The best kettle is the hardest working appliance in your kitchen. From cups of tea to cooking pasta, they make day-to-day life that little bit easier. Not just that, but the best kettles will also look the part. Some are designed to match the best toasters for a coordinated kitchen, whereas others have smart finishes that allow you to set your temperature or filter your water before you pour it.
Most people opt for electric kettles because they're a lot faster and more efficient than stovetop options, but the charm of a stovetop kettle is undeniable. In our guide to the best kettles we've included large capacity, quiet kettles to keep your home office running, and smart options that have variable temperature dials to prevent you from burning your green tea or matcha - ideal for tea lovers.
The design of a kettle is another thing to consider. That classic pyramid shape is charming, but will leave a larger footprint on your kitchen counter. If you're a large household be sure to check the capacity of your kettle so you can boil your water all in one go. Otherwise, and if you prefer hot water (literally) on tap, take a look at our best boiling water taps guide.
These are the best kettles in 2021
Match this kettle with a toaster, mug, and even kitchenware. If you want a quirky and coordinated kitchen, we think this is a winner. It comes in polka dot and a love heart design.
If your kitchen is currently functioning as a homeschooling space or a home office, you're not alone. When putting this kettle to the test there was no need to turn on mute in our meetings. It's incredibly quiet, and also boils in a jiffy
The 1.7 litre capacity can cater to a crowd. We also like the smooth spout on the Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Kettle, which is a delight to pour. The overhead handle is also very tactile and means the kettle is centred when pouring.
When it's on, the side light will turn on with this kettle to let you know it's heating up. You can view your water coming to the boil from a panel next to the on switch. It switches off automatically when it's boiled with a satisfying click.
- Read our full Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater kettle review
This digital kettle from Bosch is a fantastic all-rounder, giving you full control of your tea’s temperature, which is why it gets our vote for the best premium kettle you can buy.
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 is a tactile sliding scale that allows you to choose a specific temperature, and it also indicates your water's temperature as it heats up. Some brews taste better with a cooler temperature so with this digital kettle, you’re in control.
As true tea connoisseurs we loved putting this kettle to the test. It also incorporates three different temperatures designed. Oolong is set at 90ºC, white tea at 85ºC and green tea at 80ºC, all at the touch of a button.
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 30 minutes. This not only saves time but also energy too, as the kettle won’t need to be turned on again to re-boil.
On the opposite end of the pricing spectrum is this kettle from Cookworks which offers fantastic value for money.
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.
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.
If you have a small kitchen, or are regularly on the road, this cordless kettle is the best kettle you can buy.
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
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.
Not only will this kettle save on space but also saves you time, too. When we put it to the test it was a fast boiler and a delight to pour. It comes in white, black or cream and is a great affordable option that’s small on price yet big on style.
For a streamlined flow of water every time, this model has a special spout designed for the very purpose.
Designed for large capacity
The large upright design of this kettle means it's less ideal for boiling one cup of tea at a time, as the markings on the side indicate from three cups upwards.
The Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle is the partner to our top choice of toaster, the Morphy Richards Verve Toaster. They make a perfect pair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love Dualit as products are designed and engineered in the UK, which just adds to its appeal.
If you're looking for a kettle which is band on-trend, easy to use and has a matching toaster available, then this Salter kettle could tick all the right boxes.
Quick to boil
If you enjoy a quick morning cuppa then the rapid boil function on the Opulance kettle will come in mega handy. It has 3 kW of power behind it which is enough to cater for up to eight standard cups, together with the generous 1.7 ltr capacity.
Fitted with a water window, you can even watch the water boil (if that's your thing) plus it's a good marker for how much water you need.
Available in a lovely deep, rich blue hue, this kettle immediately caught our attention. And so will it when you have friends and family visiting for afternoon tea.
The colour has been chosen to celebrate Salter's 260th birthday, which is a good enough reason for us.
All the features you need
Complete with a swivel base which is suitable for left AND right-handed users, the kettle also features a strix control and auto-shut off for total piece of mind.
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.
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.
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.
Put an end to limescale build up with the removable, washable stainless steel filter and concealed heating element.
This glass kettle will filter your water before boiling, and will look fab in the kitchen too.
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.
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.
It's 1.5 litre capacity is perfect for couples and small family households.
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.
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.
How to choose the best kettle
Where to buy 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:
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.
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!
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.
Many of the best kettles can be paired with the toasters for a coordinated kitchen counter, so take a look at matching sets when you find the model you want.
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 Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater kettle. It looks great, boils quietly and has a lovely tactile handle. For a smarter option check out the Bosch Sky Kettle. 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.