The best stovetop kettles that rival electric models — starting from $22

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A trio of the best stovetop kettles from Fellow, All-Clad and Le Creuset on brown marbled background
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The best stovetop kettles are designed to boil water on your stove, with a cute whistle to alert you when your water is ready for your tea or coffee. Yes, this means that you're saving precious countertop space ⁠— and you can store this type of tea kettle in a cabinet when it's not in use. Charming and handy, right? 

While electric kettles rely on power from you guessed it — electricity, traditional stovetop kettles are definitely not out of style. They are particularly popular because of their large size ⁠— most can fill a teapot or serve multiple cups of tea in one go. And, the best thing about a stovetop kettle IMO is that, as I just mentions, it sits on your stovetop so it takes up zero countertop space that your small kitchen might really need. The only thing to bear in mind with a stovetop kettle is that it doesn't have an automatic shut-off function, so you do need to be more vigilant when you're using one. On the flip side, it's one less electrical item to worry about and it will last a lifetime if maintained properly. 

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1. Stovetop kettle reviews
2. Things to consider
3. FAQs
4. Where to buy
5. How we test

While not all stovetop kettles are compatible with induction cooktops, I've done a whole bunch of research into the best models on the market, as rated by reviewers far and wide. I've made sure to find a style of stovetop kettle for everyone, whether you're working with a $20 budget or with a modern apartment kitchen. While we haven't (yet) managed to have any first-hand experience with the kettles you'll read about below, rest assured they have been picked by a small appliance expert (me!) and reviewers totally rave about them.

The best stovetop kettles to buy in 2024

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The best stovetop kettle

Mr. Coffee Claredale Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle in Brushed Satin colorway

(Image credit: Mr. Coffee)

1. Mr. Coffee Claredale Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

The best stovetop kettle (that's also under $22)

Specifications

Price: From $21.97
Size (in): H7.5 x W8.5 x D7.5
Capacity (liters): 2L
Finish: Stainless steel
Color(s): Brushed steel / metallic red
Price: $21.97
Compatible on all stovetops?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Good value for money
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Lightweight at 1.2lbs
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Solid stainless steel
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Flip-up spout cover for safe and easy pouring
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Heat-resistant black handle
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The whistle can be silenced by switching the lever on the handle
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Removable lid for easy cleaning

Reasons to avoid

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Some customers report rusting inside vessel after occasional use
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Handle isn't rotatable

Bang for buck, this is the best budget stovetop kettle we've laid eyes on. Capacity-wise, it's the second largest on the list and it's on Amazon right now for under $22. 

Design
Available in both brushed steel or metallic red, this 1.2-pound kettle combines the old and new for a modern traditional design that doesn't offend. It has a timeless look that won't have you chasing trends and a Bakelite handle that'll stay cool too. Aesthetically, the smart black handle and two-toned stainless steel finish are a winning combination.

What reviewers love about it
In short, it does what it says on the tin for a good price. The lever feature (to push the spout cover up or down without being close to the heat) is also clever and well-considered for families and clumsy types.

Good to know
On Amazon and Walmart, customers criticized this kettle for its stationary/inflexible handle (but that's not a dealbreaker in our eyes). In a handful of cases, some said they spotted specks of rust inside the kettle.

The best black stovetop kettle

Fellow Clyde Stovetop Tea Kettle in Matt BlackReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

(Image credit: Fellow)

2. Fellow Clyde stovetop tea kettle

A designer tea kettle that's hot in more ways than one

Specifications

Size (in): H9.25 x W8.5 x D6.75
Capacity (liters): 1.8L
Finish: High-grade stainless steel
Color(s): Matt black
Price: $105
Compatible on all stovetops?: No - not induction

Reasons to buy

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Design-led textured finish
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Two-tone whistle
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Great handle for pouring

Reasons to avoid

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Shorter spout than some
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Not compatible with induction cooktops
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Coating can come away
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Not suitable for dishwasher

A freelancer tested this kettle for us on her electric stovetop on the high setting and it heated the water to boiling in five minutes and 30 seconds. The whistle sounded at six minutes 45 seconds. Its lid is easy to remove and replace, and the silicone-wrapped handle is comfortable and never got too hot to touch. 

Design
The Fellow Clyde Stovetop Tea Kettle features a simplistic design, yet delivers an excellent performance. The kettle features a large capacity that makes it suitable for preparing several cups of tea. 

What we loved about it
Its dual-tone design produces a sound that is relaxing and that sounds similar to a distant train whistle. Our tester noted that it had a nice, low pitch that didn’t send her cats running from the room, unlike higher-pitched whistles often do. The kettle was very easy to pour, even when full. It's also easy to wash with soap and water, and its matte finish is attractive and cleans up very well.

Good to know
Though we've listed it as one of the top picks in our tea kettle guide, it does take a good 5.5 minutes to boil water which is a little slow for our fast-paced schedule. Got an induction stove? This bad boy isn't for you (hey, we're only the messengers!). Design-wise, the spout is very wide and short, which looks great aesthetically, but it could make for an unconventional pour. It also can't go in the dishwasher so, like all we've listed before, handwash this baby. Some Amazon reviewers also pointed out that the whistle can stop working after a few months. They also warned of the coating chipping away after a few uses, and some spots of rust within the vessel.

The best stainless steel stovetop kettle

All-Clad stainless steel metal tea kettle

(Image credit: All-Clad)

3. All-Clad E86199 Stainless Steel Stovetop Tea Kettle

A universally-compatible metal kettle that you can pop in the dishwasher

Specifications

Size (in): H10.1 x W8.9 x D8.2
Capacity (liters): 1.9L
Finish: Stainless steel
Color(s): Silver
Price: $99.99
Compatible on all stovetops?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Can be used on all stove types
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Classy and quality construction
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Large capacity
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Dishwasher-safe design
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Plastic-free components

Reasons to avoid

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Metal handle can get hot
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Loud (especially when used on induction stove)

The All-Clad Stainless Steel Tea Kettle is one of the best stovetop kettles for quality design. It's entirely made of stainless steel, meaning the handle is not covered in any heatproof coating, but it also means the durable design is truly built to last. 

Design
With a whistle tab to make it easy to pour, the All-Clad Stainless Steel Tea Kettle has a sturdy handle. It's attached with solid rivets that mimic the brand's cookware. If you've got their non-stick frying pans then the stovetop kettle will be a suitable match. 

What reviewers love about it
It's suitable on all types of stoves and has a wide flat base that will make sure your water heats quickly and evenly. Amazon shoppers were pleased to report that the handle doesn't get hot if you're using the appliance on an induction stove. Because there's no plastic, this gets extra brownie points for eco credibility too.

Good to know
Its price tag is above average, and because there are no heatproof elements you may need to wear a glove when turning the whistle switch and picking it up (especially on a gas stove). Disappointingly, reviewers have mentioned that this kettle can be "obnoxiously loud" when used on an induction stovetop, specifically commenting on the electric humming tone.

The best Le Creuset stovetop kettle

Le Creuset traditional fixed whistle kettle in volcanic orange colorway

(Image credit: Le Creuset)

4. Le Creuset Enamel On Steel Whistling Stovetop Kettle

A famously-French design that stands out (for all the right reasons)

Specifications

Size (in): H10 x W10 x D6
Capacity (liters): 1.6L
Finish: Enamel-coated steel, plastic spout casing
Color(s): Meringue, black, cerise, blue, volcanic
Price: $114.95
Compatible on all stovetops?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Fixed whistle
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Enameled steel color options
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Steel handle brackets for added strength
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Large ergonomic handle for easy pouring and grip
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Heatproof handle
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Scratch and stain-resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Not the largest capacity
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Hand wash only
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Plastic handle can get hot
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Potential to rust
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Bottom prone to chipping
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Spout can melt
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Enameled exterior prone to marking
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Caution must be taken with induction stoves

One of the cheaper Le Creuset items out there, this enamel-coated stainless steel stovetop tea kettle packs a timeless design and heaps of style. It's also compatible with electric, ceramic glass, induction, and gas stove types.

Design
Choose the stainless steel option, or if you have a cast-iron collection to match with (or are just obsessed with the iconic color palette), there's also Volcanic, Cerise, Marseilles Blue, or Satin Black available. It has a stainless steel rim that is designed to prevent chipping.

What reviewers love about it
This attractive kettle is paired with an ergonomic lid and a handy whistle to let you know when the kettle is boiling. The wide base means it's got a large surface area to heat water quickly, so you're not left parched for too long. And, so long as you don't overfill it, it shouldn't spit hot water. Btw, you can leave the spout open to avoid the whistling sound if it irritates you.

What reviewers aren't keen on
When we filtered through the Amazon reviews, there were four common complaints. A) the plastic handle can get hot, b) it can develop rust within a few months of use, c) the bottom is prone to chipping, and d) the spout can melt! When it comes to cleaning, the kettle needs to be hand-washed, and because of the enameled exterior it can mark and smudge quite easily. Also, if you've got an induction stove, you do need to be a little more careful. For example, you should avoid using the "boost" function, and shouldn't rely on the automatic switch-off function either. Got a gas stove? Be mindful not to set the open flame too high or else you might damage the plastic casing around the spout.

The best colorful stovetop kettle

Premier Housewares stainless steel whistling kettle in white with silicone-sleeved handle in magenta pink

(Image credit: Premier Housewares)

5. Premier Housewares Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle

A cute kettle (with rubber-sleeved handle) that comes in at well under $50

Specifications

Size (in): H9.05 x W7.84 x D7.84
Capacity (liters): 2.5L
Finish: Stainless steel with rubber handle
Color(s): Red, white, black, purple, pink, lime
Price: From $26.99
Compatible on all stovetops?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Lightweight, practical design
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Countless color options
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Ergonomic, rubber-sleeved, grooved handle
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Large capacity

Reasons to avoid

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On the simpler side
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Finish isn't as premium as others in guide
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Hand wash only

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

Design
The Premier Housewares Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle is available in a huge range of colors, from a simple black to a vibrant lime finish. Its 2.5-liter finish is plenty large enough for cooking, as well as hosting a tea party. 

What reviewers love about it
A reasonable price is an undeniable win, and the Premier Housewares Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle comes in at well under $50. Our favorite feature is the rubber-sleeved, grooved handle that will prevent the kettle from slipping in your hand. Online, Amazon reviewers appear satisfied most with the array of colors this appliance is available in. Light and practical were also buzzwords we saw crop up.

Good to know
The finish isn't as swanky as some of our upmarket top picks, and it needs to be hand cleaned. One Amazon reviewer revealed that it took 26 minutes to boil a small amount of water on her Aga hot plate. 

The best traditional-style stovetop kettle

OXO brew classic stainless steel tea kettle with black rubber-sleeved handle

(Image credit: OXO)

6. OXO Brew Classic Stovetop Tea Kettle

Keep things classic with this mid-century model style kettle

Specifications

Size (in): H9.75 x W9.75 x D8
Capacity (liters): ‎1.7L
Finish : Stainless steel
Color: Silver
Price: $49.99
Compatible with all stovetops?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Retro design
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Trigger for easy pouring
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Easy-open, one-touch spout cap
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Stay-cool, rotatable handle

Reasons to avoid

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Whistle is built in — some may not like this
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Coating can come off and leech into water
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Hand wash only

The OXO Brew Classic stovetop tea kettle is timeless with its stainless steel finish. It's got a built-in whistle that can be closed and opened with one touch for easy pouring. 

Design
It only comes in stainless steel, but this appliance has a charming retro shape that we really like. The capacity is pretty average for tea kettles, and it's suitable for use on all stove types. 

What reviewers love about it 
The trigger to open the spout to pour or refill is genius. It will require a little more dexterity than the average stovetop kettle, but it means you can easily stop the whistle by pressing the trigger and pouring. 

Good to know
We love a kettle whistle as much as the next person, but it's nice to have the option of removing the high-pitched whistle every now and again — whether it's because you don't want it to wake anyone up, or while your partner is on a video call when WFH. It would be nice to be able to remove it on this model. Again, like the Le Creuset kettle, this should only be hand washed. Ensure you don't overfill this appliance as customers have reported spluttering that can present a burn risk. And a few buyers commented that the grey lining can come away from the chassis of the appliance, causing bits of floating, flakey debris — gross.


Other stovetop kettes we tested

Not all of the appliances we tested have made it to our list of the best stovetop kettles, so here's what else our reviewer tried out:

OXO BREW Uplift Tea Kettle in Brushed Stainless Steel | $69.95 on Amazon

OXO BREW Uplift Tea Kettle in Brushed Stainless Steel | $69.95 on Amazon
This 1.9L stovetop kettle has a few good points including that it's affordable,  but mostly we found it to be a bit of a pain while in use. The spot automatically opens when you lift the bottom of the handle, making for easy pouring and helping to prevent you from burning your fingers when manually lifting the spout. But, while this feature is convenient, it takes a little practice to find the right position on the handle to avoid opening the spout while simply carrying the kettle. The kettle’s lid was difficult to remove and equally difficult to reinsert. I found I had to use a lot of pressure and wiggle the lid around before I felt it was secure. I tested the kettle on my electric stovetop, and while it does have a traditional high-pitched whistle, the whistle was weak. Steam escaped not only from the spout but also from the lid, indicating that even after trying, I hadn’t managed to fully secure the lid. While the whistle could be heard in the kitchen, it wasn’t loud enough to summon someone from another room in the house. 

Real Homes rating: 3 stars 

Things to consider when buying a stovetop kettle

1. Color
If you’re after something to fit in with your kitchen scheme, worry not. The majority of our best stovetop kettles are available in a range of colors. Choose one that matches your decor or a subtle option (like stainless steel) that will go with all decor.

2. Capacity
If you have a large family, opt for a stovetop kettle with a larger capacity to avoid having to refill and reheat constantly.

3. Size
Compare the kettle’s dimensions to those of your stove rings to ensure the kettle you choose will fit comfortably, heat up evenly, and will be an efficient use of energy.

4. Handle
Whether you're left or right-handed, you should be able to comfortably lift the appliance to fill and pour water comfortably. While some handles are wrapped in silicone, you might need to be more careful with all-metal models.

FAQs

What is the healthiest material for a kettle?

Generally speaking, most people are turning towards non-toxic cookware, and that includes kettles too. Many companies have clocked onto consumers' "healthier" habits and have therefore ditched plastic for silicone, stainless steel, or Borosilicate glass. This is because plastic can leech endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. However, when shopping for a metal kettle, you should look out for 04 or 316 food-grade stainless steel.

Are stovetop kettles good?

There are three main advantages of having a stovetop kettle vs. an electric one. For one, they're a better aesthetic fit for a traditional kitchen. Then there's the temperature. If you want your water *super* hot (ie: above boiling point), go for a model that sits on a gas or electric stove. And lastly, water in a stovetop kettle can remain hot on a rolling boil. Whereas electric kettles switch off automatically. On the flip side, this does mean you have to remember to turn off your stove ring.

Where to buy

Though stovetop kettles tend to be less popular than their electric kettle cousin, don't let that hinder your search for a hot water boiler. Here are some stores to give you a head-start on your hunt:

How we tested these stovetop kettles

Fellow Clyde stovetop tea kettle on induction stove

(Image credit: Paige Cerulli)

All of the stovetop kettles in this guide were chosen purely based on impressive reviews, with the exception of the Fellow Clyde stovetop tea kettle (pictured above), where we had a freelancer test it in her home kitchen. She performed a number of tests which we've laid out below:

Test 1:
She filled the stovetop kettle with approximately 3.5 cups of cold water and timed how long it one took to come to a rolling boil.

Test 2:
Once it had come to a boil, she lifted it and noted the net weight.

Test 3:
She tested how insulated the kettle was by waiting half an hour once boiled and measuring the water temperature again.

Test 4:
She tested how easy the kettle's exterior was to clean. N.B the kettle didn't get dirty enough on the inside during her testing to assess how easy it is to descale.

Test 5:
She poured water out of each kettle to see how easy they were to re-fill, and tested whether they had the potential to burn you if you touched the exterior of the kettle after it had boiled. 

Meet the writers behind this guide:

Paige Cerulli
Paige Cerulli

I’m Paige and I specialize in product reviews and have been writing product reviews for more than five years. I used several tests to evaluate this kettle in my home. To establish how quickly the Fellow Clyde stovetop tea kettle brought water to a boil, I timed how long it took to heat 3.5 cups of cold water. I also filled this kettle to capacity and boiled the water.

While being able to quickly boil water is an advantage, I ranked this product with an emphasis not only on its performance but also on its overall quality. I considered factors like cleaning, ease of lifting, and pouring.

Christina Chrysostomou
Acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket. I'm the in-house appliances expert and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.

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