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I've been a tea drinker since childhood. My mom and I would drink tea, watch our favorite shows, and snuggle in the basement.
Our ritual wasn't particularly involved, but as I got older, I started to appreciate tea on a deeper level. After speaking to tea expert Joyce Maina, founder and director of the Cambridge Tea Consultancy, I realized there was more to drinking tea than just a sachet and a cup of hot water.
A good kettle goes a long way in creating a satisfying tea drinking experience. "Because the kettle is all about the water, really," said Maina. You'll likely want a kettle with a built-in filter, especially if you have hard water.
Kettles aren't exclusively for tea-aficionados. The things that make them great for heating water also make them universally useful kitchen tools.
I spent several months testing different electric kettle models to find the standouts.
Best kettle overall: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle, $159.95 on Williams SonomaThe Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle is a sleek option for pour-over coffee lovers and tea drinkers alike.
Best high-end kettle: Smeg '50s Retro Electric Kettle, $169.95 on Williams SonomaThe Smeg '50s Retro Electric Kettle is a throwback model with modern features.
Best kettle for tea-making: KitchenAid KEK1032SS Precision Gooseneck Digital Kettle, $134.99 on AmazonThe KitchenAid KEK1032SS Precision Gooseneck Digital Kettle is a stainless steel model that offers precise temperature control.
Best large-capacity kettle:Zojirushi Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, $217.32 on AmazonThe Zojirushi Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer is ideal for boiling or heating large quantities of water.