Best Kettle 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Kettles are integral to every kitchen, it’s an appliance that most cannot live without. Aside from the usual functionality, there are various shapes, colours and styles to bring into the equation.

There is a lot to consider to get the perfect kettle, one that will suit your home while being fast to boil and quiet in the process.

We are committed to bringing you the best home appliances  around so we have put these kettles through their paces to make buying as simple and easy as possible. We have judged them on their power, capacity, weight and overall ease of use.

The Best Kettles – Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Bosch Styline TWK8633GB
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Bosch Styline TWK8633GB
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  • Power: 3000 watts
  • Capacity: 1.5 litre
  • Safety Features: Cool touch
  • Weight: 1.66 kg
  • Dimensions: H17 x W23.5 x D26.3 cm
Breville Curve VKT118 Kettle
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Breville Curve VKT118 Kettle
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  • Power: 3000-watt
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: 1.18kg
  • Dimensions: H25cm x W23cm x D15cm
Best Smart Kettle: App
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App Kettle
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  • Power: 2400-watt
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: N/A
  • Dimensions: H24cm x W32cm x D20cm.

Best Electric Kettles

Smeg 50’s Retro Kettle

If you love the retro/classic look for your kitchen appliances and accents, then anything by Smeg is a pretty good bet.

Their 50’s-style kettle is no different, plus there is the option to kit your kitchen out with the entire Smeg range and have the full collection. There are eight colours available – cream, chrome, white, red, black, pastel blue, pastel green and pink – so it won’t only add style but also a pop of colour.

A 360-degree connection base means it is easy to pick up and put down from any angle, and the 3000W power results in fast boiling so you’ll never have to wait long for your morning beverage.

Safety features include anti-slip feet on the base, boil dry protection and also a soft open lid, which staggers the release of steam and makes sure little water is splashed from opening.

There is also limescale protection, so you are assured every cup of coffee you drink is safe and of high quality. The water gauge tells you how much water is left and the handle is really easy to grip, plus the fact that is is relatively lightweight makes it easy to lift too.

We like

  • Great look and style
  • Good selection of safety features
  • Large capacity for 6 cups

We disike

  • Price, but you’re paying for the design as well as functionality

Final Verdict

Looks very stylish and sophisticated, and does the job perfectly. A must-buy for any Smeg fans or anyone wanting a pop of colour in their kitchen

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  • Capacity: 1.7L
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection, soft open lid, auto shut-off beyond 100°C
  • Weight: 998 g
  • Dimensions: H24.8 x W22.6 x D17.1 cm

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Breville Curve VKT118 Kettle

A twist to your contemporary kitchen as this stylish kettle comes in grey with an embossed texture throughout. It also boasts high power functioning and a big capacity for lots of cuppas.

This eye-catching kettle could fit into your kitchen nicely plus there are opportunities to combine it with a sleek matching toaster that we also reviewed. The kettle comes in grey but there are also options to get it in black, white, cream and silver.

The grey kettle displays a retro copper handle and power button. It also has a 360-degree rotational base that ensures it’s easy to reach for and place back down. You can enjoy quick boiling as this powerful 3000-watt kettle works its magic and, it even has 1.7 litres for you to enjoy around 8 cups of hot beverages. It is the ideal addition to any kitchen especially a family home with lots of room for water and taking up just minimal space on the surface.

We like

  • The embossed design
  • The 3000-watt power
  • Easy to use Up to 8 cups of tea in one boil
  • Great price and the chance to enjoy toaster & matching kettle

We disike

  • It may not suit your colour theme in the kitchen (but there are lots of other colours available)

Final Verdict

If you like the twist on the design then this kettle is the choice for you, it’s powerful, great value and can easily fit into your kitchen.v

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  • Power: 3000-watt
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: 1.18kg
  • Dimensions: H25cm x W23cm x D15cm

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Breville Curve VKT118 Kettle User Manual

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Russell Hobbs Bubble Kettle

Stick the kettle on in style with this cream bubble kettle from known other than the home essential kingpin- Russell Hobbs. This is the people’s champ’, with a nice on the eye design, a neutral colour and lots of power.

The product will ensure that making your favourite hot drink is a doddle and we were glad to see that not only have they got power but they also have a safety feature, an easy to hold handle and a long spout.

This is the type of kettle that can easily fit in alongside your other kitchen décor. It comes on a pivoting base and whether your left or right handed, you will be able to easily grab your item and make a nice cuppa.

It features 3000-watt power; a handle over the top and it shuts off once reaching boiling point. Also has a light on the switch and a removable spout filter.

We like

  • A pleasing style for many
  • A neutral colour easy to use in most kitchens
  • Reliable
  • It is 3000-watt

We disike

  • Not the cheapest option

Final Verdict

It’s the go-to brand for kitchen essentials. They are always reliable and this product is no different. It has 3000-watts behind it and is one of our favourites. It’s also easy to match-up with other items in your kitchen.

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  • Power: 3000-watt
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: 1.26kg
  • Dimensions: H25cm x W20cm x D23cm.

Morphy Richards Accents Pyramid Kettle

The best value for money available! This kettle puts a twist on the traditional style with a pyramid design.

The pyramid style kettle comes with an overhead handle that is easy to grab. It is the perfect essential to add to your kitchen and with a compact creation it is simple to fit onto your surface with your beloved theme.

It comes in black with a silver lid and spout, an easy to grip handle, a switch with a light and a 360-degree base. The pivoting base ensures that you can simply reach for your kettle and start making a brew.

It also has an easy to see water gauge ensuring you have enough water for everybody. It has a limescale filter and you can also cord storage to help you achieve a tidy kitchen.

Again- it is a powerful kettle that not only has a quick boil feature but it also has 3000-watt power ensuring that you have more than enough hot water for your coffee.

We like

  • Unusual pyramid twist to traditional kettle style
  • Easy to adapt to your kitchen
  • Has 3000-watt power
  • Very cheap

We disike

  • It’s for those that prefer a subtle addition and doesn’t add crazy retro designs or bright colours; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing?

Final Verdict

You’ll be hard-pushed to find anything this aesthetically pleasing and powerful for this price. You can purchase it for less than £30 and it is likely to enhance most kitchens with it’s suitable chic.

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  • Power: 3000-watt
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: 1.33kg
  • Dimensions: H21cm x W22.5cm x D28cm
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres

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Morphy Richards Accents Pyramid Kettle User Manual

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Russell Hobbs N21672 Retro Jug Kettle

This ultimate vintage kettle encapsulates nostalgic times with its cream design and jug shape. It also has a standout temperature feature that shows you the temperature of the water as it heats up.

This item definitely makes a statement and it caught our eye that is for sure, it has just about everything, a powerful output, a striking temperature gauge that you can check whilst it heats up and also a silver trim.

The kettle showcases a black handle with grip and is easy to pick up and put back onto its 360-degree base. The lid has a pull-handle and you can also find a water-level indicator displaying how much water is left inside.

There are options for the same kettle in different colours, check out the black, blue, red and white. With that said, the cream shade remains our favourite with the light blue coming in as a close second.

We like

  • The vintage design
  • The water level and temperature indicator
  • The grip on handle
  • It comes at a great price

We disike

  • The pull lid is more awkward than a simple button

Final Verdict

One of our favourite retro products as it really throws it back; it also showcases a rather different design to what we’re used to. Also has 3000-watt power and 1.7 litre capacity.

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  • Power: 3000-watt
  • Safety Features: Automatic shut off at boiling point
  • Weight: 1.23kg
  • Dimensions: H25cm x W17cm x D14cm
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres

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Russell Hobbs N21672 Retro Jug Kettle User Manual

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Bosch Styline TWK8633GB

The Bosch Styline TWK8633GB makes it to the top of our list because of its safety features, making it the perfect addition to any hectic family kitchen. The Bosch kettle offers a cool touch feature that keeps the body of the appliance cool to the touch while in use. It also switches itself off when the kettle is empty. If you are a lover of all warm beverages then the Bosch is the kettle for you. With four adjustable temperature setting, you can heat water to the perfect temperature depending on your drink of choice. Also including a keep warm function, keeping it to your desired temperature for up to 30 minutes.

The Bosch kettle offers a cool touch feature that keeps the body of the appliance cool to the touch while in use. It also switches itself off when the kettle is empty. If you are a lover of all warm beverages then the Bosch is the kettle for you. With four adjustable temperature setting, you can heat water to the perfect temperature depending on your drink of choice. Also including a keep warm function, keeping it to your desired temperature for up to 30 minutes.

We like

  • Sleek design
  • Cool touch feature
  • Boil-dry protection
  • Removable limescale filter

We disike

  • Loud when in use
  • Chunky

Final Verdict

It includes a digital temperature setting with it’s powerful, 3000 watt element. It’s quiet and rapid to boil making it our top pick. With a 360 degree base and removable stainless steel filter, the Bosch is practical yet stylish.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000 watts
  • Capacity: 1.5 litre
  • Safety Features: Cool touch
  • Weight: 1.66 kg
  • Dimensions: H17 x W23.5 x D26.3 cm

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Bosch Styline TWK8633GB user manual

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RUSSELL HOBBS Colour Plus 20412

The Russell Hobbs Colour Plus Jug Kettle is an extremely lightweight kettle and is well suited to anyone looking for an easy to use product. Its capacity is 1.7 litres and is capable of boiling up to six mugs worth in one go. It comes with an accurate water-level indicator, 360 degrees rotational base and anti-limescale filter to keep your kettle clean and fresh. With a water level indicator, you will never be left guessing.

Rapid boil function means that you won’t be left waiting when you’re desperate for a cuppa, as it boils one cup-worth of water faster and more economically.

The push button lid makes filling and pouring the kettle easy. It offers a boil-dry protection meaning the Russell Hobbs will automatically turn itself off if empty.

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Boil dry protection
  • Concealed elements
  • Anti-limescale features
  • Boil fast function

We disike

  • No easy fill spout
  • Noisy
  • No warning light to tell you that the appliance is plugged in

Final Verdict

With its sleek and stand-out design, the Russell Hobbs Colour Plus 20412 jug kettle is the perfect addition to any home.

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  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil-dry protection
  • Weight: 0.98 kg
  • Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 28.8 cm

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RUSSELL HOBBS Colour Plus 20412 user manual

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Breville Hot Cup VKJ142 Hot-Water Dispenser

The Breville Hot Cup VKJ142 One-cup Hot-Water Dispenser is a convenient addition to any kitchen. With boiled water available in 30 seconds, the Breville Hot Cup is powerful and effective for busy households. It is a hot-water dispenser meaning it is boiled straight away as you need it, instead of boiling the whole kettle for a mug of coffee. It’s stainless steel, sleek design makes it a good suit to any kitchen.

The Breville Hot Cup boils four times faster than any standard-kettle and saves energy with every cup. Offering a blue LED light to let you know it is in use and lightweight tank at the back of the appliance, the Breville Hot Cup is safe and easy-to-use. It comes with a drip tray to keep your kitchen clean for longer.

We like

  • Fast
  • Less energy consumption
  • Lightweight reservoir
  • Blue LED light indicator when in use
  • Water-level indicator

We disike

  • Noisy
  • Water tank is small
  • No auto shut off

Final Verdict

The Breville Hot Cup is a quality solution for any kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Weight: 1.9 kg
  • Dimensions: H17 x W28 x D27.7 cm

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BREVILLE Hot Cup VKJ142 user manual

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De’Longhi Icona Micalite KBOM3001R

The De’Longhi Icona Micalite KBOM3001.R is super stylish kettle that is sure to brighten up any kitchen. With a power of 3000 watts, it boils quickly and effectively. It has a capacity of 1.7 litres and offers water-level indicators for easy use. The De’Longhi comes with a number of cups indicator giving you more control. This kettle comes with anti-limescale filter to keep the kettle clean for longer. It offers an easy-fill spout and automatic shut off feature for safety and convenience, especially in a busy kitchen.

The De’Longhi boasts a 360 degree rotational base for flexibility and ease of use. The elements are concealed for a sleek design. It is cordless to minimise clutter and make more space for your kitchen.

We like

  • Sleek design
  • Cordless
  • Automatic shut off
  • Powerful
  • Fast to boil

We disike

  • Need to remove lid to fill
  • Noisy
  • Filter is fiddly to remove

Final Verdict

The De’Longhi Icona Micalite KBOM3001.R is an elegant addition to any kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety features: easy-fill spout
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Dimensions: H24 x W19 x D28 cm

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De’Longhi Icona Micalite KBOM3001.R user manual

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Russell Hobbs 21600 Illuminating Glass Jug Kettle

The Russell Hobbs 21600 Illuminating Glass Jug Kettle is the perfect kettle for precision boiling. With a see-through design, you can always measure the right amount to boil. It is made from Schott glass and embellished with stainless steel for an elegant look. With a clear glass body and water-level indicator, you can heat the required amount easily to save electricity. The elements are concealed for an elegant finish and the 360-degree swivel base offers versatility for your kitchen.

This Russell Hobbs comes with a number of cups indicator for greater accuracy and a LED indicator when plugged in. The body lights up blue when in use so you can see when the water is nearly boiled.

We like

  • Transparent glass
  • Blue light indicator
  • Big neck so you can clean inside easily
  • Glass body to avoid chemicals
  • Cordless

We disike

  • Limescale build-up is visible
  • Lid doesn’t open very far

Final Verdict

It is cordless to reduce clutter on your surfaces and comes with an easy-to-use pour spout for safety. It really is an all-rounder kettle, suitable for every kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety features: easy-pour spout
  • Weight: 1.19 kg
  • Dimensions: H24 x W15 x D24 cm

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RUSSELL HOBBS 21600 user manual

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Best Smart Kettles

Sage The Smart Kettle

Designed by Heston Blumenthal, this is a kettle which won’t only ensure you have a cup of tea in no time but also will look brilliant on any worktop.

There are five pre-set temperature variations to cater to your particular taste, and also whether you are making a fine tea or builders brew. The settings are named green tea, white tea, oolong, coffee and boil/black tea to help you pick the right one.

Water can also be kept warm for up to 20 minutes after the initial boiling, so there’s no panicking if something suddenly crops up meaning you can’t use the water immediately, or you know you’ll want a top-up.

Once it hits the desired temperature, the kettle switches itself off, so there’s no risk of over-boiling. Everything is operated by buttons, and they light up to let you know what has been selected.

We like

  • Different temperature choices
  • Wide range of safety considerations
  • Button operation - no switches
  • Silver, red and black colour choice

We disike

  • Beeps every time a button is pressed which gets annoying very quickly

Final Verdict

A great kettle which gives you full flexibility over whatever hot drink you are making and how you like it

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000W
  • Capacity: 1.7L
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection, temperature selection, auto-switch off, soft open lid
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Dimensions: H24 X W18 X D15cm

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Sage The Smart Kettle User Manual

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App Kettle

Eradicate arguments about who’s putting the kettle on and simply turn it on from your phone. This smart kettle can be controlled from an app on your device anywhere in your home.

Combine your love for tea with technology as you enjoy the convenience of this easy to use kettle. What may seem like a gimmick is actually a great idea and what’s more, it also comes in a beautiful design.

The swivel base can be utilised by left or right-handed users and it also allows more than one user on the app. Meaning that those in the living room or bedroom can put the kettle on.

It is also compatible with Alexa and IFTTT. This innovative invention also has a keep-warm feature that will keep your water warm for 30 minutes.

Gain total control with the option to change the temperature, pre-set features and quick boil options. Rather than heating up the whole kettle, you can boil for one cup or your can use the quick boil option.

If you’d rather not mess around with the app each morning, merely schedule your morning tea. Your kettle will be ready for you to arrive at the kitchen every morning.

We like

  • Compatible with Alexa
  • You can schedule it to heat up
  • Switch it on from your phone
  • It has a sleek design with an LED display

We disike

  • It costs over £100 but is still value for money

Final Verdict

This is a ground-breaking kettle for those that love technology or tea! You can schedule your tea, keep the water warm for 30 minutes and it also has a stunning design. It is our favourite smart kettle!

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2400-watt
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection
  • Weight: N/A
  • Dimensions: H24cm x W32cm x D20cm.

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Kettle Buying Guide

A kettle is one of the most crucial components in a modern day kitchen. Being able to make the perfect brew in the morning is a necessity and one that needs the right equipment. Sure all kettles boil water, that’s a-given. Some do it water in record time while others are quieter and more compact. Before you buy a kettle for your kitchen there are a number of things to be taken into consideration to ensure it is the perfect fit for your home. To help you buy the perfect model for your home, we have compiled a buying guide so you know what to look out for to get the most for your money.

Before You Buy

Before you jump right in, there are a few things you will need to consider to get the right suit for your kitchen:

Cheap vs Quality

There are a number of different models out there, some of them cheap and cheerful while others are a tad on the expensive side. Buying a cheap model will still do the job, it will just take longer. It probably won’t be as durable as a quality modeland has the potential to break easily.

At the top of the spectrum, there are very expensive models where you’re really paying more for the brand rather than the quality of the kettle itself. That being said it still isn’t a good idea to scrimp on quality because it will be used every single day. It’s better to buy a model that is easy to use, quiet, powerful and lightweight to meet all your needs.

The cheaper models tend to take longer and are not as pretty looking as some of the more expensive brands and models so it is just a question of preference.

Eco-Friendly

Though your kettle certainly doesn’t use as much electricity as some of the bigger kitchen appliances like fridges and dishwashers, you can still get some that consume less energy when in use. Think about how eco-friendly your appliance will be and if that will suit your home.

Power

Power is important. The higher the power the faster it will be able to heat the water. Some of the cheaper ranges of kettles can actually take double the amount of time then compared to a quality model. If you are living a hectic and busy lifestyle or sharing with a number of people, it’s better to go for a faster, durable model to accommodate everyone in the mornings without a fuss.

Ease of Use

Let’s face it, you want to buy a kettle, not a sophisticated multi-functional water heating machine with bells on, so you are going to want a straightforward model that suits your lifestyle. Of course, there are some very good and helpful functions and features so make sure you know what you are looking for before you buy. If you have certain needs then you are going to want to make sure you get a kettle that is fitted to these needs to allow you to use this appliance with ease. Make sure that the one you choose is easy to grip and comfortable to hold and pour.

Noise

Boiling water can take a couple of minutes and a loud, rattly appliance will quickly become an inconvenience. Kettles make a different level of noise depending on the model or brand you get. Just because your kettle is noisy, some are more intrusive than others so it’s important to find out how loud the model you choose actually is before you buy.

Weight

If your kettle is heavy even before you fill it with water, it probably isn’t the right one for you. Once filled with water, it will become extremely heavy and difficult to pour.  Try to go for a lighter kettle where possible.

Size

Consider how much space you have available in your kitchen to store your kettle. If you have a smaller kitchen then it may be worthwhile buying a compact model. But if you have more space than you could get a bigger one. A kettle is something that you use every day so you want to buy one that will be the most suited for you and your lifestyle.

FAQS

Are there certain models that are better for making coffee and green tea or certain hot drinks?

Yes, there are some kettles that come with adjustable heat settings so you can heat water to the perfect temperature depending on your hot drink preference. Green tea is better made at a slightly lower temperature than coffee so it’s important to see if you can change the temperature on the kettle if that’s your preferred drink.

Is there any maintenance involved in looking after a kettle?

Yes, you should clean out limescale buildup when you can to make sure that it doesn’t build up. You should also try to look for a kettle with a removable filter. This can be cleaned when possible and it will keep your kettle running for longer without any issues.

Are kettles safe to use especially if you have children?

Generally speaking, they are safe to use in a family home and many people still use one. The only safety issue arises with the body of the appliance when it has just been used. The body can become quite hot and this can be dangerous around young children. It’s important to keep them out of reach of little ones and look for a model that doesn’t get too hot after use.

Do kettles have any safety features?

Yes, kettles have some safety features, like a hinged lid for ease of use and almost all models have a sensor to stop them from boiling when there is no water inside the kettle to keep you and your family safe.

Are all kettles the same capacity?

Not all kettles are the same capacity, some hold more than others. They range between 1.5 and 1.7 litres of water which is around 6 to 7 cups of tea per cycle.