5 stove top kettles for a good old-fashioned cuppa

These stove top kettles are compatible with all fuel types and come in everything from bold colours to floral prints to spruce up your kitchen

Stove top kettle: Garden Trading Enamel kettle
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Looking to buy a stove top kettle? Whether it’s to put on your range cooker or to sit on a Smeg induction hob, the models we’ve found below will whistle away in style.

While looks are most definitely key and we’ve selected a range of retro models with everything from sleek finishes to patterned designs, all the stove top kettles we’ve selected do a pretty amazing job at distributing heat evenly and efficiently, too. While some may take slightly longer than an electric kettle to boil, it’s all part of the effect, right? Here’s our pick of the best models for your money.

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WHAT IS THE BEST STOVE TOP KETTLE?

The best stove top kettle you can buy is the Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle. It’s compatible with all hobs, it looks the part, and it’s not overly loud when boiling. Find out more below.

THE BEST STOVE TOP KETTLES

 Best stove top kettle you can buy: Alessi Tea rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

1. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

Best stove top kettle you can buy: featuring an updated iconic design, this kettle has a dragon whistle

Specifications
Colour: Mirror polished stainless steel
Capacity: 200cl
Dimensions: H22.5 x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with all hobs including induction+Designer style+Instant wow factor
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t hold much water

The Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle is our pick of the best stove top kettles you can buy, and for good reason, too.

Design
Designed by Michael Graves for Alessi and made from 18/10 stainless steel, this eye-catching kettle has a cute whistle for a fun finish. 

What we love about it
It’s said to be a good luck charm and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original Alessi Bird design. We love its iconic look and the fact that it’s not overly loud when boiling. It's also compatible with all hobs. 

What we’re not keen on
Since it only has a capacity of 200cl, it’s probably not the best option when you’re expecting a crowd for tea as you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

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Best stove top kettle for style: Wesco whistling water kettle


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2. Wesco whistling water kettle

Best stove top kettle for style: for an instant impact in any kitchen, there’s no other option

Specifications
Colour: Red
Capacity: 2ltr
Dimensions: H20.5 x W20cm
Reasons to buy
+Hardwearing coating+Choice of four colours+Suitable for induction hobs
Reasons to avoid
-Some say the whistle isn’t very loud

The Wesco whistling water kettle is a great choice for families and those who love to entertain or just have friends and family round for a catch up.

Design
Its Terradur coating is strong and rust resistant, making this a great investment buy, and you can pick from almond, warm grey, or white, along with vibrant red. 

What we love
This model has a large capacity and can be used with the latest induction hobs, too.

What we’re not keen on
Its whistle isn’t very loud. But those with children may find that a blessing in disguise.

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Best stove top kettle for retro style: Orla Kiely scribble square flower enamel kettle

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3. Orla Kiely Scribble Square Flower enamel kettle

Best stove top kettle for retro style: Orla Kiely fan or not, this is a fun retro stove top kettle we can get on board with

Specifications
Colour: Multicoloured
Capacity: 2ltr
Dimensions: H19 x W18cm
Reasons to buy
+Can be used on all hobs including induction+Heat-resistant handle+Iconic floral pattern
Reasons to avoid
-High price tag

Looking for a fun stove top kettle? The Orla Kiely Scribble Square Flower enamel kettle will do the job.

Design
This hob kettle features the designer’s familiar floral print. Its metal body has an enamelled finish with a flush-fit lid and there’s an integral knob for easy access.

What we love
Not only can this stove top kettle be used on all hob types, including induction, but it also has a large capacity of two litres.

What we’re not keen on
The price tag!

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Best stove top kettle for camping: Garden trading enamel stove kettle

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4. Garden Trading enamel stove kettle

Best stove top kettle for camping: the ideal camping companion when you’re dreaming of a hot beverage

Specifications
Colour: Charcoal
Capacity: 2.2ltr
Dimensions: H21 x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+French chic styling+Take it camping, too+Charming old-fashioned design
Reasons to avoid
-Not induction compatible

Need a stove top kettle to take camping with you? The Garden Trading enamel stove kettle won’t cramp your style while on the field.

Design
In a trendy charcoal colour, this simple stove kettle has a charming traditional design, and will be sure to bring a touch of chic to camping trips. It also comes in white.

What we like about it
It can be used with gas hobs along with range cookers and AGAs. It has a large capacity of 2.2 litres and it’s dishwasher safe when you get home. Sitting around the £40 mark, it’s happily affordable, too.

What we’re not keen on
It can’t be used on induction hobs. Also, you’ll need to keep the wooden handle upright while heating to prevent it getting warm, and make sure you don’t touch the enamel, as it will be extremely hot. 

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Best stove top kettle for value: Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

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5. Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

Best stove top kettle for value: a great value induction-compatible design

Specifications
Colour: Red
Capacity: 2ltr
Dimensions: H23 x W19cm
Reasons to buy
+Selection of colours+Induction compatible+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain the spout doesn’t pour well

On a budget? Meet the Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle.

Design
In a bold red porcelain enamel, this whistling kettle also comes in black or cream, and it has a lock open spout for easy filling and pouring.

What we like about it
For starters, it’s suitable for all hobs, including induction, and the handle doesn’t get hot when boiling. This model also heats up just as quickly as an electric kettle.

What we’re not keen on
Some reviews say the spout doesn’t pour well.

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HOW TO BUY THE BEST STOVE TOP KETTLE

Colour

If you’re after something to fit in with your kitchen scheme, worry not: the majority of our best stove top kettles are available in a range of colours.

Capacity

If yours is a large family, opt for a stove top kettle with a larger capacity to avoid having to refill and reheat constantly. Alternatively, purchase one of these best boiling water taps for hot water on tap (literally).

Dimensions

Compare the kettle’s dimensions to those of your hob rings to ensure the kettle you choose will fit comfortably and heat up evenly.

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