Quiet kettles for a peaceful morning brew

Don't let a noisy kettle interrupt the tranquility of your space.

The best quiet kettles - Yours

by Eleanor Weaver |

A hot cuppa always comes to the rescue in the morning to help us get up and go or to relax and unwind in the evenings.

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

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.

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