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Russell Hobbs 4101 Classic Stainless Steel Corded Kettle Original Timeless Design (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Russell Hobbs
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Classic, high quality traditional automatic electric kettle with auto switch-off
  • Easy-to-read external water gauge
  • 1.7 L capacity
  • 2.4 kW immersed element
  • Removable, washable filter


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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Item model number: 4101-10
  • ASIN: B0000A33MG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,862 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Product Description

Product Description

Fast efficient 2.4kW element. Boils up to 1.7 litres. Automatic cutoff. Water level indicator. Polished stainless steel.

Manufacturer's Description

Fast efficient 2.4kW element. Boils up to 1.7 litres. Automatic cutoff. Water level indicator. Polished stainless steel.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Was 3 May 2005
By A Customer
The K2S Kettle was superb, well-built and solid with years of service life and when it finally failed it seemed a good idea to find another, but times had changed and the new kettles all seem to come from China and have the same cordless base and the same basic design.
So look for another Russell Hobbs corded kettle and find it is not the same. In the old days Russell Hobbs belonged to Tube Investments, then ended up with Polly Peck and later under Salton with the acquisition of Pifco together with Haden and Carmen.
So it is just another brand name and another derivative product.....the kettle is not as solid as in the past and the inane concept of a water gauge is just another point for water to leak. So far the mains powe cord has had to be replaced, the little plastic plug being far weaker than on the K2S; and now the handle has started to separate from the vessel and water leaks from the front.
All in all not what it was. Seems you should buy cheap kettles nowadays and have the Chinese build a new one every two years for replacement. They wanted to make kettles a fashion item, looks like planned obsolescence is physical and not just aesthetic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality not what it used to be 3 Nov 2010
We had an older version of this kettle which lasted for 18 years with daily use so I thought we would buy the same again. I have been disappointed with our replacement as the power lead and plug are not as chunky and the plug doesn't fit into the kettle so well. The lid is no longer stainless steel but plastic and the water gauge does not work and leaks water. Things ain't what they used to be! I would not recommend this kettle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kettle 4010 critique 6 Jan 2010
By PeterG
We live in Germany, but purchased the kettle via Amazon Uk with no trouble. The plug on both ends of the cord are sealed and so because the lead itself is ridiculously short, we were forced to buy two new plugs to a). fit the electric sockets in Germany and b). after we bought an extra length of cable to obtain another plug which goes into the kettle itself. Luckily the German plug to the kettle end fitted, since the socket must be universal, we assume.
The pouring spout is really too small and there is no warning light on the rear, which our old Swann kettle had.
A pity that the attention to detail has been neglected - made in China?
The original cable was extremely stiff and the kinks in it never came out and so looked unsightly.
All in all the kettle serves its purpose but does not come up to the Russell Hobbs general standards.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, new ones not as good as the old ones 8 Mar 2008
By Comical Engineer TOP 500 REVIEWER
A design classic? Yes - but obsolete and so it should be too!

Why would you buy it?
* Classic design
* It looks like the kettle your mum had
* It pours well

Why not?
* Element design means you have to have at least 1 pint / 0.5 litre of water in it, otherwise the element will overheat - not energy efficient like a flat base design
* Takes longer to boil than newer designs, partly because you have to put more water in it
* Water level gauge leaks!
* Difficult to de-scale (in hard water areas)
* Lead is prone to breaking at the kettle plug
* Built in China model is not as good as a made in UK one!

Summary:
Don't buy one of these. Buy a modern jug style with a flat base element. That way you can boil just a cup full if you need it and save energy, it will heat up faster and be easier to clean. A design classic that should be consigned to a museum.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By cpes31
Verified Purchase
There is only one thing wrong with the Russell Hobbs 4101 stainless steel corded kettle- the power cord is too short and that can easily be fixed by getting a longer cord- they are the standard IEC mains type.

I can't remember how long we have had our 4101, but it's probably around 15 years. It replaced the previous model which as far as I can remember lasted 20 years. We haven't looked after it but it seems to be bullet proof and just keeps going- it has been turned on empty and we leave it boiling- it just switches itself off. We have never decaled it but the inside is as clean as a whistle, but we do fill it with filtered water. Other more fancy kettles just don't seem to be so robust.

After about 14 years we found a clear plastic assembly lying on the element. It was the mechanism that indicates the water level. As it was broken at the top, and any way we never look at the water level indicator, we just threw the mechanism away and the kettle operated just as before.

So if you want a simple no nonsense kettle that is reliable and easy to use, the Russell Hobbs 4101 is a good choice- it's reasonably priced too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Form follows function 20 Dec 2010
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Jug kettles are all fundamentally flawed in that they place sideways strain on your wrist when full, and often feel unstable/awkward to pour as a result. Traditional "designer" kettles are easier to use and more stable, but usually flawed in that the pouring nozzles are too short and wide. Cordless kettles have an inconvenient base, getting in the way in the usual crowded kitchen. The Russell Hobbs Classic kettle has no such faults, and is almost perfect. The only let down is the use of a plastic component next to the boiling water. The front part of the plastic handle eventually comes away from the metal body of the kettle. Many years ago the handle support and lid used to be made of metal, which was much better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Peeling element
My previous Russell Hobbs Classic Kettle lasted for about 15 years and was in constant use. The newer model bought about two years ago now has a plastic lid. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms. B. C. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star plus
This is a great, product a propper kettle it even pours water in the cups and not all over the work tops!
Published 20 months ago by Richard Charles Gamblin
5.0 out of 5 stars recent purchase
Having tried a number of kettles, my wife and I agreed that the R.Hobbs traditional kettle was by far the best over the past twenty or so years. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by DRT
5.0 out of 5 stars classic kettle
i have trawled shops just to buy a classic kettle, that will scald me when i pour out boiling water from spout, this kettle reminds me of the one my parents had when i was a child. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by bet
4.0 out of 5 stars Russell Hobbs Classic kettle
The 2 kettles were replacements for older kettles and were exactly what we wanted. We had been told that these kettles were no longer available by a high street trader. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Bernard P. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars russell hobbs 4101 corded kettle
have been looking for this style for ages for a present for a relative who had found this to be her favourite kettle and tried to buy an replacement but couldn't anywhere so i was... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Old K3 vs New 4101
We had a K3 for over 20 years and simply wanted to replace it with a similar kettle.
So what's the difference? The K3 weighed ca. 1000g the 4101 is about 870g. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by shasta-wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to use
Sturdy, well built and good looking product. very quiet which is a plus. However it feels very awkward to have to hold the kettle from above, which means i have to bend my elbow... Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by Maria Gaston
4.0 out of 5 stars Kettle Review
This item does 'exactly what it says on the tin', works like a dream.
The only criticism I would have with it, (purely personal preference), it would look better finished off... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by Mr. K. F. W. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to lift
I bought this for an elderly person who is unable to lift jug kettles when full. She picks this one up, palm up to the handle, safely and with ease. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Mrs. Susan P. Glenn
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