From boiling water for drinking to making tea and Maggi, an electric kettle is becoming a necessity for an efficient kitchen. So, we set out to find the best electric kettle that you can buy in India.
A good electric kettle should be quick. You can boil a litre of water in a closed saucepan in around 7 minutes. So, you need something faster. It should also be safe and durable.
So, we ran the kettle filled water to its maximum capacity to see how quick it was. Also, we observed whether it sputters and splashes out hot water from the spout.
We also checked how safe it is to open the lid and how well-designed the spout is so that you have control when pouring water.
Finally, it should be easy to clean. The opening should be wide enough that you can insert your hand and brush to clean any deposits. A fancy spout like what you see in Pigeon Swell Kettle looks fancy. But, cleaning its spout is no mean task.
When it comes to material, glass kettles are in vogue these days. With LED lumination, it looks exquisite. But, when we checked user reviews, 2.5 to 5% of users reported them developing cracks over a period of time. Boiling water and crack is a deadly combination. So, we have avoided them in our recommendations. Plastic kettles, on the other hand, impart a funky taste to the water. So, we avoided them as well and chose only stainless steel ones.
All the kettles on the list have a 360-degree swivel base and concealed heating element, which makes them easy to use.
When analysing user reviews, we found a lot of complaints about kettles having a short cord. This, however, is done deliberately as heating appliances should have short cords for better safety. You don’t want long cords of the kettle dangling from the countertop or accidentally knocking the cord to spill boiling water from the kettle. Fortunately, all kettles have a base with a cord winder.
You also see a few complaints about kettles having 16A plugs. This could be a problem as 16A plug points are scarce in older apartments. But, from a safety perspective, kettles should have a 16A plug as it draws huge power. In this list, three of the options we highly recommend comes with a 16A plug, while the budget-friendly ones come with a 6 A plug.
So, considering all the above parameters and value for money, we find AmazonBasics 1.7 litre Stainless Steel Kettle to be the best. It comes with 2200 wattage. Hence, it was able to boil 1.7 litres of water in just 4.45 minutes. The build quality is also good with a 304-grade stainless steel body. And at a price of around Rs. 900, it is definitely a bargain.
If you are looking for something a bit more elegant and sophisticated, VGuard VKS17 Prime is an option you will love. With 1900 watt power, it is also quick enough. Further, it has a double body wall. So, even if you accidentally brush your hands on the kettle body, you won’t get scalded. Though a bit expensive, it is an option for those who value elegance and performance.
Now, if you want a smaller kettle, then Havells Aqua Plus 1.2 litre kettle. It too has a double wall that keeps the body from getting too hot. The kettle can boil its full capacity water in just 4.15 minutes. Its wide mouth makes it easy to clean and is compact, taking minimal counter space too.
Which are the Best Electric Kettles in India?
|AmazonBasics Electric Kettle||1.7 Litre||2200 Watts|
|V-Guard VKS-17 Electric Kettle||1.7 Litre||1900 Watts|
|Havells Aqua Plus Kettle||1.2 Litre||1500 Watts|
|Philips HD9306/06 1.5-Litre Electric Kettle||1.5 Litre||1800 Watts|
|Butterfly EKN Water Kettle||1.5 Litre||1500 Watts|
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Best Electric Kettles In India
The 1.7-litre electric kettle from AmazonBasics is definitely a steal considering its price and build quality.
The kettle consumes 2200 watt power and so it has a 16A plug. Owing to the high power, it boils water very quickly. In fact, it was the fastest among the options we tested that boils 1.7-litre water in just about 4.45 minutes. And even when filled to its maximum capacity, the water did not spill out from the spout while boiling.
The build quality is quite good. It is made of 304-grade stainless steel. It has a matte finish, which is better as in the long run, even if it develops scratches, it won’t be too prominent.
You can find the minimum and maximum capacity markings on the inner surface of the kettle.
A drawback is that as it doesn’t have a double layer body, the surface becomes quite hot to touch when water is boiling. But the handles remain cool.
Something we liked was the lid release button on the handle. It opens smoothly without splashing water.
At 10.2cm diameter, the mouth of the kettle is also wide enough that you can put your hands inside to scrub and clean comfortably.
Overall, considering the excellent built quality and competitive price, it is definitely the best electric kettle you could buy.
While most kettles come with stainless steel body and black handles, V-Guard VKS-17 is aesthetically pleasing with a black and copper-ish finish. In fact, it will definitely be an eye-catchy focal point on your kitchen countertop.
The kettle comes with a 1.7-litre capacity and has 1900 watt power. Owing to the high wattage, it has a 16 A plug. The kettle can boil full capacity water in just 5 minutes.
It has a double layer body with stainless steel interiors and high-quality plastic exteriors. The manufacturers claim it to be cool-to-touch. However, we find it moderately warm. But even if you accidentally graze your hands on its body, you won’t be scalded.
Its build quality looks quite good and it is durable too. However, as a cost-saving measure, it uses 202-grade stainless steel instead of 304 grade. 202 grade has a lower nickel content. So, it isn’t as corrosion-resistant as 304-grade stainless steel.
Further, a few user reviews remarked about the body being extremely thin and prone to denting. However, we did not feel so in our experience. We flicked it and also hit it lightly on the countertop and there was no damage.
Talking about safety, just like Amazon Basics, it too has a lid release button on the handle which opens the lid without splashing boiling water.
Even when boiling water at its full capacity, it did not splash too much through the spout.
The mouth of the kettle is a tad smaller in diameter at 10 cm, which is sufficient to clean the insides comfortably.
Compared to Amazon Basics, it is pretty expensive. But, it looks far more sophisticated and you get a double layer body, which is safer.
If you are looking for a compact electric kettle, then Havells Aqua Plus is an excellent option to consider. It is aesthetically pleasing, compact and excellent in terms of performance.
The kettle consumes 1500 watts of power. It has a capacity of just 1.2 litres, which can be boiled in just 4.15 minutes. Water doesn’t splash out through the spout even at the highest boiling point.
As it has a comparatively lower power consumption, the kettle uses a 6A plug instead of 16A.
One of the major positives of the kettle is its elegant appearance in stunning black finish. The interiors are made of 304-grade stainless steel which has maximum and minimum limit marking.
Just like V-Guard, it has a double layer body that stays just moderately warm to touch when boiling water. The handles remain completely cool. It also has a lid release button on the handle which opens gently without splashing water droplets accumulated on the lid.
The mouth has a diameter of 10 cm, which is sufficient to clean its inside comfortably.
So, if you are looking for a compact and elegant kettle, then Havells Aqua Plus will be the right choice for you. It is also available in a soft baby blue colour.
Available at a price range similar to V-Guard, Philips HD9306 is an excellent option with good build quality, safety features and performance.
It consumes 1800 watts of power and has a capacity of 1.5 litres, which you can boil in just 4.4 minutes. Owing to its high power, the kettle comes with a 16A plug.
When boiling water in full capacity, a few drops splatter outside. However, it doesn’t appear a cause of concern.
The build quality of the kettle is extremely good. It is made of 304-grade stainless steel. Just like Amazon Basics, the finish is matte, and so, in the long run, scratches don’t appear too prominent.
While all other options on the list have markings inside for minimum and maximum capacity, Philips has considered the practicality and given markings for 1-5 cups, which we felt is quite thoughtful. After all, most people use a kettle for boiling water for tea and this marking is indeed helpful.
A drawback however is that it doesn’t have a double layer body like Havells Aqua Plus or V-Guard VKS-17. So, the body gets pretty hot to touch. The handles however are cool.
The mouth is a tad smaller with a 9 cm diameter. Though you can put in your hands to clean the interiors, owing to its shape, it is a bit cramped.
This kettle is also available in 1.2 litre capacity.
Butterfly EKN is one of the most budget-friendly options on the list. It has a 1.5-litre capacity and consumes 1500 watts of power.
The kettle takes about 5.2 minutes to boil full capacity of 1.5 litres.
The build quality is just above average. The grade of stainless steel used is not mentioned. Also, it has a glossy finish, which is prone to scratches.
While other options listed so far have a lid release button on the handle, Butterfly EKN has one on the lid. So, if you need to open the lid immediately after boiling water, your hands will be exposed to the steam.
Also, what we really didn’t like is that its interior has a burnt plastic kind of smell. It tends to go away after a few washes. But, that isn’t something ideal for a kettle.
It has a 6 A plug and really long cords. From the reviews, we could understand that a long cord is something a lot of consumers look for. But as mentioned earlier, from a safety perspective, it isn’t ideal as you may knock over the cord or the cord may dangle from the countertop resulting in dangerous accidents.
But a positive is that, just like every other option listed so far, the base has a wire winder. So, you can keep it safely retracted to prevent any untoward incidents.
Being a budget-friendly option, it obviously doesn’t have a double layer body. So, it gets pretty hot to touch. In fact, even the upper part of the handle up to the on-button gets a tad warm.
When it comes to cleaning, the mouth is sufficiently wide with about 9 cm diameter.
Overall, it is an option for those who are on a tight budget. But, considering that AmazonBasics cost just about 100 rupees more, we feel it would be a wiser choice.
Available at a price range similar to the former option from Butterfly, Prestige PKOSS is one of the top sellers in the market.
It too comes with a 1.5-litre capacity and has a 1500 watt power consumption. Just like Butterfly, it takes about 5 minutes to boil full capacity water.
Its build quality isn’t that great. The spout is spot welded with visible marking. The lid hinges also were loose and in fact, it fell off. It too has a burnt plastic smell, which was pretty hard to get off. The only saving grace is that it has a matte finish which doesn’t show scratches too obviously.
As expected, it has a single layer body that gets pretty hot when it is boiling. The upper part of the handle too gets warm.
The kettle is also available in red. Being a budget-friendly option, it may be a preferred choice for many. But, it really isn’t something we would recommend buying.