When it comes to tea, a kettle is an absolute necessity. To determine the best kettles on the market, the Good Housekeeping Institute has tested a wide variety of models. We’ve boiled enough hot water to brew approximately 5,460 cups of tea in our lab, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best electric pot for you.
Picking a kettle:
There are many things to consider while shopping for a new kettle, given how frequently they are used. Here are the essential points to keep in mind for electric pot:
Jug kettles and dome kettles are the most common forms of kettles. Jug kettles are higher, have handles on the side, and contain a more significant volume of water than kettles with handles on the bottom. These kettles seem more like stovetop models than their dome-shaped counterparts.
Between 1.5 and 1.7 litres of water can typically hold in a kettle. For 6-7 cups of tea, you need to have enough boiling water for the typical 250ml cup. If you’re only making one cup of tea, it’s a good idea to check the capacity of your kettle. The minimum level is specified on most models.
Indicator of the water level:
If you want to know exactly how much water is in the kettle at any one time, a kettle with a large viewing window is ideal.
Features that are easy to use:
It is possible to set the kettle to boil or check the water temperature using an app on your phone with some kettles. There are also “keep warm” and “pre-programmed” buttons for different hot drinks, as well as a timer to keep the water heated.
A game is added to the kettle’s weight for every millilitre of water you add so that they may get rather heavy. A model that weighs less than one kilogram when empty is ideal for those who have difficulty lifting.
When pouring or filling, it’s essential to pay attention to how the handle is positioned and shaped. For an even better grip, some handles feature a soft, rubberized section.
At the base of the spout are anti-scale filters that may be removed and cleaned. For challenging water areas, these prevent the limescale from being poured into your drink, and they prevent scum from collecting on the surface.
Dry protection from boiling:
If there isn’t enough water in the kettle, it will turn itself off. It lessens the possibility of it going out of control and inflicting severe damage. Checking the water level in your kettle is just as important as checking the water level to ensure that it doesn’t boil over and pose a safety threat.
Efficient use of power:
A “rapid boil,” a “one cup,” or an environmentally-friendly kettle should be on your radar. Auto-shutoff kettles help to save electricity and keep the kettle from overheating.
Best electric pot of 2021:
ZJM811 Jug Kettle from Kenwood:
Kenwood’s 250ml minimum capacity electric pot took just over 40 seconds to boil in our tests, making it the fastest on our list. It only took a little more than three minutes to boil the 1.6 litres of water it could hold, making it an excellent alternative for individuals who need a quick cup of tea. Outside, it only got to 35C with a freshly boiled kettle, but the stainless steel parts may get quite hot very quickly.
Kettle with Diamond Effect by George Home 3 KW:
This model, one of the most affordable we’ve tried, offers excellent value for the money. For us, the spout makes it simple to add liquid, and the pour is precise and free of sputtering or splashing. It’s also relatively light at 681g empty and 2.4kg full. If you want to make a cup of tea, the minimum amount is only enough for 280ml of water, and it boils in about 45 seconds.
Kettle from the Active Line by De’Longhi, model KBLA3001:
Weighing only 850 grimes empty, this colourful, wide-based kettle offers remarkable performance for the price. The total capacity boils slightly over three minutes, one litre boils in two minutes, and one cup boils in 45 seconds. After boiling, the casing temperature reached 63C, which is more than we prefer, but the handle remained safe to handle.
SK31050: Swan Symphony 1.7L Jug Kettle:
The wide, round nozzle makes filling this kettle quick and easy while also ensuring a precise pour. The handle remained cool to the touch even when the kettle was full of water. The spout didn’t produce much steam once the boiling cycles were through.
Collection ZJP11 of the Kenwood Elegance line:
A limescale filter protects the inside of the kettle, and the spout makes it simple to fill and pour. The minimum amount of 250ml boils in less than a minute, and a litre boils in less than two minutes. Empty, the kettle is lightweight and ergonomically designed for ease of use.
Electric Kettle De’Longhi Simbolo KBJX3001:
Because of its small size, it won’t take up much counter space. In less than 50 seconds, it can make a giant cup of tea, and a litre of water is ready in just over two minutes. At maximum capacity, it comes to a boil in just over three minutes.
ZJP05A0GY Abbey Grey 1.7L Kettle by Kenwood:
However, this electric pot worked admirably in our tests; it boiled its maximum capacity in less than four minutes. Although it has a larger minimum capacity of 500 ml than the other kettles we tested, it still heats up in less than a minute. For two cups of tea, this is the amount of water you’ll need.
The De’Longhi Scolpito KBZ S3001:
The minimum water quantity of 300ml (about one mug) took less than a minute to heat in this De’Longhi kettle. The maximum capacity of 1.5 litres took an astounding three minutes and twenty seconds to boil, but we noticed that it produced a lot of steam in the process.
Kettle by Russell Hobbs:
This Russell Hobbs model is light, weighing in at less than a kilo when empty. So if you generally only prepare one cup of hot water at a time, this is the right appliance for you. We were impressed by how well it poured and how little splashing there was electric pot.
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