Product Type: Russell Hobbs kettles
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Stylish and practical
Russell Hobbs 15082 Illuminating Glass
Member Name: jipp05
Russell Hobbs 15082 Illuminating Glass
Advantages: Looks gorgeous, boils quickly
Disadvantages: needs constant cleaning
We all know us Brits are obsessed with cups of tea and coffee and "put the kettle on" is probably one of the most used expression in our vocabulary. In most British houses a kettle will be the appliance that you will use more than any other so it makes sense to buy a good one.
The Russell Hobbs 15082 is the kettle I bought for my kitchen and I would love to say I chose it after reading countless reviews about it but the truth it a friend had one and I liked the look of it but I got lucky in that it not only looks good but is also a great water boiler.
The look of the kettle is ultra modern with a stainless steel base and top with a clear glass middle so you can see the water as it boils. The lid and handle is made of black plastic and this not only gives it a nice contrast with the steel and glass but it also makes it feel really sturdy. The bottom of the kettle is wider than the top where it curves in slightly giving it a chunky substantial look. There is a button on top of the lid that works the mechanism for opening the lid to fill and the spout is shallow and small in comparison with the rest of the kettle.
I've had the kettle for a few months now and I've been very happy with its performance so far. To fill the kettle you push the button to operate the mechanical lid which is a nice touch as with my previous stainless steel kettle after a couple of months it was a chore to try and open the lid as it would stick and I would really have to yank it to get it open and most of the time I would just fill it from the spout. The spout on this is kettle extremely small so would be a little awkward to try and fit it under the tap to fill if the lid broke but fingers crossed I've had no problems with the mechanism so far.
When you have filled it with the water for your cups of tea or coffee just replace the kettle back on the base and switch it on. When you switch the kettle on to boil a blue light comes on and because of the glass you can see the water boiling and it looks gorgeous literally like lightening. During the dark mornings I found it really nice and relaxing to sit in the kitchen with only the kettle for illumination and this is definitely my favourite thing about this particular kettle.
The actual boiling of the water is really quick and hardly takes any time at all so those caffeine addicts can get their cup of joy in extra quick time. It has a capacity of 1.7 litres so it can hold enough water to make a quite few cups at a time if you get some unexpected visitors.
I do have a few slight concerns with the kettle but nothing major. I find the handle is in a weird position. It seems too high and you really have to twist your wrist to pour the water. It's not really a problem just different from every other kettle I've ever had and took a little getting used to.
The kettle really rattles and shakes as the water is boiling and while this isn't a problem as such it does make me a little nervous the kettle is going to come right off the base.
The major problem I have isn't really the kettles fault but within a few weeks my beautiful pristine kettle started to look grimy because of the build up of lime scale. Because it is glass you have to descale it constantly otherwise it looks a bit disgusting.
The kettle cost me a penny off 50 pounds which is expensive for a kettle but I've been very happy with it and like I said earlier a kettle will probably get more use than almost anything else you own and is on permanent display so it makes sense to spend a little more to get one that not only looks stylish but is practical at the same time.
Summary: A brilliant kettle
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