Arming yourself with one of the best kettles is paramount if you’re working from home right now, whether you’re an avid tea drinker (*raises hand*) or you’re powered solely by coffee. Think about it: we’re reaching for our electric kettles approx. 742926 times a day for hot bevs, water for our lunchtime poached eggs and to boil pasta for our third bowl of pesto penne of the week.
Think your kettle is already “good enough”? Think again. Not all kettles are made equal, and there’s SO MUCH more to a good kettle than whether it matches your juicer, coffee machine, toaster and smoothie maker. Yep, there are quiet kettles, kettles for hard water, stainless steel kettles, Russell Hobbs kettles… the list goes on. So, in our on-going quest to help you style out your kitchen within an inch of its life (we’ve already tried and tested dinnerware sets, frying pans, cookware sets, cutlery sets and the like), we thought we’d put the best kettles on the market to the test. Which ones are really worth your money? Which ones boil quickly? Which ones serve up a smooth pouring experience?
Grown-up? Yes. Slightly sad? Definitely. But life-changing? You bet. Who’d have thought a shiny new kettle could bring as much joy as Glossier products and summer dresses do?!
How to choose a new kettle
Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned a few things about shopping for a new kettle; there are a few things worth considering.
Perhaps the most important factor (to us, anyway) is the design. We want our kettle to look just as stylish as the rest of our home, right? There are two main types of kettle: dome and jug. Dome kettles are the more traditional-looking kettles with lift-off lids (that wouldn’t look out of place sat on the top of your stove), while jug kettles are the modern kind with sharp spouts, taller shapes and a long handle down the side.
2. How noisy is it?
How noisy is this kettle going to be? Kettles with a higher wattage tend to make more noise – though they do boil more quickly. If you work on a different schedule to the person you live with, this might be worth considering. Generally speaking, if your kettle has a “Quiet Mark” label, it won’t bring the house down.
3. How quickly will it boil?
Speaking of wattage, those kettles with a higher wattage boil the fastest. Those with a power element of 3kW are generally the speediest. How long are you prepared to wait for your cuppa?
4. What’s the capacity and weight?
Most kettles can hold between 1.5 and 1.7 litres of water, and with this capacity, you should be able to make around six or seven cups of tea at any one time. While it might be your natural instinct to opt for the kettle with the largest capacity, bear in mind that kettles can be quite heavy; for every millilitre of water you add to your kettle, an extra gram is added to its overall weight. If you struggle with lifting, it might be best to go for something lighter or smaller.
5. Does it have a water level indicator?
If you want to know exactly how much water is inside your kettle, look at where the water indicator level is placed and how large it is. It’ll make your life much easier.
6. Does it have removable, washable anti-scale water filters?
These sit just inside the spout and are definitely worth looking out for. They collect pieces of limescale and prevent them from being poured into your drink. Gross.
7. Does it have a variable temperature feature?
Kettles with a variable temperature feature will allow you to heat water to different temperatures. If you don’t like to drink your coffee super hot, or you love a cup of herbal tea (which should be brewed below boiling), then this could come in handy.
8. Is it safe?
If your kettle is made from brushed stainless steel, the exterior might get really hot which wouldn’t be ideal if you’ve got children in the house. Consider what the kettle is made from if you want to prevent the outside from getting really hot. Also, you should also look for “boil dry protection” which means that the kettle automatically switches off if there isn’t enough water inside.
9. Is it energy efficient?
We’re all about being more sustainable right now, and saving energy where we can. Kettles that promise a “quick boil”, or promise to be eco-friendly, are a more sustainable choice, because they will serve up a mug’s worth of boiling water in less than a minute and use up to 50% less energy as a result.
Are expensive kettles worth it?
You can get a really good kettle for much less than £50, if you don’t want to spend a bomb. We’ve been using the Morphy Richards Illumination 108021 Kettle for the past three months at least, and have absolutely no complaints. The LED ring light is a particularly fancy feature. You’ll just get fancier features on a more expensive kettle. Case in point: this £119 number which connects to an app and boils water on demand. Cool, but not necessary.
What is the quietest kettle UK?
Kettles don’t come much cuter than Emma Bridgewater’s collaboration kettle with Russell Hobbs; luckily, it’s 70% quieter than other kettles on the market (and has a two-year guarantee). In a retro-inspired dome shape with a pretty heart pattern all-over, this kettle is cheerful and super stylish. Besides this, it does the job – well. It can boil a litre of water in 2 minutes 16 seconds or a single cup in 45 seconds. Impressive, huh?
Are glass kettles better?
Glass is one of the best materials for a kettle, because it doesn’t emit any chemical from the manufacturing process into your drink. The same can’t be said for plastic. Glass kettles also have better temperature control than plastic kettles do. Plus, glass kettles are surprisingly safe: the vast majority are treated to avoid any damage to the glass when boiling water. Tempted? We’d recommend the Russell Hobbs 26080 Hourglass Cordless Electric Glass Kettle.
Best Black Friday kettle deals
- Bugatti Vera Easy kettle, WAS £175, NOW £157.50, Selfridges
- Cuisnart Multi-Temp Jug Kettle, WAS £85, NOW £76.50, Selfridges
- Hay Sowden kettle, WAS £100, NOW £80, Selfridges
- DUALIT Chrome and Copper Classic Kettle, WAS £150, NOW £135, Selfridges
- Russell Hobbs 28330 Emma Bridgewater Pink Hearts Kettle, WAS £79.99, NOW £55, Amazon
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