Best kettle of 2024 in the UK - the top 13 electric kettles reviewed and ranked

Looking for the best kettle? We've been busy brewing endless cups of tea with these electric kettles from Dualit, Breville, De'Longhi and more

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The list in brief
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Best overall: ProCook
2. Best set: Dualit Classic
3. Best for hard water: De'Longhi Ballerina
4. Best budget: Kenwood Dawn
5. Best energy efficient: KitchenAid Artisan
6. Best quiet: Swan Nordic
7. Best looking: Smeg 50s
8. Best for tea: Aarke
9. Best quick boil: De'Longhi Luminosa
10. Best one cup: LAICA One-Cup
11. Best under £50 Russell Hobbs
12. Best smart: Cuisinart
13. Best mini: Smeg Mini
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No appliance will get more use in your home than the best kettle. From speedy boil times to clever designs, the right kettle for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences, as well as your hot beverage of choice. 

That's why we've been busy reviewing the top 13 kettles (from a long list of many more) to bring you our complete ranking. We've kept a keen eye out for energy efficiency too, with a penny-saving one-cup kettle also featured in this roundup. 

If you're a tea lover who likes different types of green and herbal teas, you might enjoy one of the smartest kettles on the market. They will offer different temperature levels to avoid scorching your green tea at 100 degrees. 

And of course, if you want to upgrade to on-demand boiling water from your sink, take a look at the best boiling water taps. Or if you're set on the classic method, be sure to pair your new kettle with one of the best toasters

Best kettle 2024

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Quick list - the best kettles

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Best kettle overall

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1. ProCook Gun Metal Kettle

The best dupe of high-end kettles

Specifications

Capacity : 1.5 litres
Type : Upright jug
Colours : Silver, Black, Stainless Steel
Features: 360 swivel base, pop up lid

Reasons to buy

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Get the high end look for less 
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Quality is excellent 
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Pretty, but still feels sturdy 

Reasons to avoid

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A little loud 

That's right, the makers of some of our favourite cast iron cookware favourites ProCook have expanded into the small appliances market, launching this kettle and matching 2-slice toaster (which has an RRP of £69 from ProCook). 

Available in silver, black and stainless steel, we think the stylish look of this kettle can rival much more expensive versions. There aren't fancy features (such as variable temperature controls or LED indicators, but for your money, what you'll get in return is a solidly good kettle, with a fair capacity that'll last you for some time.

After testing, we think that the luxe look also translates into quality when using it too, with a deft pour and easy-open controls thanks to the button on the top of the kettle. Our only real complaint about this kettle is that it can be a little loud. If you're prone to making a late-night cup of tea and want to invest in this kettle, just bear that in mind. If not, then this is a fabulous kettle for getting the quiet luxury look for less in your kitchen. 

Best kettle and toaster set

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Best for style, substance and sustainability and a matching set!

Specifications

Capacity: 1.7 litres
Type: Hinged lid
Colours: Silver, black, grey
Features: Chrome, copper, brass, evergreen, and more (10 in total)

Reasons to buy

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It's a kitchen classic that will last forever (or close enough)
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Secure and tactile handle 
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Hinged lid 
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Clear side panel

Reasons to avoid

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Lid is tricky to lift at first

If you're putting together a wedding registry, or saving up for the kettle and toaster set to last you a lifetime (or close enough), then look no further than the Dualit Classic set. 

You can buy a range of colours on the Dualit website, or stick to stainless steel if you want something timeless that will fit into any kitchen. During testing, we were so impressed with the kettle, which is great to pour, something that can be surprisingly difficult to find. It's also got brilliant insulation and wipes clean in seconds. 

Sustainability-wise, nothing will beat this kettle. If the element inside of it breaks, then it can easily be replaced, which means that you don't get sucked into the cycle of buying a new one every five years. Buy cheap, buy twice, right?

Our Dualit Classic kettle and toaster review has the full details.

Best kettle for hard water

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3. De'Longhi Ballerina Kettle

Best kettle for hard water

Specifications

Capacity: 1.7 litres
Type: Pyramid
Colours: Green, black, white
Features: 360° swivel base, anti-limescale filter, water level indicator

Reasons to buy

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The beautiful design and quality construction
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Integrated anti-limescale filter
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Easy to see where the water level is

Reasons to avoid

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No button to open the lid

The De'Longhi Ballerina Kettle pairs with our guide to toasters perfectly, because its two and four-slice counterparts also sit amongst our top picks of the top-rated toasters. Why? Well, for a start it has a stunning design that catches the eye and looks beautiful on any kitchen counter. We had numerous comments from friends and family when testing, and it's more than just easy on the eyes, too.

With a water level indicator and a light-up switch to indicate that it's on, the De'Longhi Ballerina Kettle is ideal for practical use around the kitchen. The 1.7-litre capacity is also perfectly suited to serving mugs of tea or filling up a whole teapot. The integrated limescale filter will be a huge tick for those who live in a hard water area.

Our one gripe is that the lid has to be lifted away. Other options in our guide have a button to lift the lid and open up the kettle for easy refills, but the De'Longhi requires both hands.

Best budget kettle

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4. Kenwood Dawn Kettle

The budget kettle at under £50

Specifications

Capacity : 1.7 litres
Type : Jug
Colours : Black, blue, oatmeal, purple, slate, olive
Features : Rapid boil, boil dry protection, 360 degree base

Reasons to buy

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A good price for the capacity 
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Design will suit most kitchens 
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Nice choice of colours 

Reasons to avoid

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Does feel a little plastic-y 

Sometimes your budget when it comes to finding a kettle is set in stone, and if you're on a strict £50 limit, then we think this pick from Kenwood will get the job done. It performed well in our tests, with a quick boil time, and has a capacity that will make brewing a cuppa for the whole family easy. 

It's available in a nice selection of pastel colours, and we like the pronounced handle on the lid, which makes it easy to remove and reinsert. Our only issue with this kettle is that it is made of plastic, and therefore does feel it when you hold it, but for the price, we think that's to be expected. 

Best energy efficient kettle

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5. KitchenAid Variable Temperature Kettle

Best energy efficient kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 1.5 litres
Type: Jug kettle
Colours: Red, black, pistachio, ink blue, cream, grey, black, silver
Features: Dual wall construction, adjustable temperature, easy grip

Reasons to buy

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Sleek and modern look
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Lovely to use controls
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Retro style
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You can check the temperature off the base

Reasons to avoid

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A monumental pricetag

We love the sleek design of this kettle, which feels sturdy and high quality to use. It has that KitchenAid look that's to die for, alongside a design that prioritises keeping your water warm for as long as possible. Thanks to the dual wall construction this kettle is an efficient pick, and noise is reduced too. 

The technology in this kettle will impress you with every use. During testing, we loved the temperature gauge lever and the fact that the dial on the body of the kettle lets you know the temperature even when it's away from the base. We also enjoyed how speedy the boiling was, and the light-up design as it climbs in temperature was great for making sure it was switched on, and knowing when it had finished boiling. We found that the water in this kettle stayed the hottest after a 30-minute interval, and we think that the temperature indicator is genius for saving energy, as it means you'll never overboil again. 

Choose between a dazzling number of colours to suit your kitchen or even to match your stand mixer. If money were no object, this kettle would fly to the top of our recommendations, but the price makes it an investment to seriously think about.

Best quiet kettle

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6. Swan Nordic Jug Kettle

Best quiet kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 1.7 litres
Type: Nordic style jug
Colours: Green, blue, grey, cream
Features: Limescale filter, LED indicator, rapid boil, dry boil protection

Reasons to buy

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Excellent large capacity
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Stylish Nordic design
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Heats up quickly

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't feel overly sturdy 

The Swan Nordic jug kettle is the perfect compromise between affordability and style, with a design that will attract compliments in your kitchen. It has a lovely soft feel that never gets too hot to the touch and brings lovely wooden textures into the design too. It was also the quietest kettle we tested on the day, which we know goes a long way in any household.

It can make up to 8 cups at once and has several features to emphasise safety. That includes an automatic switch-off and dry boil design which prevents overheating. 

During testing, we loved the lever mechanism at work with this kettle (it has a very satisfying 'click' sound) and it only took 2 minutes 33 seconds to boil. It retained its temperature very well too and still stood waiting at 71 degrees 30 minutes later.

Best looking kettle

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Best looking kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 1.7 litres
Type: 50s style
Colours: Copper, gold, black, pale blue, white, cream, blue, green, pink, red, stainless steel, grey
Features: 360 degree connection, boil dry protection

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable retro design
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A true statement piece
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360-degree connection

Reasons to avoid

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A seriously expensive investment

Available in an array of truly Instagrammable colours (copper, black, grey and pastel pink to name a few), this kettle is top of the pack when it comes to making a design-first choice. The boil-dry protection mode, which prevents it from being accidentally switched on if there’s no water in it means you won’t need to worry about accidentally damaging it either. There’s also a limescale filter, which helps to keep drinks delightfully scum- and impurity-free.

It holds 1.7 litres, enough to fill around 7-8 cups depending on your ‘portion sizes’, and it boiled a litre of water in just over two minutes. The lever element of the kettle glows when you turn it on, and the soft open top is a thing of beauty too. It has a lovely drip-free pour, too, which we found very pleasing.

Our SMEG Toaster and Kettle set review has the full details. 

Best kettle for tea

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8. Aarke Stainless Steel Kettle

The best kettle for tea

Specifications

Capacity : 1.2 litres
Type : Upright kettle
Colours : Stainless steel
Features : Heat resistant handle, dripless spout

Reasons to buy

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Super stylish
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Small footprint
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Quality build
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Five temperature settings

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Stainless steel can collect fingerprints

The Aarke Kettle is an investment, but, just like all Aarke products, it’s beautifully designed. Its seamless stainless steel body will create a stylish focal point on a countertop, and its slim build and small footprint mean it’s a useful addition to a smaller kitchen.

All of the touch points are also well executed, from the comfortable handle that stays cool to the touch to the soft open lid and non-drip spout. It also comes with a polishing cloth included to buff away any fingerprints its stainless steel body might collect. This kettle also offers the ability to heat water to five different temperatures – 40, 75, 85, 95 and 100°C – which is great if you’re a coffee or herbal tea aficionado who knows the exact best degree centigrade for your brew. 

Simply press the lever on the base to switch between heat settings and a digital beep will alert you when the temperature is reached and the kettle will automatically shut off. (A long press of the base lever also turns off the beep if you prefer to start your mornings in silence).

Overall, this is an expensive addition to the kitchen, but upgrading an everyday appliance that you interact with multiple times each day to something that oozes quality craftsmanship is a great way to add a little quiet luxury to your day.

Best quick boil kettle

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9. De'Longhi Luminosa Kettle

Best quick boil kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 1.6 litres
Type: Upright large kettle
Colours: White, black, green
Features: Super sleek look, smooth to touch, wide spout, limescale filter

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for family households
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Lovely colour range
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Exterior stays cool to touch

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to use for smaller quantities of water

The De'Longhi Luminosa kettle has a 1.6-litre capacity, meaning it's great for making many cups of tea in one go. It comes in an array of pastel shades, complete with a nice sheen and has a matching toaster, which is also a top buy. The kettle comes with a limescale filter that can filter your drink as it pours and has a handy button that lights up to indicate it's on. 

As with most large-capacity kettles, the Luminosa can take a while to get going,  and you might sometimes overfill by accident. On the whole, this is a great kettle for families as the exterior is protected by a plastic layer, meaning it never gets too hot to the touch and feels safe to handle. During testing, we also found that it reaches boiling point in a very efficient time and that pouring from it when it's fuller is nice and easy.

Best one cup kettle

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10. LAICA One Cup Kettle

Best one cup kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 1.5 litres
Type: One cup kettle
Colours: White
Features: One cup spout, auto dispense, energy saving

Reasons to buy

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Dispenses one cup of boiling water at a time
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Great for less mobile users
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Capacity for all day tea drinking
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Energy efficient 

Reasons to avoid

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The one cup dispensed could be bigger

The LAICA one-cup kettle is well-named. It's a cleverly designed pick that has a spout on one side where one cup of boiling water can be dispensed at a time. Even better? It only took 40 seconds in our test to get hot enough to dispense, and our energy reader showed that the whole process cost less than 1p. 

It's a seriously smart buy for anyone who struggles with mobility, as after it's been filled up (potentially by another family member/carer if needed) it just takes one touch for hot water to flow. It's also great for anyone who drinks a lot of tea, with a 1.5 litre capacity.

We enjoyed the drip tray too, which prevented spillage and gave us space to leave our mug. The design also felt high quality, and pouring when not using the one-cup feature was easy. If you want an energy-efficient kettle for this winter, you know which one to buy.

Our story on the LAICA one-cup kettle has more details. 

Best kettle under £50

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11. Russell Hobbs 20460 Quiet Boil Kettle

Best kettle under £50

Specifications

Capacity: 1.7 litres
Type: Jug kettle
Colours: Black & silver
Features: Water level indicator, quiet boil

Reasons to buy

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Truly great price point 
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Water level indicator is easy to read
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Quiet boil (as promised)

Reasons to avoid

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Stainless steel look isn't for everyone
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It lacks some style points

Sometimes you just need a kettle that gets the job done, which is why we were impressed with the Russell Hobbs Quiet Boil Kettle when we tested it, which does what it says on the tin. Perfect for those on a budget, and with a water level that's easy to see, this is a no-frills kettle, but it's very effective. 

This was a quick boiler too, as it took just 1 minute 23 to get to 100 degrees. The spout is good for pouring out of, and while it's not quite a Smeg kettle, there are some design points to admire. Stainless steel can work well in lots of kitchens, and it's minimalistic in its overall look. 

You get a removable limescale filter in the spout for your money too, and the kettle connects at any angle to the base. The 1.7-litre capacity is great for family life too.

Best smart kettle

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12. Cuisinart Style Collection Multi-Temp Jug Kettle

Best smart kettle

Specifications

Capacity : 1.7 litre
Type : Variable temperature jug
Colours : Frosted pearl, light pistachio, stainless steel, vintage rose
Features : LCD temperature display, multiple temp options

Reasons to buy

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Quick boil time 
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Metallic colour options 
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Variable temperatures to brew different teas and drinks

Reasons to avoid

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Pretty pricey

Just as with the KitchenAid kettle further up this list, this clever kettle from Cuisinart is perfect for tea lovers, or anyone who wants to brew a drink at less than 100 degrees. That goes for green tea, black tea and all other types of beverages. We loved this kettle when we tested it, with its quick boil time and the controls on the handle, which show you the exact temperature. 

The jug design is also perfect for large households, and the capacity is standard. The different metallic finishes are a little different too, and we especially love the pink version! 

Best mini kettle

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13. Smeg Mini Electric Kettle

Best mini kettle

Specifications

Capacity: 0.8lt / 3 cups
Type: 50s style
Colours: Cream, black, red, pink, pastel blue, pastel green, white
Features: Double Wall, 360 degree connection, boil dry protection

Reasons to buy

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Statement retro design
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Reduce water and energy wastage
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