5 best stove top kettles for a good old-fashioned cuppa

The latest stove top kettle designs are compatible with all fuel types, including induction, with bold colours alongside floral prints. Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert picks the best on the market

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Think of stove top kettles and we think of a lovely range cooker, an AGA perhaps, with a brew on the go whistling away. This is still the case in many homes but many of today’s models are also induction compatible too, making them much more appealing to a wider audience in search of modern small appliances

There are plenty of retro styles to choose from, in everything from sleek charcoal to a bold red, along with patterned designs and steel and enamelled. They distribute heat evenly and efficiently and though some take slightly longer than an electric kettle to boil, some users actually say the opposite. Here’s our pick of the best designs for your money.

 Alessi Tea rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

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1. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

Updated iconic design

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

Designed by Michael Graves for Alessi and made from 18/10 stainless steel, this eye-catching kettle has a prehistoric reptilian whistle for a fun finish. It’s said to be a good luck charm and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original Alessi Bird design. Buyers love its iconic look and the fact that it’s not overly loud when boiling.

Wesco whistling water kettle

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2. Wesco whistling water kettle

Instant impact in any kitchen

Colour: Red
Capacity: 2 litres
Dimensions: H20.5cm 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

A great choice for families and those who love to entertain or just have friends and family round for a catch up, this model has a large capacity and can be used with the latest induction hobs too. Its Terradur coating is super-strong and rust resistant, making this a great investment buy, and you can pick from almond, warm grey or white along with vibrant red.

Orla Kiely scribble square flower enamel kettle

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3. Orla Kiely Scribble Square Flower enamel kettle

Fun retro style

Colour: Multicoloured
Capacity: 2 litres
Dimensions: H19cm 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

This hob kettle features the designer’s familiar floral print and can be used on all hob types, including induction. The metal body has an enamelled finish with a flush-fit lid and integral knob for easy access.

Garden trading enamel stove kettle

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4. Garden Trading enamel stove kettle

Camping companion

Colour: Charcoal
Capacity: 2.2 litres
Dimensions: H21cm x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+French chic styling+Take it camping too+Charming old-fashioned design
Reasons to avoid
-Not induction compatible

In a trendy charcoal colour, this simple stove kettle can be used with gas hobs along with range cookers and AGAs but not induction. Users say to keep the wooden handle upright while heating to prevent it getting hot and make sure you don’t touch the enamel, as it will be extremely hot. Pop a trivet underneath it to prevent it leaving marks on your worktop once boiled.

Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

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5. Prestige enamel 2 litre stovetop whistling kettle

Great value induction-compatible design

Colour: Red
Capacity: 2 litres
Dimensions: H23cm x W19cm
Reasons to buy
+Selection of colours+Induction compatible+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain the spout doesn't pour well

In a bold red porcelain enamel, this whistling kettle also comes in black or cream and is suitable for all hobs, including induction. It has a lock open spout for easy filling and pouring and buyers rate the fact that the handle doesn’t get hot when boiling. They also say it heats up just as quickly as an electric model.