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We test 23 kettles in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Kambrook, Sunbeam and more.
Preparing a humble cuppa has never been so stylish, with such an array of slick, multi-functional kettles on the market. While there are plenty in the bargain bin, you can also spend upwards of $100 for an appliance that basically heats water. But what's the difference? We test 23 models, priced from $8 to $349, to tell you:
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The overall score is made up of ease of use (40%), noise (40%), boil performance (10%) and energy efficiency (10%).
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 time taken to boil one litre of water that's initially at about 22°C.
Removable or hinged.
Whether the filter, which is the mesh which filters out the limescale from the water, can be removed for cleaning.
Means the kettle can swivel on the base, rather than be locked into position. This makes it easier to remove from and return to the base, and easier to use for left-handed people.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.
Electric or stovetop.
We measure the noise at the halfway point when boiling one litre.
Based on the energy required to boil one litre of water, from a temperature of about 22°C.
The diameter of the kettle's opening.
Kettles just boil water, right? Well, these days they can get a lot fancier than that.
Is this tea maker and kettle worth its high price tag?
Tea made easy for anyone who's particular about the taste and temperature of their brew.