Product Type: Russell Hobbs kettles
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Russell Hobbs 13355
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Russell Hobbs 13355
Date: 25/05/08, updated on 25/05/08 (392 review reads)
Advantages: A fantastic brand and good looking kettle at a competitive price.
Well we have now had our new chrome kettle about a month now and I think I know its working power by now, so its time for a review on how I find the performance of the Russell Hobbs chrome Ceylon electric kettle.-
I wanted a chrome kettle as I think they have a good style and look to them, I'm not keen on the appearance of plastic jugs I think they look a bit basic and cheap. Chrome seems to look right in the kitchen, and all my appliances and electrical items are in fact chrome. The kitchen looks streamlined and stylish and my large collection of chrome and stainless steel cook ware gives the overall appearance of the kitchen a professional look. My last chrome kettle was very trendy and quite expensive and only lasted about two years. So I didn't want to pay a fortune this time as a kettle does get a lot of use and I think with all the wear and tear it isn't going to last a lifetime. So I wasn't going to be handing out large wads of cash this time.-
In our search for a new kettle we viewed about eight that were quite stylish and varying in price from about £20.00 to £70.00'ish. I really didn't want to pay the higher end of the scale for the reasons mentioned earlier and actually the nicest of the lot was a beautifully streamlined kettle that we had seen early on in Woolworths and it promised that it was a rapid boil. So on appearance and features, we settled on the Russell Hobbs Ceylon chrome kettle which cost us £19.99.-
---RUSSELL HOBBS 13355 CEYLON KETTLE---
The Russell Hobbs Ceylon Kettle is quite a dainty looking kettle when compared against some of the monsters in the chrome range. There is a trend at the moment to be totally overkill in the looks department when it comes to the design of these everyday electrical kitchen items. I think the designers feel that the chunkier and more industrial looking the better, feeling that we will be impressed with the heavy duty quality of these metal monsters. There is a difference between the amazingly designed Dualit toaster and kettle which triggered off all these cheap copycat imitations and the new imitators just haven't got it right, with their items looking clumsy and ugly to boot.-
The Russell Hobbs kettle is small compared to the other chrome kettles we viewed, standing at just under 10 inches high and 9 inches wide. The circumference to the body at the widest base point is 20 inches, tapering up to about 13 inches at the top. The actual body of the kettle looks in perfect proportion the handle and spout, making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the kettle is much lighter in weight than the other makes of kettle that we saw. The handle is smooth and easy to grip and retains none of the heat from the kettle boiling and the matching black lid detaches completely for the filling of the kettle. The sound and noise of the kettle boiling up is not quiet, neither is it loud. It is just right for hearing from a near by room, which is what you want really, and you are alerted to when it has boiled by the clicking of the on switch, to off. -
From the filling up of the kettle to nearly maximum water level, the kettle takes just under two minutes to boil, which is actually quite fast and perfect for the TV break when you rush out to make a quick drink. When using just a small adequate amount of water enough for two cups say, and the amount recommended for kindness to the environment, the kettle takes just under 60 seconds to reach boiling point. Which is what I was after, a kettle that doesn't take forever to boil, and in this case, a watched pot does boil :)
The Russell Hobbs Ceylon kettle has a detachable filter which sits behind the spout of the kettle and is great for keeping the scale particles away, which can sit upon the top of your tea making it appear cloudy, and scuddy. To clean the filter you just lift it up through the guides which sit behind it and run it under the tap. It's as simple as that; though it will still be necessary to clean the lime scale out of your kettle using a kettle de-scaler application from time to time. The length of the lead of the cordless kettle is 14 inches long, which is just right to tidy away behind the kettle. Some kettles come with very long leads and it is impossible to hide and tidy the lead away. Being a detachable kettle the lead does not need to be long but just adequate to reach the plug socket and sit on the work surface tidily. A long lead can actually be quite dangerous and get caught up when lifting the kettle.-
The cordless kettle sits independently upon a separate base which has a connector to the centre. At the base of the kettle is another connector which sits over the base one to make contact. I think why my last kettle stopped working was because I let water get into the base connector repeatedly each time the kettle was boiled, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on this to lengthen your kettles life.
There is a list of 'Important Safeguards' to read which is included inside the leaflet which comes inside the black box which your new Ceylon kettle comes in. The guarantee is also included within the box and runs for 12 months. As the kettle is chrome it can mark easily with grease or food from your hands. The best and kindest way to clean your kettle is by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it all over the kettle, then leaving for a few minutes and rubbing the excess off with a soft damp cloth. This should remove any grease or dirt from the kettle and also leaves it smelling very fresh and lovely. The Russell Hobbs Ceylon Kettle is just great. It is a 1.7 litre capacity - Removable Water Filter - Multi Directional 360 base with cord storage - and most importantly it is - RAPID Boil, energy efficient 3kW concealed element.-
Russell Hobbs is an excellent brand that has been around for many years and was an early pioneer in the stainless steel kettle. They bind length of life with quality. They are a reliable brand with brilliant products. Using their logo 'Smart in the Kitchen' just about sums up the appearance of the products also. I love my new purchase. It didn't take me long to choose this kettle from the opposition. It quite simply looked the classiest and the most attractive. Very competitively priced the Russell Hobbs 13355 Ceylon kettle is fantastic value. It boils very rapidly. I like the detachable filter for easy cleaning. It is light yet sturdy and highly pleasing to the eye. It makes a great cup of tea with perfectly boiled temperature of water. It was a fantastic price at just £19.99. Price and quality pro rata, it towered above the other brands and their models for me. An excellent buy from a reputable and respected maker and highly recommended.-
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Summary: A fantastic brand and good looking kettle at a competitive price.
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