Best kettles 2020 - 7 kettles Mumsnet swears by
Take a look at our round-up of the kettles Mumsnetters rely on for a proper brew – as well as the ones that just aren't their cup of tea
Things to consider before buying a new kettle
How often will you use it? If your kettle only gets used when you've got visitors, then a budget option will definitely suffice. In fact, some Mumsnetters swear that their best kettles have been supermarket bargains and this retro Wilkinsons option looks a lot more expensive than its modest price tag. However, if you're a household of tea-lovers, you might need something a bit more robust with a good warranty period.
Buy the cheapest. In fact, buy two of the cheapest. If you've got a spare in the loft, the first one will never break down.
Is your water hard or soft? If you live in an area with very hard water, limescale is an inevitable annoyance, but there are a few things you can do to keep your kettle looking shiny and new for as long as possible.
Some Mumsnetters recommend simply filtering tap water before you use it, but if you can't be bothered with the faff of regularly refilling the jug (especially if you drink gallons of tea every day) then you could have a water softener installed. A low cost option that gets good reviews from Mumsnetters is keeping a stainless steel descaler inside your kettle.
I have one of those wire thingies you drop into the kettle – it's fabulous. I never have to descale my kettle – I just give the descaling thingie a bit of a rub under running water and the limescale comes off. Pop it back into the kettle and you're done.
Bosch TWK8633 Styline Collection Cordless 1.5L Jug Kettle, £56
This cordless Bosch kettle scoops the title of most-recommended kettle on Mumsnet thanks to its rapid boil, four different temperature settings (no more burning your coffee), and sleek design. It's easy to operate one-handed thanks to its one-touch flip-top lid and it has three safety features in place to prevent dry boiling – a real hazard if you're sleep deprived and gasping for a brew. It also comes with a two-year manufacturer guarantee, though one Mumsnetter claims she's had hers for six years so there's a good chance won't need it. If you like your counters 'just so', you can choose between a black and a white model, and even get a toaster to match.
“I love my Bosch Styline. It has different temperature settings and a keep-warm button. It’s not cheap but it boils quickly as well.”
“Another vote for the Bosch Styline – it's the best kettle I've ever had (and I'm old!) It's quick, looks smart, and has a temperature control function (good for hot Vimto and hot water bottles) and a keep-warm function that we occasionally use at the weekend. I love it – fab quality.”Buy it now from Amazon
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De'Longhi Brillante 1.7L Kettle, £39
Combining a traditional shape with a modern geometric design, this DeLonghi kettle is part appliance and part statement kitchen accessory, and you can snap up an equally smart-looking four-slice toaster to match. Despite its petite size, this kettle can hold 1.7 litres of water (enough for seven cups of tea) and it has a 360° swivel base which means it can easily be used by both left- and right-handed people. Also, if you live in a hard water area, this kettle has a handy removable and washable scale filter which should extend its lifetime.
“I can't speak highly enough of it: it boils quickly, is really quiet, and – despite living in a really hard water area – it doesn't seem to collect limescale.”Buy it now from Amazon
KitchenAid Artisan 1.5L Kettle, £149
KitchenAid appliances are beloved by Mumsnetters because they are perennially stylish and they do their job really, really well. Whether you're lucky enough to own the classic stand mixer already or it's still on your wishlist, this kettle will make a chic addition to your kitchen. Yes, it's pricey but it has a dual wall for a quick and quiet boil, a three-year warranty, an external gauge that tells you how hot the water inside is at any given time, and an adjustable temperature setting which allows you to heat water from 50°C to 100°C in 10°C intervals. Plus, it looks amazing sitting on your counter (and that seems to be the clincher for most Mumsnetters).
“I love the KitchenAid one – I've got it in red.”
“We have the KitchenAid kettle. Worth every penny.”
“I bought it for its good looks, but it boils very quickly and the exterior stays cool to the touch.”Buy it now from Amazon
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Sage the Smart Kettle, £67.99
Did you know that boiling water is ruining your afternoon green tea? According to Heston Blumenthal, using the wrong temperature water can spoil the flavour of tea and coffee. If you only ever drink builder's tea then this probably isn't the kettle for you, but if you've got a cupboard full of posh coffee and fancy tea blends, this variable temperature kettle is a great way to take your hot drinks to the next level. With a quiet boil element, five different settings for different drinks, and the option to keep your water hot for up to twenty minutes, it's no wonder Mumsnetters are fans of this high-tech 1.7L kettle.
“I have the Sage one. It has different temperatures for different teas. It's great – I'm as impressed as I can be about boiled water.”Buy it now from John Lewis
Breville HotCup 1.5L Hot Water Dispenser, £32
Perfect for older relatives (as long as they don't mind tea made in the cup), or anyone with restricted mobility, this handy dispenser boils enough water for one cup of tea in under a minute. Operated by pushing a single button, it's economical, environmentally-friendly, and a lot safer than lifting heavy kettles full of boiling water. The 1.5L tank is easy to fill and the drip tray and limescale filter are removable and easy to clean.
“I think it's brilliant. It's very, very quick to boil, much safer to use, and you can just put your cup under the spout and forget about it. 10/10, highly recommend.”Buy it now from Amazon
Le Creuset Traditional Stovetop Whistling Kettle, from £66.50
They say good things come to those who wait and, for some Mumsnetters, that includes the perfect cup of tea. Though for some, waiting longer than five minutes for their morning cuppa is a fate worse than death, there are a surprising number of stovetop kettle advocates on our Talk boards. Their practical reasons for rejecting electric kettles range from environmental concerns to lack of counter space – and we can all agree that they look delightful. This classic enamelled Le Creuset kettle is a clear favourite. It has a wide base for efficient heating, a whistle to let you know when the water has boiled, and is compatible with all sorts of hobs, though it will boil quickest on induction hobs. Available in six colours, it also comes with a five-year guarantee.
“I was dubious (to say the least) but after a few months of use, I'm totally converted. It boils really fast and it looks gorgeous. It's so nice not to have an ugly electric one cluttering up the worktop anymore.”
“We have a small kitchen and a nice stovetop kettle looks better than an electric one on the side, which takes up more space.”Buy it now from Amazon
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Russell Hobbs Illuminating Glass 1.7L Kettle, £34.48
If you hate cluttered counters but acknowledge the necessity of some appliances, a glass kettle is an unobtrusive and strangely mesmerising option. Some Mumsnetters advise against them as it is easier to see any limescale build up, but others claim that a glass kettle is in fact much easier to descale than a metal alternative. This Morphy Richards kettle can hold up to 1.7L of water for big rounds, but can also boil just one cup if you're enjoying an all too brief moment of peace and quiet. It comes with a removable, washable filter to prevent limescale build-up and a voucher for 75% off a bottle of Russell Hobbs multipurpose descaler included in the box.
“I have a glass kettle and a stainless steel one (yes, I drink too much tea). I prefer the glass kettle as, even though we're in a hard water area, it descales pretty much immediately with lemon juice added to a bit of water brought to a boil. No wiping required. The stainless steel one is harder work.”
“I love mine as it also has lights! Anyway, descaler is all you need to keep it looking good.”Buy it now from Amazon
The kettles to avoid
Learn from the mistakes of Mumsnetters who went before you and avoid these sub-standard products in your search for the perfect kettle:
- Dualit. Many have been enticed by their chic stainless steel designs, but Dualit is regularly mentioned on the boards as a brand to avoid when buying a kettle. According to Mumsnetters, their kettles are unreliable and often stop working after about a year (most inconvenient). In fact, Mumsnetters don't deem any Dualit kettle to be worth the hefty price tag, but the Architect model gets a particularly bad rap. Dualit toasters, however, are praised for being nigh-on indestructible. You win some, you lose some, eh?
“Don't buy a Dualit kettle. I've had two – the first one conked out after about 18 months. Tried again but that died after a similar period too. We live in a hard water area so that might have had something to do with it, but I really don't think they are worth the money.”
“I've had two Dualits as well, which speaks for itself. Didn't bother with a third.”
- Smeg. Another kettle that is beautiful to look at, but choose form over function at your peril. A few Mumsnetters have reported that it doesn't deliver quality to match the price tag. If your heart is set on a retro kettle – and you don't mind spending more than a hundred quid on it – opt for a Kitchenaid kettle instead.
“I have the Smeg kettle and the letters are just stuck on – it looks cheap. The toaster has proper metal letters and looks a lot more stylish.”
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