Top 10 Best Kettles

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One thing is pretty certain, and that almost every home in the United Kingdom will have a kettle. The question for many new buyers is which is the best kettle to pick. There are hundreds of different models of kettles available on the UK market from many different brands.

They come in different sizes, colours and styles. The vast majority of people though simply want a good looking kettle that boils quickly and quietly and doesn't leak. When you look around at what is available two main types appear most of the time. One is the popular jug kettle, and the other prominent style is the dome shaped kettle. There is really not much more to it than that for the majority of buyers.

They will buy the style that they prefer. There is also the popular combination of a matching kettle and toaster, which will have a matching appearance and some people like that combination look for their kitchen.

However, let's get back to kettles for now, and there are two main types of kettle:

  1. The electric kettle - this is by far the most common choice for most UK households. This one simply plugs into the electric main's supply.
  2. The stovetop kettle - this is a kettle that is boiled by placing it on top of a cooker, a stove, or a gas ring

In this review we look at the most popular choice, which is the electric kettle.

Top 10 Kettle List by Buyer Rating

Below we have included our top 10 list. This list is ranked by placing the kettles in order of those that sell the most online. The list includes an image of the kettle, the name of the kettle, a buyer star rating and a brief description. There is also a link where you can read a more detailed review of each kettle.

1st Rated
no 1 selling kettle in UK

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No 1 - Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Kettle

  • 1.7 litre capacity - can boil enough water for up to 7 cups
  • Measures 21.8 x 23.5 x 15.8 cm
  • Weighs 1.21 Kg
  • Made from stainless steel
  • 3,000 watts
  • Boil Dry Protection
  • Concealed Heating
  • Cordless
2nd Rated
no 2 best selling kettle

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No 2 - Breville VKJ755 Impressions Kettle

  • This kettle has a rear water window which is really useful when it comes to filling this one up
  • It has a 1.7 L capacity that can boil between 6-8 cups
  • It sits on a base and can be lifted off for pouring
  • It also has a removable lime scale filter, which can be rinsed and then re-used
  • There is wrap-around cord storage in base
  • It has a lift off lid and non-slip feet
  • It comes with a 1 year warranty
3rd Rated
no 3 best selling kettle

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No 3 - Russell Hobbs Cambridge 1.7 L 3000 W Kettle

  • This is made from brushed stainless steel and the casing has black plastic accents
  • As the name would suggest this has a 1.7 L capacity ​which means it can boil up to 7 cups of wter at any one time
  • It also has a very useful rapid boil zone indicator - this allows you to fill just the right amount of water and boils one cup super-fast taking only 45 seconds
  • It also comes with a removable washable lime scale filter ideal for those living in hard water areas
  • Can be used by both right handed and left handed users as it has a 360 degrees swivel base

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4th Rated
no 4 best selling kettle

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No 4 - Bosch TWK8633 Styline Collection Cordless Jug Kettle

  • This is an expensive option compared to other kettles but it does have some interesting features
  • You have full temperature control with four different settings (100/90/80/70 degrees Celsius)
  • Also has the rapid boil option
  • Has a one touch lid opening
  • This kettle has a triple safety feature that includes automatic shut-off, overheat boil dry protection and switch-off when lifted from base
  • It also has a keep warm function that allows the selected temperature to last for up to 30 minutes

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5th Rated
no 5 best selling jug kettle

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No 5 - Quest 35100 Jug Kettle

  • This is one of the cheapest kettle on the UK market right now
  • It has a 1.7 litre capacity (3 pints) which is enough to boil 7 cups of water
  • It sits on a swivel base so can be used by both right and left handed people
  • It has a dual water level indicator windows to allow the kettle to positioned from the left or the right
  • It has an indicator lamp which is the on/off switch
  • The kettle has a hinged lid
  • It also has automatic safety cut off
  • It also comes with a removable and washable filter

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6th Rated
no 6 best selling electric kettle

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No 6 - De'Longhi KBJ3001.BK Brillante KBJ3001BK Kettle

  • This is a classic style that many buyers like from the famous Italian brand
  • It is a plastic faceted Kettle in black with chromed details
  • The kettle has a 360 degree swivel base
  • The element is made from stainless steel and is a concealed element which reduces the build up of limescale
  • It is very powerful at 3,000 watts
  • Has a 1.7 litre capacity (3 pints) and enough for 7 cups of water
  • There are 3 levels of safety protection: Auto shut-off when boiled or lifted and thermal cut-off
  • It also has a removable and washable scale filter
  • It has non-slip feet

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7th Rated
no 7 best selling kettle

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No 7 - Russell Hobbs 22851 BRITA Filter Purity Kettle

  • This kettle is available in a 1 litre size of a 1.5 litre size
  • It comes with the popular Integrated BRITA filtration which reduces limescale, metals and chlorine for better tasting hot drinks and prolonged kettle life
  • It also has both filter and boil technology for speed and efficiency
  • The kettle has a cartridge replacement reminder - so you always have the fresh filtered water
  • The kettle has a 360 degree swivel base

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8th Rated
no 8 best selling kettle

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No 8 - Russell Hobbs Colour Plus Kettle

  • This kettle is available in cream, black, red, blue and grey
  • It uses a powerful 3000 Watts heating element
  • This kettle has what is called vintage
  • It has a rapid boil option which boils 1 cup in 45 seconds
  • It has a 1.7 litre capacity (3 pints) and enough for 7 cups of water
  • The base has cord storage
  • There is a side water gauge
  • Has a hinged lid which you pull to open
  • It also has a removable filter

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9th Rated
no 9 best selling kettle

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No 9 - Russell Hobbs Mode Kettle 21400

  • This is a black kettle with stainless steel highlights
  • It can also be bought with a matching toaster
  • It comes with an easy pour spout
  • Has a push to open hinged lid
  • It has a 1.7 litre capacity (3 pints) and enough for 7 cups of water
  • Comes with a 360° base with integrated cord storage

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10th Rated
no 10 best selling kettle

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No 10 - Morphy Richards Dimensions Kettle 108261

  • Available in black, white, cream and grey
  • It has a 1.5 litre capacity, so you can ​boil up to 6 cups of water at a time
  • Uses a 3,000 watt element
  • Has an easy to view water window
  • It has a 360 degree base, so that you can easily use your kettle whether left or right handed
  • Also has cord storage

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Our UK Electric Kettle Buying Guide

Just below you will find what we consider to be a very useful buying guide for kettles. This is particularly useful if you haven't bought a kettle before. We would recommend reading through this as it gives you some useful information, when it comes to buying the right kettle for your own specific needs.

We include the important features in what we think are the most important priority.

The Wattage or Power of Your Kettle

On any electric kettle, you should be able to see the wattage of your kettle. Typically you will see a term such as 3000W. This means that the kettle has an element inside that is heated up to boil the water. The power used is measured in an energy measurement known as watts. In the example this would be 3,000 watts.

This power rating determines how quickly your kettle will boil. So, as a general rule of thumb, the higher this number the better. Just be aware though, that the higher this number is, the more electricity it uses, so will cost more to run.

Most good quality kettles will have a 3000W rating or higher.

Kettle Capacity

The capacity of a kettle is simply how much water it can hold with one fill. Usually there is a minimum and a maximum level to which the kettle should be filled. There should always be water above the minimum level so as the element in your kettle does not get damaged.

Likewise the maximum level should never be over filled as that can cause boiling water to come out of the spot which is dangerous.

Most kettles display the capacity in litres. A litre is about 1.76 pints. Most standard sized kettles have a 1.7 litre capacity which is about 3 pints. That is enough to boil water for between 6-8 standard sized cups. That is usually enough for a family of 4-5.

Corded, Cordless and Swivel Bases

You can still buy kettles that have the electric lead attached to the kettle. Those are seldom used now and can be quite difficult to buy. The vast majority of UK buyers much prefer what is referred to as a "cordless kettle." In reality that is the wrong name for it, and should really be called a hand's free kettle.

With this type of kettle, the actual kettle sits on a base. The base is then plugged into the main's electricity. When the kettle boils, you can then lift the kettle off the base and pour the water.

Most bases of this type are circular, which is very useful as the kettle can be spun around so as it can be used with left or right handed people. Some bases are not though, and the kettle will only fit in one way. That is something to be aware of and we would recommend the circular swivel style base.

Quiet Boil Kettles

We have all been there. You switch the kettle on, or someone else does, and then you can't hear the news on the TV. Most kettles are noisy and that can get irritating. Quiet boil kettles have been designed for the purpose of not being anywhere near as noisy as a normal standard kettle.

Manufacturers designed these quiet boil kettles for homes that have if you have an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area. Some kettles are marketed as being especially quiet, but this doesn't always hold true.

Some of these are indeed quieter, but others are not as quiet as they might make out. Just be wary of those and check what other buyers have to say.

Kettle Water Gauges

Initially this does not sound like that big of a feature. However we think it is. These are the water measuring gauges, usually on the side of the kettle, where you can quickly glance, and see how much water is in the kettle, and if you need to fill it up or not.

Many kettles have badly located gauges that are really hard to read easily. Usually they are under the handle and pretty hard to see. The better designed kettles will have larger and clearer windows so as you can quickly see at a glance how much water is left in the kettle.

Kettle Lids

Initially this does not sound like that big of a feature. However we think it is. Some kettles are a pain to open and those with a hinged lid are the better option. Ideally you want a one touch open lid. This is where you push down on the lid, or an area on the lid and the lid then opens automatically to at least 90 degrees.

Kettle Cord Storage

Like the lid feature above, initially this does not sound like that big of a feature. Most people will leave their kettle plugged into the wall as it is used very often. For those people cord storage is not really that important. Some people however prefer not to leave their kettle plugged in, and others prefer to store it away when not in use.

If you fall into either of those two camps, then you will want a kettle where the lead can be neatly stored away around the base of the kettle.

One Cup Boil (Rapid Boil) Kettles

These are designed just to be able to boil enough water for one cup or even two cups. Now, the kettle itself can of course boil larger amounts of water, but some have a quick boil, or fast boil feature, where you can quickly boil a small amount of water.

Kettle Water Filters & Hard Water

Initially this does not sound like that big of a feature. However we think it is.

Kettle Guarantees & Warranties

When you buy a kettle it is certainly worth looking at what type of guarantee or warranty comes with your kettle. Most manufacturers will offer a 1 year warranty, but this does differ from brand to brand.

Other Types of Kettles

We have covered electric kettles above, but we also want to mention three other options for buying a kettle. Those are:

  1. The kettle and toaster combination
  2. The stovetop kettle
  3. Multi-temperature Kettles
  4. The "Smart kettle."

Let's have a look at each of those three types in more detail.

Kettle & Toaster Combination

Many UK buyers like to match up their toaster and kettle to complement their kitchen. A few brands offer that option and they include Breville, Russell Hobbs and VonShef.

If you are looking for that type of combination, then click on the link below, where you can read our reviews on what matching sets are available.


popular stove top kettles

Stovetop Kettles

Some UK buyers prefer a stovetop kettle. These can be used on stoves and hobs rather than using electric. Typically these are known as "whistling kettles."

Quite a few brands make these and we have completed a review list of stovetop kettles, which you can read by clicking on the link below.

popular multi temperature kettles

Multi-Temperature Kettles

Some UK buyers want to have full temperature control over how hot the water gets boiled. This is an important aspect for many coffee and tea lovers.

These kettles will also have a keep warm feature which many buyers like.

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Smart Kettles

Quite a few buyers, and especially those who like their technical options have started to make the move to "smart Kettles." These work using an "app" and on apple and android smart phones.

They also work off the smart home devices like Alexa and Google Mini. In other words you can instruct any of those to start boiling your kettle.