What would we do without the reliable whistle of our favorite tea kettle? When I hear my tea kettle whistle, my mouth begins to salivate and I swear I can almost taste the tea already.
Of course, tea kettles are not limited to making water for tea. I often use my kettle for coffee as well, especially if I’m making a pour over or French press.
So which kettle will get you that perfect cup?
Not surprisingly, there is tremendous variation in tea kettles. While many whistling tea kettles are made from stainless steel, others have an enamel coating, and still others are made from glass. I will go into the advantages and disadvantages of each type below.
What all of the whistling tea kettles on the list that follows have in common however, is superior quality. Each one ranks at the top of its particular tea kettle niche. Here are the five best whistling tea kettles currently on the market.
This Amfocus Whistling Tea Kettle is an absolute classic. From the mirrored, stainless steel sheen to the whistle to the curves, this product really is quintessential, and in the best possible way.
Let’s start with the tea kettle body. It’s made from a durable stainless steel, polished into a mirror-like patina, and designed to heat quickly and evenly.
The biggest standout on this item is the curvature of the kettle. The body is slightly pear shaped, which is visually pleasing, and the slight S-curve of the spout matches the rest of the design perfectly.
Even the handles are in keeping with the curves of this kettle, with an asymmetric main handle, covered in an ergonomic, stay-cool material. And the knob-like handle on the lid also stays cool to the touch, and features a slight uptilt. This is a minor detail, but again, it is in keeping aesthetically with the product as a whole.
A few smaller design details are also of note. First, there is a light max fill line etched into the side of the kettle to indicate capacity limits, helpful for sure, especially to those of us who habitually overfill.
Second, the spout lid opens and shuts on its own as you pour. This reduces extra finger work, limits the number of additional levers – sometimes a bit of an eyesore – on the kettle, and reduces the potential for burns.
The only downside to this kettle is that the whistle is relatively soft. I’m not saying that this thing is a whisper by any means, but rather that the whistle is lower than the ear piercing whistles you might be used to.
It’s rare to find anything by Le Creuset that costs under $100. So when I found this Enamel on Steel Demi Tea Kettle you can understand my excitement.
Le Creuset is one of the biggest names in kitchenware, and obviously known for designing top shelf products. They’re also known for making beautiful, enamel-clad cookware in a variety of colors.
I love that this tea kettle comes in a range of colors as well, from Caribbean Blue to Meringue to, my favorite, Oyster. Of course, the kettle itself is made from a high grade steel that heats quickly and distributes evenly, and is safe for use on all stovetop varieties, from induction to electric to gas.
The handle is also very classic, with an ergonomic, stay cool grip. And the same heat-resistant material also protects your fingers on the trigger that controls the spout lid, as well as the knob on the lid itself.
In the interest of transparency though, it should be clear that this tea kettle is rather small. Of course, this could be ideal for some kitchens, but the kettle itself only holds about 1.25 quarts of water – and in reality you should probably only boil one quart at a time anyway.
This is definitely enough to make tea for up to even four people, but any more than that and you may need to look elsewhere. And that would be unfortunate, because other than its relatively small size, this Le Creuset kettle is truly perfect.
The Claredale Whistling Tea Kettle by Mr. Coffee is simple but functional. The solid, stainless steel construction is durable and efficient, and the ergonomic handles are fixed in place to limit accidents.
There aren’t really too many surprises when it comes to this tea kettle. The water capacity is quite large – at just over two quarts – which is great for guests, or heating up additional water for pasta.
I’ve mentioned it already, but want to touch again on the handle. It’s made from stay-cool bakelite, as is the flip up spout cover that’s easy to open with a simple, ergonomic trigger.
But most importantly, the handle doesn’t sway laterally, as do the handles of other kettles. Rather, this thing is fixed in place. Although this might limit movement, I also find this design to be great for control, and moreover, safety.
I have on more than one occasion burned my knuckles on the side of a teapot while pouring, thanks to a wobbly handle. The handle on this Mr. Coffee tea kettle prevents that, which I certainly appreciate. My knuckles are very grateful.
Moreover, the whistle on this tea kettle is quite loud – there will be no missing it, even from another room. And lastly, the Mr. Coffee is quite affordable, which is, of course, always nice.
Alright, I know that the Medelsco Café Brew Collection Whistling Tea Kettle looks more like those coffee pots that you get served from at diners than traditional tea kettles, but that’s the whole appeal!
If you’re not into the aesthetic of this tea kettle, then I would recommend that you keep scrolling. But if you’re intrigued, hear me out on this one.
So beyond just having a very cool, retro aesthetic, we need to consider the materials used in making this tea kettle. Rather than going to stainless steel or enamel, this kettle is made from a very high grade borosilicate glass, sourced from Germany.
But fear not, the fact that this is made from glass does not mean that the kettle is fragile. In fact, quite the opposite – this thing is durable. Borosilicate glass contains boron trioxide, which allows for a really high coefficient of thermal expansion.
In normal English, that means this thing won’t break, even under rapid temperature change, like most glass will. And it’s assembled in the United States!
The other great thing about this kettle being made from glass is that it’s completely BPA free, and dishwasher safe. The Medelsco kettle is also really big, with a large, 48 ounce water capacity.
On the downside though, the handle can get quite hot if you’re not careful. I would recommend always heating this kettle over a burner slightly smaller in diameter than the base of the kettle itself – and really this is a recommendation that extends to all kettles – in order to keep that handle cool to the touch.
The first thing that I have to say about this tea kettle is that it sells for under $10, which is kind of absurd when you think about it. Less than $10? And it works? It sure does.
The Primula Stewart Whistling Tea Kettle is made from high quality stainless steel, brushed in a way that leaves a nice satin patina. It’s really a classic looking kettle, with all that you might expect.
The handle is large and easy to grip, made from cool touch materials that cover the whole handle, as well as the spout trigger and lid. The handle does pivot, which I’ve talked about above as having both positive and negative attributes – good in the sense that you can pour at different angles, and bad in the sense that for me at least, this has led to accidents.
I also like that the body of this whistling tea kettle has a max fill indicator. In addition to burning myself on more than one tea kettle, I also habitually overfill my kettles, resulting in messy – and dangerous – overflow.
Although the stainless steel on this model is relatively thin – you can feel it, I won’t say that you won’t – it still does it’s job quite well.
It’s classic. It boils water. It’s under $10!
So where does this leave us? Hopefully, a bit more informed when it comes to picking the perfect whistling tea kettle.
And although you may feel confident in selecting your next tea kettle, I want to discuss a few additional items, just to consider briefly before pulling the trigger.
One of the biggest factors to consider when buying a new tea kettle is the material that you want that kettle to be made from. As you can see above, tea kettles are often made from stainless steel, but there are also some great kettles that are enamel coated, and even tea kettles made from glass.
When considering material, you’ll want to think not only about the aesthetic you’re going for – mirrored stainless steel looks super cool, as does glass – but also your cooking style. I say this because if you tend to move quickly in the kitchen, banging things around and moving pots and pans on and off the stovetop with reckless abandon, you might want to veer away from more delicate kettles.
Although none of the kettles on this list are flimsy, some are more prone to chipping or even cracking than others. Regardless of how strong your kettle is, for example, anything coated in enamel is prone to chipping if struck with the right force and at the right angle.
And regardless of what type of glass your kettle is made from, it can break if you knock it with a big old heavy pan. Have we not learned this lesson from innumerable broken phone screens?
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love these kettles, and think that they have a place in many kitchens besides my own. My only point in making this intervention is that if you, like me, tend to fumble your cookware, you may want to go for a whistling tea kettle that will be more forgiving the first time it gets knocked.