Top 10 Best Electric Kettles Comparison

The best electric kettles merge design with efficiency and reliability.

Top 10 Best Electric Kettles

When you’re in a rush in the morning but still want to get your daily dose of tea or coffee, you need a powerful electric kettle that boils water quickly without consuming too much energy. The best electric kettles have a good balance of energy efficiency, power, ergonomics and style. Here are our top 10 best electric kettles of 2017.

Having limescale problems with your kettle? Learn how to descale and clean your kettle so that it lasts longer.

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De'Longhi
Brillante Faceted

Bosch
TWK7607GB

Russell Hobbs
20460 Buckingham

Arendo
Stainless Steel LED

Russell Hobbs
19390

Morphy Richards
120003 Accents

Philips
HD4671/20

De'Longhi
Icona Dolcevita

Russell Hobbs
20070

Russell Hobbs
Heritage
 
De'Longhi
Brillante Faceted
Bosch
TWK7607GB
Russell Hobbs
20460 Buckingham
Arendo
Stainless Steel LED
Russell Hobbs
19390
Morphy Richards
120003 Accents
Philips
HD4671/20
De'Longhi
Icona Dolcevita
Russell Hobbs
20070
Russell Hobbs
Heritage










Our Rating
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Available ColoursBlack / WhiteCreamSilverTranslucentSilverBlackSilverBlack / Cream / Azure Blue / Olive GreenBrushed SteelBlack / Red / Cream / Graphite / PurpleAvailable Colours
ExteriorPlasticPlasticStainless SteelStainless Steel & GlassStainless SteelPlasticStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelExterior
Power3 kW3 kW3 kW2.2 kW3 kW3 kW3 kW3 kW3 kW3 kWPower
Capacity1.7 litres0.25 - 1.7 litres1.7 litres0.5 - 1.7 litres1.7 litres1.5 litres1.7 litres1.7 litres1.7 litres1 - 1.8 litresCapacity
CordlessCordless
360° Base360° Base
Scale FilterScale Filter
Measurement IlluminationMeasurement Illumination
Double-Sided WindowDouble-Sided Window
Cord LengthN/A70cm65cm73cm73cmN/A70cmN/A60cm60cmCord Length
Other Features• 3-level safety protection - Auto shut-off when boiled or lifted and thermal cut-off
• Cord storage
• Concealed heating element for less limescale build-up
• Triple Safety Feature: Automatic shut-off, overheat and boil-dry protection, switch-off when lifted off base
• Cord storage
• Boils one 235ml cup of water in 45 seconds
• Quiet & Rapid Boil technology
• Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty
• Eye-catching blue interior LED-illumination
• OneTouch-closure/security lid
• Cord storage
• Boil dry protection
• Illuminated blue LED light
• Cord storage
• Boil dry protection
• BRITA Maxtra Technology Filter for limescale protection
• Electronic cartridge replacement reminder
• Cord storage
• Includes one Brita filter
• Boil dry protection
• Removable stainless steel limescale filter
• Hinged locking lid
• Double action filter for clear water & cleaner kettle
• Cord storage
• Vintage design
• 3 level safety protection - Auto shut-off when boiled or lifted and thermal cut-off
• Two neon power lights
• Cord storage
• Rapid Boil Zone feature
• Boils one 235ml cup of water in 45 seconds
• Attractive vintage design
• Illuminated on/off switch
Other Features
Dimensions19 x 26 x 27cm22.5 x 15 x 23cm21.8 x 23.5 x 15.8cm16 x 24 x 16cm16.4 x 24 x 22.2cm22.5 x 17.5 x 25.4cm27.2 x 16.2 x 24.7cm23 x 23 x 26.5cm23 x 24 x 16cm29.5 x 24.5 x 21.2cmDimensions
Weight0.8 kg1 kg1.2 kg1.2 kg1.1 kg1.2 kg2 kg1.3 kg1 kg1.3 kgWeight
Warranty1 year2 years3 years1 year1 year2 years1 year1 year3 years3 yearsWarranty
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Top Features | Best Electric Kettles

  • Our Rating – This is based on our own research in product testing and user feedback. Clicking on each product takes you to the product page where you can read customer reviews on the product you’re interested in.
  • Best Value / Top Rated – Products that we consider to excel in a certain area such as value for money, reputation or technology have been given one of our aforementioned labels of recognition.
  • Cordless Can the kettle be lifted off the base without having a cord attached to it?
  • 360° Base – Can the kettle rotate all the way around the base making it suitable for both left and right handed use?
  • Measurement Illumination – Does the measurement window illuminate when the kettle is turned on?
  • Double-Sided Window – Certain kettles have measurement windows on two sides of the kettle for better convenience.
  • Cord Length The length of the cord from the base to the start of the plug.
  • Price – If you want to know the price of any of the models, just click on the Buy Now button or Check Price and you’ll be redirected to the product page. The reason we don’t put prices is because they constantly change and there are so many sellers offering different prices.

Is limescale building up in your kettle? Read these 5 methods on how to descale and clean your kettle so that it lasts longer.

How to Buy the Best Electric Kettle

When you buy an electric kettle, not many people consider the different factors involved when choosing one. Most tend to look at the maximum fill capacity and a design to match their kitchen colour scheme or appliances. Here’s a guide to what you need to know when buying an electric kettle.

What’s the Capacity of the Kettle?

For some people, how much water a kettle can hold isn’t important since the average capacity is around 1.5 litres. That’s ideal for many small families and couples as most tend to only boil enough water for 1 or 2 cups of hot drinks. However, if you have quite a big family or often have guests over, then there are some decent kettles that hold a capacity of 2 litres.

How Long Does it Take For the Kettle to Boil?

The speed is takes for a kettle to boil water can typically range from 2-6 minutes as it depends on the wattage of the kettle. This ranges from 1.5kW to 3kW. Of course, 3kW would be the fastest since it can reach boiling point in less than 2 minutes.

However, the higher the wattage, the more power is consumed but there are eco kettles and energy saving kettles if you’re worried about power consumption.

The Size of the Spout

Some of the best electric kettles will have a non-spill spout to prevent accidental water spills which can be risky if it spills next to the electric cord. Some spouts can be quite narrow though which makes the water flow slower as less water will flow out.

Having a wide spout will enable more water to pour out and allows you to fill the kettle without having to open the lid to fill the kettle. You should also consider how easy it is to open the lid and its width because a narrow opening in the main compartment will make it difficult to clean inside the kettle.

Comfort of Using the Kettle

Not many people think of how ergonomically friendly the design of an electric kettle is. Think about how comfortable it is for you to hold your current kettle.

Pouring Kettle
The ergonomics of an electric kettle are essential for people who have hand problems.

Is the gap between the handle and kettle wide enough to fit your hand in without it getting squashed or burnt when the kettle is boiled?

Can you hold the handle without it slipping from your grip?

…and does the handle get too hot to handle?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you need to consider looking into these when you’re buying a new electric kettle. Poorly designed kettles causes many accidents including spills and slips which leads to burns and other injuries. Stainless steel kettles will get very hot on the outside so you could hurt yourself if the kettle is too heavy to carry by the handle itself.

Weight of the Electric Kettle

Holding a heavy kettle to pour hot water is a potential safety hazard especially when you have a wrist injury or arthritis. It can prove to be strenuous on you when you’re using it often throughout the day. It’s best to test out the kettles whilst it’s empty in the shops and if you find the weight is already heavy, then it wouldn’t be easy to hold when it’s full with water.

Using the Filter

Most filters in electric kettles are designed to be removable for easy cleaning but there are still a few on the market with non-removable filters such as travel kettles. This should be considered if you regularly boil the kettle throughout the day as limescale will build up on the filter.

Some kettles will have two filters to enable limescale to be filtered out effectively. One will usually be built into the kettle at the opening of the spout and the other one would be removable.

Most filters are made with plastic mesh which can tear and damage quite easily. It’s worth looking into a kettle with a metal mesh filter instead as these are sturdier and more durable.

The Noise Levels

The best electric kettles are fairly powerful due to the high wattage but with this power, it also means the kettle will be noisier when it boils. Having a quiet kettle may be ideal for families with young children in small homes where sounds are more prominent or if you tend to put the kettle on during the night.

Some kettles will state it’s designed with quiet boil technology or have the Quiet Mark so it’s worth looking into these if you’re after a quiet kettle.

Extra Functions

  • Keep warm – keeps hot water heated once it’s boiled which can be useful if hot water is required throughout the day. Most models will usually keep water hot for up to an hour at the boiled temperature.
  • Temperature selection – expensive models tend to have this function to allow people to select the temperature they want the water to boil to.
  • Boil dry protection – automatic shutoff if there’s not enough water for boiling so prevents the kettle from burning dry.
  • 360 Base – enables the kettle to be placed on the base with the handle facing any direction or twisted round to be picked up. These can also be considered cordless kettles since the kettle can be removed from the base.

Once you’ve looked into these factors when you’re considering which electric kettle to purchase, you could end up with one of the best electric kettles that will perform to the best of its abilities and last you a long time through regular care and maintenance. To ensure this, read through our article on how to descale and clean your kettle.

Different Types of Electric Kettles

These days, you may find yourself being indecisive when it comes to buying a kettle as there are so many different types and styles to choose from. Here are some of the most popular.

Delonghi Stainless Steel Kettle

Stainless Steel Kettles

Many people tend to prefer metal kettles nowadays because of worries with plastic kettles giving off fumes, toxins and chemicals when they reach boiling point. There aren’t many BPA-free kettles on the market yet so non-plastic kettles are the preferred choice. However, stainless steel kettles tend to be a bit pricier and the surface gets hotter too.

Glass Kettle

Glass Kettles

Another type of plastic free kettle is glass kettles where the jug is made with a glass body. It doesn’t discolour easily but it does need to be cleaned regularly as limescale is easier to see on glass and builds up a lot quicker.

Eco Kettles

These kettles can reduce the amount of electricity used to boil water which also helps to reduce CO2 emmissions. Some models will include a thermal function to keep water hot for a few hours and some are designed with dual chambers that give you the option to choose the amount of water you want to boil despite a full capacity.

Russell Hobbs Stove Top Kettle

Modern Day Stove Top Kettles

Traditional stove top kettles used to sit on kitchen stoves to boil water which often took a long time. It had a whistle built in that would give off a shrill piercing noise through the steam spraying out of the spout when the water had reached the boiling point.

Modern stove top kettles are slightly improved with sturdier bodies, heat resistant handles and ergonomic handles; not to mention they’re capable of boiling water much quicker due to their electrical function.

Travel Kettles

These are smaller in size and usually have a water capacity up to 0.7 litres which is enough for 2 cups of hot drinks. Some of these will are designed to be cordless with the separate base but most will just have the option to remove the cord as it’s more compact. For convenience, look for ones that include travel cups that can be easily stored or attached to the travel kettle.

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