It’s Tea Time: The Best Smart Kettles Of 2022
Not too long ago, a kind of Stone Age functionality reigned within the world of electric kettles: push button, boil water, shut down. The older models of a few decades ago used to whistle extremely loudly to get you rushing to turn them off, and later they featured simple automatic shut off when the water boiled. Thankfully, electric kettle design has finally made the leap into the 21st century and today’s best smart kettles are fully programmable allowing you to pick the time you want the water heated, the exact temperature you want it heated to, and how long you want it to maintain that temperature. Some can also be controlled via Wi-Fi from your smartphone or tablet. It’s the golden age of kettles!
But with so many different electric kettles on the market, finding that perfect one that ticks all the right boxes but doesn’t cost a small fortune, can be tricky. If you’re not sure how to find the best kettle for your needs and budget, we can help you find it. Below, you’ll see some of our favorite kettles, all quiet, easy to program, and reasonably priced. Whether you want a basic, affordable smart kettle, or a gadget-rich device that you can hook into your smart home network, we’ve got you covered.
- Editor’s Choice: QCUQ Electric Tea Kettle
- Easy to Program: Hamilton Beach 1.7 Liter Variable Temperature Kettle
- Easy-to-read Digital Display: KRUPS Smart Temperature Digital Kettle
- Affordable With an App: Mi Smart Kettle Pro
- Reliable Industrial Design: Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Smart Kettle
- Beautiful Design & App Control: Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-over Smart Kettle
- Best Bluetooth: COSORI Electric Gooseneck Kettle
- Precise Temperature Control: Hamilton Beach Professional Digital LCD Kettle
- Best for Tea Lovers: Brewista Brew Automatic Tea Smart Kettle
The Best Smart Kettle
The QCUQ is an easy-to-use smart kettle that quickly became a part of our tester’s daily routine. After a year of daily use, this kettle still functions exceptionally well. Our tester loves tea and needs a cup to get to work. Starting the kettle is simple -you just add water, turn the dial to your selected preset for white, green, black, or herbal tea, or opt for a custom temperature setting. If you want to refill your cup, hit the keep warm button and the kettle will maintain the water temperature for two hours so you can ensure your tea is piping hot at all times.
The kettle features a 1.7-liter capacity and if our tester doesn’t use all of the water in a day, she’ll often leave it for the next day for one less step in the process. There is also a tea infuser so you can make a whole pitcher of tea, but our tester prefers to infuse her tea in the mug with tea bags and keep just water in the kettle. The construction of this smart kettle features stainless steel and food-grade materials that have yet to break down in any way, shape, or form for our tester.
Borosilicate glass and stainless steel
Temperature control from 104°F to 212°F within ±1°F
9 functional presets
Tea infuser with separate lid
Heats up 3min for 500ml water
- Weight4 Pounds
Well-made with excellent safety features.
Boils quickly, great for a variety of beverages.
1.7 liters is plenty for get-togethers.
Modern sleek design complements any kitchen.
It’s smart, but has no remote control.
Hamilton Beach is known for their quality home appliances and kitchen gadgets, and the Hamilton Beach 1.7 Liter Variable Temperature Kettle is a prime example of what a manufacturer does right. The kettle is made from high-quality materials and looks great with soft blue illumination and a range of features designed to make life a little easier.
With six one-touch temperature settings as well as a keep-warm function, this kettle will keep the water temperature for 30 minutes so you won’t need to reboil the water again and again. The different temperature settings allow you to boil water for french press or the perfect cup of tea. There is also boil dry protection in case someone turns on the kettle when there is no water in the pot. The Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Kettle is 1,500 watts of safe, programmable convenience and is a must-have kit for the contemporary kitchen. Check out these top hot water urns as well and pick the one for your kitchen.
6 individual temperature settings
Soft blue internal illumination
Auto shut off if the kettle is dry
Maintains temp for up to 30 minutes
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight3 Pounds
Plenty of temperature flexibility and 30-minute warming.
Robust safety features include auto shut-off when dry.
1.7-liter capacity is good for family gatherings.
Sleek, space-age look with soft blue internal illumination.
No remote control.
If you love smart home devices, you’ll love this Krups Smart Temperature Digital Kettle. The first thing you’ll notice is the digital screen display that shows five temperature presets from 105°F up to 212°F for making perfect hot beverages. Choose temperatures for warm water, white tea, green tea, Oolong tea, and brewing coffee or regular boiled water that is perfect for black and herbal teas.
The double-wall construction features a stainless steel interior and just enough insulation to ensure the exterior is cool to the touch even after boiling water. The generous 1.7-liter capacity is enough for 12 cups so you can easily get a tea party started. This kettle is also super easy to keep clean and will look great on your kitchen counter.
Digital screen display
5 temp presets, from 105°F up to 212°F
Stainless steel interior
1.7-liter capacity – 12 cups
- Weight3.74 Pounds
5 temperature settings for the perfect cup of tea.
Modern, sleek design and easy operation.
The on/off button is a little sensitive.
The Chinese maker of electronics and home appliances, Xiaomi, has entered the arena of kitchen gadgets with the Mi Smart Kettle Pro. This one has a temperature display right on the handle of the kettle so te can get the water temperature just right. Most importantly though, this kettle can be integrated into your smart home system via the Mi Xiaomi Home App control.
Choose from five different temperature settings for hot beverages and use the keep-warm function in case you can’t get up to make yourself tea the second the water has boiled. Your beverages will always taste fresh and pure thanks to the 304 stainless steel interior. This smart water kettle is packed with other features all designed to make life easier. The 1800 watt output ensures your water is boiled quickly and efficiently so you have hot water in five minutes or less. It also has triple protection against electric shock and the simple white minimalist design should look great with any kitchen decor. All in all, a fantastic smart electric kettle that’s reasonably priced.
304 stainless steel interior
Keep warm function
5 different heating modes
High-definition OLED display
Bluetooth 4.0, Mi Home App on Android & iOS
- Weight2.86 Pounds
Watch water temp via the Smartphone app.
1800 watt output heats water fast.
Advanced safety features.
The app is useful for watching the temp remotely, but you cannot remotely control the temp.
The Breville Variable Temperature 1.8 Liter smart kettle is a full-size electric kettle that provides a range of preset temperature options for you to choose from so your morning cup of tea is always perfect. The five preset temperatures range from 175°F to 212°F degrees and include a 200°F setting for perfect French press coffee. It also has a warm water button that will keep the temperature for up to 20 minutes.
This electric kettle is packed with convenient features. The soft top lid gently releases steam and eliminates splashing to prevent burns and it also has an auto shut off and boil-dry protection. There are water level indicators on opposing sides and the cord runs into the base so you can take the kettle where the water needs to go without fear of pulling the plug out of the wall.
Five preset temperatures and keep warm button
1,500 watts of power heats water in a flash
Cordless 1.8-liter pot
Dry operation auto-shutdown feature
- Weight4.75 Pounds
Sleek, elegant design.
Maintains preferred temperature for up to 20 minutes.
Exact temperature times.
Cannot program a time to boil.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, programmable electric kettle with a contemporary design, this Fellow Stagg Electric Pour-Over Smart Kettle is beautiful as well as functional. Looks aside, this one is reliable, versatile, and simple to use. Programming the EKG is as simple as pressing the power knob on the base and turning it to your desired temperature. That target temperature is visible in the round LCD window along with the current temperature so you can watch the water warm up to the ideal temperature for black tea, oolong, or your favorite pour-over coffee.
The gooseneck pouring spout may not be what you’d expect to find with a traditional kettle, but it is exactly this that gives you an optimal pour-over flow rate. To further ensure your coffee or tea is brewed to perfection, there is a built-in brew stopwatch to time the coffee or tea extraction for maximum taste. While you’re enjoying your favorite hot beverage, take a look at our handy guide to the best electric water coolers and more great products like this.
Easy to use temperature select dial
Precision pouring gooseneck spout
1,200-watt heating element
LCD temperature indicator
- ModelStagg EKG
- Weight4.5 Pounds
Select your desired temperature to the degree.
Easy to read LCD display.
Shows target and current temp simultaneously.
Holds desired temperature for up to 1 hour.
The lid is a little awkward.
If you’re looking for a traditional kettle with smart features, the Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle is a cut above other smart kettles. This is a Bluetooth electric kettle that you can control via the VeSync App. This allows you to control the temperature, change the keep warm setting and turn the kettle on or off, all from your smartphone.
This smart kettle has four variable temperature settings as well as a hold temperature function that allows you to keep the water at your chosen temperature for up to 60 minutes. You can get your beverage ready to go in as little as three to five minutes thanks to the rapid boil feature and you can rest easy with the many safety features, including STRIX Thermostat Technology, and automatic shutoff. The gooseneck design of this kettle makes it easy to precisely pour your water at exact temperatures for a variety of teas and there is even a baby formula mode so you don’t need to guess when it’s time to prepare a bottle. Not only is this the smartest kettle you’ll ever have, but it also looks pretty amazing too.
4 precise temperature settings
Hold temperature function up to 60 minutes
Programmed and custom temperatures
Safety features including STRIX Thermostat Technology
Bluetooth controlled, free VeSync app
- ModelElectric Gooseneck Kettle
- Weight3.54 Pounds
60 minute hold temperature setting.
Baby formula mode.
3 – 5 minute rapid boil
Fully control the kettle via your phone
The app is bombarded with ads.
Boiling water for your favorite beverage has never been easier when you have the Hamilton Beach Professional Digital LCD Kettle in the kitchen. This one is sure to impress lovers of brewing tea as you can get the water temperature just right for whatever tea you’re in the mood for. Don’t like tea? No problem, because this kettle has six preset temperature settings so you can make hot cocoa, pour-over coffee, instant soups, and pretty much anything where hot water is needed.
The base of this kettle has some pretty handy features. The one-touch precise temperature selection and the easy-to-read illuminated LCD panel make it super easy to choose your setting to heat water for your chosen hot beverage. It’s also ultra-fast so you’ll be sipping away in no time. What’s more, the LCD panel shows informative readouts such as the set temperature, as well as the current water temperature, just in case you need a second cup.
Electric kettle with LCD display on the base
6 preset temperatures
Push-button lid opening
Built-in mesh filter
Cordless 1.7-liter capacity
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight4.44 Pounds
Easy to read illuminated LCD display.
Built-in mesh filter is removable for easy cleaning.
No custom temperature setting.
The Breville Brew Automatic Smart Tea Kettle may not have too many features, but it does have the right ones. While it does resemble a normal kettle, it’s possibly the best one for tea connoisseurs and comes with two tea filters – one for loose leaf tea and one for teabags. That opens up a whole world of variety from English tea to Oolong and your favorite herbal teas. Simply choose your favorite tea and select the ideal temperature for that tea.
The controls on the Brewista Smart Brew Tea Kettle are a bit more involved than some other kettles but once you get the hang of them you’ll be impressing your guests with fabulous tea. Just don’t forget the cakes.
Multiple temperature presets for various teas
Cord in the base not in the kettle itself
Programmable steep times up to 8 minutes
Maintains steady 160 degrees for 60 minutes
- Weight4 Ounces
Set your temperature to either Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Allows for total control over temp and steeping.
Keeps your tea warm for up to 1 full hour.
Brewing tea in this kettle will take some trial and error.
Why Trust Us
The hot water kettle is a staple in every kitchen in every home and office, including ours. Coffee and tea are, without a doubt, the most popular beverages in the world, except maybe water and we certainly go through our fair share of these. We absolutely need our coffee when brain fog hits and sometimes we need a nice cup of calming tea. With that in mind, we know the difference between budget smart kettles and quality smart kettles. Although many smart kettles are well priced, we want kettles that work reliably and get us our beverages fast, and these electric kettles tend to be pricier. Our main focus is on quality and this is not something we would compromise on. Still, we made sure to pick affordable and generally reasonably priced kettles for this guide.
Who This Is For
This is one of those guides that is useful for everyone. Almost every home or office in the world has had one or more kettles and although most are very durable and reliable, most people will go through their fair share of them. Considering how often these get used, replacing them is inevitable. Some will last a few years, while others can last considerably longer. When it's time to replace the old water kettle, a smart kettle is definitely worth considering and maybe even essential.
How We Picked
When looking at smart kettles, we had some pretty good ideas of what to look for. Of course, smart features such as Bluetooth connectivity and the use of apps are desirable, but the main purpose of the kettle is to reliably and consistently heat water. Older models are only capable of boiling water while smart kettles do this plus allow you to choose different temperatures for different types of tea. The new wave of smart kettles is all about convenience and we chose the ones that would make getting the perfect cup of coffee or tea easy.
How We Tested
Testing smart kettles was easy. We tried the obvious setting, hot water, and moved on to boiling water as well as many of the other temperatures needed for the many different teas and other beverages such as instant cocoa, soups, and pot noodles. Any smart kettle worth the name should also have adequate safety features such as automatic shutoff when the water reaches the desired temperature as well as being able to turn off when the kettle is empty. Aside from testing, we also checked customer reviews to see which ones rated well with consumers. The tested models on this list got over a year of daily use and testing from one of our editors.
Features To Look For In Smart Kettles
Different smart kettles have different features but most have a few basic things in common: they allow for precise temperature control, to keep your water or tea warm for a set time after you heat it, and in terms of capacity, they are all pretty close. That said, here are some of the main features of electric smart kettles for your smart home:
Temperature control - Precise temperature control is one of the outstanding characteristics of the smart kettle. Unlike a standard electric kettle where you hit the button, the water comes to a boil and the kettle shuts off, with a smart kettle, you can program the exact temperature you want the water to be. Once it reaches that temperature you can then keep it there for varying lengths of time, depending on the kettle. This type of control is great for brewing the perfect cup of tea or making different types of coffee. Herbal teas, white teas and green teas all need different temperatures to bring out the flavors without scorching the leaves.
Capacity - When it comes to the capacity of smart kettles you’re going to encounter a similar volume as you would for any standard electric kettle. That means capacities of anywhere from about 1.5 liters to 2 liters. Unless you are boiling a full kettle every time, the capacity may not be all that significant. After all, most people boil for a single cup or two. Of course, if you have a large family or need a kettle in the office for multiple cups of coffee or tea, a larger capacity may be needed.
Wi-Fi - For the sake of this list, “smart” means “programmable”. But the fact that it’s programmable doesn’t necessarily indicate that an electric smart kettle can be operated via your smartphone with a compatible app or Bluetooth. Some can be connected to the phone and some can’t. Even if a kettle does offer remote control, this is one of those smart features that may not really be useful as you will rarely turn on the kettle remotely and certainly not without putting water in it first. If you need to walk to the kettle to fill it with water, the use of connectivity kind of becomes redundant.
Keep warm function - Drip coffee makers have had this function for decades but it’s only recently made its way into the feature set of most electric kettles. The ability of a kettle to maintain water at a specific temperature is a great feature to have if you’re having friends over for tea and you don’t want to keep reheating the water every time someone needs their cup topped up. Different smart kettles will keep water at a specific temp for different times, ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The best smart kettles will allow you to program precisely how long you want to keep the water at the desired temperature.
Cost - Of course how much you decide to spend on a smart kettle is up to you. In general, however, you can expect that the best smart kettles will carry a price tag anywhere from $50 to $200. Although most tend to hover around the $100 mark. And there are some very fine ones available for less than that. Essentially, the price will depend on the brand as well as the quality of the electronics, what degree of “smart” it embraces (i.e. can be connected through an app, etc), and the materials used in construction.
Additional features - The best smart kettle will sport any one of a number of other features as well. Those may include:
- An auto-shutoff when the kettle detects there is no water.
- A programmable timer that makes sure your tea or water is ready for you when you wake up.
- Cordless operation so that you can bring the water where you need it.
- Safety lock so that the kids can’t accidentally start up the kettle when you’re not around.
Smart Kettle FAQ
Q: What does a smart kettle do?
A: Smart kettles pretty much do the same thing as old-school kettles do and that is boil water. However, they also allow you to choose a specific temperature to brew different types of tea. With some smart kettles, you can even boil water for your tea remotely via Bluetooth or an app which is something the older kettles couldn't even dream of.
Q: Is a smart kettle worth it?
A: If you want precise control with your kettle including choosing the perfect temperatures for your tea, then a smart kettle is definitely worth it. Also, if your home or office has a lot of coffee and tea drinkers, then again, you'll certainly get your money's worth with a smart kettle. However, if you live alone and only have coffee or tea first thing in the morning, you may be able to settle for an ordinary kettle.
Q: What is the best WiFi kettle?
A: When it comes to deciding on the best WiFi kettle, ask five different people and you'll get five different answers. Some people will insist on simple but reliable performance, some will want app control, while others may demand Bluetooth connectivity and a kettle that works via voice commands. It's probably better to consider which one will heat water to your needs but if you love your devices and your tea, the Fellow Stagg EKG or Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettles will certainly tick all the boxes.