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We test 30 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. We test 30 models, priced from $9 to $220, 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%).
In some instances, at the request of members and when products are still available on the second-hand market and via sites like eBay, we include discontinued models in the tables. 'Active' indicates they can still be found in shops and 'inactive' that they are discontinued models.
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.
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, or try using CHOICE Shopper. You tell us the brand name and model number of the product you want to buy and a price you'd like to beat, and we'll try to find it for you. You can also use the Price and Buy link in the comparison table, which will show you a range of prices online that you can use for bargaining in store or ordering online.
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.
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