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I recently redecorated my kitchen with a sort of retro feel, so I was on the look out for a retro looking kettle. I was quite amazed at the vast range of these types of kettles that there is on the market. Previously I owned the Russell Hobbs Futura kettle that comes in brushed stainless steel. This kettle had served me well over the past couple of years so I was determined to stick with the Russell Hobbs brand.
As mentioned previously I needed this kettle to match the design of my kitchen. Id painted it cream with grey back wall tiling. As I am an amazon prime member amazon was my first port of call as I knew I could order one and receive it the next day free of charge. I went online and typed in 'Russell Hobbs Kettles'. This one was first on the list and immediately caught my eye. It was the exact style that I was looking for and the colour was called 'country cream'. This would defiantly match my new kitchen. This kettle is also available in 4 other colours, supplying to everyone's needs. As you will see from the picture the kettle has a big, rounded handle, similar to many of the 60's kettles I've seen around. Sadly i'm not quite old enough to remember them. The spout is a very shiny, polished aluminium. It makes the kettle stand out to me. The kettle has a clear water gauge at the rear, and an illuminated on/off switch so you know when the water is boiling.
I'm a big lover of hot drinks, so although I was very taken with the design and overall look of the kettle I had to make sure that it was going to match up to my previous appliance. I have a huge family who like me regularly enjoy a cup of tea, so the kettle has to be able to hold a lot of water. This kettle has a capacity of 1.8 litres which is great for us. The water gauge does have measurements on it though, so for smaller families you can determine the right amount of water for you. This kettle I find I very quick to boil which was another specification of mine I hate waiting around for the kettle to boil, it is defiantly faster than my previous appliance. The lid does pull off so makes filling up the kettle very easy, also the spout makes this kettle very easy to pour and goes where directed. This is great because nobody wants hot water sitting around. This kettle has a a 360° which allows for both left and right hand users, which is great because there is a mixture in our house. So this is suited to everyone. My favourite thing however is that the base conceals the cord, which keeps my worktops looking neat and tidy. My previous kettle didn't have this so it was a great addition.
Once I purchased this I did notice a few problems with it. As the spout is so shiny it shows up water marks very easily, which means I am forever cleaning it and trying to buff these away. Also due to this continuous cleaning iv noticed that the Russell Hobbs logo on the front of the kettle has started to wear off. This has quickly reduced the overall look of the product.
Before using this for the first time I was very thorough when cleaning it out, I do this because you don't know how long its sat in that box prior to you purchasing it, and its better to be safe than sorry, not that the boiling water wouldn't kill anything anyway its just my preference. Anyway I found that every so often drinks can have a very weird metallic taste, this has put me off drinking my cup many of times. I'm unsure what this is down to but it does not taste nice at all!! The only other qualm I have with this product is that it is very noisy when boiling, much nosier than previous kettles I have owned. Although after some research I found out that this is due to it being a rapid boil kettle, these are generally a lot noisier than your bog standard appliance.
Would I Recommend This?
Overall I am generally pleased with this product. When I purchased it Amazon had it at a sale price of £30.00 down from £55.00 I brought this around 2 months ago now so I'm not sure if product is still available at the lower end price, however I'm sure somewhere would have it on sale . I'm happy with the price I paid, however upon reflection I don't think I would pay the top end price for this. The overall look of the product is great the retro look was exactly what I wanted. Quick to boil and has a lot of practical features. However I have noticed a few downsides to this product which could put many buyers off. I would recommend this kettle but understand that it is not for everyone.
I'm going to give this a 4 out of 5. Does have some downsides but nothing major, it does everything I ask of it.
At my parents home we had a similar version of this kettle and the matching toaster. The kettle looked very nearly the same as shown above apart from the handle was grey and it wasnt as long as that shown above - there was a stainless steel bit connecting the handle to the kettle. Anyway, this one broke then we got a different branded kettle and then that one broke so we ended up with this one a few months ago. I dont know what on earth they do to get through kettles that quickly but anyway this one cost around £35 and they seem to be extremely popular being available from a variety of stores including supermarkets and online. They seem to retail at around the same price everywhere but very occasionally you can find it on special offer but it tends to only ever be one colour and there are a number of different colours available including the cream which is shown above which is also the colour we have, turquoise blue, red, plum, black, orange and yellow. There are lots of different colours but some are definitely more readily available than others so if you are after a particular colour it is definitely worth shopping around.
The kettle came in a branded white box and once opened the kettle was well packaged in polystyrene and plastic wrapping. To use the kettle you simply plug it in and then you are ready however it is recommended that you boil the kettle a few times before drinking the water just to get rid of any traces of chemicals or dirt from the factory etc. The power lead is black in colour and about 1m long. It does seem a generous length but we always kept our kettle next to a plug socket anyway so for us it doesnt seem to be too much of a consideration when purchasing a new kettle.
The kettle looks very stylish and I do really like the look of this. It has a simple yet classic design and it definitely looks better than your bog standard plastic white kettle. I do prefer the look of this one to the previous similar one we had which for some reason I am thinking was a Morphy Richards design because it has less sharper lines making it a bit of a softer look and not quite so triangular. I also prefer the black detailing than the grey.
To fill the kettle you can remove the lid by simply twisting it round but we are always too lazy to do that so we tend to just fill it up through the spout which is fine and doesnt cause any problems. To boil the kettle you simply press down the small lever on the bottom, a red light will then come on to let you know it is switched on.
There is a small clear window on the side of the kettle which lets you know how much water is in the kettle. This is shown in both cups and millilitres which is especially useful as personally when using it for cooking I prefer to know how many millilitres I need rather than guessing how many cups that would be. Of course the cup measurement is useful for making hot drinks and it holds 6 cup fulls which is 1.8 litres. I have found the cup measurement to be accurate for most cups/mugs and I never realise that I havent boiled enough water.
The kettle boils quickly. Of course, the less water you have in the kettle the quicker it will boil. If boiling around 2 cup fulls so maybe half a litre it takes less than a minute and if full then it probably takes around 1 minute 30 seconds. It isnt too loud either which is a relief and it is definitely quieter than the previous similar model that we had.
The water is easy to pour from the kettle and we never experience any spilling which is great because of course, boiling water is very dangerous. The kettle is lighter than most I have used, even basic plastic models. It is easy to lift and I think that someone who has trouble with lifting heavier objects would still find this ok to lift with. As a result of my medication I used to be extremely shaky, especially my hands and legs, luckily now this only happens on and off but when it was at its worst it did prevent me from carrying things but I still managed to lift the kettle one handed and I didnt worry I was going to spill any of the contents like I had with similar appliances.
The filter on the spout works well and the water always comes out crystal clear. We live in a hard water area so we usually use water from our Brita tap but even if we dont the water comes out clear despite going in cloudy.
We have had this kettle at least 3 or 4 months now, maybe a little longer and limescale is only just beginning to form. This is very good because on other kettles it has formed a lot more quickly. Currently it really is minimal (tiny specks) which initially I thought may escape the filter but it doesnt at all and the water is as clear as it has ever been.
After use, the walls of the kettle do remain warm for a while but not hot enough to burn an adult after around 5 or 10 minutes though of course do keep it away from children and pets. The kettle stays clean and requires very little maintenance or upkeep. You do occasionally get some water marks on the stainless steel bits but these wipe off very easily with a dry cloth and they havent become marked or scratched in any way, instead they remain bright and shiny.
I really like this kettle. It looks fantastic and I love all of the different colours that are available. It is more expensive than some kettles but it is by no means in the expensive category for kettles. For around £35 you will receive a high quality kettle which looks fantastic and lasts well, doing exactly as it should do. Definitely recommended.
I bought my Russell Hobbs 18256 Heritage kettle when I had my new kitchen fitted and must so far I am very pleased with it.
The kettle comes in various colours but I chose the cream version as I thought it was a lovely colour, this kettle is a great looking appliance which has an old fashioned look but with a modern twist. The easy to hold handle is like a big loop on the top.
The base of this kettle is cordless and 360 degrees so I think it would be suitable for both right and left handed people although I myself am right handed so I cannot vouch for this.
The spout is wide enough so that you can fill the kettle up through it but I however don't do this because there is a removable filter that is located in the spout. There is a guide on the side so you can see when the kettle needs filling up.
There is a 1.7 litre capacity for this kettle which is fine for my use and when I have people over I can easily get five or six cup of tea out of it. There is a quick boil setting which is a great feature for when you are in a hurry and it works really well.
This kettle isn't as quiet when boiling as my last one but it's still not very noisy and shouldn't put you off.
==Russell Hobbs Heritage Kettle - Country Cream==
It wasn't long ago that I was out shopping for a kettle to match my new colour scheme of red and black in the kitchen and I ended up with a cheap but nice looking kettle. However it may have been nice looking but the use of the thing left a lot to be desired and eventually it broke. It began to continuously boil and water would leak from the bottom. Fortunately it was within a year of owing it and I was able to take the kettle with receipt back to Argos to exchange it for something better.
As luck would have it the timing oft his couldn't have been better as the house move is nearly upon us and the new kitchen (although old and very dated) is a different colour scheme and my tastes have somewhat changed. So with this in mind I was looking for a kettle that was a bit more neutral and a lot more practical.
==Price and Availability==
This Russell Hobbs Heritage Kettle is available in a few different colours but this Country Cream really caught my eye as it would go nicely in the new kitchen and work perfectly with the new design I have in mind. The price wasn't too bad either at £49 when you think I paid £22 for a Cookworks kettle which broke within a year and didn't have the rapid boil feature. Another draw for buying this particular kettle was the fact that you could get the matching toaster for half price if you were to buy that too. Now we didn't need a new toaster but I am sure it would have broken within a few months had I not taken up this deal (plus the two items look so good together it was worth getting both at the same time.) Having just had a little look on Amazon I can see that it has a bit of a price reduction there and can be bougth on its own for £38 which is a very good price
The kettle was packaged well although easy to unpack and use straight away. I did have to boil the water a couple of times to make sure that the kettle was clean and wouldn't taint the water on first use and my first cuppa was fine after I had done this.
==Look and Design==
The kettle itself is an old style but with a very modern and sleek look to it. The pour spout is large enough to fill from the kettle or water filter with easy and without too much if any spillage. The kettle is of a good size and has a 1.7 litre capacity which is more than enough for our needs and will do at least 6 large mugs without even being completely full. There is a side fill indicator which shows you how much water is in the kettle at any one time and this is helpful although I would of preferred it to state how many mugs you can get out of how much is in the kettle rather than the litre marks which is has.
The jug style kettle sits on a bottom plate and there is ample wiring to reach from the plug socket to the work surface where I have it and the design of the kettle means that you can have it either on the right or left hand side and still see the small orange LED light that illuminates when the kettle is boiling and it feel comfortable in both hands making it fine for both left or right handed people.
The switch to set the kettle boiling is nice and firm and feels of much better quality than my last Cookworks kettle did and the plastic that it is made of is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth which is the same as the rest of the kettle. Inside the kettle there is a removable washable filter to ensure that if there is any lime scale this will not come out in your cup but can be caught and then cleaned off by removing the filter. The hidden element inside the jug makes for easy descaling and less chance of it getting too built up as well.
The noise level of the kettle boiling is really very good too as my previous one was very noisy and this one is barely heard and doesn't interrupt my telephone call or ability to hear the kitchen TV. Not only is it quiet but it is also very quick to boil too. The raid boil feature of this kettle seems far better than any I have previously owned and for an avid drinker of tea such as myself this really is a great aspect.
All in all I have to say that this kettle is a very good one. The loo and style is something I really like and I find it a real pleasure to use. The weight of it is fairly light when empty and even when full up it doesn't seem too cumbersome. It is large but not too overbearing on the kitchen worktop. The fact that it boils quickly and quietly is fantastic and I really can't find anything to mention as a negative.
I think that a top score of 5out of 5 stars is more than deserved for this kettle from Russell Hobbs and I would most certainly recommend it to anyone!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I got this kettle a few months ago from Argos at 49.99. Being a Russell Hobbs it is available in shops such as Lakeland and most department store kitchenware sections but I had a £10 gift voucher and wanted a classical looking kettle after using the type of kettle that requires sitting on the hob and whistling off to tell me when the kettle was boiled.
On opening the indecently large box (too much packaging as usual with polysterene which my cat likes to fight with) the kettle looked beautiful. All of my kitchenware is chrome and I wanted a reminiscent shape of the one I recently got rid of. It is a circular pyramid shape with a large cast plastic handle on the side. There is of course a gauge on the side so you can determine the level of water in your kettle also, and there is a filter in the spout so limescale does not find its way into your tea, as with most modern kettles. Because it looks so much like my old one, I almost put the kettle on the hob as its what I am used to!
Don't do that! Its got a plastic base to be placed onto a plastic dock which has a wire for a plug socket as this is an electric kettle with a hob kettle style.
The kettle is easily used, just fill up, flip the step switch at the bottom and place on base. Simple. However my only complaint is that after about 2 months of using, lifting the lid off at the top is getting stiffer and stiffer due to limescale so I fill up my kettle via the spout now....
The kettle does not whistle like the old school one I had, but it does bubble and steam quite loudly and you can barely hear the "click" of the switch to know its done, but the kettle is incredibly quick so its not a massive issue.
I bought this kettle a few weeks ago from Argos, priced at 49.99. Two reasons that I chose this particular kettle- firstly because it was available in purple, my fave colour! Secondly because I desperately needed a decent toaster, and I realised that I could get the matching one half price if I purchased both! Bargain! There is also a grilling machine in the range, which I did not buy- but currently- if you wish to purchase all three, you can do so at the special price of £99. The range is available in different colours including- purple, cream and red- and all of them look divine!
**Bringing my new baby kettle home for the first time and getting to know it.**
On opening the large green box and taking my new kettle carefully out, I was ecstatic! It was quite simply the sexiest piece of kitchen equipment I had ever seen! Beautiful shiny purple metal rounded off with a good sturdy rounded black handle which sits above it. The lid is round with a little loop handle, for you to simply pull it to lift it off, and push to click it back on- nice and old fashioned, which I love! There is a little strip in clear plastic on the side to show you your water level. The kettle switches on with a small push down switch at the bottom which looks like a little step. There's a filter on the inside of the spout so that any floaty bits of limescale don't end up in your cup! It sits on a round black base where the power lead is attached and the cord can be wrapped underneath the unit to shorten or lengthen it. I found this a wonderful feature, especially as I have a toddler who could potentially pull on any surplus cord on the work surface.
**Using the Kettle- no rocket science required!**
Pop the lid off, fill to required level, replace lid, flick the switch- da dar! How easy is that? There's not much more to be said is there?! One tip though- because the kettle is mainly metal, it is very hot to the touch, so use the handle only when pouring it. Take great care if you need to refill immediately afterwards as the lid is also hot.
The kettle boils pretty quickly and unfortunately (if it bothers you) quite noisily. It's just a shame that it doesn't have a built in whistle effect, as this would give the quirky looking kettle another quirky quality!
**My lovely kettle has one small disadvantage...**
It doesn't have a built in water filter! My last kettle did have one (but was rubbish in every other respect!), so I miss it slightly. But I was aware of this before I purchased it- but the sheer good looks of the kettle won me over. I get over this problem by pouring filtered water into the kettle for use. However, on a few occasions, other people have filled the kettle from the tap and it does have some lime scale build up- but this is a water issue rather than a kettle issue! If you're lucky enough to live in a soft water area, no doubt you'll not be too upset about the lack of this feature!
**Buy this kettle if...**
You like to match your kitchen appliances, you like bright colours and old fashioned style equipment- and you have plenty of room on your work surface. The kettle is average sized, but if you wish to get the matching toaster- this is a four slicer and quite large indeed.
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Part of the heritage collection this classic cream kettle with black accents has a great blend of traditional features and modern style. With a capacity of 1.8L and a simple pull-off lid it's ideal for any home. Featuring a 3kW rapid boil concealed element you won't have to wait long for that perfect cup of tea. A 360° swivel base also makes it easy to use from any angle while the filter is removable and washable for simple maintenance.