Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle : Excellent. I wonder why kettles haven’t always been designed

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.

Comments

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars The one to buy
    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.
  2. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    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.
    1. Anonymous
      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”?.
      1. 3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre.
        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”?.
  3. 2.0 out of 5 stars could be great, let down by poor quality control
    This kettle would have got 4 stars for features, cost, boiling speed except for one huge floor, after day 2 of using it developed a leak from the base. Ironically this was ordered to replace a russell hobs kettle that had developed a leak in the base. Requested a replacement as like to give benefit of doubt as mistakes in manufacturing do happen, if the new one functions as expected i will re evaluate and re-score the kettle.
    1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
      This kettle would have got 4 stars for features, cost, boiling speed except for one huge floor, after day 2 of using it developed a leak from the base. Ironically this was ordered to replace a russell hobs kettle that had developed a leak in the base. Requested a replacement as like to give benefit of doubt as mistakes in manufacturing do happen, if the new one functions as expected i will re evaluate and re-score the kettle.
  4. 2.0 out of 5 stars Sent back

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    Sent back after couple of months & refunded as it stopped working. Lights all came on, but no water boiling. Great service from russell hobbs though, they gave me a number for amazon as it didn’t give me a return option for it on my account & got my refund very quickly, too. These type of kettles can’t cope with all the gimmicks, have now got a plain cream breville one with just an on/off switch.
  5. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    Sent back after couple of months & refunded as it stopped working. Lights all came on, but no water boiling. Great service from russell hobbs though, they gave me a number for amazon as it didn’t give me a return option for it on my account & got my refund very quickly, too. These type of kettles can’t cope with all the gimmicks, have now got a plain cream breville one with just an on/off switch.
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously off the boil..!!
      It is with much regret that i find myself having to vent my disappointment & frustration out on your ‘review’ page about my recent purchase of one of your ‘russell hobbs illumina kettle’si only took delivery of the aforementioned item around 30th may and much to my surprise it has already lost all it’s power to boil and is showing clear signs of leaking from it’s spout. ?have tried to contact the supplier ‘privately’ to discuss these issues but all avenues of help, or options of a replacement or repair have been closed to me therefore have felt that i had no other option but to make you aware of some of the serious technical & practical issues / problems that this item has developed so very quickly after purchase. ?must admit that i was so very disappointed that i ended up having to dispose of the kettle for safety reasons so soon after obtaining it as up until the device developed it’s various faults i was extremely impressed with it’s sleek, hi- tech look, choice of temperature control – unfortunately have been left feeling quite let down by product and seller.
      1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
        It is with much regret that i find myself having to vent my disappointment & frustration out on your ‘review’ page about my recent purchase of one of your ‘russell hobbs illumina kettle’si only took delivery of the aforementioned item around 30th may and much to my surprise it has already lost all it’s power to boil and is showing clear signs of leaking from it’s spout. ?have tried to contact the supplier ‘privately’ to discuss these issues but all avenues of help, or options of a replacement or repair have been closed to me therefore have felt that i had no other option but to make you aware of some of the serious technical & practical issues / problems that this item has developed so very quickly after purchase. ?must admit that i was so very disappointed that i ended up having to dispose of the kettle for safety reasons so soon after obtaining it as up until the device developed it’s various faults i was extremely impressed with it’s sleek, hi- tech look, choice of temperature control – unfortunately have been left feeling quite let down by product and seller.
  6. 3.0 out of 5 stars This was a fairly expensive kettle and I would have liked it to last longer than 12 months

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    I initially reviewed this kettle, i believe, with 5 stars – however, i went to make a cup of tea this morning and the kettle has stopped working. I purchased it on the 15th june 2015 so it is just a few days out of what i would hope would be 12 months guarantee. Now, my problem is i can’t find any way to complain about this to amazon. This was a fairly expensive kettle and i would have liked it to last longer than 12 months.So not sure where to go from here other than to purchase another kettle.
  7. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    I initially reviewed this kettle, i believe, with 5 stars – however, i went to make a cup of tea this morning and the kettle has stopped working. I purchased it on the 15th june 2015 so it is just a few days out of what i would hope would be 12 months guarantee. Now, my problem is i can’t find any way to complain about this to amazon. This was a fairly expensive kettle and i would have liked it to last longer than 12 months.So not sure where to go from here other than to purchase another kettle.
    1. 2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly manufactured kettle, not up to Russell Hobbs usual standard.
      On the face of it this appears to be a great kettle. It does its job and has added features of different temperatures for water. However the quality of the item is not up to usual russel hobbs standard. The brushed metal is very thin, it is very noisy when heating the water and the plastic water filter in the spout keeps falling out due to it being very poorly made. I would not recommend this kettle to anyone for these reasons.
  8. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    On the face of it this appears to be a great kettle. It does its job and has added features of different temperatures for water. However the quality of the item is not up to usual russel hobbs standard. The brushed metal is very thin, it is very noisy when heating the water and the plastic water filter in the spout keeps falling out due to it being very poorly made. I would not recommend this kettle to anyone for these reasons.
  9. 2.0 out of 5 stars Well costed variable temp kettle

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    Coffee especially tastes better. There were a lot of negative reviews because of the lid not closing after 2 weeks. Well past that now and still ok, though has always been a little stiff to close. Keeps switching off before heat has been reached, this was 1 year 5 months after purchase, has been great but could do with it lasting longer.
    1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
      Coffee especially tastes better. There were a lot of negative reviews because of the lid not closing after 2 weeks. Well past that now and still ok, though has always been a little stiff to close. Keeps switching off before heat has been reached, this was 1 year 5 months after purchase, has been great but could do with it lasting longer.
  10. 2.0 out of 5 stars Good until it leaked. Now junk. Come on Russell Hobbs, put some quality into it!

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    The kettle had been fine for a while, but now at just over two years old had developed a leak from one of the sight glasses – so much that a pool of water forms underneath and trips the circuit. Shame to ditch this so soon, especially as it was expensive. The variable water temperature feature was useful, although probably not very accurate, and the multi-coloured led display quite cool. I think a more basic kettle will be it’s replacement.
  11. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    The kettle had been fine for a while, but now at just over two years old had developed a leak from one of the sight glasses – so much that a pool of water forms underneath and trips the circuit. Shame to ditch this so soon, especially as it was expensive. The variable water temperature feature was useful, although probably not very accurate, and the multi-coloured led display quite cool. I think a more basic kettle will be it’s replacement.
    1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Less than a Year and starting to fall apart !!!!!!!!!
      Has been less than a year and the ‘water’ view window has started to crack and desintegrate – on top of that the lid does not open very well with the button release. . Unless you have just heated water in the kettle – cold and you will find yourself needing to prize the lid open with your other hand. A few quality issues for russell hobbs to address i think.
      1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
        Has been less than a year and the ‘water’ view window has started to crack and desintegrate – on top of that the lid does not open very well with the button release. . Unless you have just heated water in the kettle – cold and you will find yourself needing to prize the lid open with your other hand. A few quality issues for russell hobbs to address i think.
  12. 2.0 out of 5 stars it leaked like a sieve

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    After nearly 3 years, it leaked like a sieve. Luckily the trip fuse in the consumer unit blew so no damage was done. It looks like a real safety hazard as it leaks from the water canister into the electric box underneath. . I will return to russel hogs as a failure in design.
  13. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    After nearly 3 years, it leaked like a sieve. Luckily the trip fuse in the consumer unit blew so no damage was done. It looks like a real safety hazard as it leaks from the water canister into the electric box underneath. . I will return to russel hogs as a failure in design.
  14. 1.0 out of 5 stars I do not recommend this purchase at all

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    Few months after, the first signs of bad quality appeared: the kettle would not start heating when pressing any button – a bit like a bad connection. Happened more and more often. Even the opposite happened: would continue boiling and boiling. A year or so later, the kettle struggles: starts, drops, starts, drops. I now need to press the button 10 times, turn the kettle left and right, take it off, put it back on, etc just to find the right position for it to start heating the water. I would not recomment this purchase at all.
    1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
      Few months after, the first signs of bad quality appeared: the kettle would not start heating when pressing any button – a bit like a bad connection. Happened more and more often. Even the opposite happened: would continue boiling and boiling. A year or so later, the kettle struggles: starts, drops, starts, drops. I now need to press the button 10 times, turn the kettle left and right, take it off, put it back on, etc just to find the right position for it to start heating the water. I would not recomment this purchase at all.
      1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Short life
        Started playing up after 18 months and has now failed completely. Less fancy kettles before have lasted for years. Press the button and it momentarily starts heating up then switches off. Paying more gets features, possibly not quality.
  15. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    Started playing up after 18 months and has now failed completely. Less fancy kettles before have lasted for years. Press the button and it momentarily starts heating up then switches off. Paying more gets features, possibly not quality.
  16. 1.0 out of 5 stars The kettle didn't last more than two charges. Then ...

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs 20160 Illumina Kettle, 1.7 L, 2400 W and Russell Hobbs 21220 Descaler, 250 ml

    The kettle didn’t last more than two charges. Then the power outlet fuse burned. When changed the fuse the kettle wasn’t working any more. Was there any quality control done?thankfully amazon aceppted the return.
    1. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
      The kettle didn’t last more than two charges. Then the power outlet fuse burned. When changed the fuse the kettle wasn’t working any more. Was there any quality control done?thankfully amazon aceppted the return.
      1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this
        The spout broke within weeks and the facility for different temperatures is totally useless.
  17. Style Name: Kettle Only Verified Purchase
    The spout broke within weeks and the facility for different temperatures is totally useless.

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