Finding The Best Electric Kettle

Posted on 21. Oct, 2012 by

We here at Coffee Lovers 101 have put this guide together to help you come to a decision on which electric kettle you’re going to buy.

We’ve been going through a whole load of online reviews looking at the best and the worst kettles and whittled it down to a top five for you to choose from, so if you want to skip straight ahead and read our top 5 reviews, click here.

Otherwise, take your time and read our guide on how you can choose between them and know you’re making the right decision.

What to look for when buying a kettle

An electric kettle is a pretty simple device and there’s not much to choose between the various models in terms of what they do. Some kettles do certain things better than others, some quicker, but all in all they all pretty much do the same thing.

However, here are some of the features that you should expect to find in any good kettle:

  • cool touch – a useful safety feature that keeps all external elements cool to the touch
  • fast boil – the more powerful the wattage, the faster you will have your hot water
  • capacity – this feature speaks for itself. Clearly you should choose one that best suits your needs in terms of how much water you need to boil
  • water level indicator – always useful, an indicator on the outside of the kettle will keep you from guessing how full it is
  • auto shutoff – another safety feature that should be present on all modern kettles


So with the functional differences between most kettles being minimal, how do you choose? Well most of it will come down to the following factors:

Style / Design

  • You’re going to want to have a kettle that fits in with the decor of your kitchen
  • The more elegant and stylish your tastes, the higher premium you can expect to pay for the design

Build quality

  • Is the brand reliable and do they have a good reputation for build quality?
  • How long do you expect to use it for before you need to replace it due to faults or wearing out?


Our Top 5 Electric Kettles

So lets get down to business. As we mentioned earlier, we’ve scoured the net looking at numerous reviews and ratings to weed out all the rubbish and bring you our top 5 kettles in this manageable and easy to digest list:

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003KYSLNQ” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″]The Cuisinart made it onto our list partly due to it’s stylish and modern design but mainly because of its 6 preset temperatures, perfect for the meticulous coffee maker who needs just the right temperature for his or her french press coffee!

It also has some other great features like a 30-minute keep warm, fast boiling thanks to it’s 1500 watt power rating and it’s concealed heating element (to help prevent limescale buildup)

From all the customer reviews we read it is clear that this is a favourite among those who are using it on a regular basis too.

Reliability is assured by the reputable Cuisinart brand and is backed up by a 3 year limited warranty.

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Adagio Teas 3 UtiliTEA Variable-Temperature 30-Ounce Electric Kettle

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001A5NFQA” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”141″]This kettle is also a pretty sleek looking thing which although it does not have the cool blue electronic controls of the Cuisinart above, it still manages to feature a variable temperature control in the form of a dial at the base.

It also features a concealed heating element (something that you will notice is a pattern among our top 5!).

With an average of over 4.5 stars out of 5 given by the hundreds of customer reviews we went through, it’s clear that this is also a great kettle. With a slightly darker shade than the cuisinart, if you were to choose between the two and didn’t care for the electronic controls, then your decision will be mainly based on which one you like the look of the most.

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Breville SK500XL Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000A790X6″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”120″]The Breville takes on a bit more of an industrial vibe than the previous two kettles and looks as if it would fit right in to a chefs kitchen. But that’s part of it’s charm and the main reason for it’s inclusion on our list.

There are no temperature controls on this model but it does feature all of the standard features like auto-shutoff, fast 1500 watt boiling and a removable scale filter. Not as flashy and elegant as the previous two kettles reviewed but if you like the look of it then it will do a great job in your kitchen.

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Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B005YR0F40″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”160″]This is one of our favourite looking kettles and has made it into our list by way of it’s fabulous looking gooseneck design.

Not only does it carry a classic elegant look but it also incorporates modern features too. It has an electronic temperature control for precise heating within 1-2 degrees accuracy.

It is less powerful than the previous models having a power rating of 1000 watt, which means you will wait a minute or so more for your water to boil but if that’s not a problem for you then you should think seriously about choosing this Bonavita kettle.

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KRUPS BW600 Silver Art Collection 2-Quart Electric Kettle, Stainless Steel/Chrome

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004W4JI6C” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″]Last but by no means least is the Krups BW600. This kettle has made it onto our list purely by it’s design and classy appearance.

Lacking the temperature control and other features of the previous 4 kettles, the chrome finish (as opposed to brushed stainless steel) is what we think makes this a very attractive appliance indeed.

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How To Descale A Kettle

We thought it might be useful to give you a quick look at one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to looking after your electric kettle, and that is how to remove any built up limescale from within it.

It’s really rather simple and can be done using two main ingredients you are likely to already have laying around in your kitchen. Let’s take a look at them here:

The Vinegar Way

Using a solution of 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, fill your kettle to the top with this half and half mixture. Do not boil it, but just leave it sitting for around 1 hour.

After the hour is up, empty the kettle and give it a thorough wipe with a damp cloth laced with bicarbonate of soda.

Once you’ve cleared the muck out, simply keep rinsing the kettle out with fresh cold water until the smell of vinegar goes away.

The Lemon Juice Way

This time, you need to use around 40ml of lemon juice to every 500ml of water and fill it to the top with this ratio.

Once full, boil the kettle, then set it aside to cool down and leave it alone for at least an hour.

After that, as with the vinegar way, simply empty, wipe and rinse the limescale and lemon smell away with a cloth, bicarbonate of soda and fresh water.