I've had my cordless Russell Hobbs kettle for about the last 5 years now, after my last one stopped working.
Brushed stainless steel body with black handle, lid and base. It has an illuminated light to show when it's switched on. !.7 litre capacity, so great for larger families. The base has cord storage for a neater look.
Inside the kettle there is an anti scale filter, which helps prevent those annoying floaty bits in your drinks.
* This kettle has a 3 kw rapid boil facility, so it really does boil pretty fast. Handy when you're in a hurry in the mornings before work or the school run!
* It looks quite stylish, providing you do buff the silver part every so often, as stainless steel is otoriously bad for showing smears and finger prints.
* Easy to pour, no dribbles etc.
* Strong and sturdy robust design.
* A good price. ( I paid £17 for mine on offer).
* It's designed to pour slowly, some may see this as a bad point, I myself see it as a good safety issue.
* The lid doesn't open very far, so can be awkward to fill, unless you remove it fully.
* There is no outside water level indicator, so not easy to know exactly how much water is in it.
I think for the price of this kettle it is a pretty good buy. It can be a bit noisy for the first few seconds after you turn it on, but as it's quick to boil, it doesn't last long. It has proved to be a reliable and well made item. I would give this particular kettle 3 out of 5 stars.
I was recently given this kettle by the in-laws because they thought our old kettle was dangerous. Something to do with the melted plastic and metal pin which had welded itself into the wrong place leading to a dodgy connection. Some people eh?
In the past I've always bought supermarket value range kettles and have never been able to understand why people would pay more for such a simple appliance. Will I be going back to the value range with this kettle eventually breaks? Yes. Read on to find out why.
It's a pretty standard kettle design, nothing to write home about. It's brushed stainless steel with a pop up lid on top and a power switch below the handle which lights up when in operation. It connects to a circular multi-directional base and holds 1.7L of water.
I will (grudgingly) admit that the brushed steel looks better than the white plastic of my old kettle and wipes down easily when it gets covered in dirt. I'm a messy cook (just ask my other half) so this is handy, plus, as it's steel, it doesn't stain and doesn't look too grubby after being picked up with dirty hands.
It boils quickly enough even when full to the maximum mark so I'm not waiting around groggily (a.k.a grumpily) for my morning coffee.
As mentioned above it contains 1.7L of water which is more than enough for a few cups of tea and enough for a big pan of pasta for two people. If you have a larger family (or a larger appetite) it might take a couple of fillings for enough water for a pasta meal.
As the base is multi-directional it requires slightly less thought that other kettles to replace after use. It's not something I've ever struggled too much with on other kettles so isn't really a selling point.
So, why am I going back to value range kettles when this breaks? I've found I have a few niggling issues with this kettle that my previous didn't have.
There is no window on the side of the kettle so you can't see how full it is without opening. There's a maximum fill mark on the inside but its small and when combined with the small top opening it is hard to see. The means you boil more water than you need.
The element covers the entire base of the kettle rather than a coil. This probably speeds up boil time and means there's no minimum fill but the increased surface area means it builds up limescale quickly. I live in a hard water area so you quickly start finding lumps in your tea and have to get the de-scaler out.
When filled to the maximum mark the water will sometimes bubble out the spout when it comes to the boil. This not only presents a risk of scalding but also an electrical hazard.
It's not a gripe specific to this kettle, rather all metal kettles, but I think that metal is a poor choice of material for the main body. When the kettle has boiled, and for a while after, the body is very hot and it would be very easy to burn yourself. It's too hot for me to touch with my asbestos fingers so would pose a serious risk to a curious child or even a sleepy adult. Also, and I'm happy to be corrected on this, as the body conducts more heat than a more insulating material, more heat will be lost to the surroundings making the kettle less efficient and wasting electricity.
The power switch on the body of the kettle seems a little flimsy. I can easily imagine it snapping if pressed too hard by a caffeine deprived individual or a heavy pan accidentally knocked it. Other than this switch the build quality is good.
I've made some complaints about this kettle but some are just me being picky whilst others I think are valid safety concerns. Still, this is a perfectly good kettle and I'm sure will offer me a good few years of service. I didn't buy it myself but its currently going for £17 on amazon which is a reasonable price for a metal bodied kettle.
With a generous capacity of 1.7L the Russell Hobbs Kettle makes a great choice for larger households or families / Its sleek brushed body houses a rapid boil 3kW concealed element / making it both ultra-efficient and easy to clean / Short name: Russell Hobbs 18661