Smeg Kettle: Review of a retro style kettle with modern features.

The retro style Smeg kettle with variable temperature is a piece of art that combines the style of the 50’S with modern technology.

Designed in Italy by Italian designers, they have put a lot of attention to detail and THE style that for Smeg, is a distinct concept:” the way a product communicates with its surroundings and enables users to interact with it.”

A few words about the company:

SMEG stands for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla and was founded 65 years ago in Italy by Vittorio Bertazzoni from Guastalla.

Having partnerships with world famous architects, their products have become popular all over the world due to their quality and contemporary style.

Features and functions of  the Smeg kettle with variable temperature 

The base is detachable with a 360° connection and the cord can be wrapped under the base once you are done using it.

The control panel is also on the base, where you will find the start/stop key, the temperature selector and the keep warm feature.

It’s worth mentioning that the keep warm feature IS an important feature of the modern kettles that offer temperature settings. For this kettle, the temperature can be set in 7 levels from 106°F to 212°F or 50°C to 100°C ( the difference is 10°C for each temperature level)

To avoid damages if the kettle is accidentally turned on without water or the set temperature is reached, it is equipped with an auto shut-off safety device.

When pressing a button it will make a short beep, as well as at the end of every cycle or keep warm function when activated, but the Mute function will remove those sounds if you don’t like them. All you need to do is press the keep warm button for five seconds.


  • Soft-opening lid that allows it to open progressively to prevent the sudden release of steam
  • Removable, stainless steel limescale filter located behind the anti-drip spout
  • Easy to clean. For tips on cleaning the kettle read “how to remove limescale article”
  • Keep warm function
  • Mute function
  • Water level indicator from 0.5 liters to 1.7 liters which also shows the quantity in cups

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  • The body is not insulated so be careful when the water boils as the kettle get’s very hot on the outside
  • The water level indicator is behind the handle which makes it hard to read
  • It has some plastic parts that touch the water and it is unknown if they are BPA free


Final conclusion on Smeg kettle review

The price is quite high compared to other kettles that offer the same features but you are paying for style and brand. My opinion is that if you have a kitchen equipped with high-class appliances, or you just want to give a retro touch to it, then its definitely worth paying the price.

Otherwise, there are other good options out there such as the Cuisinart electric kettle CPK-17 PerfecTemp or the Epica 6 temperature variable stainless steel cordless electric kettle

All being said the Smeg tea kettle looks good, it is easy to use and is made by a brand famous for high-quality products with a unique retro design.


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