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Kettles do not last long in our house hence why this is the newest addition to our kitchen. I don't buy kettles for our house, my husband tends to buy them but if I had of bought one this kettle probably wouldn't have come home with me. Russell Hobbs is a good name though and according to an article I read, "The Russell Hobbs brand has been synonymous with quality, style and innovation for over 50 years. Founded in 1952 by Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs, the brand has led the way by introducing products which offer real consumer benefits and technological advancements. Such is the strength of the Russell Hobbs brand, it is recognised by 9 out of 10 consumers as a leading small kitchen appliance brand in the UK and has won numerous awards and product accreditations by leading institutes."
I only knew this was a 15082 model as there is a sticker on the bottom of the kettle that says Model Number 15082. When it was first new this kettle was really nice looking. It is described by Russell Hobbs as an illuminating kettle which is elegant and sophisticated. It has a see through glass jug to it so you can see the water inside and you can see it bubbling away when it is boiling. I must admit this is pretty cool to look at but I could foresee a problem with this straight away. You could see the limescale build up on the inside of the glass within about two days of using this kettle and it just looks dirty inside all the time even though it isn't so if you want a nice clean looking kettle you would probably have to de-scale this kettle all the time which I'm not prepared to it so I just let it look dirty but its not an attractive kettle once this starts to look like it does.
When you turn the kettle on to boil there is a neon blue light that comes around around the base of the kettle jug inside. This makes the rest of the glass jug light up a bit as well. I do like this feature and its nice when its dark in the kitchen and you turn this kettle on to boil it as it gives you a bit of light in the kitchen. On the top and bottom of the kettle there is a nice brushed chrome band around the kettle which makes it look quite nice and then the handle and lid are made of a black plastic. Its a nice looking kettle but I wouldn't really call it sophisticated as Russell Hobbs do!
The handle is quite sturdy and has a grey rubber non slip grip handle which is nice as when the kettle is really full this makes it really easy to hold and you feel quite safe with pouring from it. What I really like about this kettle is that it has a flip top lid which is activated by a push button not he top of the handle which you can push while you are holding the kettle with the same hand. On the kettle we had before the lid was metal and has a little handle that you needed to pull to take it off and this was really hard to do and got too hot when the kettle had just been boiled and you couldn't take it off so to be able to just lift the lid with this button is great.
The kettle holds 1.7 litres max but this is quite a bit of a ways down the kettle so I always tend to fill it up a bit more than this especially if I need to make lots of cups of tea. the markings are clearly marked on the side of the kettle in cups, going up in 2's. This is really handy as when its only my husband and me I just fill this kettle to the 2 cup line and its enough for both of us.
The kettle costs in the £40 region and I like it, I just don't like the see-through limescale look so will knock two stars off because of that.