Best Kettles 2017: For the perfect cuppa

If you’re on the hunt for a new kettle that will loyally fuel your caffeine addiction for years to come, you’re in the right place.

We’ve thoroughly tried and tested all the top kettles on the market and narrowed it down to nine brilliant brewers.

Of course, it’s not just how fast a kettle can boil that impresses us these days. Some of the cleverest kettles on the market can keep your water hot long after it has boiled, heat water to your desired temperature for an exotic coffee blend, and even connect to your phone for some incredibly pedantic water heating from afar.

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We’ve put every kettle in this round-up through its paces by analysing its overall design, performance and usability – going to such lengths as timing the boil, measuring the electricity used, checking how the kettle feels in the hand, and even whether the lid comes off easily.

As a result, this round-up covers a wide range of great kettles, including cheaper basic models that simply get the job done well, and a couple of high-end super boilers that we can’t help but admire for their sheer dedication to the cause. Some of our favourite kettles are rather beautiful too, which is important for a key gadget that’s going to be permanently on display.

Whatever your budget and personal kettle needs, there should be a winner in here for you.

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Smeg KLF03

1 of 9

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m5s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

This Smeg kettle is among the more expensive around, but it’s also one of the fastest-boiling and most classily designed.

In line with the aesthetic of the Italian company’s other appliances, the KLF03 comes in a variety of pastel shades and has a raised Smeg logo applied to each side.

The 74cm cable is adequate, but can be neatly wound under the base and can exit from almost anywhere – there’s no annoying single exit point.

The handle feels solid and comfortable, the kettle pours nicely through a removable limescale filter, it’s relatively quiet, and the soft-touch lid opens with the press of a single central button. Nice.

At the time of the review the Smeg KLF03 kettle was available for £119.95

DeLonghi Avvolta

2 of 9

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m15s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

If you want a kettle that makes a real visual statement, the Avvolta is probably it – especially in this striking two-tone red finish.

Boiling time is very good, and it pours nicely. Unfortunately, the Avvolta looks more classy than it feels, due to the amount of plastic in its construction. The fully detaching lid also needs putting aside while you fill up.

At the time of the review the DeLonghi Avvolta kettle was available for £79.99

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m39s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

White plastic kettles can look cheap and tacky, but not the Breville Impressions Gloss White Jug Kettle. With its ribbed white design, and light-up switch and water level indicator, it’s a chic and contemporary gadget that you’ll enjoy putting on display.

The kettle boils water reasonably fast, and does a fine job of keeping it warm long after boiling has finished. It measured 84 degrees C 10 minutes after we made a brew, and a respectable 71 degrees C after half an hour.

We did feel like the lid design let this kettle down. It’s a small lid that removes completely, which is annoying when you just want to fill up for a quick cuppa – especially given the spout is a little too small to fill up from. However, that LED water level indicator is a godsend for serial over-fillers.

Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £29.99

At the time of the review the Breville Impressions Gloss White Jug kettle was available for £34.99

Read the full Breville Impressions Gloss White Jug Kettle VKJ738 review

DeLonghi Icona Elements

4 of 9

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m0s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

If you don’t like hanging around, this is the kettle for you. It’s the fastest we’ve ever reviewed.

In addition to the 2min-flat boiling time for a litre of water, the 79cm cable is impressively lengthy. Thankfully, functionality isn’t the only thing that’s received attention, as this is a real looker. The hammered Cloud White finish on our review model was just lovely.

The only things we weren’t so keen on were a rather flimsy-feeling plastic handle, and the fact that the lid fully detaches, rather than hinges.

At the time of the review the DeLonghi Icona Elements kettle was available for £79.99

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Key features:

  • 1.5 litres
  • 3kW
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Auto shut-off
  • Thermally insulated
  • 2m35s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

You’ll probably burn your fingers if you touch your kettle. That’s part and parcel of owning a metal jug that boils water fast. But as its name suggests, the Tefal Safe to Touch kettle is a little different. This kettle has double wall insulation, which makes it like a giant thermos flask. No more accidental burns when you reach past it for the coffee jar.

The other benefit of the double wall insulation is that it keeps your boiled water hot for much longer than the average kettle. In our tests, a full kettle of boiled water was a sizzling 90 degrees C after sitting for 10 minutes, and still an impressive 79 degrees C after half an hour. This reduces the likelihood that you’ll have to reboil water when you nip back for a second cuppa, need to add more liquid to your casserole, or simply forgot you boiled the kettle in the first place.

The only gripe we had with the Tefal Safe to Touch was that there’s no water level indicator. The spout is big enough for you to fill up, but you’ll have to actually open the lid to see how much is in there. This wasn’t too much of a problem for us, and certainly didn’t put us off.

Buy now at Argos.co.uk from £44.99

At the time of the review the Tefal Safe to Touch kettle was available for £29.99

Read the full Tefal Safe to Touch Kettle review

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Key features:

  • 1.5 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Concealed element
  • Auto shut-off
  • 2m40s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

At first glance, it’s obvious that the Morphy Richards Prism Traditional Kettle isn’t for everyone. This striking-looking kettle has an oriental-inspired, ergonomic design with a black matte finish and glossy triangle pattern, making it look like an authentic cast-iron kettle from a distance. It’s both traditional and futuristic all at once, and would look incredibly sharp on the right modern kitchen worktop.

We fell in love with the kettle’s handle, which is positioned on the top and feels very comfy in the hand. Given you have to tip the kettle pretty far to pour out the last dregs of water, the large, sturdy handle is a blessing. You have to pop off the lid manually, but this isn’t a surprise given the kettle’s traditional design and handle position.

Its boil time is decent, and it keeps water hot for an above average length of time after switching off. It’s pricey for a basic kettle, but it’s not the most expensive on the market. And chance are, if you fall in love with the unique design, money will be no object.

Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £55

At the time of the review the Morphy Richards Prism Traditional Kettle was available for £79.99

Read the full Morphy Richards Prism Traditional Kettle review

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Water level indicator
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Concealed element
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m32s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

Aside from being a bit of a noisy one, the DeLongi Distinta 1.7L Kettle is a solid-performing and attractive little kettle. If you favour aesthetics over function when it comes to your kettles, you’ll probably be instantly won over by the compact jug-shaped design and lovely range of colours it’s available in, which includes the matte bronze model we tested, copper, black and white.

Like some of the other kettles in this round-up, its lid is a little small and you have to remove it manually rather than push a button to pop it up. The spout is big enough for filling, though, so it’s a minor caveat we’re happy to overlook. Plus, the lid is an attractive feature.

The Distinta is a tad pricey for a kettle with basic features, but its killer design and good performances makes it an appealing top of the range water boiler.

Buy now at JohnLewis.com from £79.99

At the time of the review the DeLonghi Distanta 1.7L kettle was available for £89.99

Read the full DeLonghi Distinta 1.7L Kettle review

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Key features:

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • Two water level indicators
  • Keep-warm function (20 mins)
  • Variable temperature 80-100 degrees
  • Auto shut-off
  • 2m28s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

Unlike the truly smart Smarter iKettle 2.0, also in the round-up, the Sage Smart Kettle isn’t actually a Wi-Fi connected water boiler like its name suggests. It does, however, have some seriously clever functions for tea connoisseurs who aren’t that bothered about phone connectivity.

The kettle sits on a base that houses an impressive seven buttons – five to let you select 80, 85, 90, 95 or 100 degrees C, one for switching the kettle on, and another to activate the ‘Keep Warm’ feature. The temperature settings produce brilliantly accurate results, which is great news for both coffee and tea lovers alike. Nobody likes a cup of burnt beans or a scalding hot mint tea.

Design-wise, the Sage Smart Kettle feels lovely in the hand. Its large see-through lids pops up smoothly for refilling, and the whole kettle’s chrome finish will sit at home in any kitchen.

Buy now at JohnLewis.com from £89.99

At the time of the review the Sage Smart Kettle was available for £99.99

Read the full Sage Smart Kettle BKE820UK review

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Key features:

  • 1.8 litres
  • 3kW
  • iOS and Android app controlled
  • Keep-warm function up to 30 mins
  • Variable temperature 20-100 degrees C
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 2m52s boiling time for 1 litre when tested

Making a hot drink using the internet is now entirely possible thanks to the Smarter iKettle 2.0. This sleek brushed stainless steel kettle connects to your Wi-Fi router to give you remote control over every boil from an app on your phone. It’s a fun novelty that doesn’t really wear thin.

The kettle itself has just one button to make the kettle boil, and the real fun lies in the app. There’s a temperature dial that lets you toggle the exact temperature of the water to anything from 20 to 100 degrees C in 1 degree C increments. The Wake Up feature will boil the kettle just in time for your morning cuppa, while a Formula feature will boil water and cool it to the perfect temperature for milk.

There are a couple of niggles that are worth knowing about before you lay down £100 for this pricey kettle. First of all, it’s a heavy beast that can feel a little unwieldy in smaller hands. It’s pretty complicated to set up if you’re on an Android device, and it works so much better with iOS devices. Androiders should definitely read our full review before considering it. It’s also a little slow to boil, but those seeking the smart features will probably be happy to overlook that.

Buy now at Argos.co.uk from £99.99

At the time of the review the Smarter iKettle 2.0 was available for £99.99

Read the full Smarter iKettle 2.0 review