It is not uncommon for people to lose some strength and mobility as they age and this can have an impact on a lot of things in day to day life. While most people are aware of the challenges of navigating stairs or getting in and out of the bath, simple tasks in the kitchen are often overlooked.
Even making a cup of tea or coffee can be a struggle for someone who has arthritis, hand weakness or dementia. Standard domestic kettles can be heavy and unwieldy when filled with water. So, here is a list of the best tea kettles for elderly people with these challenges – including kettles for arthritic hands and safe kettles for the elderly.
Best Tea Kettles for Seniors and the Elderly
Here are my recommended tea kettles for seniors and elderly people including the best electric tea kettle options. These kettles are designed to be lighter, easier to move and easier to pour as well as having better feedback mechanisms to make them simpler for an older person who may have poor eyesight or dementia to operate. Many of these are a safer tea kettle option for the elderly as well.
Best Electric Kettles for Seniors and the Elderly
Electric tea kettles are a great option for older adults who might not be able to safely use a stove top. But, they are often easier to use too and often work at the touch of a button. Here are my recommended electric kettles for older adults.
Some seniors, especially those with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other muscle and motor issues, find that it is difficult to pick up and pour a kettle because of the weight of the device and water. Even if they can pick up the kettle they struggle to hold it steady while they pour, and to aim at the cup or teapot. The Ucello Easy Pour kettle and tipper aims to solve that problem.
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This device includes a kettle and a fixed ‘tipper’ that can be used to tilt the kettle up over via an easy to hold handle. This allows the user to pour out a drink or some hot water without having to manipulate the weight of the kettle. This also makes it the best lightweight kettle for the elderly.
The kettle itself has a 1.5 Liter capacity, which should be enough for the average senior citizen. It has a large spout and a hinged lid for ease of filling, and the handle makes pouring simple too. This is a good choice for someone who finds even the kettles above awkward to use, but who is still living independently and wants to continue to handle basic tasks such as making drinks for themselves.
Video: Ucello Kettle in Action
Buydeem K640 Electric Kettle
- Nostalgic design with a familiar feel
- Large ergonomic handle is easy of arthritic hands
- Heats quickly but kettle sides do get hot to the touch
- Large, simple activation lever control
- Auto shut off & dry-boil protection
- 3 colors to choose from
Thanks to Buydeem for sending me one of these kettles to try myself so that I could tell you more about it. I’m glad they did because it’s a simple, basic tea kettle that is a good choice for most older adults.
First of all, it is simple to use. You just add water, set it on the base, and flip the activation lever just under the handle. The power lever is large and flat so it’s easy for even people with arthritis to use. There are no other buttons or settings to manage or deal with. You can easily hear the water boiling and know when it’s ready to pour.
The kettle heats very quickly but it is important to know that, while the handle remains cool to the touch, the kettle itself does get hot. This may not be a great choice for seniors with dementia or decreased safety awareness.
The power lever switch lights up when the water is heating and there is an auto-shut off function too. You also don’t have to worry about the kettle running dry either due to the dry-boil function.
Finally, it’s got a fun, classic design and feel that even elderly folks will be familiar with. It will be a bit heavy especially if you fill it completely. But, overall, it’s a great electric kettle for seniors looking for a basic, easy to use model with little fuss.
The Bodum Bistro kettle is a great choice for older adults who want a smaller, easier to manage kettle. Because it is smaller and made of BPA-free plastic, it is also a great choice for someone looking for a lightweight kettle for an elderly person.
The kettle is insulated and, while it does get warm to the touch, it doesn’t get hot enough to burn. This means less chance of injury from accidental burns. It also has an automatic shut off function and will shut off if empty as well for dry boil protection.
It heats quickly and holds enough water for 4 (4 oz) cups of coffee or tea. There is a small window on the side that lets you see how water is in the kettle itself.
Note, though, that the power button and open switch is located on top which means they will usually be thumb-operated. This could cause some problems and even a little pain for seniors with arthritis.
MegaWise Auto Shutoff Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
This glass electric kettle is a small cordless kettle that offers clear feedback about the water level and whether or not the kettle is boiling. Many standard plastic kettles are hard for people with dementia, poor eyesight or poor hearing to use because it is difficult to see how full the kettle is and whether or not it is boiling.
Plus, there is an auto shut-off that shuts off automatically once the kettle reaches the proper temperature. It also shuts off id the kettle goes dry! Touching the “Keep Warm” button will keep the kettle at the selected temperature for up to 4 hours though if you want to have warm water longer.
This electric kettle gets around this with a glass-walled kettle so it is easy to view inside. In addition, the kettle has blue LEDs that illuminate the water when it is boiling, so the level is clear to see, and the user can watch the kettle boil.
There are some issues with this kettle though. The glass wall will heat up when the kettle is boiling so if someone forgets that the kettle was on and touches the wall they may find that it is hot, although it is insulated so it is not a scalding hazard.
However, for those for whom the biggest issues are being able to see whether the kettle is full and whether it is actually boiling the water or not, this is a nice choice. As an added bonus, watching the blue bubbling water is pretty entertaining.
This electric kettle has a number of temperature settings and a quick-boil feature that makes it easy to control how quickly the kettle boils and how hot the water gets, as well as offering a keep warm feature. The buttons are built-in to the handle and are easy to reach. They are, however, quite small which may pose a problem for those with poor eyesight.
For those who do not want to fuss with different settings, the kettle can be operated simply by filling it with water and pressing “Start” which is the biggest button, so this isn’t an overly complicated device.
The kettle has insulation and anti-scald technology which extends to the handle, making it easy to use and convenient for those with motor or memory issues. It also provides audible feedback in the form of beeps for, well, almost everything. This is great for those with cognitive issues or who might not hear the kettle boil.
Unfortunately, the beeps cannot be turned off so they can quickly become an aggravation for those who do not actually need them.
Standard Tea Kettles for Older Adults
Some people though prefer a basic, stove top kettle for heating water. The familiar call of a whistling tea kettle is a welcome sound on a cool winter day, right?
Buydeem Gooseneck Pour Over and Tea Kettle
- Holds 12 oz of water
- Food grade stainless construction with heat-safe silicone handles
- Lightweight (less than 1 pound) and portable
- Easy to clean
If you are looking for a lightweight kettle for an elderly person, this is one of the best. It weighs less than a pound and holds enough water for a single serving of coffee or tea.
It has a minimalist design and is a pour over style. This is a different look and feel for some people. But, this style can be helpful to older adults because the water comes out slowly rather than in a sudden gush.
There is no lid which is a good thing – mostly. This lets you see when the water is boiling and makes it very easy to clean. But, you’ll need to take care not to slosh hot water on your hand when moving it.
Speaking of your hands, the handles stay cool to the touch reducing the chance of a burn. Plus the handles are thick and “chunky” which will make them easier for people with arthritic hands to grasp and use.
Oxo is a familiar brand to most people. They specialize in kitchen products that are easy to grasp and hold onto. Their Brew Uplift kettle has the same design making it one of the best kettles for arthritic hands especially.
The rubber covered handle is easy to grasp, hold onto, and stays cool to the touch making it easy and safer to use. The best part, the spout automatically opens when the kettle is lifted and tilted so there is no button to press. And, if you have arthritis in your thumbs, you know why this is so important! No button = no pressing = no pain!
Other than that, this is a pretty standard, whistling tea kettle that most seniors and the elderly will be familiar with using. It may be a tad heavy for some people especially if it is filled completely.
Many seniors grew up using a tea kettle that would be placed on top of a stove burner, and that would heat water until it produced steam, at which point it would whistle as the steam was released, to inform the user that the water was boiling. Modern kettles lack personality and charm when compared to those quirky whistling tea kettles.
This whistling kettle is a nice reminder of the good old days. It can do double duty as a tea pot, and holds up to 3 qt of water (slightly less when used on a stove). The harmonic whistle and retro design make it a charming device.
Stove top tea kettles are something that many seniors love, but a lot of older people have gotten rid of their gas burners and electric stove tops because of the risk of burning pans dry. What makes this particular kettle particularly interesting is that it is compatible with induction stoves which are much safer for seniors to use. The long, large handle helps to reduce the risk of burns when picking the kettle up too.
This kettle is a Japanese design with a long, narrow spout and gooseneck handle. This is a very small and lightweight kettle that has only a limited water capacity. That could be considered a plus, however. The ergonomics, overall, ensure that you don’t need to worry about an older person with mobility issues or weakness burning their hands or spilling boiling water. The narrow spout offers better control over water flow than a standard kettle.
The look of the kettle is another plus. This is another stovetop kettle, and the elegant design will make it a good fit for almost any home. It is compatible with standard and induction cooktops.
The lid is quite small, which means that it might be a bit awkward to clean inside should someone decide to use it as a tea or coffee pot, but it is robust and durable and easy to wipe clean. It would make a great gift for someone who is into Japanese culture and tea drinking too.
Important Features of Safe Kettles for the Elderly
Tea kettles are like many other consumer products with lots of options to choose from. Here are the most important features when shopping for the best tea kettles for elderly loved ones.
- Large Lids / Filling Area. This makes the kettle easier to fill with fewer spills and less mess. Small openings require more fine motor control than larger openings.
- Easy Grip Handles. Choose a grip that is large, bulky and easy to grasp. Handles that stay cool to the touch are safer to use too.
- Lightweight Kettles. Kettles that are light in weight are easier to lift and control when pouring. If the weight is a major concern, choose a tipping style kettle that doesn’t need to be lifted.
- Electric Tea Kettles Should Have Simple Controls. Electric kettles don’t require a hot stove but require using buttons and settings. Look for ones that have simple controls and large buttons that are easy to use and read.
Important Features of Kettles for Arthritic Hands
If you have arthritis in your hands, then you know the pain and discomfort that squeezing handles and pressing levers with your thumb can bring about. To reduce the pain of arthritis, look for the following features in your next tea kettle:
- Large, Chunky Handles. Choose a kettle with a handle that has some girth to it. The thicker the handle is, the easier it will be to grasp.
- Textured Handles. Also, look for handles that are textured or have rubber coating on them. These will have more friction against your hands and you won’t have to squeeze them so hard to hold onto them.
- Easy to Press Buttons/Switches. The buttons and switches, especially the ones that operate the spout lid, should be large and easy to press with minimal squeezing or pressure on your part. Or, better yet: get a kettle that doesn’t have a spout lid or opens automatically.
- Lightweight Kettles. The lighter weight the kettle is the better because you won’t have to squeeze it so hard. A lightweight kettle also requires less pressure and effort to carry and use.
Summary and Final Recommendations
Your ability to enjoy a nice cup of hot tea shouldn’t be affected by the physical problems of aging. The tea kettles above will help you heat water safely and make it easy for you to pour and manage also.
So you have a tea kettle that you recommend for seniors? Tell me about your favorite in the comments below!