Kettles review 2006

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  • Updated:6 Dec 2006


What to buy

  • SHARK Sensor-Temp EP2110B - $120
  • BRAUN AquaExpress WK210 - $70
  • BREVILLE Nova SK50 - $70

All 10 tested kettles are energy-efficient and fairly quick to boil water, and they’re all pretty easy to use, so the choice comes down mainly to which one you think looks best. That said, the three above had a slight edge over the others, mainly for ease of use.

As well as being a good kettle, the SHARK has a novel feature to help justify its high price: you can dial up a specific water temperature and the kettle will heat to it and then hold it (for example, its instructions recommend 60°C to 80°C as the ideal temperature range for green tea).

What about the rest?

If you prefer to choose on looks, the rest were good kettles too.

  • The SUNBEAM has the worst controls — they're unlabelled and hard to see, and its only water level indicator is inside the kettle.
  • The base of the KRUPS tends to slide on the benchtop, and it has a very small, hard-to-read water level indicator.
  • The TEFAL is one of the noisiest kettles on test, and at 1.29 kg it's also the heaviest. Weight doesn’t always affect comfort when holding and pouring, but on the TEFAL it does.
  • The MORPHY RICHARDS is the most difficult to fill, as you have to keep its lid open by holding down a button, and water can spray out if it hits the filter. However, like most of the kettles, it's fairly easy to fill through the spout.
  • The water level indicator of the KAMBROOK is hard to see and it’s one of the noisiest kettles on test.
  • The RUSSELL HOBBS also has a hard-to-read water level indicator and its base tends to slide on the benchtop.
  • The SANYO’s blue plastic water level indicator is hard to see through, and steam tends to drift up onto your hand while pouring.

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Results tables

Brand / model (in rank order) Overall score1
Ease of use score2
Energy efficiency score3
Boiling time score4
Boiling time4 (min:sec) Noise5
SHARK Sensor-Temp EP2110B (A) 82 78 90 84 2:44:00 AM 58 120
BRAUN AquaExpress WK210 81 82 87 77 2:54:00 AM 58 70
BREVILLE Nova SK50 80 78 85 80 2:50:00 AM 59 70
SUNBEAM Express KE7300B 77 73 88 80 2:50:00 AM 60 80
KRUPS TeaStyle FLB1 DW (B) 76 70 86 81 2:48:00 AM 61 100
TEFAL Vitesse BI7625 76 70 86 81 2:48:00 AM 62 80
MORPHY RICHARDS Reflect Glass 43125 74 77 84 68 3:08:00 AM 58 89
KAMBROOK Stainless Essentials KSK90 72 73 85 67 3:09:00 AM 62 60
RUSSELL HOBBS Montana 3070 72 73 85 67 3:09:00 AM 60 69
SANYO U301 70 70 83 66 3:11:00 AM 57 70


Brand / model (in rank order) Claimed capacity (L) Material* Lid type Weight (kg)** Warranty (years) Origin Manufacturer / distributor
SHARK Sensor-Temp EP2110B (A) 2 Stainless steel Swivel (C) 1.15 2 China SSM
BRAUN AquaExpress WK210 1.6 Plastic Hinged 0.74 2 Germany Braun
BREVILLE Nova SK50 1.8 Stainless steel Hinged 0.95 1 China HWI Electrical
SUNBEAM Express KE7300B 1.7 Stainless steel Removable 0.96 1 China Sunbeam
KRUPS TeaStyle FLB1 DW (B) 1.7 Stainless steel Hinged 0.91 1 China Groupe SEB
TEFAL Vitesse BI7625 1.7 Stainless steel Hinged 1.29 1 China Groupe SEB
MORPHY RICHARDS Reflect Glass 43125 1.7 Glass / stainless steel Hinged 1.13 2 China Morphy Richards / Asko
KAMBROOK Stainless Essentials KSK90 1.7 Stainless steel Hinged 0.93 1 China HWI Electrical
RUSSELL HOBBS Montana 3070 1.7 Stainless steel Removable 0.92 2 China HWI Electrical
SANYO U301 1.8 Stainless steel Hinged 0.96 1 China Sanyo

Table notes

* All have a plastic handle and base, and the lid is also at least part plastic.
** Empty kettle, not including base.
† Recommended retail, as provided by manufacturers in August 2006, or the price we paid in June 2006

(A) To be discontinued around December.
(B) Discontinued, but you may still find it in shops.
(C) Press a button to make it swivel down, or it can be removed.

1 Overall score
This is a combination of:
Ease of use: 50%
Energy efficiency: 10%
Boiling time: 40%

2 Ease of use score
We assessed the following equally weighted factors:
Removing/replacing the kettle on the base
Water level indicator
Balance and handle comfort

3 Energy efficiency score
This is a measure of how efficiently the kettle uses electricity to heat water.

4 Boiling time score
This is based on how long the kettle takes to boil one litre of water, starting at 20°C.

5 Noise
This bothers some people even in a kettle. The SANYO was the quietest on test, the KAMBROOK and TEFAL the loudest, and the difference is noticeable.