How to Reset Any Electric Kettle In 4 Simple Steps


Do you need to reset your kettle? Then here are 4 simple steps for you to get the job done then get back on the road to a hot cup of coffee ASAP. 

Here’s how to reset any kettle 

  1. Unplug the kettle from the mains for 5 seconds 
  2. Plug the kettle back in 
  3. Fill it with water 
  4. Turn it on

And there you have it! Resetting a kettle is dead easy. To take a closer look at these steps and find out how to reset a smart kettle, keep reading.

4 Steps to Reset Your Kettle

Do you suspect that your kettle is not working as well as it should be? Or has it been left to dry-boil and hasn’t quite been the same since? Then a quick reset may be all your kettle needs to prompt it to work well again. 

A kettle reset is really easy to perform. You find the best steps coming up next.

#1 Unplug the Kettle

The first thing you need to do to reset your kettle is to unplug it from the mains. Pull the power cord out of the mains supply then wait for 5 seconds.

#2 Plug the Kettle In

Once 5 seconds have elapsed, you can plug the kettle back into the mains. Your kettle will have now reset itself and will be ready to use.


#3 Refill the Kettle

To test your kettle, refill it with cold water. Ensure you do not overfill it by respecting the “maximum” water mark on the inside or outside of the kettle. 

#4 Turn the Kettle On

Turn the kettle on at the power button. Enjoy a hot cuppa to celebrate a job well done.

Turn the kettle on at the power switch

How to Reset a Smart Kettle

Do you have a smart kettle? Do you need to restart it but are not sure how? Fortunately, most smart kettles have a very similar setup and are easy to reset. 

Here are the instructions you will need to reset a smart kettle:

  1. Press and hold the 100° button or the power button. Hold this button for up to 5 seconds, or until you hear the smart kettle beep. 
    1. NOTE: on some smart kettles, such as the RediKettle, you will need to press and hold the power button while pressing and holding the 60° or 70° button. 
  2. After 5 seconds, release the 100° button or the power button
  3. Unplug the power cord from the mains. Wait 5 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cord back in
  5. Fill the kettle with water
  6. Turn the kettle on. It has now reset itself.

Do you fancy taking a closer look at these instructions? Then why not check out this tutorial video for a smart RediKettle.

The Best Practices to Look After Your Kettle

Once your kettle starts playing up, there’s not really much you can do. Repairs are fiddly and more costly than they’re worth, not to mention time-consuming. The average electric kettle should last 4 years. So what can you do to make sure yours reaches its full life expectancy

Here is a list of things that will keep yours in tiptop condition.

  1. Clean the Outside of the Kettle

One surefire way for you to keep your kettle in good nick is to get in a good routine of cleaning it. Wipe your kettle with a damp cloth weekly to keep it free from dust and dirt. Remember, you should never immerse your kettle in water or put it in the dishwasher. 

If you are finding it hard to clean the kettle or to remove stubborn water marks from it, do the following.

  • Soak a large cleaning cloth in white vinegar. Never use an abrasive scourer on your kettle.
  • Wring the vinegar from the cloth and wrap it around the kettle. Leave the cloth laying on the kettle overnight
  • In the morning, remove the cloth from around the kettle. Use a damp sponge to rub over the stains and stubborn water marks. These should now come away easily. 
  1. Descale the Kettle

Now here’s the job everyone hates, but that must be done for your kettle to stay in top form. The frequency with which you should descale your kettle depends on how often you use it and the nature of the water where you live. Take a look at the guide below for help.

  • You use your kettle on average 5 times a day and live in a hard water area. You should descale it once a month.
  • You use your kettle on average 5 times a day and live in a soft water area. You should descale it once every 3 months.
  • You use your kettle more than 5 times a day. You may need to descale your kettle more often, depending on the water quality in your area. 

Ok, but how should you go about descaling the kettle? Take a look at the following instructions. 

  1. Half fill the kettle with a part water, part white vinegar solution
  2. Turn on the kettle and heat the solution until it boils
  3. Allow the vinegar and water inside the kettle to cool
  4. Once cooled, discard the vinegar and water mix
  5. Use a cleaning sponge or cloth to remove any stubborn limescale from the inside of the kettle. Do not use anything abrasive to clean the inside of the kettle. 
  6. Rinse the kettle a few times to remove the vinegar smell

Don’t like descaling the kettle because of the vinegar smell? Then try cleaning yours with one of the following natural ingredients. You could also use a commercial kettle descaler.

  • Citric acid
  • Lemon juice and water solution
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  1. Don’t Dry-Boil the Kettle

Another way to look after your kettle is to make sure that you use it properly. So what does dry-boiling mean? It means turning the kettle on with very little or no water inside of it. Dry-boiling also occurs when a kettle is left to boil until all of the water inside it evaporates.

Constantly dry-boiling the kettle will damage its internal heating elements. This could cause it to malfunction. You can avoid this by ensuring that there is always enough water inside the kettle when you use it. 

If you have dry-boiled your kettle, switch it off. Then refill it with cold water and put it back on to boil.

Make sure you fill the kettle with enough water
  1. Avoid Mineral Build-Up

Leaving leftover water in the kettle after it has finished boiling is one of the quickest ways for minerals to build up inside the unit. This is especially true if you live in a hard water area. To avoid the mineral build-up, empty the kettle of unused water after each boil. 


Does your kettle need kicking back into gear? Or have you just dry-boiled it by accident and feel like it needs a reboot of some sort? Then resetting your kettle could be a quick way to solve its problems. I’m sure the quick 4 steps in this article have shown you how easy it is to reset your kettle and have it working well again. 

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Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more