The Ultimate List of Non Toxic Tea Kettle Options

This post is about the safest, prettiest, and most functional non toxic tea kettle options.

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When it comes to brewing tea, the quality of your water is just as important as the quality of your tea leaves. It would make no sense to use organic tea leaves and brew them in water that you knew was likely contaminated with toxins. Because water used for hot tea is heated, it even more likely that toxin can leach into the water during the heating process because the heating process creates instability and changes chemicals structures.

Why Non Toxic Matters

Ingesting toxins can lead to a whole grab bag of health related issues from cancer to infertility to brain inflammation and mental illness. The list is really endless. My family suffered it’s own health crisis because of toxins when our son suffered with PANS (Pediatric Acute Neuro-psychiatric Syndrome) for 5 years. It was only after detoxing him continuously for a year that we began to see healing and reprieve from the brain inflammation disease and we are still detoxing him after almost 2 years. It is too much to ask your organs of elimination and filtration to filter out high levels of toxins and after a while, your body will not be able to do it and those toxins will begin to wreak havoc. Whenever you purchase products for your life and home the best thing to do is to simply do your best to purchase the product with the lowest toxic load or potential that will still meat functionality standards and your aesthetic desires.

What Type of Toxins Should You Stay Away From in a Tea Kettles?

  • Plastics. Plastics of any kind are potentially very harmful to your health, especially when heated but the two worst components in plastics are probably BPA and phalates. For a more thorough list of potential plastics in tea kettles, check out this post.
  • Metal Allows or Cheap Metals: Toxic metals such as lead and cadmium can be found in metal alloys used as a replacement for safe metals (namely stainless steel) and found in some glazes used on ceramics or enameling. Heating elements might also contain materials you don’t want touching your water, such as nickel. I’m also not a fan at all of cooking with copper because of how elevated copper levels in the body can cause mental illness.
  • Coatings with Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA): Found in non stick coatings.
  • Ceramic Glazes: Ceramic glazes might contain heavy metals such as lead or cadmium or other toxic materials. For this reason, I’m pretty careful about what ceramic tea kettles and tea pots I recommend.
  • Low quality Stainless Steel: Low quality stainless steel can easily rust and also might contain metal alloys that can leach into the water. Look for 304 or 316 stainless steel. 316 is more resistant to corrosion. It’s best to to only heat pure water in stainless steel kettles and to then pour the hot water into a borosilicate glass or non toxic ceramic tea pot for actually brewing the tea.

What Materials are Best For a Non Toxic Tea Kettle to be Made Of?

  • Stainless Steel: High quality (304 or 316) stainless steel is my favorite choice for a non toxic tea kettle because of it’s stability, resistance to leaching chemicals, and it’s durability.
  • Borosilicate Glass: Borosilicate glass is the lowest toxic option for a tea kettle because it is so extremely stable (it’s so stable that it is used in some countries to store and dispose of radioactive liquids). The caveat to using borosilicate glass is that the kettle sizes are usually smaller than other types of kettles and it is is much more likely to shatter if dropped or bumped. It is very heat shock resistant though so many borosilicate kettles can be heated directly on the stove. My personal suggestion is to heat the water up in a stainless steel kettle and use a borosilicate glass tea pot to brew the tea.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic is a good non toxic tea kettle material choice but you really have to do your homework to make sure the glaze used is non toxic and doesn’t contain chemicals such as lead and cadmium. In the list below, I am only listing kettles that I myself would use.

Are You Looking for a Tea Kettle or a Tea Pot?

It’s important to determine whether or not you are looking. for a tea kettle or a tea pot and what the difference is. A tea kettle is traditionally the vessel that you heat the water in. A tea pot is usually a different vessel where the tea is actually brewed and in which you add your tea or blooms and then pour hot water over the tea from the tea kettle. Different types of tea are supposed to be brewed at different temperatures so you really wouldn’t want to put tea inside of a tea kettle and then heat it on a stove, not only would it not lead to the best flavor but if the water dried out and you forgot the kettle was on the stove it could lead to a fire. Below, in my list of the best non toxic tea kettle options, I’ll be sharing options for both the best non toxic tea kettles and also the best non toxic tea pots, just in case someone was researching tea kettles but actually wants a tea pot.

Stove Top or Electric?

As the name implies, stove top kettles are filled with water and then placed on an electric or gas stove top to heat the water. Electric kettles are comprised of a tea kettle and then a heating base that is plugged into a socket. Some electric kettles have just one switch to turn the kettle on and off and others have many settings, such as exact temperature controls and timers. Most electric kettles have some plastic in the heating base and that could potentially give off some VOCs when heated but this isn’t a common complaint. You also won’t see really any fully ceramic or fully borosilicate glass electric tea kettles on the market so if those materials are the ones you want you might want to opt for a traditional stove top kettle. I personally love electric kettles because of how quickly they heat up water and because they have auto-shut off functions to prevent the water from all evaporating and causing a fire or corrosion on the tea kettle if you forget to turn the base or the stove off.

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