UPDATED 25th January 2017

If you live in one of the many areas of the UK that has hard water you will know the irritation of getting limescale in your kettle, the bad taste that goes along with it and the inevitable need to replace a broken appliance after calcification builds up.

We’ve reviewed three of the best kettles for hard water areas, and present three other options you might also want to consider.

You can use our handy table of contents to the left (above on mobile) to quickly jump to a section that interests you.

The best filter kettle

Morphy Richards 120003

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Morphy Richards 120003, our pick for the best kettle for hard water

OUR PICK

The Morphy Richards 120003 Brita Electric Filter Kettle is a great kettle for hard water areas. It’s 1.5 litre capacity is the largest available out of Brita filtered kettles, and means you can boil more water at the same time compared to the other kettles here. At 1.2 kg it’s also the lightest kettle with a Brita filter.

A range of colours are available, including black (as in the image), white, red, and brushed metal.

  1.5 litre capacity
  Brita water filter
  Lightweight at only 1.2 kg

  • Speed
  • Capacity
  • Noise
  • Style
  • Other features

“Large tank and attractive design”

7.8/10


Breville VKJ595

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Breville VKJ595

MOST STYLISH

Breville’s VKJ595 is one of our favourite kettles with a in-built Brita water filter. It’s got a striking look, with the top half of the kettle slashed in half and replaced with transparent plastic that you can see through and lights up during boiling. The 1 litre capacity isn’t the highest available, but is equal to the Russell Hobbs Purity. As with the other kettles reviewed here this one has a 3000 watt element, so you wont be waiting around for it boil.

  Excellent modern design
  Brita water filter
  3000 watt element

  Not the largest tank

  • Speed
  • Capacity
  • Noise
  • Style
  • Other features

“Fun design with built in Brita filter”

7/10


Russell Hobbs Purity

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Russell Hobbs Purity

GREAT WARRANTY

The Russell Hobbs Purity is another great choice for a filtered water kettle. This one sports a glass middle section, which is fully transparent and lights up when boiling. The top and bottom parts of the kettle are finished in brushed steel. Tank size is on par with the Breville VKJ595 at 1 litre, and as with all the kettles here the element is a full power 3000 watts. Of special note is the three year warranty (registration with Russell Hobbs required), which is the best available out of the kettles reviewed here.

  3 year warranty
  Brita water filter
  Glass section

  1 litre tank
  A bit heavy at 2 kg

  • Speed
  • Capacity
  • Noise
  • Style
  • Other features

“Great features and contemporary style”

7/10

Hard water kettles comparison table

Still can’t decide? Use our handy comparison table to see all the stats and info from the kettles reviewed above.

 NameTypeCapacity (litres)Power (watts)ColourWeight (kg)Lid typeBoil dry protectionAuto shut offOn indicatorWarranty (years) 
Morphy Richards Brita 120003Morphy Richards BritaElectric1.53000Black1.2HingeYesYesYes2
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Breville VKJ595Breville VKJ595Electric13000Silver1.53HingeYesYesYes1
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Russell Hobbs 20760 Purity Russell Hobbs PurityElectric13000Glass/Illuminated2HingeYesYesYes3
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Other options

If none of the above kettles appeals to you there are a few more options (other than moving home!) available for consideration that we have listed below. If you have any other suggestions, please get in touch and let us know in the comments section after this article.

The Brita Elemaris Water Filter Jug, a good alternative to a filtered kettle

 

Brita Elemaris Water Filter Jug

All of the above kettles use an included Brita water filters to filter the water before it’s boiled. With a water filter jug the water filter is within the jug, and instead of filling the kettle from the tap you first fill the jug.

The advantage is a much greater capacity (3.5 litres), the downside being that you need to fill your kettle from the jug. Most people who go down this route keep their jug in the fridge, meaning you can also use it for cold water for drinking.

 

Yorkshire Tea for Hard Water

Don’t want to change your kettle but can’t get over the hard water taste? Here’s the answer: change your tea!

This blend of Yorkshire Tea has been specially formulated for use in hard water areas, the result is a strong but not overwhelming tea, and with a noticeable reduction in floating limescale.

Whilst this won’t be something most will want to try (or even want to consider), it could be an option for you.

 

Brita Torlan Water Filter Tap

If you’re refitting your kitchen or the thought of DIY doesn’t bother you, another option is to replace your kitchen tap with one with a built in filter.

The tap still uses a Brita filter, but a much larger one than normal and hidden out of view underneath your sink.

The filter lasts for three months (much more than a kettle filter), and the tap itself can be fitted into most existing kitchen sinks or worktops.

What is hard water?

Simply put, hard water is water with a high mineral content and soft water is without a high mineral count. The most common minerals found in hard water are calcium and magnesium compounds, such as calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Water tends to be harder in areas with lots of chalk and limestone rocks, compared to those with insoluble rock like granite. If you want to read more on how hard water is formed and what it contains, Wikipedia has a useful article on the topic.

Hard water scale

Hard water is measured in milligrams per litre (mg/L). The table below shows the normal range of hardness found in the United Kingdom.

Hardnessmg/L
Soft0-50
Moderately soft51-100
Slightly hard101-150
Moderately hard151-200
Hard201-300
Very hard300+

Do I live in a hard water area?

Not sure if you live in a hard water area? Use our table below to check look up you county to see how hard the water is in your area. You can also search by county.

CountyHardness
BedfordshireHard to very hard
BerkshireHard to very hard
BuckinghamshireHard to very hard
Cambridgeshire Hard to very hard
Cheshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
Cornwall Soft to moderately soft
CumbriaSoft to moderately soft
Derbyshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
DevonSoft to moderately soft
DorsetHard to very hard
Durham Soft to moderately soft
EssexHard to very hard
GloucestershireHard to very hard
Greater LondonSlightly hard to moderately hard
Hampshire Hard to very hard
Herefordshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
Hertfordshire Hard to very hard
KentHard to very hard
Lancashire Soft to moderately soft
Leicestershire Slightly hard to moderately hard
Lincolnshire Hard to very hard
Norfolk Hard to very hard
NorthamptonshireSlightly hard to moderately hard
Northumberland Slightly hard to moderately hard
Nottinghamshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
Oxfordshire Hard to very hard
RutlandSlightly hard to moderately hard
ScotlandSoft to moderately soft
Shropshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
SomersetSoft to moderately soft
Staffordshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
SuffolkHard to very hard
Surrey Hard to very hard
SussexHard to very hard
Warwickshire Slightly hard to moderately hard
WiltshireHard to very hard
WorcesterSlightly hard to moderately hard
YorkshireSoft to moderately soft