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.
Our test covers electric kettles of all shapes and sizes. Our kettle experts put each appliance though its paces to find out:
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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.
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We generally recommend currently-available kettles that score at least 70% overall and 80% for ease of use. Reliability may also be a factor which is based on member feedback.
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Based on the time taken to boil one litre of water that's initially at about 22°C.
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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.
Based on the energy required to boil one litre of water, from a temperature of about 22°C.
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Removable or hinged.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.