OXO BREW Classic Tea Kettle

Last updated date: August 20, 2019

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OXO BREW Classic Tea Kettle

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We looked at the top Tea Kettles and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Tea Kettle you should buy.

Update as October 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Tea Kettle for a detailed review of all the top tea kettles.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 51 expert reviews, the OXO BREW Classic Tea Kettle placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Make tea in style with the OXO Classic Kettle, a traditional-shaped whistling tea Kettle. The Kettle features silicone touch points on the spout cap and handle to help resist heat. Flip the spout cap down to cover the spout and listen for the Kettle to whistle when water is boiling. Then flip the spout cap back to reveal a precise spout that won’t drip while pouring. Turn the handle down to get it out of the way when filling the Kettle or for storage. A large lid opening makes filling and cleaning more convenient. seamless, high-grade stainless steel guards against rust. Do not place in dishwash

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,305 user reviews

What experts liked

Yay! Spout doesn’t dribble, offers good control of the pour
- Seattle Coffee Gear
Sturdy, well made in USA. No seams, all in one piece makes it easy to clean.
- BestReviews
The swinging handle and large lid opening made this kettle very easy to fill. We were able to simply set the kettle in the sink instead of awkwardly holding it under the faucet. When it comes time to clean the product, the rotating handle moves to one side, and we found that the lid opening is large enough for an adult’s hand.
- The Spruce Eats
May 6, 2019 | Full review
The handle and spout have silicone touch points that resist heat for burn-free use. The handle folds to the side for storage or easy filling.
- Business Insider
December 22, 2017 | Full review
The lid of the Kettle is large considering the size of the Kettle. This gives the Kettle much needed to space to pour the water as the top portion is narrow. As it has a simple design with a large lid, it gives enough opening so that you can clean it easily with your hands.
- Cookwared
The spout cap has a silicone touch spot for when you need to open it for easy pouring.
- Food Shark Marfa
The kettle has silicon touch points in vital areas of the kettle such as the cap and handle that protect you from heat burns.
- What Kettle
October 18, 2017 | Full review
Its wide open and foldable handle facilitate easy cleaning as well. Lastly, 1.7 quarts of capacity should be more than enough to serve several cups for you, your guests, or your family.
- Best Electric Water Boilers
May 1, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

May spurt water, and sometimes handle gets too war. Inside material of kettle could be questionable
- BestReviews
At $40, this product is a high-quality, beautifully designed kettle, but it’s fairly expensive.
- The Spruce Eats
May 6, 2019 | Full review
Some customers have experienced rusting
- Business Insider
December 22, 2017 | Full review
If you have magnetic induction ranges, this is not compatible
- Cookwared
Although stainless steel is rust resistant, this may be prone to rusting if not dried out between uses
- Food Shark Marfa
The inside is not as polished as the outside is and the inside is non-stock.
- What Kettle
October 18, 2017 | Full review

An Overview On Tea Kettles

Sitting down with a hot cup of tea is a simple, healthy way to add some relaxation to your life. Whether you’re switching from jittery morning coffee to soothing AM herbals, or if you’re constantly adding to an overflowing tea collection, you need a great tea kettle to bring out the tea’s flavors and healing properties. 

There are two main categories of tea kettles: stovetop and electric. Stovetop kettles are the classic appliances that heat up water on your stove’s burner, then whistle when it’s boiling. You can heat water up to a rolling boil in stovetop kettles, which is actually hotter than a standard boil. A good stovetop kettle is made from quality materials, like stainless steel, and it emits a loud, clear whistle. The best stovetop kettles also have heat-resistant handles and hold enough water for several cups of tea. 

Electric kettles boil water on your counter. When you plug it in and turn it on, an electric current runs through a built-in heating coil. The heat brings your water to a boiling point. Many electric kettles have an auto-shutoff feature that kicks in when your water boils. A good electric kettle is made from rust-resistant materials, and it will have a high wattage for faster boiling.

There are also some kettles that combine a classic teapot design with the convenience of stovetop boiling. They’re usually made from heat-resistant glass that’s sturdy enough to use on your stovetop or in your microwave. You can add your own tea leaves with a built-in infuser, so it’s perfect for creating your own blend. 

Choosing the best tea kettle doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort. We’ve done the research for you, so check out our picks (and our Tips & Advice) before you buy.

The Tea Kettle Buying Guide

  • First, you’ll have to decide if you want a stovetop kettle or an electric kettle. Stovetop kettles can be lovely, classic additions to your kitchen decor. Electric kettles are great for quicker boiling, and their added safety features are nice if you have young children in your home. 
  • Check out how much water your kettle can hold before you buy. Larger stovetop kettles can hold around 3 quarts of water, while most electric kettles hold between 1 and 1.5 quarts. If the kettle uses a built-in tea infuser, it might not be able to hold as much water. 
  • Heavier stovetop kettles made from stainless steel or glass will outlast kettles made from lighter materials. Glass electric kettles have a longer lifespan than plastic kettles.
  • Looking for an eco-friendly way to enjoy your daily mug of tea? Try buying a stovetop kettle with a built-in tea leaf infuser. You’ll use less paper and plastic when you buy your own leaves. You can even reuse them for extra cups of tea.
  • If you’re using a tea kettle with plastic components, make sure everything is BPA free before you buy. 
  • Take a close look at the cleaning instructions for your tea kettle. You’ll need to hand wash most electric kettles, but there are many dishwasher-safe stovetop kettles. Handwashing any infusers or accessories will help them last longer.
  • You can remove tea stains or hard water buildup with a little bit of white vinegar. For stovetop kettles, boil equal parts water and white vinegar. Turn off the kettle and let it sit for a few hours, then rinse and repeat until your kettle is sparkling. For electric kettles, mix a solution of water and white vinegar and fill your kettle halfway or three-quarters full. Let the kettle come to a boil, then turn it off and let it sit on your countertop for about 20 minutes. Pour out the solution and enjoy your freshly-cleaned kettle.