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5 Best Cheap Electric Kettle Reviews - Ultimate Buyer's Guide

For a long time, the process of heating water to a boil was time-consuming. As they say, a watched pot never boils, and whether you needed the water for tea, for soups, or for whatever, this would always seem to be the case. Nowadays, however, we have electric kettles, which heat water to rapid boil in a fraction of the time it takes a traditional stove top pot to do the same thing.

While there are many brands and styles from which to choose, today I’ll be looking at the best electric kettles that will not break the bank. We all work hard for our money, and we don’t need to spring for a fully loaded kettle when, at the end of the day, all we’re doing is boiling water. That being said, all of the kettles I’ll be reviewing today will have a price point of about $20, with none going over $30. Each device is highly rated and comes with an assortment of features, which I’ll describe in detail as we go. Additionally, I’ll provide pros and cons of each item so you get an overall idea of what to expect with these electric kettles.

5 Best Cheap Electric Kettle On The Market

Why Should You Go For a Cheap Kettle?

Like I said, we all work hard for our money. Springing for a top of the line, hundred dollars or more electric kettle may be okay for some people, but when all we’re talking about is hot water for tea, coffee, and the occasional cup of noodles (be honest), there is nothing wrong with finding a quality, inexpensive device. Additionally, the best part about not spending too much on the kettle is that, should there ever be an issue, or if you ever do want to upgrade, you won’t feel too bad about getting rid of your old kettle, since it wasn’t that much of an investment in the first place. Finally, sometimes the best things in life are cheap, and some of us have used the same inexpensive electric kettle for years without a problem. With craftsmanship like that at a lower price, who needs to buy a high-end model?

What to Consider When Buying A Cheap Kettle

Even though the price is the defining factor of all the kettles I’ll be looking at today, there are still some other components that you have to consider when making your purchase. Even if your only concern is the cost, you might as well find the perfect kettle that fits your needs, so you don’t wind up regretting your purchase. The most common considerations when buying a cheap electric kettle are:

Material

Not all kettles are created equally. The material the kettle is made of can have an effect on the speed with which the water is brought to a boil, as well as affect the lifespan of the product. Some people have also mentioned that some materials add an aftertaste to the water, but that is something that I find happens relatively rarely. The three types of kettle are:

  • Glass: The benefits of glass is that you can easily see how much water is left in the pot, as well as see how fast the water can boil. The downside of glass, however, is that it can get scalding at times although some kettle makers have taken that fact into account when designing their products, to make them safer than ever before.
  • Stainless Steel: Some purists swear by stainless steel, claiming that this is the only way to boil water. Steel, like glass, is a perfect heat conductor. That being said, however, many stainless steel kettles do not have much of an issue of getting that hot. Additionally, many of these kettles have a viewing window, so you can still see how much water is left when pouring.
  • Plastic: While some people may have doubts about the quality of a plastic electric kettle, with technological advancements these days, plastic kettles are just as adept at heating water as any other material. The biggest benefit of plastic electric kettles is the price, as many are much cheaper than their steel or glass counterparts.

Size

When choosing an electric kettle, size does matter. If you’re the kind of person who just needs to boil a little water in the morning for tea or coffee for yourself, a small kettle should do just fine. However, if you’re looking for something that can handle multiple people drinking several cups at a time, then you want a kettle that has enough capacity to take care of everyone. Additionally, you need to look at the boiling time for different sizes, as more water will naturally take longer to heat up.

Safety

When looking at anything that deals with hot surfaces or boiling water, safety should be one of your primary concerns. To that end, some kettles offer safety features that make sure that you have much less chance of being burned. Although since you’re still dealing with boiling water, no kettle is completely safe, but there are options to help mitigate the danger.

  • Some pots come with an auto-off switch for when the water boils, making sure it doesn’t boil over
  • Many kettles feature a sensor to determine if there is water inside before turning on. Heating a dry pot can not only make the material hotter, but it can short out the fuses as it will be working harder to boil something that isn’t there.
  • Look for kettles that have a rapid cool down feature. Some models are so good at cooling down that as soon as they are turned off they become safe to touch. This feature makes the kettle much safer to store and transport.

Customization

While many cheap electric kettles don’t offer much in the way of customization, some of the higher end models have features that allow you to set the temperature of the water, how long to keep the water hot, and a timer to let you know when it’s done. For most consumers, customizing your electric kettle experience is something that can be fun to have, but is not a necessity. This is particularly the case if the added features increase the cost substantially. However, that being said, sometimes you may need a kettle with added bonuses, depending on the setting for which you will be using it (an office, for example).

Power Source

Obviously electric kettles need to be plugged into an outlet, but not all electric kettles need to have a cord. Many models feature a base that is attached to the wall, but the kettle itself is cordless, allowing you to pour at your leisure. If you are choosing between a model with a cord or without, my experience has proven that cordless is always the better option. Additionally, some kettles come with built-in storage for the cord, making them take up much less space on your counter. Ergonomics and space-saving features are always a plus in my book.

5 Best Cheap Electric Kettle Reviews

Now that I’ve gone over the features and options to consider when purchasing an electric kettle, let’s dive into the best cheap electric kettle reviews. I’ve sampled an excellent selection of brands, makes, and models, as well as different materials. Each kettle is top-rated for its class, so regardless of which one you choose, you’re sure to be completely satisfied with it. That being said, however, I will list any potential downsides to each kettle, so you are better prepared for your purchase.

Proctor Silex K2070YA Electric Kettle

Proctor Silex K2070YA Electric Kettle

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When it comes to the best brands for consumer goods, Procter Silex is always near the top of the list. The K2070YA Electric Kettle proves the company’s commitment to quality with a host of safety features. These characteristics include a boil-dry protection sensor, meaning that the kettle will switch off if it senses no water in the tank.

Additionally, the K2070YA shuts off once the water has reached boiling point, so you don’t have to worry about water boiling over. Finally, my favorite aspect of this kettle is the fact that Proctor Silex runs each of their devices through rigorous testing, so you know that this kettle will last a long time. Each model is run through ten thousand cycles, making this one durable and affordable machine. This kettle does need to be plugged in directly, however the cable is easily removed for cord-free pouring.

Pros

  • Boil-dry sensor
  • Auto shut-off when water reaches temp
  • High testing standards mean the kettle will last
  • Double viewing window so you know how much water is left

Cons

  • If the lid is not snapped shut, the boil-dry sensor will not activate
  • Sometimes it can smell like plastic when heating, although there doesn’t seem to be any leaching
  • Sides do get hot, but handle stays cool

Ovente KP72W Cordless Electric Kettle

Ovente KP72W Cordless Electric Kettle

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As another plastic electric kettle, the Ovente KP72W is a remarkable machine. Even though it may be one of the cheapest kettles I have found, it doesn’t act that way when using it. At 1.7 liters, the Ovente kettle is perfect for multiple people or office settings, and the heating element brings a full pot to a boil in just under ten minutes.

While high-end models can reduce the heating time, for the price, ten minutes is ideal. What I like about this kettle is the very noticeable on/off indicator light. As far as safety practices go, the Ovente features a boil-dry sensor and automatically shuts off when the water reaches the desired temperature. What I also like about this kettle is the fact you can remove the spout for easy cleaning. The spout also features a filter, ensuring clean water every time. Finally, this model is cordless, with a 360-degree base. This means that you can place the kettle in any position on the base, and it will still charge.

Pros

  • Boil-dry sensor
  • Auto shut-off when water reaches temp
  • Noticeable on/off LED light
  • 360-degree cordless base
  • High capacity
  • Removable spout for cleaning

Cons

  • Sometimes smells of plastic when heating, but leaching doesn’t seem to be an issue
  • Ovente has not stated if the plastic is BPA free
  • In rare cases, the heating element may burn out quicker than other similar models

Brentwood 1.2 L Stainless Steel Tea Kettle KT-1770

Brentwood 1.2 L Stainless Steel Tea Kettle KT-1770

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Moving on to stainless steel (my preferred material, FYI), the Brentwood Model KT-1770 is a sturdy, well-built electric kettle at a price point that makes me jubilant, costing about $20. As far as features go, the Brentwood comes with many standard options similar to the Proctor Silex and the Ovente kettles.

The KT-1770 has an auto shutoff feature, a cordless pitcher that attaches to the base, and a sizeable capacity of 1.2 liters. The Brentwood also heats up water quickly, only taking a few minutes when it is just over half full. Like the Ovente, this kettle has a 360-degree base, but what’s also nice about it is that you can store the cord into the base when you’re not using it.

Pros

  • Sturdy stainless steel construction
  • Rapid heating
  • Auto shutoff feature
  • Cordless, 360-degree base
  • Cord folds into base for easy storage

Cons

  • Sometimes the heating element needs a little time to warm up, but this is uncommon
  • Spout can be small for some users, but pours just fine in my experience
  • Water level indicator is tucked behind the handle, making it difficult to see

Hamilton Beach Ensemble Cord Free Pouring Kettle

Hamilton Beach Ensemble Cord Free Pouring Kettle

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Much like Proctor Silex, the brand Hamilton Beach is synonymous with high-quality consumer products. To that end, the Ensemble Cord-Free Electric Kettle is one of their top selling, highest rated plastic kettles, and it’s easy to see why. Unlike other kettles, the Ensemble comes with a concealed heating element that uses 1500 watts to boil water.

Most kettles only use about a thousand, so the extra wattage means that this kettle heats water much faster than other brands. Even a full container only takes minutes. Speaking of a full tank, the Ensemble’s 1.7-liter capacity makes this kettle ideal for office settings or families that drink a lot of tea and coffee. I love the cord-free pouring and the fact that the base is 360 degrees with a storage compartment for the cord.

Pros

  • Boil dry sensor
  • Auto shutoff when water reaches temp
  • Cordless pouring
  • 360-degree base
  • Storage compartment for cord
  • 1500 watts means it heats water faster
  • High-capacity tank
  • Concealed heating element doesn’t wear down as fast as other models

Cons

  • Some users report tasting plastic when drinking from the kettle. However, this is rare
  • Smells like plastic when heating

Ariete Lipton 2872 Cordless Electric Glass Kettle

Ariete Lipton 2872 Cordless Electric Glass Kettle

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Finally, we come to the only glass device on this list, and the only branded kettle known for making tea.

The Ariete Lipton is so named for the Lipton Tea company, so you know that this unit is perfect for making pots of hot water for coffee (and, I suppose, tea).

While plastic kettles can sometimes produce an off-putting smell, opting for glass means that you won’t have to worry about that, or have the paranoid feeling that plastic is leaching into your water. Additionally, the Ariete, like most glass kettles, has a large capacity and complete 360-degree viewing window, so you always know how much water is left. Other features that I like about this kettle are: cord-free pouring, storage compartment for the cord, 360-degree base, soft opening lid prevents splashing, and removable filter ensures clean water every time.

Pros

  • High capacity tank
  • Durable glass construction
  • Easy to see when water is full or empty
  • Auto shutoff when water is at temp
  • Removable filter for easy cleaning
  • Soft opening lid to prevent splashing
  • 360-degree base
  • Storage compartment for cord
  • Very noticeable on/off indicator light

Cons

  • Sides do get hot, but handle stays cool
  • In rare cases, the auto shutoff sensor doesn’t work, but this may be due to the lid not being closed properly

Final Verdict

While I am partial to stainless steel kettles, I would highly recommend either the Hamilton Beach or the Ariete Lipton kettle. Each of them boasts a slew of nifty features, and the high-capacity tanks are excellent. However, I am a bit biased because I usually go through three or four cups of coffee in the morning, so you may not need as much space as I do. Regardless, those would be my two top choices if I had to pick a kettle that was not made of stainless steel.

Karla Hines
 

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