A staple of every self-respecting kitchen, a decent kettle is a must and could be the most used electrical appliance in your home.
For that reason, you'll want to be sure that the next kettle you choose to buy is the best in its class and worth your money. So grab yourself a cuppa (if you can) and keep reading to learn about the top kettles on the market today...
Price: £100 | Capacity: 1.7 litres
If you hanker after style, substance and kitchen kudos then grab yourself a KitchenAid kettle. This undeniably chic 1.7 litre model is available in four colours – cream, black, red and stainless steel – and features six digitally-controlled heat settings and a useful keep-warm function for those who enjoy relay beverage sipping.
Other keen selling factors include a non-drip spout that is wide enough to fill the kettle without the bother of having to lift the sprung lid (as you do), a pair of blue interior LEDs that illuminate the level of contents through a thin transparent strip and a small enough footprint for even the most crowded worktops. It’s a very quick boiler, too, clocking in at just 1’15” for 500ml of water.
Price: £80 | Capacity: 1.5 litres
Dualit is a past master at producing retro-style kitchen gear that not only looks authentically old fashioned but probably lasts longer than its owners. Like the company’s time-honoured toaster, the 1.7 litre Classic Kettle looks elegant on any work surface.
The 1.7-litre Dualit has just one temperature setting – 100Ë – but it boils 500ml of water in a not-too-shabby one minute and 25 seconds. And what’s more, its Whisper Boil element ensured it performs the deed without too much noise in the process. The Dualit comes with a classic teapot-style spout and a very comfortable handle. It looks good, feels good and boils well.
Price: £100 | Capacity: 1.7 litres
This attractive brushed aluminium water scorcher uses Whisper Boil technology and is so quiet you hardly know it’s on. It’s a fairly quick operator, too.
The Persona comes with a warming function and seven digitally-controlled temperature settings that rise in 5Ë increments from 70Ë to 100ËC; a decent enough range that covers pretty much every variety of tea from builders’ black to delicate whites and greens.
Price: £40 | Capacity: 1.7 litres
This very well designed and rather colourful kettle doesn’t need any whistles or beeps to let you know it’s boiled because you can see it for yourself through the illuminated Schott glass housing. We never thought watching a kettle boil could be so mesmerising but this really is, especially in a darkened room.
As soon as you switch it on, the interior lights up, illuminating the water as it bubbles to a crescendo. It’s rather like the kettle equivalent of a Lava Lamp. Unfortunately it doesn’t feature different temperature settings so it’s not a kettle for the herbal tea drinker. But as a funky kitchen lightshow that offers a product as a finale, it’s a veritable showstopper.
Price: £85 | Capacity: 2 litres
Here’s a leftfield option for the family that drinks a lot of different hot beverages. The Filtrino offers five temperature settings from ambient to boiling and that makes it a great choice for coffee fans and herbalists. Moreover – and here’s the clever bit – it only heats the amount of water for your selected cup size (120 ml, 150 ml, 200 ml, 250 ml and 300 ml).
This feature is said to save as much as 80% of energy when compared to a standard kettle. The Filtrino also comes equipped with a Brita water filtration system that removes chlorine, limescale and other taste-affecting nasties. And from a safety point of view, there’s the added child lock that only allows access to filtered room-temperature water.
If you struggle to lift a heavy kettle or want to save a few pennies or have children who can reach the worktop then this slice of aqua tech is a genuinely useful – and safer – alternative to a bogstandard kettle.
Price: £1,000 | Capacity: endless
The notion of instantly boiled water coming out of a mains tap sounds scarily dangerous and even faintly ridiculous. And yet we can think of a million brilliant uses for a system like this.
Aside from making tea from a never ending supply of instantly boiled water, it’ll blanch greens, cook pasta, remove the excess starch from cooked rice, skin tomatoes, boil eggs and fill the hot water bottle. Yes there is a major safety concern but Quooker seems to have addressed this with a child-proof push-in tap that can’t be activated by accident.
Also, the water itself flows out as a fine spray rather than a gush and that gives the user time to get a hand out of the way, hopefully alleviating a trip to the A&E department. There are numerous configurations of taps, heating elements and finishes available but here comes the caveat…
It’s a hugely expensive system to install. For instance, a basic system with anti-scale control comes in at a whopping £1,095. And some might think that too high a price to pay for a glorified kettle.
Price: £56 | Capacity: 1.7 litres
If the single blue glow of the Russell Hobbs Glass Line isn’t psychedelic enough for you, try this multi-coloured alternative.
Granted, the full glass display of the RH model is more striking but this one’s half plastic/half stainless steel construction still looks stylish on the worktop. The clever bit here is the sequenced light display it provides while on standby.
Switch it on, and as the water raises in temperature, the interior runs through a rainbow of colours before finishing with a deep red to signify the end of the show. Encore! The Breville boils quickly and comes fitted with a swivel base and an ergonomic handle that has proved popular with arthritis sufferers.
Price: £100 | Capacity: 1.8 litres
This wifi-enabled kettle lets you boil water remotely using an iOS or Android app. It’s relatively easy to connect to your home broadband though it does irritatingly drop off the network from time to time.
When it’s working properly it basically allows the user to switch it on while on the way home – it won’t work if the kettle’s empty – or during a TV ad break. You can also programme it to start boiling, Teasmaid syle, first thing in the morning.
It’s a trifle noisy and it’s certainly not the best built kettle in this roundup, but hey, it has four temperature settings – 65Ë, 80Ë, 95Ë, 100Ë – and a keep-warm function, too. One for the sedentary tech geek.