Crowdstorm’s kettles buyer’s guide
A good brew is officially the answer to all of life’s dilemmas and the humble kettle is a central element of every UK kitchen.
But if you thought your choice of new kettle was limited to white, silver or more white, think again – kettles now come in a huge range of colours and styles with a multitude of features and options.
At Crowdstorm we're proud to bring you all the best kettles from the UK's leading online and high street stores.
We put them all in one place and let you compare them with ease, while also bringing you this simple beginner's guide to help you choose. So what are you waiting for? Pop the old kettle on while we help you find your next one!
Ease of use
Corded kettles plug straight into the mains via a cord whereas cordless kettles sit on a base attached to a power point. Cordless models allow for greater freedom of movement and tend to be the standard now – unless you’re going for a very cheap kettle.
Many cordless models also now have a 360-degree base which means the kettle can be placed on it from any angle – great if you’re left handed.
Other features include safe grip/soft touch handles and clear controls, which are great if you suffer from arthritis or bad eyesight. Dome shaped models are usually easier to hold, thanks to the positioning of the handle over the top of the kettle rather than on the side – just mind you don’t burn yourself!
The average kettle capacity is around 1.5 litres, with larger kettles weighing in around 1.7 litres – but they can be as small as one litre so be careful that your chosen kettle isn’t cheap because it’s tiny! Bear in mind when you’re comparing kettles capacity that one average mug of tea or coffee requires around 250ml.
Electric kettle key features
There are plenty of little extras in the small print, some of which will be super useful while others you'll never notice and they simply put the price up. Here are some of the most common features:
- Quick boil: A quick boil function allows you to heat a cup’s full of water in a matter of seconds. What’s more, using water that’s in a separate reservoir is much more energy efficient and economical.
- Rapid boil: The higher the wattage of a kettle, the better its performance. Kettles over 3kW are classed as ‘rapid boil’ because they’ll boil up very quickly.
- Temperature control: This allows you to boil water to a specific temperature – great for speciality teas and drinks.
- Whistle on boil: Just like their retro counterparts, some modern kettles feature the classic ‘whistle’ when the water’s boiled.
- Limescale filter: A filter can work to reduce limescale by attracting particles from the water and into the filter, preventing them from going in your drink. Most modern models feature a removable and washable filter whereas others may have an in-built water filter.
Here are some safety features to look out for when comparing kettles:
- Boil dry protection: If there’s not enough water in the kettle, models with this feature will automatically turn themselves off.
- Cool touch: These kettles have an insulated body, so you won’t burn yourself when you tough the outside – even if it had only just boiled. Great if you have kids.
- Locking lid and non-slip base: Helps prevent the risk of injury if the kettle is knocked over.
Boiling one litre of water in a kettle takes up about as much energy as running a fridge for 7 hours; consider how many times a day you switch on your kettle for a brew and it all begins to add up.
An energy efficient kettle will save both money and energy in the long run. For the most energy-efficient kettles, look out for models with an energy saver sticker. If you’re the only tea-drinker in your house look for a kettle that can boil as little as 1 cup of water, as this will save even more energy and money.
I've found the best kettle: What do I do next?
Once you’re ready to proceed with your purchase, Crowdstorm makes it as simple as possible.
Simply find the offer you want from your favourite retailer and click through to their official website to seal the deal.
Remember that we don’t charge you a commission and you’re not buying directly from us.
We simply help you find the perfect kettle and make our money from advertising, not from you – so you can shop with confidence.