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Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Kettle Review

on 29th May 2016
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The Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Kettle is a brushed stainless steel kettle made by Russell Hobbs. It is known for being remarkably quiet and fast boiling. Russell Hobbs is of course the well known and respected provider of kitchen and home appliances.

The Russell Hobbs 20460 kettle has become quite popular, mostly because it is designed to be very quiet. This is achieved through the use of a special coating on the base plate and a diffuser ring which reduces the noise by up to 75% compared to previous models.

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The kettle includes several standard features, including a push top lid for easy access, boil dry protection and two windows on its side so that you can see the water level.

We will now begin the Russell Hobbs 20460 review.


At a glance, the kettle has these features:

1. Materials: Stainless Steel, Plastic
2. Weight: 1.2 kilograms
3. Dimensions: 21.8cm x 23.5cm x 15.8cm
4. Capacity: 1.7 litres
5. Wattage: 3000 watts
6. Cordless Kettle: Yes.

As for additional features, the following are included:

1. Quiet Boil. The Russell Hobbs 20460 is known for its quietness. It essentially uses a special coated base plate and a diffuser ring to achieve this. What these two things do is reduce the size of the bubbles inside the kettle when it is boiling. With this technology the noise is reduced by up to 75% compared to previous models.

This reduction in noise can come in handy, especially when you want a late night cup of tea without waking everyone else in the house up. It also reduces the energy wasted by sound.

2. Boil Dry Protection. The kettle has boil dry protection. This means that if the water level drops below a certain point then the kettle will shut itself off. This ensures that the kettle will not overheat and damage itself due to lack of water.

3. Concealed Heating Element. The component that heats the water, known as the heating element, is hidden from view. This has numerous advantages. Firstly it means that it is easier to clean the inside of the kettle. Secondly it will not accumulate limescale. Thirdly, it improves the aesthetic appeal of the kettle.

4. 360 Degree Base. The kettle can swivel around its 360 degree base. This is done so that you can just put the kettle back down on the base rather than have to constantly fiddle around trying to align it properly.

5. Water Level Indicator. The kettle has two windows, one each side of it. This is done so that you can see how much water is in the kettle. This saves you from having to open the lid every time you want to check the water level.

6. Water Filter. The Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Kettle comes with a water filter. While it is designed to filter any objects which could potentially be in the water, its primary purpose is to filter limescale. Most parts of England, for example, have tap water full of impurities so limescale builds up really quickly meaning that such a filter really is essential.

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Durability and Maintenance

As for durability, the kettle seems to be quite sturdy. All of the external components appear to be secured firmly and as such would be likely to last a long time.

Cleaning the kettle is no problem at all. Since the heating element is hidden, the inside is easy to clean. The filter pops out and can easily be rinsed to remove any limescale. As with most kettles, the outside can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Nothing too difficult here.


The Russell Hobbs 20460 is a standard cylindrical shape. It has a brushed stainless steel finish with a black plastic handle and lid. I rather like the way the two are used together and I think that it looks rather fashionable. One feature that I particularly like is the illuminating blue ring around the bottom of the kettle which indicates whether the kettle is turned on or not.


Overall I would recommend the Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Quiet Boil Kettle. Its strongest aspect is the fact that it is extremely quiet. It appears to be made of high quality components so should last a long time. As far as I am concerned, it also passes the aesthetics test. In my opinion this kettle would be suitable for the home or the office.

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