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Top 5 kettle and toaster trends for 2018

Looking for a quick and easy way to refresh the look of your kitchen? A new kettle and toaster set could be just the ticket. Whatever your budget, there’s a wide range of styles to choose from in 2018.

Thanks to the rise of open-plan dining and living spaces, today’s kitchen gadgets have style in mind, from the designer models right down to supermarket own brands. We’ve rounded up the biggest trends we’re seeing in the world of kettles and toasters, so you can choose the perfect combination for you. See our video guide to the top five trends below and then read on for more, including the on-trend kettle and toaster sets to look out for.

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Discover the best options for speedy brews and perfect toast with our independent kettle reviews and toaster reviews.[1][2]



Copper is one of the stand-out trends to emerge over the past year, along with similar hues such as rose gold and bronze. Following on from a rise in copper-coloured home furnishings and accessories, we’ve seen a flurry of copper kettles and toasters come onto the market. It’s become one of the most searched-for colours by those after a new kettle, and its popularity looks set to continue into 2018.

Copper, gold and bronze hues are a nice twist on the enduringly popular steel and chrome kettle trend.

We’ve even seen this trend spread to other appliances: you can now get the iconic KitchenAid KSM175 stand mixer[3] in copper (if you’ve got a cool GBP740 going spare) as well as other small kitchen gadgets from coffee machines to soup makers. You don’t need to spend a fortune if you want to buy into the copper trend though – several budget brands have got in on the act, including Sainsburys, Argos and Wilko. And with the eye-catching finish making products look more expensive than they really are, you could be onto a winner.

Check our reviews below to see how the cheaper versions compare.

Copper kettle and toaster reviews

2. Geometric patterns

If you’re after a fresh and modern-looking breakfast set, the geometric trend could be for you. We’ve seen an increasing number of kettle and toasters on sale with embossed patterns featuring diamonds, triangles and circles.

These provide added interest and, on the glossy versions, reflect the light in your home for a striking effect.

Some designs have a geometric accent trim around the base, such as the Morphy Richards Dimensions models above. Others have a fully embossed body to really make a statement on your worktop. Of course, more indentations and surfaces on your appliances can mean more time spent keeping them looking pristine.

Our reviews reveal if any models are a bore to keep clean.

Geometric kettle and toaster reviews

3. Retro

For all the modern designs you’ll see on the shelves, there are still plenty of kettles and toasters that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1950s kitchen. These retro appliances can combine the best of both worlds – you get the bonus of nostalgic appeal and timeless design, along with useful modern features from quick boil to bagel warmers.

With traditional curvy shapes, chunky handles and dials, and classic colours, these sets can really add warmth and character to a home.

They usually come at a premium though, so be sure to check our reviews to see if they are up to scratch on the basics.

Retro kettle and toaster reviews

4. Textured finishes

If you’re looking for a more low-key update to your kitchen, you could opt for the textures trend, which adds a tactile element to your appliances.

There are lots of variations on this theme; from kettles and toasters with an elegant matte textured finish, such as the DeLonghi Icona Elements range, or sets with textured accents to add an interesting touch to a classic-looking product, such as the Tefal Avanti Classic kettle and toaster (above). Textured kettles and toasters look smart, stylish and understated, and could bring some grown-up glamour to your kitchen.

See how popular versions fare in our tough tests by clicking on the links below.

Textured kettle and toaster reviews

5. Minimal grey

Minimalist kettle and toaster sets have been making a slow but sure comeback, with monochrome black and white getting an upmarket makeover in recent years. The latest interpretation of this trend is muted grey appliances, which give a softer look than stark black or white.

Neutral tones are perfect for matching your existing colour scheme, and look smart and fashion-forward without stealing attention from other stand-out pieces in your kitchen.

There are different ways you can go with the grey trend, from glossy metallics to muted mattes. However, if you’re keen on this look, beware – we found a Don’t Buy amongst the latest crop of grey gadgets. Check our Don’t Buy kettles[4] and toasters[5] to find out which one is best avoided.

Grey kettle and toaster reviews

Know what look you want, but unsure what features you need?

Read our kettles buying guide and toasters buying guide for more advice on choosing.[6][7]

Buying the best kettle and toaster set

There’s more choice than ever when it comes to replacing your kettle and toaster, but finding a matching set that makes speedy hot drinks and tasty toast is less easy. We’ve tested kettle and toaster sets that look beautiful but fail miserably at doing their core jobs, or where the kettle is brilliant but the toaster is awful, so you’ll be left frustrated by patchy, burnt or underdone slices. Paying more is no guarantee of good results either.

We’ve found some cheap kettle and toaster sets that outperform other significantly pricier models in our tests. To make sure that your appliance does more than just look the part, check our kettle reviews[8] and toaster reviews[9] before you buy. If a product that lasts is key for you, make sure you check our guide to the most reliable kettle brands[10] too.

*Prices correct as of 21 December 2017.

Please note, prices tend to jump around a lot, and you may be able to find products on offer, or as a bundled set.

Check the individual reviews for the most up-to-date prices.


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Pricey kettle fails to impress in Which? tests

Our years of testing kettles have shown that price is no indication of quality. We’ve found expensive kettles that are slow, noisy and waste energy, and cheap kettles that delight with their quick, quiet boiling and easy handling. The latest kettles to undergo our tough lab tests are no exception.

We found five Best Buys with prices ranging from GBP30 to GBP100, and one pricey kettle that only just escapes being named a Don’t Buy, with a score of 49%. The 16 kettles we tested are recent 2017 models and include on-trend cheap copper dome kettles from Sainsbury’s and Argos, as well as the latest products from brands including Breville, Kenwood, Morphy Richards, Russell Hobbs and Sage. Find out which kettles made the grade as Best Buys, and the expensive model with mediocre results, in our kettle reviews[1].

Latest kettle and toaster reviews

We also uncovered a whopping eight new Best Buy toasters in our recent tests.

But with a Don’t Buy model from a well-known brand, it is worth checking our toaster reviews[2] to find one that will serve up golden toast rather than disappointing patchy slices. If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen with a matching set, we’ve tested both cheap and pricey options. But are both halves of the set worth having?

Our tests showed huge variation in the performance of matching kettles and toasters, with some exceptional sets having two Best Buys and others including one or more disappointing appliance. Find out more about the sets we’ve just tested below, and follow the links to get our verdict.

Kenwood Turbo kettle and toaster, GBP90 each

Kenwood claims that this premium retro-styled breakfast set can make your breakfast in 60 seconds, which could be perfect for busy mornings. But at nearly GBP200 for the set, expectations are high for this kettle and toaster.

Do both appliances match their promised speed, score well in other tests, and, most importantly, justify their hefty price tags? Read our reviews of the Kenwood Turbo kettle[3] and Kenwood Turbo toaster[4] to find out.

Sage by Heston Luxe kettle and toaster, GBP100 each

With eccentric chef Heston Blumenthal lending his name to this range, this kettle and toaster are certainly different – the kettle sounds a bell when it’s boiled, great for easily-distracted cooks, and the toaster has an illuminated countdown timer telling you when your toast will be ready. But can these pricey appliances do more than just add bells and whistles?

Get our verdict in the Sage Heston Soft Top Luxe kettle review[5] and Sage The Toast Select Luxe toaster review[6].

Russell Hobbs Luna kettle and toaster, GBP30-GBP40 each

With the Luna set you can expect a stylish brushed metallic design at a more wallet-friendly price. The kettle and toaster certainly look impressive, but to find out how they score in our tests read the Luna kettle review[7] and Luna Moonlight toaster review[8].

Sainsbury’s Copper kettle and toaster, GBP35 each

The eye-catching copper finish puts this budget own-brand set bang on trend, and makes it look more expensive than it actually is. Some supermarket appliances have been known to impress in Which? tests, but others have been underwhelming, if not downright dreadful.

Does getting style on a budget mean a drop in performance? Read the full Sainsbury’s Copper Pyramid Kettle review[9] and Sainsbury’s Copper toaster review[10] to see if this set holds its own against more expensive models.

Why pay more for a kettle or toaster?

Pricey kettles and toasters usually go heavy on the style, with luxurious finishes and premium touches. You’re more likely to get more features too, such as extra temperature or toasting settings and light or sound effects to signify when your water or toast is ready.

But with three kettles under GBP60 being awarded a Best Buy, including some stylish options, there’s no need to spend more unless you’ve got your heart set on a particular model. Our cheapest Best Buy is the joint-highest scoring model from our most recent test, with 81%, and would also look smart on your worktop. It’s a similar story for toasters, with five of eight recent Best Buys GBP60 and under.

Watch out though – not every inexpensive product is a bargain. For every great product we find, there are several more average or poor models you’ll want to steer clear of. Get the lowdown on the models to avoid by checking our list of Don’t Buy kettles[11] and Don’t Buy toasters[12].

The most reliable kettles

Buy cheap buy twice?

Not necessarily – a survey of over 4,000 Which? members in 2017 revealed a supermarket brand as one of the most reliable around for kettles. Our research combines analysis of our test data, to see which kettles consistently score well in our tests, and data from kettle owners about how long their kettle lasted and how happy they were with the brand. This gives us a unique insight into how dependable certain brands are and which ones you should consider when buying a new kettle.

Find out which brands make the most long-lasting products and have the happiest customers with our guide to the most reliable kettle brands[13].


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