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Last updated: 06 June 2019

Want a fuss-free cuppa from an electric kettle that's quiet and easy to use? In our small appliances lab CHOICE has put the latest kettles through their paces to find out which ones perform best.

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Our test covers electric kettles of all shapes and sizes. Our kettle experts put each appliance though its paces to find out:

  • which models boil fastest
  • which models are quietest
  • which models have the most features
  • which models are the most energy-efficient.

Apart from our rigorous test results, our interactive comparison tool helps you sort key features such as what the kettle is made of, and whether it has variable temperature settings. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top in our labs.

We don't have the capacity to test ongoing kettle reliability, but we publish brand reliability and satisfaction scores where available. In the meantime, you can read member reviews – where available – on the individual product pages.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.

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    Boil performance score

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    Based on the time taken to boil one litre of water.

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    Ease of use score

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    We score the following equally weighted factors: controls, filling, pouring, removing/replacing on the base, water level indicator, balance and handle comfort.

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    Noise (dB)

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    Noise is measured 50cm away from the kettle as it reaches boiling point. For comparison, a typical conversation is carried out at about 60dB, while city traffic is measured at around 80dB.

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    • Overall score
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    • Ease of use
    • Noise
    • Boil performance
    • Energy efficiency
    • Brand reliability score
    • Brand satisfaction score
    • Noise (dB)
    • Boiling time (m:sec)
    • Good points
    • Bad points
    • Availability
    • Price
    • Brand
    • Model
    • Material
    • Lid type
    • Water level indicator
    • Operation light
    • Weight (kg)
    • Cord length (cm)
    • Fill in diameter (cm)
    • Footprint (cm)
    • Capacity (L)
    • Minimum water level (L)
    • Wattage (W)
    • Filter
    • Cord storage
    • 360 degree power base
    • Audio boil reminder
    • Auto stop when finish boiling
    • Switches off when lifted
    • Other features/uses
    • Warranty (yrs)
    • Origin
    • Contact

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