Top five best kettles for 2020
By Alice Williams
We reveal the best kettles in five different categories, including the best cheap kettle and our top-scoring energy saver.
We've tested hundreds of kettles, so that you know which ones will make a great addition to your kitchen - and the models to avoid. But in case you don't have time to whittle down the choice for yourself, we've rounded up some of our favourite top-scoring Best Buys to help you find a brilliant kettle in a hurry.
Each of the kettles recommended in the table below has aced our rigorous lab tests, which include in-depth assessments of boiling speed, noise, usability and energy use. We've included our top picks from five different categories, so whether you're looking for an ultra-quiet kettle, an energy saver, or a super-speedy model, there's something for you.
We've also revealed three of the worst kettles we've tested, so you know the ones to steer clear of.
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Best fast boil kettle
Best cheap kettle
Best glass kettle
We haven’t always been impressed with glass kettles, but this model scored well in our tests. It’s very quick, boiling a litre of water in less than two-and-a-half minutes, and energy efficient too. At 80%, it’s the highest scoring Best Buy glass kettle.
Best quiet kettle
Few kettles score a full 5 for noise, and this kettle is no exception, but it is one of the quietest we've tested in the last few years. Its also a great all-rounder, being fast, energy efficient, easy to use and effective at keeping limescale out of your cup of tea. At 81% it's a high scoring Best Buy.
Best one cup kettle
Table last updated: November 2019
Three kettles to avoid
You wouldn't think a kettle could go that wrong, but we've uncovered some shockers in our tests. Poor kettles are slow to boil, waste energy, make a racket or are a real hassle to use. These are the models to steer clear of:
Not worth the price tag
If you aren’t put off by the price tag, the sleek and modern design of this kettle might catch your eye. Its digital controls may seem impressive, but they make it hard to use. It also boils for longer than necessary, wasting energy, and has a poor limescale filter that fails to prevent bitty limescale from escaping into your tea. It’s our worst Don’t Buy to date.
Style over substance
This kettle has style in spades, but falls short of the mark when it comes to the essentials. It takes ages to turn itself off after boiling, wasting electricity. It also has a terrible limescale filter and is really heavy, making it awkward to use. It’s definitely best avoided.
Cheap and disappointing
Not quite what you need? Get the full list of the best kettles that we recommend.
Buying the best kettle for you
Here are four key things to consider when choosing a kettle:
The cheapest kettles we test are around the £10 mark, with the most expensive setting you back nearly £200. More expensive kettles tend to be made of metal or glass, and have extras such as multiple temperature settings. When it comes to getting the basics right though, we’ve found cheap kettles that outclass pricier rivals in our tests. If you’re looking for a kettle that goes the extra mile, lighting up as it boils or ringing when it’s finished, then it may be worth splashing out. But for a good basic kettle, you could find a bargain at a lower price. See our kettle reviews to find the best value options.
If you have an open-plan kitchen, you may be concerned with how your kettle is going to look on your worktop. Luckily, most of the products available have aesthetics in mind, and you can get a good-looking kettle to suit your personal taste. We’ve found Best Buys in every possible colour and finish, including some stylish budget buys, so check our kettle reviews to find the perfect match for you.
Our independent testing is designed to put every kettle on a level playing field, no matter what the price, and see if it will do its job well when you get it home. We research the features that you care most about in your kettle and reflect this in our tests, so you can be sure that you buy a kettle that won’t let you down. Our scores are broken down into ease of use, speed, energy use, noise and the quality of the limescale filter, so you can always find a good all-rounder amongst our Best Buys. Find out more about how we test kettles.
Kettles are one of the most breakdown-prone small appliances, according to our 2017 reliability survey. If you’re sick of traipsing to the shops every few years for a replacement, check our guide to the most reliable kettle brands to find out which kettle brands are more likely to last the distance.
For more advice on choosing, head to our kettles buying guide.