One of the most essential and widely-used appliances in your kitchen is undoubtedly your electric kettle: it’s simple, you fill it up, plug it in and it boils water for you for a nice cup of tea. However, did you know that an electric kettle is among one of the most inefficient items, when it comes to energy use, in the home? This is because it has to use a very powerful element to get the water boiled and, as it is often not full, it uses the same power for one cup as it does for a full kettle.
This is why we are going to talk about stovetop kettles; but, we here you ask, isn’t that a step backwards? Well, no, you’ll be surprised to hear, as modern hobs are very efficient and will boil your water quickly. We all remember it: the whistling tin kettle from your grandma’s house that was used routinely for tea and hot water – what a sound that was! The fact is that stovetop kettles are back in fashion; the modern equivalent uses highly efficient materials and designs, and is a very attractive item for your kitchen.
Let’s face it, your electric kettle is probably a white plastic one that just doesn’t look like anything other than, well, a plastic electric kettle! But, you want your kitchen appliances to be stylish and attractive, as you do other items in and around the house. You can find stovetop kettles in highly traditional designs and a range of excellent colours, and you will be impressed that they are not as expensive as you might believe. So, before we go on to tell you about these truly lovely appliances, a bit more about them, and what they do.
The Top 10
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10
- 1.1 1: KitchenCraft Le’Xpress
- 1.2 2: Grunwerg Café Ole Kettle
- 1.3 3: Prima 3.5l Stainless Steel
- 1.4 4: Bergner Milano Stovetop Kettle
- 1.5 5: Prestige Enamel Stovetop Kettle
- 1.6 6: Morphy Richards Accents Whistling Kettle
- 1.7 7: Le Creuset Kone Kettle
- 1.8 8: Wesco Classic Line
- 1.9 9: Imperial Easy Cook 2-Litre
- 1.10 10: ProCook Stovetop
- 2 Important Features to Consider
- 3 How It Works
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
Our first pick is this attractive model from KitchenCraft, who have a wide variety of kitchen implements and other items on offer. This one comes in a variety of colours – the one reviews is Midnight Black and is very impressive – and it is a traditional design with a lidded spout that flips open. It’s a two-litre capacity kettle, so that’s plenty large enough, and is finished with a stay-cool handle for added safety. It also whistles, which is nice!
Although made from plastic, it is coated in a rather nice and durable enamel finish that gives it a more impressive look, and it is suitable for all types of hob including induction hobs, Aga and even outdoor stoves, so is a very durable item. What we do like is that it comes nicely packaged, so would actually make a rather impressive gift – perhaps for someone moving into a new home – and it also comes with a 10-year guarantee. At around £30 it’s at the higher end of the price range, but still a nice kettle.
Pros: Nice looking, whistles, safety features, colour choice, 10-year guarantee
Cons: Plastic – but is that really a problem?
Sometimes there is little point expanding on a great design, and this kettle takes the form of one that will be very familiar. It’s the old ‘dome’ shaped kettle design, once out of fashion but very much back in now that retro is the thing, and it is really does look the part. Finished in stainless steel for superb looks – and with a genuinely retro Bakelite handle – this one takes you back in no small way, and we love it!
It’s not all about looks, though, as you get a very practical kettle that will be well-used. It’s a 3-litre model so you get plenty out of it, and it comes with the usual flip-up cover on the spout. It whistles, which is a must with any retro kettle design, so you get the best of all worlds. It’s also suitable for induction hobs, so you have no problem using this in your super-modern kitchen. In short, it’s great, and we simply can’t get over the price – just a little more than a tenner!
Combining a touch of the retro traditional look with some decidedly modern features, this kettle from Prima – a maker of fine kitchen items – is a nice one for if you want something that is a little bit different. It’s made from stainless steel so is durable and usable, and comes in a range of bright, modern and rather wacky colours with stainless steel trimming. The plastic handle is designed for safety, and it is very easy to use.
You also get the desired whistling spout feature, this one with a trigger action for ease of use, and it is suitable for all hobs. It’s 3.5litre in capacity so will handle any task, and is a very neat design all-round. If you have a kitchen that is not predominantly white or stainless steel this could be the choice for you, but we have seven more to look at so don’t make your mind up yet! However, we admit it is very tempting at less than £15, which is nothing for an item such as this.
There is a theme emerging here with very classy and stylish kettle designs taking elements of the retro look, and combining these with more modern construction techniques and more. This one, from Bergner, emulates classic Italian design with its rather lovely swooping metal handle – itself worth a look alone – and stainless-steel construction, and we have to say it is a very attractive kettle indeed.
You can have this one in two rather unusual colours – a subtle green and a very stylish and bright purple – and both with the stainless-steel trimmings, and it is suitable for all hobs, including induction hobs. The spout features the whistling function with a nicely made and cleverly designed flip cover, and it is easy to use and boils nicely. Bear in mind that a stovetop kettle will not boil as quickly as your electric version, but it will use less energy and save you money. This model is at the high-end of the prices at not much under £30, but we think for looks this good, it might be worth it.
The pattern continues with this admittedly very attractive design, one that is finished beautifully with an enamel coating on the outside of quality stainless-steel construction. It takes its cue from the designs of old – such as that at number 2 on this list – and is a nice item all-round. This one is suitable for all hobs, including induction hobs, and is simple to use, and it comes with the required whistling spout.
Indeed, the spout locks and the lid fits tightly to keep in the pressure and make sure it cooks very quickly, while its safety features extend to a soft-touch and stay-cool handle so it is easy to use. With this model – you can also have it in a rather stunning red if black is not your thing – you also get an impressive 10-year guarantee, which is added assurance of the quality of the item. And, we have to say, it is a quality kettle, but at over £35, in this company it will have to be.
There are some brands that have an unrivalled appeal in their field: in the world of kitchen appliances, Morphy Richards is right up there, with many years of experience in providing top quality items at sensible prices. This kettle is no exception and, quite cleverly, it majors in simplicity. The design is clean and tidy, with no unnecessary added frills, and takes its influences from the retro look designs that most of these look to for inspiration. It’s available in a few colours, too, so you have plenty of choice.
The body is quality stainless steel with a nice enamel coating on the outside, while the handle is a silicon design that is always cool to the touch and safe to use. The base of this model is designed for even heat distribution so you get boiled water in the shortest possible time. It’s suitable for all hob types, including induction, and has a whistling spout with a quick flip release for ease of use. It’s a good design, and we love the simplistic and minimalist approach, although you will pay for the brand at a bit more than £25.
Mention Le Creuset to any self-respecting housewife, and they will instantly know what you are on about! This manufacturer of ultra-high-quality kitchen equipment is known mainly for its gorgeously designed and superbly made cookware, so it’s great to see a stovetop kettle from such an esteemed brand. It’s a very attractive design, too, with its own distinct look that distinguishes it from the rest of theses, and it will look the part in any kitchen, modern or contemporary.
It comes with a fixed whistle spout, and the body is made from enamelled stainless-steel for the very best in durability. It features a handle made from heat-resistant material that also folds down for convenience, and it is suitable for use on all heat sources. The enamelled exterior is also easy to clean, so it will look good in any of the available colours. There are two concerns, however: it has a small capacity at 1.6litres, and it will cost you around £65 – but that’s what you pay for the name.
I have reviewed some surprisingly beautiful kettles – not a sentence I ever thought I would write – here, and this one is among the prettiest. It is distinctly retro, in a good sort of way, but with its own style. The design is very attractive overall, and it comes in a choice of black or red, each with a stainless-steel lover half. It’s made from very high-quality materials and finished to a high standard, and comes with all the usual attributes such as a safety handle, a closing spout with quick release for easy pouring, and the much-vaunted whistle for when the water has boiled.
The best way to describe this one is decidedly elegant; a lot of effort and thought has gone into this one, and it really does work as an overall design. It’s a 2-litre capacity kettle, so not the biggest one here (although not the smallest either) and it would look the part in any kitchen. There is one drawback, however, and that’s the price: at almost £70 this one is among the most expensive, by a long way, but if you’re willing to pay that for a what is a very high-quality item that really does look superb and does a fine job, we suggest you don’t write it off.
The simplicity of this design, like number two on the list, lies in the fact it takes an older, traditional design – the aforementioned dome style – and doesn’t change it at all. It’s made from lovely, shiny stainless-steel and has a Bakelite handle for cool handling and safety, and looks as good as it can with no adornments at all. It would actually fit in nicely in a modern or older-style kitchen as it is pretty timeless, and we like it as it seems to be well-made.
The only thing with the cheaper-end kettles such as this – you’ll actually get change from a tenner for this one – is that they don’t come with the more modern bases that give you the spread heating for quick boiling, but at that price and with these looks, are you really bothered? This one is 2-litre capacity so not the biggest, and isn’t the pretties of the lot, but if it’s a simple, retro-look kettle you’re after, there’s little wrong with it
We close our review with this one, another of the ‘dome’ designs that are very popular. This one, however, is decidedly high quality, and feels it in every way. Finished in the usual stainless steel for great effect, and with the safety handle and lid-lifter for added comfort, this one comes across as a very sturdy device, and is nicely made. It has the usual spout cap for quick boiling time and extra safety, and has the classic whistling sound so you know when you’re done.
If it’s a retro kettle you’re after, this could be the one for you, and it has 2-litre capacity which, while not the biggest, is certainly adequate. It is suitable for all types of hob – including induction – and comes with a full guarantee, so is certainly worthy of inclusion on this list, but at around £35 is one of the more expensive of this design.
That’s our top 10 of the best stovetop kettles on the market today, and we hope we have helped you find one that suits you needs. Before we go on to sum up, let’s have a look at the important features to consider.
Important Features to Consider
So, you want a stovetop kettle? It’s a great idea as they look good, and they will use less energy when boiling water on the hob than your electric kettle. How do you choose the best one? Here’s a few pointers to the important factors to consider.
Capacity – our choices cover everything from 1.5ltr to more than 3ltr, so you have a great deal of choice among them. It depends what you need – for a large family, the bigger the capacity the better, but if it’s just you, why do need such a big kettle?
Colour – stainless steel or coloured? There are some excellent options among the ten we have listed, so if you want bright and vibrant colours, you will have no problem finding something. If you want the retro stainless-steel look, you will also find something that will easily fit your requirements.
Whistle – they all do, so don’t worry!
Safety Features – you need to make sure it has a stay-cool handle that is easy to use, and that any other safety issues are attended to.
Price – there is a wide price disparity between these kettles, with everything from as little as £10 to as much as £70 quoted, so decide what you want to pay, and stick to your budget.
That’s our top tips for buying a stovetop kettle, and we think they are great items, so all that remains now is to wrap things up!
How It Works
How does a kettle work? It’s a daft question, right? You simply put the water in and place it on the hob, and pretty soon, it boils! It’s fascinating to think, however, about how man first discovered this thing of wonder. Why did kettles first come about? In Mesopotamia, many thousands of years ago, kettles were used to boil water, but to make it safe for drinking. This still happens in many of the undeveloped countries to day, where pots or kettles are boiled over open fires.
The transition to the kitchen came with the development of stoves, and the old iron kettle became a kitchen implement of the most important order. It still is, but not in the old form that we know it for. So, why has the stovetop kettle made a comeback? Modern stoves – especially induction ceramic hobs – are surprisingly energy efficient whereas, as we have already said, the electric kettle is not. Also, they look good, and can be quite ornamental, which harks back to the kettles of ancient days that would typically be highly decorated.
The stovetop kettle tends to be a well-made item, too, with the emphasis on quality materials rather than formed plastic, so will look good among your other appliances in the kitchen. If you want a touch of colour there are plenty to choose from, and you will find it a simple way of boiling water.
So, less of the talk now, let’s get on with the job and give you the top 10 best stovetop kettles on the market right now.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
These stovetop kettles may seem like a step backwards, but in fact they are highly impressive energy-saving appliances that also look great. We have covered two distinct styles here – the traditional dome-shaped stainless-steel retro kettle, and those that mix the traditional with more modern touches, so the choice really is up to you. If you want something truly stylish, you have to pay for it, and that means the Wesco Classic, at number 8: it really is extremely attractive, and amazing quality. For something in the lower price range, the Bergner Milano, our number 4, is also worth a look for its classic good looks.
The choice is yours, so read through again and get yourself a stylish, energy-efficient stovetop kettle that will look simply great in your kitchen.