I enjoy getting my day started with an aromatic french press coffee or comforting green tea. However, I don't like waiting half an hour for stove top water to boil and having little control over the final temperature. That's where a separate kettle comes in hand. These little appliances can be a game changer for perfecting your warm beverage routine. After trialing several competative units, we determined that the OXO Clarity Adjustable Temperature Kettle is the best electric water kettle of 2021.
Design: What initially attracted me to the OXO was the sleek glass container. Built of durable, borosilicate glass and stainless steel, it's so convenient to see the condition of the water inside. For the user, like me, who tends to walk away after staring the appliance, being able to see the boiling water bubbles keeps me from attempting to touch the unit to test the heat. The base design includes a single control dial and a cavity in the base to conceal the power cord when not in use.
Control: My other favorite must-have feature is the adjustable temperature control. Take the temperature to 180 to make a perfect green tea, up to 200 for french press, or all the way to 212 to boil the water. You're guaranteed not to scald your mouth by heating water too high. However, the only negative of this unit is the lack of temperature presets. Other kettles do have easy press buttons which are very convenient, but since I use this everyday, it's simple to remember the correct heating points.
Performance: To test the time to boil, we filled the kettle to maximum fill (1.75 Liters or 7 Cups) with cold water from our refrigerator's dispenser. Setting the unit to high (212 degrees), it only took 4 minutes to bring the water to a full, rolling boil. Once the water was boiling, the OXO Clarity will keep that temperature for up to 30 minutes, and then turn off for safety.
Overall, we are extremely pleased with the OXO water kettle. At less than $100, I
would say this appliance is a great investment to include into your daily routine.
Pro Tip: In addition to using the water for drinks, I make the boiling water for my Netty Pot as well. As an allergy sufferer, my daily routine includes a nasal flush with a Netty Pot. With the OXO, I can bring tap water to a perfect boil to ensure a healthy and safe routine, while making the process so much quicker.