Product Type: Russell Hobbs kettles
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Russell Hobbs 18256 Heritage
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Russell Hobbs 18256 Heritage
Date: 05/06/11, updated on 13/06/11 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Looks gorgeous and is fit for purpose!
Disadvantages: It doesn't have a built in water filter.
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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Summary: A fantastic, aesthetically pleasing piece of kitchen equipment!
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