The Best Electric Kettles for Pour-Over Coffee, Loose Leaf Tea and Just Boiling Water

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The Oxo kettle’s temperature settings, which run from 170°F to 212°F, are somewhat limited compared other kettles out there, which can dip as low as 104°F, but unlike the vast majority of adjustable kettles, the Oxo gives you control to the precise degree with the turn of a simple dial. Many other kettles rely on five or six preset temperatures for some of the most common applications like coffee, green tea, and herbal tea. For tea drinkers who haven’t committed the appropriate water temperatures to memory Oxo does offer this handy chart along with the kettle. This model keeps warm for 30 minutes (regardless of how many times you pick it up) before the automatic shut off kicks in. If, like Vaculin, you like the precision and control of the Oxo, but aren’t a fan of the look, Oxo makes a gooseneck kettle as well that our product testers liked.

Specs:

Material: Glass and stainless steel
Dimensions: 10” L x 13”W x 7.5”H
Volume: 1.75 Liters/ 7 Cups of water
Weight: 4 lbs
Wattage: 1500
Warranty: 2 years


The best electric gooseneck kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG Adjustable Brew Kettle

What we like: The best gooseneck kettle on the market with countertop appeal to boot.
What we don’t like: Not the fastest to boil, higher price tag

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle

The Fellow Stagg EKG kettle is a favorite of Cary Wong, the Director of Coffee at Partners Coffee. He uses this kettle both at home and in the Partners training lab. It also happens to be a favorite of several coffee enthusiasts in our office for its visual appeal and comprehensive features.

The gooseneck spout produces a consistent flow for a more precise pour, allowing you to “evenly saturate the coffee bed for an even extraction,” says Wong. This matters the most when making pour-over coffee in something like a Chemex.

As far as features, the Stagg EKG is as thorough as it gets for an electric gooseneck kettle. It provides precise temperature control to the degree over a massive 104°F-212°F range, a 60-minute hold mode, and a brew stopwatch. As far as looks go, Fellow makes some of the best looking coffee and tea equipment out there, at least if you are partial to a sleek, contemporary design. The matte black exterior is the original design, but it also comes in matte white, polished steel, and copper.

This isn’t the speediest kettle (typically takes between 4-6 minutes depending on how much water you’re boiling) nor is it the most affordable, but if you are serious about brewing coffee, and want to pour water in style, this is the kettle to get.

Specs:

Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 11.5″L x 6.75″W x 8”H
Volume: 0.9 Liter capacity
Weight: 2.75 lbs
Wattage: 1200
Warranty: 2 years if you register your kettle


How we picked the best electric kettles

We leaned on several sources who have extensive experience with all the kettles recommended here. Our team of product testers heated hundreds of liters of water and poured from more than two dozen different electric kettles (if you want to see what they thought of brands like Breville, Cuisinart, and Cosori you can check the full results). We also relied on the expertise of our Test Kitchen and outside coffee professionals who lived and worked with their favorite kettles for years, proving they can hold up to long term use.


Should you get a gooseneck kettle or standard kettle?

Gooseneck kettles have long, thin curving spouts (like a gooseneck, see), that allow fantastic control when pouring hot water. This is particularly important when brewing coffee because you don’t want a big dump of water over your coffee grounds that could leave them brewing or steeping unevenly. Standard kettles have wider V spouts that let you pour more water more quickly. If brewing coffee is your primary use case you should definitely get a gooseneck kettle. If you’ll only use it for cups of tea or for boiling water you will probably be happy with the versatility of a standard kettle.


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Author:Wilder Davies | Website:www.bonappetit.com

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