An electric kettle is a modern kitchen staple. These self-contained cookers don’t require an open flame, which makes them safer to use. Plus, they offer more precise temperature control and even boil water quicker than their stove-reliant counterparts.
While there are several styles from which to choose, opting for one with a gooseneck spout allows for precision pouring. This is useful for brewing more delicate coffees where a heavier-flow kettle might over-agitate the grinds. Here are some hot options that fit the bill.
This 1000-watt Bonavita 1-liter kettle is a cafe staple. If you walk into most coffee shops, you’ll see this product sitting on the countertop. It features a real-time temperature display and built-in timer. The kettle also lets you keep your hot water at your precise specifications—between 140°-212°F—for up to 60 minutes.
It comes with a hidden game. Amazon
For a higher-tech option, Fellow’s 1,200-watt Stagg EKG+ pour-over kettle is another great choice. It’s the most expensive of the bunch, but comes with some sweet features including Bluetooth connectivity so you can start a boil from bed. The minimal design employs a single knob on the base to control all the functionality and temperature settings. The spout is designed to prevent drip-back, help control the speed of your pour, and provide a steady flow of water. The kettle’s variable temperature control allows you to set the temp to a specific degree—between 135°F to 212°F—and hold it at that temperature for an hour. An inlaid LCD screen lets you track the temperature, set a stopwatch to keep track of your coffee brewing. You can easily switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius. It comes in Matte Black or polished chrome.
Lastly, according to Fellow, the Kettle also features an Easter Egg game. If you take the kettle off the base and switch back and forth between Celsius and Fahrenheit, a game called “Wormy”—similar to Snake—will show up on the LCD screen.
Bodum Melior Gooseneck Electric Water Kettle
Comes in black and silver. Amazon
Bodum’s gooseneck kettle is one of the prettier—and more affordable—devices on the list, due to its sustainable cork on the handle and lid. The cork gives you a comfortable hold on the appliance while you’re pouring or removing the lid. The 27-ounce kettle doesn’t let you choose a specific temperature, and is fairly basic when it comes to features, but if you want an attractive appliance that heats water, this is a good choice.