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Whether you're making a morning cuppa, or enjoying a tasty hot chocolate before bed, kettles are something we all use day in, day out. In fact, we Brits brew up a whopping 100 million cups of tea alone on the average day. Since they get so much use, you'll naturally want to be sure you're making the right choice when purchasing a new kettle. Our rigorous review and testing process lets us dig beneath the manufacturer’s hype to discover the truth about the bestkettles on the market today.
There are a number of things to think about when looking for a new kettle. From maximum capacity to safety features like boil-dry protection, there's more to consider than you might imagine. If you have a larger family, then a kettle with a larger capacity will help you ensure you can make everyone a cuppa without having to boil water multiple times. On the other hand, for those times when you just want a quick brew for yourself, a minimum water indicator lets you only boil the amount you really need- saving you both time and electricity. Thankfully, one thing you don't need to worry about is the price. We monitor our prices daily to make sure you get the best value. We also offer a Price Match Promise so if you do find it cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it.
So, read on to discover our top picks for the best kettles to buy!
Our Best Buy Kettle of 2023! Stylish and modern yet sturdy, reliable, and won't compromise on functionality!
The Dualit Architect kettle is a modern kettle with impressive features. A unique feature is that it is the only kettle on the market that has interchangeable panels, meaning you can change the design of this kettle to the colour scheme of your kitchen! You also won't have to wait long for that warm brew as this kettle has 2.3KW element, making it one of the quickest boiling kettles on the market. The patented pour spout ensures that pouring boiling water has never been smoother, efficient and safer.
Our product experts were seriously impressed with this supremely stylish kettle from Smeg- so much so that it was a strong contender for Best Buy. Its delectable retro design, available in a range of different colours, is sure to bring a splash of style to your kitchen. But as well as looking great, the KLF04 also comes with a range of handy extra features. Our experts were especially impressed with the keep warm function, as well as the smart temperature indicators on the base.
Exceptional value for money - stylish and top performance!
We were mightily impressed by this stainless steel kettle from Cuisinart. The clean, minimalist design available in a Slate Grey or cream Pebble is neutral enough for most kitchen decors. Boasting all the features you would expect from any decent kettle, including: water window to easily see what level the kettle is at, 360-degree swivel base, and a 0.5L minimum and 1.5L maximum capacity. At this price point the Cuisnart Neutrals Jug Kettles is one of the best looking and best performing kettle’s we’ve tested!
Exceptional quality - simply the best kettle around!
Dualit are one of the best kettle manufacturers on the market currently which is highlighted in their Classic Kettle. Not only is this kettle handmade in the UK, it is designed to last with it’s reliability and timeless design. A key feature that cannot be ignored is the Classic Kettle’s whisper boil for quiet and efficient boiling for the perfect brew. This kettle has a superfast, impressive 3KW element making your boiling time faster and enough for two cups in less than two minutes. Not only does the Classic Kettle have great internal technology for the perfect brew, it has a non-drip snout for secured safety while pouring plus a hinged lid and anti-wobble feet. You can say goodbye to messy wires on the worktop as the Dualit Classic Kettle has a cordless operation and a boil-dry safety cut off to ensure an easy clean up and maintenance!
The Domus Kettle is powerful yet compact. The kettle is designed to leave a small footprint on your kitchen counter, fit for kitchens with a modern, trend setting twist with its sleek matte grey look. The large ergonomic handle has easy grip silicone which is heatproof for added safety. The hinged lid has a large opening handle and wide mouth for hassle-free opening and filling. This is not a design aspect for many kettles on the market, making the Dualit Domus one of the most safe and easy kettles to operate! The Dualit Domus has a large, contoured spout that only requires a low pouring angle, taking the heavy work out of your wrists! A power 3kW elements provides faster boiling time which is concealed in the base of the kettle, away from any water contact which reduces damage from limescale!
Another classic from Smeg is the KLFO3BLUK. This kettle brings 50's Nostalgia straight to your home. The beautifully crafted kettle is built for longevity with Smeg's premium stainless steel filter to eliminate the the risk of limescale build-up. An intelligent automatic switch off when the kettle reaches 100°C prevents any overheating damage to the kettle. The 360° swivel base allows you to pick up and use with ease and the power cable can wound into the base to eliminate any clutter on your kitchen worktop. An ant-drip spout ensures no mess or fuss with every brew!
If you want the style of Smeg at a more affordable price, find space in your kitchen is at a premium, or simply don't need the full capacity of a 1.7L kettle, then the KLF05 is another solid choice. Its double stainless steel wall helps to keep the outside of the kettle cool when in use, while rubber non-slip feet keep it securely in place.
Next up, we have the Tower Renaissance kettle. Its generous 1.7L capacity will give you enough boiling water for up to 7 cups, which is perfect for when you've got guests over. The neat temperature gauge shows you the current water temperature, and the quiet boil function brings some welcome peace and quiet to the kitchen. Best of all, it can boil enough water for a cuppa in less than a minute, so you can spend more of your tea break relaxing.
Another eye catching design that brings a touch of Scandinavian minimalism to your kitchen. The Tower Scandi kettle features 1.7L capacity that lets you make up to 7 cups of brew from a single boil. We particularly enjoy the unique design of this model with it's natural coating with wood effect accents that cannot be found on any other designs or models. The plush lid makes it easy to refill and the automatic shut off and boil dry protection ensures extra safety after use.
Finally, we have the Breville Flow, another snazzy model that also handles the basics with ease. A concealed 3kW element boils water fast while also making the kettle easy to clean, as does the removable limescale filter.
Given how often most of us use our kettles (don’t ask us how many cups of tea we get through in a day) it's worth considering the features that are most important to you and those you can live without. Here are the key factors we consider when reviewing and testing kettles:
Kettles typically come in two main styles: jug and dome. Jug kettles are taller, usually feature a handle on the side, and generally have a larger water capacity. In contrast, dome-shaped kettles resemble traditional stovetop models, often with lift-off lids and smaller water capacities. Their handles are typically located on top.
For rapid boiling, a 3kW power element is generally recommended, and all our top-rated kettles possess this wattage.
Kettles with higher wattages tend to be noisier. We assess the noise using a microphone and decibel meter, so we can inform you if any kettles are particularly loud or quiet in our reviews.
Kettles typically hold between 1.5 and 1.7 liters of water. Considering an average cup of tea is 250ml, you should be able to boil enough for 6-7 cups at a time. If you frequently boil water for just one cup, check your kettle's minimum capacity, often clearly marked.
Not all Kettles are built equal with some models boasting extra features, which might make all the difference:
Considered by many as a must-have, most kettles nowadays feature a visible water level indicator on the exterior. However, some may be less conveniently placed, such as behind the handle or on the interior. Kettles with large viewing windows are ideal for monitoring water levels easily.
Kettles with variable temperature settings can heat water to different temperatures, ensuring optimal results when brewing various teas and coffees. This feature is handy for delicate herbal and green teas, which should be brewed below boiling, typically at around 80°C.
Kettles become heavier as you add more water, with each milliliter of water adding a gram to the overall weight. If lifting could be an issue, seek a model that weighs no more than a kilogram when empty.
Examine the position and shape of the handle, as it can impact balance when pouring and filling. Some handles feature a soft, rubberized area for added grip.
Most kettles include removable, washable anti-scale water filters at the base of the spout. These collect limescale particles from the water, preventing them from entering your drink and preventing scum formation, especially in hard water areas.
This safety feature automatically shuts off the kettle when there isn't enough water inside, reducing the risk of overheating and damage. Ensure you also check the water gauge to prevent overfilling, which could lead to boiling over and safety hazards.
The majority of kettles on the market feature a 360-degree base, allowing you to place the kettle in the most convenient direction. Many of our top 12 kettles have this feature. Some bases also offer cable storage underneath for tidying away excess cord.
Look out for "quick boil," "one cup," or eco-friendly kettles, which can produce a cup's worth of boiling water in less than a minute while using up to 50% less energy. Kettles with auto shut-off features also prevent excess electricity wastage and boil-dry incidents.
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