Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770 : Five Stars

I have previously owned a russell hobbs 20680 coffee maker and it got plenty of use and was showing signs of wear and tear so got this to replace it. Comparing the two products, i have to say this one certainly looks better and i’m a big fan of the brita water filter products having a kettle and water jug that both use them and living in an area where the water has a very noticeable metallic taste to it. Looks wise, this really does come out very well and it has a much bigger jug than my previous coffee maker so scores plus points there. However, as others have mentioned, the operation of it is a bit of a pain with the lid being very poorly designed requiring you to push your fingers into three little bumps and twist it off. This may seem a bit trivial but after the much simpler russell hobbs one it does become a bit of a pain. Overall, it’s hard to fault but the annoying lid costs it the final star.

All of us use this at work, bringing in our own coffee, it’s a great little machine especially for the price.

I would say, not for the impatient or those grabbing a morning coffee before heading off to work. Takes time to brew – slower than a cafetiere or a pod machine. Also, has the “footprint” of 2 kettles, and will not work under wall cabinets as access needed for filling. On unpacking, there are several chores. I suggest preparing the filter cartridge first then moving on to removal of packing material. A couple of flush throughs are required for safety and hygiene. When using, fill the reservoir carefully to avoid splashback. Do not lift the lid over the coffee filter once it starts unless you want to be scalded. The lid of the reservoir is fiddly; 3 little depressions for fingertip grip means dropping becomes the norm. Already, the lid on the jug has come loose (not broken, just detached), the handle on the filter comes off easily, and getting the lid to close over the filter is fiddly, the interior tray has to sit just so.

Cheap, easy to use, & comes with built water filtration. Makes ok coffee with included mesh filter, but great coffee if paired with a paper filter as well. Easy-ish to clean, but plastic mesh filter stains easily. Really fast process of boiling & extracting coffee. Amazing value for money & ease of use.

  • Love it
  • make a nice cup is not to big so you do not
  • Great value, solid machine.

Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

  • Purity coffee maker has BRITA water filtration for the high quality water
  • Glass carafe with 1.25 L capacity – makes 10 large cups
  • 24 hour programmable timer with blue backlit display
  • 6 g single serve coffee spoon

Took a little while to get to us but very happy with this purchase. Love the fact that you can set a timer for the morning so your coffee is ready when you wake up.

Ok, so i’ve been using one of these: andrew james premium programmable chrome filter coffee maker with integrated bean grinder includes reusable filter and 2 year warranty for the last couple of years, but as it’s very sensitive to limescale i’ve had to filter water separately. Consequently, i thought i’d give this russell hobbs one with a built in filter a go. Out of the box, the first thing that is noticeable is that it is quite large. It will use up a lot of space in your kitchen. However, it looks fine, nice materials, etc. The next surprise was that you can very easily overfill it, with the result that i flooded the kitchen surface. Not ideal for an electrical appliance, though i had no electrical issues. About this point i thought i’d better read the instructions as i was clearly doing something wrong. It turns out that the filtered water is held in reservoir hung by springs within the left hand side water stack. This reservoir only has a certain capacity and can be overfilled, resulting in water spilling out of the bottom of the device.

I’d like to give this five stars because it’s a neat coffee machine that works well. But i’m not because it has a few flaws that make it miss that last star. No coffee machine is that small, but this is quite big, and with the buttons on the side it really needs to be placed the way you can see it in the picture. This means that it takes up more than it’s fair share of space on the worktop. Secondly, although i appreciate water filters, these have a short life and are expensive to replace. They also seem to base the life of them in the time they have been used rather than how much water they have used, so if you don’t use it that often it’s still going to remind you to change the filter. Finally, it’s all a bit fiddly. Unsurprisingly reading the instructions helps – but when coffee machines are so alike, i wonder if it could have been more intuitive. Having said all that, if you are in the market for a coffee machine with a water filter, i think this one deserves a look. It makes a good cup of coffee, the filters can be brought almost anywhere, and it’s a bit big, but neat.

Really really good coffee naker.

For the money i can find little faullt with this unit. The filter aspect for teh water is a great idea and does what its meant to and they seem to last quite a while seen as the one it came with has lasted a month and hasnt lost a bar on teh replace meter. The reusable filter ( for the coffee) is great as it doesnt need to be relplaced like teh old papre types. All in all it makes a great cup of coffee and its really simple to opperate. The only bugs in this are some parts are it flimsy, like the lid on the pot is forever comming off as its a loose fit. If you take out teh nozzle container to clean then its a pain getting the filter to sit back into it correctly when its put back together. They are small issues, and at the end of teh day for the money it makes a great cup of coffee, quickly and simply.

This is a smart, attractive coffee machine that makes a great cup of coffee. The shiny silver and black colour scheme is modern and will go with most colour schemes. The water filter has its good and bad points, firstly and most importantly it helps make a great cup of coffee, free from impurities ( especially in hard water areas) and you can really taste the difference. The down side however is that you are tied into buying filters, which can be expensive. The timer is genius and very simple to programme, it means you have a great cup of coffee waiting for you in the morning when you need it most- i would never go back to a machine that did not offer this featureit is quite a large machine and, rather unusually the carafe and the water tank are situated side by side, rather than the more traditional back to back design, this means that it does have a relatively large “footprint” and so takes up quite a bit of worktop space. In use the machine is efficient and relatively quick with a full pot being produced in a little over 10 mins- obviously smaller pots will take less time. The machine comes with a permanent filter, but i prefer to use a paper one as well as this makes it much easier to get rid of the grinds. I use a regular size 4 filter and it has worked well. The hot plate of the machine switches itself off after around 40 mins, this is to comply with eu regulations and you can no longer purchase machine that stay on all day long.

Russell hobbs purity brita filter coffee machine 20770, 1. 25 l – black/silver right the thing to wake to, make a nice cup is not to big so you do not have to hang around to long for the first one of the day.

I was quite pleased to be offered this product for review, as i have never had a coffee machine before and really liked the idea of having one, as i have always fancied trying out some different coffee flavours and expanding my palette from the usual instant coffee. So this has been a real treat to have. The machine comes with an instruction booklet, which was very helpful, as i didn’t have a clue what to do otherwise. The brita water filtration system is the big cylinder looking side on the picture and you take off the lid with a twist in the finger slots and fill with water, which is then filtered through the maxtra brita filter provided. To start, you have to remove the lid which has dimple holes (placed like on a bowling ball), twist and lift out. I found this quite easy, but i can imagine it may be difficult if you have long nails or acrylic nails, so may have been better with a twist handle. On first use, you place the provided water filter inside the water canister side, then you are advised to run the machine through twice, using only water, using half a carafe full of water each time, to prep the filter cartridge for use. Each filter has a 4 week lifespan and the machine has a filter memo that flashes with 4 bars, once the bars have gone down to zero, you need to replace the cartridge (it advises you get replacement cartridges once the machine shows one bar). To fill the water container you are advised to use the coffee carafe, which has a fill guage printed on it. The coffee filter has a handle that you have to lift to release the filter, then after you have filled it with ground coffee, you place it back in and lower the handle back down to fix it back in place.

Once i opened the packaging, i found that the coffee machine was quite a nice looking machine, quite fancy looking the only downside was that it is quite big so obviously uses up a good chunk of the kitchen sideboard. I thought that upon following the instructions that it was a good idea having a filter but you have to use 2 full carafes to flush through the filter to start with, the filter has a timer on it to show how long the filter has left, these have a four week cycle then you have to change the filter. When putting the coffee in the machine it does have its own built-in filter but it isn’t very fine so it might be advisable to buy some extra filter papers if you prefer no grains in your cup, i have found that it is best to have a play around with the amount of coffee to use rather than what the instructions suggest as everyone has their own tastes i. Some prefer strong coffee and others weaker. I have found this machine quite easy to use as i have also previously use delonghi machines but the only down side i felt was having to keep changing the filter but this isn’t something i have used previously in a coffee machine. I also would have liked the carafe to be kept warmer for a bit longer. This coffee machine does make a good cup of coffee i have to say. Score out of 5, i would give it an 4.

What’s good:filters water and makes coffee in one devicetimer for automated startdrip-stop valve works wellwhat’s not so good:some ergonomic annoyancesa little low-grade in placestakes up a fair bit of spacequite low capacity given its sizebrita cartridges are still quite costly and wastefulwe are fortunate enough to be currently living in an area that doesn’t suffer too much with hard water, but there is still a requirement to occasionally descale appliances. Having a water filter built-in to the device you’re using can be a handy way to ensure that it doesn’t fur-up with limescale over time. This filter coffee machine from russell hobbs is one such appliance and provides you with a brita filter housing for their cartridges and a standard countdown display for the cartridge reminding you when you have buy a new one and chuck out the old one. Functionally, this machine works well. You put water in one side, put filter coffee in the other side, turn it on and hey-presto, out comes coffee. You are recommended to just add in the water from the jug based on the amount of coffee you want to produce, and then that is the amount that comes through. No re-filling or topping-up. Whether that will work for you depends on what you want from a coffee machine. Some people like to continually top-up their machines for a constant flow of coffee – in which case this might not be the best option for you. Ergonomically-speaking and quality-wise, there are some shortcomings.

I love coffee and was hesitant after reading the poor reviews stating that the coffee was weak – you need to test it out to get the right coffee that you like. Add an extra scoop if you like it strong, and only add in enough water to fill your cup, i reccomend testing before you use. Really love this product, makes a good strong coffee when used correctly.

If it were being judged on its looks alone it would get 5 stars. This is a very smart looking machine, all smoky plastic, shiny metal and glass coming together in a really well designed unit. Unfortunately, the operation of the device leaves a little to be desired. First of all, the lid you have to take off to add water doesn’t have a handle. It has three depressions in the surface. Not holes, that you could get your fingers through, just bumps in the surface. Difficult with arthritis and impossible (my wife tells me) with long nails. You also have to twist this and then lift it off. Then you add the water and try to get it back on. Chances are, your hands are a little wet at this point from filling the jug, and this makes the plastic slippery and very difficult to realign and then twist to lock.

As we suffer from hard water where i live this seems like a good idea. The design looks very impressive especially as i like the black and chrome look. The main problems we had with it were the ridiculous water filler lid. I really struggled to get it off. The other problem is the 40 minute keep warm function. I know it’s a regulation but it makes the feature almost pointless. On the plus side i like the drip stop feature and the built in filter although it’s better to use paper filters. Overall it’s a good looking piece of equipment compromised by a couple of flaws. For the money i would have expected a more intelligent design.

Ok so we’ve had this thing for a month now and i can honestly say i love it. We are in a hard water area so the britain’s filter helps to make the coffee taste like coffee. No need to use filters as it has one pre installed. The hole where you put the water is big enough. But to open it though is a little fiddly. I love the hot plate feature as it means i can have more magic juice without having to stand there and make another cup using my old machine (until i run out). One thing that is a let down is the gauge on the side of the pot its inaccurate to how many cups of coffe it will make the lowest number says 4 big 6 small that only does two small mugs so i have no idea what cups they used to measure with. I also own the matching kettle and they look good side by side on my counterl.

This is a large machine which is still quite stylish. It’s all about showing off the brita water filter which is pretty much the whole left hand side of the machine. The rest is a reasonable coffee machine, offering timer function and a simple carafe with a keep warm function for 40 minutes. You can use paper filters or the permanent filter and it does make perfectly fine coffee. The reason i’ve given it three stars is that the lid to put water in is difficult to take off. Also, you can just as easily benefit from filtered water by buying a brita water jug – and can then use the water in any mancini, the kettle etc. Yes it’s all in one place here, but that isn’t a killer feature. I also don’t like the 40 minute keep warm. New regulations mean this is the longest machines can do now but it makes it a bit pointless for an early morning timer run. Other manufacturers address this through insulated carafes and i have to say the taste difference is noticeable, and it stays warm across a longer time period.

A brief review not to waste your time:pros:- the machine looks rally smart, nice brushed steal look and feel- easy operation to make coffee or change filter- brita filters last months on daily usage- removable and reusable coffee filter – no need to buy paper ones- coffee tastes nicecons:- large, check your space before you buy- do not see much point of the timer, it is complicated to setup and never used by us.

Works great, looks brilliant, makes a great cup of coffee, cannot rate the ‘easy to clean’ as i’ve not actually cleaned it yet. Have one little problem though, the water container lid indicator for the life of the water filter failed to work (possible flat battery), russell hobbs refused to honour he guarantee & instructed me to contact amazon (still within the return period) but i no longer have the packaging for it so cannot return it for a replacement – still waiting for amazon to reply (it’s sunday april 7th & it’s been over a week now).

Best coffee machine i’ve had in years.

Comments

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!
    Works great, looks brilliant, makes a great cup of coffee, cannot rate the “easy to clean” as i’ve not actually cleaned it yet. Have one little problem though, the water container lid indicator for the life of the water filter failed to work (possible flat battery), russell hobbs refused to honour he guarantee & instructed me to contact amazon (still within the return period) but i no longer have the packaging for it so cannot return it for a replacement – still waiting for amazon to reply (it’s sunday april 7th & it’s been over a week now).
    1. Verified Purchase
      Works great, looks brilliant, makes a great cup of coffee, cannot rate the “easy to clean” as i’ve not actually cleaned it yet. Have one little problem though, the water container lid indicator for the life of the water filter failed to work (possible flat battery), russell hobbs refused to honour he guarantee & instructed me to contact amazon (still within the return period) but i no longer have the packaging for it so cannot return it for a replacement – still waiting for amazon to reply (it’s sunday april 7th & it’s been over a week now).
  2. 1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

    Loved the product very much but two weeks later the part that drips into the jug broke now the only way it will work is if i keep pressure on it. I want to buy another but afraid it will happen again.
  3. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

    Loved the product very much but two weeks later the part that drips into the jug broke now the only way it will work is if i keep pressure on it. I want to buy another but afraid it will happen again.
  4. 1.0 out of 5 stars Best advice? Don't purchase this

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

    Used twice and has now stopped working. Huge ugly monstrosity of a fancy-looking water filter which adds nothing of value except more grief and angst. All i want is a machine that makes a cup of coffee – this aint it.
    1. Verified Purchase
      Used twice and has now stopped working. Huge ugly monstrosity of a fancy-looking water filter which adds nothing of value except more grief and angst. All i want is a machine that makes a cup of coffee – this aint it.
  5. 1.0 out of 5 stars Looks super fancy but it can't make fancy coffee

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

    This machine looks amazing for the money but as other people have mentioned the water flows too fast and there’s no way to control it. So your only option is to put a tiny amount of coffee in and have weak coffee flavoured water or put the right amount of coffee in and it all overflows and you get grounds in your drink. It’s a real shame because it looks fantastic and having the brita filter built in is genius. But after wasting 5 bags of coffee of various grinds i returned this machine and bought a melitta machine instead, which worked perfectly first time. So don’t be enticed by this sexy machines good looks, go buy yourself a machine that’s actually good at making coffee instead.
  6. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Russell Hobbs Purity Brita Filter Coffee Machine 20770, 1.25 L – Black/Silver

    This machine looks amazing for the money but as other people have mentioned the water flows too fast and there’s no way to control it. So your only option is to put a tiny amount of coffee in and have weak coffee flavoured water or put the right amount of coffee in and it all overflows and you get grounds in your drink. It’s a real shame because it looks fantastic and having the brita filter built in is genius. But after wasting 5 bags of coffee of various grinds i returned this machine and bought a melitta machine instead, which worked perfectly first time. So don’t be enticed by this sexy machines good looks, go buy yourself a machine that’s actually good at making coffee instead.

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