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Good-looker, but surprising design irks...,
This review is from: Russell Hobbs 15082-10 Illuminating Glass Kettle - Clear (Kitchen & Home)
I've had my 15082-10 for some four months now. There's no doubting that this is a good-looking product even if the illuminated interior (while boiling) looks like it might cause the appliance to consume a tad more power than a conventional red on/off light. However, it does have some surprising design flaws for a kettle from such an established and seasoned manufacturer as Russell Hobbs. First up the pour aperture is too small, so I find myself having to tilt the kettle over quite a bit when filling a teapot, say - with the result that if not careful the rising steam scalds my hand. This can be avoided if I perform the exercise with additional care, but it shouldn't really be necessary for a core kitchen appliance that's typically being used three or four times a day... Also, the way the on/off switch is attached to the base of the kettle seems worryingly fragile. I haven't had any of the problems with the lid that previous reviewers have mentioned, but again its attachment does not seem very robust, and I can easily imagine it breaking off should it accidentally collide with a tap or wall cabinet.
Also, an aspect of a see-through kettle worth noting is that being able to see the scale flecks and other surface impurities tends to make me empty out the residue and rinse the interior after every couple of boils - which probably means I'm sinking more water than I did with my old steel kettles, where I couldn't see what is going on inside boil after boil.
A further point worth noting is that spare scale filters cannot currently be ordered from Russell Hobbs for this model (according to its website) - which means that once the one that came with it decays, the kettle becomes practically unusable unless you're comfortable with having no filter to catch scale fragments. These reservations aside the 15082-10 is a stylish offering - but not as well-designed as the previous kettle of mine that it replaced - the estimable and now sadly discontinued Tefal Elegance 92051 (reviewed separately - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tefal-Elegance-Kettle-Polished-Stainless/dp/B0000C6XYR/ref=cm_cr-mr-title).