The Ten Best: Kettles

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A kettle and a work of art in one. If you are going to make a cuppa with this, do make sure you are using the very best quality tea. Designed by the architect Frank Gehry, of Guggenheim fame, this non-electric kettle features a wooden dolphin spout and a curvy wooden handle. It whistles when it's ready. Either it will make you delirious with desire or you will think it's a ridiculous amount of money for a kettle.

(www.alessi.com; 020-7518 9090)

2. Porsche cordless, £89.99

Made from brushed steel with navy-blue trim, this is another stylish appliance for the modern kitchen. It's a solid piece of kit that feels really sturdy and boils quickly and quietly. It's not a new design but it is an iconic one. It also comes with a two-year guarantee, which is twice the industry standard, and is powerful enough to heat the water to boiling in less than two minutes.

(www.siemensappliances.co.uk; 0870 840 3300)

3. Russell Hobbs glass, £39.99

Another unusual design, this is a stainless-steel kettle with a glass lid and base. It holds 1.7 litres, making it one of the larger kettles on the market, and the top simply flips open so that you can fill it easily. The range also includes a stunning toaster. This is a good make for tea addicts because they just go on and on and on.

(www.johnlewis.com; 08456 049 049)

4. Bosch Solitaire, £78

This kettle has a very designed feel but is no less functional for that. Bosch is a reliable make that lasts well and performs as well as you would expect. This kettle is part of a new range and looks a bit more like a cafetiere than a kettle. The polished nickel effect is a perfect halfway house between too shiny and too matt. A nifty feature is that even when it has just boiled it is cool to touch.

(www.boschappliances.co.uk; 0870 727 0446)

Brita Acclario Select, £59.95

The original filter kettle, which promises to remove 70 per cent of limescale. The downside of this is that you have to wait for the water to filter through which takes a while, although it does mean you are more likely to only boil what you need. Good as a filter, not so useful as a kettle.

(www.brita.co.uk; 0870 487 1000)

6. Breville Brita Filter, £59.99

Brita has teamed up with Breville to make this stylish filter kettle. It filters the water just as well as the Brita Acclario but since it filters at the same time as boiling, it is faster. It comes in white, silver and brushed stainless steel.

(www.breville.co.uk; 0800 525 089)

7. Prima clear boil, £34.99

As its name implies, this is a totally see-through kettle in a rather pleasing rounded shape. It comes in a variety of colours including yellow and green, but you may prefer the more classic chrome finish. It holds up to 1.7 litres.

(www.prima-international.com; 08445 815 000)

8. Dualit Axis, £89.99

Kettles like they used to look. This comforting, round design can be filled through the chunky, wide spout, which is great for people who can't be bothered to take the lid off. It is tough and built to last, and the shiny chrome look co-ordinates well with modern kitchens.

(www.dualit.com; 01293 652 500)

9. Morphy Richards cream traditional, £39.99

If you've had enough of all the chrome and stainless steel, then this cream kettle might be for you. A reliable make that should last well, this is another pleasingly retro design made from painted stainless steel. It holds 1.5 litres and has a removable limescale filter.

(www.argos.co.uk; 0870 600 2020)

10. Bodum Calorius, £70

If you've got to look at it every day, you might as well find something unusual. This is one of the strangest-looking kettles I've ever seen, but it's no less efficient for that. Made from brushed chrome, it has a non-slip handle and a clear blue lid, and you fill it through the spout. There is a choice of electric or stove-top.

(www.bodum.com; 01654 595 650)

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