The top 10 fastest-boiling kettles for your kitchen

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Feeling steamed? Whether it’s because you’ve got a busy schedule, or a desperate hankering for a hot cup of comfort, waiting for the kettle to boil can cause the process of making tea feel like a game of fast and furious.

It’s no wonder why Tiger Corp made a stir in 2013 when it released what was claimed to be the fastest household kettle in the world, the Tiger Electric Kettle Wakuko. This steamless electric kettle apparently took 45 seconds to boil a cup of water (140mL), although it came at a pretty steep cost of $180.

While Tiger Corp’s hot appliance isn’t readily available in Australia, there’s still plenty of quick kettles on the market. That’s why we’ve created a list of some alternatives to help you avoid reaching, well, boiling point.

Quickest Kettles

So, which kettles really put the ‘instant’ in instant coffee? Below is a list of fast-boiling kettles in respect of their high wattage and apparently quick boiling time. Read on for the specifics of these kettles, listed in order of wattage power.

Brand & Model Price
De’Longhi 1.7L Icona Capitals Kettle $139
Cuisinart 1.7L PerfecTemp Cordless Kettle $199
Sunbeam Maestro Dual Wall Glass Kettle $189
KitchenAid Electric Kettle $239
Smeg Variable Temperature Kettle $243
Breville The Soft Top Dual Kettle  $74.95
Kogan 220W Vulkan Cordless Kettle $69
Kmart 1.7 Litre Kettle $15
Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid 1.5L Kettle $149
Kambrook 1.7L Stainless Steel Rapid Boil Kettle $59.95

Source: Appliances Online and respective retailers, August 2019

Australian Kitchen Appliances

Who sells quick-boiling kettles in Australia?

Pouring too much time of your morning waiting for the water to boil? Consider brewing up a more productive day with quick kettles such as the De’Longhi 1.7L Icona Capitals Kettle or Cuisinart 1.7L PerfecTemp Cordless Kettle, both featured below.

Keep in mind the wattage of a kettle refers to how much energy the appliance will consume within one hour. But since it only takes a few minutes to boil just over 1L of water, obviously only a small portion of energy is actually consumed and charged onto your electricity bill. The higher the wattage, the shorter amount of time it takes to boil.

De’Longhi 1.7L Icona Capitals Kettle

De’Longhi 1.7L Icona Capitals Kettle

The DeLonghi 1.7L Icona Capitals Kettle uses up to 3000W of power and is said to brew up to six cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. For safety, this model is said to have a three-level safety protection feature. This includes an automatic function that shuts the kettle off once water begins to boil, a Thermal Cut-off function, and automatic shut-off feature that powers down the kettle whenever the body is lifted from the base.

  • Max power: 3000W
  • RRP: $139

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Cuisinart 1.7L PerfecTemp Cordless Kettle

Cuisinart 1.7L PerfecTemp Cordless Kettle

“You get a Kettle! And you get a kettle!” Okay, so this isn’t an exact Oprah quote. But the talk show queen really has given the Cuisinart PerfectTemp Cordless Kettle a big tick of approval as one of her ‘favourite things’ for college students. She says on her website: “I couldn’t get by without my tea; I keep this electric kettle in my office so I can brew the perfect cup anytime. It boils up in a flash and – because different teas require different degrees of heat – it has six temperature settings.”

The stainless steel Cuisinart PerfecTemp Electric Kettle provides 1500W of power for a supposedly quick heat-up time, as well as a memory feature which allows you to remove the kettle from the base for two minutes without it shutting off. As mentioned, there are also six different pre-set temperatures to suit a variety of beverages and a Keep Warm option to maintain the set temperature for 30 minutes.

  • Max power: 2400W
  • RRP: $199

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Sunbeam Maestro Dual Wall Glass Kettle

Sunbeam Maestro Dual Wall Glass Kettle

With great power comes great responsibility, which may be why Sunbeam promises that kettles like the 2400W Sunbeam Maestro Dual Wall Glass Kettle are durable and easy to maintain. The brand claims this kettle has a Dual Shield construction to protect against scuffs and dents caused from daily use, as well provide insulation to keep water hot for longer. This Sunbeam kettle is also said to have a heat-resistant body to apparently minimise the external surface temperature, potentially making it safer to touch.

  • Max power: 2400W
  • RRP: $189

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KitchenAid Electric Kettle

KitchenAid Electric Kettle

Feeling out of love with your work and everyone in the office? KitchenAid claims it can help you get the spark back with its KitchenAid 1.7L Electric Kettle, which is said to produce between 2000W and 2400W worth of power. The high-end kettle provides a variety of temperature settings and a 30-minute hold temperature feature. Is it worth the money? Well, it’s up there in terms of fast-boiling times if nothing else! What more do you want from a kettle?

  • Max power: 2400W
  • RRP: $239

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Smeg Variable Temperature Kettle

Smeg Variable Temperature Kettle

Get a few servings of your favourite cuppa with the Smeg Variable Temperature Kettle, which has a 1.7L capacity claimed to offer up to seven cups worth of tea in one boil. It also has seven heat settings which allow you to customise your temperature anywhere between 50°C up to 100°C. Other useful features include the removable limescale filter and a keep-warm function designed to maintain the set temperature for 20 minutes.

  • Max power: 2400W
  • RRP: $243

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Breville The Soft Top Dual Kettle

Breville The Soft Top Dual Kettle

Run, don’t walk: the Breville The Soft Top Kettle might be something to consider if you’re regularly in a rush, especially if you have limited kitchen space. Similar to other models, this supposedly quick Breville kettle has a 1.7L capacity which is said to boil enough water to make seven cups worth of drinks. Although unlike a number of kettles on the market, this doesn’t have a keep warm function.

  • Max power: 2400W
  • RRP: $74.95

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Kogan 220W Vulkan Cordless Kettle

Kogan 220W Vulkan Cordless Kettle

If you love Smeg’s hot retro designs but not so much its prices, the Kogan 2200W Vulkan Cordless Kettle is a much more affordable alternative. It has a 1.5L capacity, and features dry boil protection and a function which automatically switches the kettle off once it’s done boiling to protect your stove top. You might not normally think of Kogan as the home of quality kettles, but maybe it’s time to think again?

  • Max power: 2200W
  • RRP: $69

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Kmart 1.7 Litre Kettle

Kmart 1.7 Litre Kettle

When it comes to cheap fast-boiling kettles, Kmart gets straight to the point with its 1.7 Litre Kettle. The brand didn’t even waste time trying to figure out a creative name and instead focused on the features. It provides between 1850W and 2200W worth of power for an apparently quick heat-up time. The Kmart kettle also gets temperatures rising with its small price tag, providing Aussie households the option to buy a cheap kettle with a similar kettle wattage than much more expensive models. This affordable kettle has a plastic build and a safety feature claimed to prevent the appliance from overheating.

  • Max power: 2200W
  • RRP: $15

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Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid 1.5L Kettle

Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid 1.5L Kettle

Consider brewing up to five cups of coffee or tea with the Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid 1.5L Kettle. If you’re short on time and counter space, this quick kettle has a 360-degree cordless base that’s designed to help you quickly mount and remove the appliance from the base, regardless of position. A jug style kettle is alternatively available with the Morphy Richards Evoke Core 1.5L Jug Kettle.

  • Max power: 2200W
  • RRP: $149

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Kambrook 1.7L Stainless Steel Rapid Boil Kettle

Kambrook 1.7L Stainless Steel Rapid Boil Kettle

Let’s be honest, all kettles seem pretty much the same. So, how do you know what’s supposed to be a quick kettle? For Kambrook, it’s in the name: The Kambrook 1.7L Stainless Steel Rapid Boil Kettle. This model is said to have a 2200W Rapid Boil element in the base, which is claimed to create a short heat-up time and reduce the amount of scale build up.

  • Max power: 2200W
  • RRP: $59.95

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Types of kettles

With so much hot stuff on the market, how do you know which type of kettle to choose? Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of a variety of models.

  • Electric kettles: Automatic features typically make electric kettles simple to use, especially with the wide variety of additional functions in many models. These usually work much quicker than stove top kettles, but cheap models are usually made from plastic and may not last a long time. Some plastic kettles might not be able to regularly sit on a heat element for too long.
  • Stove top kettles: Typically placed on a hob or another type of heated source, stove top kettles can take 10 minutes to heat water and are often slower than electric kettles. But since these are usually made from heavier and more durable materials like cast iron, copper and stainless steel, these kettles tend to last much longer.
    • Cast iron kettles: Cast iron kettles are designed to be more durable and longer lasting than kettles made from other materials. They are also said to keep water heated for a decent amount of time, which is usually a bonus feature built into some modern electric kettles. But these types of kettles have a much slower heat-up time. The material is also prone to rusting and requires a fair bit of ongoing maintenance, including wiping it dry after every use and making sure water isn’t left inside the kettle.
    • Copper kettles: Are typically both fast-boiling and long-lasting, making them a top shelf option for people who prefer a quick stove top kettle. But compared to cast iron, copper is a softer material and likely to get scratches if roughly handled. Some people also claim copper kettles leave a slight metallic taste.
    • Stainless steel kettles: Generally, require less maintenance than cast iron kettles, and are less prone to dents and scratches compared to copper kettles. These are generally affordable and can last for some time, but the appliance can be hot-to-touch and have a slower heat-up time than stainless steel electric kettles.
    • Enamel kettles: Are easy to clean and typically durable. These types of kettles are made from stainless steel and have an enamel finish.
  • Gooseneck kettles: Are apparently ergonomically designed with a skinny and long curved spout. Gooseneck kettles are generally preferred by people who want greater control over their kettle and supposedly better flavour extraction.
  • Whistling tea kettle: If you tend to forget about turning a stove top kettle off, the noise from a kettle with a whistling lid may be useful.

There aren’t many things in life that can cure the 3pm slump like a good hot cuppa. So, if you’re still thirsty for more kettles, check out the link below to compare a variety of brands like Russell Hobbs, Breville, Kmart, Kambrook, Sunbeam, ALDI and DeLonghi.

Kettle Reviews & Ratings

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