This post is featuring 20 stainless steel tea kettles and one teapot. Sometimes called water kettles, stove top kettles or just simply ‘kettles’, each of these is an example of exquisite function and form.
Stainless Steel Tea Kettles
Kettles are really just vessels to heat water, whereas teapots just ‘hold’ the brewed tea. Most tea kettles ‘whistle’ when the water has reached boiling point. Several of these stove top kettles have Kohner harmonica whistles or other high quality whistles that do not pierce the ears but instead are nice and melodic reminders that your water is ready.
The following stainless steel kettles are noted because of their design, functionality and availability. No concept or prototype tea kettles in this post, just amazingly designed ones you can actually purchase. From classic bauhaus inspired designs that have been around since the early 1930’s to the best new modern designs of today, like Joey Roth’s Sorapot.
I’m starting with the classic tea kettles by various designers for Alessi. So, settle in with a cup of tea and start reading.
Alessi Signature Kettle with Bird Whistle by Michael Graves, 1985
67 oz , stainless steel, buy it here.
And there’s a version with a T-Rex whistle as well!
Buy The T-Rex version here
*Almost impossible to find is Michael Graves’ variation on his Alessi tea kettle, the Spinning Whistle Tea Kettle, once available only at Target.
Buy it here
The Pito Teakettle by Frank Gehry for Alessi:
Designed by Frank Gehry for Alessi, 1992. Handle and whistle in mahogany. 1 qt 29 oz capacity, 7.25″ h. Buy it here.
Il Conico Tea Kettle, Designed by Aldo Rossi for Alessi:
Kettle in polished steel. 8.7″ diameter x 8.7″ h buy it here
Alessi Fruit Basket Teapot designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa:
Alessi Fruit Basket Teapot in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished, cm17.2 x cm13.6 x hcm 17.5;
Buy it here.
Alessi Mami O’ Water tea kettle (no longer available):
special order here.
Alessi Train Whistle Tea Kettle by Richard Sapper:
Kettle in stainless steel mirror polished with melodic whistle in brass and handle in PA, black. Magnetic steel heat diffusing bottom. buy it here.
The Mami Tea kettle by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi:
In brushed stainless steel, first designed in 2003, 10.25″ h | 9.5″ d | 3.5″ w | 1qt. 18.75oz.
buy it here.
Oliver Hemming’s stunning Nio Hob Stove Top Kettle:
buy the Nio kettles here.
The Eva Trio Water Kettle by Ole Palsby:
Hard to find, but beautiful. Designed by Ole Palsby for the Eva Trio line of Eva Denmark. Water Kettle made of imperishable 18/10 high-quality steel with a robust thermal bottom offering excellent heat distribution. The entire series has “cool” handles and a pouring rim. buy it here.
The Lucido Whistling Kettle by Serafino Zani:
And the Serafino Zani Geyser Whistling Tea Kettle:
This is now very difficult to find. You have to buy directly from SerafinoZani here
The Bodum Ottoni Stovetop Kettle:
buy it here.
Bodum Osiris tea kettle in shiny stainless steel:
buy it here.
The Chantal Classic Stainless kettle:
A classic. Available in two sizes, matte or high-polished stainless steel and various colored enamel finishes- buy any of them here.
The Oggi Zephyr stainless steel tea kettle has a nice modern design and is very reasonably priced:
buy it here.
*The Globus Tea Kettle
Made of 18/10 stainless steel with a silcione handle available in blue, red or yellow. Made by the Russian Design Studio Art Lebedev, it will be available soon- so they say- at their worldwide online store. *The last time I checked, the Globus teapot was still not yet available for purchase.
And finally, Joey Roth’s Stunning Sorapot, now available in mirrored high polish or brushed stainless is destined to become a classic like the aforementioned tea kettles. Truth be told, this is more of a teapot than a kettle because it does not plug in nor can it sit on a burner. But I had to include it.
Original Brushed finish Sorapot:
and now, in a Mirror Polished finish:
Buy the Sorapot in brushed finish here.