Best kettles - on test

Precision boiling, remote control, energy conservation – there’s a lot to consider when you buy a modern kettle. So which model should you invest in? Read our review of top buys to find out... 

Best... for precision

Sage by Heston kettleSage by Heston Blumenthal tea maker

Best bits: Fully-automated tea machine with finite temperature control
Price: £199.99

Comments: Tea aficionados never use 100C boiling water, as amino acids are dissolved at high temperatures, which makes tea more astringent. You can adjust this kettle to exact temperatures to suit specific leaf needs as you infuse. It’s very quiet too. Find stockists on the Sage website.


Best... water quality

Brita kettleRussell Hobbs Brita Purity kettle

Best bits: An affordable model that helps create a cleaner-tasting cuppa
Price: £32.99

Comments: This is a good price for a filter kettle. It reduces limescale in the jug as well as any lead or other water impurities, which is particularly good if you live in a hard water area. The built-in indicator shows when the filter should be replaced. Buy from Argos.

 

Best... portable kettle

Kenwood travel kettleKenwood travel kettle

Best bits: An economical choice and ideal for one person
Price: £16.99

Comments: If you live or work on your own, then a travel kettle is the obvious way to save water and energy. This one is 0.5-litres and 17cm tall. It comes with two travel cups in case you do decide to take it on the move too. Buy from Currys.

This review was last updated in May 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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blackbird17
10th Oct, 2016
I've just given up on electric kettles and gone back to a stovetop. It's surprisingly fast and I love to hear it's cheerful whistle. Plus I have some worksurface back !
hungrybaker
12th Nov, 2015
I'm surprised an ordinary 'variable temperature' kettle isn't mentioned - I have The Smart Kettle by Sage by Heston Blumenthal (about £90) (needs work to keep it looking pristine) and a just as good but more affordable Bosch Styline kettle (about £50). I can really tell the difference between boiled water and the ideal 80 degree water for loose leaf green or delicate teas e.g. jasmine or chrysanthemum. One thing about travel kettles - some don't come with a filter, so I'd suggest checking that if you live in a hard water area (I believe it was 'Which?' who said the Sage kettle's filter didn't perform as well as some; as I'm in a soft water area I haven't had a problem).
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