Best kettles 2020: 10 top rated electric and stove top kettles

Compare the best kettles from big-named brands – such as Dualit, Smeg and Russell Hobbs – in our expert guide

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Dualit Classic Kettle
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Sometimes, only the best will do. And finding the best kettle is no exception. One of these small appliances is your go-to for hot drinks and effortless meals and, for the style conscious, they can make a big impact in the kitchen so it's important to choose wisely. 

This big decision comes at a cost: time. Yep. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a kettle, which goes beyond just boiling water. Those with a taste for tea (aka most of us Brits) will understand that buying an energy-saving option that's durable and looks good on your kitchen worktop is a top priority. And, if you cook a lot of rice and pasta for your family, finding a model that can hold plenty of water and boil quickly will shave minutes off making dinner.

Fancy hot water in an instant and have a bigger budget? Check out our best boiling water taps for hot water (literally) on tap. Otherwise, keep scrolling for our top picks which have been carefully selected by one of our appliance experts, Hayley Gilbert, and don't just include the latest in smart kettle tech but stylish and coordinating looks, too.

The best kettles for 2020

Best kettle: AEG EWA7800-U 7 series Digital Kettle

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1. AEG EWA7800-U 7 Series Digital Kettle

The best kettle: boil water to your preferred temperature with this luxury digital design, which includes energy saving features

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H23.8cm x W21cm x D16cm
Reasons to buy
+One cup turbo function+Variable temperature control+Never boils dry+Boils water to your preferred temperature+Is easy to use with digital control and LCD display+Even has a coffee temperature pre-set
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain that the LCD display flickers on occasion-Others say the lid can be hard to open

This digital kettle from AEG is a fantastic all-rounder, giving you full control of your tea’s temperature, which is why it gets our vote for the best kettle you can buy.

Adjustable temperature

It has a real-time temperature indicator and will boil enough for one cuppa in less than a minute thanks to the nifty turbo feature; ideal for when you’re in a hurry. It also includes boil-dry protection and has a large capacity that can fill a pan of water for pasta or rice.

There are eight settings, all programmable, so you can make tea or coffee just the way you want. Some brews taste better with a cooler temperature so with this digital kettle, you’re in control.

Pre-settings

Tea connoisseurs will love this kettle, as it also incorporates three different settings for tea. Oolong is set at 90ºC, white tea at 85ºC and green tea at 80ºC, all at the touch of a button.

Keep warm

And if you’re not quite ready for your brew just yet, this model comes with a Keep Warm function that will maintain the water’s temperature for 40 minutes. This not only saves time but also energy too, as the kettle won’t need to be turned on again to re-boil.

  • Buy the AEG EWA7800-U 7 Series Digital Kettle 

best kettle: Cookworks Illumination Kettle

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2. Cookworks Illumination Kettle

Best kettle on a budget: this kettle does exactly as one would expect from a kettle, and it's available in six colours

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7L
Finish: Various colours
Dimensions: H23 x W21.8 x D17 cm
Reasons to buy
+Boils fast+Simple yet elegant design+360 degree base+Very reasonable price tag
Reasons to avoid
-None at this price

On the opposite end of the pricing spectrum is this kettle from Cookworks which offers fantastic value for money.

Design

This cheap kettle is available in a spectrum of six colours which can be mixed and matched to your kitchen decor. The coordinating toasters can also be bought so you can create a tea-and-toast set up.

To add to the overall look of the design is an illuminating gauge so you can clearly see the water levels.

Reaching boiling point

With a generous capacity of 1.7L, this kettle will provide enough teas, coffee and hot chocolates to go around the household. Reviewers love how quickly it reaches temperature so you won't be waiting long for a brew, either.

And if there isn't enough water left in the tank after releases some steam, this kettle will automatically turn itself off to protect the elements.

Easy cleaning

This kettle is cordless, but the base isn't, so it's easy to lift it and wipe away any residue. It also has a removable and washable limescale filter so the aqua is always clean and pure.

  • Buy the Cookworks Illumination Kettle

Best smart kettle: Smarter iKETTLE

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3. Smarter iKETTLE

Best smart kettle: now you can switch the kettle on from the comfort of your own sofa thanks to this smart high-tech design

Specifications
Capacity: 1.8ltrs
Finish: Silver
Dimensions: H27.4cm x W21cm x D15.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Allows you to remotely boil the kettle using the app+You can customise its settings+Even connects to Amazon Alexa for hands-free control+Takes care of the high-tech stuff+Has an adjustable temperature between 20˚C-100˚C+Saves energy
Reasons to avoid
-Really pricey for a kettle, even if it is app controlled-Some may find it too complicated

For those who love their gadgets and smart appliances, this Smarter iKettle is one for you. It can be switched on remotely using the Smarter app and it can even be linked to Amazon Alexa too, for voice control. The app can also be used to customise its settings, with alarms and prompts such as wake up calls and home options for when you get back after a hard day.

Time saving

With the iKettle, there’s no more standing around in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. Thanks so its smart functionality, you can switch it on from anywhere via the iOS or Android app or use voice control with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or Nest. It also uses the latest Blink-Up technology to ensure the 4G connection is totally secure and you can even re-order tea or coffee using the in-app replenishment feature.

Water temperature

This is customisable so you can select the right temperature to suit your preferred cuppa. Choose between 20ºC to 100ºC and the water level sensor tells you exactly how much water is in the kettle too, so you know instantly how many cups it can make.

Formula mode

A great feature for new parents, the built-in formula mode makes night feeds easier. It can be connected to a Nest cam with IFTTT and will boil the kettle then tell you when it’s at the right temperature. You can even schedule it to boil water at your wake up time or when you arrive home.

  • Buy the Smarter iKettle 

Best stainless steel kettle: Dualit classic kettle

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4. Dualit Classic Kettle

Best stainless steel kettle: this iconic design will look great on your worktop

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Evergreen
Dimensions: H28.8cm x W15.4cm x D23.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet, ideal for a late-night cuppa when everyone else is asleep+A replaceable element lengthens its lifespan+Comes in a selection of other finishes+Boils water quickly+Has a large capacity+Brings that luxe look to the kitchen
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive-A lot of money for the features it offers

This classic kettle from Dualit is a keeper. In one of four new colours launched this summer (also comes in Dessert, Eucalyptus and Limestone), the Evergreen version is part of the Naturals collection and is also available as a matching toaster. The dark, inky green shade was inspired by the need to fill our homes with greenery all year round. It has a superfast 3kW element for speedy boiling, which saves energy, and also boasts WhisperBoil™ to reduce noise while in use.

Quiet Mark

The quietest kettle that Dualit offers, it’s been awarded the Quiet Mark, which means that the Noise Abatement Society has recognised that it’s ultra quiet to use. This makes Dualit’s Classic design a must for those who like to get up for a cuppa late at night or very early in the morning, including new parents with night-time feeds.

Repairable element

Built to last, even though this kettle is quite costly, you know you’ll be getting quality. Its patented replaceable element keeps your kettle going for longer.

British made

We love Dualit as products are designed and engineered in the UK, which just adds to its appeal.

  • Buy the Dualit Classic Kettle 

Best kettle for hard water: Smeg KLF03

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5. Smeg KLF03 Kettle

Best kettle for hard water: stylish and functional

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Gold or Rose Gold
Dimensions: H24.8cm x W22.6cm x D17.1cm
Reasons to buy
+The luxe look that’s right on trend+A soft open lid that prevents it popping open unannounced+You can place it anywhere thanks to its swivel base, ideal for awkward corners+Offers dry boil protection that stops any damage if you forget to fill up+Allows for easy pouring thanks to its cordless base
Reasons to avoid
-There’s no rapid boil-Very expensive-Lack of smart or energy saving features

Bring some bling to kitchen worktops with Smeg’s latest offering, the luxury KLF03 kettle which comes in a Rose Gold finish exclusive to its London store and Currys and a Gold finish, which is available nationwide. The large capacity is big enough to make seven cups with added features including a soft-opening lid, 360 degree swivel base, automatic shut off at 100ºC and a removable, washable limescale filter.

Retro styling

Known and loved for their retro fifties look, Smeg appliances look so effortlessly cool and this kettle’s no different. Also available in nine colours, these new metallic finishes just ooze luxury chic.

Large capacity

Ideal for families and those who love to entertain, the large 1.7ltr capacity will boil seven cups. The 360ºC swivel base also makes it easy to use all around the kitchen.

Limescale free

Put an end to limescale build up with the removable, washable stainless steel filter and concealed heating element.

  • Buy the Smeg KLF03 Kettle

best kettle: Dualit 1 litre

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6. Dualit 1 Litre Jug Kettle

Best kettle for travelling: it's a cordless kettle with top-notch elements

Specifications
Capacity: 1ltrs
Finish: Stardust Black or Canvas White
Dimensions: H16cm x W20cm x D23cm
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Large viewing window+Space saving design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive, for a travel kettle

If you have a small kitchen, or are regularly on the road, this cordless kettle is the best kettle you can buy.

Fast boiling

This little kettle uses a powerful element, concealed in the base, for rapid boiling. Its positioning in the base will reduce limescale damage, too. And if you're running on empty, the boil-dry safety feature will automatically switch the kettle off the elements won't get damaged.

And you can check in on it's boiling progress thanks to the large viewing window, on both sides, with cup level indicators

Design

As one would come to expect with Dualit, the quality is excellent and is built to last. Every detail has been thought about, from the washable limescale filter to the non-slip rubber feet on cordless base.

It's small and lightweight design, makes it perfect for regular travels so you can make a decent cuppa wherever you end up.

  • Buy the Dualit 1 Litre Jug Kettle

Best value kettle: Morphy Richards Accents Kettle

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7. Morphy Richards Accents Kettle

Best kettle for small households: this design blends classic styling with a modern edge

Specifications
Capacity: 1.5ltrs
Finish: Midnight Blue and Rose Gold
Dimensions: H27.5cm x W26.5cm x D26.5cm
Reasons to buy
+A traditional looking pyramid kettle with a contemporary twist+360˚ cordless base+Rapid boil+Provides enough hot water for single or two-person households+Saves energy thanks to its speedy boil feature+Helps prevent limescale with a removable filter
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller capacity than other models-No illumination in water gauge

We love the sleek design of this updated version of the Accents kettle which now comes in an on-trend dark blue and rose gold mix. Perfect for classic or modern kitchen schemes, it’s smaller than other kettles so it may not be the best option for larger families.

Capacity

A better option for smaller households perhaps, this Morphy Richards pyramid kettle can make up to six cups at one time.

Cord storage

Keep the worktop neat and tidy at all times with cord storage while the 360˚ base is suitable for left or right handed use

Removable filter

Stop limescale getting into your cuppa with a removable filter that can be easily cleaned.

  • Buy the Morphy Richards’ Accents Kettle

Best fast boiling kettle: Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle

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8. Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle

Best fast boiling kettle: an energy saving and fast boiling kettle

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: White
Dimensions: H26.6cm x W23.5cm x D15.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Saves time thanks to its Rapid Boil function+Also saves energy using the same feature+Creates a streamlined flow of water
Reasons to avoid
-No smart functions-Not a wide choice in colours

You can boil one cup of water in just 45 seconds with this kettle. Not only will this save energy but also saves you time and money, too. It comes in white, black or red and is a great affordable option that’s small on price yet big on style.

Perfect pour

For a streamlined flow of water every time, this model has a special spout designed for the very purpose.

Rapid boil

Get your coffee or tea fix in less than 45 seconds thanks to this speedy rapid boil feature.

Energy saving

Save up to 66% in energy when boiling one cup compared to one litre.

  • Buy the Russell Hobbs’ Inspire Kettle 

best kettle: brita filter kettle

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9. Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle

Best kettle with filter: this glass kettle filters your water before boiling

Specifications
Capacity: 1.5ltrs
Finish: Glass, blue light when on
Dimensions: H15cm x W21.8cm
Reasons to buy
+BRITA water filter inside+FREE BRITA MAXTRA+ filter included+One cup feature for less water waste+Cartridge replacement reminder+Can be used by left handed people too+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Some may not like the glass effect

This glass kettle will filter your water before boiling, and will look fab in the kitchen too.

Integrated filtration

Featuring a Brita filter, this kettle will remove any impurities from the water so you'll be drinking noting but pure, clean aqua. The filtration will not only reduce lime scale, metals and chlorine for better tasting hot drinks but it will also prolong the life of your kettle. 

Illumination

Through it's crystal clear glass exterior you'll be able to watch the water boiling with blue illumination. This lights up when the kettle is switched on.

Capacity

It's 1.5 litre capacity is perfect for couples and small family households.

  • Buy the Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle

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

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10. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

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

Specifications
Capacity: 200cl
Finish: Mirror polished stainless steel
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

This Alessi hob kettle is our pick of the best stove top kettles you can buy (hense the Real Homes Loves logo), 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.

  • Buy the Alessi Tea Rex Hob Kettle 

How to choose the best kettle

When you're looking to buy a new kettle, whether it's a replacement or a second kettle, there are a few elements to consider to make sure you get the best kettle for you. They are:

Energy saving

We all want to do our bit for the environment and saving energy also cuts down on the bills too – win win for everyone. Look for kettles with specific energy-reducing features and functions such as rapid boil, digital control and variable temperature to ensure you don’t needlessly over-boil.

Smart tech

Practically every appliance in the home is now available in a smart version for those who love their tech. Even kettle manufacturers have got in on the act, with models that can be operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet as well as being voice controlled for hands-free switch on. So now you can turn the kettle on without leaving the sofa or on your way home from work when you fancy a brew. Of course you’ll still have to get up to actually make it and bring it back but who knows what the future holds!

On-trend finish

Investing in a new kettle (and maybe a matching toaster, too) is a great way of sprucing up kitchen worktops. These designs come in everything from rose gold to jewel-like patterns so you’re not only getting the very latest technology but you’re also gaining the hottest new looks.

What is the best kettle?

Let's recap...if you want to buy the best kettle (in our opinion), we wouldn't hesitate to buy the AEG 7 Series Digital Kettle, as it has fantastic energy saving features including a keep warm function – so no need to re-boil – along with variable temperature settings. It gives you total control so you can make your tea, just how you want it. And with a sleek, shinny appearance, it will suit an array of kitchen decor.

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