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We resisted buying an electric kettle for a long time—why get another appliance when we can boil water on the stove just fine? But after a brief incident with a scorched pot, we saw the light: Not only do electric kettles heat water in a fraction of the time it takes their stovetop counterparts, they feature a handy automatic shutoff. Here, our top picks at three different price points.

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Editors' Pick: Chantal Mia Ekettle

The facts:

  • Small counter footprint
  • Vintage-inspired design
  • Removable lime scale filter

Want something that looks less like an appliance and more like, well, a kettle? This option is pretty enough that we don’t mind keeping it on our counter. Its four-cup capacity is great for smaller households (and kitchens), the interior construction is entirely stainless steel and the slender spout makes for smooth, drip-free pours.

Buy it ($60)


Best Value: Secura the Original Stainless-Steel Double Wall Electric Kettle

The facts:

  • Exterior stays cool to the touch after heating
  • 100 percent stainless-steel interior
  • Two-year warranty

This minimalist stunner draws rave reviews, thanks to its cool-touch exterior (meaning you can bring it to the kitchen table without worry of someone burning themselves), 1,500-watt heating power (a full pot boils in under seven minutes, two cups in just 60 seconds) and completely plastic-free interior.

Buy it ($33)


Splurge-Worthy: Fellow Stagg EKG Pour-Over Kettle

The facts:

  • Adjustable temperature
  • Gooseneck spout allows for precise pouring
  • Ability to hold temperature for up to an hour

Did you know black tea and green tea have different brewing temperatures—and that too-hot water can produce bitter coffee? If you’re not particularly concerned with such things, you’ll be fine with one of the other picks, but if you fancy yourself a tea aficionado or amateur barista, consider this upgrade. It allows you to set a precise temperature anywhere between 140 and 212 degrees, and hold that temperature for up to 60 minutes.

Buy it ($149)

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