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      04.05.2011 08:29
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      This is a good all round fast boiling kettle which is practle and modern (Just not quiet!!)

      I purchased this kettle about 9 months ago using TESCO vouchers when they had one of their double up offers. I think the standard retail price was somewhere between £30 and £35 at the time which is probably about average for a decent kettle these days. Overall I am happy with my purchase but a lot depends on what you are looking for out of your kettle. There are compromises and I will give you a balanced overview so you can make your own informed judgement.

      The main advantages of this kettle are as follows.

      (1) This kettle boils extremley quickly and is described as rapaid boil. I was really impressed at how quickly it boils which is a massive plus if you are impatient like me.

      (2) There us a clear level indicator window on both sides which means you can site the kettle on the base to suit weather you are left or right handed.

      (3) There is a limescale filter fitted in the spout of the kettle and if you fill the kettler through this rather than the lid it will prevent your elements getting scaled up. This can easily be removed to clean it.

      (4) The kettle has a solid handle and a positive on off switch, by this I mean it's easy to flick on, when you do it lights up red and stays on until the kettle has boiled and then it clicks off. It sounds daft but I have owned kettles in the past with really delecate faffy switches which seem to required the most delecate of touches. This feels robust.

      (5) Looks wise the kettle is great in a sleek looking steel kettle with a solid black handle and black base and looks nice and modern.

      (6) 1.7L capacity is pleanty for making 6 hot drinks which is the most I normally need to make in one go. If you fill to just above the minimum mark you can do 2 drinks which is what my requirement normally is. By not over filling this boils even faster and saves on the cost of electric :-)

      Now fot the negatives aspects.

      (1) This most definately is not a quiet kettle. Don't get me wrong you don't need ear plugs but it is loud. I don't think it deserves the name 'Serenity' they should have called it rapid boil. Def one of the noisiest kettles I've owned, but not bad enough for me to want to return it.

      (2) Has a short lead which migt be a problem for some people depending on where you plugs are located versus where is a practicle place in your kitchen to have your kettle.

      (3) This is quite a heavy kettle

      (4) As with most stainless steel appliances this kettle is now marked with finger prints and is difficult to keep looking clean. I wish I had purchased a duller gun metal type kettle with matt finnish which would not show marks so easily.

      Over all I would rate this kettle 7 out of 10

      Tip: when looking at steel kettles check inside that they are steel tool, some have a plastic lining which I think effects the taste of the warter. These tend to be the cheaper options. This one is steel instide and out which is perhaps why it costs £30 - £35.

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      16.12.2010 15:18
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      A good kettle from a look and boiling point of view it doesn't live up to its quite boil claims

      As part of my job I work in several different GP practices over the course of a week. The one thing they all have in common is a kettle, as tea and coffee seem to be the life blood for most nurses, doctor's receptionists.

      This kettle is one that I use several times a day in one of the surgeries. We all chip in to buy these kettles so I guess I do own part of it. This particular kettle was bought about 6 months ago. I do make a lot of drinks with this kettle as well so have plenty of experience of its use.

      This kettle is referred to as Russell Hobbs Serenity Jug Kettle the reason for Serenity is it is supposed to be a quite boil kettle and this in fact was the whole reason this kettle was chosen. The team needed a quite kettle as it is situated in the reception area and in the past we have found if you are talking to a patient on the phone or at the desk the noise of the kettle can drown the conversation so you can't hear what they are saying.

      This kettle is a polish steel jug style kettle type that seems to be the fashionable style at the moment. It is an elegant looking kettle with smooth sleek links. The contrast of the steel against the black plastic handle is quite stylish. The handle is a nice soft grip and is certainly easy to hold and pour the hot water out even when the kettle is full. The kettle sits on a base which can be swivelled around a full 360 degrees, as our kettle sits in a corner by a sink and all the team are right handed, this feature is never really exploited to its full use as it only is moved around slightly. However if you have the space it does have the fill markings and windows on both sides of the kettle which is a nice useful feature for those people who are left handed.

      Filling this kettle is very straight forward thanks to the push button on the handle it lifts the lid up so you can easily see the water going in and also because this button is on the handle it makes it easy to hold the kettle in one hand and turn the taps with the other. Even when the kettle is full the weight of the kettle and water isn't so heavy that this can't be accomplished this way for all members of the team

      The heating element is concealed to apparently reduce the need for cleaning and make it a quicker boil. Now I can't comment on cleaning because if I am honest no one in the team has ever cleaned this kettle out properly! It has been given a rinse out under the tap but that has been it. I think because we are in an area where there is very little lime scale build up it doesn't need it to be honest. The same is true for the filter till I decided to write this review we hadn't ever tried to take the filter out from the front of the jug. I can report that it is easy to take out and put in and even when I looked at ours there was no lime scale on it. No-one has ever complained about bits floating in their drink so I can only assume it's due to the lack of lime scale in the area along with this filter.

      The rapid part of the boiling seems to work well. At break times the kettle needs to be boiled full twice to ensure that everyone can have a drink. We generally find by the time you have sorted out the first batch of drinks into tea pots coffee pots added milk etc that the kettle has re boiled ready for the next set so from full to read it seems to take just a few minutes. I find even when full the kettle doesn't splutter water out of the spout when it's boiling which I like as it means less mess to clear up

      Now for the problem with this kettle as I mentioned it was chosen due to its quite boil claims unfortunately I don't think it lives up to them. We have found this kettle to be not much quieter than a standard kettle. Often when the kettle is boiling and a patient phones up we have to turn the kettle off to hear them properly as the noise of the water boiling seems to drown out the person speaking at the other end of the line. This is especially true if they are phoning from a mobile and have a bad connection. Equally if someone comes to reception and is talking to a member of staff it is often hard to hear this patient speak due to the noise of the kettle. To give you an idea of distance away that this noise can interfere with conversation it is a about 2-3 meters away from the kettle and problems can be for either the staff or the patient being unable to hear above the kettle noise.

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      This is a stylish kettle that does have a lot of nice features such as the design and quick boil. However it really doesn't live up to its claims as a quite boil in our experience and for this reason alone I can't really recommend it as you can find all the same features such as swivel bases nice looks and a quick boil in a much cheaper kettle. As we are prudent Yorkshire folk will keep using this one till it breaks but we won't be replacing it with this model.

      The kettle costs around £30 form various online stores such as Tesco direct.

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        16.01.2010 22:23

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        Brilliant product

        Much better kettle than any other kettle Ive have before now!

        It is very quiet when bioling
        this would have to be the favourite feature of the whole kettle because i often boil the kettle and then the phone rings and previously, with my old kettles it had been a nuisance because you could never hear what was being said on the other end of the line however with this kettle everything is heard due to its quietness!

        It has a short plug lead which i find very useful because with other kettles you are sometimes given rems of wire and it takes up space on the counter!
        However this may be a flaw to some people whom have their kettle further away from a plug so therefore making it not very useful!

        I found it a bit expensive for a kettle, probably because i have been used to buying tesco own brand kettles which were like fog horns going off in your kitchen and never lasted more than a month!

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      Short name: Russell Hobbs 14174