Fancy a brew? Here’s our current collection of the coolest kettles

The first thing you turn to in the morning, the last thing you pack when you move house — the humble electric kettle is a cornerstone of the British kitchen. Humble they may be, but technical they have become, and a lot better-looking too, like our overall pick, the Breville Impressions model. No longer white plastic jugs with a single element, the kettle has evolved. We’re taking a look at the most kick-ass kettles available today.

Best Overall: Breville Impressions Kettle

This great all-rounder balances attractive looks with good quality build and functionality. The ridged texture design with a high gloss finish and polished chrome accents looks great in the red, black, white and cream colour choices available and the rear water window illuminates red as it boils.

A cordless kettle, it has the all-important 360-degree base — essential for households that contain a left-hander — and the 1.7-litre capacity is a family-friendly quantity for up to eight cups of your fave hot beverage.

Pros:

  • Cordless, 360-degree design
  • 1.7-litre capacity
  • 3,000 watt element

Cons:

  • Not the cheapest

Best Overall

Breville Impressions Kettle

Boiling point

A good choice for any household, this competent kettle looks good and performs well.

Best Performance: De’Longhi Brillante Kettle

De’Longhi has a reputation for high quality, stylish kitchen appliances and this kettle is no exception. Apparently inspired by Varisco crystal, this pyramid kettle has a faceted plastic finish with chrome details.

It’s suprisingly lightweight at 798 grams (rival kettles come in way over the one kilogram mark), and will boil up to 1.7 litres of water quickly thanks to its 3,000 watt element.

Pros:

  • Cordless, 360-degree design
  • 1.7-litre capacity
  • 3,000 watt element

Cons:

  • High cost

Best Performance

De’Longhi Brillante Kettle

Crystal cool

Designer looks and De’Longhi quality combine for an above average kitchen kettle.

Best Eco Option: iKich Glass Eco Kettle

As well as its visual appeal to anyone that relies on sight rather than sound, iKich’s glass kettle has eco credentials with an energy saving 1,500 watt element and auto shut-off. Despite this lower power, it will still only take four minutes to boil a litre of water.

In addition, iKich claims the heating element is good for at least 5,000 boils which equates to around five year’s use, so if making your appliances last as long as possible matters to you, consider this option.

Pros:

  • Energy Class A+++
  • Quiet operation
  • Longevity of element

Cons:

  • Lower power

Best Eco Option

iKich Glass Eco Kettle

Clear choice

If you’re keen to be green, this kettle uses less power than rival models and could last longer too.

Best Retro Design : Haden Jersey Marmalade Kettle

If your kitchen has a vintage theme, you need this kettle in your life. Although also available in an attractive red and off-white, mushroom hue, for us it has to be this orange version that evokes Seventies kitchenware.

While only 1.5-litres in capacity, elsewhere it’s as up-to-date as modern rivals with a cordless design and 3,000 watt element, but with the added bonus of that awesome built-in temperature gauge.

Pros:

  • Amazing retro looks
  • Temperature gauge
  • Cordless, 360-degree design

Cons:

  • Only 1.5-litre capacity

Best Retro Design

Haden Jersey Marmalade Kettle

Well jammy

It might look like your Granny’s kettle, but this retro option is as up-to-date as rival models.

Best Value: Russell Hobbs Mode Kettle

It might not have the chic, swanky finish or retro touches of some of our more designer options, but if you’re looking for a solid solution for a shared living space or a second kettle for a study or workshop, this will do the job and not break the bank.

It has an easy pour spout, a 1.7-litre capacity, a 360-degree base with integrated cord storage and takes just three minutes to boil.

Pros:

  • Cordless, 360-degree design
  • 1.7-litre capacity
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not the best looking

Best Value

Russell Hobbs Mode Kettle

Little black cook

This no-nonsense solution is an affordable choice for anyone on a budget.

Best Looking: Swan Nordic Jug Kettle

We’re in love with this kettle’s minimalist, Scandi-style good looks. Swan offers an entire range of “Nordic” kitchen appliances, so if you are similarly enamoured, you can push the boat out and get the set.

Aside from looks, this has a 1.7-litre capacity, a cordless design, a 360-degree base with integrated cord storage, a 3,000 watt element and a removable, washable scale filter.

Pros:

  • Stunning Scandi looks
  • Cordless, 360-degree design
  • Soft-touch, matt finish

Cons:

  • High cost

Best Looking

Swan Nordic Jug Kettle

Scandi-chic

Swan’s Nordic kettle is an elegant, yet capable option for stylish kitchens.

Cuppa, love?

Whatever your kitchen style, you are spoilt for choice in the modern electric kettle marketplace. You can go retro-tastic with vintage-style options from Haden, channel some Nordic minimalism with Swan’s stylish range or keep things contemporary with De’Longhi’s modern model.

Our overall choice, the middle-of-the-range Breville Impressions electric kettle, bridges the gap between designer looks and practicalities with a stylish design underpinned with bang up-to-date technology and good functionality.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who needs at least one cup of tea in the morning before she can even consider entering into conversation with her own family, Amy-Mae was an obvious choice to write this guide.

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