Retro Electric Tea Kettle

Electric tea kettles are cool again

Courtesy of De'Longhi

I'm part of a tea household: in our tiny New York kitchen, we devote an entire cabinet to different types, and I bookend almost every day with a cup. The problem? My stovetop teapot, which a) takes forever to boil water and b) has a handle that gets so hot I risk burns every time I pour. Thankfully, electric tea kettles are cool again. De'Longhi's new vintage line, Icona, features a squat, 50's-style kettle that looks great on my counter (but can be shoved away when I need more space); boils up to 1.7 liters in what seems like a few seconds; and has a protective feature that automatically shuts the kettle off when water is ready. No screaming teapot or burns, just hot water in the blink of an eye.

De'Longhi Icona Electric Tea Kettle, $99.95 at shopdelonghi.com