However, the accompanying loud rumble of boiling water can cut through the calm and even disturb conversations with our loved ones. So, if you're looking to keep noise to a minimum for other household members, prefer peace and quiet, or often find yourself nursing a headache you'd rather let ease, a quiet kettle could be the answer for you.
It can be hard to determine how quiet a kettle is as everyone's tolerance to noise is different. We've made sure to list the best kettles that will keep the peace morning, day, and night.
What makes a good quiet kettle?
If you're looking for a kettle that boils on the quiet side, you need to make sure you're getting one that delivers. Not many kettles on the market come with quiet technology or dB recordings, but those that do will proudly share their quiet ratings, research or low dB are sure to do the trick. The kettles we've found have:
• Specialised research by Russell Hobbs: A household name for kitchen appliances. They've created kettles that are 70-75 per cent quieter than the average kettles in their range, and likely kettles from other brands too.
• The Quiet Mark seal of approval: This is the international approval award programme that encourages companies worldwide to prioritise noise reduction to help consumers live less stressful lives. The Quiet Mark allows consumers to make informed choices, based on independent, expert assessment of sound levels across the category.
• A noise level of 50dB or less, noise on par with your refrigerator.
• Dual wall construction to help insulate your kettle and reduce boiling water noise.
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Best quiet kettles UK 2022
Best quiet kettles
1. Russell Hobbs 23211 Luna Quiet Boil Electric Kettle
Whether you need a comforting cup of tea or a speedy cup of coffee to kick start your day, this kettle has you covered. The Russell Hobbs Luna kettle boasts fast boiling at a volume that won't disturb your conversations or wake loved ones. Available in red, grey or copper to suit a range of kitchen designs.• Quiet? Yes - 70 per cent quieter than average Russell Hobbs kettles• Capacity: 1.7L with clear illuminated water window• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Stainless steel• Other features: Boil dry protection, rapid boil technology, 360 degree swivel base, removable washable filter, concealed heating and energy saving – save up to 66 per cent energy by boiling one cup instead of one litre with the 1-3 cup markings.
2. Tower Bottega Traditional Kettle with Temperature Dial
Chic and traditional, this kettle is ideal for open-plan living spaces with its quiet boil operation. For a busy household boil up to seven cups in one for efficient cuppas in the morning or evening. A temperature dial on the body further adds to this kettle's unique look, making it both a sturdy and eye-catching addition to your kitchen. • Quiet? Yes - Patented Quiet Boil Technology with a concealed heating element and specially designed coating for quieter boiling. Quiet Mark approved.• Capacity: 1.7L • Wattage: 3kW• Material: Stainless Steel• Other features: Boil dry protection, 360 degree swivel base, safety shut-off feature and temperature gauge.
3. Russell Hobbs 21888 Legacy Quiet Boil Electric Kettle
The Legacy Cream Kettle embraces the latest technology and statement design into one. With a quiet boil feature, you will barely notice that the kettle is on, allowing the conversation to continue until the round is ready to be poured. Available in cream, black, and red.• Quiet? Yes - 70 per cent quieter than average Russell Hobbs kettles• Capacity: 1.7L with a clear water level gauge• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Plastic• Other features: Boil dry protection, 360 degree swivel base, rapid boil technology, removable washable filter, concealed heating and energy saving – save up to 66 per cent energy by boiling one cup instead of one litre with the 1-3 cup markings.
4. Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Electric Kettle
This functional yet stylish stainless-steel finished kettle is perfect for left or right-handed users with dual water windows on each side. Make a quick cuppa ready to enjoy, whether it's just for you on the early-morning work run or to enjoy over breakfast with the family.• Quiet? Yes - 75 per cent quieter than average Russell Hobbs kettles• Capacity: 1.7L with dual water windows• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Stainless Steel• Other features: Boil dry protection, rapid boil technology, removable washable filter, 360 degree swivel base, concealed heating and energy saving – save up to 66 per cent energy by boiling one cup instead of one litre with the 1-3 cup markings.
5. Dualit Classic Kettle
While this kettle may be more expensive than others on our list, it guarantees a quiet boil with its Quiet Mark stamp of approval. This appliance will work discreetly without disrupting the tranquility of your home. Available in copper, brass and polished stainless steel.• Quiet? Yes – Has Whisper Boil™ and has been Quiet Mark approved• Capacity: 1.7L with dual water windows and markings for cups and litres• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Stainless Steel• Other features: Boil dry protection, rapid boil technology - boil enough water for two cups in less than a minute and a half, removable washable filter, 360 degree swivel base, concealed heating, BPA-free, repairable and non-drip spout.
6. George Home Fast Boil Kettle
If you're looking for a Quiet Mark kettle at a fraction of the price, try this alternative from George Home. With a sleek, modern glass design, the kettle will help create a calm home space whilst providing you with instant hot drinks every time.• Quiet? Yes – Quiet Mark approved• Capacity: 1.7L with dual water windows and markings for cups and litres• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Glass• Other features: Rapid boil technology, 360 degree swivel base, boiling illumination, removable filter, concealed heating and non-drip.
7. Lakeland Blue Glow Mirrored Kettle
With a mirrored effect design with enough visibility to check you water level, bring glamour to your coffee breaks with this fun addition to your kitchen. The lovely blue glow is an attractive touch that will make it clear when your brew is ready to make.• Quiet? Yes – Quiet Mark approved• Capacity: 1.7L with clear water level gauge• Wattage: 2kW• Material: Mirrored Glass, Plastic and Stainless Steel• Other features: Boil dry protection, blue LED illumination whilst boiling, 360 degree swivel base, safety shut-off feature, BPA-free and temperature gauge.
8. Sage The Tea Maker
If specialty teas are your calling, this tea maker will make sure you have the perfect temperature set to bring out the unique flavours and aromas perfectly. Simply press a button and watch as the basket descends gracefully into the water. Set the timer and wake up to your favourite brew.• Quiet? - Quiet Mark approved• Capacity: 1.5L with clear water level gauge• Wattage: kW• Material: Glass with Stainless Steel base• Other features: Infuser included, BPA-free, 5 pre-programmed settings, 360 degree swivel base, safety shut-off and boil dry protection.
9. Kitchenaid Artisan 5KEK1522BCA Traditional Kettle
Tea time has never been so easy! With variable temperatures to choose from, you can adjust your kettle for any tea or coffee. Add some retro chic to your kitchen counter and suit to match your space with red, cream, white and red options available.• Quiet? Yes – Dual wall construction for reduced noise and heat retention• Capacity: 1.5L with water level gauge• Wattage: 3kW• Material: Aluminum and plastic• Other features: Variable temperature between 50 – 100 degrees Celsius, LED indication, concealed heating, removable washable filter, 360 degree swivel base and built-in temperature gauge.
Here are three mindfulness tips you can do while the kettle boils
Russell Hobbs and PG Tips have teamed up with Yoga Teacher and therapist Cassie Sibbin, to help the nation with acts of ‘Positivi-tea’ that can be done whilst the kettle boils, so you can find some calm and balance when taking a break.
Cassie says that these quick and easy-to-follow mindfulness exercises can help relieve your stress and ease tension, whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. "Exploring these exercises will not only stimulate your mind, but it will help improve physical health in a number of ways. You may go from a negative mindset of feeling tired, stressed and anxious to a positive one with feelings of strength and capability that you can take forward into your day.”
Tip 1: Cardiac Coherence breathing or heartbeat breath
Make yourself comfortable and locate your pulse to listen to your heartbeat or watch the clock with a second hand - inhale for a count of 5 beats or seconds and exhale for a count of 5 beats or seconds - do this for as long as you can - recommended is for 5 minutes - there are audio guides available on YouTube to assist you.
This breathing balances, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which regulates hormone levels, eases fear, stress and tension as well as brings us back into the present moment - making us mentally clearer.
Tip 2: Spine mobility
Move your spine gently in every direction - arms together over the head tick-tock arms from side to side, hands on your lower back, look up and backwards as far as possible using your hands as support, bend your knees, hinge from the hips and allow your torso to dangle forward over your legs which can try to straighten, let the crown of the head extend down towards the ground allowing yourself to nod and shake your head slowly and gently to release neck. Slowly come back to standing by rolling up the spine from the lower back - with slightly bent knees, gradually pivot the torso from side to side letting your arms be loose and swing - twisting the spine gently and increasing the range if the body allows.
Restoring and maintaining the range of motion in and around the spine aids digestion, increases energy levels and prevents back pain. Without using our natural range of motion, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (connective tissue) will gradually shorten and become stiff over time, increasing the risk of joints and vertebrae hardening and fusing. Limited mobility of the spine can affect the hips, abdomen, and rib cage also. Healthy spine, healthy life!
Tip 3: Sighing – reset your system
Stand or sit with your back comfortably straight - feel free to wiggle around a bit to get there, move the spine, stretch the neck, roll the shoulder out etc. Once you can settle comfortably - adopt a non-judgemental attitude, maybe close your eyes and place one hand on your lower belly. Take a slow deep breath in through the nose and try to encourage the breath to move deep into the lower belly - notice if you can make your hand move. When you feel you cannot inhale anymore, allow your mouth to open and sigh the breath out - make whatever noise you like. Do this at least three times and notice what happens.
Sighing helps to regulate stress and offers a biological reset by encouraging the breath deeper into the body which has a calming effect as well as contributing to improved lung health.