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I bought this kettle about a year ago and have been really pleased with it. I can't bear waiting for kettles that take ages to boil and this one certainly doesn't. The kettle looks stylish and I particularly like the way that it lights up when boiling. Due to the 360 degree rotational base it is very easy to use. The kettle has a lid open button which should be useful when filling but to be honest I usually forget about this and fill through the spout. The kettle does have a removable filter built in but as I lift in a soft water area this isn't a feature I've ever had to pay much attention to. As the kettle has a transparent panel on the side and volume marked it is easy to see how much water you are putting in. For some reason the scale is a bit lower on the side than on a usual kettle so people not used to using this kettle do frequently make the mistake of overfilling it. The kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity although I rarely have to fill it to the top. Even when full it still boils relatively quickly. I paid £25 for this kettle and it is great for this price range although I probably wouldn't want to pay much more than this for a kettle with a plastic finish. In my kitchen the kettle is right next to the plug but there is room under the base for the excess power cable to be wrapped round which keeps it tidy - this is a bit fiddly to sort out but as you only have to do it once isn't really a problem.
This kettle is another one of the items I have been given by my lovely mum! After my kettle review last week, she must have been reading my thoughts! I wanted a new kettle, I wanted a new black kettle to be more precise (I wanted this lol)! I begrudge buying kettles and toasters and the likes unless I really have too, I know it's nice to have everything matching and looking sleek and trendy in the kitchen, but it's just something I don't like spending out on, mainly because I have a mother who likes to change things all the time, and when I buy new things she, ends up a few weeks later changing what she has and I have her 'old' stuff and then mine get's put in a cupboard!!! This kettle, I had been eyeing up along with the toaster, is very sleek and very modern looking. It looks very stylish and is a modern addition to any kitchen. It has a concealed 3kw element which I believe reduces the need to descale the kettle, I live in a water area that doesn't have limescale so I have never had to do this but that is what I have heard! It holds 1.7litres of water, but you can't see if how much you have in there untill there's atleast a mugful poured in. It's quite a quiet kettle with just a gentle hum and it seems to boil quite rapidly too. It has a filter! I don't have a clue what to do with it, and have yet to do anything but I do know it's a washable filter! The kettle sits on a 360degree base so is brilliant for both left and right hand users. The kettle lights up a brilliant neon blue colour when boiling and it looks fab. I find myself making tea in the dark just to see the lights sometimes..... I need to grow-up lol!! Overall I love this kettle, I have had no problems with it, neither did my mum in the few months she had it. Again I have no idea how much it was or where it was from but I can see they are available from Amazon priced at £34.99. I find that quite pricey for a kettle, but like I said above, I hate spending out on these type of items! With this though it is worth it, because it does look fab. It boils the water and does the job it's meant too, whilst looking pretty and shiney!
Last week, my girlfriend announced that we needed a new kettle. Perplexed, I asked why as our current kettle worked perfectly well. The reply was, "we've had it for over three years, and it's time for a change". Jokingly, I replied "well, we've been together for over three years and..."; the door slammed shut as she embarked on her retail therapy session. Oops! Three hours later we were the proud(?) owners of the Russell Hobbs 14590 kettle. Always one to look on the bright side, I realised that this was something new to review! First impressions were very favourable. The kettle is sleek, black, and very stylish. It has obviously been designed to be attractive as well as functional. The short mains lead attaches to the base which enables the cordless kettle to fit on easily in any direction. With the short lead and easy fitting to the base, the chance of knocking the kettle over by catching the lead is minimised. The kettle takes up to 1.7 litres of water and there are fill level indicators in a sweeping strip of translucent plastic up the side. The power level of this device is quite high at 3KW; this means that the water should boil quickly. Discarding the manual (I'm a man, it's a kettle, how hard can it be?), I connected it to the mains, filled the kettle to maximum and waited. According to the saying, 'a watched kettle never boils'. That's rubbish. I watched this kettle during its first use and it boiled quite quickly! The translucent plastic glows blue when the power's on which looks quite attractive. Within a couple of minutes (the 3KW power really works), the water was boiling and I was ready for my first cup of delicious tea from our new toy. I made a cuppa, let it cool for a minute and took a sip. It was vile! There was a phenol/TCP taste that completely overpowered the taste of the tea. Sheepishly, I retrieved the manual to find instructions to fill the kettle to maximum, boil, and discard three times before use to remove any manufacturing dust etc. Oops again! Following the instructions did remove the chemical taste, but not completely. After five boils and discards, the phenol-like taste was still there. Clearly, the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning are inadequate. The translucent plastic parts of the device will contain plasticizers, stabilisers, and colourings, all of which could be dissolved by the boiling water (hot water is a very powerful solvent). I realised that to remove the chemical taste completely, I'd need to boil the kettle several more times. Over the next couple of days, my electricity bill was increased significantly in an attempt to remove the plastic chemicals from the kettle. Eventually, the taste was gone and I could enjoy a nice cup of tea. Having had to look at the manual, I realised that it was actually quite well written with plenty of useful advice on how to use the kettle safely; it is much better than the average appliance instruction leaflet. The manual recommends only boiling the amount of water needed. This is good advice as boiling extra water is a waste of energy. To ensure that the chemical taste does not return, I've started throwing away any water left in the kettle after use. My reasoning is this; if there is any chemicals left in the plastic to be leached out, the hot water remaining in the kettle could do this whilst left between uses. Discarding unused water prevents this. Finally, we have a kettle that makes nice tea (again). The speed of the new one is much more impressive than the old kettle, and it looks far more stylish. I can now, tentatively recommend the Russell Hobbs 14590 as a high performing kettle, but beware of the chemical taste when first using it. The kettle cost £45, from one of the high street stores, which I think is quite expensive. I've since found it on sale at Amazon for a much more reasonable £25.99, however.