Best Stove Top Kettle 2024

Way back in the 70s, whenever anyone visited my nan’s house, they’d have a fresh, hot cup of tea within seconds of entering the house. My nan’s kettle was permanently on the hob, in a state of semi-boil from first thing in the morning until late into the evening. It was the way of life back then, people popping in for a cuppa, she passed away in the late 70s, and I don’t ever remember her owning an electric kettle.

Jump forward 50 years, and the hob top or stove kettles are making a come back. Many people are suffering from increased energy bills and with electricity an average 4 times more expensive than gas, electric kettles are slowly but surely being replaced with the less expensive mode of water boiling. Stove top kettles have improved over the years too, they boil faster, look more stylish, and have much improved insulated handles.

It’s not just nostalgia and economics though, there are so many electrical kitchen gadgets nowadays that are “must haves” that fitting them all on the countertop is becoming a problem. Kitchen worktops can take on the appearance of spaghetti junction with the amount of cables adorning the counter.

Best Selling Stove Top Kettles UK

Bestseller No. 1
Premium Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle | 10 Colors | Stove top | Non-Drip Pouring Spout | Cool Touch Handle | Whistling Spout | 2.5L Capacity (Cream)
  • High-polished stainless steel construction for lasting durability and timeless elegance
  • Non-drip pouring spout ensures mess-free pouring every time.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Le Creuset Traditional Stove-Top Kettle with Whistle, Suitable for All Hob Types Including Induction, Enamelled Steel, Capacity: 2.1 L, Black Onyx, 40102021400000
  • Enamelled steel kettle with heat-resistant, phenolic handle and whistle, Serves up to 4 cups
  • Suitable for all hob types, including induction, ceramic, electric, gas, and AGA cookers
Bestseller No. 3
Raxter camping whistling kettle Large 2 L stovetop kettles for gas stove or induction hob with foldable handle fast boil teapot coffeepot durable lightweight water kettle for kitchen indoor & outdoor
  • 2L WHISTLING KETTLE – Our 2L whistling tea kettle is perfect for home, camping, fishing and for adventures. The whistling function and single base make it ideal for camping hiking and traveling. Make tea with this kettle for your family and enjoy your trip.
  • DURABLE AND LIGHTWEIGHT– Our camping kettle is made with high quality sturdy aluminium which make it compact, strong and durable. its lightweight make it easy to carry and foldable handle make it space saving.
Bestseller No. 4
SUSTEAS Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle-Surgical Stainless Steel Teakettle Teapot with Cool Touch Ergonomic Handle, with 1 Silicone Pinch Mitt Included,3L (Black)
  • ♨ COOL HANDLE | PUSH BOTTON MECHANISM - Ergonomically designed handle and push-button technology makes pouring a breeze! The combination of high-quality nylon material and stainless steel effectively insulates and avoids being scalded.
  • ♨ PERFECT WHISTLING SOUND | LARGE CAPACITY - Make tea with this 3 Liter large kettle for your entire family (MAX BOILING CAPACITY: 2.6 Liter). The loud whistle allows that you can hear it from another room when the water is boiled. Effectively reduce safety hazards and prevent excessive boiling.
Bestseller No. 5
Stovetop Kettle Whistling Kettle,3L Stove Induction Kettle, Stovetop Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle, Teapot Kettle for Gas Stove or Induction Hob
  • 【304 Food Grade Stainless Steel kettle 】Professional finish and 304 stainless steel 5 layers encapsulated basemake, stovetop kettle whistling can heats quickly, rustproof and corrosion resistant.The kettle is made of food-grade stainless steel and ensures healthy drinking water. It has no peculiar smell, is durable.
  • 【 The Bottom Heats Up Quickly On Kettles】The bottom of the kettle is equipped with stainless steel and a heat-conducting aluminum layer in order to heat evenly and to maximize heat conduction. Our self-sealing lid to improve cooking efficiency.

How Does A Stove Top Kettle Work?

We all know how  kettles work, water goes in, the kettle is subject to heat on the base via a hob, and boiling water comes out. But, that’s just physics, there’s slightly more to it than that, the design of the standard stove top kettle has been improved upon in many ways. The bottoms have been constructed using heat conductive metals to speed up boiling times.

What Are The Benefits Of Stove Top Kettles

When considering the benefits of stove top kettles we have to think of comparisons, in this case with electric kettles, so many of the benefits are also the disadvantages of electric kettles.

  • Not reliant on one energy source
    Stove top kettles can be used on any hob – electric or gas, they can also be suspended above an open fire at a push. Stove top kettles are also suitable for use on camping stoves too.
  • Rolling (or continuous) boil
    This is very handy if you are constantly serving or drinking coffee, or like my nan, making tea all day.
  • One less appliance on the worktop
    Countertops are getting cluttered with all manner of gadgets nowadays that are supposedly essential for our busy lives. By removing the electric kettle and replacing it with a stove top kettle, you free up some space on the worktop for the next “must have” gadget.
  • Boil larger quantities of water
    Stove top kettles are available in a range of sizes, from 0.45 litres up to a massive 6 litres, this allows you to boil a substantial amount of water in one kettle.
  • Kettle whistle
    Some people will view this as a disadvantage, but the loud, shrill whistle that lets you know the kettle has boiled can be heard from 2 rooms away. Allowing you to be working elsewhere and still know when the kettle boils.
  • Nostalgia
    When you get as old as me, it’s nice to see some of the old implements making a comeback, as I mentioned earlier, whenever I think of a stove top kettle I’m reminded of my old nan.
  • Can be very economical
    Under some circumstances, using a stove top kettle can save money on energy bills. More on this later.
  • Faster to boil
    Some stove top kettles are quicker to reach boiling point than electric kettles.
  • No cable drag
    With a stove top kettle there’s no cable to get in the way.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Stove Top Kettle

There are always a few disadvantages with any product and stove top kettles are no exception. Here are the main disadvantages in no particular order: Stove top kettles are more expensive to buy, the handles can get very hot, for some people the whistle is annoying, most are slower to reach boiling point, and the larger models can be heavy when full to capacity.

Stove Top Kettle Buyers Guide

Stove Top Kettle

Here are the main points to consider before buying a stove top kettle.

Whistle Loudness

Depending on the kettle you choose, the whistles can be whisper quiet, or deafeningly loud. Check before you buy that the whistle is suitable for you and your household.

Rust-Resistance

Stove top kettles are usually made from metal, (unlike electric kettles that are fabricated from plastic) many metals will rust under the right conditions. Unfortunately, the right conditions for rust to form are moisture and heat. So a kettle is in the perfect conditions for rust to form, full of water and subject to heat constantly. 

There are rust-resistant kettles on the market and if you’re going to invest in a new kettle it should be one that’s going to last.

Water Capacity

How much hot water do you need? Stove top kettles range in capacity from less than 1 litre up to 6 litres and anywhere in between. Remember though, 6 litres of water will weigh around 6 kilos, plus the weight of the kettle.

Weight

Water weighs 1 kilo per litre, add this to the weight of the kettle, which will be heavier than a plastic electric kettle, and you will need to have pretty good arm strength to operate one safely. Some kettles are made from lighter metals, but they are all heavier than electric kettles. Consider how heavy is acceptable for you and buy accordingly.

Kettle Spout

The design of the spout, will affect the way the water pours, it can also have some influence on heat loss. Can you refill the kettle through the spout, or do you have to remove the lid to refill? Does the whistle need to be physically removed? Or just opened by a flap? 

How hot does the spout cap get? Does it have a whistle? Some spouts are operated by a trigger system in the handle would this be more to your taste? Can the spout be locked open for easy filling?

Kettle Design

Stove top kettles come in many different styles, from traditional, old fashioned styles, to sleek, modern designs. The kettle is on display constantly, consider how the kettle you buy is going to fit in with your decor. Some resemble cauldrons, there are even some that look like the curls used in ice curling games. 

Kettle Colour

This goes hand in glove with the design, modern stove top kettles come in many colours. There will definitely be a colour that suits your style.

Handle

The kettle handle should ideally be made from a heat resistant material like wood or bakelite. To prevent burning when handling. Also it should have an ergonomic design for comfortable use. Can the handle be moved to ease opening of the lid?

Kettle Mouth

The mouth of the kettle is revealed when you remove the lid. It needs to be wide enough to fill easily and clean as and when necessary.

Kettle Bottom

Style is fine, but don’t forget the ultimate goal here is to boil water as fast and efficiently as possible. The kettle bottom plays an important role in this. Too narrow and heat is lost all round the sides of the kettle. Too wide and it will not fit easily on the hob.

Hob Suitability

Some stove top kettles are only suitable for one type of energy source. Consider your stove, is it gas, electric or induction? Be sure the kettle type you choose is suitable for your stove type.

Brand

There are many brands making stove top kettles, some are familiar household names, others are often unheard of companies. It’s always better to go with a well-known and established company as their products have been tried and tested over many years.

Warranty

Any warranty is only as reliable as the company that issues it. This is another reason to use reputable companies. Also, they will likely have a decent customer service department in the event of any problems. Some stove top kettles have a 10-year warranty. It’s worth looking at how long the guarantee is, as this is often a reflection on how confident the company is of their workmanship.

Stove Top Kettle Price

The price you pay for a stove top kettle can be anything from around £9 up to around £125 and this is not dependent on size so much as style. You will have your own budget and it is always wise to have a price in mind and stick to it. It is well worth looking online as prices for the same item can vary considerably from site to site.

Kettle Material

The material the kettle is constructed from can vary quite a lot, some materials are better heat conductors than others. Stove top kettles are available in:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Glass
  • Cast Iron
  • Aluminium
  • Porcelain
  • Copper

The material the kettle is made from will affect its weight as well, so bear that in mind before making your decision. Some will also be less robust than others too.

Availability

Most decent retailers sell stove top kettles, but some are only available from online specialist outlets. This might affect availability and delivery dates, check before you buy.

What Are The Different Types Of Hob & Does The Type Make Any Difference?

There are 3 types of hob that can be used with a stove top kettle, they are:

  • Gas Hobs
    Gas is the cheapest form of power in the UK with one unit of gas costing around 4 pence per Kw/h but that doesn’t mean gas is the most efficient way of heating a kettle. Much of that heat spills around the sides of the kettle or pot.
  • Electric Hobs
    Electricity creates less condensation, but heat is wasted due to the time taken for the hob to cool after use. That said, electricity can be a cheaper form of heating water than gas, as it has a 70% efficiency which means 70% of the heat from an electric hob actually reaches the water in the kettle. But that is around the same as a gas hob too.
  • Induction Stove
    Induction stoves create heat by passing an electromagnetic current directly into the pot. This creates around an 85% efficiency. Induction technology is relatively new and therefore expensive to buy. Plus only certain pans or kettles can be used on induction stoves, adding to the expense.

Just in the interest of transparency an electric kettle has around 80% efficiency as they are well insulated and lose less heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a stove top kettle better than electric?

Electric kettles are slightly more energy efficient than stove top kettles but overall there is hardly any difference in cost,when you compare a gas stove with an electric kettle.

Do stove top kettles get limescale?

Stove top kettles do get limescale, especially if water is left in them when not in use.

Are expensive kettles worth it?

Expensive kettles are not worth it, in general a kettle is a kettle, many cheap kettles are just as good as expensive kettles.

Are glass kettles better than stainless steel?

Glass kettles are not better than stainless steel in many ways stainless steel kettles are better. They don’t discolour, and are less likely to break.

Is it cheaper to boil water in a kettle or on an induction hob?

It is slightly cheaper to boil water on an induction hob, but as they are quite expensive, the initial costs outweigh any slight savings.

Why don’t Americans use electric kettles?

Americans don’t use electric kettles because they use lower voltage electricity over there. Here in the UK we run on a 220 or 240 volt system, over in the USA they run on 100 volts. So an electric kettle would take too long to heat up.

How can a kettle be made more efficient?

A kettle can be made more efficient by removing any limescale. This applies to any type of kettle.

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