The 4 Best Stovetop Kettles of 2023, According to Our Tests

These top-performing models are stylish enough to leave out on display.

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Stovetop kettles can add a bit of nostalgia to a mundane task. And a well-made kettle can do more than just boil water — it can offer predictable performance, function, and a pleasing design so you can actually enjoy your morning tea ritual.

We reviewed the top stovetop kettles on the market that look great and perform well, and a few even whistle while they work. We considered qualities like design, durability, heating time, pour performance, and ease of cleaning. Read on for more details about our favorite stovetop kettles and how we tested them.

Best Overall

Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle

Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle


  • Display-worthy design and very easy to clean.

  • The design is not ideal for storing in a cabinet due to size. It’s also very heavy when filled.

Le Creuset is known for its unique style and high-quality brand name, and this teapot comes in a range of beautiful signature colors. The enamel finish is resistant to chipping, and the inner chamber is non-reactive and resists staining. 

While this teapot is larger in size, making it more challenging to store, its body covers the whole burner, minimizing flames from damaging the exterior finish. “Le Creuset is a gorgeous brand and always looks nice on a stove,” our tester said. “While it is on the larger and heavier side, you don't really need to find a place to store it as it looks so good on the counter.” Though big, it also is quite light when empty, and the handle easily folds down. We found its whistle volume on the softer side, describing it as tempered and steady. 

This kettle can heat up to a full boil in under five minutes. While the exterior gets quite hot, the handle and spout stay cool, making it easy to pour. In addition, our testers found no metallic taste in the heated water.

When it’s time to clean, the opening is large enough to fit a hand and sponge into the chamber easily. The black interior hides any watermarks or staining, and the exterior finish is easy to clean and maintain. Because the water lines are challenging to read due to its dark inner chamber, the kettle can easily be overfilled. We found the lid a little difficult to remove and put back on. This kettle works on most stovetops, including induction and electric, ceramic, and halogen. 

Price at time of publish: $115

  • Capacity: 1.7 quarts
  • Weight: 48.25 ounces when empty; 102 ounces when full
  • Material: Enamel on carbon steel
  • Compatible Cooktops: Gas, electric, induction
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Person looking at the Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle sitting on a burner
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Best Value

Susteas Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle

Susteas Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle


  • The kettle is easy to clean; hands can fit in the opening, but it's tight. Water beads off the exterior surface quickly, and there is no discoloration after drying.

  • It’s a bit bulky, making it difficult to store.

This stovetop kettle from Susteas would look perfect sitting on display in a modern farmhouse kitchen. The empty kettle is very lightweight; however, it’s heavy when filled, so this kettle may not be ideal if you have weak wrists and arms. Large in size, the kettle covers the entire burner. Storing this one in a cabinet would require a good amount of space due to its large size and shape. 

During our tests, we found the kettle exterior gets very hot when heated. The manufacturer suggests only low heat to prevent the rubber handle and kettle from overheating, which could cause injury or damage to the finish. It has a handle lever that makes it easy to open the spout covering, allowing for a seamless pour. In addition, the “whistle when ready alert” is not loud compared to other brands with this feature. 

The kettle took about five minutes and thirty-nine seconds to boil. We found the heat retention to be quite good; the top of the kettle retained heat for at least ten minutes after heating, so take caution when handling. As an added safety feature, a silicon mitten comes with your purchase. 

The top is easy to remove but is prone to fingerprint marks, while the finish on the kettle's body is fingerprint-resistant. That said, it’s relatively easy to clean even though the opening is tight for somebody with larger hands. The exterior finish has a beading effect on water, making clean-up and drying easy. Overall, this kettle provides fantastic performance and style and is a great choice for everyday use.

Price at time of publish: $50

  • Capacity: 3.2 quarts
  • Weight: 32.5 ounces when empty, 144 ounces when full
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Compatible Cooktops: Gas, electric, induction
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Person pouring water from the Susteas Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle into a mug
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Best Gooseneck

Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle

Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle


This unique, stylish, small kettle from Hario features a gooseneck spout for easy, precise pouring. It’s the perfect size for single-use tea service or pour-over coffee and comes in stainless steel, black, and matte finish. During testing, we noticed that this stovetop kettle does not whistle when ready.

Its smaller size has a few disadvantages as it doesn't take up the whole burner. On high-heat gas stovetops, flames may shoot out from the sides of the kettle, and if positioned over a direct flame, the handle could melt. The manufacturer suggests using medium or low heat. Still, we appreciated its small size for easy storage. 

There are no maximum water fill lines, so overfilling can be an issue. In addition, the small vent holes on the top should not be positioned near the handle when heating, as steam could cause burns when grabbing the handle. During testing, the water reached a full boil after 6 minutes and 19 seconds, which was longer than the other top two brands. Still, we found that it held a higher, more consistent temperature 10 minutes after removing it from the burner than all of the other models tested. After heating, we observed a very slight but noticeable metallic taste in the water, which may dissipate over time. 

The top opening is small, so most hands might not fit inside when cleaning. Drying overnight left no staining on the inside of the kettle. This kettle works with induction, halogen, gas, and electric stovetops.

Price at time of publish: $48

  • Capacity: 1.3 quarts
  • Weight: 14.5 ounces when empty, 54.25 ounces when full
  • Material: Copper, enamel and plastic, Teflon, and BPA free 
  • Compatible Cooktops: Gas, electric, induction
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Person putting the Hario V60 "Buono" Drip Kettle Stovetop Gooseneck down on a burner
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Oxo Brew Classic Tea Kettle

Oxo Brew Classic Tea Kettle


  • It’s compact, easy to clean, and heated up the quickest out of all of the models we tested.

  • When full of water, it’s fairly heavy to lift and pour.

The OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle is an excellent choice for those looking for an efficient-yet-affordable option. This model was the winner of the boiling test, bringing water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit in just a little over four minutes. Plus, after 10 minutes, it proved its impressive heat retention at 192 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In addition to its speedy heating and insulation, the kettle is easy to use, store, and clean. When the water is at boiling point, the kettle makes a loud whistling noise to let you know it’s ready. The stainless steel design fits with most kitchen styles, is built to last, and features a heat-resistant handle and a one-touch spout cap to keep your hands safe while lifting and pouring. The only thing to keep in mind is that it weighs about five pounds at capacity, so it can be quite heavy to maneuver with one hand. Overall, it has a straightforward design, functioned properly, and the handle folds down for fuss-free storage. 

Price at time of publish: $50

  • Capacity: 1.7 quarts
  • Weight: 31 ounces when empty, 83.7 ounces when full 
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Compatible Cooktops: Gas, electric
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Testing_OXO Brew Classic Stainless Steel


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Our Favorite

Our best overall pick is the Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle because it offers superior function and elegant design from a trusted brand name. We love the array of color options, the easy fold-down handle, and how easy it is clean. It’s an investment that adds some style to your every day.

The Tests

We put each stovetop kettle through a series of tests, including a timing test, a pour test, a taste test, and a cleaning test. The ultimate goal was to evaluate the ease of use, design, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value to determine which models we would buy ourselves and recommend to friends and family. 

The timing test involved filling the tea kettles with 1 liter of water at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, turning the burner to medium, and recording how long it took to come to a boil. We also noted whether or not the handle and body were hot to the touch and then recorded the water temperature at 10 and 20 minutes of rest to gauge heat retention. For the pour test, we boiled the maximum amount of water each kettle could hold and recorded how easy or difficult it was to lift off the burner and pour. We also noted how smoothly the water poured from the spout into the mug. For the taste test, we took a sip of the water after cooling down and recorded if there were any off or mineral flavors. Lastly, we cleaned each kettle following the manufacturer’s instructions and noted any stains on the outside and buildup on the inside.

Factors to Consider


The first consideration is capacity when choosing the perfect stovetop kettle. Stovetop kettles range from a petite 2-quart to a generous 6-quart or larger, so buying the kettle that will be the best fit for your use is key. Larger kettles take longer to boil and often have a minimum fill level, so they are not ideal for smaller needs. If you are one or two of you most days and only need a cup or two of tea in the morning, a smaller kettle is the best way to go. If you have a large family or tend to love to entertain with tea, scale up as needed.


Most stovetop kettles are made of stainless steel, but there are also ones constructed of solid copper and cast iron. We prefer stainless steel stovetop kettles because they are durable (crack- and rust-resistant), ideal for heating water quickly, easy to care for, and look great in most kitchens. Plus, stainless steel kettles usually have a silicone handle for safe transferring.


The kettle's material can contribute significantly to the weight of the kettle. And while you always want a kettle with a heavy bottom for even heat distribution, you also want to be sure it is easy to handle and pour when full of boiling water for safety's sake. If the kettle feels heavy to you when it is empty, you may want to shift to a different style to ensure you can lift and pour easily when it is full.

Ease of Cleaning

Since most stovetop kettles require handwashing, it’s important to find one that isn’t a hassle to clean after each use. We recommend looking for one with a larger opening and a higher handle, so you can easily see the inside and reach in there to remove any mineral residue. If the one you’re interested in has a smaller opening, it’s not a deal breaker because you can use a small brush instead of a sponge if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is a stovetop kettle better than an electric one?

    The short answer, as we discovered, was not necessarily. In our testing, electric kettles out-rated stovetop versions across the board. But for some, stovetop kettles are just their personal preference. Jessica Easto, the author of Craft Coffee: A Manual, agreed with our findings: “A stovetop kettle is not necessarily better than an electric one. It depends on what features you are looking for. Electric kettles often come with additional features, such as the ability to be set to and hold specific temperatures, which can come in handy for tea-making and coffee-making (in which you don't want to scorch your product). You can also walk away from the kettle and not worry about it boiling dry or going cold. But those additional features also tend to mean a higher price tag.”

  • Can you use a stovetop kettle on a gas stove?

    “You should be able to use a stovetop kettle on either a gas or standard electric stove, but always check the manufacturer's instructions,” says Easto. “If you have an induction stovetop, you'll need to make sure your kettle is suitable for induction (i.e., made of a ferrous metal).”

  • Can you heat milk in a stovetop kettle?

    This one is a hard pass for Easto. “I would not recommend heating milk in a stovetop kettle, and most manufacturers warn against this, too. Just warm your milk in a saucepan!”

  • How do you clean a stovetop kettle?

    Fill your kettle with one part water and one part vinegar and bring it to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and let the solution sit for at least 20 minutes. After that, pour out the solution, and rinse with water, gently scrubbing any mineral buildup. For the exterior, simply use a sponge with warm soapy water, wipe clean, and rinse. Finally, to remove any leftover residue, fill the kettle with water, bring it to a boil, pour it out, and dry it completely.

What Didn't Make the List

Strong Contenders:

  • Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle ($20 at Amazon)

Results Still Simmering:

  • Chantal Anniversary Enamel on Steel Whistling Tea Kettle ($50 at Amazon)

Low Performers:

  • Cuisinart Aura 2-Quart Tea Kettle ($25 at Amazon)

Our Expertise

Kara Mickelson is a recipe developer, professional chef, producer, writer, food stylist, an alumnus of UCLA and Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, and the creator of Styled Delicious, a boutique culinary brand. She trained in Spain as well as in Napa at the famed French Laundry and has worked behind the scenes with top Food Network chefs. She is the author of Friends: The Official Central Perk Cookbook.

In addition, Stacey Ballis, a writer, recipe developer, and product reviewer who has been published on Food & Wine, Eating Well, Allrecipes, MyRecipes, Delish, and more, offered her expertise for additional research.

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