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For some people, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee is a regular ritual that borders on the obsessive. Forget whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, does the milk go in first or last? For others, it’s a rushed grab-it-and-go thing - the daily jolt of caffeine to kickstart the morning. Whichever camp you fall in, you’ll need a kettle.
A kettle is a (let’s face it) boring but essential piece of kitchen kit, like a toaster. The best electric kettle quickly and reliably boils water. It’s super simple to use, and ideally to clean too. We’ve spent hours trawling the web for the best kettles in Australia that suit every tech, budget and home style. They’ve been informed by expert testing and real Aussie opinions.
How we picked
We started with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, to see which kettles they tested. This gave us an idea of how some kettles performed in a lab environment. We then weeded out the ones that are no longer available and headed to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website.
We wanted to see which kettles are loved in Australian kitchens. We read hundreds of reviews to understand the good, the bad and the ugly. We also considered Canstar Blue’s, an Australian customer satisfaction research and ratings business, recent kettle brands survey. This let us know which kettle brands are highly rated by Aussies.
From there, we began to narrow down our list by focusing on providing a range of different budget and functionality options. We wanted both glass and BPA-free plastic kettles, to appeal to different buyers. We considered some features essential, like a removable, washable filter, and a hinged lid – a non-hinged lid is just one more thing to lose on a busy morning.
We had a quick look for gooseneck kettles. These thin, angled spout kettles help with a slow, controlled pour – ideal for coffee connoisseurs. But they’re also quite a niche item in Australia so we were quite limited in our choice. We also only chose electric kettles, rather than stovetop ones, because c’mon, we exist for your convenience.
And there we had it – the best electric kettles in Australia.
Features to consider
Honestly, kettles are pretty simple appliances. They literally just boil water. So, you’ll find a lot of kettles pack the same features, like the ones below.
Visible water level
Whether you call it a water level or window, it does the same thing – shows you how much water is in your kettle. Look for dual water windows. This means you can see the water level whichever side of the kettle you’re looking at. You can also get backlit water levels, which can make them easier to view.
We think cups is a more user-friendly measurement than ml – we don’t know how many ml are in a standard cup of tea, but maybe you do?
The filter keeps any sediment from the water, including limescale, from getting into your tea. To help keep the filter clean, make sure you can remove and wash it.
For an uncluttered bench top, and a safe one (no dangling cords for little hands to pull), most kettles have cord storage in their base.
360° power base
This allows the kettle to swivel on its base, rather than being locked into position. Which means you can easily pick it up, and return it, from anywhere on the base. It’s also easier for left-handed people.
Boil dry protection
Once the water’s boiling, all kettles should automatically stop. This prevents the kettle from boiling dry and posing a safety risk.
Whether they claim to in their marketing or not, all kettles should be cool to touch and handle. This avoids burnt fingers and hands when picking up a just-boiled kettle.
Handles should be wide and comfortable to hold – you’ll be picking up a potentially heavy object full of boiling water. The handle should also keep your fingers away from the kettle’s body.
Opt for a hinged lid over a removable one, as then you won’t lose it. Only one of the kettles we reviewed, the Morphy Richards Accents Traditional, has a non-hinged lid.
If opening the lid to fill the kettle with water seems like too much hard work, look for a wide spout. This means you can fill the kettle directly into the spout.
What you get if you spend more
Rather than necessarily counting these features as ones you pay more for, it’s easier to think of kettles as having standard and non-standard features, with these being non-standard. CHOICE sums it up best: “Price is no indicator of performance, as far as kettles are concerned.”
Soft opening lid
To reduce the chance of hot water splashing out, some kettles have a soft opening lid.
Electric gooseneck kettle
If you’re serious about coffee, you might consider buying an electric gooseneck kettle. The thin angled spout is specially designed for pour-overs. It allows you to precisely control how much water you’re pouring, how fast it comes out and where you direct it. Gooseneck kettles are pretty niche in Australia currently.
Better looks and matching products
To match a specific theme in your kitchen, you can pay more for a bigger range of colours and finishes, like matte or textured looks. With these more designer models, you’ll probably be able to buy a matching toaster too.
Different temperature settings
Know the taste difference between an oolong and green tea? You’ll love different temperature settings, which provide water temperatures for specific tea types, or coffee.
See what your kettle is up to by choosing a glass one. Whether it’s to be able to see the water boil or an appearance thing, you’ll pay more to get a glass kettle. However, glass kettles need more maintenance and cleaning than a non-glass one. That’s because you can see the build-up of brown limescale.
Keep warm function
Just boiled the kettle and now your phone’s ringing? A keep warm function keeps your water at a decent temperature for when you’re ready to use it. These functions normally last up to 30 minutes.
Audio boil reminder
Long gone are the days of a whistling kettle. These days it’s all about the quiet kettle. Which means it can be difficult to know when the thing is actually done. Look for an audible noise reminder, whether it’s a click or a ding.
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