Getting a quiet kettle for boiling and brewing in the kitchen is one of the most challenging things.
Most kettles are highly noisy at decibels between 79 and 95, and you don’t want all the humming and whistling in the kitchen. Noisy kettle badly ruins the calmness for both your and other house occupants.
When shopping around for a quiet kettle, you will be bombarded with hundreds of different models on the market. Such diversity means one thing: you will most likely be torn apart and won’t know which kettle is the best for your kitchen.
As such, choosing the right kettle for the much-loved hot beverages or plain hot water calls for not only knowing your needs but also being aware of what to consider. It also helps to have a few models in mind to compare.
This article discusses some of the best quiet kettles on the market and the main aspects to consider before buying one.
What to Consider Before Buying a Quiet Kettle
Although your most significant concern at this point is a kettle that produces the minimum amount of noise possible, there are plenty of aspects to consider if you are to pick the best. Here are just a few things to pay close attention to in a quiet kettle.
A good kettle ensures you and your loved ones are always safe when you are using the kettle. The best have an auto shut-off feature to stop the kettle once the water boils or when you lift the kettle away from its base while it’s still operating.
The kettle should also be well insulated to ensure that the external casing doesn’t get too hot. Note that kettles with a stainless steel outer casing get extremely hot and dangerous for young children.
You should also check to see that the mains cord is connected to the base rather than the kettle’s body. When the cable is on the kettle, your safety and convenience are compromised since it’s not easy to move the kettle around freely.
The best kettle will have a flip-top lid that you operate using a button for easy water filling.
Traditionally, rapid boil kettles have a high-pitched whistling noise when the water boils. Modern kettles have been improved to reduce noise levels in the kitchen.
A decibel range of 79 to 95 is a lot of noise. Look for a kettle with 50dB or lower, but many range between 71-76 dB.
Note that noise levels and the wattage of the kettle are closely related. High wattage kettles have higher noise levels, but they boil water faster.
Smart Control Features
Some modern kettles come with smart features to allow you to control the operations of the kettle using an app on your phone. You can also check the water temperature through the app if you don’t want it to come to a full boil.
Some smart kettles also allow you to keep the water warm at a given temperature until you are ready to use it.
A rapid boil kettle is a solution for your boiling and brewing needs if pressed for time. It can heat water quickly within 30 to 45 seconds, so you’ll have your beverage steaming hot within the shortest time you would want.
Best Quiet Kettle Models in the UK
Let’s get down to it and have a close look at some of the best quiet kettle models in the UK for that much-loved hot beverage for refreshment and warmth.
Russell Hobbs is known for its state-of-the-art quiet kettle models, and the 23211 model is among its best makes. The kettle boasts rapid boil technology that brings 235 milliliters of water to boiling point in just 45 seconds when you want a quick brew.
There’s a boil dry protection feature to prevent accidental operation when the kettle is empty.
If you are afraid of scum or limescale finding its way into your drink, the kettle has a removable and washable filter to keep unwanted materials off your beverage.
The kettle has a warranty of two years, which you can extend to a third one if you register for the warranty online.
The one downside of the kettle is that it uses stainless steel, which, as earlier mentioned, usually gets extremely hot on the outer surface.
The Russell Hobbs 23211 Luna kettle has a wattage of 3000 and can boil as much as 1.7 litres of water at full capacity. It has an easy button-operated flip-top lid that makes filling easy and spill-free.
Other vital features include a water level indicator and a 360-degree rotational base, which lets you place the kettle in the most convenient direction based on your proximity to it.
Sometimes you will prefer that water for your hot beverage doesn’t come to a full boil.
Temperatures below 100°C are preferred for delicate beverages like coffee at 91-96°C to prevent burning. 90°C works best for chamomile, 70°C for delicate white and green teas, and 85°C for oolong and black teas.
As such, a variable temperature kettle is the best choice to make. The cordless TWK7203GB Bosch kettle has a wattage of 3000 and a capacity of 1.7 litres. It even has a keep warm feature that keeps water hot at a given temperature for at least 30 minutes.
While it may not be the quietest option because of the beeping when you power it on and when done boiling, you enjoy the benefits of variable temperature and extra safety since it doesn’t have exposed surfaces where your hands could burn.
The touchscreen on the base allows you to set the temperatures between 70 to 100°C with increment intervals of 5°C to reach boiling point in just 44 seconds for a full mag.
The kettle also has a removable and washable limescale water filter and is suitable for areas with hard water. It comes with a warranty of two years.
The major downside of this Bosch kettle is that it is heavy and maybe a nuisance to carry around, especially when full of water.
The traditional look of the Tower Bottega T10020 kettle should not deceive you. It may have that traditional look, but it has many excellent characteristics of a modern, quiet kettle.
The kettle has an auto shut-off and boil-dry protection features to ensure maximum safety in the kitchen.
The black and gold colour of the kettle blends well with other appliances and utensils in the kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about the splash of bright colours.
It has a 360-degree swivel base to allow for easy operation using either the right or left hand and for placement in any direction convenient for you.
The 3000-watt quiet boil kettle has a 1.7-liter capacity, meaning it can boil up to 7 cups of water at a go.
The stainless steel kettle will be an excellent addition to your kitchen if you would like to forego the slim design of modern kettles for a more traditional look. Be sure to register it to extend the one-year guarantee to three years warranty.
If you are looking for a multipurpose rapid boil kettle, you’ll find a solution in this Aicook electric kettle that doubles up a water boiler and tea maker.
It is a handy kettle with several likeable features, and you will love its versatility in the kitchen. It has a detachable stainless steel tea basket that allows you to brew different types of tea and coffee at variable temperatures ranging between 80 and 100°C.
The kettle has a programmed less-noise feature when the water reaches boiling point. It also has a mute button that lets you silence all other kettle sounds.
Keeping extra coffee or tea warm for up to 120 minutes is easy with the advanced keep warm function.
The ultra-modern kettle has a 1.7-liter capacity, with a heating element capable of boiling this amount of water, tea, or coffee in 3-8 minutes.
Other key features of the Aicook multipurpose kettle include boil-dry protection, stainless steel construction with glass sides, and auto shut-off. It also comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee and two years of full warranty.
Although this Kenwood Mesmerine kettle has a lower capacity at only 1.6 litres, it has other features such as a 360-degree base, an anti-limescale filter, a cord storage compartment, a water level indicator, a 3000 wattage, LED indicator, and a manual lift-off lid.
Its safety features include boil dry protection, auto lift shut-off, and auto boil shut-off. It is a rapid boil kettle that takes 40 seconds to boil 250 millilitres of water and three minutes to bring 1.6 litres to boil.
The outer surface reaches about 35°C, but the stainless steel parts can be hotter, and touching them is not allowed during or shortly after the operation.
Buyers can choose any colour between red, black, orange, white, blue, and purple to match their individual preferences.
The one major downside with the kettle is that its water level gauge is housed inside the kettle, making it difficult to see the water level from the outside.
This quiet kettle allows you to boil water remotely from any location using the Smarter app. The app helps you customize alarms and operational prompts like Home, Wake Up, and Formula to control the kettle’s operation.
You can also use the app to adjust the kettle’s temperature from as low as 20 to the 100°C limits.
It’s possible to integrate the kettle with other smart home features like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and it’s fun having the kettle ask you if you would like to use it once you get home.
The good news is that even if the smart app fails (perhaps due to errant WiFi), you can still use the manual option to boil your water the usual way.
Unlike many other quiet kettles, the Smarter iKettle has a capacity of 1.8 liters. It’s made of stainless steel and has a wattage of 3000, which is enough to bring the 1.8 litres of water to boil within four minutes.
The kettle comes with a warranty of two years.
Breville kettles are also worth mentioning when you think of quiet electric kettles. While the Breville VKT117 kettle has similar features to most other quick boil kettles, its material construction is what makes it stand out from the rest on our list.
The kettle has a plastic exterior that is easy to clean and doesn’t get as hot as metallic or stainless steel exteriors, eliminating accidental burns.
Buyers can choose between white, black, cream, blue, and silver/grey, depending on one’s preference.
The kettle has an indicator for both the water level and the number of cups, the latter one to suit users looking to quantify the amount of water by the number of cups they can prepare for themselves or their guests.
The kettle also has a lift-off lid, a wattage of 3000, and a capacity of 1.7 liters.
Looking for a rapid boil kettle with a capacity higher than the usual 1.5-1.8 litres? Take it easy. The RSTJ-Sjek variable temperature kettle is what you need. It has a capacity of 2.0 litres, which is the highest of all the kettles we have featured here.
Despite its low wattage of 1850, the kettle takes only five minutes to boil 1.5 litres of water.
The best thing is that once the water boils, you can use the keep warm feature to maintain the warmth of the water for up to 24 hours, which beats the highest time of 120 minutes we saw earlier.
The glass interface allows for easy cleaning, not to mention that you can always monitor the progress of the heating water directly through the glass.
Like many other modern electric kettles, it comes with an auto shut-off function and boils-dry protection for safety when the water boils or when there is very little water in the kettle.
The major shortcoming of the kettle is that the handle is not as ergonomic as the manufacturer claims. There is very little space for the hand between the handle and the outer surface, and you can easily burn your fingers if you hold it the wrong way.
The handle is also too thin at the base and thick at the top, making holding it for a long time with the thumb resting on the top of the handle troublesome.
There’s no shortage of rapid boil kettles on the market, making it challenging for most buyers to decide on the quiet kettle that will best fulfill their boiling and brewing needs.
The good news is that you can easily find a fast and quiet kettle that will allow you to boil and brew in peace without all the annoyance of high-pitched whistling or beeping.
For even greater control and flexibility, consider buying a smart kettle that you can easily manipulate using an app. Check out our article on the best kettles for more recommendations.
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