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Last updated: 07 November 2023


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Want a fuss-free cuppa from an electric kettle that's quiet and easy to use? Our experts compare electric kettles of all shapes and sizes in our small appliances lab to find out:

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

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you sort by key features such as what the kettle is made of and whether it has variable temperature settings. Our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models performed best in our lab tests.

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

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    Boil performance score

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

    enter value/s in increments of i between 51 and 85

    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.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 57 and 88

    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.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 47.3 and 65.7

    Capacity (L)

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    How much water the kettle can hold.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 0.8 and 1.8

    Warranty (years)

      Shop Ethical rating

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      Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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        • Boil performance score
        • Energy efficiency score
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        • Brand satisfaction score
        • Noise (dB)
        • Boiling time
        • Good points
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        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Price
        • 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° power base
        • Audio boil reminder
        • Auto stop when finish boiling
        • Switches off when lifted
        • Other features/uses
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