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We bought this stainless-steel Russell Hobbs product after using a similar (style over function) kettle for several months. The old kettle was one of those, 'the steam from the spout automatically burns your hands when poured' kettles and this wasn't suited, and so we bought an RH device with a large handle located away from the steam instead. You might be wondering why I described this kettle as having 'style over function' before going on to praise its positive functionability. Well despite this kettle shielding you from steam, some of its functions are still hindered by over styling (form) of the product which I will discuss throughout the review. -STYLE- Style has been considered more so than other kettles (of a cheaper price tag), and this is usually a good thing in the world of product design. The black edging and steel finish look fantastic, making this device blend particularly into the new 'magnetic' style kitchen environment common in today's market. One bad point about the Steel finish though, is that it can get very hot, perhaps hotter than a completely plastic designed would have got. Catching your hand on this can be very painful. The plastic click to operate lever at the base of the product lights blue when pressed, and obviously goes off when boiling point is reached - The light is a strong brightness and only adds to the devices style, whilst retaining a very functional responsibility. -USABILITY- As well as style hindering reduced heat transfer on the steel surface, style has increased the weight of the product. This means that when filled to a sufficient volume of water, the kettle can be very heavy. Besides this though, the switch is easy to press and well located; the handle is hidden from blasts of steam; and the kettle fits neatly into its base which heats the object at a fanatically quick rate. Altogether there's nothing much to complain about when it comes to the very crucial usability factor of this RH kettle. -SPECIFICATION- The kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres, a weight of 0.7kg and does not come with or have inside a Brita water-filter! There isn't much more to say about specification... The kettle comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and costs around £20-25 on many leading internet retailers. In-store this may well be a lot more. -CONCLUSION- An average device with a nice exterior when you look through the positives and negatives. Generally though, this product is worth £20 any day of the week, and if you're after something to brighten up your mornings with a splash of steel, then this is the kettle for you!
When me and my girlfriend moved into our flat we were given a Russell Hobbs 17874 kettle. At the time neither of us really enjoyed drinking coffee or tea so we only really used it every now and then if people visited. Recently I have found a new liking for coffee and my girlfriend likes to drink green tea so I have started to use on a daily basis and have realised how good this kettle really is. Appearance: The kettle is made from stainless steel and a type of black plastic which makes the kettle aesthetically pleasing. My kitchen has grey work-surfaces so it does fit in nicely. I think that it would look nice in most modern kitchens but may look out of place if you have a traditional wooden kitchen. The stainless steel is easy to clean with a damp cloth and does shine nicely. The Logo is quite small and is positioned near the bottom of the kettle. The logo consists of the words Russell Hobbs in black writing and the trademark picture, also in black. The professional, high quality presentation of this kettle, in and out of the box, means that it is perfect for a moving in gift, wedding gift, birthday present etc. Features: The kettles main feature and selling point is that it is fitted with a concealed element and rapid boil (compared to a standard kettle). This rapid boil is great for those days when you just don't have long to spare. Obviously the less water you use, the less time it takes to boil. The concealed element ensures that you don't end up with limescale build up. There is also a removable limescale filter, this is very handy and keeps the water clean. The kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity and and a water level indicator which helps to cut down on wasted electricity and water. This feature does help me as I can see how much water I have put in so know if I need to tip some out or put a little more in. Ease of use: The lid is very easy to open when you need to add more water, you just press the button on the handle. The on/off switch lights up to tell you when the kettle is being boiled. The kettle base has the power cord attached and the kettle simply lifts off of the base when you need to fill it up or pour out the water. It is quite simple to replace but some people would probably find this hard as you need to line the hole on the bottom of the kettle up properly onto the base. The Russell Hobbs 17874 kettle come with one years manufacturers warranty and I believe costs around £25. (I'm not sure why there are bars for picture and sound quality on this product!) This review can also be found on Ciao under the same username.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 17874