We put electric jugs through their paces.
We’ve found some good options for your morning cuppa.
Given the simplicity of an electric jug, it’s hard to believe they’re not all the same. But they’re not. Some are noisy, others not easy to fill and, in some cases, styling impedes function. We’ve tested a range of models for ease of use, noise, boiling performance and energy efficiency.
Already know what you want in a kettle? See which models performed best in our test.
To get to the boil quickly, a filled jug has to transfer plenty of heat into the water within a short time. That requires a powerful electric element.
This noise reduces as the water heats, because the bubbles stop collapsing (instead they start forming the visible bubbles that you can see).
The problem is often worse in areas where the water is “hard” (it has a higher concentration of minerals). The furry scale that the minerals leave on the element seems to make the noise problem worse.
How to descale your kettle
You can descale your jug or kettle by covering the element (or the bottom of the jug if it has a concealed element) with a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water – use just enough to cover it. Do not boil the jug. Leave the solution to soak for an hour or 2, shaking occasionally. Then rinse the jug thoroughly.