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Russell Hobbs Classic

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      25.03.2011 00:51
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      For me, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. If it was made cordless, it would be perfect.

      I have had four of these over the last twenty years.
      I have also used the more modern jug kettles, and find this one suits me better in general.

      The kettle is stainless steel, with a plastic lid. Being stainless steel, it does not taint the water with that awful plastic taste and smell. (If you can taste it and smell it, it's there - who wants to drink hot plastic?). It boils 1.7litres in about three minutes, and is fairly quiet, much much quieter than the jug kettles I use elsewhere, that sound like a lorry load of stones being emptied into a metal drum.

      The kettle switches off when it boils, and has a safety cut-out.

      The handle is sturdy and comfortable, not too small as a jug kettle's handle often is. As it is on top of the kettle, not at the side, it is easier to lift and tilt, even when the kettle is full.

      The lid is big, and not on a hinge - so nothing to break. The opening is wide enough to get your hand in to help clean out limescale, if you have hard water.

      There is no "on" indicator light. ( I don't miss having one.)

      There is a water level indicator. It was introduced by the manufacturers a few years ago (my first three kettles didn't have one.) It is useless. It gets clogged with scale almost immediately. Not having had one with the first few kettles, it is another thing I don't miss - it is just something that sits there collecting limescale.

      I bought the kettle I have now two years ago. The cord that came with it is too short, but luckily I hadn't thrown out the old kettle (that lasted seven years), and the old cord fitted the new kettle.
      I suspect that the new "improved" length has something to do with health and safety, and is probably equally short for all new kettles.

      I use "modern" cordless kettles elsewhere, and while I like the convenience of the "cordlessness" none of the ones I have seen are as comfortable and safe to hold and tilt as this one (I have some hand problems), or as easy to clean, so I hope these keep on being made.


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