Which? verdict on the first smart kettle we've testedPlus a new £20 Best Buy kettle uncovered

09 May 2015

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Is this Smarter kettle worth its £90 price tag?

The latest Which? testing of kettles reveals a great scoring Best Buy for £20 and the results of the first ‘smart’ kettle we’ve tested.

The £20 Best Buy kettle beat many pricier models in our tests, scoring a huge 85%. This is just 1% below the top-scoring kettle of all time. 

It breezed through our tests, boiling water quickly and not wasting energy by switching itself off swiftly after boiling and it only needs one cup of water as its minimum fill.

It’s also effective at trapping limescale flakes and stopping them from getting into your cup of tea or coffee.

To find out what this kettle is, Which? members can go straight to our Best Buy kettle reviews.

Do you need a smart kettle?

We tested our first ever ‘smart’ wi-fi kettle, the Smarter iKettle WiFi. It can be controlled remotely through an app on your smartphone or tablet, letting you boil it from another room in the house or even on your way home.

It also comes with reduced-temperature settings, and a £90 price tag.

But  is it quick to boil, is its limescale filter any good and are its fancy features worth the hefty cost? Go to our kettle reviews to find out.

Kettle reviews

In this latest round of testing, we also put kettles from Argos, Breville, DeLonghi, Logik, KitchenAid, Morphy Richards, Russell Hobbs and Smeg through our vigorous lab tests. 

In total, we've got reviews of 211 kettles on our site. These range from a £12 Best Buy to a £100 Don't Buy. 

Our Best Buy kettles boil quickly, quietly and efficiently. They don't waste energy and they don't annoy you. By contrast, a Don't Buy kettle is tricky to pour and slow to boil - they can take up to a minute longer than our Best Buys, which adds up when you think about all the cups of tea and coffee you make. 

You can use our test results to get the best kettle for your kitchen, whatever your budget.

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