Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about kettles on our U.S. website — including the best electric kettles and the best kettles for tea and coffee — here, we’ve rounded up the best kettles as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
With almost 3,500 reviews on Amazon, Breville’s Impressions kettle is the best rated (79 percent of reviews give it five stars): Shoppers praised the simple aesthetics and unfussy design as well as the low price point. In total, 60 reviewers spoke highly of the LED light that runs up the water gauge, which makes it easy to see when your water has boiled (it also means you don’t have to hover around the kitchen waiting for it to boil). One reviewer praised the 360-degree rotational base, which makes picking up the kettle easier for left-handers, and many said the slim shape is a cinch to clean with a damp cloth.
And now some micro-picks for every type of kettle you might be looking for.
Best-rated lightweight kettle
With a one-litre capacity, this kettle is smaller than the others and thus is easier to lift. Along with its extra-large handle and spout, this also makes pouring from it very easy, so many reviewers say it is a superb choice for elderly relatives or anyone suffering from arthritis. Several said they switched to this kettle after finding larger ones too heavy, as it still holds enough water to make two or three drinks at a time. What’s more, 44 people praised its speedy boiling — so consider this the best choice for the impatient tea drinker in your life.
Best-rated travel kettle
This travel-size kettle (it holds 500ml of water, or two cups’ worth) is a huge hit with reviewers. It comes with two plastic cups, a divided container for sugar and ground coffee, and spoons — all of which can be stored inside the kettle — as well as a neat drawstring bag to carry it all in. Reviewers love the fact that it’s ecofriendly; it uses less electricity than a standard kettle and is small enough to hold only the water you need. Five reviewers say it’s so good they take it on international business trips. Don’t forget your teabags.
Best-rated (less expensive) travel kettle
If the Lakeland option seems pricey, we also found this Netta kettle at less than half the price. It includes many of the same features, such as plastic cups that fit inside for taking it on the road. One shopper said she likes to use it on holiday when her kids are asleep, as it’s so quiet it won’t disturb them. With over 200 reviews, this travel kettle is the best value for the money on Amazon.
Best-rated kettle for hard water
If you live somewhere with harder water (looking at you, London), you might want to get a kettle that is designed to tackle it. A lot of the kettles we looked at boast limescale filters that you can remove and clean, but we didn’t see a ton of praise for them. However, this Russell Hobbs kettle has a built-in BRITA filter — and over a thousand reviews to boot. Some shoppers said water from this kettle is noticeably clearer as opposed to the cloudy water often gotten from the taps, while others say the taste is definitely improved in everything from green tea to coffee. While having to buy new filters might seem like a pain, these are 100 percent recyclable, and the reminder indictor will tell you when you need a new one.
Best-rated ecofriendly kettle
This is the best-reviewed kettle with adjustable temperature controls; such a concern may sound nitpicky, but given that not all hot drinks require the same temperature of water (kettles boil to 100 degrees), it’s a better option for an ecofriendly cuppa. One bread-making reviewer said the temperature controls mean they can easily get water to 30 degrees — perfect for a fast-rising dough. Others pointed out that Lemsip or a hot-water bottle doesn’t require scalding water either. And several parents praised the exacting control settings for sterilising baby bottles.
Best-rated quiet kettle
If you’re particularly tetchy before your morning coffee, a kettle that sounds like a volcano erupting probably isn’t going to help, so consider one that’s designed to do the job as quietly as possible. Russell Hobbs claims its fire-engine-red kettle is 70 percent quieter than the brand’s other models, and many reviewers agree, with one saying it’s quiet enough to have a full conversation in front of. Two shoppers cite the kettle’s coating as the reason for this, saying it helps muffle the noise. This model can also get a single cup of water boiled in 45 seconds — one of the fastest times among the kettles featured — which helps save on energy bills by reducing unnecessary energy usage. It’s definitely not the most subtle-looking kettle, but some people love the way it stands out; one in seven reviewers praised the striking colour scheme.
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