I was given this kettle by my mother two years ago when I first moved in with my girlfriend. We went to Comet to kit out my new flat, and raided the clearance section, where there was fortunately a good selection of kettles, toasters and irons! I got the kettle for £20 as it didn't come with the original box, however it retails for between £30 and £35.
The kettle has a brushed steel finish, which looks nice but does show ssmudges and oil easily. Mine has tarnished slightly over two years, but a quick rub with some oil brought it back to factory finish. The black plastic of the base looks smart enough and is quite tough.
Features and comments:
A 1.7 litre capacity, with water gauge for easy viewing - about right for a domestic kettle I'd say
Removable washable water filte - good idea for hard water areas, and I've never had scale in my tea!
360* base for right or left handed use, cord storage in base, 75cm power cord - these are actually nice features that most people won't think that they need, the cord storage especially keeps my worktops tidy
Illuminating on off switch - pretty standard I think, a nice orange colour
Dimensions H x L x W 268 mm X 235 mm X 173 mm. Weight 1.4 kg
1 year guarantee
Rapid boil - now I've not timed my kettle or compared it to others, but here's the real test: I put enough water for two mugs in the kettle, and set it on. I get out the mugs and a teaspoon, put in the teabags, get the milk out of the fridge, and the kettle's boiled
We have a cuppa each before leaving the house every morning, and boil water in the kettle before putting it on the hob to boil, so this appliance has had plenty of use in it's two years of loyal service. I've been very happy with it, it's well built and reliable, as well as looking nice on the counter of any kitchen. Some people have entioned issues with the lid being too tight - I haven't had this problem but I could see a child or someone elderly with arthritis struggling to remove and replace it. I didn't pay full price, because I'm cheap like that, but I do think it's worth it's RRP as a quality item with plenty of features from a reputable brand
I'm not kettle professional, nor do I know the reason why I bought this kettle. I suppose my kitchen is just all silver and this looked like a very nice kettle that would fit in with my kitchen. I don't like all of the white plastic kettles, they look very cheap and it ruins the look of your kitchen. I do use my kettle very often, I use it for cooking and making a lot of tea, and washing up (when I can be bothered to do it). I think kettles are important for appearance, as in the end they all do the same thing: boil water to 100 degrees!
What is the kettle like?
It is a very modern and contemporary design. It is long and rounded, with the spout sticking out quite randomly. It is silver, and shiny. But this deteriorates very easily. The handle is black and plastic, as is the handle of the lid. It has a clear side at the edge showing you all the levels. They are: 1.25, 1.5, 1.7 L. You can't exceed the 1.7 L mark.
It had a red button which you press, it lights up and it pops back up when boiling is finished. It sits on a round base, and you can pick up the kettle and carry it around anywhere. This is useful for elderly, so there are no wires hanging round to trip anyone up. I can also pick up the kettle and take it upstairs to wash the toilet (again, when I can be bothered). The wire which attaches the socket to the round charger is pretty small, but as it is a portable you don't really need a long one.
How does it work?
Well, I think it boils water a bit faster than usually. It takes up to 4 minutes to boil a whole 1.7 litres of water. It starts to rumble and shake once it gets to the end of boiling. It boils very vigorously and you can hear the water boiling. It is loud, but it isn't a harsh sound, just the normal sound of a kettle. It is quite heavy to lift up, especially when it is full. I find it very hard to pick up with the handle, sometimes I have to touch the plastic bit of the bottom when lifting it up. The product seems rather safe, but the lid is very loose. It wasn't like this when we first bought it, when when I am pouring it, sometimes the lid falls of into the cup or on top of my hand. Usually I am pouring it at that angle because there's not a lot of water in it, so I have neve had boiling water poured on ym hand. Also, it always lands plastic side down, so the metal never burned me. It isn't a safety hazard, but it is pretty annoying.
This is a great kettle, I have never had any problems and it looks great in my kitchen. I would definitely recommend it. It is priced at only £25 which is quite cheap for a good kettle. I have had this for at least 5 years and the only thing that has deteriorated is the shine.
360 degree base
1.7 L capacity with water level indicator
Removable, washable filter
3 KW concealed element
Illuminated on/off switch
One thing you have to remember is that with the Russell Hobbs brand you are always got to be paying above average for it! But for me you pay for what you get and with this kettle I tend to agree.
I recently purchased mine after we got our kitchen done and decided to get new appliances for it. We paid just under £30 for it.
Features & Opinions
It is lightweight, having used other kettles at work, home and friends this seems to be very light in comparison.
The handle is nice and firm, a rubber feel to it makes it comfortable and safe to pick up and use when full of hot water.
The kettle can swivel 360 degree's while on its base, you can spin it around while boiling and fits on the base whatever position it is at.
The power lead from the base unit is not very long but then again I have never built a kettle far away from a power point for this to be a problem.
It is also very fast to boil. Normally the fast boiling kettles can be very loud but I have found it to be on par with most other normal speed kettles noise.
The lid to the kettle is very rigid and can be a little tight to lift if needed. I tend to fill the kettle up with water via the spout, which seems big enough to fill up without any problems. It also feels safe and easy to pour.
The water level reader is under the handle and it easy to read.
The start button is also positioned under the handle and lights up red when boiling. If you wish to turn off the kettle before the water has boiled fully then simply lift up the kettle from the base or flick the power on/off button again.
With Russell Hobbs products they tend to be, very steady, solid and safe. It does not feel like it will break, leak or cause any problems.
It also looks good, is shiny and sleek. Great when in a new kitchen!
The kettle is a basically a plug and play item. Take it out of the box and plug it in. It will work without having to do anything else apart from put the water in it!
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14150