It's the holy grail of British culture: the perfect cuppa. The question is, which kettle is going to come up with the goods? We’ve found the best new kettles on the market and rated them for everyday use. All these models had scale filters and were cordless, but which had good looks, speed, and a quiet boil mode too? Stick the kettle on, will you?
1. Embossed Linea Kettle: £35, amazon
Although it doesn’t have the fancy features of some of the other models here, this industrial-looking kettle has a nice quiet boil and can be placed on its base at any angle – and it’s a great price. It has the standard 1.7 litre capacity and a matching toaster is available.
2. Dualit Classic Kettle: £130, John Lewis
This gorgeous-looking kettle with copper detailing would make a great fit for an interiors buff’s worktop. The lid hinges up and can get in the way a bit while filling, but we did like the fact the element can be replaced and it’s the quietest kettle we tested.
3. Bugatti Vera Kettle: £190, John Lewis
Now this is the kettle as a piece of art, darling. You’ll want it if you have the sort of kitchen where the taps cost a month’s wages. It looks beautiful, with the digital controls on the handle (including timer), and comes in a choice of eight colours.
4. Russell Hobbs Legacy Kettle: £30, amazon
It’s 60 years since Messrs Russell and Hobbs invented the first self-stopping electric kettle and this limited edition model harks back to traditional models to commemorate the anniversary. The handle is a ‘6’ shape for easy pouring and filling, while the red version has an old-school stove top ‘0’ handle. Basic but beautiful.
5. Swan Kettle: £29, amazon
This model has real retro looks and comes in black, cream, green or this bright red. You’ll have to lift the lid off completely for filling but there’s a handy window under the handle to gauge how full it is. Although it looks smaller than some of the others here, it still has a 1.7 litre capacity.
6. De Longhi Distinta: £100, John Lewis
Available in white, black, copper or bronze, this stylish choice is packed with features for the hot beverage connoisseur. Digital controls mean you can select the perfect temperature for your cuppa, then use the keep warm function to maintain it for up to 20 minutes.
7. iKettle: £100, John Lewis
Operated manually or via an app on your device, you can boil the iKettle from bed, set an alarm or even have it track you to ask if you fancy a brew when you’re approaching home. Temperature controls, a keep-warm button and removable ‘skins’ (£14.99) make this one corker of a kettle.
8. George Home Pyramid Kettle: £25, Asda George
Copper is been a big interiors trend at the moment and, though Asda may not be the first place you’d expect to find it, here’s a bargain kettle in just the right metallic shade. It’s also available in retro mint blue or cream if you want a more classic colour.
9. Breville Crystal Clear Glass Kettle: £70, John Lewis
This clear jug sits on a sleek glass base with touch buttons and variable temperature settings. We liked that it’s easy – and more eco-friendly – to fill with just the right amount of water, and the jazzy blue lighting gets points, too. Use filtered water to avoid visible limescale build-up.
10. Morphy Richards Prism Kettle: £62, amazon
The newest kettle kid on the block, this is one for pristine kitchens as we imagine those lovely angled indents could get grubby. It looks the business though, with something of the Scandi coffee pot about it. No mind-blowing functions here, but it’s the sort you’ll actually want to have on show.
George at Asda have scored style points with their copper-coloured kettle, and the Russell Hobbs Legacy is a quality piece, but for a few precious extra minutes in bed before that first coffee, it’s got to be the remote control iKettle that gets our vote.
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