Sometime in the last decade, public preference swung from a whistling kettle on every stove to an electric kettle on every countertop. And it makes sense: The latter never rusts; heats water quickly, in some cases to a precise temperature; and turns off automatically. And yet, I still believe old-fashioned kettles are where it’s at. (In fact, I recently found myself in the middle of an argument on Twitter with electric-kettle enthusiasts after I expressed my dismay at their proliferation.) As long as I’ve thought about the kind of home I’d have as an adult, I’ve had a singular vision for my perfect kitchen, and it’s always had a stove-top kettle in it. Are they the most practical? Perhaps not, but nothing beats the calming routine and sweet whistling of heating water in a kettle. So for the design-minded and slow going among us, I found 15 kettles that’ll look great on your stove top and make brewing your next cup of tea a little more poetic.
For satisfying the urge to buy all things millennial pink
Chantal Sven Pink Kettle with Wood Handle
My primary argument against electric kettles: this incredibly handsome, vintage-inspired enamel kettle made exclusively for Crate and Barrel and purchased by me within minutes of coming across it.
For the bachelor who wants a kettle to go with his Crock-Pot
Primula Matte Black Tea Kettle with Wood-Look Handle
For all the single men who make every meal in a Crock-Pot, here’s a kettle that is just as simple and utilitarian in design.
For the kitchen straight out of the MoMA Design Shop catalogue
Fellow Clyde Stovetop Tea Kettle
This isn’t your mother’s tea kettle — unless she’s really into modern design, in which case, you should buy this for her next birthday.
For handling roommate wear and tear
Mr. Coffee Carterton Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle
If you’re not ready to pay an arm and a leg for a really nice kettle (especially one you’re sharing with roommates), consider this affordable option from Mr. Coffee, which will do the job until you can be sure your kettle will be treated well.
For heating up water for your Chemex
Coffee Gator Gooseneck Pour Over Coffee Kettle
Japanese Coffee Kettle
As coffee expert Erika Vonie recently pointed out in our guide to making coffee at home like a barista, when making pour-over coffee, you need a kettle that can pour a concentrated stream of piping hot water. Gooseneck kettles are the best tool for doing just that.
For impatient tea lovers looking to add color to their kitchen
ROCKURWOK Tea Kettle Stovetop Whistling Teapot Yellow
Not only is this sunflower-yellow kettle a beautiful addition to the stove top, but a high-grade stainless-steel base means it’s designed to heat up faster if you’re the type who hates waiting for that telltale whistle of boiling water.
For steampunk enthusiasts
SUSTEAS Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle
A black-and-gold kettle that’s as sturdy as, well, a steam engine. It also comes in white or red with the same golden hardware.
For matching your Mauviel saucepan with your kettle
Copco Copper Plated Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
A kettle to go with the French-countryside kitchen aesthetic you’ve been working toward ever since you visited Provence the summer before last.
For matching your butterfly pea tea with your kettle
E-liu Glass Teapot Kettle with Lid
Not only is this 50-ounce iridescent tea kettle big enough to make tea for a large group, but you can throw the whole thing in the dishwasher when you’re done.
For matching your Dutch oven with your kettle
Le Creuset Demi Tea Kettle
Staub Cast-Iron Round Tea Kettle
We’re already huge fans of Le Creuset’s and Staub’s enamel and cast-iron Dutch ovens, so why not buy matching kettles to go with them?
For satisfying an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obsession
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Whistling Tea Kettle
Despite the haughty name, MacKenzie-Childs’s kettles aren’t shipped from the U.K., but rather are produced and painstakingly hand-painted in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Still, we think the queen would enjoy a cuppa from one of these beauties.
For those in search of the Frank Lloyd Wright house of tea kettles
Alessi 9093 Kettle
In the early ’80s, Italian brand Alessi commissioned Michael Graves — the world-renowned architect behind Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resorts and the Portland Building in Oregon — to design a tea kettle. For 15 years, it was Alessi’s top-selling kettle, and you can still cop one today.
For brewing coffee in the woods
Litech Lightweight Camp Kettle
If you think of the great outdoors as your kitchen, then consider this tidy, little kettle with a folding handle and storage bag that you can easily stow away once you’re ready to hit the trail.