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I have been meaning to buy a new kettle for a while and decided to have a quick search of the internet to find a good one. The Russell Hobbs 13897 colour change kettle attracted my attention initially because it was half price - £22.50 through Amazon with free delivery. The kettle also looked good - a nice modern shape in white or black. I chose the white one as it fitted into my kitchen. My previous kettle boiled very quickly but was extremely noisy so I was looking for a new one that didn't mean I had to turn the radio up when it was on! Reviews suggested that the Russell Hobbs Colour Change was quiet and this has proved to be correct.
Details of the kettle are as follows:
1.7 litre capacity
Removable washable filter
3KW concealed element
The kettle is cordless and so stands on a base unit which the unused cord can be wrapped around underneath to obtain the correct length required to reach the socket.
The lid is opened by pressing a button on the top which then pops the lid open for easy filling. This is much easier than my previous kettle.
The kettle is very light making it easy to lift and pour even when full of water. It boils quickly but quietly. The switch to turn it on is at the base of the kettle and is just a flick down to turn on. The kettle automatically switches off when it reaches boiling point unless the switch is flicked up beforehand or lifted from the base.
When the kettle is filled and then turned on a blue light appears in the clear water level window, as the water boils the colour changes to red indicating that the water is hot. As the kettle cools down the colour changes to blue again. This is obviously a novelty and doesn't affect the way the kettle works but I find it quite a quirky gimmick.
The water filter stops any scale particals going into the teapot or cup. Removing the filter is easy for cleaning. It just needs rinsing under a running tap to remove any scale and then refitting to the kettle.
To clean the outside of the kettle it is recommended that a damp soft cloth be used at regular intervals. The kettle should be decaled regularly using a descaler recommended for plastic appliances.
I am very pleased with my new kettle and even more pleased that I managed to get it for half price!
Short name: Russell Hobbs 13897