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7 best variable temperature kettles

From green tea to your morning coffee, this lot will make sure you get the best possible cuppa

Spoiler alert: your existing kettle may seem unfit for purpose and just plain dull by the time you’ve finished reading this article. Kettles of the future are all about getting the precision temperature for the specific drink you want and for that, you will need it to prepare water to multiple temperatures.

Think about it. Delicate green and white teas are destroyed by using boiling water, with the ideal temperature being 70C, while the ultimate black and oolong teas require water around 85C. For herbal infusions, you’re looking at 100C, and for chamomile, around 90C. Meanwhile, the ideal temperature for coffee is between 91C and 96C. Boiling coffee simply burns it.

Don’t automatically go for the most expensive. Our round-up shows some of the cheapest variable temperature kettles are the best, while some of the most expensive on the market didn’t even make our final list. As with most kettles, check it’s comfortable to hold and well moulded to your grip, is non-slip, has a clear viewing window so you can see the water level and has an easy-to-open lid for filling. If you’re in a hard water area, it will need a limescale filter that genuinely gets rid of all that chalky deposit. Consider other things that might irritate you – for example, if the kettle is too loud, too heavy or it won’t boil small amounts of water. As for the variable temperatures, make sure it covers all the bases you need it to. Will you benefit from a keep-warm function? And do you want extra tech like app control? Where we’ve specifically mentioned that a kettle works fast, we mean it gets your water ready in less than two and a half minutes.

George Temperature Control Kettle: £22, Asda

Capacity: 1.7l
Temperature settings: 5
Power: 3000W 
Weight: 1.3kg

This good-value kettle heats water to 75C, 80C, 85C, 90C and 100C. And it does so quickly too. The wide lid makes it easy to fill up and the water level indicator is clear to read. We found the limescale filter very effective, making it good for hard water areas. But you have to heat a fair bit of water every time and you also have to remember to turn it off before you put it back in its stand or it can start reheating the water. Still, though, this is a reminder that paying the most doesn’t always get you the best.

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Crux Precision Touch Temperature Control Kettle: £99.99, Lakeland 

Capacity: 1.7l
Temperature settings: Any number between 80 and 100C
Power: 3000W
Weight: 0.8kg

We love the chic stainless steel and rose gold look of this New York-designed kettle, and the digital bar is a joy to use, enabling you to pick anywhere between 80C and 100C for precision temperature with the lightest touch. When the water is ready, there’s a non-intrusive bleep and the keep-warm function keeps the water hot for a whopping half-hour, meaning you can get prepared well in advance of any tea party. 

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Bosch Styline Sensor Kettle TWK86103GB: £58.99, Amazon

Capacity: 1.5l
Temperature settings:
Power: 3000W
Weight: 1.5kg 

You can choose from four temperatures between 70C and 100C, plus a keep warm function, with this stylish kettle. It’s quick and quiet, as well as being available in red and black. The effective limescale filter means you don’t have to worry about bits floating in your coffee and you can boil small amounts of water at a time – handy if you only want a single cuppa. But the spout could be bigger and it’s on the heavy side. 

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Cuisinart Multi-Temperature Jug Kettle CPK17U: £67.99, Amazon

Capacity: 1.7l
Temperature settings:
Wattage: 3000W
Weight: 1.52kg

This one was one of the fastest-boiling in our round-up. Highlights include an ergonomic handle, quick-flip lid, nice pouring action and clear buttons that allow you to heat water to 85C or 100C, while a third button enables you to vary the temperature between these ones in 5C increments. We thought the limescale filter did a good job and there’s a (very good) matching toaster. It does get hot to touch, so perhaps it’s not the best option if you have kids who use it, and the trade-off for the super quick boil time is that it’s relatively noisy. Also comes in red. 

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Sage BKE820UK: £80.10, Amazon

Capacity: 1.7l
Temperature settings:
Wattage: 3000W
Weight: 1kg

This is a great buy on account of boiling water at speed and having five temperature settings – 80C, 85C, 90C, 95C and 100C. It’s lovely to hold and use, with ergonomics and weight well thought-out (the soft-closing lid is a joy), plus it’s very easy to see when it needs refilling and there’s a useful keep warm feature that means water will stay warm for 20 minutes. The limescale filter wasn’t as effective as some so perhaps not one for hard water areas and we found it hard to remove greasy fingerprint marks.

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KitchenAid Artisan 1.5L Kettle: from £129.99, John Lewis

Capacity: 1.5l
Temperature settings: 6
Wattage: 3000W
Weight: 2.5kg

No need for those in hard water areas to avert their eyes for this one – its limescale filter is spot on. It has six different temperature settings from 50C to 100C, plus a gauge showing the exact temperature of the water at all times, which means you may not have to re-boil the kettle the next time you want a drink. Like most KitchenAid products, its retro look is striking, it’s extremely well-built and it comes in some great colours. On the practical side, it has a low minimum fill and makes a very satisfying beep when its job is done. Good luck in trying to see how full it is, though, and it’s heavy, so bear that in mind if buying for anyone who struggles with lifting.

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Smarter iKettle 3.0 Remote App Control Kettle: £99.99, Lakeland

Capacity: 1.8l
Temperature settings: 6
Wattage: 3000W
Weight: 1.5kg

This kettle can be app controlled, as well as through an Amazon Echo – and with temperature ranges from 20-100C (plus a keep warm function), it has the widest variation of temperatures in our round-up. You can get on with other tasks while it does its job as it will alert you when it’s boiled by your smartphone. You can even boil it remotely or set it to boil at your usual wake-up time. And if there isn’t enough water in the kettle, it will soon let you know. A very clever bit of kit and although it’s intuitive to set up and use, we wouldn’t recommend it for technophobes.

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The Verdict: Variable temperature kettles

The George 1.7l Temperature Control Kettle is the cheapest in our round-up, but also our favourite. It’s not the best looker, though, so aesthetically our top prize would go jointly to Crux Precision Touch 1.7l Temperature Control Kettle (more contemporary) and KitchenAid Artisan 1.5l Kettle (more retro), both of which do a grand job on getting you the right temperature water for the right drink.

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