I needed a replacement for my old Sainsburys kettle which to be honest had worked very well for years but the outer stainless steel shell was not exactly 'stainless' as we had it near the cooker and as fat and god knows what spat off of the cooker onto the kettle side it was hard to get off so it became a big nasty looking. So when I decided to get a replacement I knew I needed something that had the same style (modern contempary looking) but would need to be of better quality, and yes I knew this would cost more.
I knew that Russell Hobbs make kitchen and general household appliances like kettles, microwaves and irons etc, they have been around for fifty years so you know they make good quality stuff. So I looked online and found this on Amazon which I believe you can still get for around £35. Fortunately this kettle looks pretty similar to my old one, it obviously looks slightly better designed actually, but then im paying roughly twice the amount.
The Savannah (unusual name for something that boils water) has a 3Kw power boiling capacity. It glows up blue along the plastic side of the kettle so you knows its on and using an obscene amount of leccy ! But it does boil up fast so you cant complain really. There are dual water 'windows' or transparant plastic bits on the side as I like to call them so you can see the water boiling and how ful the kettle is. Like most kettles that are on the market these days, it has a main kettle with a 360 degree base that stays plugged in. Unlike all kettles it has a push button lid that flips up, which is handy to fill up.
As a jug kettle it has a fairly large capacity of 1.7 litres, which is good or bad, good if your trying to fill up your bath if your boiler breaks as happened in our house, ot bad, if you dont keep an eye on it you could needlessly fill up the kettle and boils litres of watr or no point, if you dont need it.
You also get a removable, washable water fileter which stops limescale from going into your drink which is handy.
The stainless steel construction and plastic sections make it robust and pretty easy to clean and it looks the part.
In the orginal box you get the kettle, the base, the instruction manual, and a manufacturers guarantee card.
Our Russell Hobbs kettle has been a good buy. It wasn't too cheap at £35 near enough but it hasn't let us down. What I personally like about this kettle is that it has a great looking stainless steel body and I also really like the great curved handle - it looks really classy as it sits in our kitchen and a few people have actually even admired it!
I like the design of this particular kettle and cannot decide if it is a traditonal look or a slight take on a modern look mixed together. I also like the fact that we are able to fill the kettle up from its spout from the kitchen tap - I always personally find this a great thing to be able to do with a kettle and it saves time in having to keep on removing the lid every time you use it.
There is a little blue power light at the base of the kettle which lights up when you use it and it will also take a lot of water (1.6L) and it boils very rapidly indeed. I was most impressed actually with how quickly this kettle does boil, especially in comparision to the one we had been using. I am also happy to report that this kettle comes with a full one year guarantee for peace of mind.
Although the kettle will hold a lot water it does not look overly large on the kitchen top. In fact, it looks quite compact and I also think you should be made aware of the fact that you can buy this kettle in brushed steel if you prefer - though we didn't.
It does not make a great noise when it is boiling either which I personally find a great thing as there is nothing worse than a great noisy boiler thundering away in the background.
Overall a great quality kettle I am really pleased with.
With it's long black curved handle, gleaming stainless steal body and ionic blue power light this kettle doesn't look like the average kitchen kettle. It's both traditional and modern in it's design. The traditional coming in the form of the stunted teapot-like spout. It has a good large capacity and is easily filled from the tap by popping open the hinged lid. The power light glows a vivid blue at the very base of the kettle. It has rapid boil setting that makes the water boil much quicker than the standard models available for around the same price as this.
It's compact enough to fit on your kitchen table or countertop without taking up too much room. It boils quietly enough. It's not silent, but it's not overpowering like some can be, almost rocking as they come to the boil.
It has a Powerful 3kw rapid boil. And a good 1.6L capacity with Auto shut off and a Removable, washable filter. It has a 360° base Suitable for left or right handed use. Easy open lid, Illuminated water gauge ring Water level indicator. And 1 year limited guarantee all for only £34.99. I think that is great.
The boil switch is located at the bottom of the kettle just under the handle, while the lid button is located at the top of the handle. Both are in silver. This model is also available in brushed Steel.
This is an attractive looking kettle that boils quickly and somewhat quietly.
What more could you ask for?
Russel Hobbs... hmmm... what can I say? This is my fourth Russel Hobbs kettle. Are you wondering why? If so, its beause two of them broke. And one just didnt look nice. Which is picky I guess. But I like the steel look. The first two, one of them worked for years and then the lid suddenly broke and melted all my cupbourd while it was boiling. So I had to get rid of that one, but it was ok for years so I guess thats good. The other one only worked for a few months, which is pretty rubbish really when it cost £50. It wasnt finishing boiling properly. Ofcourse there are lots of good things about Russel Hobbs kettle's, one thing is if it has 'rapid boil', then its good because your not waiting too long to make a cuppa tea or whatever. Also 'most' of them look stylish. I guess this kettle hasnt let me down yet... but its only a few months old. I recommend this kettle to people who can afford to keep buying more. Other than that, try a different brand!
After a rather long life, our previous kettle became obsolete when the lid at the top completely broke off, making it very hazardous when pouring out hot water. It was then that we began a search for a new one. In all honesty we didn't look too far for a new kettle, just as far as the electrical appliances section in Tesco while doing our weekly shop.
Our new choice of kettle was the Russell Hobbs 18249 Brushed Savannah Kettle. As mentioned it was purchased from Tesco and it cost £32.97.
This model is available in two finishes, a stainless steel and the brushed steel which we purchased. The brushed steel is a very shiny steel whereas the stainless steel is a dull silver colour. At the time only the brushed steel was available in stock. Had the stainless steel had been in stock then we would have opted for that one, as it is less prone to smudges and smears.
The Savannah Kettle is a jug kettle and is 24.4cm in height. It is rather basic in appearance. It bears the Russell Hobbs logo at the bottom, just above a small illuminating section. The side of the kettle, where the water level is read, also illuminates. When switched on and boiling the two sections light up a very lovely bright blue. This colour does not change throughout the boil as I have seen some appliances do.
The body of the kettle is brushed steel as is the top of the lid. As aforementioned this is very prone to finger prints and smears and does need a regular wipe clean to keep it looking nice and attractive. The edge of the lid is made from black plastic and behind this protrudes the black plastic handle with a silver plastic button at the top. This button operates the opening of the lid. It is a spring mechanism and the lid opens quite swiftly. It is not prone to sticking, as can happen with some products.
The kettle is boiled by pressing down a switch just at the bottom of the water level strip.
The base of the kettle has a chrome strip around the middle, the rest is again made from black plastic. This is circular in shape with a raised circular stem at the middle which the kettle fits onto. This means that the kettle can be placed onto it at just about any angle, making it ideal of course for left -handed people as well as right-handed. I have found the base a little tricky at times when trying to align the hole at the base of the kettle with the circular stem. It often takes a lot of wriggling about to get it to sit correctly.
This is however very easy to grasp and to pour. I have never experienced any spillages from the spout and the handle is comfortable enough to get a firm hold of.
The Savannah Kettle is 1.6 litre in capacity which is adequate to fill six cups. This is probably the most I have ever needed it for at one time. It has a concealed element, a limescale filter and a 3KW rapid boil system.
This is a very adequate kettle which is doing its job just perfectly without any problems. The only slight drawbacks are as aforementioned, the finish is rather prone to smudges and quickly looks unsightly and the base is sometimes a little tricky to align the kettle with. These however are merely niggles and in terms of operation and durability, this model is proving itself to be far greater than our last.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 18249