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Home Appliances

Kettles Buying Guide

Discover the top five features to consider when buying your next kettle for your kitchen. What type, power, noise, capacity and additional kettles features to consider? Read our detailed kettle buying guide and buy the best one for you.

14 Jan 2020

How to choose the best kettle? Staall's Kettle Buying Guide.

Which kettle do I need?

When buying a kettle for your kitchen you can choose from electric and non-electric kettles.

  • Electric kettles boilld water faster than either a stove-top or the microwave can. They come in jug, dome, pyramid or traditional-style designs and they are very common in most kitchens. You can select from a variety of finishes including toughened glass, plastic, brushed stainless steel and chrome.
  • Non-electric kettles are ideal to heat water on the stove, although they are slower from cold than electric kettles. They usually come with whistle to let you know when the water has boiled and are most suitable to a country-style kitchen.

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What power should the kettle have?

When you decide to buy your next kettle the power and speed of boiling are key. The slowest the kettles can add up to significantly more time and energy used when boiling water. The power of kettles generally ranges from 1kW to 3kW or 1000 Watts to 3000 Watts.  

  • Below 3000 Watts kettles are slower then rapid boil kettles but also tend to be cheaper;
  • 3000 Watts kettles are considered as rapid boil;

Staall Tip: Generally, the more powerful the kettle, the faster it is to boil but also the higher the price too.


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How noisy should my kettle be?

All kettles make some noise when boiling water and many include beeping noises to let you know when your water is done as well., but kettles with a higher wattage tend to be much noisier.

For quieter kettles you should choose models approved by the Quiet Mark or that have a Quiet Boil feature.


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What capacity should the kettle have?

Usually, the regular kettles water capacity is between 0.5 litres, 1 litre, 1.5 litres, 1.7 litres and 2 litres of water. 

  • Less than 1 litre water capacity kettles or travel kettles can make about between 2 to 4 cups of co
  • 1.5 litres water capacity kettles will make about six cups of tea or coffee. Ideal for small to medium sized families;
  • 1.7 litres water capacity kettles will make around 7 cups of tea or coffee ideal for large household or small office;
  • 2 litres water capacity kettles will make around 8 cups of tea or coffee. Although it is not a common size;


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What other kettles features should I consider?

Kettles additional features considerations:

  • Filters should be removable and washable filters; there are also limescale fillters that stop scale getting into your drink;
  • 360 degree base or connection is ideal for left or right handed use;
  • Auto shutoff ensures that you don’t waste energy by turning the kettle off after a set amount of time if you don’t return to it
  • Water gauge helps you more easily keep up with how much water’s in your kettle at any given time;
  • Base cord storage ensures you only have to deal with the kettle’s cord when you need.
  • Boil dry protection is handy when there isn't enough water in the kettle it will automatically switch off;
  • Concealed element allows the kettle to be cleaned easier;

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