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Sage The Compact Glass Kettle, 1 Litre, 2400 Watt, Glass/ Stainless Steel

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Looking at performance, it was average for speed and noise, taking two minutes and 13 seconds to boil a litre of water, and reaching a noise level of 74.8dB. The plastic body admittedly grows quite hot — we took a reading of 70.5°C immediately after this test, but this was not as hot as some of the stainless steel models we tested. To surmise, it’s a decent everyday kettle, not the best in terms of quality, but great if you want a user-friendly design without breaking the bank. If you’re a fan of Emma Bridgewater, then you will love this polka dot-inspired kettle. It offers a traditional pyramid design which feels of good quality thanks to the painted stainless steel body. It comes with a looped handle on top, unlike any of the others we’ve tested. However, we found this design to be a bit hit and miss, mainly because the handle can get in the way when you’re trying to remove the lid or refit the filter. It’s also naturally a little more bulky than a jug kettle because of its traditional shape, so you will need more countertop space for it.

Multifunctional or classic: if you'd like a kettle that just boils water, classic is the way to go. Those who drink teas like oolong (which brews better at lower temperatures) may prefer a kettle that allows you to select the temperature – these are also a good option for parents making warm drinks for children. Keep-warm functions are handy if you don't want to use all the water at once. Style: most kettles sit on the countertop, so think about how it will look within your kitchen and among other gadgets. These days, there's a style of kettle for most types of kitchen, be they classic, old-fashioned, shaker, futuristic or trendy, so you should be able to find a range of options. Consider footprint too, and whether you prefer a jug-style or pyramid design. The Breville Curve Kettle stands out for its intuitive and easy to use design. The limescale filter is simple to remove, the lid is easy to fit, and it's easy to fill this kettle through the spout, even on full flow. The handle is rounded, making it comfortable to grip and the water gauge can be read as you fill it up too. The quality of the design could be questioned by some however, as the main body is plastic with no steel interior. The handle also feels quite hollow too. Having said that, it’s lightweight and comes at a great price too. The kettle’s element is hidden in the base, and can boil as little as a cup and as much as 1L. This lets you save energy by only boiling the amount you need, but means, if needed, there will be plenty to keep you and your friends’ mugs topped up. The iKettle Original from Smarter stands out for its smart capabilities. It connects to the Smarter app, through which you can control and monitor the kettle. This includes the live capacity as well as temperature readings. There’s no water gauge on this kettle, which seems remiss, but the app tries to replace it. Personally, we think a gauge would be more useful as you can’t see the measurements while you fill the kettle from the sink. The app also offers a keep warm setting, which lasts for 40 minutes, as well as Home mode, so you can prepare the kettle to boil for when you arrive home, and Formula mode, which will boil and cool the water to the best temperature for making formula. You can also set the temperature within one degree from 20-100°C, which gives you great control.When put to the test, the iKettle didn’t perform as well as we hoped. It was slow to boil, needing two minutes and 18 seconds to boil a litre, and the external casing was a dangerous 92.1°C. It was one of the lowest scorers for energy efficiency too, needing 0.1195 kWh to boil the same amount. We noticed whenever it reached its boiling point, a lot of steam escaped around the lid as well, which was not sealed well. There’s also no minimum capacity listed for this kettle as well — there’s no mark inside the kettle, in the instructions or listed online, so it’s anyone’s guess. It comes with quite a few negative points, but the smart capabilities did impress and it’s the best for temperature control as well. The Tefal Smart n Light Kettle certainly appears smart and sophisticated, thanks to the illuminated display on the body. It shows both the live temperature and the selection of options available from 40-100°C. There’s a keep warm setting that lasts for up to 30 minutes. It scored generally well across the board for performance, but it got top marks for external body temperature, reaching just 40.4°C — the lowest we recorded from our kettle tests. It was fairly fast as well, taking two minutes and 10 seconds on average to boil a litre of water. As the kettle heats, the temperatures on the base light up to show the progress, and we found it very quiet while boiling, measuring just 73dB. In fact, we noted that it sounds a little like rainfall as it boils, with a high-pitched tone. However, its main let-down was the casing reaching 89.8°C when boiling one litre; this makes it quite hazardous for young children or pets. It’s also a heavy kettle, which is almost expected given all of the features, but this was the heaviest of all we tested. Despite that, there’s nothing else like it, and it’s the one to buy if aesthetics and features mean more to you than anything. Attractive and compact, the sleek, contemporary Compact Kettle from Sage is efficient and won’t take up too much space on your worktop. First, consider what you want from your kettle and how much you’re willing to spend. Do you want a variety of temperatures to suit different teas? If so, you will need a variable temperature kettle. If you just want boiling water on demand, then there’s no need to pay the extra for variable temperature, as it will just take up more countertop space — and likely cost more.

The water level is easy to see from the gauge as you fill it, although the increment markings could be more clear. We found this kettle was very easy to control as you pour it too. It sadly didn’t excel on our performance tests, needing two minutes and 16 seconds to boil a litre of water, which is relatively slow, and reaching 70°C on the body, which is a bit hotter than we would like to see. It used up a fair amount of energy as well at 0.116 kWh. It didn’t leak or spit when full and it comes at a reasonable price. It’s the one to get if you need a lightweight design and don’t mind waiting a few extra seconds for your cup of tea.The Compact Kettle also features a wide opening, perfect for both filling the kettle up, and cleaning.

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