Smart home technology is making it’s way into every aspect of home life, from fitness trackers to gadgets that let you see and talk to pets when you’re at work. There’s a boat load of fantastic things you can do by connecting your devices together. Even the humble kettle has not been overlooked.
It boils down to this: the #1 smart kettle in 2020 is the App Kettle. It’s simple to use and has a wealth of features for tea and coffee lovers. This kettle also works extremely well with voice assistants like Alexa. See it on Amazon
This guide looks into what a smart kettle actually is and also asks the question – what’s the best smart kettle to look out for in 2020?
What is the best smart kettle available in 2020?
Unlike a lot of other smart home products, the market isn’t exactly flooded with smart kettles at the time of writing this guide. But the good news is that there are some seriosly good products around that do this, from reputable brands. Not some cheap and nasty gadgets (come on, we’ve all bought those products before).
The next part of our WiFi kettle guide will go through some of the better buys available online today.
Top WiFi kettles you can buy today
- App Kettle
- iKettle (3rd Generation)
- Sage Smart Kettle (BKE820UK)
Lets go over each kettle in a litttle more detail:
#1 – App Kettle
About this smart kettle
Who’d have thought that so much work and research could go into making a kettle? Well, that’s exactly what happened with the App Kettle. It was developed in the UK and years of development went into researching how to make the perfect kettle of the future. The result is the awesome App Kettle.
Where’s my TEA!?
If you love the idea of using voice commands to make the perfect cuppa, then this might be the best smart kettle for you. App Kettle doesn’t mind if you shout at it when you’re ready for your next hot drink, in fact it’s compatible with pretty much every virtual assistant and hub out there, including my favourite – good old Alexa.
Other cool stuff this smart kettle does
If you don’t have Alexa, or just don’t want to talk to your kettle (I guess it is a bit of a strange thing to do…) then, like all good smart kettles, the App Kettle has a fab free app that you can download to Apple or Android devices. Once installed you can get very accurate control over your kettle’s temperature (down to the nearest degree, no less).
You can also keep your water hot for up to 30 minutes, for those ‘one cup of tea is never enough’ situations. And the App Kettle has energy and safety features built in. It’s also a good choice for left handed people as the base is 360° base.
Smart kettle main features
- Compatible with Alexa and other smart devices
- Boil your kettle from an app
- High ratings on Amazon
- Keep water warm
- Control the temperature of your water easily
#2 – iKettle (3rd Generation)
About this smart kettle
Another brilliant smart kettle that’s proving very popular in 2020 is the iKettle. Now in it’s 3rd version, the iKettle is packed with brilliant features that will make your life easier. You can use remote boil from your smartphone using the iKettle app, or use any of the built-in presets the app has to offer, like Wake-up mode.
Wake up mode is a great invention. The app will wake you up at a certain time and ask you if you’d like the kettle boiling. Hows that for a futuristic service? (check out our full Smarter iKettle 3 Review here).
Great for new parents
One thing that takes up a huge chunk of your time when you’re a new parent is making the endless stream of baby bottles up, at just the right temperature. One of the iKettle’s best smart kettle features is the handy Formula Mode, which can help you by remotely preparing the water at the perfect temperature for your baby’s bottle. Night feeds just got a little bit easier.
Smart Device Features
- Boil your kettle from anywhere in the world
- Simple and easy setup
- Great for new parents, makes bottles to the correct temperature
- Handy app presets like ‘wake-up mode’
- Works with Alexa and other VA’s
#3 – Sage BKE820UK
What does it do?
One of the best things you can use smart home technology for is controlling your home’s central heating system, as well as when your water is heated up. Adding a smart thermostat can save you a lot of money on your energy bill as it will only heat your home when it needs it, and will only fire up your boiler the absolute minimum to heat your home just how you like it.
Why is this the ‘best’ one for smart home use?
The Nest is one of the most popular smart thermostats. Don’t let your plumber push you into getting a certain one. It’s better to get one you want and find someone to install it. And the Nest is easily one of the better quality smart thermostats on the market. It has a fab app that lets you do all kinds of clever things with your boiler that will make life a bit easier. (It also looks absolutely gorgeous mounted on the wall). It’s got a colour touch screen and is very user-friendly.
Smart Kettle Features
- Control all your radiators from your smart phone
- Learns and adapts to your energy use
- Uses your phone location to never heat an empty home
- No subscription charges
- Really easy to use
Smart Kettle Buyer’s Guide
Is it voice controlled?
If you’re going for a completely voice compatible smart home (and why wouldn’t you – using your voice to control your gadgets is AWESOME…) check to see if your shiny new smart kettle is compatible with your existing setup. the best smart kettles will indeed work with Alexa, Google Assistant and your existing smart hub.
What’s the water level?
It’s easy to get tied up in technical side of things with smart products, but don’t forget the basics when choosing the best smart kettle for your home. A good kettle should have a glass ‘window’ that lets you see how much water is in there. Some of the better ones have a double window that lets you see in both sides.
* TIP * It should be a good kettle with or without WiFi
Left or right handed?
Another thing to look out for, if you’re a ‘lefty’, is whether the smart kettle has a round base. This means you can pick the kettle up by it’s handle easily, whether you’re left or right-handed.
Helping prepare baby’s bottle
One thing that isn’t often mentioned when it comes to smart kettles, and one of the best smart kettle uses is in preparing the water to go in your baby’s bottle. If you’ve got a new born, you’ll know how time consuming it is to get the water just right (especially when you’re half asleep on night feeds. A good smart kettle can at least take some of the work of your shoulders.
For more information on general kettle buying, you might want to check out the excellent Which? guide.
Let me know in the comments down below how your smart home is coming along. Did you use any of these smart WiFi kettles? Have you found what you think is the best smart kettle? Let me know in the comments please!