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After my last toaster broke I just used the grill on my oven for making my toast but as a few months went by I realized my kettle looked like it had seen better days,and maybe it was time for a change. So off I went to buy a new kettle and thought as I was out I might as well pick up a new toaster as well. I came home with a new Russel Hobs kettle and toaster set which cost me around 55 pounds from Argos, I no now since buying it that if you look around you can buy it for much cheaper. The kettle is lovely,stylish and modern and it really looks nice in my kitchen,the stainless steel really stands out against my cream kitchen wallpaper. It holds 1.7 capacity which is standard and has a in built metal filter which just makes it easier all round, with ability to fill it up through the snout this kettle is really easy to use. The toaster is every bit as modern and stylish and also looks great,with removable crumb tray and different level dials such as defrost,reheat and manual ejects this toaster is great its only down fall you can't always fit all your bread into it. Overall its a brilliant set that has provided me and my children with endless tea and toast.
Despite the rather massive price tags I've read of others paying for this product, I paid just £29.99 from one of the high street stores for this set. After years of mismatched toasters and kettles, I was excited to find such a good quality set for such a great price. Despite being a set, I'll discuss both separately in this review. The kettle itself is actually quite bulky, not quite what I envisioned when I saw the big square box! It's tall, the standard 1.7 capacity and has a clear view finder so you can monitor the level of water. Unlike most kettles, it actually has an inbuilt metal filter rather than those naff little plastic mesh things you take out to wash and can never get back in. The element is concealed, and the lid opens with a little push/pull mechanism on the black plastic lid/handle. The rest of the kettle is a glossy finished stainless steel. The only real feature of the product that bothers me is the weight of the kettle with water added, I would not recommend this to someone who would have an issue with this. The toaster itself is pretty standard, a two slice stainless steel with black plastic trim with all your basic functions including defrost, reheat and a manual eject button, which is designed to keep whatever you've got in there warm until you're ready to eat it. You also get a neat little removable crumb tray, making it easier to clean. The dial sits in the middle, a slight round thing, again, all I can say I that is negative about the toaster is the actual numbers aren't particularly clear against the silver finish. Another issue is that the slots are wide, but not very deep, meaning you can't get the full slice into the toaster. Over the next few months of using both products I have to say they are both still fantastic, it may just be my area, but I did find that the kettle scaled up quite easily, though this was quickly fixed with descaler. Overall it's a really good set and great value for money.
I went out in the kitchen the other day to put the kettle on to make a hot drink only to find that my Other Half had bought a new one plus a new toaster to match. I had no idea he was buying it, he had reserved the set online at Argos and picked it up on his way home from work. The set he had bought was the Russell Hobbs 15219 set and it costs £54.99 if you buy it from Argos, its about £20 dearer on Amazon so worth shopping around for it. The first thing I noticed was that the set is really stylish. The kettle has a black spout and handle and the rest of it is stainless steel. The button to turn it on is at the top on the handle and there is a button on top of the lid which releases it so you can wash it out. It is very easy to fill up, you can fill it up through the spout which makes it so much easier than trying to fit the kettle under the tap if you already have a bowl of washing up in the sink or something. The capacity is 1.7 litres and it boils up quite quickly and is very quiet until it gets near to boiling. The base of the kettle lets you turn the kettle 360 degrees so it is easy to get it looking nice on your work top as you can put the cord which ever way you want and still have the kettle facing the way you want too. A good thing about this kettle is that it has a boil dry protection which means you can't burn it by switching it on with no water in it as it will just switch itself off again. As for the toaster, it is a really nice shape for a toaster. It dips a bit in the middle at the front and is very stylish. The main body is stainless steel and then it has black detail on it to match the kettle. There is a black knob on the centre front for you to set the toaster as to how much you want the bread to cook. Then there are three buttons on the side at the front, one for cooking frozen bread, one for warming up toast if you have left it and its got cold, and one to eject the toast. There are lights on there too so you can see what you have it set at. There is a tray underneath to collect the crumbs which is handy as it comes out so you can tip them straight in the bin. The one thing I do not like about the toaster though is that it is not very deep so when you are using a slice of bread from a normal sliced loaf it sticks out the top and this bit doesn't cook. I think this is a design fault and they should have tried it before to make sure the bread fitted properly. Still, it does cook evenly and it is quite quick to do a couple of slices, much quicker than our last toaster. I think if I had had a say in buying the new kettle and toaster I would have chosen something different. The kettle isn't too bad but I would have wanted a bigger toaster. In fact in all probability I wouldn't have bothered changing from our old ones as there was nothing wrong with them but now we have them they do make the kitchen look nice.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 15219