The best electric kettles for making the perfect cuppa

There’s nothing quite like a cuppa for getting you going in the morning or unwinding at the end of the day. Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert chooses the best electric and wireless kettles for everyday use

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Whether it’s a rush buy as your current model has broken down or you fancy jazzing up the worktop with something new, there’s a huge choice out there when it comes to buying a new kettle. Small appliances are a great way of refreshing a tired kitchen scheme without breaking the bank, too. Here's our pick of the best electric kettles; we’ve picked the best on the market, from budget buys to top-end designer styles.

What to consider when buying a kettle?

There are brightly coloured designs, pastel shades, polished steel and the ever-classic black – don't be tempted to over-match your appliances if you're choosing anything but white, black or steel; instead, keep all your other items neutral, and pick one colourful buy, such as the kettle. 

Think about the kettle size you want, both in terms of capacity and the overall dimensions of the kettle itself. As a guide, 1.7 litres makes about six to eight cups.

Do you want a classic style to complement a traditional kitchen or something sleek for a contemporary look? The latest tech sees kettles being paired with Amazon Alexa for complete wireless, hands-free operation, which can also be turned on from your smartphone, too. 

VIPP ELECTRIC KETTLE

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1. VIPP electric kettle

Cool Danish design

Specifications
Colour: Black
Capacity: 1 litre
Dimensions: H21cm x W17.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Double insulated+Stylish look+Non-slip rubber details
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Small capacity

In powder-coated black steel with a grooved stainless steel spout, this Danish design kettle has double surface insulation that makes it heat-proof while keeping the water hot for longer.

SMEG KLF04 VARIABLE TEMPERATURE KETTLE

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2. Smeg KLF04 variable temperature kettle

Offers seven temperature settings

Specifications
Colour: Red
Capacity: 1.7 litres
Dimensions: H22.6cm x W17.1cm
Reasons to buy
+Choice of colours+Different temperature settings+Keep warm option
Reasons to avoid
-You do pay more for the temperature feature

Also available in pastel blue, pastel green, pink, white, cream, black and polished steel, this iconic retro design allows you to choose your preferred temperature from 50˚ to 100˚ depending on your chosen drink. Added features include a keep warm button and soft opening lid. Users like the look as much as the variable temperature, which makes this different from other models where it’s one temperature suits all.

DUALIT ARCHITECT KETTLE

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3. Dualit architect kettle

Designer look

Specifications
Colour: Polished steel
Capacity: 1.5 litre
Dimensions: H24cm x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+Different coloured panels available+Pours easily+Solid build
Reasons to avoid
-Some say it's noisy-Large compared to other kettles

Perfect for contemporary kitchens, this design will add wow factor to the worktop with its polished steel and grey finish. It boils water super fast and has a unique smooth pouring action that stops water dripping. Buyers love the cool blue water level indicator that lights up while boiling and it also has cup level indicators so you only need boil as much as you need.

FIREBOX iKETTLE 3rd GEN

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4. Firebox iKettle 3rd gen

Pairs up with Amazon Echo

Specifications
Colour: Silver
Capacity: 1.8 litres
Dimensions: H27.4cm x W21cm
Reasons to buy
+Remote boil using your phone+Fully customisable temperature+Water sensors
Reasons to avoid
-May be too techy for some

Also in White & Rose Gold as a limited edition for £129.99, this smart model allows you to put the kettle on from anywhere simply by using your smartphone. It's also an official Alexa partner so it works in sync with your Amazon Echo and features a Wake Up mode for the perfect cuppa when you wake up as well as a Home mode for when you walk through the door. Gadget lovers rave about its convenience and how clever it is.

BREVILLE VKJ755 IMPRESSIONS KETTLE

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5. Breville VKJ755 impressions kettle

Great value

Specifications
Colour: Black
Capacity: 1.7 litres
Dimensions: H25.5cm x W20.7cm
Reasons to buy
+Choice of colours+Stylish design+Matching toaster available
Reasons to avoid
-Basic features

When you don’t want to spend too much, this reliable model also comes in white, red and cream and has an eye-catching ridged textured design with a high gloss finish and chrome details. It has the usual features you’d expect such as cordless operation, washable limescale filter and non-slip feet so you won’t get any surprises.

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