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10/26/12 10:31AM

Budget kettles can be better than expensive brands

Expensive kettles costing as much as £80 are little better than versions selling for a quarter of the price, consumer experts have warned.

Expensive kettles costing as much as £80 are little better than versions selling for a quarter of the price, consumer experts have warned.

Hundreds of hours of tests and a survey of more than 13,000 owners revealed that many budget options were just as good as the expensive ones. The study of almost 200 kettles by Which? Magazine found that a £17 model from Sainsbury’s scored a higher rating than a $120 design by Villaware.

Overall, the most reliable brand was found to be Marks and Spencer. Tesco came bottom for overall reliability and one of its models was judged among the ‘Don’t Buy’ category.

Each kettle was given a score out of 100 depending on energy efficiency, weight, ease of use, style, how quickly they boil and overall value for money.

Which? said plenty of models costing around $32 scored just as well as those with a much higher price tag. Just 46 were good enough to be recommended as a ‘Best Buy’ and many of those were variations or slightly updated versions of existing models.

According to the consumers who could get ripped off by pricey kettles should also be wary of buying a cheaper one without checking out their ratings.

The five ‘Don’t Buys’ in the  list were a $40 kettle from top maker Breville, a $32 Tesco model, a $33 kettle from Sandstrom, Swan’s $40 version and a $24 model from Comet. There’s a Best Buy to suit every budget with great kettles available at very reasonable prices.

The main factors to take into consideration before buying a kettle are energy use, boiling time, how easy they are to use and clean and limescale filters.