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These days I think we've come to expect a little bit more from our household appliances. As an example, my washing machine puts on a flashing light display and plays a tune when it has finished its programme. We want our microwaves, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners etc to do all they're supposed to do AND make the proverbial cup of tea. But what about the good old kettle, whose job it is to make a cup of tea in the first place? What can we expect of that? Whistling is old hat, of course, as is switching itself off. (yawn). So how about a see through kettle with pretty blue lights inside? Of course. Why did no-one think of this before?
The Russell Hobbs 15082-10 Illuminating Glass Kettle is just such an appliance. I tell you, my kitchen is starting to look like Blackpool during the illuminations.
This is a 1.7 litre kettle, which should fill most teapots. If that isn't enough for you, I suggest you invest in a tea-urn. I guess it's about a standard size these days.
There's a plastic filter inside the spout to stop limescale getting in your drinks and this can and should be removed from time to time for a rinse.
The catch for opening the lid is on top of the handle - so thumb friendly - which is a feature I like, because it means you can hold it and open it with one hand. The power switch is at the back and bottom. The glass body is graduated so that you can judge the quantity you need depending on whether it's a quick cuppa for yourself, or a pot-full in case you get descended upon by several aunts. There is actually a window at the rear, but that seems rather redundant to me.
The base is one of these 360 degree jobs, which you simply lift off when it's boiled. This is, for me, perhaps the greatest advance in kettle technology since someone invented the spout. This kind of base not only makes "unplugging" the kettle a one-handed job, it also means that it doesn't matter which hand you use.
Inside the kettle, the element is concealed, so preventing the build up of lime scale on it, and this in turn should help you to get more years out of it. Obviously, you might still get a build up on the interior base of the kettle. How much of a problem this is will depend on the water in your area. We're pretty fortunate in that respect.
At 3kw it's a fast boil, so you can save time, if not energy.
If trailing leads are a problem for you, there is space for cord storage at the base.
The look is quite swish, with the polished stainless steel rim and base, while the lights that glow through your water as it heats up (they go out when it switches itself off) are a delight to behold. Or is it just that there's nothing worth watching on television these days?
Cost and Availability
They're widely available. I got mine for nearly forty pounds from Sainsbury's, but I see they're on Amazon for £34.70 right now (RRP £49.99).
At the end of the day, it's a kettle, and there are cheaper ones. However, this is stylish, quick to boil and while not exactly singing and dancing it does offer some entertainment. I'm pleased with it.
I purchased the Russell Hobbs 15082 kettle a couple of years ago, thinking it was an attractive and quality kettle for the price. I was wrong.
The positives are that it is pretty, especially when boiling as it is the only time the blue lights come one. It also holds a decent amount of water, and boils reasonably quickly.
There are plenty of negatives with this kettle though.
The spout is very awkward to try to fill the kettle, but hey there is a lid. The lid stopped popping up at around 6 months; the lid would operate only when it felt like it. I believe others have had issues which suggest the lid mechanism is made of poor quality plastic.
The spout is also wide but shallow, which made pouring the boiling water difficult, boiling water was often spilt on my work surfaces. Add to this, after around 6 months, the area around the spout started the leak when pouring, making brewing up a more dangerous action than it should have been.
The clear glass shape is pleasing, but if like me you live in a hard water area, be prepared to spend the rest of eternity descaling it. And as mentioned before, the blue lights only come on for boiling.
The chrome is pretty, as is the matching base, but I found the cord to be a tad short.
But the worst offence committed is that the base, where glass meets chrome, of the kettle started to leak, and only leak after boiling. This started when the kettle was little over a year old. This was downright dangerous, as the water could have gone on the powered stand or even on yourself or others when pouring the water.
It was at this point I gave up and got a new kettle (and some skin grafts! I joke!).
If this was a cheap kettle I would have thrown it away after the lid problem, but having spent around £50 on it, I expected much more.
Blue led lights when boiling.
Last year, our trusty stainless steel Russell Hobbs kettle suddenly stopped working. Faced with the frankly terrifying prospect of a morning without a hot cup of coffee to wake us up, my husband rushed off to the local large supermarket in search of a replacement. The kettle he came back with was the Russell Hobbs 15802.
* The Product *
On first impressions, this is visually a good looking kettle. It is a relatively simple design - a clear jug with a silver, stainless steel trim to top and bottom, plus a black plastic flip lid and handle. The kettle sits on a base which matches the black and silver of the kettle. The clear glass and silver trims of the kettle looks stylish and I felt that it complimented the predominantly silver appliances in my kitchen. The maximum amount of water that you can boil at a time in this kettle is 1.7 litres, easily sufficient to make a very large pot of tea. There are handy water level indicators on each side of the kettle, illustrating the level of water needed for 2, 4 and 6 cups. The kettle also swivels on its stand - a handy touch that makes it easy for both right and left handed people to use. The lid opens through a push button, which is handy if you need to refill the kettle once it has boiled as I find pull off lids difficult to remove on hot kettles. Once switched on, the kettle is illuminated with neon blue lights at the base of the glass jug which shine through as the kettle boils and the water bubbles. For the first few times we used it, we felt that this was a nice touch - although the novelty has since worn off.
* Performance *
We have now had the kettle for about six months and mostly it has performed fairly well. Obviously, the most important function of a kettle is boiling water, which it does relatively quickly. The level guide on the outside makes it easy to gauge the amount of water you need, which I feel makes the kettle more efficient as I usually only boil enough for the amount of mugs I need to fill. It comes with an inbuilt limescale filter which, initially, I felt made our drinks taste 'cleaner' somehow, although now I've either got used to the slightly different taste or it just tastes the same as it always did. You can remove the filter to clean it which is a beneficial feature.
However, there are a couple of issues with this kettle which mean that I would struggle to give it my wholehearted recommendation. Firstly, the glass jug design means you can see all the limescale that builds up in the kettle. As we live in a hard water area (London), that is a LOT of limescale. It only takes a couple of weeks for the limescale to build up and start looking unsightly. Although we do descale our kettle regularly, it has never been restored to its initial pristine state and does not look anywhere near as nice on the worktop. The other issue I have experienced is with the lid not closing fully - sometimes it is fine, but sometimes I think the lid is fully closed, go to pour the water into the mug and it ends up sloshing out between the lid and the pouring spout. This is annoying and potentially dangerous, as you don't really expect excess water to come out when pouring boiling water into mugs.
* Price and Purchasing *
The RRP for the Russell Hobbs 15802 Illuminating Kettle is £49.99 although it is possible to get it for a lower price by shopping around. We paid around £40 for it.
* Final Thoughts *
The main positive feature of this kettle is that it is quick and efficient at boiling water, which means that you don't have to wait too long for your next caffeine hit. So far, it has performed reliably in that respect and, if our previous Russell Hobbs kettle is any indicator of durability, I'd expect to get at least another couple of years use from it. However, the issue with the visible limescale build-up really puts me off the design of this kettle. I hate the way that it looks 'dirty' all the time, and it is costing us far more in descaling products that the last kettle did. I also have reservations about the design of the lid - it doesn't close as reliably as it should and, although the issue can be solved by tapping it firmly into place, I think the design could be better. Overall I feel that this is nothing more than an 'average' kettle masquerading as a more designer product, and I have given it a three star rating to reflect that.
I managed somehow to get through 3 kettles in a little over 12 months - Phillips, Breville and Morphy Richards. To be fair, the Phillips one had lasted 18 months but the other two both decided that they were not built to hold water so deposited it at frequent intervals on the counter top. I was going to buy another plastic kettle - after all, a kettle's a kettle, and all I want it to do is to boil water on a regular basis - but then I saw this Russell Hobbs 15082. I had previous experience with Russell Hobbs but really hadn't considered them for anything as mundane as a kettle.
Looking through the vast array of choices on Amazon, it became clear that Russell Hobbs kettles are both stylish and affordable. When I discovered the 15082, which I am reviewing today, I decided that it was different enough to try and surely couldn't be any worse than the others I'd had.
It became part of the family three months ago and has, on the whole, undertaken its duties without fault. It holds 1.7 litres of water and boils a full load in about 3 minutes. It is a bit noisy, but it has a powerful 3kw element so some noise is to be expected.
The kettle sits on a circular base and can be rotated 360 degrees so can be easily used by both right-handed and left-handed people. The cable can be neatly wound inside the base if it's too long so that the counter top is kept tidy. The kettle is made of glass with a stainless steel lower portion and black handle and lid - the handle has a grey insert that helps you to grip it more easily and a button that pops the lid open. As soon as you flick the switch, the kettle lights up inside from the base with a pleasant blue ring of colour (it looks fantastic in the dark) and shortly after the water starts to bubble from the base. It becomes more and more vigorous and because you can see the water boiling you know that the kettle has done its job.
It pours reasonably well, although I have found that because of the way it is built, it does leave a small amount of water in the spout. The spout is quite wide and rounded, and pouring does take a little getting used to - the water comes out quite quickly. Also, being made of glass, the kettle is heavier than plastic ones, although you don't need to be Superman to lift it.
There is a filter in the spout that you can easily remove and wash so you don't get lime scale in your drinks. Lime scale is a problem in that the floaty bits are normally hidden in a plastic kettle but because this one is made of glass you can see them in the water before they sink to the bottom. Also the bottom quarter of the glass becomes coated in lime scale after a while but I find that when the kettle is cold, a quick wipe round the inside with a dish cloth and a swill out is all that is needed. I use a descaler every month and if the lime scale is not too bad white vinegar will clear it. Usually lime scale build up is not as much of an issue because it is hidden in an ordinary kettle, but it does look unsightly with this one being glass.
It is very easy to fill - although the lid doesn't open very wide, it is sufficient to get the tap in. You can also see precisely how much water is in the kettle, so if you only want a couple of mugs, you don't waste electricity boiling too much. I have read that after a while there is an issue with the lid not working, but as yet I've had no problems (I have been using it for 4 months). I find that the outside does need a quick wipe-over every few days to keep it sparkingly clean.
All-in-all I am pleased with this product. It boils water efficiently, does not cost the earth and looks good. It does demand a little more attention with descaling and cleaning but that is a small price to pay for a quality product.
When it comes to kettles I have only had to buy 2, one was when we bought our home in 2006 and the other was when we got married 2 years later and wanted one to match the new toaster we had as a wedding gift. Last week I discovered that the lid on our Morphy Richards Kettle had broken, if I am honest it had been on its way out for a while and we had struggled to open the lid for a good few months now so when my husband went to make me a brew the lid came off in his hand and it was placed in the bin.
Now going back to our very first kettle we had purchased which was a Russell Hobbs we had no problems at all so I specified I preferred to have a Russell Hobbs once more.
After a little bit of research I tried to find a kettle with the keep warm facility something we liked on our previous Russell Hobbs kettle but the Morphy Richards didn't have, I struggled to find any and decided to just opt for a kettle I liked the look of as we had recently redone our kitchen so wanted something with the stainless steel look and some black as I was planning on getting a new microwave in the next few months.
I managed to pick this kettle up from Asda during the Big Home Event for the reasonable price of £31.50. The packaging was not too much, just some strong cardboard inserts to prevent the kettle from moving around in the box, two small bags, one to protect the base of the kettle and another which contained the plug.
The instructions are also provided, something I think nowadays are a waste and should just be on the internet as a kettle is pretty straightforward.
The kettle has a stylish stainless steel corded base with a black power lead and plug, something some people may not be interested in but for me with appliances on the worktop I liked that they were now all black.
The centre of the kettle is glass which has a ring at the base which when boiling illuminates a bright LED blue colour.
The kettle rotates all the way around the base which is ideal if you have a lefty and a righty in your house like we do!
I was suprised at how sturdy the kettle feels compared to others and how you really have to tip the kettle for it to poor out of the relatively shallow spout. Apart from getting used to the pouring in this kettle I have found it to be a great buy.
We do have to descale the kettle reguarly but this to me ensures it is kept hygienic as our last kettle we didn't descale at all and there was a nasty build up of limescale that I discovered when throwing it out!
There are not many downsides to this kettle, the main obvious one is with it being glass it gets very hot and remins hot for some time afterwards.
I do wish this had a keep warm facility but we can't have everything. The kettle boils very quickly which is what I need with a toddler in the house and I am trying to grab a brew first thing in the morning. The maximum capacity is 1.7l but we rarely fill it more than enough for 2 cups as it is.
I feel I got a real bargain with this kettle as it is stylish and I have to admit I do enjoy being in the kitchen waiting for it to boil now!
I bought this kettle on moving into my new house. On writing this review I have had it for about 8 months with no problems.
The only issue that I have had with this kettle is that after a few months limescale builds up inside the glass jug. As it is clear the limescale is easily visible and spoils the look of the kettle. Because the inside of the kettle has a flat stainless steel base (as opposed to an exposed heating element on other kettles) it is extremely easy to clean with limescale remover. Looks perfect again now and I avoided replacing the kettle like I have with others. In 8 months I have no other criticism of the kettle.
The kettle is great. It glows blue when it is on and has a clear glass 'jug'. It has the usual on/off setting that is common amongst kettles and boils water more rapidly than other kettles I have owned.
The kettle looks great. It is unique and I love the blue glow when it is boiling. The stainless steel base and stylish black handle complete the look and in my opinion it is one of the best looking kettles out there.
I bought this in a sale in comet and got a good deal as I was buying a lot of other house furnishing appliance at the same time. It is currently around £50 at sainsburys, so it's certainly not a cheap kettle. But on the above points I would definitely recommend spending that extra money.
Kettles do not last long in our house hence why this is the newest addition to our kitchen. I don't buy kettles for our house, my husband tends to buy them but if I had of bought one this kettle probably wouldn't have come home with me. Russell Hobbs is a good name though and according to an article I read, "The Russell Hobbs brand has been synonymous with quality, style and innovation for over 50 years. Founded in 1952 by Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs, the brand has led the way by introducing products which offer real consumer benefits and technological advancements. Such is the strength of the Russell Hobbs brand, it is recognised by 9 out of 10 consumers as a leading small kitchen appliance brand in the UK and has won numerous awards and product accreditations by leading institutes."
I only knew this was a 15082 model as there is a sticker on the bottom of the kettle that says Model Number 15082. When it was first new this kettle was really nice looking. It is described by Russell Hobbs as an illuminating kettle which is elegant and sophisticated. It has a see through glass jug to it so you can see the water inside and you can see it bubbling away when it is boiling. I must admit this is pretty cool to look at but I could foresee a problem with this straight away. You could see the limescale build up on the inside of the glass within about two days of using this kettle and it just looks dirty inside all the time even though it isn't so if you want a nice clean looking kettle you would probably have to de-scale this kettle all the time which I'm not prepared to it so I just let it look dirty but its not an attractive kettle once this starts to look like it does.
When you turn the kettle on to boil there is a neon blue light that comes around around the base of the kettle jug inside. This makes the rest of the glass jug light up a bit as well. I do like this feature and its nice when its dark in the kitchen and you turn this kettle on to boil it as it gives you a bit of light in the kitchen. On the top and bottom of the kettle there is a nice brushed chrome band around the kettle which makes it look quite nice and then the handle and lid are made of a black plastic. Its a nice looking kettle but I wouldn't really call it sophisticated as Russell Hobbs do!
The handle is quite sturdy and has a grey rubber non slip grip handle which is nice as when the kettle is really full this makes it really easy to hold and you feel quite safe with pouring from it. What I really like about this kettle is that it has a flip top lid which is activated by a push button not he top of the handle which you can push while you are holding the kettle with the same hand. On the kettle we had before the lid was metal and has a little handle that you needed to pull to take it off and this was really hard to do and got too hot when the kettle had just been boiled and you couldn't take it off so to be able to just lift the lid with this button is great.
The kettle holds 1.7 litres max but this is quite a bit of a ways down the kettle so I always tend to fill it up a bit more than this especially if I need to make lots of cups of tea. the markings are clearly marked on the side of the kettle in cups, going up in 2's. This is really handy as when its only my husband and me I just fill this kettle to the 2 cup line and its enough for both of us.
The kettle costs in the £40 region and I like it, I just don't like the see-through limescale look so will knock two stars off because of that.
This is a great looking kettle that has cool little features that make it stand out from other kettles. Firstly it as a blue illuminating light that lights up when you turn it on which looks great, especially with the other cool feature that the casing is see through so you can see the water inside so the blue light lights up the water and is very cool looking. The see through wall feature is also useful as you can see when the inside of the kettle looks like it needs cleaning so making sure your water is clean as well, I found this really useful.
The kettle itself boils pretty fast and considering that it boils so quickly and has a light to power as well the noise isn't too loud, as it significantly quieter than my old kettle, which is great as I got lots of moaning in the house when the kettle was on and people were trying to watch TV at the same time, but now that doesn't happen.
Its also really easy to fill up as it has a handy button on the top that opens the lid, and opens up a lot so that it is easy to get under the tap so you can put water in straight from there.
The base on which is boils on is also 360 degrees so it doesn't have a fixed position so to falls into place really easily and means that it can be put in the best position for both left and right handers.
The water filter is also really good as I noticed that the water looked a lot cleaner when I poured it into my mug that any other kettle I've had used to.
Overall this is a great kettle, stylish but doesn't compromise on quality
I haven't had the best of luck with kettles since moving in with my boyfriend over a year ago and to me a kettle is a necessity. I need a kettle in the house, i could not stay there if there was indeed no kettle. I've tried many other kettles, cheap ones admittedly such as a tesco value kettle and an Argos value kettle and they both seemed to break within a few months. To be fair they did take a lot of use, i like Tea. But this is beyond the point, a kettle should last you a long while and not 3 months. Therefore after i had my university bursary come through i thought 'Enough of the cheap stuff- I need a decent kettle'. So i went out and bought the Russell Hobbs 15092. It's pretty fair to say that i haven't looked back since!
What is it that i like about this product?
I'm a huge fan of colour. I love lava lamps and fireworks. If you give me a kettle that turns blue before i get a cup of tea i will be as fascinated as a female geek with a shiny laptop and trust me i know how fascinated they get- i am one. I think being able to see the water boiling is a great thing, the light makes it more noticeable and makes it a show almost, you'll start to call people around for Tea just to watch your kettle. This kettle is just fantastic in lots of different ways.
You know when you get home from a long day at work and first thing you do is put they kettle on. Well sometimes it can feel like hours since it's boiled, i know with my other kettles that i have actually thought that it took an hour. Not with this bad boy, it doesn't take long to boil at all.
What do i like about this product that is different from other products out there?
I love how the kettle is super quiet. It really freaks me out when i hear a kettle whistle. I'm unsure why- my grand parents used to always have a whistling kettle so they could hear it from the next room however it's just one of those sounds that i can't handle and if my kettle whistles, i take it back or give it to my grandparents!
Is there anything bad about the product?
The only disadvantage about this product is that because it's glass you can see the limescale more and therefore feel that you have to clean it, whereas if you had a normal kettle then you wouldn't be worried about something you can't see, I've certainly never cleaned a kettle out before i got this one. Although it's not like you have to clean it out everyday or something like that. Every three weeks is normally when i clean the kettle.
Some facts about the product
This kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres which is enough for lots and lots of Tea or coffee!
The lid and handle of the kettle is plastic so you don't have to worry about burning your hands because plastic doesn't conduct heat well.
I bought this kettle from Robert Dyas for around £40 other places do it for different prices.
I love that it's difficult to put water in through the filter spout, this is for a reason- you're not meant to do that. Doing this damages the filter and then means that when you pour the water into your tea after the millionth time you may well receivee a little present from your kettle: Limescale. Always nice to find in your cuppa. There is a button to use when you want to fill up your kettle that lifts up the lid so you don't even have to get your fingers wet.
Overall i think this is the best kettle I've bought in my lifetime, i feel entertained while waiting for my cup of Cha. It's brilliant. I normally wouldn't spend that much on a kettle but if this one was to break then i definatly would replace it with another one, it's one of those keeper products.
Have a cuppa on me!
My old kettle had a bit off a fall and pouring became a bit of an art. I had a 1.7 litre kettle from Breville, with rapid boil, made of brushed steel and loved it!
So I was skeptical about finding a replacement that would live up to my standards.
I did some internet searching and decided on the Russell Hobbs 15082 kettle.
The reason I went with a glass kettle is the simply fact that being able to see through it creates the illusion of more space on the worktop. Plus, the blue lighting when the kettle is switched on just fascinates me.
The plastic handle and lid do feel slightly cheap and clumsy compared to the rest of the sleep design. The handle has a rubber bit for a better grip.
The kettle has a mesh bit at the pouring opening. I like to think it's for filtering the water when filling the kettle. But if you want to do that you'd be waiting ages for the kettle to fill as the opening is very small. So not sure what the filter is for.
The kettle does boil the water very quickly and is extremely quiet. I was worried about the glass of the kettle heating up and clumsy me scolding my fingers but I need not have worried, the glass does warm up, but it's not warmer than the brushed steel or an ordinary plastic kettle.
I got the kettle from Amazon Marketplace for about £35.90 and compared to other kettles with a similar spec, that price is great. All in all great value for money, with the additional bonus of being mesmerized by the water being boiled illuminated by blue light. The only downside I guess is the 'plasticy' feel of the lid and handle and that glass breaks so much easier than stainless steel.
We all know us Brits are obsessed with cups of tea and coffee and "put the kettle on" is probably one of the most used expression in our vocabulary. In most British houses a kettle will be the appliance that you will use more than any other so it makes sense to buy a good one.
The Russell Hobbs 15082 is the kettle I bought for my kitchen and I would love to say I chose it after reading countless reviews about it but the truth it a friend had one and I liked the look of it but I got lucky in that it not only looks good but is also a great water boiler.
The look of the kettle is ultra modern with a stainless steel base and top with a clear glass middle so you can see the water as it boils. The lid and handle is made of black plastic and this not only gives it a nice contrast with the steel and glass but it also makes it feel really sturdy. The bottom of the kettle is wider than the top where it curves in slightly giving it a chunky substantial look. There is a button on top of the lid that works the mechanism for opening the lid to fill and the spout is shallow and small in comparison with the rest of the kettle.
I've had the kettle for a few months now and I've been very happy with its performance so far. To fill the kettle you push the button to operate the mechanical lid which is a nice touch as with my previous stainless steel kettle after a couple of months it was a chore to try and open the lid as it would stick and I would really have to yank it to get it open and most of the time I would just fill it from the spout. The spout on this is kettle extremely small so would be a little awkward to try and fit it under the tap to fill if the lid broke but fingers crossed I've had no problems with the mechanism so far.
When you have filled it with the water for your cups of tea or coffee just replace the kettle back on the base and switch it on. When you switch the kettle on to boil a blue light comes on and because of the glass you can see the water boiling and it looks gorgeous literally like lightening. During the dark mornings I found it really nice and relaxing to sit in the kitchen with only the kettle for illumination and this is definitely my favourite thing about this particular kettle.
The actual boiling of the water is really quick and hardly takes any time at all so those caffeine addicts can get their cup of joy in extra quick time. It has a capacity of 1.7 litres so it can hold enough water to make a quite few cups at a time if you get some unexpected visitors.
I do have a few slight concerns with the kettle but nothing major. I find the handle is in a weird position. It seems too high and you really have to twist your wrist to pour the water. It's not really a problem just different from every other kettle I've ever had and took a little getting used to.
The kettle really rattles and shakes as the water is boiling and while this isn't a problem as such it does make me a little nervous the kettle is going to come right off the base.
The major problem I have isn't really the kettles fault but within a few weeks my beautiful pristine kettle started to look grimy because of the build up of lime scale. Because it is glass you have to descale it constantly otherwise it looks a bit disgusting.
The kettle cost me a penny off 50 pounds which is expensive for a kettle but I've been very happy with it and like I said earlier a kettle will probably get more use than almost anything else you own and is on permanent display so it makes sense to spend a little more to get one that not only looks stylish but is practical at the same time.
The Russell Hobbs 15082 Illuminating Glass Kettle is elegant and sophisticated and offers strikingly stylish neon Blue illumination.This eye catching Kettle boasts a host of features including a stylish glass body with Brushed Stainless Steel accents rapid boil 3kW concealed element for easy cleaning a 360? connected base making it suitable for either left or right handed users and a removable washable limescale filter.