There’s no real magic to heating water; you could do it in a pan on the stove, in a microwave, or a traditional kettle. But electric kettles are neat and clean, and bring your water to your desired temperature very quickly. For tea, it’s ideal to have a kettle that allows you to heat water to specific temperatures, because different teas have different needs. Delicate green teas can be burned with boiling water, but strong black teas almost require it. This Bonavita kettle is beloved, partly for its reliable temperature control.