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The Russell Hobbs Ceylon kettle was my first purchase when I moved into my house and I bought the toaster and kettle to match each other and was very happy. After a year or so the kettle broke and I replaced it with a different brand but it was useless and when it broke not long after buying it I didn't bother getting it replaced and went out and bought another Ceylon kettle because although the first one only lasted me a year I was very happy with it in that time. The Russell Hobbs Ceylon stainless steel kettle is a jug shaped kettle that is made out of highly polished stainless steel. It really looks stylish and much better looking in my opinion than the brushed stainless steel that seems to be about everywhere at the minute. Because it is so mirrored it reflects the light and honestly seems to make the kitchen look a little brighter. I originally paid £25 for this kettle but got my new one for £19.99 which is a bit of a bargain for a good kettle. Whereas the one I replaced it with was wrong on so many levels this one gets it right. The size is perfect and although it is not the biggest kettle on the market at a capacity of only 1.7 litres it looks just right sitting on the worktop. The design really can't be faulted in my opinion. Cleaning the outside of the kettle is a breeze and only requires a quick wipe and it will look like new again. You need to lift the lid to fill the kettle as the spout is on the small side and causes a great deal of splash back but the lid is nice and easy to lift on and off and doesn't require any great tugging or pulling to remove it and once filled it slips back on easily. The handle is placed on the back of the kettle and is in the perfect position for pouring. There is no need to over stretch the wrist to make sure you pour enough into the cup and because it is not placed on top of the kettle you don't have to worry about getting scalded from the steam. The handle is made of thick chunky plastic that feels securely attached to the kettle. Inside the kettle is has a removable limescale filter under the spout and this must be good because after the year I owned it previously there was no built up inside the kettle. The most important thing to me at least is the taste of the water with this kettle. It tastes clean and there is no hint of metallic in it. The kettle I replaced this one with had a horrible metallic aftertaste that really distracted from the enjoyment of a cuppa. Boiling the water is quick and if you are only filling it enough to make a couple of cups it is done in seconds but if you fill it to capacity it will take around 3 minutes give or take a few seconds. It can be a little noisy when it comes to the boil but it doesn't jump around and spit water from the spout like I know some can. The base is also made of black plastic and is nice and neat and doesn't take up a lot of worktop space. There is also the option of storing any unused cord under the kettle so it really makes the worktop look nice and tidy. Firstly because it is metal it can get extremely hot so you need to be careful you do not burn yourself on the outside of it when it is boiling. This isn't really a big problem as the handle is well placed but you should still be warned about it. The major problem for me anyway is the lack of a water level indicator on the outside of the kettle. It's not a deal breaker in terms of buying it but it can be annoying having to either open the lid to see how much water is in it or giving it a swish and hazarding a guess if there is enough. I am so pleased that I bought this kettle again. It is stylish and works well but it's not without its faults and I just hope it lasts longer than a year this time.
Our previous Kettle was also by Russell Hobbs but was white on the outside and made of plastic. After about a year or two, it had broke and the plastic was half melted by the end... We decided to get this variety as it had a metal exterior and it looks quite stylish, plus it conducts the heat better to make the product more effective. Having used this current kettle for about two years, it is still as effective at boiling water as before. It is quick and easy: just put water in, press a button and after three minutes or so, you have hot water!!! However, there are some major issues that have risen from this appliance. Firstly, the ON/OFF boil button has now broken, so when plugged in, the kettle automatically boils water even after it has been boiled. It keeps doing this, which not only is a waste of electricity, but an extreme annoyance. This is perhaps due to the button being jammed or loose, but either way, it is frustrating to have to deal with it. Secondly, the exterior being metal means that it is extremely hot when water is boiled, which is slightly hazardous. Also, my mum had slightly burnt her hand when pouring the water due to the steam; I advise you to let the water cool a bit before pouring! The Russell Hobbs Kettle cost under £20 and is super-cheap. Considering it lasted over one year, I'm pretty pleased with this product, even despite the breaking. Overall, this kettle has been a good product that has lasted longer than expected. It does the job effectively and quickly and for the price, it is definitely worth it. However, there are some problems with the kettle- it is prone to break in some way or another, and the metallic coating is both an advantage and a disadvantage. I like this kettle, but you might not; for the price though, I don't think there is anything to dislike!
It was my mum that bought me this kettle by russell hobbs, nearly two years ago now when I moved into my first house. I think she paid around £25 for it in argos, and it is made of stainless steel, which went well with my toaster and other items in my kitchen. Since I have had it I have experienced no problems whatsoever with this kettle, and it is used several times a day everyday. It is so simple and easy to use, just fill up with water and flip the button down to heat up the water! The button is located at the base of the kettle and a red light comes on to indicate when it is boiling, and goes off once it has finished. I wouldn't say this is the quietest kettle though, I find it quite loud but as its only boiling for a minute this doesn't bother me at all. The kettle automatically turns itself off once the kettle is boiled. One thing which does annoy me, is the lid which you have to twist to get it off to put the water in and I find it quite fiddly to get off and on so I don't bother using the lid anymore, I just fill it up through the part you pour your water out of, as I find it easier. It has a 1.7 litre capacity and I find it a little heavy even when there is only enough water for one cup of coffee in it. This kettle does not have a water level, so you have to guess how much water is inside it. As it is quite heavy I do find it a bit hard to judge, especially as I find the lid hard to get off too, so cant look inside easily. The stainless steel does show all finger prints and it is quite hard to clean as you can always see smears, which makes it look unclean all the time. The outside does get very hot too so be careful! If I was to buy another kettle I would definitely buy another by russell hobbs, but not stainless steel and maybe a more light weight one too. Overall, this kettle goes well with everything else in my kitchen, does the job its suppose to do, and I'm happy to keep it for another few years!
Finally, my stylish Le Creuset hob kettle has given up the ghost. It had started producing rust-coloured water so now has been given a new job housing pansies in the back garden. When your kettle packs in the need to buy one is a bit of an urgency; the nearest and easiest place to buy one being my local, quite small Wilkinsons. There was about five kettles on display and this was a mid priced one. My criteria for buying one being the least amount of internal plastic on the kettle (I try to avoid any possibility of inbibing ay released toxins from plastic). I like the external and internal look of the kettle. Outside is shiny chrome; it looks smart of my worktop. Inside, I can mostly see stainless steel. There is a maximum fill indicator made of plastic which is suspended over the water. In theory, if you do not overfil your kettle, you shouldn't have boiling plastic in your water. I paid £22.47 for the kettle. I can see from the top of this page that you can buy them a little cheaper but I figured that Wilkinsons would be selling them fairly cheaply. Having been using the kettle frequently for a week, I think it was money well spent. The kettle has a lift off plastic lid. I enjoy the simplicity of this. I had tried a number of kettles with lids where you press a button and a lid flips up but this was not always an easy process - some did not fuction smoothly. No one in my household has a disibility that impedes their ability to remove a lid so this kettle lid was fine. The handle is thick, chunky black plastic. It is easy to hold and does not conduct the heat. I have no issues whatsoever with the handle. Just inside the spout there is a removable filter which stops any limescale leaving the kettle. This is easy to lift out and replace. A good idea, I think. I have noticed no scum in my beverages. The spout is small and fairly inconspicuous at the top od the bullet shaped kettle. Pouring is smooth and really puts my Le Creuset hob kettle to shame (it spluttered everywhere). Boiling water does not leap out to scald you; it is all very contained. The chrome kettle rests on a black plastic base. It fits into this very snugly and the base does not slip about. The base also has a mechanism in it whereby the excess lead can be kept contained and so does not need to be coiled on my worktop. This works very neatly. The on/off mechanism is easily operated. Once the kettle is filled it is placed on the base and the black mechanism at the base of the chrome kettle is lightly pressed down. It pops back up as soon as the kettle has boiled. No problems with that. It takes about two minutes for a full kettle to boil and less for lesser amounts of water. Other aspects of the kettle include: 1.7 litres capacity Automatic switch-off On indicator light Concealed element Removable and washable filter The kettle is quite noisy; it is bit like a small jet engine idling in your kitchen. I don't mind this but if you were having a chat with a friend about a delicate subject in the kitchen, or you were starting to have a tentative snog, the kettle's engine noise might be off-putting. Mostly I am pottering loudly in the kitchen anyway - so I don't mind. The strapline on the instruction booklet says 'Smart in the kitchen'. I think it actually is. It is also easy to keep smart. After a few days when fingerprints appeared, I swiftly passed a disccloth over it and then rubbed it with a tea towel. It was like new again in moments. I suppose, if I have to find something wrong with it, I could say that filling it necessitates some peering into the kettle as there is no window/indicator on the outside of the kettle. However, if there was one of these, it might be made out of plastic and I wouldn't want that anyway. I think this is a great kettle and everyone in my household likes it too. I retrospect, I think I have made a good value buy - even if I could have bought it cheaper elsewhere.
--RUSSELL HOBBS CEYLON CHROME KETTLE-- Well we have now had our new chrome kettle about a month now and I think I know its working power by now, so its time for a review on how I find the performance of the Russell Hobbs chrome Ceylon electric kettle.- I wanted a chrome kettle as I think they have a good style and look to them, I'm not keen on the appearance of plastic jugs I think they look a bit basic and cheap. Chrome seems to look right in the kitchen, and all my appliances and electrical items are in fact chrome. The kitchen looks streamlined and stylish and my large collection of chrome and stainless steel cook ware gives the overall appearance of the kitchen a professional look. My last chrome kettle was very trendy and quite expensive and only lasted about two years. So I didn't want to pay a fortune this time as a kettle does get a lot of use and I think with all the wear and tear it isn't going to last a lifetime. So I wasn't going to be handing out large wads of cash this time.- In our search for a new kettle we viewed about eight that were quite stylish and varying in price from about £20.00 to £70.00'ish. I really didn't want to pay the higher end of the scale for the reasons mentioned earlier and actually the nicest of the lot was a beautifully streamlined kettle that we had seen early on in Woolworths and it promised that it was a rapid boil. So on appearance and features, we settled on the Russell Hobbs Ceylon chrome kettle which cost us £19.99.- ---RUSSELL HOBBS 13355 CEYLON KETTLE--- The Russell Hobbs Ceylon Kettle is quite a dainty looking kettle when compared against some of the monsters in the chrome range. There is a trend at the moment to be totally overkill in the looks department when it comes to the design of these everyday electrical kitchen items. I think the designers feel that the chunkier and more industrial looking the better, feeling that we will be impressed with the heavy duty quality of these metal monsters. There is a difference between the amazingly designed Dualit toaster and kettle which triggered off all these cheap copycat imitations and the new imitators just haven't got it right, with their items looking clumsy and ugly to boot.- The Russell Hobbs kettle is small compared to the other chrome kettles we viewed, standing at just under 10 inches high and 9 inches wide. The circumference to the body at the widest base point is 20 inches, tapering up to about 13 inches at the top. The actual body of the kettle looks in perfect proportion the handle and spout, making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the kettle is much lighter in weight than the other makes of kettle that we saw. The handle is smooth and easy to grip and retains none of the heat from the kettle boiling and the matching black lid detaches completely for the filling of the kettle. The sound and noise of the kettle boiling up is not quiet, neither is it loud. It is just right for hearing from a near by room, which is what you want really, and you are alerted to when it has boiled by the clicking of the on switch, to off. - From the filling up of the kettle to nearly maximum water level, the kettle takes just under two minutes to boil, which is actually quite fast and perfect for the TV break when you rush out to make a quick drink. When using just a small adequate amount of water enough for two cups say, and the amount recommended for kindness to the environment, the kettle takes just under 60 seconds to reach boiling point. Which is what I was after, a kettle that doesn't take forever to boil, and in this case, a watched pot does boil :) The Russell Hobbs Ceylon kettle has a detachable filter which sits behind the spout of the kettle and is great for keeping the scale particles away, which can sit upon the top of your tea making it appear cloudy, and scuddy. To clean the filter you just lift it up through the guides which sit behind it and run it under the tap. It's as simple as that; though it will still be necessary to clean the lime scale out of your kettle using a kettle de-scaler application from time to time. The length of the lead of the cordless kettle is 14 inches long, which is just right to tidy away behind the kettle. Some kettles come with very long leads and it is impossible to hide and tidy the lead away. Being a detachable kettle the lead does not need to be long but just adequate to reach the plug socket and sit on the work surface tidily. A long lead can actually be quite dangerous and get caught up when lifting the kettle.- The cordless kettle sits independently upon a separate base which has a connector to the centre. At the base of the kettle is another connector which sits over the base one to make contact. I think why my last kettle stopped working was because I let water get into the base connector repeatedly each time the kettle was boiled, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on this to lengthen your kettles life. There is a list of 'Important Safeguards' to read which is included inside the leaflet which comes inside the black box which your new Ceylon kettle comes in. The guarantee is also included within the box and runs for 12 months. As the kettle is chrome it can mark easily with grease or food from your hands. The best and kindest way to clean your kettle is by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it all over the kettle, then leaving for a few minutes and rubbing the excess off with a soft damp cloth. This should remove any grease or dirt from the kettle and also leaves it smelling very fresh and lovely. The Russell Hobbs Ceylon Kettle is just great. It is a 1.7 litre capacity - Removable Water Filter - Multi Directional 360 base with cord storage - and most importantly it is - RAPID Boil, energy efficient 3kW concealed element.- ---SUMMARY--- Russell Hobbs is an excellent brand that has been around for many years and was an early pioneer in the stainless steel kettle. They bind length of life with quality. They are a reliable brand with brilliant products. Using their logo 'Smart in the Kitchen' just about sums up the appearance of the products also. I love my new purchase. It didn't take me long to choose this kettle from the opposition. It quite simply looked the classiest and the most attractive. Very competitively priced the Russell Hobbs 13355 Ceylon kettle is fantastic value. It boils very rapidly. I like the detachable filter for easy cleaning. It is light yet sturdy and highly pleasing to the eye. It makes a great cup of tea with perfectly boiled temperature of water. It was a fantastic price at just £19.99. Price and quality pro rata, it towered above the other brands and their models for me. An excellent buy from a reputable and respected maker and highly recommended.- Thank you for reading PRINCESSPUSSYCAT May 2008*
I've had this kettle for about 6 months now, and so far I've been very happy with it. This is a stainless steel and black cordless kettle, and is sometimes listed as the Russell Hobbs Ceylon Jug Kettle. It's a really nice looking kettle, and I've been very happy with its performance so far. Performance ---------------- It's a good kettle and boils water very quickly. I tend to just put in as much water as I think I'll need, in an effort to conserve energy. However, it does have a big drawback, because there is no window into the kettle, and so it's impossible to know how much water is in there without taking off the lid. I estimate, but if you wanted to be precise, you'd have to measure out your water before putting it into the kettle, and allow for evaporation. It's a very good pourer, and doesn't splash or dribble. When it's empty, the kettle weighs 800 grams, so when it's full to capacity (1.7 litres) it weights 2.5 kilos or thereabouts. Since the handle is sturdy and comfortable to hold, this doesn't feel overly heavy. It can be quite noisy. Looks -------- This is a very stylish kettle, and looks very nice on my kitchen counter. Because it is stainless steel, you need to keep polishing it, since marks show up easily on the outside. Practicalities ---------------- The handle on the lid is quite smooth, and so it can sometimes be difficult to grip and pull off the lid because your fingers slip off. There is a space under the base for winding any excess wire lead, so you don't have it snaking all over your counter. Statistics ------------ 1.7 litres capacity Automatic switch-off On indicator light Concealed element Removable and washable filter Price ------ I bought this kettle at Argos, where it costs £19.92.