7 Best Quiet Boil Kettles for a Cuppa in January 2024

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Last updated: January 25, 2024 at 10:00 am

With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it’s most likely the noisiest as well. Anything that helps quieten noise in the kitchen and bring a little more peace to my home is a win. That’s why a quiet kettle is a life saver for me!

As the name “quiet kettle” suggests, these kettles are specifically designed to emit the least noise as possible from boiling, clicking and tapping… but more on that later.

Gone are the days of the high-pitched screaming of boiling water on the hob. You can now relax knowing you can make you’re next cup of tea or coffee in quiet bliss.

Snapshot: Our Top 7 Quiet Kettles

Best overall: Russell Hobbs 23211 Luna
Best premium:
Dualit 72815
Russell Hobbs 21888
Russell Hobbs 23210
Fearne by Swan
Sensio Cordless
Russell Hobbs 20460

Features of a Good Quiet Kettle

Quiet boil – Manufacturers generally don’t tell us the decibel level of their quiet kettles. This makes how quiet a kettle is very subjective, in part because a kettle has various noises so a specific number of quietness won’t be very accurate.

Rapid boil – In a rush in the morning? Then rapid boil is your answer! Rapid boil heats the water quickly (usually within 30 – 45 seconds) for many of us who live life in the fast lane. Another feature called boil dry protection automatically turns the kettle off if it doesn’t have enough water.

Good capacity – Having a kettle which holds a good amount of water is a positive for those who make more than one from the same boil.

Made from quiet material – Material is a big deal for me. I hate scratchy and cold metal on a kettle, so I look for smooth material like glass. This can also depend on the style you’re looking for.

Safety features – Safety features such as illuminating when it’s on and cool to the touch are extremely useful to prevent burning.

Boil notification – For quiet kettles you don’t want any additional noises like beeping or clicking. A home run is a light to tell you when the kettle is finished.

Boil dry – this handy features won’t start the kettle if there isn’t any water

7 Top Quiet Kettles – Summary

Below is a summary of our top 7 picks for the best quiet kettles on the market today. Full review on each kettle further down the page.

Rank Brand & Model Quiet Score
1 Russell Hobbs – 23211 Luna Quiet Kettle  5/5
2 Dualit – Classic Kettle 72815 5/5
3 Russell Hobbs – 21888 Electric Kettle 4/5
4 Russell Hobbs – 23210 Luna Quiet Boil Electric Kettle 4/5
5 Fearne by Swan – SK34030LYN Quiet Boil Kettle 3/5
6 Sensio – Home Electric Cordless Glass Kettle Element 3/5
7 Russell Hobbs – 20460 Quiet Boil Kettle 3/5

7 Best Quiet Kettles in 2022 (Full Reviews)

1. Best Overall Quiet Kettle: Russell Hobbs 23211 Luna

✔ Our #1 Pick

Proof of purchase

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  • Best overall option
  • A superb choice
  • How quiet: 5/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Stainless steel

Coming top of our list is the superb Russell Hobbs 23211. When we bought this model to review (and ultimately use) and cost us £54.99. By no means the cheapest kettle you can buy, but not the priciest we’ve looked at either. We know a lot of websites tend to make reviews up, so you can click the “proof of purchase” link above to see our order confirmation from Amazon. So, let’s get started!

Equipped with three choices of colours; grey, red and copper… the 23211 Luna is a well designed kettle. We went for the stylish moonlight grey option. There is also an option to buy a matching toaster and coffee maker but we left those out for now.

The 23211 is advertised to boil one cup (235 ml) of water in just 45 seconds. We actually measured a minimum boil at just 33 seconds. YouTube video below. We recorded a boil of maximum capacity (1.7 litres) of 3 minutes and 12 seconds. So not only are you boiling quicker, but also saving energy costs at the same time. Boil dry technology comes as standard which will turn the kettle off if water isn’t inside, but that’s to be expected.

The button to open the lid is nice and big, however the lid does seem to spring open a little more than we’d like. It has a square of black plastic on the lid which allows it to be closed without burning your fingers on the metal lid, if you ever needed to.

The blue backlight of the capacity is bright and won’t cause any issues seeing it in daylight and the icons are clear to see. It’ll show you how much to fill for 2, 4, 6 cups, and then the maximum fill. No minimum fill however. The display is also on the outside which prevents any distortion when there’s water in it. The on button also feels nice, and is metal coloured plastic.

russell hobbs 23211 spout

The spout is nicely designed, and we didn’t see much run off when pouring it out. It did trickle a little at the end of the pour but nothing to be alarmed about. It’s base is light, so the wire does dictate which way the base sits, which it a common issue with kettles with a strong wire.

Overall, there is no better value for money than the 23211 Luna. It not as high-end as our #2 choice, but comparing price, style and dB level… there really isn’t a better choice.

Click here for more pictures.

2. Best Premium Kettle: Dualit Classic 72815

✔ Our #2 Pick

Dualit kettle 72815

  • By far the quietest on our list
  • A premium kettle with a wide range of features
  • How quiet: 5/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 2000w
  • Material: Stainless steal

Coming #2 in quiet kettle list is the fabulously shiny Dualit 72815. Hailed as Dualit’s quietest kettle they’ve released, we think it lives up to the hype.

Available in three different colour variations of polished, copper trim and clay trim, the 72815 offers a very modern look, backed up with a bunch of useful features.

Equipped with a 3KW replaceable element, this kettle will last as long as you need. Simply replace with element to prolong it’s life. It also comes with a measuring scale at either side, so whichever way you have it faced, you’ll know exactly how much water you’ve added.

Boil-dry technology comes as standard (as with many on our list) and a 360 degree base increases it’s ease of use.

Overall, the 72815 is a fantastic choice (although pricey) for those looking for a sleek and long lasting model.

3. Russell Hobbs 21888 Quiet Boil Electric Kettle

russell hobbs 21888

  • A solid kettle with quiet boil technology reducing noise by up to 70%
  • How quiet: 4/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Plastic

The Russell Hobbs 21888 kettle is a contender for the best on this list. There’s almost too many features to talk about on this one but we’ll do our best!

The 21888 tests up to 70% quieter than other kettles without quiet boil, and rapid boil allows a cup to be boiled in around 45 seconds, similar to other Russell Hobbs with the same technology.

A slightly different design than the rest on our list, this kettle offers a more traditional look but would fit in well with most kitchen styles. It comes in three colours of cream (shown), red and black. There’s also an option to buy with a matching toaster.

Some reviewers have mentioned that a plastic insert needs to be taken out which isn’t in the instructions, so looks out for that.

Overall, if you’re looking for a slightly different look we can’t recommend this enough. It fairs well against other Russell Hobbs kettles, and offers a more traditional look. Quiet boil and rapid boil are great features, and one’s a couldn’t live without now that we’ve tried them!

4. Russell Hobbs 23210 Luna Quiet Boil Electric Kettle

Russell Hobbs 23210 Luna Quiet Boil Electric Kettle

  • A sheen like finish rounds off a basic, but brilliantly made kettle
  • How quiet: 4/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Stainless steel

The 23210 Luna by Russell Hobbs is a great choice for those looking for colour with functional use. Available in three colours (red, grey and copper) you’re eyes are immediately fix on the striking colour. The colours can also be matched with a toasted and coffee maker if you’re looking for the full set.

Being able to brew one cup in 45 seconds, this kettle is anything but slow. Boiling one cup at a time also “saves up to 66% energy” compared to a full boil.

“So quiet!” one reviewer writes, and we can certainly back that up. It was a tough call between this and the 21888, each offering very quiet boils.

The 23210 was the easiest to pour, coming out nice, clean and not causing any spillages.

5. Fearne by Swan SK34030LYN Quiet Boil Kettle

Fearne by Swan SK34030LYN Quiet Boil Kettle

  • A range designed by Fearne Cotton, this kettle brings an almost retro feel and offers a range of
    features we think you’ll love
  • Available in various shapes and colours
  • How quiet: 3/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Plastic (outer)

The SK34030LYN Quiet Boil Kettle from Fearne by Swan is a good option for those looking for a more stylish and retro look. Available in three different styles (dome, jug and pyramid) you’re not without options with this one. It’s also comes in 9 different colours, pending availability.

With a capacity of 1.7 litres like most on our list, there’ll be plenty of water for a round of teas and coffee for the family and visitors.

Coming with a handy 360 degree base means there’s no awkward placement when putting it down. This also means it’s perfect for right or left handed people.

There’s a couple of plastic bolts in contact with water which connects the handle to the base, as well as the water filter. Apart from those, there isn’t any other plastic or aluminium in contact with the water.

A few reviewers have mentioned a “chemical taste” when using this kettle. I’ve personally experienced the same but after a few days of boils it eventually dissipates.

6. Sensio Home Electric Cordless Glass Kettle

Sensio Home Electric Cordless Glass Kettle

  • Popular and stylist, the perfect kettle for those looking for a glass design
  • Up to 20% quieter than standard kettles
  • How quiet: 3/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Glass

The Sensio Cordless Kettle’s main selling point in the quick boil feature, being able to fully boil in 3 minutes. The maximum cups you’ll get out of this is 8. The 360 degree base is also handy, especially for us lefties!

If you don’t fancy the glass design, the Sensio is also available in copper or chrome. I personally like the glass better, but each to their own. It’s also worthwhile keeping in mind that with any glass kettle, limescale build up will be more visible.

Limescale will always be more visible with a glass kettle

Other features are relatively standard such as BPA free, built in filter and dry-boil protection.

The spout on this model is a little smaller than the rest on our list, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for larger.

7. Russell Hobbs 20460 Quiet Boil Kettle

Russell Hobbs 20460 Quiet Boil Kettle

  • Simple and evergreen option for a no frills approach
  • A standard in any modern home
  • How quiet: 3/5
  • Capacity: 1.7 litre
  • Wattage: 3000w
  • Material: Stainless steel

The Russell Hobbs 20460 would be a strong stable in any modern kitchen. Equipped with a stainless steal fixture ensuring longevity, there’s not much wrong with the 20460.

Boasting rapid boil, simply fill the kettle enough for one cup and it’ll be ready in 45 seconds… not too shabby!

Similar to the Fearne by Swan, the 20460 comes with a 360 degree base making it ideal for left or right handed people. I’m a lefty myself so that’s a big plus for me… anything that makes moving boiling water easier is always good.

The kettle is 15 cm across the base, so it’s not a slim kettle by any means. There’s also been a few complaints of rust starting to build up so keep that in mind as well.

Rounding up the Quietest Cup You’ll Ever Brew

After drinking enough tea to last a lifetime (and a few coffees) we got a real sense of what to expect from a quiet kettle. Even though they’re not a necessity, they work wonders restoring peace and quiet to your kitchen.

Our top recommendation is the Russell Hobbs 23211 Luna, followed closely by the Dualit 72815. Both equipped with style and range of features anyone would be happy with, it’s a no brainer.

Followed by the Russell Hobbs 21888 in third… a great choice if you’re looking for bold colours and a traditional style.

More Pictures of the Russell Hobbs 23211

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Recent Updates

  • 31st March 2022: Added proof of purchase for the Russell Hobbs 23211
  • 1st April 2022: Added more pictures of the Russell Hobbs 23211
  • 1st April 2022: Switched #1 and #2 kettle due to value for money and price changes
  • 1st April 2022: Changed featured image

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About the Author: AJ

AJ is a self-confessed soundproofing nut. He has written full-time on Quiet Living for the past 4 years, and has a wealth of knowledge about living a quieter life, soundproofing and fixing loud noises.