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Looks a treat, but doesn't quite do the trick
Russell Hobbs 18152
Member Name: charmlesslass
Russell Hobbs 18152
Advantages: Stylish, easy to open lid with button, light up switch
Disadvantages: difficult to tell how much water is in, body heats up
My dad bought this Russell Hobbs Kettle when the element in our old plastic one blew.
The main advantages of this kettle is that it's cordless, meaning you don't have to keep unplugging it to pour, you simply lift it off the base. I think this is safer, before it means you don't accidentally try and pour when still plugged in, and end up with a mess.
The 1.7 litre capacity is slightly more than some kettles, but it sufficient enough to get several cups of tea or coffee out of when there's family and friends around, as well as two hot water bottles when it's cold. There is a button to press to flip the lid open, which saves you fiddling around trying to get it off as well. The handle is plastic, which doesn't heat up when boiling water, making this kettle easy to handle.
The switch is located at the bottom of the kettle, and lights up when the kettle is turned on, making it very easy to make sure it is turned on, even if you can't hear the water starting to boil. If you lift the kettle off from the base while it is boiling, the switch automatically turns off, which is a great feature I feel, as you have to switch it on again if you need to further boil to kettle when you put it back on, which stops it boiling unnecessarily if you do not. Very handy when you are cooking, and your attentions are otherwise diverted.
There is also a filter by the spout, which filters out impurities.
What I most liked about this product was how much nicer the stainless steel looks than a plastic one, which will always, in my opinion, look tacky in comparison. However, looks aren't always everything.
While there is a maximum fill line, it is inside the kettle, which means you cannot tell from the outside whether you've overfilled it or not. I didn't even notice it at first until my dad pointed it out, before then, I simply felt it was guesswork whether or not I had overfilled the kettle or not. There is also nothing to indicate how much water you are boiling, whether it's expressed in cups or litres. Again, guess work. There is no clear screen to even look into to kettle to see the water line. You have to open the lid every time to check what's in the pot. I think this is very inconvenient and not user friendly. Especially when you're trying to be green, and not boil more water than is necessary, you end up guessing and over estimating by a few cupfuls, or end up having to actually pour in cupfuls of water to make sure. I think this is a big flaw in the design of this kettle, especially when the world is trying to move towards a more environmentally friendly place.
As the body of the kettle is made of stainless steel, is heats up quite a lot during the boiling process. I feel this wastes energy, as the heat escapes via this. And if there's a little water left in the kettle after you've poured a cuppa, it cools down quicker because of this, meaning more energy is wasted when next boiling. It also means you can accidentally burn yourself on the body if you forget or haven't realised it's recently been boiled.
All in all, a stylish kettle, but not the most user friendly out there, nor environmentally friendly either. I would definitely choose convenience over style when it comes to a kettle, and wouldn't recommend this kettle to anyone who likes practicality.
Summary: A stylish kettle with some good features, but not quite practical enough.
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