My previous kettle broke about a week before pay day as is always the way, it's amazing how fewer cups of tea you make when you have to boil water on the hob every time! I didn't want to spend too much money but wanted a quality brand rather than an own brand so decided on this.
I prefer the taller jug design to some of the stubbier designs with the handle on top on the market which can be a little heavier and awkward to pour.
This kettle is lightweight and comfortable to fill and pour even when fully filled, it does look and feel a little plastically but is a solid design that wipes cleans easily. My previous kettle required you to fully take the lid off which could sometimes burn you when steam escaped if you needed to refill the kettle straight after boiling but with this design the lid just flips back keeping your hand protected from any steam, although you do need to do this manually rather than using a button like some more expensive kettles have.
The light at the bottom illuminates orange while boiling when pressed down and automatically flicks up when finished and it is quite rapid to boil.
My last kettle had seen better days, I had been on the lookout for a new one for a while but I didn't want to spend too much money. I seen a few cheaper models but they looked too plasticy and not the look I was going for in my kitchen. I seen this on Tesco Direct for just £22.50 along with a matching toaster which was also on my list so I bought both.
The kettle came in a nice black box which I found difficult to get into. The kettle was so well packaged that I struggled to even get it out of the box. When I eventually did get in I was very please with the look of the kettle. It was a slightly different red than I anticipated in fact it was darker. The kettle was very shiny looking the main part of the body was red and the handle and lid was a matt black. There is a large viewing window to see how much water is inside the kettle.
Reading the box the features state it has a 1.7 litre capacity, a removable washable water filter, a 3kW heating element to heat water faster and finally a 360 degree rotating base to allow left or right handed use.
The first thing I did was decide where to position the kettle I was pleased to see that I could hide the excess cord in the base which was ideal as I have positioned the kettle quite close to the socket. I never fill the kettle to the brim and generally only have tea once a day so I only out the minimum amount of water required into the kettle. There is a black button at the top of the handle which needs to be pressed to open the lid at the top of the kettle to fill it up. The lid felt a little flimsy and it has a cheap looking plastic metal coloured strip across it.
When I put the kettle on to boil the water window illuminated red which I felt was a nice touch. I was suprised at how quick the kettle boiled much faster than any other model I have had in the past, it is also very quiet a few times I have used it I haven't realised that it has boiled. It is also cool to the touch even after it has boiled.
Overall for the price I feel that this is a decent kettle, it looks more expensive than it actually is and the glowing red water window is a nice feature. The only negative thing I have noticed so far is that it gives off an awful lot of steam, it is positioned just under my kitchen cupboards on the worktop and a few times I have had to pull it forward as it was creating condensation on the work underneath of the cupboard.
I like this kettle and it looks nice in my kitchen it does the job for me and for the money I think it is a good purchase.
Please note that this review features the Russell Hobbs Stylis Kettle 18579. I'm writing about the RED one and not the black mentioned above with a different model number.
My mum was ordering a new kettle out of her catalogue recently as she was in need of a new one, and there was an offer for a Russell Hobbs Stylis model at 50 percent off. With no further research she went to place her order. While in the phone queue she asked if I needed one too; it seemed like a bargain so I replied yes. A couple of days later two new kettles arrived, one glossy black for Mum, and a glossy red one for me. Upon opening mine and trying it out, there were a few issues, and this review discusses my thoughts and findings since that initial use.
My mother opened hers and immediately tried it out. She was upset that she hadn't ordered the red one when she saw mine, but in my opinion the black one looked much more premium and expensive. The red one looks a little bit plastic-ey (if that's a word). She filled hers with water and all was well.
The box it comes in looks very luxurious and stylish, going well with the Stylis model name. It's jet black and features this bright and shiny looking, modern jug kettle. The box informs me that this is 3KW rapid boil, large 1.7 litre maximum capacity and a 360 degree base for right and left handed use. It ticks all the boxes so far. The kettle was rather securely fitted inside the box, allowing for absolutely no movement and therefore preventing damage. While extracting the appliance, I did notice a rather annoying rattle and even before we plugged it in, I knew it was going back for replacement. There was a screw loose within the element area and unknowing whether it was one that had worked loose or one that was an extra, so to speak, it was promptly repackaged and a replacement ordered.
The second kettle arrived with the same good looks as the first, minus the rattle; all's well so far. The kettle has plastic exterior throughout. A matt black handle is seemingly fashioned from one solid piece and rather unusually is moulded around a section of the kettle. This leads to a semi -transparent section where you can see the water level, and minimum and maximum measures. The spout is also in this same semi -transparent material, and the main body is a vibrant tomato red. Chrome touches on the lid and surrounding the swivel base give this a rather stylish feel.
Utilising this appliance is simplicity itself. There are only two operations on the appliance - one button is to open the lid and the other is the power on and off. The button to open the lid is absolutely perfectly positioned to work it with your thumb of the same hand that is holding the handle. That's one thing I must commend Russell Hobbs on, in my limited experience of the brand, all the necessary details are expertly positioned, and they have a lovely ergonomic feel.
As a true jug style kettle, this is filled from the top. The lid mechanism opens extremely wide to do this with ease; alternatively, you could fill from the spout if you wished as its wide enough to enable this. Opening the lid however, enables you to check for lime scale build up on the filter and give it a rinse and clean as and when necessary. This is an extremely fine (plastic I expect) mesh and I imagine it would do a good job at trapping any particles. I live in a soft water area so I've never had to do this myself, but for the purpose of the review, I can testify that it is easy to remove and locks back into position with a satisfying click.
With a maximum 1.7 litre capacity this is on the larger side of kettles; my last one was just 1.5 litres. I can't see this being a problem though, as it's an extremely light kettle when empty, presumably due to its plastic construction. My last kettle had a metal body, and was noticeably heavier. This would only be heavy if it was filled up to the maximum, but I doubt there would be many occasions to do this, especially if you only boiled what you need in order to conserve electricity.
This boils water really quickly due to the 3 kilowatt element. A plus point for me is that when boiling a red light illuminates from within, co-ordinating with the red body. That was a huge bug bear of mine, my previous kettle which was chosen to match all my other red appliances had blue illumination - why, oh why? It might be worth noting if this bothers you too, that my mum's black model illuminates blue. Well, it would be pointless illuminating it black wouldn't it? : )
One thing I did notice upon using this, and is something that is not noted in the instructions or on the box outer - is that this is a cool wall kettle. Even at boiling point I can put my hands on it, it feels ever so slightly warm, but nowhere near as hot as one would expect and I was pleasantly surprised.
Down to the kettles other problem, and the main reason why I'm sending this kettle back too - after the kettle has boiled and the on/off switch clicks back into its initial position, steam escapes from the switch; my Mum's kettle doesn't do it, well not that I've noticed anyway. I've only ever 'owned' two Russell Hobbs appliances before, this kettle and the iron that featured in my last review, and both have steam leaking issues. Whereas I decided to keep the iron as the good points outweighed the bad, I don't particularly like this kettle enough to warrant keeping it, especially when you hear about the price.
Now this kettle was purchased 'half price' from Freemans catalogue on a special promotion at £25, and this seems to be a good deal when you see that this same model is currently £49.99 in Sainsbury's. Now here's the thing, this very same kettle is also available for sale in Tesco's for just £19.99 with no promotion. There seems to be something decidedly wrong with the pricing of this. £25 I would say was the correct price for this kettle and the absolute most I would pay for it if there were no steam escaping issues, so the Tesco price seems to be a bit of a bargain. These were the only two stores I did a comparison with, so you might be able to find it even cheaper elsewhere.
Now to list the Positives:
Left and Right handed use
Easy to fill
Plastic-ey looking (sorry for using that term again)
Can be expensive - shop around
Possible loose screws/ fittings
Steam leaking from the on/off switch
In summary, the positives seem to outweigh the negatives on this kettle but once bitten (my leaking iron), twice shy (leaking kettle) - I'm sorry Russell Hobbs there isn't going to be a third time. I will never buy another appliance from your brand again. I've had problems with three appliances and two totally different items, and I'm just not satisfied. My mum is quite happy with hers though and if she were to write a review, I'm sure she'd award the full five stars. In all honesty, it's a 'so-so' kettle. As my school report often used to say - could do better! I'm sending this back as soon as possible for a refund and I'll be buying a totally different brand.
This review will also be posted on Ciao, with the addition of photographs.
Thanks for reading my review and I hope it has been of some use to you.
I am a tea queen , there is a running joke in our house if the kettle isn't on it's because you have a cuppa in your hands. Consequently the kettles in our house take a battering , in the 6 years in this house this is number 6 !
The Russell Hobbs 14590 comes in a black gloss colour with a clear water gauge and spout that glow blue when the kettle is switched on . It has a 1.7 litre capacity , and can face either way due to the 360 degree swivel base , with plenty of cord length you should have no problem reaching plug sockets, the excess cord can be wrapped around on the underside of the base .
The kettle itself is plastic rather than stainless steel , at first i was slightly disappointed as i wasn't expecting it to be plastic, but its turned out to be a bonus as its much easier to wipe and keep clean.
The lid opens with a easy press of a button and has an opening large enough to be easily filled without spaying all over the kitchen. The handle is a nice shape and easy to hold even when full.
The water indicator is easy to read and see if you have overfilled .
The on ,off switch situated under the handle is very easy to click and would be suitable for those with limited mobility in their hands.
The water flow from the kettle is excellent , a steady stream without drips or over pouring like some can do . Whilst the kettle was not sold as a fast boil it is very competent on speed and takes less than 4 minutes for a full kettle of very cold water to boil and isn't too noisy either .
I bought this kettle for £24.99 [ supposedly half price ] having owned kettles from £15-£75 and none outlasting the other i thought this very reasonable price and i feel a bargain for how well the kettle is designed.
All in all i'm extremely pleased with this kettle , and i would highly recommend to others . I can not think of anyway it could be better .Its a good price, a great design which works well , and looks good in the kitchen. What more could you want !
I bought this kettle just over a year ago now and bought mine from ebay for £24.99, after alot of looking about for a kettle and not wanting something too cheap as they always just break and burn out i decided to go with this russell hobbs one which really does look great it is a black gloss colour and has a sillver base which the kettle sits on and really does look the part in my kitchen, it goes well with any colour kitchen.
The russell hobbs is a great buy as it retails for £49.99 but you can buy them from ebay or amazon and get it for about £25, The kettle has a rapid boil so does not take long at all and this is a must have if you have small babies lol also it holds 1.7l which is a good amount, the thing that i love love love is the way that it lights up blue when its in boil mode i just think it looks so cool and i have had so many comments from my friends, it is easy to pour out and has a good spout so it does not spill everywhere.
I have had this for just over a year and i have had no problems with it at all great buy and just looks fab.
We seem to be going through a phase at the minute of product breaking, that latest was our kettle, I cannot really moan however as this was brought for us when we moved into our first home 11 years ago. After a bit of research, I wanted something that looked nice, but also boiled quickly and held a lot of water, this is when I spotted the Russell Hobbs Stylis kettle in the Argos catalogue.
The recommended retail price is £49.99 and is available from places like Argos, large department stores or direct from the manufacturer. I loved the look of this kettle but after a bit of research, I managed to buy mine from Amazon for £24.95 with free delivery.
I chose is glass black in colour with a chrome base as this matches my worktop and the décor of my kitchen. The kettle is also available in gloss white or highly polished chrome effect. The handle runs from the top to about three quarters away down the kettle (but it is not re-attached at the bottom). The water window is quite a nice sleek shape and runs down the side of the kettle. One of the things that first attracted me to and what I like about this water window is that it illuminates to quite a nice bright neon blue colour when the water is being boiled.
To use, lift the kettle from the base (I like that you can completely remove the kettle from the base so you do not have to un plug every time you need to fill it up) you then need to 'pop' the lid open on the top of the kettle by pressing the button on the top and then pour the water inside. Close the lid and then replace the kettle onto the base unit (you do not have to worry about placing it any specific position on the base as it will fit any way onto it) and press the switch down at the side.
As the base unit is classed as 360 degrees, it is advertised as suitable for both left and right handed people but as all my family is right handed, I cannot really say whether this works.
I love this kettle as you can also remove the water filter, we use our kettle several times a day so can get a build up of lime scale sometimes, and this ensures none of the little bits end up in my tea.
The kettle can hold up to 1.7 litres of water which means we can comfortably get 5 cups of tea from one boil, it also has boils very quickly.
It comes with the with a manufacturers one year guarantee but as it is made by Russell Hobbs, I am hoping it will last a lot longer than this as they are experts in making small appliances as the company has been trading for 60 years.
We have had ours a couple of months now and I have not experienced any problems, the only downside for me is that to clean the exterior you need to 'buff' afterwards otherwise you can see the water marks but this is the case with most 'gloss effect' products.
Overall, I would recommend this kettle and give 5 out of 5 stars. It looks really stylish and modern on my worktop, but more importantly, boils quickly so I can make that perfect cup of tea.
Thanks for reading.
With a curvaceous bold outline this 1.7L kettle is as attractive as it is functional. A 3kW concealed element boils water rapidly while a 360° base makes it easy to use whether you're right or left handed. The base also includes cord storage - so