Best Glass Tea Kettle Ideas For Making Your Favorite Tea

Glass tea kettles come in many different varieties, from the traditional whistling stovetop model to the feature-packed electric piece. They’re practical and affordable, not to mention a lovely addition to any kitchen. If you’re a tea lover and you don’t yet have a glass tea kettle, you may be missing out. There are some pretty remarkable things about glass that no other tea kettle has, and you won’t want to miss out.

Why They’re Great

No matter what type of glass tea kettle you buy, there are some things that only a glass tea kettle can offer that make your life so much easier.

Transparency

No other type of tea kettle is transparent. Instead of continually lifting the lid on your ceramic or stainless steel tea kettle, you can simply monitor your boiling progress from the outside. It saves energy, keeps your hands away from the hot steam, and allows you to see in an instant how much water is in the kettle and how hot it is.

Easy cleaning

The glass allows you to see in an instant just how dirty your kettle really is. With metal, limescale build-up can accumulate in cracks and places that are hard to see. With glass, you can instantly see when it starts to form and you can clean it before it stains.

Rust-free

Metal will always be vulnerable to rust over time, no matter how high the quality. Glass will retain its transparency forever. The only downside is that if it’s not washed gently, it will get cloudy with scratches.

Safe

Glass is the safest material you can get in a tea kettle because it doesn’t release chemicals, toxins, or ions when it’s heated. Glass kettles are made from borosilicate glass, which is the same type of glass they use to make beakers for contaminant-free laboratories.

Buying Guide

If you’re looking for the best glass tea kettle, there are some things to keep in mind as you shop. Just like everything else, glass has its advantages and disadvantages, so here’s what you should look for.

Stovetop or electric

For the most part, these are your options. Stovetop tea kettles are used to heat water on the stove. It can be either a gas or an electric stove. Electric kettles come with a built-in heating element or a pedestal with a heating element. Simply plug it in and the water boils quickly.

Stovetop glass tea kettles are very affordable and easy to use. They don’t have a ton of extra features and they’re relatively low-tech. They’re functional, charming, and classy, offering an authentic experience. However, it can take nearly twice as long to boil water on the stove as it will with an electric variety.

Electric tea kettles free up your stove for other cooking by containing their own heating element. You just have to plug it in. They also travel well, so they’re great for family reunions or the office. They boil water much more quickly, and newer models have temperature controls.

There’s perhaps a third type of kettle that you may not have thought of. Some glass tea kettles are microwavable. These are often stovetop varieties that are also safe in the microwave, but there are a select few that are better used in the microwave than anywhere else.

Temperature control

While microwave tea kettles are incredibly convenient, they’re not ideal for your favorite tea or pour-over coffee, because they don’t heat the water evenly. While they can raise the temperature of your water quickly, you’ll end up with some water too hot and some water not hot enough.

The most nuanced cup of tea or coffee you’ll ever get is by warming your water to just the right temperature and in the right kettle. Kettles use convection heat, which is the natural flow of hot and cold water. This produces a uniform temperature that will draw out maximum flavor from tea leaves and coffee grounds.

If you’re looking into a glass tea kettle, you likely won’t have an automated way to control the temperature, but you can still view the water inside the kettle without opening it, looking for the sign that your water is just the right temperature.

Some electric glass kettles have variable temperature settings, so you can select the appropriate temperature for your favorite beverage and keep the water warm until you’re done. This is also ideal for pour-over coffee, oatmeal, or baby formula.

Materials

Most glass tea kettles are made of borosilicate glass, which is very durable, but they’re still not all made the same. Look for thicker glass that will be more durable and warp-resistant if you want a sturdy kettle.

On the contrary, thicker glass is heavier, so in some cases, these can be harder to hold and pour.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a kettle that’s made exclusively of glass. Many glass tea kettles have stainless steel lids or infusers, but avoid the options that have plastic parts touching the boiling water. If they do, make sure they’re BPA-free.

Size

Sizes are typically measured in ounces, liters, quarts, or cups. Smaller sizes work well for single servings for 1-2 people while larger kettles will serve a dinner party. It’s up to you to determine the size you need, but remember that stovetop kettles should have a base roughly the same size as your burner so they’ll heat more efficiently.

Cleaning

Even though glass is easier to clean than most other materials, pay attention to the opening at the mouth of the kettle. If you can’t get your hand or a sponge inside, it could prove difficult to get clean. Dishwasher-safe options are also great because you won’t have to worry about scrubbing every nook and cranny. Removable gaskets allow you to get a more thorough clean to remove residue from coffee grounds or tea leaves.

Safety

Look for stovetop glass tea kettles that have plastic or resin handles, because they will remain cool to the touch even when the rest of the kettle gets hot. Electric kettles should have auto-shutoff features and boil-dry features to keep the kettle from running when there’s no water inside.

Additional features

Not every kettle comes with an infuser, so if you like tea, you’ll want to look for one that can suspend and separate the leaves in the water to extract maximum flavor. You may even look for kettles with markings to measure your contents.

Best Glass Tea Kettles

There are hundreds of products on the market, so it would be impossible to review them all, but these are some of my favorites. I had the privilege of trying these recently, and I really enjoyed my experience. I’ve never used a glass tea kettle before, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Willow & Everett Glass Teapot

willow and everett glass kettle

This glass tea kettle is made from thick, borosilicate glass, so it feels sturdy and it’s rather durable. I tried this one a couple of weeks ago and was skeptical about how it would hold out since I have 4 small kids in the house. So far so good.

It has a stainless steel lid, gasket, and infuser, all made from food-safe stainless steel. The whole thing is easy to wipe down and clean, although the mouth is a tad small for my hand. However, it’s also dishwasher safe.

Classic design

The shape and design of this tea kettle are traditional and classy. The curves and shape of the spout resemble a standard teapot, despite the glass and stainless steel construction. It’s sturdy in your hand but still functional and very beautiful in the kitchen.

Versatile

Not only is this tea kettle safe for the stovetop and the dishwasher, but you can also use it in the microwave and put it in the refrigerator. It can hold up to 4 cups of tea, which is perfect for 2 people daily or for a small get-together.

It’s super easy to boil water on the stove, infuse your tea, and then put it in the fridge. If you’re in a hurry, you can put it in the microwave. While it won’t heat it quite as evenly, it will do in a pinch.

Easy-pour spout

The shape and design of the spout make it incredibly easy to pour. With a long, gooseneck-like spout, it gives you more control over your pour, so you could just as easily use it for pour-over coffee without a lot of splashing and spilling.

The handle is ergonomic and comfortable, so it’s easy to hold, which controls the pour even more. With a non-drip indentation at the tip, you can pour the water and then set it down immediately, and it won’t drip on the counter.

Spill-proof lid

I have a habit of bringing my fingers up to the lid while I pour, to ensure that the lid doesn’t topple into my drink. However, the locking lid ensures that you can pour with one hand and not worry about the rest.

Performance

This tea kettle heats water evenly and relatively quickly. Its shape is conducive to heating water without heating the handle or the lid, so it won’t be hot to the touch. Although it’s sturdy, it still feels light enough to pour with one hand and control the pour.

Pros:

  • Classic glass and stainless steel design
  • Stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge safe
  • Non-drip spout and spill-proof lid

Cons:

  • Not a very wide opening for leaves

Willow & Everett Glass and Stainless Steel Teapot Infuser

Willow & Everett Glass and Stainless Steel Teapot Infuser

This tea kettle also comes from Willow & Everett, so you know you’re getting a quality model at an affordable price, but it’s completely different from the first. The only things they have in common are that they’re both made of glass with a stainless steel infuser.

It’s large enough to hold 3-4 cups of water and the infuser will hold enough tea to infuse, but that’s where the similarities end.

Microwavable

This model is specifically designed for the microwave. Its circular shape helps heat water in the microwave more evenly than others. It won’t create pockets of incredibly hot or cold water and it will offer you more opportunities to extract flavor from your coffee grounds or tea leaves.

You have to remove the stainless steel lid and infuser first, but after boiling, you can pop the infuser in and let it steep. Of course, if you would rather use the stovetop, you can do that, too.

With my gas stovetop, I found that the flames (unless on the lowest setting, which would have been painfully slow) heated the entire pot, including the handle and the lid, which made it difficult to pour without a hot pad holder.

Spill-free lid

This model has a spill-proof lid that locks into place so it won’t fall off while you’re pouring. It stays secure so you don’t have to touch it, which is good because it can get hot, too. What you may also appreciate is the large opening that makes it easier to clean.

Rust-free infuser

The stainless steel is made of quality material so it won’t rust, even if you leave it in the water for too long. It’s easy to wipe clean, but it’s also dishwasher safe, so all of your cleanups will be painless.

Tea cozy

The cutest thing about this model is that it comes with what looks like a little sweater. This tea kettle has a custom cozy, so when you’re boiling your water for multiple cups, you can wrap it up and keep it warm. This prevents you from having to rush through your drink or reheat your water.

Pros:

  • Elegant glass and stainless steel design
  • Spill-proof lid with wide opening
  • Rust-free infuser wipes clean
  • Custom-fit tea cozy
  • Microwavable

Cons:

  • Hot to the touch after boiling on the stovetop

Kiss Me Organics Glass Teapot And Tea Infuser

kiss me organics tea kettle

This particular tea kettle is ideal for infusing blooming teas, but it can also handle your leaves in its infuser. It’s a glass teapot with a stainless steel infuser. The modern design makes it more appealing to some, but it’s still sturdy and functional.

Heat-safe glass

This teapot is made with heat-safe glass and has been tested in an annealing process to make sure it won’t shatter or crack under direct heat on the stove. You can boil water in the teapot right on the stove and not worry about damaging your pot. However, the teapot has not been tested and is likely not safe for the microwave.

Easy cleaning

Not only is the opening at the top wide, so you can clean it by hand easily, but it’s dishwasher safe, which makes the pot, the lid, and the infuser that much easier to keep clean after every use.

Spill-proof cap

The cap locks into place so you get a spill-proof pour every time. Just insert the lid in the top of the teapot and then twist the cap to lock it into place. You can use the lid with or without the infuser, which means you can use your own tea leaves or you can use Kiss Me Organics blooming tea.

Perfect for blooming tea

The shape and size of this teapot make it perfect for Kiss Me Organics blooming tea. Simply heat the water, and just before boiling, carefully place a blooming tea into the pot and watch it unfurl beautifully.

The glass allows you to watch the entire process from start to finish. Leave the bloom in the pot until you’re done drinking it. You can even use it more than once, but it needs to steep a bit longer each time because it will gradually lose flavor.

Pros:

  • Modern design
  • Wide mouth
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Spill-proof cap
  • Perfect for blooming tea
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Glass is thinner than other models

Buydeem Electric Glass Tea Kettle

BUYDEEM kettle

If you’d rather have an electric kettle, this one has a lot of features and it’s easy to use. It comes with a stainless steel infuser that submerges and separates your leaves for maximum extraction.

Temperature controls

If you need the ability to control your temperature more precisely, this one allows you to choose from temperature presets like 175 degrees for more delicate teas and baby formula or 212 degrees for a full boil.

It will heat water to 200 degrees in just five minutes, which is the perfect temperature for pour-over coffee or a French press.

The convenient red light on the front tells you when it’s still heating. You can watch the temperature increase on the display in real-time or cancel the heating at any time. When the light turns blue, it means your water is ready and it will enter Keep Warm for an hour or until you turn it off.

Boil dry

The boil dry feature ensures that if there’s no water in the pot, the kettle will turn off automatically. If you forget to put water in the kettle and press the start button, it will automatically switch off. The same goes for if you accidentally bump it and turn it on without water in it.

Performance

The glass features a stay-cool handle, so you won’t have to worry about burning your hand when you pick it up to pour it. The gooseneck spout makes it easy to control your pour for the perfect cup.

You’ll also enjoy the wide mouth that makes it incredibly easy to clean. Combined with all of the premium safety features, this is perhaps the best electric tea kettle on the market.

Pros:

  • Precise temperature control
  • Fast boiling
  • Excellent quality
  • Keep warm, auto shutoff, and boil-dry features

Cons:

  • Pricey

FAQs

Question: Are glass tea kettles good?

Answer: Glass teapots are some of the most sanitary teapots you’ll ever use. They’re also built for durability, but they’re not going to be as durable as stainless steel. That’s because they’re more susceptible to scratching, cracking, and breaking. However, if you take care of it properly, it should still last for a long time.

Question: What is the healthiest type of tea kettle?

Answer: Glass is the safest, purest material for tea kettles because it doesn’t release toxins or chemicals when it’s heated. If you’re going to purchase something other than glass, ensure that it’s made with food-safe stainless steel or ceramic. If it has any plastic parts, make sure they’re BPA-free.

Question: Can I use a tea kettle on a glass-top stove?

Answer: A glass tea kettle can absolutely be used on a glass cooktop. Some can even be placed directly in the microwave. They’re made from resilient borosilicate glass that won’t shatter or crack under extreme heat. The thicker the glass, the more durable it will be.

Final Thoughts

My favorite glass tea kettle is Willow & Everett glass teapot because it’s so versatile. You can use it in the microwave or on the stove. Plus, it’s dishwasher and fridge-safe. I prefer the traditional design of this one over other modern designs.

No matter which style you choose, make sure it has all of the features you need, and you’ll be happy. Everything on this list is built with quality and offers great value for the money.

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