Best kettles to buy
Whether you’re a caffeine junkie or love a cuppa just before you set off for work, we've found the best ways to warm yourself up for that all important morning kick.
Best for...Quirky kitchens
Alessi Cordless Electric Bird Kettle MG32
Citing art deco and American pop art influences, designer Michael Graves has created this stainless-steel, 24 watt kettle for Alessi. This designer kettle is available in white, blue and black finishes, but while it may have a model of a bird in the spout that whistles when your water's boiled, it's hardly going for a song...
Best for...Filtered water
Breville Spectra Brita Filter Kettle
Feeling stressed? The Spectra provides a relaxing, colour-changing lightshow as it boils the water for your Bovril. An integrated Brita Maxtra cartridge improves water quality by limiting the impact of chlorine and other impurities. As well as improving taste, it also reduces the build-up of the foulness that is limescale in your kettle.
Best for...Modern design
Bugatti Vera Kettle
The Italian-made Bugatti Vera is the Veyron of kettlage. Integrated into its handle is a digital display, controls that let you adjust the temperature from 45 to 100 degrees and a self timer, so you can set the kettle to boil in an hour's time. No, us neither. Available in stainless steel, red, cream, green, white or orange, the Vera also uses 25 per cent less energy than a conventional kettle.
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Best for...Budget brewing
Kenwood Energy Sense JK455
The green thinking behind Kenwood's Energy Sense's transparent body is that by seeing exactly how much water is in the kettle, you'll only boil what you need. The sight of the water bubbling dramatically away, courtesy of improved element technology, is also a draw, and there's a removable water filter to ensure that your boiled water is free from taint and pollutement.
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Russell Hobbs Quick2
This two-in-one gadget is built for those who take the drinking of tea and instant coffee seriously. It combines a 1.7-litre kettle with an integrated hot water dispenser that provides one cup's worth of boiling water - take that, Tefal Quick Cup - in seconds. Easy to use, with a simple design, the Quick2 is the one-stop shop for all your hot beverage requirements.
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Best for ...Energy saving
Tefal Quick Cup Deluxe Black
The Quick Cup's Opti-quick technology heats water to near-boiling - but not actually boiling, sorry tea lovers - in just three seconds. By heating only the amount of water for each cupful, it can save up to 65 per cent of the energy squandered by a conventional kettle, meaning substantial money savings for you. It's also available in a stainless steel finish.