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Electric Water Kettle Buying Guide

This comprehensive guide will provide you with all of the information necessary, in order to select the right water kettle for your home.

Getting Started

Water kettles are a handy appliance to have around the kitchen. They all do the same job, but what makes them different is how long they last, what they look like, and how quickly they heat water. Abt has a large selection of water kettles in various colors, shapes, and styles. Some of our selection also comes with a wide variety of features. Below are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect water kettle for your home.


Variable Water Temperature

Some kettles offer a handful of preset brewing temperatures, allowing for precision tea and coffee brewing to elicit the perfect drinking profile. This feature is especially useful if you favor drinks that don't require boiling water such as green and white teas.

Cord or Cordless

A kettle with attached cord that pushes directly into the jug or a kettle that sits on a "plate" that has the same cord attached to it work in the same way. If you like to be able to lift the kettle from its base and pure water into your cup then you might want to go for cordless water kettle. Some of the cordless water kettles have a swivel base, which can be easily used by left or right-handed people.


The more powerful water kettle is, the quicker will do the job. All kettles mostly use 1500 watts; however there are some that use more or less. When considering which wattage to choose from, keep in mind that the more wattage a kettle uses the louder it will be. While the ones that use less wattage will be slower when coming to a boil.


Standard water kettles tend to hold around 6 to 8 cups of water. There are smaller and travel-sized water kettles that hold around 4 cups, but they tend to be less powerful. As we learned above, less power will result in a longer boil time.


Most water kettles have filter in place that prevents particles going into your cup. If you are concern what chemicals are in your water, Abt suggests this type of water kettle. However, filters need to be changed once in a while, so you should also be aware that there will be an ongoing cost to consider as well as the higher price of the unit from other water kettles.

Water Gauge

This allows you to see how much water is in a water kettle without opening the lid. A water gauge tends to be very practical when you are boiling a specific amount of water, or if you happen to require a larger quantity. Without a water gauge you may be unable to tell how much water is left, leaving you with less than desired or needed.
Kettles are convenient, easy to use and a must-have for tea drinkers. If you'd like a personalized recommendation or have questions about a particular product, call us at 800-860-3577.