As we're all putting increased efforts into living a more sustainable life, energy-efficient alternatives have been popping up for pretty much all our household appliances, including kettles. A kettle requires between 1200W and 3000W to boil, and all those cups of tea and coffee can add up to have an impact on your energy usage over time. If you're looking to reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint, consider replacing your current model with an eco kettle.
What is an eco kettle?
Eco kettles are designed to use less power with each boil. They're also produced with the intention of lowering the environmental impact from their materials and manufacturing process.
Dedicated eco kettles are still (fairly) rare, but certain features can improve a kettle's energy efficiency. Heat preservation, fast boiling and temperature control settings are great in reducing the power required from a kettle, as well as using sustainable materials when constructing them.
Stovetop kettles can be good for the planet, too, as their carbon footprint from manufacturing can be much lower.
But, importantly for us, energy-efficient kettles look just as (if not more) stylish than regular ones! There's a lot of variation out there, and we've rounded up our favourites to help you limit your environmental impact in style.
Best eco kettles to buy in 2022
Philips Eco Conscious Edition Kettle
Perhaps our favourite choice in this list, Philips have crafted a kettle made from 100% bio-based plastic that looks just as exciting as higher-end kettles. The Philips bioplastic is made with used cooking oil and, compared with 100% virgin plastic, has a 25% reduction in carbon footprint.
The kettle itself has a calm, minimalist design, with a speckled-white outer and a wooden-patterned lid. The 1.7L capacity kettle also has measurements on the side to help you boil the appropriate amount of water every time.
Vektra Vacuum Eco Kettle
Similar to a thermal flask, this eco kettle from Vektra uses vacuum sealing to trap heat - preserving boiled water for much longer than most standard kettles. The outer walls stay cool, so it's safe-to-touch as well as sustainable.
The kettle is made from stainless steel and the only plastic used is on the trim and handle. It also promises fast and quiet boiling, and looks slick, too!
Duronic Electric Kettle
The eco-friendly element of this kettle comes from the ability to choose the temperature that the water boils at. Rather than boiling to 100°C every time, you can set the ideal temperature for whatever warm beverages you're after. This can reduce the time it takes to boil and the power used while the kettle is active.
Indicators of 0.5L, 1L and 1.5L will help you boil the right amount of water. Plus, the kettle has a 'keep warm' function for when you want to make a second drink shortly after the first without having to re-boil the water.
Bosch Sky 1.7L Kettle
From Bosch, this is another kettle with the option of customising the temperature, but a touch slider provides more freedom when setting it.
The kettle has a sleek, futuristic design. It even has a feature to keep your water warm for up to 30 minutes after boiling.
Judge Traditional Whistling Kettle
This stovetop kettle has a strikingly simple design. A reflective stainless steel outer with a black handle and spout is all there is to see, making it a versatile choice.
It's suitable for all hob types, including induction, and as it's a stovetop kettle it doesn't require any power other than the hob.
Russell Hobbs Illuminating Glass Kettle
As this kettle is transparent, you can see exactly how much water you're pouring into it. This helps you boil the right amount every time, reducing boiling time and saving power in the long run.
Most of the kettle's construction is made from stainless steel, and the limescale filter is removable and washable - it doesn't need to be replaced every time.
KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Induction Whistling Stove Top Kettle
Pick between blue, cream or grey - this stovetop kettle has a pleasant retro look that's perfect for a vintage kitchen. Similarly to other stovetop kettles, it has a reduced manufacturing carbon footprint, and is powered by the hob alone.
Russell Hobbs Eclipse Jug Kettle
The Eclipse kettle from Russell Hobbs is extra quiet, and can boil a cup of tea or coffee in under a minute. This fast boiling makes it more energy efficient, and the transparent side with measurement indicators will help you boil the amount of water you need.
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