I moved into my new home in January, and as such had the need to buy lots of new kitchen appliances to match in with the stainless steel cooker and hob. With that in mind I purchased this Russell Hobbs kettle from Argos as it was on offer when purchased together with the 4 slice toaster (which you got at a 50% reduction on).
The body of the kettle is constructed mainly from polished stainless steel. It has a stainless steel lid (which has a black plastic looped handle for removing it), a good solid black plastic main handle, and a sturdy black plastic base with grey rubber non-slip feet which work very well. Built into the plastic handle structure there is a red on/off button which illuminates when the kettle is switched on, along with a visible section to see how much water is contained within the kettle, and this is marked up to a maximum fill of 1.7 litres.
~ My Opinion ~
Having used this kettle now for 2 months, I have to say that I am pleased with it. It looks stylish in my kitchen, and performs very well. The kettle is easy to fill, by popping off the lid using the plastic looped handle to reveal a wide circular filling zone with no obstructions. The lid fits on and off smoothly, and gives a good seal, preventing any leakage of steam whilst the kettle quietly boils.
The kettle is 3kW powered and has a rapid boil feature, and for the purposes of this review I just timed it to boil 1 litre of cold tap water, and it completed this task in 1 minute 57 seconds, which is far faster than any kettle that I have used before. Other features include a 'boil dry protection' which automatically switches the kettle off when there is no water inside it, along with a removable and washable lime scale filter. After 2 months of moderate usage there are no signs of any lime scale build up yet, and the kettle still looks brand new in all areas.
The base of the kettle is impressive to me also, as it is solid, and the electrical locating point is a circular one in the centre of the base which enables the kettle to be placed on the base at any point throughout the 360 degree angle which makes docking it into position very simple, easy, and flexible.
The plastic handle is well designed in that it is soft to touch, but strong at the same time, and well positioned on the kettle to enable an easy lift to both fill and pour with. This well positioned handle reduces the need to touch the stainless steel, thus eliminating fingerprints.
The spout is an easy pour spout, and this makes pouring out the boiling water a very easy task, preventing spills down the external surface of the kettle, and giving a good direct aim when pouring.
The electrical cord is black to match the plastic on the kettle, and is approximately 75cm long giving plenty of flexibility when it comes to positioning and connecting the kettle within the kitchen.
As mentioned earlier, I bought this kettle from Argos in a package with a 4 slice toaster for a combined price of £57:48, which is a reduced price because 50% (or £22:50) is knocked off the price of the toaster. To buy the kettle alone, it is priced at £34:99 at Argos.
A 2 year manufacturers warranty is included.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
I've had this kettle for well over a year now. The chrome finish and shape of the kettle give it a cool retro theme that complements my kitchen superbly. In spite of its interesting design however, It has now suffered a seemingly impenetrable buildup of limescale around the spout area and especially near the lid. This means I can't physically remove the lid without shattering the kettle's exterior, so I have to pour in all the water via the spout, I mean, what am I? Some kind of animal!?
It also doesn't seem to want to heat the water to its full potential these days which makes my morning coffee taste a little weak, something I can't really be doing with before a tough day at the office!
I do not recommend this product at all. Not worth the money.
You really wouldn't expect such a mediocre product with massive design flaws from Bertrand Russell and Thomas Hobbes. :P
I bought this kettle four years ago as principally it fitted with a chrome-finished kitchen I had. Although design-wise the kettle is clean with a retro feel, on a practical level it turned out to be unsatisfactory. After two years it stopped working and Comet, where I bought it from, were naturally uninterested. I also received short shrift from Russel Hobbs themselves. Nothing 'blew' as such but one day the electrics ceased to function and kettles have sealed electrical units that you can't attempt to fix yourself.
I live in a heavy limescale area too and the amount of crusty scale that accumulated on the open spout was off-putting. Scale also accumulated on the separate base and around the lid at the top. This is not the fault of the kettle manufacturer of course but seeing limescale so visibly on three areas of the kettle is not pleasant and is difficult to remove.
I decided not to buy a Russell Hobbs kettle again and certainly not this appealing but impractical design.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 13949