Cordless versus Corded
Many kettles are now cordless the electric cord is attached to a separate base unit so you are now restricted by the cord length when using the kettle.
The average kettle will hold between 1.4 and 1.8 litres of water. usually a large cup or mug is about 240ml, so you can boil up to 5-7 cupfuls at a time.
If you have a small family or less worktop space you could opt for a smaller capacity kettle.
Kettles come in power ranges from about 2.1kW to 2.9kW – higher wattage kettles are more powerful and so will boil faster. Generally kettles with a wattage of 2.9kW are classed as fast/rapid boil.
360 degree base
With a 360% base you can reposition the kettle in any position when replacing back on the base.
With a concealed element the kettle is easier to clean.
Boil dry protection
The boil dry protection will turn off the kettle if insufficient water is available to boil.
Comfort and safety
Soft touch handle with a comfortable grip usually made of rubber
Weight and balance
With metals kettles they are usually a lot heavier than plastic and the handle position usually affects the balance.
If a wide spout is available you can use this to fill the kettle instead of removing the lid.
Certain kettles have an insulated side wall so is less likely to burn if touched.
Water level gauge
Not all kettles have a water gauge but they are very handy to ascertain the amount of water that is available to boil.
Certain kettles now come with replaceable cartridges that filter the water and saves have a filter jug as well.
With certain kettles a small mesh usually on the spout is positioned to stop lime ending up in your cup.
Nearly all kettles have an illuminated light to show when they’re switched on.
Newer models have fancy lights but they do nothing and are for cosmetic purposes.
Some newer models of kettles let you alter the temperature for your speciality teas etc.
This feature keeps the water warm so your next cuppa is ready sooner. This uses more power and is not very environmentally friendly