If you’re paying more than £50 for a kettle, you’d expect it to do the job brilliantly, and look good, too, but our tests have revealed time and again that spending more doesn’t always guarantee satisfaction.
Our latest round of kettle tests has uncovered a pricey model that falls so far short of the mark we’ve named it a Don’t Buy. It’s slow to heat up, awkward to use, and takes a long time to switch itself off after boiling, wasting electricity and steaming up your kitchen.
If you live in a hard water area, its poor limescale filter will also allow unappealing flakes of scale to escape into your mug.
It’s so poor that it was beaten on score by the cheapest kettle on test. The Asda George Home plastic kettle (£6) is by no means the best kettle we’ve seen, but it’s still a better bet than our pricey Don’t Buy.
Head to our kettle reviews to see the latest crop of contenders and find out which kettle isn’t worth your money.
What makes a good kettle?
It shouldn’t be rocket science to make a good kettle. You want a model that boils quickly, quietly and efficiently, is simple to use, and will last.
We expect kettles to do their core job of boiling water well, and to be easy to handle and use. We also mark them down if they waste energy or let limescale escape from the spout.
We take our members’ bugbears into account, too, so we penalise kettles that make a racket during boiling – ruining any chance of a conversation nearby, and models that drip on the counters when pouring.
Our Best Buy kettles are fast to boil, easy to use and energy efficient, so you can rely on them to always deliver a great cup of tea.
Choosing the right kettle for you
We don’t take price into account when we award kettles a score, but with more than 50 Best Buys to choose from, many in multiple colour options, you’re sure to find a kettle that matches your budget and decor, and does the job well. Prices for Best Buys start from around £10, too.
If reliability is key, check our guide to the best kettle brands before you start your search. We’ve surveyed members to find the brands that last the distance once you get them home. Kettles are some of the least reliable kitchen appliances, according to our survey, so it’s worth getting the inside track about which brands you can count on.
If you want to keep your energy bills in check, look out for the Energy Saver logo on our kettle reviews.
We award this to models that have a low minimum fill level – ideally one cup – so you can boil the exact amount you need without wasting water. They also switch themselves off pretty much immediately after boiling, so they won’t add to your bills by overboiling.
Energy Savers aren’t always Best Buys, though, so it’s worth checking the individual reviews to make sure that you buy a quick, quiet and easy-to-use kettle, as well as one that saves water and electricity.
Head to our kettle reviews to compare models.
New kettle reviews for May 2018
To get straight to the latest kettles that have been through our tough tests, click on the links to the individual reviews below:
- Argos Cookworks Textured 736/3544 £30
- Asda George Home Plastic EPK002W £6
- Beko Traditional Victory WKM7306B £23
- Breville Lustra VKT064-01 £50
- Dualit Domus 72311 £80
- Lakeland CRUX Precision Touch 1.7L CRUX009 £100
- Linsar Jug JK115RED £35
- Morphy Richards Vector 108131 £40
- Next White Facet Kettle 195-486 £25
- Russell Hobbs Bubble 24401 £35
- Russell Hobbs Dorchester 20092 £20
- Russell Hobbs Elegance 23830 £70
- Smeg KLF04CRUK Variable Temp Kettle £140
Prices correct as of 22 May 2018.