T-fal Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

This kettle's stainless steel construction is built to last. It heats up an impressive three quarts of water, and it has an auto-shutoff feature. The one-touch lever on the handle makes for easy pouring. In our testing, we liked how much water this kettle could hold. In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the T-fal T-fal Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Tea Kettle for a detailed review of all the top tea kettles.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
2,595 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Polished stainless steel. Large opening That makes filling and pouring a breeze. Affordable
- BestReviews
Since this kettle is made of stainless steel, heat moves from the burner to the water quickly. We found that the material also helped retain heat inside the kettle, which kept our water hot for longer periods.
- The Spruce Eats
May 6, 2019 | Full review
It is made from heavy gauge polished stainless steel material which makes it durable and stylish.
- The Top Pro
At 3 quarts, it’s the largest kettle on our list, though its ultra-thin base ensures that it boils water just as quickly as the smaller models.
- The Kitchen Advisor
Very durable, you get a limited lifetime warranty with this product.
- Chef's Resource
July 28, 2019 | Full review
The heavy gauge polished stainless steel body will keep the water from getting contaminated with plastic and other chemicals.
- Product Reviews
June 24, 2019 | Full review
It comes with an inbuilt thermostat that shuts itself off automatically as soon as the boiling is complete.
- What Kettle
October 23, 2017 | Full review
The handle comes with a one-touch lever which is made for easy pouring while keeping your hands out of the steam.
- Enhanced Kitchen
October 24, 2018 | Full review
It has an inbuilt thermostat that is used to boil the water after which it turns itself off.
- Kitchen Cookware Reviews
What experts didn't like
Interior lining may peel, leave debris floating in the water. Indicator of water level hard to see. Questionable if interior is BPA free
- BestReviews
Hard to press trigger when holding kettle
- The Spruce Eats
May 6, 2019 | Full review
The handle gets fairly hot, so you’ll need to use an oven mitt when handling it.
- The Kitchen Advisor
Some say it takes too long to boil water
- Product Reviews
June 24, 2019 | Full review
If the kettle is left unattended for long, it starts to leak.
- What Kettle
October 23, 2017 | Full review
Level indicator is hard to locate.
- Kitchen Cookware Reviews

From The Manufacturer

T-fal makes enjoying a cup of tea an easier and even more delightful experience with the 3 quart polished stainless steel kettle. Durable stainless steel construction ensures lasting performance and beauty. The stylish design, with an ergonomic black handle, is a welcome addition to any kitchen. One push opens or closes the spout cover. The base is wide for greater contact with the heating source to bring water to a boil quicker. When the water is ready for pouring, the spout cover will alert you with a pleasant whistle. The conveniently sized opening has a snug-fitting lid and allows enough water for a small tea party. The T-fal Stainless Steel 3-qt Tea Kettle is covered by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Willow & Everett Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
2. T-fal Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
AmazonBasics Electric Tea Kettle
3. AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Hot Water Kettle
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
4. OXO BREW Classic Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Pykal Whistling Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
6. KitchenAid 2.0-Quart Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Hiware Glass Teapot, 1,000ml
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Mr. Coffee Flintshire Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Circulon 1.5-Quart Sunrise Tea Kettle
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 2

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.

DYWM Fun Fact

Americans don’t usually add milk to their tea, but it’s a must for many tea drinkers in European countries. However, adding milk didn’t start because the British loved dairy — it had a lot to do with your financial state.

Low-quality, inexpensive teacups would crack if you poured hot tea directly into them. If your host added milk to your cup before pouring the tea, it offset the tea’s temperature and prevented their budget cups from cracking. Adding a splash of milk after you finished pouring the tea was a signal that you were a bit better off. You could afford teacups that would withstand the tea’s temperature.

Now that we have teacups made from stronger materials, this social dance around the milk in your tea is unnecessary. Pouring milk in first can make dark, overpowering teas taste much better, bringing out flavors that you wouldn’t notice otherwise.

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.