Select your preferred tea kettle material. There are several options including glass, stainless steel, copper, cast iron, porcelain coated or plastic tea pots that are electric. Cast iron and copper have the potential to change the flavor of the water and are also usually at the top end of the price range. Porcelain or enamel covered tea pots are a mid-range option. Stainless steel and glass tea pots are generally cheaper.
Determine if you want a stove top tea kettle or an electric tea kettle. Plastic style tea kettles with metal interiors are the most common option for an electric tea kettle. Stove top tea kettles are generally less expensive with many options around $25. Electric tea kettles generally start around $50 and may cost more.
Look at the decorative aspect of each tea pot. You'll find tea pots that range from old-fashioned to more modern styles. Choose one that fits with your decor, especially if you plan to leave it out on your stove top.
Consider the durability of each option. Cast iron and stainless steel options are very durable and stand up to lots of use. Tea kettles made from glass, ceramic or enamel-covered models are more likely to chip, crack or break if dropped.
Compare the features available on electric models. Common options include cordless models, automatic shut off, timers and music or other entertaining tones to alert you when the water is hot.
Compare the size of the various tea kettle options. Smaller tea kettles work well for personal use. Consider a larger tea kettle if you have a big family or entertain frequently.
Check for a non-slip handle to prevent injuries or spills.The handle should remain cool even when the rest of the kettle is hot. A metal handle is likely to heat up with the pot and you might burn your hands.
Compare the size of the spouts. A larger spout makes for easier cleaning and pouring. Also look for an automatic opening spout cover so you don't have to remove or hold open a hot flap.