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Last updated: 26 February 2016

A fuss-free cuppa thanks to a kettle that's quiet and easy to use? CHOICE has done the work for you to find out which models perform best in our small appliances lab. For more tips on buying a kettle, see our buying guide.

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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 have the most features
  • kettles with variable temperatures are most accurate
  • which kettles are 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 see quickly which models come out on top in our labs.

We don't have the capacity to test ongoing kettle reliability, but this is something we hope to introduce in the near future. In the meantime, you can read member reviews, where available.

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