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Welcome to Better-Reviews Top 10 Kettles

This page is dedicated to our Top Ten Kettles. We are satisfied that as of early 2012, these kettles are the best currently on sale in the UK.

Kettles are inexpensive as a rule, but play a key part in our kitchens appearance, and in our day to day lives. There are some designer models out there, and many of those go a long way to proving that more expensive does not mean better.

We have come across kettles with leaky lids, spouts that can’t pour properly, and some that won’t even switch off when the job is done. In this page, we will outline our ten favourites from the current crop of kettles, and explain why we liked them.

We display a rough guide price, and include a link to current pricing with each review. Where other colours were available, the link to current pricing will display them. We hope you will find what you are looking for.

 

First up we have the Philips HD4671, Brushed Metal, Energy Efficient Kettle

Guide Price:£32

The main point that needs to be highlighted here is that this kettle doesn’t really save you energy. Philips have simply marked the measurements in cups, rather than litres.

Despite the dubious claim to energy efficiency, having the measurements shown in cups is a good common sense approach, and more likely to encourage you to only fill what you need.

This kettle is quick to boil, but is slow to turn off when boiling point is reached. Again, defeating the potential to be more energy efficient.

In use the body of this kettle gets very hot. This is unfortunately the price you pay for a metal finish. The well thought out handle and lid release take this into consideration, and allow safe use of this rather smart kettle.

It has an excellent limescale filter, which works well, and is easy to remove, it also handles and pours well. The base is well made with a universal fit, meaning it can be put down from any angle. Making it an excellent choice for left handed users.

Pros

A good limescale filter, and it pours well.

Cons

Generally, it is not more energy efficient than any other modern kettle. The exterior finish is tricky to keep clean.

 

 

 

Next up is the Russell Hobbs 1.7 L Blue Illuminating Glass Kettle

Guide Price:£35

This is an extremely elegant glass kettle, that lights up with a rather classy neon blue illumination and is perfect for creating that all important “wow” factor in the kitchen.

You can watch with fascination as the current flows start to show themselves. Building up to a mighty crescendo as the kettle boils. Waiting for the kettle to boil has never been more interesting...

There is a removable limescale filter, which is easily washed. This will prevent scale particles from building up.

There is a handy flip push button lid, to allow for easy filling.

 

Pros

Great visual impact, and a fast and quiet boiler.

Cons

Needs to be descaled every few weeks to maintain the visual impact, and the lid hinge can get affected by limescale. A drop of olive oil to the hinge every few months would help to avoid that.

 

 

 

Next Up, It’s the Sturdily Built Kenwood kMix Boutique Kettle

Guide Price:£45

This kettle is fast. Fill it with icy cold water, and it will boil all 1.6 litres of it in under 4 minutes.

The lid opens wide for easy filling when you press the button at the top of the handle, and it turns itself off promptly when it reaches the boil. The water level is shown behind the handle and is also marked in cups. The smallest measurement is 400ml, which is just right for one cup.

It has a soft grip handle, that is really easy to grip and manoeuvre, and is styled to suit all sizes of hands. There is a removable limescale filter, which is easily removed and cleaned. This will prevent scale particle build up.

The exterior is easy to clean, but be warned, as it does get very hot when boiling.

Pros

A well made, easy to clean, energy saving fast boiler, with an excellent limescale filter.

Cons

Hot exterior.

 

 

 

Now we have the more Traditionally Styled Morphy Richards Accents Pyramid Kettle

Guide Price:£36

This is a really smart kettle, with a real retro feel about it, and a clever use of technology.

There is the traditional sound of the whistle when the water is boiled. But this is not triggered by steam, so can be turned off if you want. With this kettle we also have another fast boiler, that switches off efficiently as soon as the kettle reached the boil.

The limescale filter is easy to remove, clean and refit, and the quiet boils element really lives up to its name.

The base is a universal fit, so the kettle can be returned to the base from any angle.

Pros

A quiet, energy saving fast boiler, with an excellent limescale filter

Cons

Not so sure about the finish, as we got a mark on the outside. When we went to rub it off with a damp cloth, we found that it was a scrape in the paint.

 

 

 

Next Up is the Very Shiny Philips HD4656

Guide Price: £35

As the title suggests, this is a very shiny kettle, But it pulls it off with quite a stylish appeal.

Here we have another speedy boiler who lets the side down a little by not switching off as quickly as we would like. That said, it is stable to hold, and pours really well.

The switch lights up blue when in use, so it's easy to tell if it is on or off.

The water gauge is marked in cups , so is useful for saving energy by only boiling enough to suit your needs. Please note though, that it uses 250ml as its cup size, so you will need to add ½ a cup more for a midsized mug.

There is a removable limescale filter, which is easily washed. This will prevent scale particles from building up, and as with most of today’s kettles, the base is a universal fit, so the kettle can be returned to the base from any angle.

Pros

Great looks, good build quality, and quick to boil.

Cons

A bit noisy and slow to switch off when boiled.

 

 

 

Now for Something Black. Here is The Black Model from the Frigidaire FCL7 range

Guide Price: £26

This is a smart looking 1.7 litre jug type kettle, with a very fast boil speed. In fact, the fastest we encountered at 3mins for a full kettle. It was quite noisy, but since it switched itself off immediately the kettle was boiled, we didn’t mind one bit.

In less than 20 seconds it will boil enough water (450ml) for a mug of coffee. This is the smallest quantity that it will work with.

This is another kettle with the water level located at the back (under the handle), and while this allows left and right handed use, it is a little tricky to use when filling. That said, it is easy enough to fill, either through lid or spout, and pour the water a treat.

Filling this kettle is very easy. The lid opens wide with the gentle push of a button. You can also fill it through the spout.

The handle should be comfortable no matter what size your hands are. The kettle's easy to pour, and you won't get any steam on your hands even if you open the lid while the kettle is hot.

There is a limescale filter, which is easily washed. This will help prevent scale particles from building up, but loses some effectiveness, as water can get around it.

Pros

Easy to use, very energy efficient, and quick to boil.

Cons

Noisy, with a fiddly limescale filter.

 

 

 

Next We Have a Black and Blue option. The Morphy Richards Opera Black
Jug Kettle with Whistle

Guide Price: £22

This kettle has an illuminated water window on each side, making it well suited to both left and right hand use. These windows are illuminated blue, which combined with the black makes for a modern and pleasing appearance.

As with many kettles today, it is a very fast boiler. Taking just under four minutes to boil a full kettle. But the auto shut off was slow, taking several seconds to kick in. The smallest quantity that it can boil is 350ml, which is enough for a cup, but would require a drop more to fill a midsized mug.

The whistle function can be used to let you know when the kettle has boiled, or if not required, can be turned off.

The limescale filter is effective, and easy to clean, and the base is a universal fit, so the kettle can be returned to the base from any angle.

Pros

Quick to boil, with a good limescale filter

Cons

Auto shut off was slow

 

 

 

Next up is the energy efficient Morphy Richards Elipta Pyramid Kettle

Price Guide: £60

Here we have a 1.5L capacity traditional kettle, that is quick to boil water. It took just over three minutes to boil a full kettle of water, and switched off straight away. It can also boil just a single cupful when required.

As this is a traditional kettle, it is best filled slowly through the spout. Though, the lid can be pulled off, it takes quite an effort, and the handle is in the way.

The limescale filter is effective, provided the kettle isn't tipped too far forward, and is easy to remove and clean, if somewhat fiddly.

This kettle is not well suited to those with larger hands, as the handle is a little close to the hot lid, and the pouring motion exposes larger hands to a risk from steam.

Pros

Easy to use, energy efficient, and quick to boil.

Cons

Not ideal if you have large hands

 

 

 

Now the stylish De'Longhi Icona Jug Kettle

Guide Price: £70

This 1.7 litre kettle is an elegant design statement, and it both looks and feels like a quality item. We found it slower than some when boiling water, but it switched off immediately when it reached the boil.

We also noticed that it is wise to get in the habit of holding the handle by the lower section, as in some tests, a puff of water vapour came out of the lid, which while not steam, did cause a worrying moment for us.

The kettle has an orange light that clearly indicates when the kettle is switched on, and there is 3 stage safety protection with this model. You get the usual auto shut-off when boiled or lifted off the base, and a rather pleasing thermal cut-off, for that extra piece of mind. This will switch off the kettle if it should run dry.

The base is a universal fit, so the kettle can be returned to the base from any angle. There is a good removable and washable scale filter, and non-slip feet

Pros

A real looker, available in a range of colours, with great chrome detailing and build quality.

Cons

Noisy and a little heavy

 

 

 

And Finally, we have the De'Longhi Brillante Faceted Jug Kettle

Guide Price £50

Inspired by the crystal artwork of Varisco, this kettle is a simply stunning. And when it comes to boiling water it is impressive too.

A full kettle boiled in little over three minutes, making this one of the fastest on test. It is also pretty quiet for a kettle. At its lowest fill level, it can boil a mere 300ml. Which is great if all you want is a cup of tea. Just fill until water is visible in the bottom of the fill level gauge, and you will have reached the unlabelled 300ml fill level.

Better filled at the lid than the spout, the handle is a quirky design, and when full, takes a moment to get used to.

As with the Icona, this kettle has an orange light that clearly indicates when the kettle is switched on, and there is 3 stage safety protection. Again, you get the usual auto shut-off when boiled or lifted off the base, and a rather pleasing thermal cut-off, for that extra piece of mind. This will switch off the kettle if it should run dry.

There is a removable limescale filter, which is easily washed. This will prevent scale particles from building up, and as with most of today’s kettles, the base is a universal fit, so the kettle can be returned to the base from any angle.

Pros

Impressive design and build quality.

Cons

Quirky handle.