What is the Best Designer Kettle?
Since moving to the UK, I appreciate a good cuppa even more than in Australia. Blame the weather. Kettles are one of those devices that are on display in the kitchen most of the time. Not many people put their kettle away, so why not have one that is appealing to the eye as well? In our round up of the best designer kettles, we take you through the nitty gritty so you can find one that fits with your kitchen.
These kettle reviews are broken into two categories, best electric kettles and best hob kettles. When buying a designer kettle, you are not only buying the design, but optimal features you normally wouldn’t get with a standard kettle, like temperature settings, built-in timers, reheat functions and ergonomic design.
The 5 Best Designer Electric Kettles
|Emma by Stelton||16 x 20 x 25 cm||1.2 L||Modern|
|Smeg Retro Kettle||22 x 17 x 27.5 cm||1.7 L||Modern|
|Bugatti Kettle||22 x 18 x 32 cm||1.7 L||Modern, Contemporary|
|The Pot Kettle by Balmuda||26.9 x 12.8 x 17 cm||0.6 L||Industrial|
|Alessi Michael Graves Electric Kettle||28 x 28 x 27 cm||1.5 L||Modern|
Emma by Stelton is a minimally styled kettle that would fit right in with a Scandinavian inspired modern kitchen. Emma features a beautiful curved beech wood handle, reminiscent of the the classic curved Eames plywood chairs.
Squeezing in a generous 1.2 litres of water, you’ll have no trouble impressing your many friends with this kettle. Grey not your colour? Well you can also choose from blue, black and white.
You can accessorise the Stelton Emma kettle with matching jugs, sugar bowls and thermo mugs in the Emma range.
You can tell this kettle has Scandinavian roots by its streamlined design. Stelton is a Danish design house and if you aren’t familiar with the deliciously designed products you must check them out!
Limescale filter is included and this kettle is double walled so not hot to touch.
|Double walled||Smaller capacity than others|
|Range of colours|
This spaceship looking kettle is iconic in its design and is a real show piece for your mid-century style kitchen.
The Smeg Kettle is available in white, cream, black, red, polished silver, pastel pink, pastel blue and pastel green, so there will be a colour to fit every designer kitchen.
You can also get matchy-matchy with the Smeg Retro Toaster.
Now, to the nitty gritty, this designer kettle is very smart with a variable temperature setting – so you can decide how hot your water comes out, from 50 C to 100C. It has a removable lime scale filter which would certainly come in handy where I live now!
The best feature of this electric kettle is the reheat function which keeps the water at the selected temperature so that second cup of tea can be made instantly.
|Variable temperature||Heavy when full|
|Large range of colours available|
I’m sure we’d all love to own a Bugatti, but you can tell your friends you do when you purchase this designer kettle! OK, so it’s not made by the same people who make the ridiculously overpriced car, …sorry…got distracted by visiting the Bugatti website. I haven’t seen one in ages and my my, they are a work of art.
Anyway, back to the Vera kettle. It is a futuristic, modernist kettle which would suit any contemporary kitchen. Vera comes in a range of pop colours like orange, black, red, white, hot pink, cream and of course, silver.
Like the Smeg above, Vera has a variable temperature control, which allows you to set the temperature, and this kettle also has a built in clock with a timer, so you can set the kettle to boil just before you get up in the morning.
Designed by Andreas Seegatz who has a similar design philosophy as Alessi, Bugatti are an Italian design house who started in cutlery and now design these beauties and glorious coffee machines.
|Timer||It doesn’t come with a car|
|Large range of colours available|
|Variable temperature control|
Now to Japan for the very modern Balmuda electric kettle, The Pot. This industrial looking kettle by the uber cool Balmuda is powder coated stainless steel.
You might be wondering why only 600ml? Well, in Japanese efficiency they’ve cut the crap and estimated how much water you actually need to make 2 cups of tea, which is what the average person usually does. This is an eco-friendly purchase as you will not waste electricity by overfilling the kettle.
It’s compact size makes this consume a much smaller space than the regular kettles, so it is a great choice for a compact kitchen. However you certainly won’t be compromising on style, with The Pot available in white or black it will compliment the most modern of kitchens. Check out the matching Toaster oven and possibly the coolest looking rice cooker as well.
The winning feature of this designer kettle is its ergonomic shape. The handle and spout work in unison together so it feels like you only have to tip it every so slightly.
|Energy efficient||Small capacity|
|Made in Japan|
Our personal favourite. Alessi has taken a timesless design and added quirky qualities. This designer electric kettle features a whistling bird on the spout, however it doesn’t actually whistle – for that you’ll need to get the Alessi stove kettle.
These works of art are a great example of the best designer kettles as they combine style, aesthetic and function. Made in Italy by Alessi from stainless steel, these whistling bird kettles are a feature in many interior designers kitchens.
This designer kettle embraces modernist aesthetics which is one of Alessi’s guiding principles. Some may question the price, but you are paying for the design of this kettle, not the fact it can boil water.
|Timeless design||Higher price|
|Range of colours available|
|Made in Italy|
The 5 Best Stove-Top Designer Kettles
|Alessi Rossi Il Conico||23 x 7.5 x 15 cm||2 L||Modern|
|Kate Spade All in Good Taste Hob Kettle||21 x 22 x 21 cm||2.4 L||Modern|
|Hario Buono Pouring Kettle||25 x 13.5 x 16 cm||1.2 L||Contemporary|
|Mackenzie-Childs Tea Kettle||27 x 26 x 25 cm||3 L||Contemporary|
|Bodum Osiris Stovetop Kettle||20 x 19 x 18 cm||2 L||Modern|
The absolute winner when it comes to minimal design, is this Aldo Rossi designed hob kettle by Alessi. Such a simple design, clean lines, 18/10 stainless steel body means all eyes will be on this kettle when they are in your kitchen.
The Il Conico kettle is suitable for all types of stoves: gas, electric, ceramic and induction. With a heavy base, this stovetop kettle boils water in no time at all.
This kettle will last generations, it’s an investment piece that will be coveted by your family and friends.
|Minimal design||Doesn’t whistle|
|Made in Italy|
Who loves a cross-over kettle? We do. It seems the Kate Spade range includes a bit of everything these days, and that’s ok with us. With beautiful and simplistic designs, this kettle comes in a choice of colours, like green, red, Tiffany blue and white with black dots. There is bound to be a Kate Spade New York design to suit your fashionista kitchen.
This stove top designer kettle is big, holding a whopping 2.4 litres. And no need to worry about forgetting it – it will whistle to let you know when it is boiling.
|Minimal, classic design||Not dishwasher proof|
This odd looking little stove top kettle is actually a genius. Genius in design we mean. Now if you’ve heard of Hario you know they are all about the coffee. So they’ve designed a stove top kettle specifically to boil water that you pour into one of their many coffee filters. See genius!
This means you get absolute control when pouring the boiling water through the very petite spout. And you don’t have to save it just for coffee, why not pour into your favourite bone china tea cup and save splashing water on the saucer.
Its shiny, stainless steel beehive design will look great in an mid century modern or minimal kitchen.
Holding 1.2 L, this hob kettle will keep you caffeinated for the day!
|Modern beehive design||Non-whistling|
|Perfect pouring spout|
I want one. This one in particular. If this design doesn’t grab your fancy, there are a whole range of Mackenzie-Childs tea kettles to choose from. Imagine groggily wandering into your kitchen first thing in the morning to be greeted by this glorious hand painted piece of art sitting on your stove. How could it not cheer you up?!
These designer kettles would suit a modern kitchen, especially as a focal point in a white minimal kitchen (in which case you may want the black and white check Mackenzie-Childs kettle).
This particular tea kettle is non-whistling, however Mackenzie-Childs do make a range of whistling kettles (see link above).
|Large capacity||Enamel may come off|
|Heavy gauge steel|
A little more industrial is the Bodum Osiris tea kettle. This fine looking stovetop kettle was created for New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Shop. With its minimal, polished stainless steel exterior, it will suit any minimal, modern or industrial kitchen.
It has a slightly wider base that pushes the boiling water up, resulting in a faster boil time than other stovetop kettles. In fact it takes just 8 minutes to boil about 2 litres of water. This designer stovetop kettle is a magnificent blend of utility and design.
|Heats faster than most||Non-whistling|
Designer Kettles /// Buyers Guide
Presumably you are a lover of good design, so we don’t need to convince you that buying a designer kettle is an investment in an essential kitchen item that you get to admire every day. But you should not be buying just for the design. The kettle must be functional.
Luckily in our reviews of the best designer kettles, we have shortlisted those that marry together form and function very well.
These kettles are not only aesthetic pieces of design that will enhance your life, but the way you interact with them and the function they perform is of the highest quality. Take some of the superior features like Smeg’s reheat function, or the adjustable temperature control found in Smeg and Bugatti, or the safety of a double-walled kettle by Stelton.
It is these smaller details that make these the best designer kettles in their class.