Which? has published test results for 15 kettles ranging from £6 to £50, with scores between 38 and 82%.
Among the 15 kettles Which? tested, there are three new Best Buys, and one product that scored so badly, it’s a Don’t Buy.
One of the more stylish models we’ve tested is the Dualit Mini Jug kettle. This kettle has a capacity of just one litre so will appeal to those who live on their own, or are looking for a second kettle for their study or shed.
The Morphy Richards 43870 Intelliboil has an energy saving feature. It allows you to choose between three different temperatures 100˚C, 95˚C and 85˚C. The temperature of 95˚C is often considered hot enough for coffee or hot chocolate, and 85˚C for speciality teas.
The most common problem with the kettles we’ve tested was excessive noise.
Lizzy Ruffles, Which? kettles expert, said: ‘Noise might not seem very important when you’re buying a new kettle. But if you have an open-plan living area, or spend a lot of time listening to the radio in your kitchen you’ll soon find a noisy kettle irritating.
‘Which? has Best Buys starting from as little as £11 that don’t have problems with noise, are energy efficient and quick to boil.’
As well as having problems with noise, the Don’t Buy kettle from this batch took longer to boil than most other kettles we’ve tested, and took a massive 16 seconds to switch off after it had boiled a litre of water.
Buying a kettle
If you’ve received some gift vouchers this Christmas and fancy a stylish new kettle it’s worth reading the reviews for two kettles we’ve tested from high street stores Next and Marks & Spencer. You can buy co-ordinating toasters to match both models.
Which? also has new results for three supermarket kettles from Tesco, Asda, and Morrisons. There’s a 12% difference in total test score between the lowest and highest scoring of these models so it’s well worth reading our full kettle reviews before you buy.
Which? currently lab-tests 3 batches of kettles a year, and anonymously buys each product that it tests. There are test results for more than 150 kettles on our website with Best Buys starting at just £11.To find out more about kettles read our full kettles review.