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Last updated: 15 June 2018

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.

  • For more tips on buying a kettle, see our buying guide.
  • Use kettle reliability to see which brands perform best over time, according to our members.
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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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