Everyone should be trying to do their bit to be environmentally friendly nowadays. All of us love a nice brew of tea or coffee in the morning so buying an energy-efficient kettle can ensure that you are doing your bit as its something that everyone has in their house.
Some might boil slightly slower, but overall it will not make your brew taste any different and you can have the satisfaction of knowing you are doing your bit to make the world a greener place. Chances are, it will also save you some money on your electricity bill as well.
Let’s now take a look at some of the most eco kettles on the market today. We will talk you through the key features of each and also summarise what others think of them.
Top 10 Best Energy Efficient Kettles
1. Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham
Russell Hobbs is a well-known home and kitchen brand and they have been producing high-quality items for many years.
This kettle looks absolutely great and its one we think would suit most kitchens. It is made from brushed stainless steel which will make it easy to clean and ensure that it does not discolour as it gets used.
It comes with quiet boil technology which is always good if you live in open spaces like a flat as it means it won’t drown out the sound of the TV.
As well as quiet boil, it also has rapid boil which means that you can boil 1 cup of coffee (when filled up to the 1 cup indicator) in just 45 seconds.
There is also a 2 cup, and 3 cup line which is a nice handy feature. Most of the time we are only making a brew for ourselves and 1 or 2 more people but we often overfill it in fear of not adding enough water and having to boil the kettle again.
Inside the kettle, there is a limescale filter which means even if you live in an area that’s known for hard water you should still get a lovely tasting brew.
When doing our research we found this kettle to have good reviews. People commented on how quiet it was and thought it was a great kettle for the price. Some people did comment that the lid could be a bit annoying and can struggle to close after a bit of time.
2. Philips HD4644/00
Another classic household manufacture in the name of Philips!
Like the model above, it comes with the one cup indicator which is great when you need a brew for yourself. I work at home, so this feature would be perfect for me. There is also the 2 cup, 3 cups and 4 cups (if you have enough friends) indicator.
They claim that it uses up to 66% less energy than a traditional kettle which is really quite a lot when you think about it.
Inside the kettle is a flat heating element which means that it boils the water very quickly and it also means that when you clean out the inside you don’t have a big ugly element to try and clean. To help keep it clean there’s also a built-in filter which will in time help prevent a build-up of limescale and ensure that you have a lovely tasting brew.
This kettle also looks the part. It comes in white with a grey trim which gives it a very traditional, yet modern look.
When doing our research for this product we found people had very positive things to say. One lady said she had owned the kettle for 5 years and it was used a lot each day and only now has it finally decided to have a few problems which is very good for regular use.
3. Bosch TWk76033GB Energy Class A+ Kettle
This kettle is available in 3 colours, black, white and cream so there should be one colour to suit your kitchen. Personally, we love the white one and are not that keen on the black one. Overall,the look is modern and looks very hi-tech.
Like most of the others in the list it has a 3000w heating element which means it will produce a fast cup of tea for you. The heating element is the concealed type which means that it will be easy to clean as you won’t have to clean the element.
On the side, there are markers for 1 cup, 2 cups, 4 cups and 7 cup which is nice to see.
When doing our research we found a mixture of both positive and negative reviews. The positives were that it was easy to use but the negatives were that a few said the brew tasted funny and had a bit of a plastic taste.
4. Andrew James Lumiglo
Andrew James is another big brand that produces a wide range of kitchen and household essentials.
This kettle comes in a matt black colour which might not be to everyone’s taste but for some reason, we love the way it looks, especially with the blue lights that are on the side of it. It looks quite futuristic. If you like the way it looks then Andrew James has other kitchen appliances in this range such as a toaster etc.
There are no cup level indicators on this kettle which is a slight shame. We feel it is a very easy feature to have and really does help people save a bit of time and money when making their drink.
When doing our research for this item we found that people said this kettle was great value for money when compared to bigger expensive brands and some thought it even did a better job.
5. Breville Hot Cup Hot Water Dispenser
We always like to include a few items that are a bit different just to make you think outside the box so that’s our reason for including this.
This is not quite a kettle, but a hot water dispenser and perfect for those that live at home on their own. It can boil a single cup of water in under 50 seconds which is very impressive.
There is no cup size guide on the side which we think it is a shame as we do like to see this feature.
It can hold up to 1.5 litres of water through which is enough to make up to about 7 cups of tea or coffee.
When doing our research for this item we found a lot of people preferred this to a normal kettle. One user said that he would rather use this to make 4 cups one after another than sit there and wait for the kettle to boil up all the water at once. The only downside was that people said you can’t adjust how much water comes out each time. This might be slightly annoying if you only want a small brew, or maybe half a cup.
Kettle Or Hot Water Dispenser?
Number 5 on our list is a hot water dispenser. It just works a bit differently to a normal kettle as it only heats up the water as its being poured. I know a lot of people might find this idea weird but it actually makes a lot of sense. I guess it all comes down to if you want one of these on your kitchen work surface rather than a traditional kettle.
Quick Boiling Features
I want a brew and I want it now! Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an over-exaggeration but no one wants to wait for ages for a brew so having a quick boil feature that’s just for 1 cup is a great idea and should probably be something that is on all kettles. I know if I decided to create my own brand of kettles it is something I would definitely want to have.
The filters in eco-friendly kettles are just the same as ones in any other kettle that’s out there. We recommend always getting one with one in and it does not do any harm and will ensure that your brew tastes good.
No kettle is going to be 100% quiet, that wouldn’t be possible but some are labelled as quiet, meaning they will be quieter than most kettles. It’s worth checking out the reviews of each kettle to see if other users find they are quieter.
Eco-friendly kettles don’t look any different to your normal kettles so don’t worry, they are not going to look worse like some other eco-friendly products out there.
Old kettles always had the heating element visible and a lot of kettles still do. The downside of this is that the element attracts limescale and this can make it hard to clean and in time can actually damage the element and reduce its lifespan.
We would instead recommend an element that’s inside the base plate as this will mean that limescale will not be as big an issue.
Most kettles are between 1.5 litres and 1.7 litres in size. A full 1.7 litres will allow you to boil 7 cups of coffee. If you have a large house then I would definitely look at getting the 1.7-litre size.
We hope that our guide above has helped you find the right energy efficient kettle for your needs. Please do your own research on top of this and gather as much information as you can. The kettle that you end up purchasing will likely be one that you use for many years, every day.