Bosch might be known for its washing machines and fridges but this brilliant kettle suggests this might not be the case for long. Its 1.5l capacity was more than adequate (it’s equivalent to six cups), and 3,000W of power made for seriously quick boiling times. It’s a temperature-control kettle, but not one that needed a degree in computing to use, and we loved the “keep warm function”, which kept the water hot for 30 minutes. As keen tea drinkers prone to flicking on the kettle without checking whether there’s enough water inside, we appreciated the boil-dry protection, too – if there’s no water in the kettle, it simply won’t turn on.
Who would have thought the world of kettles would become so confusing? These days, kettles aren’t just devices that heat water to boiling point – they’re gadgets that can be tweaked to heat water to the ideal temperature for everything from coffee to green tea, while removing limescale and softening water, using built-in filters.
This is all well and good, but working out which features are actually worth investing in is no mean feat. So, we decided it’s high time to stick the kettle on (many, many times) and test the best kettles out there.
First, a few tips for kettle care. Limescale build-up is impossible to avoid, especially in hard-water areas. But removing it won’t just improve your cuppa, it could cut your energy bills, too.
“Descale your kettle using a product such as Oust, which is specifically designed for kettles,” says Sophie Herrmann, spokesperson for the brand. “Doing so will remove limescale debris from the internal coils of the kettle and result in shorter boil times. If you live in a hard-water area, descale every three months, and every six months in soft-water areas.”
Keen to take a more natural approach? “Fill the kettle halfway with a solution that is 50 per cent water and 50 per cent vinegar. Bring it to a boil, then let it sit for 20 minutes before pouring away,” suggests Dean Davies, professional cleaning expert at Fantastic Services. You can even use lemon to spruce up the exterior of chrome kettles. Whatever way you choose to clean your kettle, keeping it in pristine condition is essential for a decent brew.
How we tested
We drank a lot of tea, and we mean a lot, along with coffee and herbal tea, too. We didn’t just take a look at each kettle’s ability to produce the perfect cuppa, but the speed at which they boiled, their noise levels, the ease with which settings could be tweaked, and how easy they were to lift, pour and refill. These are the one’s that even Polly would approve of.
The best kettles for 2023 are:
- Best overall kettle – Bosch styline TWK8631GB kettle with temperature selector, white/stainless steel: £85, Argos.co.uk
- Best kettle for sustainability – Philips eco conscious edition 5000 series kettle: £49.99, Johnlewis.com
- Best quiet kettle – Russell Hobbs quiet-boil kettle: £39.09, Amazon.co.uk
- Best kettle for speedy boiling – Kenwood elegancy earl grey kettle: £44.99, Kenwoodworld.com
- Best small kettle – Smeg mini kettle: £119, Ao.com