Kettle: Buyers Guide
Electric kettles can range from £4.99 for a simple model, and any were up to £99 for a designer model with extra features.
Size and weight
Your kettle is something in your home you’re likely to use every day and often several times. This is a good reason you need to purchase the correct size and weight kettle for your needs. Also think of the maximum amount of water you will probably boil most of the time so your purchase is the correct capacity for your use.
Ease of use
If you have trouble gripping things, certain designs may make a kettle more suited to your needs. Buying a kettle that you can fill through the spout means you won’t need to keep removing the lid. If you want to fill by the lid, look for one with an button release that opens the lid wide.
Dome kettles are usually easy to lift up because of the the handle is positioned over the top of the kettle. Make sure the handle also continues far enough to the back of the kettle for it to be well balanced to pour, while also keeping your hand clear of any steam that may arise.
Cordless kettles are easier to move about than kettles with electrical cords.
If you have poor eye sight go for a kettle with clear controls, contrasting colours for the kettle body and lid, plus a water level gauge that’s easy to read.
One important consideration is how quickly the kettle boils. The slowest kettles can take almost two minutes longer than the fastest kettles.
Investing in an energy efficient kettle could save you a few pounds a year as well as using less utilities.
Colour and finish
Colourful kettles can spruce up a kitchen or complement a colour scheme. You can purchase kettles in almost any colour from red, blue, and black through to bolder shades such as pink or green. Certain electric kettles illuminate when boiled.
Consider the different finishes on kettles. Stainless-steel and chrome are more usual on high-end kettles, while budget kettles tend to have a plastic finish.
Stainless steel kettles have metal bodies which can become very hot. You normally would not touch this area but if you need to use both hands a plastic kettle may be more suitable.
Electric kettle brands
Russell Hobbs, Breville, Prestige and Phillips are among the big names in the electric kettle market – you can also find budget own-brand kettles from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Argos.
Some manufactures have designs which are exclusive to certain stores or are limited editions.
Electric kettles for small households
Some households may only have one tea drinker so there are likely to be times when they will be boiling the kettle for themselves. It’s more efficient, and quickernif you only boil as much water as you need, so try to buy a kettle that can boil a minimum of one cup, or 250ml.
Check the water-level markings on the kettle – it’s all well and good if a kettle can boil a small amount of water, but if there aren’t any markings it won’t be obvious as to how little water you can put in.