The best smart kettles you can control from your phone

"Alexa, turn on the kettle!"

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by Bryony Firth-Bernard |
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Finding the best kettle for your kitchen is essential for many brew-loving Brits. After all, waking up and making a cuppa is part of many people’s morning rituals. But imagine if you could boil your kettle without having to leave the warm, cosiness of your bed in the morning. Well, with the best smart kettle, you can. Ok, so you’ll still have to make sure there’s water in the kettle beforehand but, apart from that, a smart kettle can be controlled at the touch of a button from your phone. There are even some that can be controlled by your voice via your Amazon Alexa device.

To many, this may be deemed as ‘lazy’, but there are actually a lot of benefits to this new bit of tech. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know about them, as well as the best ones you can buy now.

Best smart kettles at a glance

Best for Alexa devices: Swan Alexa Smart Kettle — Buy on Amazon
For easy temperature controls: Weekett Smart Kettle — Buy on Amazon
Best overall: Smarter iKettle — Buy on Ebay

Smart kettle are exactly the same as your standard quiet kettle, the main difference is they can be set to various temperatures and controlled via an app on your phone. This means you can boil your kettle at the touch of a button, pre-set temperatures and boil times. Some have a ‘keep warm’ function too, so you can keep your water at a specific temperature for a period of time. While some will even tell you how much water is left in your kettle.

There are a few — such as the Swan Alexa Smart Kettle that we’ve listed below — that can be controlled by your voice. Yes, this does mean if you say ‘Alexa, turn on the kettle’, it will do it.

Best smart kettles

Best smart kettle for Alexa devices

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Swan Alexa smart kettle
Price: £79.99 (was £99.99)

This sleek-looking kettle from Swan is the first Alexa smart kettle. You can set it to work simply by using your voice, even from another room. Create personalised commands and routines unique to you such as turning the kettle on, changing the temperature of the water or asking Alexa to keep the water warm. It makes 8-10 cups and you can select the temperature between 60°C, 85°C, 90°C or 100°C. 
Our review: “As a big brew lover, and someone that works from home, I was very excited to test this kettle out. It was very easy to set up following the booklet that has simple and straightforward instructions. But do make sure you take the time to read this. At the start, I wasn’t sure why Alexa kept being so disobedient and not turning on my kettle when asked to, but this is because I hadn’t set up my voice commands in the Alexa app. Once I had done this, Alexa would boil the kettle whenever I asked. Controlling the kettle from my phone was great, especially on those lazy Sundays when I just wanted a few extra minutes in bed. The ‘keep warm’ function is brilliant too, as I’m prone to flicking the kettle on and then getting distracted by another task.

"I was also amazed by the double-wall technology, which stops the exterior from getting hot — no more kettle burns for Bryony. The only thing I would say is this kettle isn’t the quietest at all, but if you’re looking for a smart kettle that’s sleek and stylish, and very easy to use, it’s definitely worth considering.”


  • Stylish, sleek design
  • Can control via your voice and app
  • ‘Keep warm’ function
  • Variable temperature options
  • Exterior doesn’t get hot when boiling


  • Noisy

Best for temperature controls

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Weekett smart kettle
Price: £86.34 (was £94.99)

As well as voice control, temperature variations between 40°C and 100°C and being able to control it from your phone, this kettle has some added bonuses. 

Unlike the ones above, it has a water gauge on each side of the kettle, making it ideal for both left and right-handed users. The platform it sits on also has different temperature options, so if you ever do have a day when the wifi is down, you can still easily select the water temperature you’d like it to boil too. There’s also a built-in baby bottle programme for new parents, which boils the water to 100°C and then cools it to 70°C, where it will stay at this temperature for an hour. You’ve also got the removable limescale filter and dry-boil protection too.

A customer review said: "I really like this this kettle, it looks nice and the best feature is that you can operate it remotely with the app or your smart speaker, which is very cool. You can also set timers to automatically turn it on at any time via the app. It has a keep warm function that maintains the temperature up to an hour.

"It's not too loud, about average I guess when turned on and the beep is quite subtle, so not annoying like other kettles. The spout pours nicely as well. I found the WiFi quite easy to set up once I figured out how to do it, hasn't lost the connection yet after a couple of days of using it. The only thing that would have been nice is a fill level detection in the app. There is no way of knowing how much water is in the kettle without looking at the fill gauge on the side of the kettle, and is the only reason I gave it 4 stars."


  • Water gauge on both sides — good for left and right-handed people
  • Can control via your voice and app
  • Good water capacity
  • Baby bottle programme
  • Variable temperature options


  • Not the most flattering design

Best overall smart kettle

Another attractive and sleek-looking kettle is this one from iKettle that, again, does everything you’d want from your smart kettle — voice control via your Alexa or Google Home, app control and temperature variations.

You can set this kettle to temperatures between 20°C and 100°C and even set up a  schedule for it to boil at a specific time every day with the ‘wake up’ and ‘home’ modes.

A customer review said: “I bought this product a year ago on a whim. I've never paid more than £30 for a kettle, but I did like the sound of remotely starting the kettle. I'm so happy I did. This kettle is great for when I'm upstairs working and I don't have too much time. Setting the kettle off via the app/google home & going downstairs to have boiled water at hand has saved me so much time.

"Yes - it's expensive and an extravagance, but having worked from home for the past year I'm 100% happy with it. The app is clean (if not a bit slow sometimes), the set up was simple and the boiling speed is perfectly fine.”


  • Large water capacity
  • Can control via your voice and app
  • ‘Keep warm’ function
  • Variable temperature options
  • Stylish design and colours available


  • Doesn’t have double-wall technology, so exterior will get hot

Best smart kettle for beginners

There's no denying the Xiaomi Mi is as pretty as a kettle can get. While this kettle does come with an app, where you can set it to variable temperatures, it doesn't have voice control. It's, therefore, a good option for beginners, who aren't after anything 'too complicated'. As well as being able to set its temperature, you can also customise a keep warm temperature via the app to temperatures between 40°C and 90°C for up to 12 hours.

Similar to the Swan, the Xiaomi Mi also has double-wall technology, which prevents the exterior from heating up while boiling, so there'll be no burns. We're a big fan of its triple power protection too, where the kettle automatically turns off after boiling, if dry-boiling is detected and it's electric shock resistant.

A customer review said: "It’s my favourite kitchen device. I like just to make the water warm for the tea and not to boil it again. Easy to use, no issues noticed. My son has been using the same kettle for more than 3 years."


  • Beautiful design
  • Affordable
  • Can control temperatures via the app
  • Double-wall protection


  • Can't turn kettle on via the app
  • Comes with a European plug, so need to purchase an adaptor

Other kettle options...

If you're not completely ready to jump straight to a smart kettle, then you can dip your toe in the water with these other options, which have temperature selections.

Best for serious brewers

This kettle from Sage could almost be mistaken for the Weekett kettle. It's ideal for tea and coffee connoisseurs as there are five different temperature options on the base — for Black, Green, White or Oolong teas and French Press Coffee — to create the ideal brewing conditions. It also has a 20-minute keep warm button, so there's no rush for making your perfect brew.

A customer review said: "Great kettle, the different temperatures really work well and the clear panel at the side ensures we only use the right amount of water to boil which helps with the increased energy prices."


  • Temperature selection via the base — ideal for tea and coffee connoisseurs
  • Keep warm button


  • Not the most stylish design

Best for quiet boiling

It may be the most basic kettle in our roundup, but this one from Russell Hobbs still has some great features. Although there's no app or voice control, you can select the temperature you'd like your water to boil at by using the buttons on the handle and checking via the small digital screen. Again, this makes it a great choice for serious brewers and new parents who need to prepare bottles.

The best feature has to be the quiet boil technology, as it's 75 per cent quieter than a regular kettle. It's got a large water capacity too and fast boil technology, so you'll be able to make plenty of cups in no time at all.

A customer review said: "Only having to boil to temperature you need for herbal tea and better coffee etc is great. It's also very quiet and fast boiling."


  • Quiet boil
  • Fast boil
  • Can manually select water temperature between 60°C and 100°C
  • Anti-limescale filter


  • No quick release lid

Best for ease of use
Bosch Styline TWK8633
Price: £58.41

Similar to the Sage Smart Kettle, this one from Bosch allows you to select your water temperature at either 70°C, 80°C, 90°C and 100°C, via the buttons on its base. It's pretty modern-looking, has dry-boil protection, a limescale filter, concealed heating and a keep warm button, which lasts 30 minutes. We also really like that there's extra storage in the base of the kettle for its cord, so you have the freedom to completely adjust its length.

Customer review: "Been using for a month and I like this kettle, which is good as it’s the most I’ve ever paid for one. The loud beep after boiling is very useful for someone like me who often wanders off during tea making - I’ve defo saved some electricity there! I also live with hard water so looked for a kettle which would be easier to deal with limescale when it arrives. Also wanted a measure which started at 2 cups and was nice and clear - can even see one cup mark. Easy to fill too. I wouldn’t say the temp control was something I was after particularly on my new kettle quest, but I have used for coffee making."


  • Temperature selection via the base — ideal for tea and coffee connoisseurs
  • Keep warm button
  • Concelead heating
  • Limescale filter


  • Not the largest water capacity

Best for tea lovers

Now, you may have seen (or even have yourself) those little teapots which have tea baskets inside for your tea leaves, but this kettle from Sage takes tea brewing to a whole new level. Simply add your tea leaves to the steel basket, select your temperature on the base and then how long you would like it to brew for and, voilà, you have your favourite tea boiled to perfection and brewed just to your liking. The steel basket is also easy to remove and is safe to be popped in the dishwasher, just in case you want to use the kettle to boil water for other hot drinks.

One customer review said: "The kettle is brilliant. The design, the feel, the ease of use, the speed in which it heats/boils (to the desired temperature) make it just amazing. Would definitely recommend it."


  • Temperature and brew time selection
  • Keep warm function
  • Can also use as a normal kettle
  • Sleek design


  • A little heavy


How do they work?

You will need a wifi connection to use this type of kettle. This is so you can connect it to your phone and then be able to control it with this.

Once you have your smart kettle you’ll need to follow the instructions, which will usually prompt you to download the compatible app. Apart from then needing to fill the kettle up yourself, you will then be able to carry out different tasks via the app, which may include:

• Switching your kettle on/off
• Checking the water levels inside
• Setting different temperatures
• Turning on a ‘keep warm’ setting
• Adding different voice commands for your kettle to recognise

You can use a smart kettle exactly the same as your regular kettle too. Plus, multiple people can download the app, so that they can also control the kettle on their phones.

Yours Swan Alexa kettle

What are the benefits of a smart kettle?

These types of kettles are great for people who have mobility issues. Rather than having to constantly get up and down and walk to the kitchen to turn the kettle on, they can do this from their phone or via voice control. New parents benefit from them too, as when they make up a formula bottle they need to boil the water to 100°C and then let it cool to 70°C. A smart kettle can do both and keep the temperature at 70°C. This can save a lot of time and stress.

Smart home tech is something a lot of appliance brands now offer, so if you’re someone who loves a bit of tech, a smart kettle could be a great investment.

How do I clean my smart kettle?

You descale your kettle exactly the same way, whether it be a smart kettle or a normal kettle. Some smart kettles, such as the Alexa Swan, will tell you when your kettle needs descaling, which is particularly useful if you live in a hard water area and need a kettle to reduce limescale.

Bryony Firth-Bernard is a product writer for Yours. On the weekend she loves whipping up new recipes in the kitchen and spending time with her friends and family.

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