We put electric jugs through their paces.
Given the simplicity of an electric jug, you might expect them to all be the same – but they’re not. We’ve tested dozens of models for their ease of use, noise, boiling performance and energy efficiency.
If you’re thinking about buying an electric kettle, here are some things to consider:
Safety: Make sure your jug has a power-on light, and switches itself off at boil. Stainless-steel kettles get very hot and could burn you. Lightweight plastic jugs stay cooler to the touch, but they’re more at risk of being knocked over.
Ease of use: Is the lid easy to open? The water-level gauge easy to read? Is the kettle convenient for a left-hander?
Minimum capacity: If you take tea for one, your ideal jug will save you power by safely boiling as little as 1 cup (250mL).
Cleaning: A smooth surface will help prevent dirt accumulating. Plastic is usually easier to clean.
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