You’ll have probably heard of a Brita water filter jug, but did you know that you can also get kettles that have an in-built water filter? Having an integrated filter offers a host of benefits including a reduction in metals and chlorine to improve the taste of your favourite brew and overall prolonged kettle life due to a reduction in limescale build up (a common problem when it comes to kettles used in hard water areas).
The water filter kettle market is dominated by three main players: Russell Hobbs, Breville and Morphy Richards, all well known in the small kitchen appliance market and in this review, we feature the top-selling models from these popular brands. Plus, as well as looking at kettles we also take a look at hot water dispensers.
Russell Hobbs 20760-10 Brita Filter Purity Glass Kettle
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Breville Brita HotCup Hot Water Dispenser
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Morphy Richards 120009 Brita Filter Electric Jug Kettle
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Breville VKJ972 Brita Filter Jug Kettle
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Morphy Richards Brita Electric Filter Jug Kettle 120004
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Russell Hobbs is well known for their small kitchen appliances so it’s no surprise to see them featuring in this review. The 20760-10 model is one of the bestselling Brita kettles available. It is priced slightly towards the higher end, but you are getting a stylish looking kettle from a trusted brand.
This Russell Hobbs kettle features an in-built Brita filter mounted in the top of the kettle. Simply top up the kettle and the filter to get cleaner water. One thing to note, like most filter kettles, is that you can only fill the kettle up a couple of cups at a time as the water needs time to pass through the filter. This only takes a few seconds though. This kettle also features an easy to read filter life indicator display so you can see when it’s time to replace the Brita filter. The kettle has a 1 litre capacity and the filter hopper is 0.5 litres, so it only takes two fills to fill the kettle to the max.
This is a smart looking kettle with a glass and chrome effect body. The glass not only looks good, especially when illuminated blue during boiling, but also allows you to see precisely how much water is in the kettle. The kettle is mounted on a 360 degree base so it’s easy to use whether you are right or left handed.
Not the cheapest here but probably one of the best-looking kettles, with the glass giving it a reassuringly solid look and feel. Overall, a well-liked kettle from a well-known brand and it’s easy to see why this is such a good seller.
Not strictly a kettle, but we wanted to include this Breville Brita hot water dispenser in this review due to its many great features and similar function to a kettle. Its more expensive than the kettles reviewed here, so what does it do differently?
Water dispensing system
What makes this water dispenser standout from standard kettles (apart from its looks) is the water dispensing system. You have the option to choose from 9 different cup sizes to heat and fill. This is great when it comes to saving energy as you don’t need to boil any more water than you actually need. It also means that you can boil the water much quicker, with a 40 to 60 second heating time for smaller size cups. A stop button allows you to shut off the water at any point.
When it comes to design, this is a smart looking modern appliance that will look great in any kicthen. The main water tank can hold up to 1.8 litres (more than kettles) so you have to refill it less often. The water tank also illuminates when boiling and is clear so you can see precisely how much water is in the tank. The water spout sits quite high so you should have no problem when it comes to filling taller containers.
The Breville water dispenser is a great alternative to standard filter kettles. Yes, it’s pricier but you do get a great looking appliance that is packed with features. The variable fill heating system is great for the energy conscious. This would certainly make it onto our wish list.
The first thing that stands out about this Brita filter kettle from Morphy Richards is the price, as this is currently the cheapest model reviewed here. Does paying less though mean you get less when it comes to this filter kettle?
Even at this price you still get a 3kw heating element as featured on the more expensive kettles which means that this kettle is equally as quick to boil water. At 1.5 litres it also has a comparable fill capacity, with enough water for 6 cups. It is also good to see, that on this model, you can both filter water and boil at the same time, which is a great time saver.
At this price point, you are not going to get the stylish glass and chrome materials found on more expensive kettles. Finished in black plastic, it looks modern but is not in the same league as the pricier models. But then this is a lot cheaper. You still get an easy to use water gauge on the front of the kettle with markings for different cup fill quantities. The base is also a 360 degree version which improves the ease-of-use.
This is currently the lowest priced kettle reviewed here, but apart from the looks, it offers the same functionality as those costing up to 50% more. Definitely a value-for-money recommendation.
As well as offering a Brita hot water dispenser, Breville also has a standard Brita filter kettle. This is a lot cheaper than the water dispenser and sits towards the lower end of the models reviewed here when it comes to price.
This is a 1 litre capacity kettle, so although smaller in size than other models here, it should still have adequate water boiling capacity for most family’s needs. Like other filter kettles in this review, this is a 3kw model so boiling time will not be an issue. The Breville also allows you to filter water and boil at the same time, overcoming the slower filling time (not by much) of filter kettles.
On first glance, it looks like Breville have taken a standard Brita water jug and morphed it onto one of their kettles. Overall though, this is quite a neat design with a silver plastic finish and a clear blue top half that allows you to see the water fill level, although you can only see from the 2 cup mark. The kettle illuminates blue when boiling which looks good against the silver finish. Again, this is another kettle with a 360 degree swivel base that makes using and filling just that bit easier.
A good priced model, that looks good and works well as a filter kettle. Fill capacity is not the largest and the materials used are not as high quality as more expensive models, but this filter kettle from Breville still makes an excellent buy.
The 120004 is another great-priced filter kettle from Morphy Richards. With the 120009 model (reviewed above) already offering so much and being slightly cheaper, is this more expensive model worth the extra?
Although it’s a lower-priced filter kettle, the 12004 has a decent capacity of 1.5 litres which is 50% more than the Breville kettle reviewed above. This is handy if you need to boil larger quantities of water. The kettle is easy to fill and use thanks to its 360 degree swivel base, one-touch opening and a reminder for when the filter cartridge needs replacing.
The Morphy Richards 120004 is the older version of the 120009/120011 model reviewed above (a white version is also available) but we actually prefer the looks of this older model. At this price, there is a lot of plain plastic on show, but you do get a nice silver trim on the base which lifts the appearance overall. The central water level window also allows you to see the blue illumination when boiling.
This kettle may not be available for too much longer as it’s succeeded by the 120009/120011 models, but it still offers great value for money. Highly recommend for the more budget conscious.
There is a wide range of prices when it comes to the kettles reviewed here and this may ultimately your main buying criteria. All of the kettles here pretty much do the same thing, only water capacity and design differ.
Our overall preferred model is the Russell Hobbs 20760-10 as this is usually available for around £10-15 more than the cheaper models but looks very stylish with its glass and silver finish.
When considering the more budget models, it’s a tie between the Breville and Morphy Richards 12004 models, with both offering neat looking designs (although the Breville has a smaller fill capacity).
Also, don’t rule out the Breville water dispenser completely. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen and offers uniqueness when compared to standard kettles.
A Brita water filter kettle is likely to cost between £30 and £50 to buy so you want to be sure that you buy the right filter kettle for your needs and budget. Apart from the addition of a replaceable Brita water filter, what else is important when it comes to features?
Water capacity is slightly reduced on filter kettles as there needs to be room for the hopper and filter to be mounted at the top of the kettle. Capacity is usually in the 1 litre to 1.5 litre range which is more than enough for most needs and equates to around 6 cups. Some of the lower capacity models overcome their size by allowing you to boil water while filtering the water in the hopper at the same time.
Look out for kettles that have easy to view water level windows to aid with filling and to ensure that you don’t boil more than you need. Design is a matter of personal preference but more expensive models will have glass tanks whereas budget models often have a lot of plastic on show. A 360 degree base is also useful.