For tea drinkers and home chefs who love a quick fix, a great kettle will be the hardest working appliance in your kitchen. With many working from home, it’s more important than ever to invest in the best kettle for you – whether that’s a super quiet kettle that won’t disturb your meetings, or a variable temperature kettle for an extensive tea collection.
We’ve reviewed the very best electric kettle you can buy from brands like Bosch, KitchenAid, Smeg, Morphy Richards, Russell Hobbs and more to bring you our list of the top options on the market.
In this review we look at the most popular choice, which is the electric kettle.
Top 10 best electric kettle in UK 2021
1. Bosch TWK7203GB – Best kettle for tea
We love a bit of hi-tech style, so it’s no surprise we were impressed by the unique touch-control panel on this kettle. At just 1kg, it’s light, easy to fill and holds an impressive 1.7L when full. The base features a simple power-on graphic that, when gently pressed, allowed us to switch the kettle on and off in the same way as we would our smartphone or tablet. Nice.
There’s also a funky, futuristic blue-light slider that illuminates to indicate a chosen temperature, from 70˚C to 100˚C. While it wasn’t quite the quickest to boil, it was pretty speedy at just over two-and-a-half minutes. And if you get distracted, like we often do, there’s an ingenious keep-warm function. This maintains the desired water temperature for 30 minutes after the kettle has boiled.
It also has the obligatory 360˚ base, meaning it’s comfortable to pick up from any angle. There’s a lovely large flip lid and a removable limescale filter, too. Sure, it’s got a slightly bigger footprint that most of the models we tested. But we think its elegant lines and steely good looks mean it’s an absolute keeper, however much worktop space you might have.
2. De’Longhi KBLA3001.R Active Line Kettle – Fastest kettle
This brightly coloured wide-based kettle weighs only 850g when empty and we found it exceptional value for money based on its performance. Boiling the full capacity takes just over three minutes, while it takes two minutes for one litre and a speedy 45 seconds to boil enough for one cup. We also found the kettle to be quieter than many other models we’ve tested. The casing temperature after boiling reached 63C, hotter than we’d like, but the handle remained cool and safe to touch.
3. Dualit Architect Kettle – Best for style and substance
If you’re the kind of person that likes to switch up your home décor with the seasons, then this model with interchangeable panels is for you. The (already beautiful) steel exterior can be further enhanced with easy-to-fit panels that encase the bottom and lid. The panel kits can be bought separately, and range in price from £12.50 for plain colours and metallics to £24.95 for specially commissioned designs from the likes of Bluebellgrey, Charlene Mullen and Kit Miles, whose floral Biophilia design is our current must-have.
As we’ve come to expect from Dualit products, the kettle is also beautifully built and ergonomic to use. The lid had a nice soft-open action, meaning it’s easy to refill without the risk of steaming your hand. The water indicator under the handle lit up when we started boiling, and has easy-to-read levels from two cups cup to a maximum of 1.5L. We particularly liked the unique circular pouring spout, which ensured free-flowing water with no splashes.
It’s not the lightest kettle we tested but feels stable and secure on its base. There’s an integrated cord store and it boils quietly, if not overly speedily, for such an impressive looking machine. An internal filter meant boiled water was crystal clear and scum-free, even though the water from our tap tends to be harder than action hero Jason Statham on a tough day at the office.
4. De’Longhi Brilliante Kettle – Best kettle for busy households
We found this geometric-patterned kettle sturdy and robust. The compact design also means it won’t take up much space on your kitchen counter. It boils enough for a large cup of tea in under fifty seconds and one litre in just over two minutes. It takes three-and-a-half minutes to boil its full capacity. At the end of each boiling cycle, the kettle clicks off immediately and the rolling boil comes to a stop after a couple of seconds. One thing to note is that it emits a lot of steam and wobbles on its base towards the end of the boiling cycle.
5. Russell Hobbs Cambridge 1.7 L 3000 W Kettle
This is made from brushed stainless steel and the casing has black plastic accents. As the name would suggest this has a 1.7 L capacity which means it can boil up to 7 cups of wter at any one time. It also has a very useful rapid boil zone indicator – this allows you to fill just the right amount of water and boils one cup super-fast taking only 45 seconds. It also comes with a removable washable lime scale filter ideal for those living in hard water areas and can be used by both right handed and left handed users as it has a 360 degrees swivel base.
6. Salter Colour-changing glass kettle – Best value kettle
The key USP of this kettle, apart from its stylish steel and glass exterior is the bold LED display that run all the way around the base of the glass jug and switch from blue to red when the kettle heating up and back to blue once it has finished boiling. It’s a clear indicator of whether the kettle is boiling or not, which could be useful for those who are hard of hearing or don’t notice once it is finished.
It has a 360-degree base with a handy cord tidy, so it’s easy to use whether you’re right- or left-handed and sits neatly on the worktop. Pretty quiet, it takes around 3-and-a-half minutes to boil a litre of water and it’s big enough to boil water for eight cups. Protecting the glass exterior is a limescale filter so you should be able to enjoy plenty of clear-water boiling – during the testing period, we didn’t notice any scale build up.
7. Russell Hobbs Honeycomb 26051 Kettle – Best budget kettle
Another Russell Hobbs model, this kettle has an illuminated water level gauge that lights up when it’s boiling and switches off when it’s ready. We found it fast to boil, taking a speedy 46 seconds to boil 240ml. At full capacity though, it took almost four minutes. It has markers for one, two and three cups on the inside, which are helpful if you want to boil specific amounts. It’s worth noting that while the handle remained cool, the kettle’s exterior reached 63C (very hot!).
8. Swan Nordic Kettle – Best on-trend kettle
Available in either cool white or slate grey with contrasting wood-effect comfort handle, this highly attractive kettle is a great choice for anyone that loves a bit of Nordic design. The boil-dry protection mode, which prevents it from being accidentally switched on if there’s no water in it means you won’t need to worry about accidentally damaging it either. There’s also a limescale filter, which helps to keep drinks delightfully scum- and impurity-free.
It holds 1.7 litres, enough to fill around 7-8 cups depending on your ‘portion sizes’, and it boiled a litre of water in just 2 minutes 45. The end of the on lever glows an agreeable bold blue colour while it’s boiling and the handle has a lovely soft feel to it. It has a lovely drip-free pour, too, which we found very pleasing.
9. Tefal Loft kettle – Best traditional kettle
Like all the kettles we tested, this has a 360 degree base, which means you can spin the kettle round so it can be picked up with your left or right hand. If you’re not bothered about that, it also means you can choose whether you want to see the branded or unbranded side of the appliance.
There’s a chunky, solid-feeling ‘on’ switch, and the kettle poured smoothly. The water level is under the handle, but easy to read.
Our model was a smart black and silver design though it also comes in red and a blue/rose gold. It’s textured, with an unusual fluted design.
10. Russell Hobbs and Emma Bridgewater polka dot kettle
As well as scoring highly in looks, the kettle oozes quality. It’s extremely quiet compared to most others, which is a major bonus if you’re watching TV or listening to the radio in the same room. The wide spout also pours really smoothly. We particularly liked how easy it was to wrap the cord of the kettle around the base.
The lid is pull-off, but designed in a loop so you hook your fingers into it to remove the lid, and the broad handle at the top of the kettle is easy to grip.
The on/off switch is pleasingly chunky too. A single red light shows the kettle is working when it’s switched on, and there’s a removable filter as well.
In terms of performance, the kettle boils a litre of water in 2 minutes 16 seconds.
How to choose the best electric kettle in UK 2021
Unsure what to look for when choosing your kettle? We’ve summarised the main features you should consider:
Classic or multifunction
If you just want a kettle that boils water, you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re a lover of fine teas, some of which brew better at lower temperatures, you might want one which enables you to select the temperature. This option can also suit parents making hot drinks for children. Some kettles also have a ‘keep warm’ function, which is useful if you don’t all want your tea at the same time.
Classic, old-fashioned, shaker, trendy, futuristic – there’s a kettle for you whatever type of kitchen you have. While most modern kettles are jug-style, taking up less space on the worktop, there are plenty of pyramid kettles on the market if you prefer one of those. All the kettles we tested sat on a base that plugged into the mains, and all had auto-switch off.
Flick up or pull off? If you like to operate your kettle with one hand, you might prefer one where you just press a button to lift the lid. Some people would rather have one where the lid comes off completely.
If you want a quick break from work, you might appreciate a kettle that is a minute or so quicker.
Some people want their kettle to be as unobtrusive as possible, and certainly not loud enough to drown out the radio or music. But if you like to flick on the kettle, then go off into a different room while it boils, you might like one that’s a bit louder, so you can hear when it clicks off.
You might be surprised at how cheap – or expensive – a kettle can be. Our samples range from £22.99 to £149.
Best kettles for hard water
In areas of hard water, there’s usually a faster build-up of limescale inside kettles, particularly around the element. To avoid getting limescale in your tea, you want a kettle that has a robust and finely meshed filter inside the spout that’s also easy to remove.
A kettle is an essential for any modern kitchen. If you’re in the market for a new one, you want to make sure it’s up to the task, time and time again. Given our obsession for a brew, the best kettle in the UK will be used at least three times a day – add that up over the lifetime of a kettle and it’s obvious that this is one gadget that has to be rather durable. All above is what we want you to know about top 10 best electric kettle in UK 2021 in the UK 2021 for you.