(Pocket-lint) - While standard plug-in kettles were a big step on from their stovetop counterparts, nothing has shaken up the core routine of brewing up quite like the smart kettle.
If you're living in a smart home, and control your lights and other fittings with your phone or your voice, why not get a brew boiling without having to stand up and do it yourself?
Connected kettles are a simple, glorious innovation. And though the options aren't exactly plentiful just yet, you'll want to make sure you pick a good one if you do decide to jump into the future.
That's why we've been testing and rating the latest and greatest smart kettles for your perusal. And for those not entirely sure what to look for in their connected kettle, check out the buying advice section below our picks.
What is the best smart kettle? Right now, our top recommendation is the iKettle. However, it's also worth considering the Fellow Stag EKG+, Xiaomi Mi Smart Kettle, and COSORI Electric Gooseneck Bluetooth.
Our Top Pick: iKettle
- Great app
- Temperature control
- Works with voice assistants
- Not that nice-looking
iKettle is probably the most well-known proponent of connected boiling, and it's also our favourite. It's on its third iteration now, having improved its kettle over time, and, equally importantly, worked on its companion app.
The kettle is one of the most feature-rich on the market, letting you turn it on remotely, regardless of where you are, from your phone.
On top of that, you get temperature control in case you don't want the hottest possible water every time, and it can integrate with Google Assistant or Alexa to let you control it with your voice.
Daily routines enable you to automate everything each morning. It really is the smartest kettle on the market.
Smart kettles we also recommend
Here is a selection of other impressive smart kettles that might also work for you.
Fellow Stag EKG+
- Absolutely gorgeous
- Great app
- Really pricey
Smart kettles can often be pretty conventional in terms of design, but that's not something you can say about Fellow's Stag EKG+. It's a beautiful unit, with a long, thin spout for pouring and Scandinavian, minimalist looks.
It's also quick to boil, with an app to start the process, great to pour and satisfying to hold. The downside is chiefly to be found in its price, which is significant, and the difficulty you might have in finding it.
Cosori Electric Gooseneck Bluetooth
- Solid interesting looks
- Great app
- Massive price
- Ugly base
This kettle from Cosori has got a lovely delicate neck for pouring, but it's a little less refined and beautiful overall than some other smart kettles out there
Still, it makes up for that with a more involved group of settings that let you really take total control over how it boils up your water, and the ability to set it going using the pretty impressive app.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Kettle
- Good price
- Simple design
- Small capacity
- Some translation hitches
Finally, we have an effort from Xiaomi, again representing lower budgets. The Mi Smart Kettle is a compact little unit with a companion app that does a creditable job of getting you going via Bluetooth, although it's a little sketchily translated in places.
Still, it's got plenty of options and we also are quite taken by the all-white look that Xiaomi opted for and its tiny base station.
It might not have a premium price, but Xiaomi's kettle is a great choice.
How to choose a smart kettle
There aren't that many app-connected kettles on the market, but, still, if you're trying to choose between them, here are some questions to help you figure things out.
How much water do you generally need to boil?
Look, regardless of how smart or modern they are, there are some differences between most kettles that do matter to the user - in particular, they're all different capacities. How much water the kettle can actually fit, and how quickly it'll boil that water, is the sort of thing that will impact your use of it day in and day out.
So, be sure to check what amount of water the kettle can boil before you take the plunge and order it, to avoid getting a surprise and having to do multiple bouts of boiling.
Do you want voice controls?
Now, while all the kettles we've featured have a companion app to let you start them boiling remotely, not all of them have the ability to hook into your smart home network and activate using voice controls from the likes of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
These features are a little rarer, so you'll want to check in on individual product listings and options to work out exactly what services they'll integrate with.
Are you on iOS or Android?
While most kettles that have companion apps provide options for both Android and iOS smartphone users, there are exceptions to that rule, so whichever operating system you use, we'd recommend checking in with the product listing to make sure of what platforms it'll work on.
What's your budget?
Finally, you'll have noticed in perusing our list that smart kettles range a lot in price, going from fairly reasonable to extremely pricey, but always coming in at more expensive than a regular, non-connected kettle. As always, we'd therefore really advise that you pick your budget before going overboard, and work out what you'd like to spend, rather than getting carried away by the fanciest smart kettle on the market!
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
Smart kettles have been on the scene for a while, but there are still only a select number of them to compare to each other. When doing so, we're particularly interested in how well and how easily they mesh with smart home networks and voice assistants - if at all.
Similarly, the quality and speed of their boil is a huge factor, as is their pricing, since some models are fairly expensive compared to a normal kettle.
As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each smart kettle is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.