Whether you’re kitting out a brand new kitchen, or just after a fresh look for 2020, a new kettle and toaster set can give your counters a welcome update.
There’s plenty of choice out there, with metallic, glossy sets in neutral tones and patterned or textured finishes continuing to trend.
But it’s not just looks you need to consider. We tested a range of popular kettle and toaster sets in 2019 to find out which ones make the best breakfast, and found that only a few managed the triple threat of looking good, boiling quickly and toasting effectively.
It’s not always the priciest sets that impress in our tests either, so there’s no need to splash the cash to get the perfect set.
We’ve rounded up some of the more stylish sets we’ve tested at different price points below.
Morphy Richards Dune kettle and toaster, £40
This relatively cheap kettle and toaster set costs comes in a choice of black, white, cream or muted pastel green. All colourways have chrome accents and a glossy textured pattern that marks them out from other basic plastic pairs.
The kettle can hold 1.5 litres – a little smaller than average, but enough for six cups of tea, and the two-slot toaster has the standard seven browning settings.
Each gadget costs around £20, and we’ve seen it on offer for £40 as a set, which is pretty good value.
Wilko Black & Copper kettle and toaster, £55
This smart set has on-trend copper accents and a muted black finish. The 1.7-litre kettle is nice and light, and the four-slice toaster should make teatime faster if you have lots of mouths to feed.
Independent controls for the two sets of slots should keep fussy toast fans happy too.
Beko Cosmopolis kettle and toaster, £60
Originally £70 each, this set is currently on sale for £30 apiece, so you can snap up the pair for less than the original price of one appliance.
Intended to exude cosmopolitan style, this set draws on two key 2019 trends: textured finishes and striking metallic accents.
The white and rose gold version is peak 2019, but there’s also a cool pastel blue and silver version, and a more understated black and silver option too.
You can also get a slightly different kettle design, and a smaller two-slice toaster as part of this range.
Kenwood Abbey Collection kettle and toaster, £70
Available in slate grey or stone white, with a tile pattern and chrome accents, this eye-catching kettle and toaster set from Kenwood is still relatively affordable at just under £35 per item.
The decorative elements are apparently influenced by popular Victorian tile patterns. But it’s not just about style. The 1.7-litre kettle has a large viewing window so you can easily see how much water is left, and Kenwood says the set is designed for durability and longevity.
Breville New York Collection, £160
You can bring a slice of stateside glamour to your counters with this designer set, though it will cost you (much like the city itself).
Available in either glossy white and brushed steel or cream and gold, the stylish pair is Inspired ‘by the bright lights of New York’: both the kettle and toaster glow with a white lowlight when you switch them on.
Kenwood Mesmerine kettle and toaster set, £178
If you have more than £150 to spend, you could take home a winner of the Red Dot design award – the Kenwood Mesmerine collection. At just under £90 per appliance, it’s at the top end price-wise.
You can choose a classic look with the black or red options, or go for one of the zanier colour choices – plum, turquoise or burnt orange. But it’s the unique diamond gloss textured pattern that will really make a statement in your kitchen.
The kettle lets you boil as little as one cup at a time, to save energy. And if you’re a bagel lover you might be tempted by the toaster – its special bagel setting only toasts on one side for a traditional doughy edge.
How much does a good kettle and toaster set cost?
We’ve analysed the data from all the kettle and toaster sets we tested in 2019 to see how much you need to spend to bag yourself a perfect pair.
And the answer is… it depends. Our two top-scoring sets (based on the average score of the kettle and toaster) are at opposite ends of the price spectrum. One will set you back less than £60 for both appliances, while the other costs more than three times that.
It’s the same story for the low-performing pairs we reviewed last year. Our worst-performing set has a woeful average score of just 41%, and you’d be doubly disappointed after paying over £100 for the pair. There are also disappointing duds on the cheaper end though, so not every inexpensive set is a true bargain.
Looking for more inspiration? See our round-up of our favourite kettle and toaster sets