While here at Serious Eats we’re total nerds about everything coffee (evidence, more evidence, and even more evidence), we also love a nice cup of tea. A sprightly mint, dusky genmaicha, or proper pot of English Breakfast can enliven many a dull, rainy day. But if your water’s too hot, it might ruin the pot, as the old saying goes (okay, we made that up, but it’s cute!). The key to a great spot of tea is the quality of the tea and the temperature of the water—when either is out of whack, an unbalanced brew awaits (the same can be said for coffee, too). Enter the Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle—a sleek offering that’s easy on the eyes and that, in our testing, proved its mettle as a fast, accurate, and reliable kettle (which also makes it great for brewing a pourover, too). Oh, and did we mention it’s on sale at Nordstrom? In the goes-with-everything white colorway? Well, now you know.
To buy: Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle was $165, now $150 at nordstrom.com (white colorway only)
Why It Won Our Review
When we tested variable electric kettles, we wanted to find one that was accurate, heated up quickly and was easy to pour from (no hot water dribbles, thank you very much!). The Corvo stood out immediately, with a single knob that could adjust water temps between 135° to 212°F and could do it down to a single degree. The handle also sports a counterweight, which meant there was no risk of hot water escaping—it streamed smoothly into our mugs. Oh, and if you’re looking to have multiple cups of tea or like to start the day with a couple of pourovers (SO MUCH ENERGY), the Corvo can hold its temperature for an hour—no small feat.
Good to Know:
- Capacity: .9L
- Wattage: 1200 watts
- Variable temperature range: 135°F-212°F
- Materials: Stainless steel, plastic
- Care instructions: Hand-wash interior and exterior of kettle with gentle cloth and warm soapy water
What is a variable kettle?
A variable kettle can do more than just boil water, allowing you to fine-tune temperatures to meet requirements for various brews.