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
Most Stylish Kettle: De’Longhi KBOM3001R
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De’Longhi Icona Micalite KBOM3001R
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  • Power: 3000W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety features: easy-fill spout
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Dimensions: H24 x W19 x D28 cm
Best See-Through Kettle: Russell Hobbs 21600
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Russell Hobbs 21600 Illuminating Glass Jug Kettle
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  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety features: easy-pour spout
  • Weight: 1.19 kg
  • Dimensions: H24 x W15 x D24 cm

Best Kettles 2018

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

+ Downloads

Bosch Styline TWK8633GB user manual

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Russell Hobbs Windsor 22821 Jug Kettle

The Russell Hobbs Windsor 22821 Jug Kettle has been voted the best lightweight kettle for 2018 and is well suited to anyone looking for a light kettle. 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 LED number of cups indicator, you will never be left guessing.

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
  • Boils fast

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 Windsor 22821 jug kettle is the perfect addition to any home.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Safety Features: Boil-dry protection
  • Weight: 0.98 kg
  • Dimensions: H23 x W21 x D14.5 cm

+ Downloads

RUSSELL HOBBS Windsor 22821 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

+ Downloads

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

+ Downloads

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

+ Downloads

RUSSELL HOBBS 21600 user manual

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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.