For coffee and tea drinkers, an electric kettle is a godsend. It boils water more quickly and efficiently than a microwave or a stovetop oven. And because the kettle is electric, it often comes with some nifty features which make it all the easier to use.
Like for instance, electric kettles generally have auto-shutoff safety control features which is very important for a heating appliance. They also tend to be cordless by design, so that it’s easy to serve hot water.
Some models even allow you to choose between different temperature settings. This is very useful especially if you’re brewing a type of coffee bean or tea leaf that has a specific brewing temperature requirement.
For most kettle users, a standard size works for any purpose. Kettle size usually ranges from .7 liters to 1.7 liters. If you need hot water for 2 people, a liter will usually suffice. If you need more, a 1.7-liter is enough to produce around 6-7 cups. There are also some portable options, although these tend to be small.
For really big families who love drinking hot beverages, however, a large electric kettle is a must-have for the kitchen. These large-sized kettles have capacities that range from 1.8 to 2 liters. They also often have the same convenient features common to standard-sized kettles. The downside? They also occupy a lot of space so you might want to take your kitchen space into consideration when deciding to get one.
A large electric kettle isn’t only good for boiling water for your coffee, though.
This type of kettle is an excellent culinary hack for getting your way through a sous-vide. Instead of waiting for your immersion circulator to heat that water bath where you’ll submerge your 5-pound pork shoulder, using a 2 L electric kettle to quickly boil water and then add it to the bath will definitely shorten your waiting time.
You can use it, similarly, to shortcut the boiling process when cooking a big pot of pasta. Boil water in the kettle, and then add it to pasta water already simmering in the pot. It’s guaranteed to cook that much pasta faster than just waiting for the water to boil on the stove.
Or you can use it to make lots of hot soup on a rainy day. Simply toss a bouillon cube into the kettle, add some veggies chopped into small pieces, fill it with enough water, turn the kettle on, and voila, you’ll have hot and delicious soup in just a few minutes.
For purposes of this list, I focused on the 2L cordless electric kettles in the market. These are large enough to satisfy any need for boiling a large volume of hot water quickly and easily. Here are my top choices.
The Best Large Electric Kettles
- Stariver Electric Kettle
- HadinEEon Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
- Brewista Variable Temperature Cupping Kettle
- Topwit Electric Kettle Hot Water Kettle
- Dezin Electric Kettle Upgraded
1. Stariver Electric Kettle
This kettle will boil a full pot in just 4 minutes. Made from borosilicate glass, the kettle body is 360° rotational and thermal shock resistant. Its inner lid and heating base is made from stainless steel.
Its blue LED light is a stylish feature that also has a practical function. The lights will turn on when the kettle is heating and turn off when it is done boiling. Many users have commented on how it makes the boiling process fascinating.
This is a cordless design so you can separate it from its heating base for easy pouring. The mouth of the kettle is also wide open so that it’s easy to clean after using it.
Safety features include a heat-resistant insulated handle, a 3-prong plug, and auto shut off, boil dry protection technology.
- Automatic shut off
- Blue LED light is a unique and stylish feature
- Has some plastic parts
- Short electric cord
2. HadinEEon Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
This is a more high-end version (read expensive) of my first recommendation. This one boils 1.8L of water in 5 minutes. Yes, it’s a little less fast but this kettle still has the same features as the above, with a couple of nifty additions thrown in for more convenience.
It has 6 different temperature settings (160℉, 175℉, 185℉, 190℉, 200℉, 212℉) so you can pick the best temperature for your brewing purposes. It also has a Keep Warm option that will keep the water hot for up to 4 hours.
Safety features include a LED indicator light, an ergonomic heat-resistant handle, and a Safety Auto-Off and Boil-Dry protection. A wide lid mouth and cordless design make it easy to clean and use for serving hot drinks.
- Heating plate for warming
- 3 year warranty and 1 year money back guarantee
- Inner lid is plastic and will come in contact with heated moisture
- Glass portion will get really hot so stay clear of it when boiling
3. Brewista Variable Temperature Cupping Kettle
This is a stainless steel kettle that offers precise digital temperature settings in one-degree increments. The body is made from high-grade stainless steel, while the handle is made from phenolic resin. The lid and base are made from BPA-free polypropylene.
This kettle is best for those living in high altitudes. Its patented boil sensing software is able to shut down the heating process once the water is boiled and then saves the temperature setting for the next use. This feature can also be disabled.
This model uses Strix heating technology. It has a Keep Warm function that can maintain the desired heat setting for an hour. It also displays current and target water temperatures when heating. The measurements can also be changed from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
This also has a built-in timer that can be set to count up or down with just a touch of a button. You can even program it to boil at a specific temperature of your choosing through the auto-start function.
As a safety feature, this kettle automatically shuts off after 60 minutes of inactivity.
- Gooseneck design for precise pouring
- Auto Brew Function
- Display isn’t user-friendly; some users mention it takes a while to figure out how to use it
- Wood accents aren’t made of real wood (if you’re particular with craftsmanship)
4. Topwit Electric Kettle Hot Water Kettle
This is an upgraded model, featuring a stainless steel kettle body and a handle coated with food-grade silicone to prevent scalding.
This kettle will boil a full pot in 3 minutes. It comes with a red LED light indicator and a removable heating base for easy pouring. Its cord can be wrapped around the base for easy storage.
It has an advanced temperature controller and features an Automatic Shut-Off function and Boil-Dry protection technology.
- On/Off switch conveniently located on the thumb placement on the handle
- Heating temperature is not adjustable
- Outer body not insulated, so stick to the handle when using the kettle to boil water
5. Dezin Electric Kettle
Similar to the previous product, this kettle offers no-frills boiling for a large group of people. Made from stainless steel, it boils water quickly in 3 minutes.
It’s also easy to operate with its one-touch On/Off button. It’s also designed for cordless serving and can be lifted off its heating base.
Safety features include the standard heat-resistant, non-slip handle; a three-prong plug, an Auto Shut-off, and Boil-Dry Protection.
- Easy to clean
- Elderly-friendly; senior citizens will find it easy to use
- Relatively more loud than other kettles
- No Keep Warm function
Buyers Guide to Picking the Best Large Electric Kettle
Capacity aside, large electric kettles in the market vary by the type of material and the features it has. Here’s what to look out for.
For quicker heating, a stainless steel electric kettle should be your choice. It’s a faster conductor of heat than glass. That’s why glass kettles have a stainless steel heating plate at the base. But glass is also more stylish.
Because it’s a heating appliance, glass kettles tend to be made from a strong type of glass, usually borosilicate. This makes them durable against thermal heat shock.
Some models will use a combination of stainless steel, glass, and food-grade plastic. The plastic usually is of food-grade quality and is used to make parts of the kettle heat resistant so that you won’t be scalding when handling it.
When deciding on a kettle with plastic parts, be sure to look for a BPA-free label. And just to be on the safe side, check to make sure that the plastic will not touch the water.
Look for consistency of a kettle’s temperature settings. The standard range for the time it takes an electric kettle to boil two liters of water will be around 3 to 5 minutes.
Does it have different temperature settings? Some models will allow you to program specific temperatures. Others will have a Keep Warm feature. Pick those features that you find useful for your needs.
Don’t forget to check the claims of the manufacture via the customer reviews on the product page. Be aware though that the boiling temperature of the water is different in higher altitudes, so factor this into your consideration.
Some models may have some extra features added to the standard features we’ve mentioned earlier in the post. Some will have LED indicator lights, others will have sufficient storage for the base cord.
Just don’t expect a noiseless feature on an electric kettle. Because it boils water, a kettle will always have some sort of noise. That being said, some models will have more tolerable decibels of noise than others. Check the customer reviews for how loud a particular model can get.
A 1-year warranty is standard for this type of appliance. But most manufacturers won’t list it on their pages. If it’s a simple, no-frills but a well-made electric kettle, 1 year is more than enough. But if its got a lot of extra digital features, and costs a bit more, it is better have more than just a year of warranty.
As always, also check their after-sales service. If they’re prompt in answering questions and responding to replacement concerns, they’re worth your consideration.