Editorial Team

How Long Does It Take for Water to Boil?

Photo of a stainless steel pot of boiling water on an induction stove.

A reader asked, how long does it take to boil a liter of water (in the United States and other countries that use the imperial system, 1 liter equates to 33.8 fluid ounces or 4.22 U.S. cups)?

So we set out on a series of experiments, boiling pots and bowls of water on stovetops and cookers, in kettles and microwave ovens (which we’ll tell you more about at the end of this post), to find out.