Over the last couple of decades, stove top kettles have steadily and increasingly popular again. Although people are definitely looking for energy efficient alternatives to different aspects of their lives and switching from an electric kettle to a stove top kettle is one way of doing that; it is also about nostalgia. Stove top kettles evoke nostalgic feelings because many of us remember our parent’s or grandparent’s (or indeed, a completely different relative or friend of the family) own stove top kettle and that perfect whistling noise that told you tea would be ready soon.
Nowadays though, there is a wide range of different kinds of stove top kettles, to suit everyone’s individual needs. In the following article, we will give you a guide to some of these and what we think are the best stove top kettles with specific features you may be looking for, such as
- a strainer
- a temperature gauge
- a infuser
- a whistle
- a wooden handle
- a filter
- a limescale filter
- a thermometer
Stove Top Kettle With Strainer
A stove top kettle with a strainer is ideal if you are looking to use your kettle to make tea without the use of a separate teapot. The strainer is normally something place over the spout, or incorporated into the design of the spout that enables you to pour the tea-infused liquid while keeping the tea bags, leaves and anything else you may be using to infuse into your drink, out of your cups.
Siyaglass® 35 Oz Glass Teapot with Stainless Strainer Functional Borosilicate Glass Pitcher with Bamboo Lid 1000ml
The Siyaglass 35 oz. Glass teapot with a stainless steel strainer made from borosilicate glass featuring a bamboo lid is the stove top kettle with a strainer we recommend.
We have chosen this particular kettle, not only because the price, though it is very affordable, but because it looks great and is made from high quality materials. Borosilicate glass is a special kind of glass that is much thinner and lighter than other varieties, but also incredibly durable. As it has a high thermal resistance rating and low coefficients, it is perfectly safe to use on both electric and gas stove tops.
It also features an attractive bamboo lid, but it’s the spout that will be the part you are most interested in, as it as a special coil strainer attachment. This is prevents anything you use in the kettle to flavour a drink from being poured into your cups.
Although it looks small, it has a capacity of 1 litre, which is more than enough if you are fixing yourself or a small number of people a hot drink. Considering the price, the functionality and the aesthetically pleasing design, we feel this is a great option if you are looking for a kettle with a strainer function.
Stove Top Kettle With Infuser
Now, it is important to understand the difference between a stove top kettle with a strainer and one with an infuser. While a strainer is used to pour liquid that may have tea leaves, bags or slices of fruit in it to flavour it, so that the solid matter is not poured into your cups, an infuser is a component that normally sits inside a kettle to steep things such as cut fruit, tea bags and tea leaves in the water, before being removed quickly when the drink has brewed for long enough.
Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser & Lid, Pyrex Glass Teapots Stove top Safe Tea Kettle 700ML by Ecooe
The particular stove top kettle with infuser that we have chosen to recommend to you is this Ecooe glass teapot with stainless steel infuser. It not only is a fine looking kettle that will take pride of place on your stove, but it is also suitable for using on all types of stoves. So whether you have a range cooker, an induction heat, electromagnetic stove or gas hob.
The infuser itself is made from 304 stainless steel, which is very high grade and will keep any unwanted residues pouring into your cups of brew, while staying in good condition and lasting for many years. With a capacity of 700 ml, it may not be suitable for providing hot drinks to a large number of people, but if it is just for you or you and another person, it is more than enough for making two drinks. Again, this stove top kettle has an amazingly low price considering its build and design quality and functionality.
Although it is a little bit more expensive than some of the kettles listed on this site and on this page for that matter, this is offset by the fact it features a temperature gauge. All in all, we feel this is an ideal purchase.
Stove Top Kettle With Temperature Gauge
There are many reasons why you might want a stove top kettle with a temperature gauge. Not least of all because if you like a wide range of different coffees, teas and other beverages, you will know that often they each individually require the water to be heated to different temperatures to get the drink just perfect. We have highlighted the same kettle above for this category because there are not many others to choose from, unless you buy a separate temperature gauge.
Stove Top Kettle With Whistle
While stove top kettles in the past came with whistles as standard, these days it is not always the case. This is why we have highlighted our favourite stove top kettle with whistle, as it saves you the hard work of looking through pages of kettles to work out which have and which don’t have whistles.
KitchenCraft Le’Xpress Induction-Safe Whistling Stove top Kettle, 2 Litres (3.5 Pints) – Chilli Red
With a striking, but highly attractive chilli red enamel finish, this stove top kettle will look great whether your kitchen has a more retro or modern vibe. It comes with a rather big capacity of 2 litres, which is more than enough to entertain guests with a piping hot drink of tea, coffee or something else. Most importantly, it features a loud and proud, nostalgia-filled whistle.
Judging by the customer comments and reviews, the whistle does the job it was intended for (some kettles have less than impressive whistles). Along with the whistle function it also features a handle that stays cool even when the kettle is on the heat and an easy to use flip-up spout for increased safety. As it has been designed and built by KitchenCraft a highly reputable company, who have made it available with a 10 year guarantee, we feel it offers great value for money.
Stove Top Kettle With Wooden Handle
Perhaps you are looking for something that has a sturdier handle than one made from plastic or something more protective against heat than something metallic. If you are looking for a stove top kettle with wooden handle for instance, then we can help point you in the right direction with the following recommendation
1 Litre Stainless Steel Cafe Time Drip Stove Kettle with Wooden Handle by Yoshikawa
This has been produced in Japan and has a special NSSC180 steel base that enables it to work with all types of cooker tops, including induction heaters. However, the best thing about this stove top kettle and reason why we have highlighted it, is it comes with a natural birch wood handle. So although it is made primarily from 18-8 high quality and sturdy stainless steel, you will never have to touch the warm metal. It is also very aesthetically pleasing and will look attractive in both modern and more traditionally furnished kitchens.
Stove Top Kettle With Filter
There are many reasons why you would need a stove top kettle with filter. It can help you to keep the water you use to boil clear. Not only from leaves, fruit slices and bags or larger coffee granules. We have highlighted one such kettle below.
Classic – Stove top kettles stainless steel with soft-touch handle 1.5l with filter by Renberg
This stove top kettle from Renberg, is a stainless steel body with a soft to touch handle and 1.51 litres capacity. It has a very classic and traditional look, with the build quality of a more modern appliance.
Stove Top Kettle With Limescale Filter
As you are probably aware, limescale can be a big problem when you own kettles and other appliances that rely on water. A stove top kettle with limescale filter would be ideal for preventing the build up of limescale damaging your kettle. Unfortunately, at the moment there are no stove top kettles with limescale filters built-in but you can purchase a variety of different limescale removers and other preventative accessories separately. When any such stove top kettles with limescale filters become available, we will update this page.
Stove Top Kettle With Thermometer
For very much the same reasons why you would want a stove top kettle with a temperature gauge, so too would you want one with a thermometer. As there is not a wide variety out there, we have highlighted the same kettle that is included under the Stove Top Kettle With Infuser and Stove Top Kettle With Temperature Gauge headings.