We bought this kettle last November in preparation for our trip to Italy. We wer staying in three different hotels and a couple of them didnt state whether they provided a kettle in the room so we thought it was better safe than sorry, as we are both coffee and tea addicts respectively. When it arived it was larger than we had expected, but lightweight enough so we packed it in our hand luggage, stuffed with my husbands socks so that the space wasnt wasted.
During our fortnights trip around Italy, we found this kettle invaluable. A quick trip to the local supermarket for coffee, sugar and milk ( we always take our teabags with us ) and we were set. Having the kettle meant that we could have our customary two or three cups in the morning before setting off for the day, and then a couple of nice cups to relax at night when we had returned to the hotel, tired out from our day of sightseeing. As anyone who has travelled in Italy probably knows, this saved us an absolute packet, as coffee in the cafes can be anything from 2.50 to 4 euros per cup, especially if you are a smoker and wish to sit outside.
As to the actual function of the kettle it works absolutely fine, boils almost as quickly as a standard kettle, hold enough for around four cups. The plastic cups and spoons it came with are quite tiny, but if thats all you have in a hotel room, you are grateful for them. Overall a great little purchase and we have stored it away ready for our nest holiday.
My priorities will probably be seen as strange as whilst I said in my last review I wasn't willing to carry a laptop on holiday I don't think I could last on holiday without a kettle. Now most hotels I stay in tend to have one (on of first things I check followed by spa ) but this came in really handy when I went travelling for a month and also when my main kettle broke.
Now this kettle is very light weight and you get two plastic cups that fit inside it. I actually only have one left as whilst staying in a hotel the maid binned one.Now I didn't think they looked that bad but I must be mistaken! .I also fill the inside with tea bags whilst travelling, no wasted luggage space for me. Now with this being a small kettle the cups are also small and if my friend didn't want a cup of tea I would use both cups.
The only thing I don't like about this kettle is that the cable is quite small and I have had to boil the kettle on the floor a number of times because it hasn't reached a table.
This has came in really handy and I would say it's worth the 12 pound price Mark, especially if you stay in a hotel with a hot drink machine how quickly would the cost mount up. It's also came in handy as a spare in the house, okay maybe not for long term use but better than having to boil a pan of water. It boils quite quickly and doesn't make a lot of noise either.
I like to have my cuppa in the morning as soon as I open my eyes, so when I'm travelling I need a kettle in my hotel room. Once I have had my tea, I can think about making myself presentable and head down to the breakfast room.
This kettle is small and light but holds enough water for 2 decent cups of tea. When it's running it's fairly quiet and boils the water just as quickly as my usual kitchen kettle. The element is hidden, the inside of the kettle is all smooth with a metal bottom to it, this makes it easy to clean out and de limescale.
It comes with 2 plastic cups with handles which fit inside each other and 2 tea spoons. These all fit neatly inside the kettle with room to spare, so I also pack in enough tea bags and packets of sugar to last a couple of days too.
There is an on and off switch, and a red light to let you know it is working. The cord is quite short and is permanently attached to the kettle, but a longer one would take up more suitcase room and weight. I have had to plug it in and leave it on the hotel room floor to boil because the power socket wasn't well enough placed to have it plugged in and on a cupboard. I have used it a few times now, most recently in Madrid where I travelled with just hand luggage for a long weekend. I packed this kettle full of tea bags and still had enough room for my clothes and toiletries.
I am very happy with it, initially I thought it looked like a cheap product and as it cost around 10.00 pounds I didn't mind too much. But it works like a more expensive one and I think it will actually last a couple of years just as a travel kettle. I would recommend this Russell Hobbs travel kettle to anyone.
Hotels and guesthouses are usually really good in Britain at having tea and coffee making facilities and usually even the most budget of places have a kettle and a few tea bags. However it is a different matter when going abroad and throughout my travels I have found that finding a hotel with tea and coffee making facilities can be difficult and being a Brit I need my cups of tea (and coffee). After travelling abroad a few times and never finding a kettle I decided it would be easier to just buy myself a travel kettle that I could take on holiday with me so that I could be guaranteed a decent cuppa when away from home.
I've gone through a few over the years but the one that I have been using for the past couple of years is the Russell Hobbs travel kettle. The model number is 14178 and I bought mine from Argos and it is currently selling for £14 in august 2011.
The kettle is made from white plastic and whilst it won't ever win any design awards it looks nice and modern. Being a travel kettle it is obviously smaller than an average kettle but it just looks like a normal kettle but in miniature and if it was enlarged it wouldn't look any different to any other kitchen kettle.
The kettle holds 850ml of water which is more than enough for a few cups of tea or coffee and I was surprised the first time I used it just how much it held as from looking at it I wasn't expecting it to hold as much water.
There are two windows on either side of the kettle so that you can check the level of water which you need. This is good because I am impatient and like to just fill the kettle with the right amount of water for the amount of cups that I am making.
I find that the kettle boils really quickly and it also switches itself off as soon as the water has reached its boiling point instead of continuing to boil and splashing water everywhere. Filling the kettle is easy and because the kettle is so lightweight even when the kettle is fully filled it doesn't get too heavy and is easy to carry.
The spout is too small for filling the kettle and the only time I tried I managed to get water everywhere so it does mean that you need to fill it by opening the lid. The lid has a nice and sturdy feeling and although it opens and closes easily it doesn't feel like it is going to snap off and even though I have used it countless times now the hinge is still smooth unlike some other travel kettles that I have owned where the hinge of the lid has broken after only using it a few times.
Keeping the kettle clean is really easy. The element is concealed and the inside of the kettle is smooth plastic so when I return back from holiday I just need to give it a quick wipe with a dry towel and it is ready for use again on my next holiday.
The outside is also smooth plastic so any stains that get on it are easily and quickly wiped off with a damp cloth.
The kettle has an international voltage meaning that you can use it all over the world. I have only used it in Europe but there has never been a problem with it working. It does come with a UK plug so you do have to remember to take your own adaptor for it to work.
Talking of the plug the kettle is all in one and doesn't come with a separate charging base so you do need to be careful when taking the kettle to the tap to fill it to make sure that you don't get any water on the plug.
There is a removable filter in the spout that should stop any bits from getting in your cup of tea but as the kettle is so smooth inside I have never had a problem with limescale. I did find that the water had a bit of a funny taste the first few times that I used it but this went away after boiling it a few times.
Once nice little touch with this kettle is that it comes with two cups and spoons that you can store inside the kettle for easy packing. The cups and spoons are made from plastic and although not the nicest way to have a cup of tea they do save you from having to buy some separate hard wearing cups. The cups are practically indestructible and are a decent enough size and the even the handles on them are better than the usual travel mugs in that they are actually big enough for me to get my fingers through.
This little travel kettle is one of the first things that gets packed as I find it to be an indispensible item on my travel check list. Because it is so small and light it really doesn't take much space up in my case and as it is so sturdy I don't need to worry about it getting broken on the journey. It also comes with a 2 year guarantee but after using it for so long I am pretty confident that it is going to last me a very long time.
Yes it is pretty boring looking but who cares at the end of the day it is a small travel kettle not one that is going to have pride of place on your kitchen worktop. It boils water and is really well made and excellent quality especially for something that costs so little. I would highly recommend this travel kettle and wouldn't hesitate to buy another Russell Hobbs travel kettle again when this one finally gives oout on me.
As avid tea drinkers, my mum and I bought a little travel kettle before going to stay in an apartment in Spain. We thought it would be easier than having to boil a pan of water every time we wanted a brew, we were not even sure that the apartment was equipped with pots and pans as it was a very cheap last minute deal! We were not particularly looking for a kettle but when we saw this Russell hobbs one for sale £9.99, we thought we may as well purchase it. It was cheap enough and we would be able to reuse it.
The kettle takes 850ml which is enough for a good couple of cups. It is white and cheap looking with 1kW concealed element. There is a flappable lid and a filter at the top by the spout which is removable and washable. There is a lead with a UK plug on so you can hook it up to the mains, to turn the kettle on there is a switch at the side and a little light to indicate whether it is on or not. The downside to the mains lead is that it is permanently attached so you have to fold it up neatly for travel and it is also annoying when you want to fill it up as it gets in the way. It could be dangerous having an electric plug near a sink.
There are two plastic white cups and two spoons that fit neatly inside the kettle.
*So what is it like to use*
We were pretty excited about our first cup of tea in Spain and wanted to drink it on the Balcony. How very English. We took the cups out the kettle and set it up ready to go. We were using bottled water to fill the kettle up so did not have any problems filling it up. It is however, really hard to fill up from a tap as the mouth is really small and water ends up splashing everywhere.
The kettle is the perfect size though and enough water fits in for a good few cups. I was quite surprised at how quick it boils and it is really quiet when it does. The click of the indicator light and switch signals when the kettle is boiled and you can now pour the water into those oh so attractive cups.
I was expecting to dislike the kettle and have loads of problems. When I first boiled it, i was stood over it expecting it to take ages! The little thing looks cheap and rather incompetent but I was mildly surprised.
It is not a good looking trendy kettle but it is really useful. It is really handy to have cups and spoons and it saved us money, if we factored in how much we would have to pay cafe prices every time we wanted a cup of tea.
I've not really used the kettle since but I would bear it in mind for when I next went away. It is quite a handy little device to have. I've not seen many other travel kettles that come with cups and spoons, so you really don't have to worry about anything. We stored our tea bags and sugar wraps in the kettle while it was travelling in our case so we could keep everything together.
*Would I recommend it?*
Surprisingly I would! It did the job just fine, even if it looks like a 60's throw back.
We got this as a gift, from all places, the building company that built our house as part of a thank you basket. I think in the beginning we used it for a while until we bought a kettle that matched our toaster but apart from that we have not had much need for it. That's not saying its a bad kettle. Its main function, to boil water, is done well with no complaints and so one could give this 5 out of 5 stars just for achieving that. I guess if you are the sort of person who camps a lot then this would be a good kettte for you but as I don't really camp I don't really have a need for a small, basic kettle. Still.........
It does not have the nicest look to it. This is a white plastic kettle with no frills, fancy lights, etc. It is very light as it is made out of a cheap plastic so unlike our big heavy metal kettle that we have it is good for transportation. It also does not have a base unit that it sits on to boil like a lot of kettles these days so you only have one part that you need to worry about and move about.
It's simple to use as most kettles are. There is an on/off switch on the top of the handle which has always worked well for us and a power light on the bottom so you can see when it is in action and when it has finally boiled and switched off. In the time that we used it we had no problems with it no switching off as that has been an issue with other kettles that we ahve had that just comtinued to boil until we turned them off.
This kettle has a quite large capacity compared to travel kettles of old which you could just about squeeze one cup out of. This has 850ml capacity so if you are carrying it from a camp kitchen back to your tent this would only mean one trip instead of several. The kettle also came with two little cups and spoons so everything you would need if you are going to take this away with you.
As it was a gift I obviously didn't pay for it but a quick search on the web shows that they are retailing for £15.99. All in all a good cheap travel kettle.
Russell Hobbs Classic White travel kettle I am soon going off on holiday to Malta with my little son who is still having bottles. As there is no kettle provided in the hotel room I had to go out and buy one of my own to take with me. I had a good look around various places and saw several travel kettles costing up to £25, which I thought represented very poor value for money. Then I went to Argos I found the Russell Hobbs travel kettle which appeared to be the best value for money with the most features. FEATURES OF THE RUSSELL HOBBS TRAVEL KETTLE This is a really lovely aesthetic white kettle with rounded edges, looking very much like a mini version of a standard kitchen kettle. It would look good anywhere! It has two turquoise blue tinted windows (one either side) so that you can see the water line. It also has 0.5L & 0.8L (max fill) water marks. It has a capacity of 0.85L, a bit bigger than the standard 0.7L or smaller kettles that I saw. This is useful if you need lots of water for baby’s bottles or have a family to cater for! It has a hinged lid rather than one, which comes off, which makes filling easier. Most travel kettles have lids that come right off. It has an anti-scale filter to stop any nasty bits getting in your drink, again this isn’t found on many travel kettles, but it’s a very nice, useful feature. It includes 2 cups and 2 spoons, which fit neatly inside the kettle. These are nice cups that have a comfortable full handle. All the other travel cups I saw had rather uncomfortable half handles, the full handles are much more comfortable and much safer especially if used for children. It has a neon on/off light like a normal kettle, again this isn’t standard on most travel kettles, but it’s a really useful feature. The Voltage is universal for international use (120-240 volts), BUT REMEMBER TO TAKE A TRAVEL ADAPTOR WHEN YOU
GO ABROAD OR YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PLUG IT IN! It has an easy to clean concealed element, all you can see is a round metal disc on the bottom of the kettle. I’m very impressed by this, as it will be very easy to keep clean in comparison to the curly coils! It is 1Kw maximum (depending on voltage in the country you are in) – other travel kettles were up to 900w so this kettle boils faster. The price in Argos was very reasonable only £13.95. It wasn’t the most expensive kettle, but it was the one with all the best features and definitely the best value for money. Another good thing is that it is a good, reliable, well-known make, and I would always personally opt for something I know rather than an obscure cheaper make. I’ve tested it out to make sure it’s working well before I travel and I’m very happy with it, it was definitely the best value, the most aesthetic and had the most additional features without being any more expensive. It was even £10 cheaper than some kettles I saw! This travel kettle is coming very highly recommended. (Argos catalogue number 420/5708) (I couldn’t find a section for Travel kettles, so I put this opinion here - I hope that this is OK!)