now and then, you may want a smaller tea kettle that doesn’t take up as much stovetop space.

Mr. Coffee Carterton Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.5-Quart, Mirror Polish

This Mr. Coffee tea kettle at Amazon is a compact 1.5-quart size.


Another very important factor is the whistle. You’ll want one that is loud enough for you to hear it, especially if you don’t plan on staying in the kitchen while its brewing.

However, you’ll also want to consider the noise level it will make. If you or someone in your house is sensitive to loud noise levels, some of the whistles that come with stove top kettles can be piercing. Try to find that balance between an alert and a siren.

Circulon Morning Bird Whistling Kettle/Stovetop Teakettle/Tea Pot, 2 Quart, Chocolate,46323

The Circulon kettle has a pleasant whistle. See it at Amazon.

Pour Spout

T-fal C76220 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart, Silver

You’ll want a spout that will give you maximum control and won’t leak as you’re pouring your tea. Also, a spout that has a lever or opening mechanism away from the spout (such as on the handle) will help you to not get steam burns when you open the spout to pour.

The T-fal kettle has a spout that opens with the push of a button on the handle (Amazon).


Stovetop tea kettles come in a wide range of materials. Stainless steel kettles are a great option for their durability and ease of cleaning.

Mr. Coffee Carterton Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.5-Quart, Mirror Polish

The Mr. Coffee tea kettle from Amazon is stainless steel for durability.

Cast iron is a great material for similar reasons – they last for a very long time and hold a great amount of heat very easily. They can be prone to rust, so make sure to dry these thoroughly.

Check out this post on the best cast iron teapot.

Kettles have come a long way since this one was in service... Still looks cool though!
Kettles have come a long way since this one was in service… Still looks cool though!

Copper kettles also conduct heat very well. Ceramic kettles hold heat and maintain temperatures for long periods of time, and aren’t as prone to rusting as cast iron.

Glass kettles are very aesthetically pleasing, but they should be warmed up gradually as they tend to break easily.

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Heat Safe Handle

One of the most important safety factors to consider is a heat-safe handle. Make sure your kettle has this feature so that if you accidentally forget to grab it with an oven mitt, you won’t get burned.

Circulon Morning Bird Whistling Kettle/Stovetop Teakettle/Tea Pot, 2 Quart, Chocolate

If you can find a handle that also has a touch mechanism that opens the spout, that can prevent any potential burning by keeping your hand away from the boiling steam.

The Circulon Kettle from Amazon has a “squeeze and pour” spout lever.

The Larger The Lid, The Better

T-fal C76220 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart, Silver

Stovetop kettles with larger lids are great for a few reasons. They’re a great alternative for refilling (especially if you get a kettle with a small spout), and they’re much easier to clean, with greater access to the inside.

The T-fal has a wide opening for easy filling. See it at Amazon.

Top-Rated Kettles

Circulon Teakettles Sunrise Whistling Teakettle

This kettle comes in different colors to match your decor. It has a heat-safe handle mentioned above, a large water capacity, and comes at an affordable price. The squeeze and pour spout mechanism also provides additional safety, measures preventing those uncomfortable steam burns, releasing the lever closes the spout completely.

Circulon Morning Bird Whistling Kettle/Stovetop Teakettle/Tea Pot, 2 Quart, Chocolate,46323

You can find the Circulon Sunrise at Amazon

T-fal C76220 Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart

T-fal C76220 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart, Silver

This stovetop kettle is great because it has a large water capacity and boils the water quickly. It also has a loud whistle and heat safe features, and it is also stainless steel.

Check out the T-fal kettle at Amazon.

Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

This kettle is also stainless steel, but it has a more reasonable price tag than most other stainless steel models. With a heat-safe handle and a one-touch pour spout, it is the most economic pick of the three choices listed here. The whistling feature on the Flintshire isn’t very loud at all (could be good or bad depending on your outlook).

Mr. Coffee Carterton Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.5-Quart, Mirror Polish

Mr. Coffee Flintshire can be found at Amazon.

Stainless Steel:

Willow & Everett Teakettle

Tea Kettle Stovetop Whistling Tea Pot - 2.75 Quart, Stainless Steel, Tea Maker Infuser Included, Single Handle Teapot

Premium quality stainless steel is impossible to beat (its sturdy, shiny, and extraordinarily durable). The Willow & Everett is made of surgical stainless steel, and for (added) measure has a mirror finished polish on the exterior that you will proudly display whenever the opportunity arises. Simply put, this isn’t a kettle you put back in the cabinet when you’re done using it.

Thankfully, its pleasing aesthetics isn’t all it has going for it. Everything you are looking for in a tea kettle is present in this gorgeous pot from the squeeze and pour spout, to the included infuser strainer for brewing loose tea leaves. You’ll also enjoy the longevity you get from the pot, do to the high-quality material it is constructed from.

But, if we are being picky, the whistle on the kettle is a little noisier than it needs to be. Plus, the nature of having multiple layers of premium stainless steel means this is going to have more weight to it than most kettles (I view this as a good thing).

Find the Willow and Everett at Amazon.

Avalon Modern Tea Kettle

Chic and modern in design, the Avalon kettle is as much a piece of art as it is a tea kettle. Don’t let it’s all metal frame fool you though, sure it looks like the stainless steel grip will burn the prints right off your fingertips, but its heat-resistant design keeps it cool to the touch regardless of how hot the rest of the kettle gets.

Unfortunately, even the most beautiful of items have blemishes on them. The most glaring weakness of this piece is its capacity, only capable of holding under 2.5 quarts of water means you’ll just be serving a couple of people with this at a time.

Primula Avalon Whistling Stovetop Tea Kettle Food Grade Stainless Steel Hot Water, Fast to Boil, Cool Touch Handle, 2.5 Quart, Black

Like the Avalon? Find at Amazon.

All-Clad E86199

All-Clad E86199 Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, 2-Quart, Silver

Since when has All-Clad ever made a sub-par kitchen product? Never! So when I first saw that All-Clad made a tea kettle; I knew one thing, “I gotta have it.” Of course, with an All-Clad branded product, comes an All-Clad branded price. That said, as with everything made from this company, you are getting the best possible quality material, giving you a lifespan longer than you could ever ask for in a teapot (backed by a limited lifetime warranty no less).

Here is the All-Clad tea kettle from Amazon.


Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Demi

Le Creuset Q9401-17 Enamel-on-Steel Demi Teakettle, 1-1/4-Quart, Caribbean

Are you looking for a splash of color to liven up your kitchen? If so Enamel may be the best route to take and nobody does enamel cookware better than Le Creuset. It comes in a wide assortment of colors (my favorite of which is the Caribbean color). The enamel is brushed onto steel so the kettle still distributes heat very well and is capable of withstanding very high temperatures.

This pot has enamel coating both on the exterior and interior of the kettle. I understand some people may be wary of the enamel ruining the taste of the tea, but I assure you, this is not the case with this product. Thanks to the wonderful engineers at Le Creuset, your drink will retain all of its natural flavors without taking on other impurities.

The whistling feature on this kettle could stand a re-work for sure. It is sporadic at best and when it does whistle it is not nearly loud enough to be heard even from relatively close distances (although it isn’t a dealbreaker it is a nuisance at the very least).

It should also be acknowledged that the kettle is only holding around five cups of water, way too small for a tea kettle that commands the price Le Creuset products do.

Check out the Le Creuset kettle at Amazon

Cast Iron:

Cast Iron Tea Kettle

Tea Kettle, TOPTIER Japanese Cast Iron Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser, Cast Iron Tea Kettle Stovetop Safe, Leaf Design Teapot Coated with Enameled Interior for 32 Ounce (950 ml), Light Green

Cast iron may not be as glamorous looking as stainless steel, enamel, or copper cookware, but it is every bit as effective. Although, if you can find one with an interesting design pattern it can be quite appealing to the eye, and the Japanese kettle fits this description to the “T”.

Embroidered with imagery of dragons, it brings the feel of having an ancient artifact in your home making this a perfect centerpiece. Of course, by now I’m sure it isn’t necessary to remind you that cast iron is among the best heat conductors you’ll find, so you won’t be worrying about your tea getting cold anytime soon.

Find the Japanese Cast Iron kettle at Amazon

My top choice

For me, this was a tough decision. I typically love every All-Clad product I can get my hands on (their tea kettle is no different), but I also thoroughly love the Teabox Bevel stainless steel kettle.

Because tea kettles are all so similar and work about the same, the decision came down to which I thought looked the best. For me, that is the Teabox Bevel. Its mirror finish and the domed shape make for a unique design that I just can’t say no to.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve made it to the end of this (well.. first I’d like to commend you, tea kettles will never be confused as an especially interesting topic) then it’s clear you are determined to find a kettle that won’t just brew your favorite hot beverage, but one that will last several years and provide pleasing aesthetics while doing it.

Sure tea kettles are simple tools for making (allegedly) simple drinks, but often the simplest things we have in our homes become our most cherished items.

We all want to leave behind a legacy – find a good kettle, and it’s likely to become somewhat of an heirloom staying in your family for generations – and isn’t that what leaving a legacy is all about?

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About the Author: Alexis DeAnda

Alexis DeAnda is a food fanatic, library card user, and cast iron hunter, in that order. She has been cooking for anyone that will taste it ever since her mom let her make doughnuts on Saturday mornings at the age of 7.

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