Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of kettles over BIBO is that you have to keep filling your kettle. BIBO is mains-fed which means no need to fill up ever again!
“Rapid boil” kettles usually aren’t as quick as they sound. While a BIBO will deliver hot drinks in seconds, even the fastest kettles take around a minute before your next coffee is ready.
Some kettles have a function to keep water hot. Unfortunately, this usually means the kettle re-boils every so often, wasting electricity in the process (unlike the BIBO’s energy-saving sleep mode).
Water-filtering kettles are available (for an added cost). You’ll need to change the filter fairly regularly, depending on how often you use the kettle but often once a month. The filter costs can stack up quickly if you love your cups of tea!
“Instant” kettles are actually a different product, sometimes called a “water boiler” or “hot water dispenser”. These are much more expensive, and, unlike the BIBO, won’t also provide cool water.
By our reckoning, even the most advanced kettle has only one advantage – it’s cheaper than a BIBO. Just remember that for the lower price you won’t get instant cooled water, you may not get filtered water, and you’ll have to keep filling that noisy old kettle!
Instant hot water
Instant chilled water
Doesn't take up cupboard space
Range of colours to match your kitchen
Control of quantity and temperature
Very child friendly