The Best Electrical Kettle

Posted on 25 May 2022

After spending more than 17 hours comparing and testing 10 kettles, we believe that the Bosch TWK8611P currently represents the best price-quality.

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Our choice, Best high-end

With a power of 2400 W, this kettle is particularly efficient and heats water quickly. It has an automatic shut-off and a keep-warm function, which allows you to keep the water warm for 30 minutes. With this model, you can choose between four temperatures (70, 80, 90, 100°C), which is ideal for preparing different teas. The 1.5 litre capacity is enough to serve about five to six cups.

 

 

Best budget

Philips HD9350

Simple, but fast and efficient, this kettle is for people who are looking for a basic, practical model without multiple functions and with a good price-quality ratio.

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Admittedly, this kettle does not allow you to choose the temperature of your water. However, this allows you to considerably reduce its budget while offering a very large capacity of 1.7 L (the largest in this comparison). In addition, it has a good power output of 2200 W which manages to heat up the water quickly. During our tests, we particularly appreciated its robust and neat design. However, it does not have an audible warning when the temperature is reached.

 

High-end alternative

Severin WK 3473

This compact model is the only one we tested that includes an infuser. It also allows you to set the temperature precisely, by 5°C stages, and has a keep warm function.

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This kettle stood out in our tests thanks to its infuser and the different temperatures offered, which are ideal for the preparation of different teas. With a capacity of 1 L, it can easily find a place on a kitchen counter. In practice, we were also impressed by its display and the precision of its heating. It is also easy to maintain thanks to the removable parts.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endBest budgetHigh-end alternative
Bosch TWK8613PPhilips HD9350Severin WK3473
Bosch TWK8611PPhilips HD9350Severin WK 3473
During our tests, this model was awarded many good points. It stood out for its fast heating, its 'keep warm' function, its 4 preset temperatures, its controlled noise level and its anti-scald side.Simple, but fast and efficient, this kettle is for people who are looking for a basic, practical model without multiple functions and with a good price-quality ratio.This compact model is the only one we tested that includes an infuser. It also allows you to set the temperature precisely, by 5°C stages, and has a keep warm function.
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Honorable mentions

Russell Hobbs 21600-57 (£39.99 upon publication): a transparent blue design. This kettle has a sober design that lights up blue when the water is boiling. During our tests, we liked the glass container, which has a large capacity (1.7 L) and makes it easy to see the water level, as well as its ease of use (it has only one button). However, it does not have a thermostat.

Arendo Elegant (£39.99 upon publication): a wide temperature range. This kettle has a comfortable volume of 1.5 litres and a temperature range of 40 to 100°C, adjustable in 5°C steps on the side handle. In our tests, it stood out for its easy-to-reach control buttons and its anti-scald side. In addition, it heats up quickly and is easy to maintain. Only a thiner filter would be welcome.

Tefal Smart N’Light KO850810 (£64,99 upon publication): a modern design. This 1.7 L model has a modern design with a digital display that allows you to follow the temperature rise of the water and a double side that reduces the risk of burning. In our tests, it stood out thanks to the the different temperatures available (40°C, 70°C, 80°C, 90°C and 100°C) and its acoustic signal at the end of the preparation. However, we preferred the models mentioned above because of two reasons: its heating time, which is quite long, and its filter, which does not retain fine particles.

 

 

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How to choose your kettle?

Buying a kettle requires more care than you might think at first. Even if some criteria are subjective (capacity, design,…), others will have a great influence on the use you can make of it:

Bouilloires
There are two types of kettles, traditional and electric. | Source: Selectos
  • Type of kettle: you can choose a traditional model (including the famous whistle models) or an electric model (if you want the water to heat up very quickly). The former are designed to be placed directly on a heat source, while the latter are placed on an electric base connected to a socket. Some of the latter have adjustable thermostats and/or buttons with pre-set temperatures.
  • Quality of manufacture: ideally, you want your investment to last for many years. From this point of view, the best option is to opt for stainless steel, a mixture of chrome and stainless steel or glass. If you opt for a device with plastic parts, make sure it is BPA (Bisphenol A) free, at least as far as the parts in contact with water are concerned.
Russel Hobbs 21600-57
Quality is a must. We recommend stainless steel for a durable appliance. | Source: Selectos
  • Power: the wattage determines the power and therefore the time the kettle takes to heat your water. The higher the wattage, the shorter the waiting time. However, this should also be seen in relation to the kettle’s capacity: at 1500 W, a 0.5 L kettle will obviously heat up faster than a 1 L kettle. On the other hand, bear in mind that the higher the power, the noisier the kettle may be.
  • Limescale and other particle filter: this is an option that most kettles have, to prevent potentially harmful particles from landing in your cup of tea or coffee. We particularly recommend appliances with removable filters. And since filters need to be changed regularly, you should consider the price of a replacement filter when choosing your new kettle.
Philips HD9350
Be aware that the higher the power, the louder the appliance will be. | Source: Selectos
  • The water level indicator: this is a very practical detail when you need to heat a specific amount of water that is less than the maximum capacity of the appliance.
  • The temperature setting: this feature is rather important if you are a coffee or tea drinker. If you opt for a kettle that offers different temperatures, remember that coffee tastes best with water heated to 90-95°C while green tea tastes best with water heated to 70-80°C.
Cuisinart CPK-18E
We recommend models with a removable anti-limescale filter. | Source: Selectos
  • Control panel: all electric kettles have a control panel, even if it is just a simple on/off button. Some of the more elaborate appliances allow you to see the temperature of the water as it boils. Some kettles even offer more buttons for more precise temperature presetting, sometimes with an LED/LCD display.
  • Cord: the advantage of the cordless model is that you can lift the container from its base and pour water into a cup without a long cord in the way. This also allows you to fill your cups in a room other than the kitchen quite easily. The best cordless kettles have a pivoting base.

You can also consider the noise level, ease of use, type of handle, and safety features.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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