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Updated: 1 Jun 2022

Best easy-to-use kettles for 2022

We reveal the best kettles that are easy to use, which could be very useful if you have reduced dexterity, strength or sight.
Rebecca Jakeman
Easy to use kettle

A kettle is one appliance you’re likely to use more than once a day, especially if you’re a tea lover. 

Having scoured our kettle reviews, we've picked the some of the best kettles that are easy to use but it's worth reading the full reviews so you can ensure your choice is right for your specific requirements.

To see all our top kettle recommendations, see our guide to the Best kettles for 2022. 

Best Buy easy-to-use kettles

All kettles we've selected as the easiest to use are jug kettles, which mean they have a handle at the side, as opposed to traditional or dome kettles that have a handle at the top.

Dome kettles tend to be more evenly balanced, but the handles on jug kettles are generally comfier to use, making pouring easier.

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  • 82%
    • best buy

    This cheap kettle is one of our best on test, excelling in pretty much every area. It boils quickly while also being a dream to use, with a well-designed lid and handle and an easy wipe-clean body.

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  • 81%
    • best buy
    • eco buy

    Ideal if you only tend to make one cuppa at a time, this kettle can boil 240ml in less than a minute - and it's pretty quick to boil larger amounts of water too. It's also easy to use and keep clean.

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  • 74%
    • best buy

    Traditional dome-shaped kettles are notoriously difficult to use, so this kettle makes a welcome change for those who prefer the retro look. The unusually designed handle is comfortable to hold, it fills and pours nicely and always feels balanced in your hand.

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    If you're after the easiest possible kettle to use, look no further than this model. It fills and handles well, the lid comes off easily and you can clearly see the water level through the two clear windows.

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  • This kettle is designed to be inclusive, and we didn't encounter any major usability issues in our tests. It's not very heavy, the handle is nice and comfortable and the water gauge is easy to read, too. The kettle itself isn't lightning fast but is still very good.

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If you want to take a look at how these kettles compare with others we've tested, visit our kettle reviews.

What makes these kettles easy to use?

There are a number of factors that can affect how easy a kettle is to use, such as the grip of the handle, how comfortable it is to hold, and how easy it is to open the lid and use the controls.  

To test for ease of use, we have defined which of these areas are most important for people with mild impairments or who have difficulty with their hands, sight or hearing.

Focusing on kettles with higher marks for the most important areas - manoeuvring, handling and carrying, comfort of the handle, using the controls and ease of filling, pouring and opening the lid - we narrowed the selection down. All those selected have four or five stars for ease of use overall and a score of over 80% in total.

Our lab-test reviews of kettles have uncovered many models that are awkward to hold, especially when filling and pouring, have lids that are tricky to open and controls that take force to press. 

At the other end of the scale, we've found kettles that feel light and balanced, require little force to open and close the lid, and have controls that are easy to see and operate.

How to buy the best easy-to-use kettle

Before buying one of our recommended kettles, it’s important to think about what you specifically need to look for to suit you. Here’s what to consider:

How heavy is the kettle?

The lighter the kettle is before you've filled it, the easier it will be to use - all the ones we've selected in the table above weigh 1kg or less when empty. Also check whether or not the kettle feels balanced when you lift it.

What is the handle like?

The handle should be comfortable to hold and grip, making it feel stable and supported when you lift it.

There should be enough room between the handle and the kettle that you won’t touch hot surfaces - if you sometimes get swollen hands and joints, look for the biggest possible gap.

Can you open the lid easily?

Some lids open or come off by pulling them, whereas others open with the push of a button. Ideally, try both out to see which you prefer. 

Whichever one you go for, make sure you can press the button easily or grip and pull the lid with minimum force.

It should also be easy to ensure the lid is fully secure on the kettle - a click to indicate this is helpful.

Is it easy to fill and pour from?

Ideally, you want to be able to use one hand to fill and pour water from the kettle, and this will be easier if the kettle feels well balanced. If you find pouring difficult with any kettle, you might want to consider getting a kettle-tipper aid.

It’s worth looking for a kettle with a low minimum fill level, as boiling less water at a time will make it lighter and more energy efficient. Boiling two cups' worth five times a day as opposed to one can add a significant amount to your yearly energy bills.

Can you easily see and operate the controls?

Make sure the controls are easy to press and only require a light touch.

If you have difficulty with your sight, check that you can see the controls and markings easily. Look for ones that are large and contrast well with the background. In addition, choose a kettle that illuminates when it's boiling.

It's also worth looking for useful features such as boil-dry protection, which stops the kettle from boiling when there is no water in it, or auto-switch off, which will turn the kettle off automatically when boiled. All the kettles in our selection have these features.

Read Kettle features explained to find out more about kettle features.