Best stovetop kettle 2021: our top 7 picks for a classic cuppa

We've found the best stovetop kettles from Le Creuset, Alessi and Orla Kiely, including induction and range cooker options

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The best stovetop kettles are designed to sit pretty on top of the stove, and many come with whistles to let you know when your water is done boiling. A great alternative for those who want a more traditional take on the best kettles, stovetop kettles come in smart modern and classic retro designs. In our guide to the best stovetop kettles we've found top choices from Alessi, Le Creuset and Orla Kiely. 

Some stovetop kettles are best suited to range cookers, whereas others are compatible with induction hobs and gas stoves. These kettles have wide bases for fast heating, and will come with removable whistles for some added versatility and quiet cuppas when the kids are in bed. Pair with the best toasters and you'll be having breakfast in no time. Here’s our pick of the best models for your money.

What is the best stovetop kettle? 

The best stove top kettle you can buy is the Le Creuset Kone Stovetop Kettle. It’s not too expensive, has a classic look and is compatible with all hobs. Find more of the best stovetop kettles below. 

The best stovetop kettles 2021

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1. Le Creuset Kone Stovetop Kettle

Best stovetop kettle overall: classic and timeless

Specifications
Colour: Steel, black, cerise, blue, volcanic
Capacity: 1.6ltrs
Dimensions: 24 x 21 x 26cm
Reasons to buy
+Whistle included+Stainless steel design (enamelled colour options available) +Heatproof handle+Suitable for all hob types
Reasons to avoid
-Not the largest capacity

One of the cheaper Le Creuset items out there, this stainless steel kettle packs a timeless design and heaps of style.

Design

Choose the stainless steel option or if you have a cast iron collection to match with, there's also Volcanic, Cerise, Marseilles Blue or Satin Black available. 

What we love about it 

The handle sits overhead the kettle itself but is heat resistant and designed to last. It's also paired with an ergonomic lid and handy whistle to let you know when the kettle is done boiling

What we're not keen on

1.6 litres is enough for three cups of tea, which is more than enough for most homes. There are larger capacities in this guide though, so keep reading for more top options. 

Premier Housewares 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle

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2. Premier Housewares 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle

Best budget stovetop kettle: reasonably priced, with a large capacity

Specifications
Colour: Red, white, black, purple, pink, lime
Capacity: 2.5 litres
Dimensions: H22 x W23 x D20cm
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Countless colour options+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-On the simple side

The Premier Housewares 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle is the most affordable option in our lineup, and its large capacity is perfect for generous servings of tea. 

Design
The Premier Housewares 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle is available in a huge range of colours, from a simple black to vibrant lime finish. 

What we love about it
A reasonable price is an undeniable win, and the Premier Housewares 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle comes in at well under £30. It's also striking and comes with a generous capacity. 

What we’re not keen on
The finish isn't as swanky as some of our upmarket top picks. 

Best stove top kettle you can buy: Alessi Tea rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

3. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

Best premium stovetop kettle: featuring an updated iconic design, this kettle has a dragon whistle

Specifications
Colour: Mirror polished stainless steel
Capacity: 200cl
Dimensions: H22.5 x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with all hobs including induction+Designer style+Instant wow factor
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t hold much water

The Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle is our pick of the best stove top kettles you can buy, and for good reason, too.

Design
Designed by Michael Graves for Alessi and made from 18/10 stainless steel, this eye-catching kettle has a cute whistle for a fun finish. 

What we love about it
It’s said to be a good luck charm and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original Alessi Bird design. We love its iconic look and the fact that it’s not overly loud when boiling. It's also compatible with all hobs. 

What we’re not keen on
Since it only has a capacity of 200cl, it’s probably not the best option when you’re expecting a crowd for tea as you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

Best stove top kettle for retro style: Orla Kiely scribble square flower enamel kettle

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4. Orla Kiely Scribble Square Flower enamel kettle

Best stove top kettle for retro style: Orla Kiely fan or not, this is a fun retro stove top kettle we can get on board with

Specifications
Colour: Multicoloured
Capacity: 2ltr
Dimensions: H19 x W18cm
Reasons to buy
+Can be used on all hobs including induction+Heat-resistant handle+Iconic floral pattern
Reasons to avoid
-High price tag

Looking for a fun stove top kettle? The Orla Kiely Scribble Square Flower enamel kettle will do the job.

Design
This hob kettle features the designer’s familiar floral print. Its metal body has an enamelled finish with a flush-fit lid and there’s an integral knob for easy access.

What we love
Not only can this stove top kettle be used on all hob types, including induction, but it also has a large capacity of two litres.

What we’re not keen on
The price tag!

Best stove top kettle for value: Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

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5. Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

Best stove top kettle for value: a great value induction-compatible design

Specifications
Colour: Red
Capacity: 2ltr
Dimensions: H23 x W19cm
Reasons to buy
+Selection of colours+Induction compatible+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain the spout doesn’t pour well

On a budget? Meet the Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle.

Design
In a bold red porcelain enamel, this whistling kettle also comes in black or cream, and it has a lock open spout for easy filling and pouring.

What we like about it
For starters, it’s suitable for all hobs, including induction, and the handle doesn’t get hot when boiling. This model also heats up just as quickly as an electric kettle.

What we’re not keen on
Some reviews say the spout doesn’t pour well.

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6. Le Creuset Traditional Stove-Top Kettle

Best traditional stovetop kettle: you can't go wrong with this Le Creuset pick

Specifications
Colour: Red, orange, black, blue, cream, silver
Capacity: 2.1ltr
Dimensions: 22.7 x 22.7 x 25.7cm
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for induction stoves+Hard-wearing enamelled steel+Whistle attachment
Reasons to avoid
-Handwash recommended 

The Wesco whistling water kettle is a great choice for families and those who love to entertain or just have friends and family round for a catch up.

Design
Its Terradur coating is strong and rust resistant, making this a great investment buy, and you can pick from almond, warm grey, or white, along with vibrant red. 

What we love
This model has a large capacity and can be used with the latest induction hobs, too.

What we’re not keen on
Its whistle isn’t very loud. But those with children may find that a blessing in disguise.

Alessi Il Conico Induction Kettle

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7. Alessi Il Conico Induction Kettle

Best conical stovetop kettle: a striking geometric kettle that works on all stove tops

Specifications
Colour: Stainless steel
Capacity: 2 litres
Dimensions: H22 x W22 x D21cm
Reasons to buy
+Magnetic base to induction kettle+Italian craftsmanship+Striking conical design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most ergonomic handle

The Alessi Il Conico Induction Kettle is pure style. It's got a conical design and triangular spout for a geometric finish. 

Design
The minimal design is topped with a small spherical knob and an angular handle. It's available in one colour and there's no whistle. 

What we like about it
The magnetic base is compatible with induction cooktops and the look is beautiful. The wide base means the water will heat up in record time. 

What we’re not keen on
The handle looks like it would heat up and be less than ergonomic to hold. 

How to find the best stovetop kettle 

Colour

If you’re after something to fit in with your kitchen scheme, worry not: the majority of our best stove top kettles are available in a range of colours.

Capacity

If yours is a large family, opt for a stove top kettle with a larger capacity to avoid having to refill and reheat constantly. Alternatively, purchase one of these best boiling water taps for hot water on tap (literally).

Dimensions

Compare the kettle’s dimensions to those of your hob rings to ensure the kettle you choose will fit comfortably and heat up evenly.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring the country with her black labrador.

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