There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to start a day off right! However, noisy kitchen appliances can really put a damper on the contemplative morning mood. That’s why I set out to find the best quiet kettles to integrate into any existing kitchen setup.
Even outside of your morning routine, an electric kettle can be an incredibly useful tool in the kitchen. In addition to being safer than boiling water on a stove, it’s also faster and all-around more convenient. So let’s talk about how you could find the best product for your kitchen beyond getting one that matches the rest of your appliances aesthetically.
QUIET KETTLES: TOP PICKS
Features to Consider When Shopping for a Quiet Kettle
To start off, let’s take a look at some of the things you should keep an eye on while shopping for a quiet kettle.
The level of noise a kettle produces is just about the most important feature it has. At least, for our purposes, it is. In open-concept kitchens, living rooms and offices especially, sound travels in all directions. So, to avoid irritating our family, roommates or coworkers, we ought to use the quietest kettle available to us.
According to some experts, quick-boiling kettles can be as loud as electric drills, with the resulting noise being in the 80–95 decibel range! Many of the companies I’ll mention in my reviews have addressed that problem head-on by implementing proprietary quiet-boil technology in their products.
Generally, they only produce about 50 decibels at most (some even as low as 30 dB), which is comparable to moderate rainfall or the amount of noise you might hear in a quiet office building.
So how can you find a quiet kettle? Some manufacturers label their products as “quiet kettles” or “silent kettles.” If they don’t, there are a few other ways to tell which kettles are quieter than others. For example, the more powerful an electric kettle is, the louder it will be. Also, poorly built kettles, as well as those with moving parts, do tend to be noisier.
The speed of the boil is a good indicator of the kettle’s power. And, as I previously mentioned, the more powerful the kettle is, the noisier it will be. Of course, that’s not always the case. Still, most manufacturers specify the watts and voltage a kettle uses.
Few kettles can manage to be both quick and quiet. Still, I’d say that even a weaker electric kettle will probably bring your water to boil in less time than a stove would.
Safety is a huge factor when choosing any kind of kettle. You’ll definitely want to make sure that it’s built of thicker materials so that your kettle doesn’t heat up on the outside.
You’ll be dealing with boiling water anyway – so you might as well make sure that the exterior of the kettle is safe, at least. Fortunately, many manufacturers make the exteriors of their kettles cool to the touch. So, in order to prevent accidents, you should make sure the one you pick is made of thick and durable materials.
Design (Colors and Materials)
Obviously, you’ll want to make sure the kettle you go for fits in nicely in your kitchen or office. Luckily, there are many options to choose from. You can pick from a wide assortment of colors and materials. Your kettle could be plastic, glass, or stainless steel, with a modern or a vintage look.
It can also be as big or as small as you need it to be – this will all depend on your own needs. However, most of them will still have the same parts. They all have a base that powers the kettle, and the kettle itself, which typically has a window that shows how much water you’re pouring into it.
It’s also worth noting that the material influences how quiet your kettle is going to be. Obviously, some parts — namely, the heating elements at the bottom of the kettle — must be metal. However, having a plastic or glass body can definitely make a kettle more pleasant to your ear.
While most electric kettles automatically turn off once the water boils, some can be set to turn off when they reach a certain temperature. In addition, some kettles can even maintain a certain temperature, with a “keep warm” feature.
Also, there can be minor functional design differences, like non-slip handles. These, I imagine, would be great features for bigger kettles. If you fill those things up, you might have some trouble pouring the boiling water out if your hand is sliding off the handle.
And, all of the kettles I’ve reviewed are cordless. That means that the kettle itself isn’t confined to an outlet. Most kettles, in fact, are powered through a base, which is plugged into an outlet. That also ensures that the bottom of your kettle will stay cool to the touch.
When you’re looking for kettles that have the features I just talked about, you should know that a dollar store kettle won’t cut it. In fact, the most basic high-quality plastic kettles, which can also meet our noise requirements, go for around $30. For more design options or extra features, you’ll definitely want to set aside upwards of $50, maybe even $100.
Basically, the price of the product will depend on the brand, the quality, and the capacity of the kettle.
With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best and quietest kettles on the market.
Best Quiet Kettles on the Market
The following recommendations include kettles of all kinds — small and large, opaque and transparent, basic and high-tech. But if you want to expedite your search for the quiet kettle of your dreams, you should figure out the kettle capacity you need and go from there. Aside from that, you can go by the appearance of the product since the ones on this list are all quiet.
1. COOKTRON 1.7L Quiet Electric Kettle
All parts of this kettle are made from food-grade 305 stainless steel, including the inner pot, inner lid, spout, and rim. In other words, the kettle is 100% BPA-free, making it safe for everyday use.
The fact that the product is BPA-free also ensures its durability, as no rust can form on the inside. Plus, there is no plastic odor that will make your coffee or tea taste funny.
According to the manufacturer, the kettle does not exceed 30 decibels of noise. As such, it won’t disturb your peace and quiet too much, even when the water starts boiling. And since the kettle boasts boiling elements of 1,500 watts, the water is ready in less than 3 minutes every time.
As for the exterior, it is coated in a BPA-free plastic layer. This material keeps the exterior cool to the touch while the kettle is working, so you can safely touch it and pour your water into cups. In addition, the wide opening ensures that pouring the liquid is safe and efficient.
The combination of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic makes sure the water remains hot for a while after you turn the kettle off. Moreover, the British Strix thermostat technology provides you with an advanced auto shut-off feature for guaranteed safety.
Finally, the kettle is available in a sleek black design that will fit right into most kitchen designs. You could also get it in white, blue, green, or dark green color. The exterior is highly resistant to smudges and fingerprint marks, so you won’t have to clean it too often.
- The 1.7-liter capacity is ideal for cooking or brewing beverages
- Interior made of quality stainless steel
- The double-wall design makes the device quieter and cool to the touch
- Fast-boiling 1500W heating elements
- No boiling indicator
- No fancy features
2. BonNoces 0.5L Quiet Portable Electric Kettle
If you’re often disappointed upon entering a hotel room without a functioning kitchen area, consider getting a mini kettle. Since this 6.5-inch kettle yields exactly two cups, it’s the perfect unit for traveling solo or with a partner.
This BonNoces kettle is made of two materials. The inner layer is food-grade stainless steel, while the outer one is high-quality plastic (available in blue, pink, and white). The space between those layers dampens noise and prevents heat from transferring to the outer material. Of course, you won’t have to touch the body of the device at all, when the handle is right there.
Once you flip the switch on top of the handle, the 800-Watt heating elements should bring the water to a boil within 5 minutes. Once they do, the kettle will shut off automatically, and the same will happen if it detects no water inside.
The lid is fully detachable, allowing you to thoroughly clean the inside of the kettle. Just make sure it’s completely cool before sticking your hand in there. The bottom of the lid, the spout, and even the filter are all made of stainless steel too, which should also help with the cleaning process.
- The half-liter capacity is great for boiling water on the go
- Easy-to-clean stainless steel interior, cool-touch BPA-free plastic exterior
- The double-wall design makes the appliance quieter
- Fast-boiling 800W heating elements
- Too small to use for cooking
- Doesn’t have a window
- No fancy features
3. Aylion 1.5L Fast & Quiet Electric Kettle
The Aylion tea kettle has a capacity of 1.5 liters, which is equal to around 7 average-size cups. Running on 1,500 watts of power, the kettle can bring your water to a boiling point in about 5 minutes.
Thanks to the British Strix thermostat technology, the kettle turns off as soon as the water starts boiling. Thus, you don’t have to worry about any hazards or spend your time pondering if you’ve turned it off.
As with most kettles on this list, this model also comes with a double-wall construction. So, while the interior is made of stainless steel, the exterior is layered with BPA-free plastic.
Thus, the kettle heats up quickly and quietly, but the heat never transfers to the outside surface. In addition, cleaning it is equally seamless on the inside and outside, so you won’t need to scrub anything or spend too much time on it at all.
This kettle is made to last, meaning that it will remain in pristine condition for years, even with regular use. Just make sure to clean it regularly, and you won’t have any reason to worry.
According to Aylion, user experience is the most important factor that went into making this kettle. That’s why it features a 360° rotatable power base, so you can safely remove or place the kettle back at any angle.
Last but not least, the kettle comes in shiny black and is packed in a neat gift box. Therefore, you can give it to someone as a present as well as get it for yourself.
- Double-wall structure
- The 1.5-liter capacity is perfect for brewing tea or coffee
- 360° rotatable power base
- Fast and quiet-boiling 1,500W heating elements
- No window on the side
- Basic features
4. ASCOT 1.7L Stainless Steel Quiet Electric Tea Kettle
If you’re worried about plastic getting in contact with your water, this ASCOT kettle might be just what you need. The stainless steel appliance comes in a matte or polished silver finish. Both versions have only a few plastic parts, which are, of course, BPA-free.
The ring-shaped lid handle is mostly made of stainless steel, though it has an anti-scald plastic coating on the inside. However, if you want to protect the whole handle, you can replace the metal bit with a fully plastic one. Aside from that, the only other plastic parts on the appliance are the ones on the handle and the transparent power switch below.
Even though the body of the device won’t be completely cool to touch, it shouldn’t be too hot to handle if you accidentally brush up against it. The kettle also has an automatic shutoff feature and boil-dry protection.
Its 1,500-Watt heating elements will warm up any amount of water in 7 minutes at most. In fact, if you only want to make two cups of tea, they’ll probably be ready in 2 minutes flat. So, any noise you do end up hearing will be short-lived.
- The 1.7-liter capacity can be used for cooking or brewing beverages
- Stainless steel build prevents plastic from touching your water
- A clean, retro design with an anti-scald handle
- Fast and quiet-boiling 1,500W heating elements with boil-dry protection
- Doesn’t have a window
- The stainless steel body of the device isn’t cool to the touch
- No fancy features
5. Culinary Obsession 1.8L Glass & Stainless Steel Kettle
If the previous example has convinced you not to go for an opaque kettle after all, here’s another fully transparent option you might prefer. This Culinary Obsession kettle is a mix of borosilicate glass and stainless steel. The 1.8-liter container is great for brewing tea or making food — and the measurement gauge lines printed on the glass will help you no matter what you decide to use it for.
Again, the main benefit of this product in terms of noise is its quick boiling time. The kettle should boil half a liter of water in under two minutes, so any noise you do hear won’t last long. The full capacity won’t take much longer, coming to a boil after only six minutes.
The body of the device is thick enough to stop most sounds from escaping. Ultimately, the only noise you’ll be able to hear is the bubbling of the kettle’s contents — but that’ll probably come up through the spout.
Speaking of which, the top and bottom of the kettle (including the spout filter) are actually made of stainless steel, not glass. In fact, the only plastic part of the whole kettle is the handle, including the lid flip switch and the power switch.
Finally, like most basic models, this kettle has dry-boil protection and an automatic shutoff feature. It also lights up when its heating elements are active.
- The 1.8-liter capacity is great for either cooking or preparing hot beverages
- Borosilicate glass body with visible gauge lines and stainless steel details
- There’s a lid flip switch on top of the handle and a power switch below
- Fast and quiet-boiling 1,200W heating elements
- The glass isn’t exactly cool to touch
- The blue LED indicator light might be bothersome
6. Azeus 1.8L Cool Touch Electric Kettle
Now that we’ve seen several single-layer kettles, let’s take a look at another double-wall unit. The Azeus kettle has many of the properties I’ve already highlighted in other products. Its quiet heating elements can bring 1.8 liters of water to a boil within 7 minutes or so. You’ll know the device is working if the LED lights under the company logo are on.
As we have established, these kinds of units have a bit of space between the stainless steel interior and the BPA-free plastic exterior walls. That vacuum prevents sound and heat from transferring from the inner layers to the outer ones, making the whole kettle safe to touch.
Even though the manufacturer used food-grade plastic, the outer layer still won’t come in direct contact with the water. The spout, filter, and the bottom of the lid are all made of stainless steel too. Everything else, including the handle, the power switch, and the corded base of the device, is plastic.
- The 1.8-liter capacity is ideal for cooking or brewing beverages
- Stainless steel interior, white BPA-free plastic exterior
- The double-wall design makes the kettle quiet and cool to the touch
- Fast-boiling 1,500W heating elements
- Completely opaque, with the only measurement gauge being on the inside
- Basic model with no extra features and a somewhat dull design
7. Ulalov 0.8L Electric Gooseneck Kettle
If you need a smaller kettle that fits about 3 cups of liquid at a time, this Ulalov model is a perfect choice. It comes in matte black, and it is excellent for making tea, coffee, or any other hot beverage/meal you love.
Suitable for noise-sensitive environments, the kettle heats up in around 3 to 5 minutes and remains quiet all the while. Of course, you’ll hear the water boiling, but the electric noise won’t bother you as much.
Based on the manufacturer’s calculations, the kettle will help you save up on your electricity bill. Namely, it is about 60% more efficient than a stovetop, meaning that it will save you both time and money.
What draws most people to this kettle is its design. For one, it has a curved spout with a unique 7 mm gooseneck nozzle. As a result, pouring liquid into and out of the kettle is always safe and easy.
Since the interior of the kettle is made of rust- and BPA-free stainless steel, your water will always be safe for consumption and ready quickly. No plastic is ever in contact with the water, so you don’t have to worry about toxins or unusual flavors.
For many people, the fear of a kettle overheating or boiling dry is a lot stronger than the desire to buy one. Luckily, this model completely erases both of these possibilities.
First off, the kettle shuts down as soon as the water starts boiling, so there is no chance of it boiling over. In addition, the kettle cannot overheat, as its temperature goes down as soon as it stops working.
- The 0.8-liter capacity can be used for brewing beverages
- Sleek gooseneck design
- A combination of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic
- Fast and quiet-boiling heating elements
- No special features
- Small capacity for bigger families
8. Hamilton Beach 1L Glass Cordless Kettle
This Hamilton Beach kettle is fairly similar to the other glass and stainless steel model we’ve seen. The body of the device is mostly made of glass, except for the built-in mesh filter. Of course, if you’re worried about plastic contamination, you can always remove that part. Another feature we’ve already seen is the blue LED ring that lights up at the bottom of the kettle when it’s on.
The kettle has an automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection, as well as a relatively quick boiling time. After all, it can only hold a liter of water, so it should be able to heat it faster than a stove or a microwave. Better still, it’ll certainly be quieter than a stovetop kettle — at least it won’t squeal to signal that the water is hot.
When you want to boil some water, you’ll open the kettle by squeezing the pinch grip opening mechanism on the lid. The glass body allows you to see the exact amount of water you’re pouring in. But don’t expect it to be cool to the touch once the heat is on! Just keep your hands on the anti-scald handle, and you’ll be fine.
- 1-liter capacity glass body with white gauge lines
- It has stainless steel and plastic elements — like the built-in mesh filter
- Simple power switch with automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection
- Quick and quiet-boiling 1,500W heating elements
- The glass isn’t as cool to the touch as a double-wall might be
- Some people may not appreciate the built-in plastic mesh filter
- Soft blue illumination can be distracting at night
9. MAX 1.7L Electric Kettle With Temperature Control
When designing this tea kettle, MAX had one factor in mind. Namely, the company kept in mind that not every beverage or meal has to be made with boiling hot water. To that end, they made sure this kettle comes with a temperature control feature.
This feature allows you to heat your water up to a certain degree, depending on your needs and preferences. For example, you can use boiling water to make your tea and warm water for your oatmeal. And the best thing is, you can easily recognize when your water is ready based on the color-coded design of the operational panel near the handle.
Aside from the usual necessities — including coffee, tea, instant soup, etc. — this kettle also has a baby food feature. With it, you can easily make formula or any other food for your infant and rest assured that it will be of the perfect temperature.
When they first spot the kettle, most people are impressed with its high-end design. That was also the goal of the manufacturer, which is why it came up with a color reminiscent of the vineyards on French hillsides.
Moreover, it is important to mention that this kettle is one of the most durable models on the list. It can last for around 3 years with regular use, which equals 10,000 boiling cycles.
Last but not least, the kettle can never contaminate your drink or food with any toxins. For one, it features a nylon filter that keeps the liquid in the kettle completely toxin-free.
- 1.7-liter capacity body with visible gauge lines
- A temperature control feature
- An automatic shutoff protection
- A double-level controller that prevents any short circuits
- Fast, even, and quiet-boiling 1,500W heating elements
- More expensive than most other models on the list
10. GUALIU 1,5L Smart Quiet Water Boiling Tea Kettle
This GUALIU smart kettle is made from anti-limescale and non-polluting stainless steel. It is also 100% free of any plastic.
Depending on your needs, you can use the temperature control feature to heat up your water to different degrees. The options are as follows, and you can recognize them via the color-coded operational display: 0-120° F (green), 121° F-160° F (blue), 161° F-175° F (purple), 176° F -195° F (yellow), and 196° F-212° F (red).
Since it is a smart kettle, this model also has some special features you can take advantage of. For example, you can keep your water warm for up to 30 minutes after heating it up, and you can even choose the temperature. Moreover, the kettle also has a sleep mode you can use if you need it on standby.
Due to its wide opening, the kettle is incredibly easy to clean. Furthermore, the stainless steel and BPA-free plastic only need a good wipe-down once in a while, so you won’t have to spend too much time cleaning them.
If you have any problems using this kettle, GUALIU has a customer service team ready to assist you. Just shoot them a message, and they’ll help you with anything you need.
- The 1.5-liter kettle with a transparent window
- Color-coded temperature control feature
- Keep warm and sleep feature
- Fast and quiet 1,500W heating elements
- The glass isn’t cool to the touch
11. BELLA 1.2L Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle
Are you tired of all the unicolored kettles? If so, this BELLA model will be a perfect choice. It comes in a silver tile color and is adorned with beautiful patterns that will make it stand out in any kitchen.
Featuring a 1,200-watt heating element, this kettle can fit up to 1.2 liters of water. The liquid takes a few minutes to boil, but it makes little to no noise throughout the entire process.
The boiling element is fully concealed, so using the kettle is completely safe. Plus, the kettle also comes with an auto shut-off and a dry boil protection feature. And the long curved nozzle ensures that you can’t overpour the water.
This kettle features a fully detachable 360° power base that makes handling it effortless. Furthermore, the base also has some storage space for the cord, so you can safely hide it from view when you aren’t using the kettle.
Lastly, the kettle is quite light despite its size. As such, it shouldn’t be a problem to handle, even for younger or more frail users.
- A new 1.2-liter kettle with a modern design
- An indicator that lets you know when the water is ready
- Concealed boiling element
- 1,200W power
- Slightly more expensive than other similar models
12. MEISON 0.6L Travel Mini Hot Water Boiler Heater
Last but not least, the MEISON mini kettle is one of the most affordable options you can go for, and its quality is excellent for the price range. As its name suggests, the model is small and fits only 0.6 liters of water.
Made of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, the kettle is as durable as it is easy to maintain. The plastic never comes into contact with hot water, so contamination is not possible.
Due to the double-wall construction, this model is extremely quiet. In addition, it keeps your water warm for longer, so you can still enjoy a snack or drink 1 hour after boiling the liquid.
Considering its size, this kettle is the perfect traveling companion. It can fit neatly into a travel bag and help you make your favorite beverages wherever you go.
And if you’re worried about the cleaning, there’s good news. Namely, the opening of the kettle is wide, so you can easily use a cloth and clean it in just a minute.
- 0.6-liter capacity
- Excellent for traveling
- A color indicator lets you know when the water is ready
- Quiet 800W heating elements
- Too small for families
- No gauge measurements
How to Make Your Kettle Even Quieter
No matter how quiet your new kettle is, you may still experience some noise once in a while. In such cases, there are a few tricks you can use to make it quieter.
First off, you can go the traditional route and get a teapot cozy that goes over the top. They are usually hand-knitted, and people put them on top of teapots to keep the contents warm. However, you can just as easily place it over your kettle to muffle all the sounds it makes. Just make sure you wash the cozy on a weekly basis, and you’ll be good to go.
Next, you can also try spraying your kettle with some rubberized undercoating spray. People usually use it for cars to limit the outside nose from getting in and disturbing them. This soundproofing feature makes the spray a perfect solution for kettles as well.
In some cases, the excess noise coming from a kettle is due to agitation. In other words, it vibrates and bounces off the surface of your table and counter, making noise in the process.
If that’s your kettle’s issue, you can solve the problem with extra padding. A small piece of anti-vibration material or a sound-deadening mat can make all the difference, and you can get them for a good bargain.
Finally, you can also try a limescale solution. If your kettle has been quiet at first and started making noise gradually, it might be caused by limescale and rust that accumulates inside from regular use.
Luckily, you can easily eliminate limescale with a vinegar rinse. Alternatively, you can replace the vinegar with lemon juice for the same results. After the treatment, your kettle should be as good as new.
Enjoy Your Morning Routine With a Silent Kettle
Every modern kitchen needs an electric kettle — but you shouldn’t have to settle for just any product. The main selling point of the kettles I’ve listed is their quiet performance.
Most of them achieve it through the efficiency of their heating elements as well as some other aspects of their designs. For example, in addition to making sure the kettle is cool to the touch, the double-wall feature on certain units also keeps the sound in check.
Of course, no matter how insulated a kettle is, the sound of bubbling water will still be able to escape through the spout. Fortunately, it won’t be bubbling for long, thanks to the fast-boiling feature most of the products I listed have.
So if you’re stuck choosing from several of the quiet kettles I mentioned, just go by their appearance. Since the noise levels are consistent across the board, it’s okay to judge a book by its cover — just this once!
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