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How to buy the right kettleUpdated 10 months ago


There are several main factors to consider when buying a kettle; firstly who is going to be using it and are there any practical features it needs to have? Decide what features you would find most beneficial (fast boiling time? Lightweight? Non-drip spout? Low on noise?), then think about the style; does it need to be a certain design to match your kitchen décor? Do you want a set with a matching toaster? Or is this not important? Whether you want a kettle that's super quick, boils at different temperatures or one that filters the water, here's what you need to know when buying a kettle.

 What to consider


Most kettles have different wattage, usually falling somewhere between 2.3kW and 3kW. The more powerful the kettle, the quicker it boils. Whatever the wattage, the same amount of energy will be used per volume of water boiled. Did you know? Electronic kettles that offer 'keep warm' features and multiple temperature options are often left on standby, therefore constantly wasting electricity.

Boiling Noise

If noisy appliances cause you irritation, then check if the kettle has a decibel reading. As a gauge, a conversation is usually held at 60dB while an electric drill can reach 95dB.


How much water do you usually need to boil? A kettle with cup measuring windows will help you boil only the water you need, saving time and energy. If you only boil small volumes then a smaller size kettle may suit you. If you use your kettle to boil water for cooking, then you may need a kettle with a larger capacity.


If the weight of the kettle is important then consider the material it is made from, especially if you generally fill your kettle to the maximum. Plastic will of course be much lighter than metal. Capacity also effects weight; 1ml of water weighs 1g, so if you don't want a heavy kettle remember 2 litres of water will weigh 2 kilos. Try to only boil the water you need. TIP: Pour water into the mug or pan you are using and then decant this into the kettle so you don't use too much water. The kettle will boil faster, saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint.


Different colours from bold accent colours, metallic shades, pastel hues and patterns are now widely available, giving the choice of matching your kettle closely to your kitchen interior or opting for a classic colour that will withstand changes in décor. There are many different finishes available too, from polished or brushed stainless steel, glossy polymer to matt effect.

Ease of Use

When lifting the kettle, consider how easy the handle is to grip, if there is enough space between the handle and the body to fit your hand and whether there are any safety or comfort features such as a knuckle guard. If you have trouble gripping, then a push-button lid will be the easier than a lid that needs to be pulled open. A large measuring window with an easy-to-read water gauge and buttons in contrasting colours will help if your sight is limited.


The element heats the water. Most modern kettles have hidden elements in the kettle base. It doesn't come into contact with water, reducing the build-up of lime scale and is also much safer should the kettle malfunction. Look for a boil-dry safety feature, where the kettle will switch off if there is not enough water inside, stopping it from burning dry.


Many kettles have removable lime scale filters that can be washed, though some can be easier to remove than others. A plastic kettle is easily wiped down, whereas a metal kettle will require buffing after wiping to remove smears. Water drips lead to a build-up of limescale, so go for a kettle with a non-drip spout to avoid limescale drip marks and keep your kettle looking good.

Reliability and Repairability

Take a look at the fittings and joins - do any look like weak points? What are they made of? The lid hinge works twice as hard as other kettle parts, opening and closing with every boil. If the hinge looks thin and the lid flexes when you twist it in the open position, then it is very likely to break. If you are investing in a kettle at the higher end of the price scale, it is worth finding out if the manufacturer offers replacement parts. Dualit's Classic Kettle has a fully replaceable heating element.


For those happy to invest in a long-lasting kettle with added features such as repairability and quiet boiling or anyone wanting a kettle to match their Classic Toaster.

Superfast, replaceable 3kW concealed element

Repairable or replaceable parts

Patented Whisper Boil™ awarded the Quiet Mark (maximum dB reading of 64)

BPA free measuring windows in cups and litres

1.7L capacity boils water for six cups

Polished, stainless steel finish

Limited selection with colour trims available to match Classic Toasters

Perfect partner to the Classic Toaster


The easy-grip silicone handle is heatproof and the hinged lid has a large handle with wide mouth for hassle-free opening and filling.

Patented Sure Pour™ technology

Easy to read dual measuring windows in cups and litres

Designed and engineered in the UK

Generous 1.5L capacity

Visually striking, concentric, circular design

Ergonomic silicone handle

360° swivel base with cordless operation

Integral cord storage

Removable, washable limescale filter

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A must for fans of contemporary design and those who like the flexibility of updating the look regularly.

2.3kW concealed element for rapid boiling

Maximum dB reading of 71.6

Patented Pure Pour spout

Interchangeable panel packs available in a range of bold and neutral colours and designs, to update the look instantly

Brushed and polished stainless steel finishes available

Matching toaster available

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A great "all-rounder" in a choice of styles, colours and sizes - you will find a Lite Kettle that will fit with most kitchen designs.

Popular "jug" shape

Available in 2.3kW and 3kW versions

Maximum dB reading 71.3 (3kW) and 68.2 (2.3kW)

Large viewing windows with cup level and litre indicators

Can boil water for as little as one cup

Non-drip spout

Easy to open, durable hinged lid with heatproof knob

Ergonomic heatproof handle

Selection of colours available

Polished stainless steel and matt finishes available in the jug design

BPA Free


A traditionally styled kettle ideal to fit in with a country kitchen theme. Large capacity makes it ideal for bigger families.

Superfast 3kW element

Large 2L capacity

Easy to open hinged lid with heatproof knob

Ergonomic heatproof handle

Polished, stainless steel finish

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A great value kettle with high build quality and patented technology. Ideal for those looking for a kettle that is lightweight and easy to handle.

Sure Pour™ technology for a no-spill, easy-pour action

Large print measuring windows

Lightweight polymer construction

Maximum dB reading of 77dB

Choice of colours and finishes

Matching toaster available

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A smaller, lighter kettle ideal if you only need to boil small amounts or for one person, or for small kitchens, caravans or holiday homes.

Popular "jug" shape

Two viewing windows with cup size indicators

Easy to open hinged lid with heatproof knob

Ergonomic heatproof handle

Polished, stainless steel finish

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The ideal kettle for anyone who requires a precise brewing temperature or an accurate pour over ground coffee.

Gooseneck spout for accurate pouring

Temperature controlled

Hold function to maintain temperature for five minutes

800ml capacity

Digital display screen

Control dial to easily adjust the temperature

Matt black finish

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