Easy to use and efficient kettle. Not the most premium feeling or looking kettle but at this price i am not complaining. Very light and easy to handle. Also i have had no issues with the lid. Takes a little while to memorise which colours are which temperatures so could be tricky for guests.
Kettle is good for the price but a couple of minor issues ( for me anyway ). The mains lead is very short , reaches the socket which is directly behind the base unit with only a few inches to spare , not long enough to route discreetly. Secondly the lid/hinge is a bit flimsy , not to the same standard as the rest of the package. On the plus side it does its job very well , boils quickly and pours without a single drip.
Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml
- High gloss housing with brushed stainless steel panel and embossed logo
- Embossed soft square pattern
- Electronic base with four pre-set temperatures
- Specially formulated for use in kettles, coffee machines and steam irons
- Fast working – destroys lime scale in less than 10 minutes
I’m a tea addict, and when i found out that green teas should be brewed at a lower temperature – and tasted the difference at a tea workshop – i immediately bought this. Trust me, it’s a revelation :)this kettle is a cost-effective way to make sure all your teas taste perfect. With four different temperatures and corresponding colours, it’s so much cheaper than a fancy tea-brewing kettle but achieves the same results (if you can manage to time the brewing process yourself). The coloured base stays lit and changes colour as the water cools down, which is useful as it indicates whether or not you need to reboil the kettle for the next use.
I read all the reviews on this kettle before purchasing it and held off writing my own just in case i was tempting fate. I loved the colour changing and that i could chose different temperatures. Though i have to be honest, after the first week i only every used the hottest one. A previous reviewer stated they should have coordinated the colours with the tea i. E green light for green tea. I actually thought that was a bit of a laughable comment. Well i apologise because she was right. I ended up keeping the sticker on the kettle as i couldn’t remember what colour was for which tea. Anyway i really liked this kettle and recommended it just last week to my mum however it has now gone faulty. When i press for it to boil at its hottest it keeps switching off.
I like this kettle a lot as i drink a lot of herbal tea and filter coffee. I can use the different temperature settings for the different products i drink. Kettle gets noisy over time though, but they all seem to.
Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml : This kettle continues to work well. Set the temp and it handily keeps it there. It is also easy to fill, see how much water is left and most importantly, easy to carry and pour accurately.
This isn’t the prettiest temperature controlled kettle on the market, but in terms of usability it’s far superior to the heston blumenthal sage kettle which i’ve also used. The led ring that show the current temperature is pretty gaudy (one other reviewer described it as ‘space age’, but we’re talking 1970’s space-age here). However, the led ring is actually very useful — turn the kettle back on after it’s been off, and you’ll instantly know what temperature the water is; if it’s too hot, just add some cold water until the ring glows the right colour. Pros: unlike the blumenthal kettle, this one comes up to temperature immediately, very quickly and without pausing. The led ring shows you immediately how hot the water is. And it’s dead easy to use: just press the button corresponding to which ever temperature you want, and away it goes. The kettle also is silent and doesn’t beep (a plus in my book, at least). (minor) cons: the plastic handle and lid are perfectly functional, but feel a little cheap. The base of mine also didn’t sit level out of the box (one of the feet was too short; this was easily fixed by inserting a small paper wad inside the foot column and then replacing the rubber stopper, but it’s still poor qc. ) unlike other reviewers, i don’t find the kettle cord too short (how long do you need a kettle cord??) but i guess if your chosen powerpoint is a metre away you’ll have some issues.
Brilliant kettle, boils fast even when full. Spout is good and doesn’t drip down kettle like my previous kettle did. I find the temperature control very handy as i don’t like my coffee at boiling temperature so saves me time having to wait for the water to cool. Overall brilliant sturdy kettle.
I love this kettle, it looks great and functions perfectly. It might seem gimicy at first but the different temprature setting make a massive difference to the taste and can save time in the morning giving you instantly drinkable coffee.
A little noisy when working. Not as big as i thought it was going to be, but that’s a good thing – it’s nice and compact. The kettle doesn’t sit firmly on the base unit, it wobbles about a bit. This doesn’t seem dangerous, and the kettle isn’t likely to fall off the base unit, but i expected it to feel more solid and sturdy on the base unit. You have to press the temperature button twice to start the kettle. Quite odd how the setting for green tea isn’t the setting that has the green light.
The earlier defects continue. In addition the catch release on the lid, which initially worked perfectly, is now getting difficult to operate. It only works with very firm pressure on the release button. From the flimsy wire construction of the mechanism, its days may be numbered. Back again sadly, to report that the filter will no longer stay put. A plastic catch holding in place has lost its springiness, and is virtually impossible to repair satisfactorily, so the filter has hit the bin. Although initially attractive, this kettle has disappointed. More attention to its design is clearly indicated.
In the year since purchasing, i have been delighted with this kettle and that there has been no deposit. But, in the last couple of weeks i’ve noticed a ring of rust at the outer edge at the bottom.Having always used russell hobbs kettles over the last 50yrs i’m shocked to see rust.
This kettle looks great on the worktop and has worked without fault. I really like the feature of having different temperatures for tea and coffee, i hadn’t realised what a difference it would make to the taste to have the water the correct temperature for the correct type of beverage. The kettle seems really well made and will hopefully give us several years of faithful service.
Boils pretty quickly and holds temperature for ages (you can go on a holiday, come back a week later, and the water’s still warm. The temperature setting works pretty well too. Unfortunately, you can feel that it’s not bosch and the button for opening the lid is hardly working a month after purchase. Thankfully it does come with a 3-year warranty (extendible from 2), so i’m not too worried.
Great kettle, easy to use straight out of the box. I drink a lot of black coffee and the temperature control was a great feature for me to purchase this kettle. Makes the coffee at just the right temp when selecting the coffee temp without compromising on taste. Would highly recommend this kettle for the features. Also quieter than my old kettle.
We had an older russell hobbs with temperature selection, it allowed any temp between 60 and 100 in 5 degree increments. It was also 3kw so very quick to boil. But it died at about 5 years, the relay that switched power on to the element started sticking, so with increasing frequency the controls looked like they were working but it didn’t heat up. Having had the temp feature (coffee really does taste better made with water below boiling) i spent a while looking around for a current equivalent as that model is no longer made. After ruling out the few others mainly on ludicrous cost grounds, i ordered this one. If i could have found one without a stupid pointless light in it, i would have had it. It really annoys me that in this world of ever increasing concern about energy use, manufacturers seem to be falling over themselves to stick extra led lights in stuff that simply doesn’t need them. It looks funky the first time you use it and after that is just utterly pointless. It even says in the instructions ‘to save energy, switch off at the wall’. How about ‘to save energy and cost and more energy consumed during manufacture, don’t add pointless lights to an appliance that doesn’t require them’?.
Good choice as a value for money kettle with variable temperature. Could do with options between 80, 90 and 100 but you will find ways round that e. To get 95 then set to 90 and then when ready put to 100 for 10 seconds. Really great for packet drinks and filter coffee when 100 is too hot.
I bought it to get the temperature right for cafetière coffee and aeropress coffee and it does that brilliantly. Also really improves green and white teas. If you like a variety of hot drinks done perfectly, then this is for you.
I wonder why kettles haven’t always been designed to allow temperature selection. And, for the sceptics, it does make a difference if you make ground coffee with water at 90 degrees.