Product Type: Russell Hobbs kettles
Newest Review: ... on a plastic base with a little knob filament thing in the center. It has a plastic transparent water indicator that lights up when the ... more
I have named him Sebastian
Russell Hobbs 18267 Regency
Member Name: thedevilinme
Russell Hobbs 18267 Regency
Advantages: Looks durable
Disadvantages: Will break
As you guys know, plastic kettles don't last long, however much you pay for one. The kitchen is a grave yard for them; one semi busted one tucked away in a cupboard and another one on top of the freezer. As they are so cheap our mums and other halves tend to buy another one when they start to go wrong whereas guy hang on in there until they get the last flicker of life out of them, all manner of electrical tape and tinkering applied to make them last. It's like ball-point pen. Don't lob it until it stops writing. Auto cut outs on kettles can be very annoying though. Women, on the other hand, want things to work and look pretty and so out it goes in the trash and another one in the supermarket trolley before the guys can blink. What I don't want in the house is one of those retro middle-class kettles that look like the one your old mum had that always whistled.
It's not the kettles fault it breaks but the working conditions and environment it has to survive in, all manner of hazards awaiting it, and human's pretty rough on them too, very much sweat shop labour in the kitchen. We don't fill them up enough so we can lazily have a quick cuppa and slowly erode the filament away in the process and then bang them down on the stand to concuss the socket of poor Mr Kettle. Hard water is further ware on the filament and internal mechanism and then electricity is added to the mix, not exactly a friend of water and never the twain shall meet. They have to be designed not to electrocute people and so the mechanics of the thing are not that durable. The times I have scraped lime scale out I refuse to count.
So, after one too many £ 9.99 models from the supermarkets I thought I would upgrade and pay a bit more in the hope it wouldn't conk out within six months. To buy one of those reliable metal kettles with filaments straight from Sizewell B you have to pay an arm and a leg and so the Russell Hobbs series it had to be. This particular model is on Amazon at £34.99 but I bagged it at £29.99 and so a good price for what is pitched as a mid table metal kettle although the metal somewhat sparse.
It looks cool and well designed with the blue luminosity gimmick present. It has a right and left hand design pick up with a double measure display and so far no problems or steam burns. With a 1.7 liter capacity its standard there and the push button lid nice and snug. It tips well and doesn't flood your cup and the filter over the nozzle seems to catch the lime scale and bits and bobs but best to clean it out now and then. It says it has a rapid boil kilowatt engine but it takes as long as any other kettle for me. Boil speed is always down to under filling the kettle. Whether kettles last longer on how much water you put in and how many times you boil it up is up for debate but what is certain is nobody likes to wait for the kettle to boil if there is a method to do it first.
Problems with it seem to be around the electrics in the base that again will be bombarded with water and erosion over time. Water slops everywhere from kettles and if it gets in the base area that means rust and then a short. I try to be delicate with it. In keeping with our health & safety culture instructions and warnings are including - like don't throw it in the bath when people are bathing. Ok, they don't include that but you get the gist of the warning symbols on it. Whether its worth thirty bucks and I wont be writing about another kettle review in six months time is the big question.
Summary: Time to metal up
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