Choosing the best cordless kettle involves making comparisons in three distinct areas. You should, of course, evaluate the quality of a kettle. Specific features vary from kettle to kettle, and you should make sure to select a kettle with features that meet your particular needs. Likewise, price can also be an important factor in making your choice.
The most important consideration when choosing a cordless kettle is the quality of its construction and design. The kettle should be constructed of durable materials, and parts that are operated frequently, such as the switch and lid hinge, should be especially well-constructed, as they are more prone to failure than other parts of a cordless kettle. The automatic shut-off system on the kettle should be reliable and, ideally, not prone to failure at high altitudes, from mineral buildup, or from general wear and tear.
Ergonomic features are important as well. An ideal cordless kettle should be easy to fill and should pour smoothly, without spilling or dribbling. The kettle should dock securely with its base, which should have a cord long enough to be easily and safely connected. The handle of a cordless kettle should make carrying and pouring easy.
Evaluate the specific features on the kettle as well. A higher-wattage kettle will heat water faster, which may be helpful, at least in kitchens that can safely supply the additional power without overloading a circuit. Transparent kettles or kettles with viewports make checking the water level easier.
The size of a cordless kettle is also important, since smaller kettles heat faster and take up less space. This might make a smaller kettle the better choice if you have a small kitchen, where space is at a premium. A smaller kettle may not provide you with enough hot water, however.
If style is important to you, a wide variety are available to choose from. Kettles are available in many different shapes, colors, and materials. Simple plastic kettles are the most common. You might, however, enjoy a kettle that mimics the shape of stovetop kettle. Retro-styled kettles, transparent kettles, stainless steel, and many other styles are also available.
Price is a factor in shopping for cordless kettles but will normally not be a deciding factor. The vast majority of kettles are inexpensive enough to be within the means of a typical consumer. If price is a concern for you, sacrifice style before durability, and choose a cordless kettle that will be safe for you to use.