After our old kettle died (r.i.p) we replaced it with this one.
SPEED! It boils water fast! This alone makes it worth buying. No questions asked.
Looks good on the work top.
Easy to clean filter.
Good grip handle.
Easy to pour spout.
The steel part gets hot. Obviously. But after burning myself slightly each time I switch on my toaster, I've learnt to do the toaster first and THEN the kettle. But I guess that just depends on where your kettle is positioned. Also, watch your children! But then that's with all kettles right?
One of the things that can be said about this kettle is that its a good conversation starter...why? Because it's Illuminating. What? You might ask. Simple. What is the point of an illuminating kettle...except perhaps it looks good? When it's on standby....all day long...it glows blue, when it's on...it glows red. So you can tell when the water is boiling? Surely the sound will alert you to this. So you can see how much water is inside? Nope, the viewing bit is large enough without the extra illumination. Oh wait...it makes it easy to use the kettle in the dark. Better still, you can navigate your way around the kitchen in the dark! The possibilities are endless.
Overall, I would buy this product again and again, because it's fast and easy to use. I also enjoy listening to people's opinions on the purpose of an illuminating kettle.
I have used quite a few kettles lately and although I wasn't too pleased with my last Russell Hobbs kettle, this Russell Hobbs 13865 Dual Illuminating Kettle beat my expectations on most levels! What attracted me to this kettle at first was it's price - it had been reduced to nearly half price at £28.99 and as I don't wish to spend more than £30 on a kettle, I thought I would take a closer look at this one in the shop. Just to add also, I am astounded by the price of kettles these days as I'm sure many people will agree!!! They never used to be so expensive, which is why I was keen on grabbing a bargain!
Anyway, I thought the design of the kettle was quite nice - it is made out of stainless steel and has an illuminated window and has a capacity of 1700ml. It also has a limescale filter. The window was large enough for me to see how much water I had in the kettle (even though the kettle appears to be smaller than my last one) which I was pleased with as my last kettle's window was very small and difficult to see through.
Next I was going to test the kettle and turn the power on. It is easy to fill - all you need to do is press the lever down and the lid opens. The amount of space available for me to aim the tap above the kettle was a slightly less than preferred but it was not a problem. I then put the kettle back onto the base. As soon as you turn the power on, the window on the kettle becomes illuminated with the blue light which gradually becomes red in colour as the water becomes hotter and it looks so nice that I enjoy staring at the kettle whilst it changes colour. It was definitely not as noisy as my last kettle which was a bonus and it took just over one and a half minutes to boil half the kettle. Pouring from the kettle into a mug was also easy!
I was so pleased with this kettle that I would have probably paid a bit more for it if I didn't know the price as I was desperate for a kettle at the time, so it is highly recommended. I think I got a great deal considering that there are so many overpriced kettles out there which would probably do a similar job to this one.
Never before had I cared what kind of kettle sat in a kitchen, nor had I felt that a kettle could be interesting to look at. But this Russel Hobbs dual illuminating kettle catches your eye and sits nicely in your kitchen. It looks good and boils quite quickly. You're able to get a good grip on the handle to pour out the water and the spout is designed well and easy to pour. The kettle has a easy flip up lid to refil water and the clear water window allows you to easily see how much water is in the kettle without having to lift the lid.
I like the calming effect of the kettle's illuminating light feature. When plugged in the kettle lights blue when not in use. With a click down of a simple switch located below the handle of the kettle, it turns the kettle on - turning the colour from blue to red. You can see the water beginning to boil from the clear water window until it begins to rapidly boil and once complete the kettle switches itself off and turns back to blue.
The downside of the kettle may be that it would not be as environmentally friendly as other kettles with the light constantly on whilst plugged in, and there are other cheaper kettles available that would work just as well. But overall, its a good kettle.. that not only makes a good cuppa but also looks good and brightens your kitchen. Being able to watch the water boil also adds a neat feature to the kettle and the stainless steel gives it a good look.
Sorry to pour cold water on all these great reviews but ours has just started leaking water from the base afetr a few years very regular use. .. No idea why and never had the problem with a kettle before.Just deciding what to replace it with now....
Russell Hobbs 13865 Model: Dual Illuminating Kettle
Est - 1952 (nearly 60 years of boiling over)
Every year or so, I wake up and peer through my sleepy eye dust and see in the corner of the kitchen a forlorn kettle laden down with white urchin style lime-scale from its spout; the base, water-stained from several months of leakages. To prolong the agony of the rattling, kettle, I attempt to give it mouth to mouth resuscitation by pathetically cleaning out the filter and clear the spout with sharp scissors - after ten minutes the kettle looks more like itself - and I start boiling water for my morning aromatic coffee. I will congratulate myself and admire my handy work whilst looking at the rejuvenated kettle attire whilst sipping the boiling steam. By the end of the week, another kettle would've replaced it. I supposed it is witnessing the kettle's frailties you spend some time dithering with the mechanics, or clean it up somewhat; but you know the poor mite is on its last legs. The switches seem clunky and stiff and boiling water was such a gasping effort you could hear the death rattle in its lungs, complaining as it takes an age to reach boiling point. When it did, it slowly click itself off, followed by a string of clicks emulating a sigh of relief.
It is inevitable the dark mornings seem to warrant luminous lights on gadgets more-so than any other time. And a kettle which lightens your spirit up first thing is always a must. So, Russell Hobbs 13865 Model engineered up with an amorous set of colours and soft, crisp clicks and silky on touch, it brightens my morning up, in the normally dull corner of the kitchen. This Russell Hobbs kettle is the colour blue while not active, but goes the colour of red if it has been called into action. Not that you will know it - the device doesn't howl or complain if asked to do its job, as far. The only noticeable noise resembles an 'air conditioning unit' that transpires to being inside a fast train as it heats up the water - While nearing the end of the boil, you can hear the hot water bubbling, no other audio is really that noticeable.
'Blue is off, Red is on' - and other hot points
Automatically the kettle smoothly clicks itself off - the hot water is visible enough to depict the bubbles rising to the top and bursting. After three minutes thirty seconds the end product of boiling water is ready to enter a mug. The spout is carefully designed not to cater for spillage, contoured for direction flow - canceling the possibilities of mishaps. The design by being bottom heavy, aids the overall design pouring mechanism - which a lot of kettle manufacturers get wrong, due to dealing with the aesthetics of the product rather than the product user-friendliness.
3kW rap boil element resides in the base where the kettle gets its power source. An easy slot on plastic circular tray activates the kettle on standby without the concerns of last century kettle cords. The 3kW's (1kW = 1000 wtts) it is a mandatory unit quantity of electricity for a kettle of this size; it holds 1.7 litres of water at one time.
*One unit of electricity is exactly equal to 1000 Watts of power used for 1 hour*
360 degree base: Basically means that it doesn't matter what way the kettle sits on the base for the kettle to be activated with a power source. So long the base of the kettle has slot into the centre base of the power source.
Ideal flip lid mechanism, that flips up so it is easy to fill up the kettle by the mains tap. Do not go over the maximum line that is specified on the side window display. On some Hobbs types a mug symbol with a number on the mug specifies how many mugs you will be able to get out of the quantity of water in the kettle. Not all displays have it, this one doesn't. Many similar models to this one have the mug setting logo on the window display - it is a helpful gauge if you are doing a particular big tea run.
I wouldn't say this model of Russell Hobbs is altogether that environmentally friendly, considering it displays a blue neon light at all times if not in use. It reminds me of a standby light on monitors or any entertainment devices; the standby button alone runs on a third of the power used when the device is operational. For some, the added light source maybe a unique selling point, for me it is simply a kettle bought in BHS for 16.99 GBP - A good offer, during a sale. I've seen these types of kettles on sale for around the 25.00 GBP mark.
Russell Hobbs isn't just full of hot air!
Removable filter is a somewhat good reason to purchase this model product, if you reside in an area where the water lime scale tends to collect at whim after several weeks of new kettle usage. This model will be able to withstand the plethora of lime scale for a greater period of time. If, you are like me, and basically forget to do a fortnightly cleanse of the filter - or even replace it every couple of months; the cost of re-purchasing a kettle is hardly a wallet crunching process. Or you could rally around and find a four bar electric fire expert and invite him in for a cuppa, and ask whether he is a kettle expert also. The chances are he'll give your kettle a once over and you'll be free from lime scale for two months. No need to be Corgi registered to sort out kettle appliances.
For more details about your kettle's welfare checkout Russell Hobbs website: www.russellhobbs.co.uk
This model of kettle is an attractive addition to all overly murky kitchen corners.©1st2thebar 2011
This kettle was bought 6 months ago specifically to help my Mum who is 85years old and has Macular Degeneration. This is an eye condition which affects over 30% of people over 70,they start to lose the centre vision of the eye an although total blindness rarely occurs it makes life very difficult. She was finding it difficult to gauge how much water was in the old kettle and couldn´t tell when it was switched on.
Russell Hobbs to the rescue! This is a sturdy black and stainless steel kettle holding 1.7litres with a large window in it´s body lit by a blue light when it is in waiting mode ,so it is very easy to see the level of the water. Switch it on and the light glows red,turning blue again once it has boiled and switched off automatically. It is quite dramatic to watch the water boiling ,a bit like a lava lamp on speed and there is no mistaking whether it is switched on or off.
Other good features are the blue light goes off when the power is off at the socket,so no uncertainty there.
It is easy to pour and it easy to fill from the top lid which flips up.
It is easy to put back on it´s base which is matt black.
The black handle is a good shape to grip.
It has a removable filter in the spout.
The water level ranges from 0.5 liters to 1.7litres ,enough to wash up with if you need to.
We´re really happy with it ,and although it can cost up to 50 pounds for us it was money well spent to have a happy Mum who can still say"more tea anyone"
I have this kettle in my Kitchen and have had it now for a couple of years. It was given to me as a gift but I think the price was around £20? Not very expensive anyway.
Now, as there is more than me in the household this kettle does get used regularly but people making hot drinks and boiling water for cooking. There is little marks on the side so you know how much to fill it up so as not to waste water and energy by boiling water you do not need to use. This is a helpful feature to us.
Now is the light up feature, on standby it glows red and when boiling it glows blue. They are nice colours and illuminate the kitchen pretty well. However we it is a feature we do not need or use. It is a waste of money to leave it sat on standby and having the kettle lit up when not in use, so we ALWAYS turn it off at the plug when we are done using it, so therefore we dont really see the light feature. I guess it is just unnecessary really.
Whilst a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet, decent kettles are a whole different kettle of fish! What makes a decent kettle seems to me to be a combination of both style and substance, blended together to form a gadget that is not only a pleasure on the eyes, but a pleasure to use.
Funnily enough I am of that opinion more so, since owning this Russell Hobbs Illuminating Kettle. Having seen it by chance reduced in Argoos, buy a hefty and exceedingly attractive 50%, making it just £28.99. I thought it may suit my requirements. All I really wanted was a stainless steel or chromed effect kettle to compliment the decor. So I am more than happy that by chance alone I came across this one.
Amongst the kettles most obvious features is the fact that it lights up when in use. Inside the bottom of the kettle are too groups of small LED lights, one in red, one in blue. These light up when in use and show the blue light when the kettle is switched on at the plug, but not heating water. The red light illuminates when you click the switch tab under the handle.
This starts the kettle boiling hot water and switches the interior light to red. The effect of the lights is dual purpose as not only does it make the kettle look modern and funky, but it reminds you that red = water being boiled, blue = kettle on standby/ or boiled. I do tend to switch off the kettle at the plug socket when its not in use, but still like the lighting effect it gives when switched on.
The body of the kettle has a chrome/ polished effect to it. There is a decent sized cut away panel or water window on one side, made of a clear/ see through plastic type material. This is very handy as you can easily see the blue (standby) or red (busy) lights when the kettle is switched on. Its also great to have so that you can check how much water is inside when filling up with the tap or water filter jug.
I have found that the water is heated very rapidly indeed, It takes just a matter of a few seconds to have water hot enough for a warm drink and just a little longer for a steaming hot drink. Due to its rapid boil capabilities, I very often use the kettle to boil water to use when cooking, rather than heating the water I need in a saucepan on the hob. This Russell Hobbs Kettle beats my hob every time in the rapid water heating stakes.
Over all I feel that the quality of the kettle is very good, its made of nice sturdy feeling materials and does what its mean't to extremely quickly and efficiently. The handle is very chunky and feels safe and well attached. The kettle lid springs back easily so that you can fill or empty water as and when needed. The base is sturdy matt black plastic and the kettle fits snugly and securely on top of it
Main features of the model are:
Its an illuminating kettle
It has a handy water window
There is a clear to see On/off indicator switch
The kettle has a handy flip top lid
The lights follow a cycle/ blue- standy with cold water, red- heating water, blue- kettle switches itself off and shows a blue light/ with hot water
It has a 1.7 litre water capacity
Comprises of a 3kW rapid boil concealed element
Has a sturdy 360° base with cord storage
Removable/ washable anti scale filter included
Kettle weight (lbs): 3.6
Dimensions (in): 11.2 x 8.6 x 8.5
NB: With regards to the 'fill in boxes' for sound and picture quality that
have one box coloured in, please ignore. For some reason it seems to think you can watch tv on this kettle. Its good guys, but its not that good :p
Some people may say that a kettle is just a kettle, a way of boiling water to make a cup of tea, and some others may say that they boil water on a cooker using a saucepan, but I seem to go through kettle like a politician goes through expense claim forms. So when I recently needed to buy a new kettle, as the one I had had just broken, I decided to buy a cheap and cheerful one, so when I saw this well known named water boiler on offer, just under £15.00, I jumped at the chance in the hope that I would get a good six months of water boiling out of it.
So what can I tell you about the nice sized silver kettle with it's lovely dual coloured mannerism.??
* It is an illuminating kettle, Blue meaning off whilst Red meaning on.
* A 'window' up the side to show the water level, with a ½ litre,1 litre and a 1.7 litre mark.
* It has a full 360 degree turn on the base.
* It has a clear on/off switch near the bottom.
* It is filled via a flip lid which is opened by a little switch near the top.
* It has a 1.7 litre capacity with a 3kW rapid boil element, which is concealed in the base of the unit.
* Plus, it has a removable filter which is washable.
Well, what more can I say about what technically is just a means of boiling water for a nice brew?
It is quite an impressive little unit which can boil a full load with-in a matter a few minutes, whilst also being capable of boiling a single mug full for those lonely nights in.
It looks quite attractive, in a 'brush' silver sort of way, with its black base and lid seeming to emphasise the silver colour, so it should fit well in most kitchens.
The large black plastic handle feels solid in your grip, whilst the little 'flipper' thumb switch, which releases the lid so as to fill the kettle, feels firm and does seem to be able to withstand some punishment from those with heavy hands. The transparent on/off switch lies below the handle, gliding on effortlessly with barley a click to be heard.
The 'spout' is of a fine shape, thus avoiding those hot splashes as you pour the water into a cup, and the removable filter is so simple to keep clean.
It is a little different than some other kettle, being a little less boring with its colourful display. The little display window glowing blue whilst the kettle sits idle, waiting for someone to flick the on switch, then turning red when it is in use, the now boiling water almost mesmerising as you watch it splashing around through the display window.
The two colours aren't just pretty to look at they are also useful for seeing exactly how much water is in the kettle.
I do realise that this is not exactly a friend to the environment, or the wallet, due to the light which is constantly on when the kettle is plugged into the mains, although I have found that the amount of electricity it uses with just the blue light illuminated isn't worth worrying about. But the simple solution if you are bothered about the cost then switch the plug off at the socket.
In all, it is a nice looking kettle which boils the water in no time at all, the blue and red lights give it that special kind of attraction.
It can seem a little on the pricey side, ranging from £20.00 all the way up to £35.00, compared to some 'certain' well known shop brands, but I do find that those cheaper ones tend to burn out a lot quicker than they should, so I have learnt to spend a few extra quid in the hope of a longer lasting product.
If you can get the Russell Hobbs Dual Illuminated Kettle for around the £25.00 mark then you will have bagged yourself a bargain, even so, I'd still happily spend up to the £30.00 mark for this rapid boil, colourful water warmer upper.
And finally, is it me or do all new kettles make the first few 'brews' taste a little funny, almost tinny like???? Even after several boils
Anyway, time to get the wife to put the kettle on.... (It doesn't fit me... she'll reply...ha,ha,ha)
When thinking about small kitchen appliances I would never have previously put a decent kettle at the top of my list. That was until my kettle gave up the ghost over the weekend. When I say gave up the ghost it didn't completely die, it just sounded like Concorde when it was boiling so much so I was fearing for my safely of that and my children!! Not wanting to inflict first degree burns should it explode, I decided to go back to traditional methods and boil water in a pan. This is when I realised that a kettle is essential, to say I was dehydrated by the time I got a hot cup of tea would have to be an understatement, I even had the "DT's" due to a lack of caffeine and I only drink de-caf so that was impressive!! So on Sunday I went on the hunt for a new kettle.
When did decent kettles become so expensive that you are required to extend your mortgage to buy one, I was shocked and there are so many its is totally mind boggling. I started by looking on Argos's website, which really didn't help as they all look the same and the comparison feature doesn't really do much. So I went to Comet to have a look for myself.
Who in there right mind would pay £70 for a kettle, that's ridiculous, what does it do pour its self and add the milk, needless to say I skipped that one and moved to the cheaper section. I had 3 must haves when choosing my kettle, quick boil, a removable/washable lime scale filter and a stainless steel exterior. There were about 20 that fitted those criteria, so I thought of other features that I liked and decided an easy to remove lid was also an essential. Out of the corner of my eye I was drawn to a sign saying "was £59.99 now £29.35. It was the Russell Hobbs 13865 Illuminating Kettle, it fitted the criteria and at half price was a bargain so I went for it.
First impressions when I opened the box were good, it was light weight but certainly wasn't flimsy and the water window was really large making it easy to see how much you had in there. The kettle sits on a multi-directional base making it suitable for left or right handed users. There is a lever on the top of the kettle and when pressed it opens the hinged locking lid making it really easy to fill. It is a standard size kettle as most on the market appeared to be 1.7 litres but it is a really good size and seems a lot smaller than my previous kettle. Once plugged in I was able to wrap the excess cord in the storage slot in the base which is a brilliant feature, my 2 ½ year old daughter has managed to reach the cord on the old kettle on several occasions, but this one is neatly tucked away and certainly out of reach. When you turn the power on the water window becomes illuminated with a blue light which turns to red once you begin to boil the kettle, I may be easily pleased but it really looks great against the stainless steel and keeps my daughter amused for ages which is a real added bonus! The only question my husband had was whether it uses more power than a standard non illuminating kettle as the light is on when it's not in use? This kettle didn't have a rapid boil feature on the sign in comet but you really wouldn't know that wasn't a feature as it boils in approx 3 minutes when full and even better it doesn't sound like you've got a jumbo jet in your kitchen!! The pouring spout in the kettle is excellent and it is incredibly easy to pour small amounts out at a time with no dripping at all and the lime scale filter appears to do its job although only time will tell.
All in all I am really happy with the kettle, I wouldn't have paid the full price of £59.99 for it but for £29.35 I think it's a good buy and it certainly beats boiling the saucepan all day!
When I had my offer accepted on my first Flat a couple of years ago the last thing I thought about was the Kettle. Of course having splashed out less than a fiver for a Kettle from Tesco's I quickly learnt the error of my ways. It's now come to the point where I can afford to upgrade my Household appliances and the first to go would most certainly be the old, cheap and nasty Kettle. The old one seemed to take forever to boil and so the first priority would have to be a rapid boil Kettle, after all I do like a cup of tea within the same hour of putting the water on to boil.
Of course that lead to me having a vast choice of Kettles and no real idea of which one to go for. Now when it comes to household items I am easily attracted by a gadget or something slightly different. It's for that reason that I am now the proud owner of a Russell Hobbs 13865 Dual Illuminating Kettle. Now if someone had told me 2 years ago that I'd be spending £30 on a Kettle I would probably have thought they were mad while I was still living at home. That however is what the 13865 set me back but the real question would be whether or not it was actually worth it.
The illuminating element of the Kettle was the first thing to draw me to the Kettle. The basic idea is that when it is on standby the illuminated window at the side glows blue. When you turn it on to boil the light changes colour and the water level window is red while the Kettle is boiling. The water window itself is rather bigger than on a number of other Kettle's and combined with the changing colour makes it far easier to tell at a glance how full the Kettle is.
It takes the standard Jug model of Kettle that has become so popular these days with a capacity of 1.7 litres. The real draw for me, besides the Illuminating element was once I'd gotten it home. My one requirement for a Kettle was quickly met the first time I tried it out. As I was looking for a quick boil Kettle I was impressed when this one managed to boil in around 3 minutes for a Kettle full. That's about a third of the time my old one used to take.
Now it seems, reading this back to be that happy about how quickly a Kettle boils but since I moved in on my own I find myself noticing these things more and more. The stainless steel look of the kettle also gives it quite a modern look and means that it fits in amongst my other stainless steel Kitchen appliances. That factor isn't anywhere near as important as how easy the Kettle was to use but it certainly was an added bonus.
I do still find it hard to believe that I had spent £30 on a Kettle, but that does seem a bit of a bargain when you consider the RRP to be £49.99. In the six months I've now had and used the Kettle it hasn't had a single problem and I am incredibly happy with my purchase. It may have cost slightly more than I would have previously been willing to spend on a Kettle, but if it keeps going in the manor it has so far it'll prove to be a purchase I'll keep for a while. Unlike the £5 one from Tesco, which after the arrival of the Russell Hobbs 13865 was quickly confined to the rubbish bin.
I would have no hesitation on the other hand recommending the Russell Hobbs 13865, it seems that paying more for a Kettle than I perhaps originally thought wasn't so bad at all.
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