A matching kettle and toaster set will smarten up your kitchen, but appliances need to do more than just look good on your worktop.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of kettles and toasters to find the rare sets that can deliver, so you can choose the style you like best and make you confident that your products won’t let you down come breakfast time.
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Small appliance brand Russell Hobbs has been a popular choice for kettles and toasters for many years now. There are lots of matching sets to choose from, and they're not usually too pricey, but will they get breakfast on the table in a flash?
Looking for something a little different? A textured kettle and toaster adds a quirky sense of style to your kitchen, with unique shapes and patterns that are bound to stand out, even on the busiest worktops.
You can't go far wrong with a sleek, classic kettle and toaster, but you don't have to spend a fortune to get the look.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to nab a stylish matching set as there are plenty of budget options available. And most comes in pretty colours to complement your kitchen’s décor.
It pays to shop around online for kettles and toasters. Retailers such as Argos and Currys often offer bundle deals that make the pair much cheaper than buying separately. It’s also worth checking Amazon for its ‘frequently bought together’ discounts.
Although a bundled deal is often your best bet, it makes sense to check the individual prices of each product before you buy, just in case a discounted item makes the pair cheaper.
The January sales, or September sales – when shops try to tempt students heading to university to stock up on budget kitchen gadgets – are good times to look for bargain kettle and toaster sets. Older colour options or styles that are being phased out may be cheaper than normal.
Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco can be good places to shop for low-cost, own-brand kettle and toaster packs from as little as £12. Paying less doesn't automatically mean you're stuck with a plain white plastic creation though. We've found some affordable, stylish options, including copper kettles and toasters. The quality of supermarket own-brand appliances varies a lot though, so check our reviews before you buy to avoid a dud.
Another way to keep costs down is to buy from a reliable brand. We’ve found that some kettle and toaster brands are prone to faults, so it's likely you’ll need to replace them every few years.
We test each kettle and toaster individually, even if they’re part of a matching set. We’ve discovered that more often than not, one appliance is far better than the other, or occasionally, they’re both terrible.
In most cases, you're simply paying for looks over performance, and that only really works if you plan on using your kettle and toaster as decorative features rather than functioning appliances.
That doesn't mean there aren't any good options out there at all though – sometimes you just have to look a little harder. Our reviews reveal the strong and weak points of every single kettle and toaster we’ve tested over the years, so you should always check them before making a final decision. That way, you can work out which features are more important compared to what you’re willing to compromise on.
Head to our round-up of the best kettles to see some of the highest scoring models we've tested.
If you're not willing to settle for anything less than perfect performance (and why should you?), you may have to compromise a little on the aesthetics of your kettle and toaster. These tips will help you to achieve a colour-co-ordinated look without being tethered to the same manufacturer or range:
We've tested many hundreds of kettles and toasters over the years, so we know a thing or two about how to sort the best from the rest. Our tests are independent and objective: we test each appliance to the same standard so it's easy to compare across different models.
We can tell you how fast each kettle boils, how noisy it is and how efficient it is, plus any annoying ease-of-use issues to consider. For toasters, we rate how well they brown each side of the slice, and how consistently they toast, as well as how quick they are and how well they fit slices of different sizes.