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RUSSELL HOBBS STYLIS 14590 Kettle
Since having my own home over thirty years ago I've actually (understandably I would think) lost
count of the number of kettles I've owned. I can still remember some of them though and remember the first which was a wedding present and made by Haden. Amongst my previous kettles have been white, beige and silver coloured kettles made by several manufacturers. Once, when I felt my electric kettles weren't lasting long and money was tight, I even bought an old fashioned steam kettle which fitted on the hob and whistled on reaching boiling point. But I've moved with the times and my last kettle was electric and of a brushed silver colour. It lasted well. But a few months back it was becoming troublesome; it didn't want to switch on, or remain on, and so a new kettle became an essential purchase. I don't mind buying different brands of kettles but admit to preferring to buy a well known brand rather than a store's own.
WHAT I LOOK FOR IN A KETTLE
I admit to being very choosy with appliances such as this, mainly due to the fact that I have problems with hands and wrists, so have to be careful that an item isn't too heavy or awkward to use.
For many buying a new kettle will be an easy thing to do and probably the main considerations before making a purchase would be price and colour, and perhaps a few other specifications might come into the equation but with me, if I want ease of us then there is more to be considered. I actually looked at lots of kettles before making this purchase.
Prior to buying I found that many kettles had (for me) a difficult lid opening mechanism and I couldn't easily operate these; with many kettles I had to place the kettle down on a work surface to be able to open. Not difficult, I know, but I wanted to be able to open the lid whilst lifting on the way to the tap.
I also found many designs although looking good were heavy whilst empty and so felt that I wouldn't want to be lifting them when full of water. Weight has to be a main consideration for me.
I didn't want a white kettle because my kitchen is mainly brushed satin/silver and black in the way of accessories, along with black and grey flooring and beach units. I prefer things to co-ordinate pretty much, as well as steering away from white, as I feel white appliances are harder to keep in a pristine condition.
I am only interested in cordless kettles.
Of course price was also a big consideration and I decided that I didn't want to pay more than £35 for a kettle.
WHY I CHOSE THIS ONE
(Design, colour, appearance, weight etc)
After a fairly thorough search I came across the Russell Hobbs Stylis 14590 Kettle.
I was immediately drawn to the design of this tall, cordless jug kettle, liking its mainly black and glossy appearance enhanced by a touch of silver on the lid and on its base. I thought it looked expensive by its modern and, in my opinion, stylish design. Also, as the material used is mainly plastic it is of a lighter weight than many kettles on the market making it easy to use. I like the fact that while this kettle has a large capacity of 1.7 litres it is still light enough for ease of use, especially for those with similar problems to me. Of course, if I didn't have as many living in my home I might have chosen a smaller model of kettle but as there are six people living in my house at the moment I think this is the most suitable size for our needs as a family. And we do like our tea!
I have found that after using this kettle for a few months that I can truly say that the design is good for me. However, I would say that it is quite tall. This is fine for me as my kitchen sink is deep and the mixer taps high, but if you have a sink with low taps and a shallow sink basin then a shorter design of kettle might be preferable. I can fill this kettle while holding it over the sink basin or if using the half bowl then it needs to be tilted slightly.
It is quick. It's the fastest boiler I've had, as yet. I found that it took 2.08 minutes to boil one litre of water taken from the cold tap. It doesn't' take much longer to boil a full kettle of water.
WATER FILL INDICATOR
This is important, I think. The clear panel on the kettle has volume markings from 0.5 to 1.7 litres. This is easy to see.
This interested me from a novelty aspect but didn't influence any buying decision. As the kettle is switched on to boil the colour on the clear side panel turns to a blue/purple colour and when reaching boiling reverts to clear.
As my last kettle was noisy this one seems quiet in comparison. It does make some noise but I think, because it boils so quickly this wouldn't be an issue. I would think the noise level is comparable to most kettles of similar specifications.
The base is super. The kettle fits easily and securely onto this base which has a 360 degree rotation. We have one left hander in the house and this is a useful feature for him as he is known to often make tea or coffee.
The underneath of the base cleverly stores the cord which makes for neatness and ease if wishing to take the kettle away from its home.
My tape measure seems to have gone walkabout so I can't, at the moment, give accurate measurements of the cord length but I would estimate it is as to being a little less than one metre in length. This suits me as I have a good place for the kettle in my kitchen next to a power point. In fact I don't think kettles usually have long cord lengths for safety aspects (e.g. the cord being pulled while the kettle contains boiling water with the potential to scald someone)
As already mentioned, the cord can be stored in the base.
FILLING THE KETTLE
Well, it's easy to fill from the tap either by clicking the well placed button on the top of the handle. This is easily done and the lid opens for filling. But the spout is wide enough to fill even without opening the lid; another useful feature, I find.
The Russell Hobbs Stylis (14590) has a concealed element in its base which is another feature that I like. I hate it when the element shows and it starts to become scaled.
This kettle has a removable filter. The filter can be removed in a second or two to be washed.
This kettle has a safety cut out which should prevent it from boiling dry if the on/off switch stopped working. Hopefully, this won't be needed but I think it is a necessary feature to have on a kettle.
Here are just a few possibly useful things to know about this kettle
WHERE TO BUY
I bought mine from Ada Living and at the time of buying had seen this kettle on sale for about £35 and more in some places. It was the last one in stock in that particular branch.
The Russell Hobbs Stylis 14590 Kettle can be purchased from:
Russell Hobbs- £24.99
I bought this kettle a month ago now from www.amazon.co.uk. It didn't take me long to decide which one to purchase because it was a bargain price of £19.99 and I trusted the Russel Hobbs brand... heard some really great stuff about the appliances. Anyways, onto the review...
This kettle boils really quickly, it could probably boil your brew after a minute! It does switch itself off after boiling but this takes a bit longer. For all you green saints out there, this really does seem like a waste of energy! When boiled the kettle keeps the heat in. I've often left boiled water for 20 minutes plus, come back and it has still been hot! It is a relatively quiet kettle too which I think is another bonus.
The kettle is really easy to clean and there is a removable filter to prevent limescale entering your drinks. I know some people have complained about a plastic taste for the first few times the product is used, but I haven't experienced any of this!
The kettle is made from plastic and stainless steel. The kettle is unique in design. It's not often you see a black kettle with a neon blue display. However, this makes it really classy in my opinion and totally matches my kitchen! Just to let you know, the display only lights up when you switch the kettle on, so there is no need to worry about running down battery power! Therefore, you'll always know if you've forgotten to switch it off, and its really helpful if there is low light in the room. It also illuminates when boiled, which is a tad unnecessary but nice all the same. There is a large pouring spout, which is great for pouring in water (if you choose to do this the lazy way!) but this does create a lot of steam once it has boiled!
The kettle is lightweight but robust. I am left handed and find the base of the kettle works really well because it allows the kettle to move 360 degrees. Meaning I don't have to awkwardly pick it up with the hand I'm not used to!
Not a lot to say on the box the kettle comes in, but it arrived at my door in top condition. The outside features a realistic image of the kettle itself and the necessary information - all descriptions match the kettle correctly I might add! The kettle itself is surrounded by plastic and cardboard to prevent any unwanted movement and it is easy to disassemble should you wish to recycle it.
(JUST A WARNING) As I have already mentioned, I bought this kettle in the January sales, and have not experienced any problems as of yet. After reading the reviews before purchasing myself, I know a lot of customers have had problems with the lid becoming stiff and eventually breaking. I will be updating my review should this happen to mine!
After some quick research, Amazon still offer this kettle for £19.99. However, the best price I've seen is from www.auravita.com who are offering it for £17.49. A bargain price in my opinion seeing as the RRP stands at nearly £50!
I would thoroughly recommend you buy this kettle. It offers something different to others on the market but most of all it does exactly what you need a kettle to do.... Boil water quickly and efficiently! I give this kettle a huge 5/5 because although it has its slight problems (e.g. not switching off in sufficient time) it is a small price to pay for a fantastic kettle!
When my boyfriend and I were moving in together and were choosing all our appliances, the first place we looked for kettles was Tesco. I'm glad to say we didn't have to look any further as we found the Russell Hobbs 1450 Stylis and bought it then and there.
It is a plastic kettle, but don't let that put you off!!
It is shiny black all over the front and sides, matt black at the back and the handle is also matt black. It has a matt black lid with a brushed chrome effect silver bit in the lid - purely decorative of course - and the on/off button is matt black, as is the button that opens the lid to fill the kettle.
The spout / pourer is a sort of cloudy clear plastic, the same as the curved 'window' behind the handle which shows how full the kettle is, and the base is shiny black with the same brushed chrome in a band around the edge.
Basically speaking, it looks ace!
This kettle adds class to any kitchen, and isn't too big for a small kitchen like ours.
It doesn't take very long at all to get to the boil, which I see as a bonus!
It's a fairly quiet kettle while it boils, so that only adds to its charm!
The opening under the lid is quite large which means it's very easy to fill.
When the kettle is turned on, the inside glows a fantastic bright shade of blue - again, purely decorative but I love it.
The features of this kettle are;
- 1.7 Litre maximum water capacity.
- 360 degree base so you can turn it easily.
- A removable lime scale filter at the spout.
- 3 kW element meaning hot water very quickly.
- The cord storage underneath the base is handy too!
I think this kettle is brilliant, and if I had to choose again I'd have this one every time.
I recommend it to anybody looking for a new kettle, especially in black as it goes with any kitchen.
£16.89 on Amazon UK. Or £19.99 at Argos. I'm going to university in a week so recently I have been shopping for some home electronics. This is the best deal that I could find for a 3kW kettle with concealed element (which makes it way easier to clean especially if you live in a hard water area). Look-wise I really like it, the design is sleek and black; the body is plastic so heat conduction is slow hence it won't burn your hands all that easily. The kettle is pretty quite, the noise didn't bother me at all. 1.7 litre capacity is standard and with 3000kW power it boils up in about 3 minutes (according to my own measurement). 360' base is very convenient but the 0.75m power cord is a little short. The kettle also comes with a limescale water filter which can be removed for cleaning, and since I'm not buying a water filter this comes in handy. A kettle boils water and this does the job well at a very competitive price, some brands are selling kettles with similar specification at £30+ and for a brand that specialises in kitchen appliances this price is very good for a well-made kettle. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Or something which is so simple, there is a massive variety of orients available when it comes to buying a new kettle.
I bought one of these last year for a new home and managed to pick one up at Comet for under £20 on special offer.
The kettle is very well designed-it is a nice shade of black with a window which lights up blue when boiling. The shade of black means it will blend into the background in most kitchens. The kettle also has a 360 degree base which makes it fuss free when putting the main kettle back into the base.
The kettle is a nice size and will boil just less than 2 litres in very quick time-I have never been stood around waiting for it to boil!
I have had mine for just overvalue year now & have had no problems-as I would expect from any Russell Hobbs appliance.
Overall, £20 well spent & would recommend to anyone.
i really needed a new kettle because the one i had wasn't cordless and took an eternity to boil! so i took a trip to my local tesco and headed straight for electricals where i spied this very stylish balck cordless russell hobbs kettle. and it was a bargain price at just £20! (shop around that's what i would suggest)
The stylis kettle brings a touch of glamour, class and spophistication to your kitchen. it doesn't take a lifetime to boil. When boiling the kettle itself isn't too noisey which is a bonus, it is easy to fill and easy to pour. as you know when buying a kettle you have to clean it out ie boil some water and empty it out then it should be ready to use. i have seen other reviews that say this particular model makes water taste, though i have not had a single problem regarding this... after boiling the kettle does seem to go on a little longer than expected, around 5 seconds after the water boils, this ideally adding to the kettle keeping its heat.
A 1.7 Litre water capacity
3 kW element means that you get boiling water - fast!,
360 degree base, makes the kettle suitable for anyone to use
a removable filter (so not to get all those nasty bits in your tea)
also there is cord storage, meaning that the leads can be hidden under the base of the kettle
a lovely feature is that when boiling the kettle glows a lovely shade of neon blue, just for fancy.
overall i feel that this kettle would be a good choice
Had to dash out and purchase a new kettle as mine suddenly blew up without any warning. As I need a morning cuppa I jumped in my car and went straight to a local supermarket to go and purchase a new appliance. The choice was overwhelming and considering a kettle is something to just boil water it is hard to know which one to go with other than choose on price or simply on how it looks!!
As I was in a bit of a rush and wanted to get back home, I eventually chose one which would fit in with my kitchen and would also look a bit different to the usual small kitchen appliances you can get. I chose the Russell Hobbs 14590 with a black gloss finish, it was half price at the particular shop I went to and was a bit of a bargain at £20
The kettle has a black gloss finish and is very shiny and does look great. It is in a traditional kettle shape, with a long handle and has an illuminated window on the side towards the handle which shows easily and clearly how much water is in the kettle. There are two parts to the kettle as there is a base and the actual unit itself. The base has the power cord which allows the kettle to be cordless and therefore easy to transport around the kitchen and much easier to pour than other cord kettles. The switch is on the base of the kettle and is fairly inconspicuous and fits in with the design of the unit really well.
The unit is 3kw and therefore is quite quick to boil and also is very quiet so does not disturb the users. As the capacity is 1.7litres it is sufficient for 5 or 6 mugs or a full teapot which means that the user does not have to keep refilling the kettle if a number of people require a hot drink so can be more economically sound than smaller units. There is also a removable washable filter, so that when pouring drinks no limescale or bits accidentally goes into drinks. The fits very well into the kettle and looks quite robust, although most kettles now have this facility sometimes they are quite flimsy and they break easily. This does not look to be the case with this unit and so hopefully will last the same lifespan as the kettle.
Comes in a box with a very clear picture of the unit on the outside so the consumer definitely knows what they are getting. Inside all parts of the unit are packaged sufficiently both in plastic and cardboard so that the unit does not move around in the box and also there is no chance of it being packaged in transit.
A decent kettle at a reasonable price if you get it on sale.
I love this kettle. Cordless and lightweight. Easy to fill via a switch on top that opens the lid so no having to stick your fingers inside the kettle. This kettle also looks good. Very modern design and colour to suit most kitchens and a great blue light when you switch it on if you like that kind of thing..I do! Very sturdy feel to the kettle so little chance of it tipping over, and it swivels all the way round on the base so you can use easily if you are left or right handed. The flex is of a reasonable length but could maybe have benefited with being a little bit longer. This kettle can hold quite a large amount of water so great if you have a few guests round and easy to use measure gauge on the side if you only want a couple of drinks. Excellent!!
The Russell Hobbs 14590 Stylis kettle is cordless and takes its power from a circular base that allows the kettle to face in any position in a 360 plain allowing it to be arranged on even a flat and level work surface suitably-oriented for either left, right or even mixed-handed households. The base comes with a 0.75 metre mains cable which restricts where you can place the kettle but satisfies the safety aspect of reducing the chance of catching trialling cables for electrically-operated appliances especially those that can contain up to 1.7 litres of boiling water.
The kettle has an open handle that gives the kettle quite a good balanced feel even when full of boiling water. The spout is both accurate for pouring measured amounts exactly where you want them and non-drip when you return to the base. The water is delivered through a filter inside the spout that can be removed for cleaning.
The power switch is located at the base of the kettle rather than the top, which turns out to be the lid release button. The power switch does feel quite light and weak and maybe could break with rough handling. The only niggle I had with this kettle was the lid release. A button on the top allows the lid to spring open but after a few weeks the spring seems not to lift the lid completely out of the way for filling - but it can be pushed back to the vertical where it will stay until you push it closed after refilling.
The three kilowatt means that a kettle full of water reaches boiling temperature in a remarkably short time, after which the power switch is returned to the "off" position. The heating element is a disc on the floor of the kettle allowing you to fill the kettle with only the amount of water you require saving you a little electricity possibly another advantage in these cost-sensitive times we find ourselves in at the moment. If you do only boil small amounts of water you may notice that the hot heating element could be uncovered and then recovered with only a small amount of water that may cause a noise and some steam to be produced and in turn expelled from the spout when you return the kettle to its base. So take care.
The base is the diameter of the largest part of the kettle itself and so if you can locate the base on your worktop then the kettle will surely also fit, although it is not advised to cram into just any nook or cranny so as to make it easier to remove for filling and use before replacing it as well as not directing a plume of steam at anything that might not like it, for example that large scented candle you admire!
The jug design has both an open handle and the jug itself is made of twin layers of black gloss over transparent plastic. There are parts where the transparent layer is exposed to show off the blue illumination while boiling. I must admit to boiling the kettle once at night with the kitchen light off so I could fully-appreciate the "blue-glow" emanating from the kettle during the boiling phase. The black gloss outer skin is remarkably "warm-but-not-hot" to the touch even when boiling. Obviously the transparent layer which is in direct contact with the kettle's contents of boiling water it noticeably warmer to the touch but not so hot as to burn you before you realise and you have plenty of time remove your hand without sustaining burns from the surface, which can be the case with these metal-clad kettles. I have, in the name of science you understand, completed the boiling process with my finger firmly-pressed against the translucent liner below the water line and near the power switch at the base of the kettle and suffered no "ill effects" or damage to my finger as a result.
I secured mine for half-price in at Tesco for £22.50, although currently (13th March 2009), you can get one from Amazon.co.uk for £24.75 delivered free to any address in the UK.
All in all this is a perfectly serviceable kettle from a major-manufacturer of quality smaller kitchen appliances especially kettles, sold a reasonable price and that I would recommend to any one needing a new one.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14590