If you only make tea for one or two people at a time, you probably don’t need a full size kettle. A cup or two, in the best small kettle, will boil more quickly and that means you can enjoy your tea sooner. Also, of course, smaller kettles will also have a smaller footprint on your countertop or wherever you store it while not in use.
The concept of the “best” kettle is subjective because different folks are looking for different things, have different needs and uses, and even personality quirks that might cause somebody to love one kettle, and someone else to hate the very same one. We’re taken everything we can into account when ranking the following options, and we’ve laid out the pros, cons, and everything else you need to know about them. In any case, all of these are among the very best options, and any of them would make a fine choice – so if you aren’t too pick – just find one that fits your budget.
All of the following small kitchen kettles were chosen for their quality, durability, function, and value. It’s always important to use to choose products where you’re getting your money’s worth because it’s easy to slap a high price tag on an item, but if it doesn’t perform exceptionally better than the less expensive counterparts, it doesn’t make it on this list.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best choices.
Best Small Kettles
Some of these are electric, some of them are stove-top. There are pros and cons to each type, so choose the one that appeals to you the most. Alright, let’s get started!
5. Gourmia GK360W Travel Foldable Electric Kettle
This brilliant little guy gets bonus points for pure uniqueness. One an interesting tiny, little kettle! Not only that, but it isn’t just a gimmick – it actually works great, is very affordable, and has excellent reviews.
This might be the first collapsible kettle you’ve ever seen in your life, it certainly was for me. When collapsed, this Gourmia kettle is only 4 inches tall. When expanded and ready for action, it holds up to 0.7 liters of water, just shy of 3 cups.
It does plug into a wall, which isn’t apparent from all of the photos, but it has a standard size cord coming out of it. It’s great for traveling, or just for the sake of having something that barely takes up any space in your kitchen at all. You’ve got standard features like auto shut-off, and it’s just generally a nice little unit, made using food-grade silicone.
4. Bonavita Bona Voyage 0.5-Liter Electric Travel Kettle
Talk about travel size, this option by Bonavita is very small. It holds 2 cups of water, (500ml), which is enough to fill two tea cups or one slightly larger-size mug. It boils the water nice and quick, and is designed for travel yet is also very suitable for home use if the size suits you (Which it should, if you’re here, looking for a kettle of this size…)
It comes with a stainless steel exterior, or a rich red option instead. It comes equipped with an impressive (especially for this size) 900 watt heater and comes standard with boil-dry protection and auto shut-off, but you should always be diligent, ensure your kettle is full before turning it on, and not leave it unattended because it’s easy to get distracted and to forget about it. Of course, this tidbit of knowledge applies to all kettles – not just this one but is especially important for ones that don’t have the safety features that you’ll find on the Bona Voyage 0.5-liter model.
3. Docooler 1.1L Portable Ultra-light
This little kettle measures 7 x 7 x 3 inches and folds up for easy transportation or storage. It’s popular among hikers and backpackers for its small weight and a small footprint while still being incredibly useful. It’s just a well-designed product, whether you’ve got it slung over a campfire, or resting on top of your stove in the comfort of your own kitchen.
It weighs just over 5 ounces, the handle folds down, and it has a special grip to prevent you from burning your hand when you pick it up. It’s made from anodized aluminum and comes with a small mesh bag if you’re going to be taking it on the trail with you. But again, it also works great at home.
2. Zell Stainless Steel Gooseneck
Goosenecks are all the rage, and this is a nice small gooseneck kettle that won’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen. This particular gooseneck by Zell plugs into the wall and sits on a base that it can detach from, meaning you don’t need to unplug it in order to fill it up in the sink (Because you’re disconnecting the kettle itself from the power source. Heads up: If you have an outlet near your sink and an electric kettle with a cord that reaches, it’s still not a great idea to fill it up while it’s plugged in. If the electric kettle you choose doesn’t have a base that it can disconnect from, make sure you do unplug it. Just wanted to clear that up!)
The advantage of a gooseneck is that you’ll have more control over your pour. The water won’t come gushing out, it just gives you a steady, smaller stream. It’s great for making pour-over coffees, or for when you want to be extra delicate and fragile with your tea leaves. This particular model holds 800ml.
1. Ecooe Glass Teapot 30 Oz Loose Leaf Tea Maker
Here’s a stovetop kettle that doubles as a tea maker (or is it the other way around?) Either way, we appreciate the versatility and the clean simplicity of this option. It holds 30 ounces (3.75 cups) and has a built-in steeper so that you can dip your loose leaf tea right into it after you’ve brought it to a boil and removed it from your stove.
It’s made from strong Borosilicate glass, with a lid made from high-quality stainless steel. The really nice thing about glass is that you can always clean it right back to like-new condition. Sometimes with different materials, you can never quite get it the same, and you wouldn’t want to use potent cleaners inside, for instance, a kettle made from plastic. There’s just something nice and pure about the glass, you know?
Ecooe offers an 18 month hassle-free warranty, but it’s hard to imagine a situation where you’d need it – this is some seriously strong glass.
Hopefully one of those units has jumped out to you after taking the time to skim each of them. You can click through to the Amazon page for each one to learn more, and to check out reviews from people who already own them. All of those links will open in a new tab, so you won’t lose your place while doing research.
If you have any questions about any of these units, or anything else tea-related in general, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Good luck and happy steeping!