Published on December 3, 2020

021618_CG_SamanthaLitt_Web-4_photo_by_CodyGuilfoyle Pin It
Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

They say a watched pot never boils, but when there’s a pretty electric kettle on the countertop, sometimes we just can’t help but stare. Each of these modern marvels is a stylish pick that’s also super-functional: Unlike a stovetop version, an electric kettle can boil water in mere minutes and some even can bring your H2O to a specific temperature. (Pour-over nerds, rejoice!) Here are our eight favorites for our morning cuppas.

Pretty and precise, Fellow’s Stagg electric kettle has a dial for bringing water to an exact temperature.

Architect Michele De Lucchi has adorned his thermally insulated vessel with elegant pleated details. Like an Issey Miyake dress, but in kettle form.

Hate cords but love minimalist Scandinavian design? Erik Magnussen’s iconic double-wall-insulated vacuum kettle comes to a boil fast and hides the cord within a separate 360-degree swivel base.

Designed for the coffee or tea lover who appreciates the ritual of the morning cup, the Japanese-designed Balmuda kettle is intentionally smaller in size to speed up heating, with a delicate goose-neck spout for precise pour-overs.

Italian design and German engineering come together in the form of a sleek stainless steel double-wall kettle. It’s designed to stay cool to the touch on the outside but keep water hot at your preferred temperature for up to 30 minutes.

Arguably the cutest one in our bunch, this retro-modern kettle keeps it simple with single-button operation and a built-in auto-off safety switch.

This classic silhouette is insulated with a touch of cork along the handle and lid, which means you’ll never have to worry about losing a grip or burns while pouring. 

Here’s a bonus old-school pick for those who prefer to heat up their water the old-fashioned way—a petite goose-neck spout design named after the Japanese word for “egg” with a built-in thermometer.

Our Fall Style issue has arrived! Subscribe now to get an exclusive first look at Ayesha Curry’s Bay Area home—and discover how design can shape our world.