It is barely an exaggeration to say that the kettle is one of the most important tools in British life. We drink a whopping 165 million cups of tea, and 95 millions cups of coffee, every day. It is enough to make your forget that in many other countries, a kettle is a non-standard kitchen appliance. The poor souls.
Kettles broadly fall into two categories: electric and stovetop. Stovetop kettles are more traditional: you simply fill them up, place on the hob (most should work for all hob types) and wait for the whistle. It’s a romantic, Instagram-friendly way to boil your water – but compared to an electric kettle, stovetop kettles take ages to boil. In the hunt for the best kettle out there, I decided to focus on electric models for that reason alone (interestingly, the energy efficiency of the two methods is roughly equal – as this in-depth article explains.)
Isle of Man based Strix Group (LON:KETL), is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other components and devices involving water heating and temperature control, steam management and water filtration.