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Cheap Best Buy kettles revealed by Which? tests

We've tested five kettles costing £30 or less and uncovered three brilliant budget buys

Buying a new kettle in the run-up to Christmas needn’t blow your budget, as three cheap kettles costing less than £30 have aced our tough tests.

We’ve recently tested 14 kettles, including new launches from big brands such as Bosch, Breville, Morphy Richards and Russell Hobbs.

Five of these new models cost £30 or less. For those really feeling the pinch, there’s even a £12 kettle from Asda, one of the cheapest kettles we’ve ever tested.

However, not all the kettles are worthy of a place in your kitchen. Three of the five cheap kettles we tested were good enough to win our Best Buy recommendation, while the others may give you the budget blues. We’ve also uncovered one expensive kettle that’s a downright disappointment, scoring just 54%.

Head to our kettle reviews to find out which models made the grade.

Should you buy a cheap kettle?

Cheap kettles don’t have to look basic. This Russell Hobbs Worcester kettle has a smart red metal exterior, but costs just £25

It is perfectly possible to pick up a bargain if you’re in need of a new kettle but don’t want to splash out. However, not all cheap kettles are created equal. Of the 90 kettles we’ve tested that cost less than £30, just 15 are Best Buys. Four are so bad we named them Don’t Buys.

Some cheap kettles, such as these Don’t Buy models,  just aren’t worth the risk. They’ll be slow to boil, but also make a racket, ruining any chance of conversation while you wait for your water to be ready.

They may also have a shoddy limescale filter that lets flakes slip into your drinks, or a high minimum fill level, meaning you have to waste energy and time boiling large amounts of water even if you’re just after a quick tea for one.

Check our list of Don’t Buy kettles for the models you should avoid, or skip to our Best Buy kettles for a round-up of all the models we recommend.

Kettles: when to spend more

Paying more usually gets you a more stylish design, like this Morphy Richards Evoke kettle, £50

Spending more will usually get you a sturdier build, with pricier kettles tending to be made out of glass or stainless steel.

You can also gain extra features when you go up a price bracket. More-expensive kettles sometimes offer multiple temperature settings, so you can make more delicate drinks without spoiling them, such as coffee and green tea.

Mostly, though, paying extra gets you a more high-end design. You’re more likely to get premium textured or metallic finishes and a striking silhouette – and there’s often a matching toaster available – to add a dash of glamour to your kitchen.

You don’t necessarily have to pay lots more for a statement kettle, though. Increasing your budget by just £5 could get you a stylish textured kettle such as the Russell Hobbs Blanc or Tefal Loft kettles pictured below, both £35.

Are expensive kettles more reliable?

Not necessarily. In 2017, we asked more than 4,000 kettle owners to tell us how long their kettles had lasted, and what had gone wrong if they broke down. Four brands scored the full five stars for reliability, meaning their kettles are less likely to break than other brands, and one of these top brands was a surprising budget brand.

Head to our guide to the best kettle brands to see which brands came out on top in our survey, and which do the best in our tests.

Latest kettle reviews for 2018

To compare all models side-by-side, head to our kettle reviews. Alternatively, you can get straight to the latest models using the links below:

Prices correct as of 2 November 2018.

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