Fancy a kettle that takes your tea to the next level? The retro-look KitchenAid Digital Precision kettle is designed for perfect drinks prep, whether you're making a standard brew, green tea or filter coffee. But at 10 times the price of a basic kettle, is this extraordinary looking kettle one to consider?
The unusual gooseneck spout is the first feature to catch your eye on this kettle, but it's more than just a style statement, according to KitchenAid. There's a lever to change the rate of the water flow,and its design is meant to facilitate a smooth, drip-free pouring motion.
There's also an LED display on the base where you can choose different temperature levels depending on the drink you're making (some herbal teas and coffee are better brewed at lower temperatures), or keep water warm for 30 minutes.
If you're a coffee fan, the Precision kettle might appeal. The lower flow rate is meant to be good for pourover filter coffee, as you can gradually soak the grounds without drowning them. Medium is for tea, and the faster flow rate is for french press or cafetiere coffee.
KitchenAid isn't the only manufacturer making a splash with its premium kettles. We've recently tested three new DeLonghi models that could add an on-trend touch to your kitchen, whether you want a bold glossy colour pop to brighten up your worktops, or a stylish metallic shimmer finish.
All are an update of classic DeLonghi kettles, and can hold 1.7 litres of water - enough for six to seven cups of tea.
Kettle costing £35 or more tend to be more stylish and have a high-end finish, usually brushed stainless steel or glass. Some have extra features, such as heating water to different temperatures - or an audible alert when the kettle boils.
Unfortunately, paying more is no guarantee that you'll get a brilliant kettle. More than half of our - models which are so poor at their core job we recommend you avoid them - cost more than £80. Despite their elegant exteriors they either take an age to boil, waste energy or are awkward to use.
Two recently tested premium kettles are Best Buys, but others disappointed - one is the slowest kettle we've tested for years.
Prices correct as of 25 January 2019