Russell Hobbs 20070 Cambridge Kettle Review

Side view of the 20070 Cambridge kettle.
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Read our review of the Russell Hobbs 20070 Cambridge Kettle. A high quality silver brushed stainless steel kettle ideal for the home or office.
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Volume1.7 Litres
ColourStainless Steel
360 Degree BaseYes
Automatic Shut OffYes
Boil Dry ProtectionYes
Heating ElementConcealed
Our Review
Side view of the 20070 Cambridge kettle.

The Russell Hobbs 20070 Cambridge Kettle is a high quality silver brushed stainless steel electric kettle ideal for the home or office. Its most notable feature is its ability to boil 230ml of lukewarm water in around 45 seconds which compared to other kettles is very fast.

The kettle in question is by Russell Hobbs, a reputable British based manufacturer. Since they were founded in 1952 they have specialised in designing and manufacturing household appliances.

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We will structure the Russell Hobbs 20070 review by considering its specification, durability and style.


The Russell Hobbs 20070 kettle has the following basic features:

  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Weight: 1 kilogram
  • Dimensions: 23cm x 24cm x 16cm
  • Capacity: 1.7 litres
  • Wattage: 3000 watts
  • Cordless Kettle: Yes.
Filter inside the 20070 Cambridge kettle's spout.

Here are some of the more notable features:

  1. Auto Shut-Off. As with most modern kettles, it comes with an auto shut-off feature meaning that when the water is sufficiently heated, it will automatically stop boiling the water.
  2. Boil Dry Protection. The kettle features an internal mechanism which prevents it from continuing to attempt to boil if there is no water inside it.
  3. Concealed Heating Element. The element is hidden from view. This is done for two reasons. Firstly to prevent it from accumulating limescale. Secondly it makes the kettle look much nicer.
  4. Limescale Prevention Filter. Limescale is a huge problem in kettles. You clearly don't want a mouth full of limescale at the end of your drink. While completely preventing limescale is almost impossible, the Russell Hobbs 20070 Cambridge Kettle does have some degree of limescale prevention through the use of a removable and washable filter. The picture illustrates the Russell Hobbs 20070 filter.
  5. Easy Pour Spout. The kettle is equipped with the 'perfect pour' spout design. It is designed so that the water pours smoothly and as a result it should reduce any splashing and spilling.
  6. Rapid Boil Zone. The kettle features a rapid boil zone. Essentially what this means is that the kettle boils up water extremely quickly. As mentioned before, it can boil 230ml of lukewarm water in about 45 seconds.
  7. Internal Water Level Indicator. There is an internal water level indicator marking 1, 2 and 3 cup volumes.

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Durability and Maintenance

Most people have reportedly got a good run out of this kettle with some reporting that their kettle still works even after several years of heavy office use. The kettle is said to maintain its ability to heat water up fast and the quality of the water stays about the same with continued use.

Maintaining the kettle is pretty straightforward. The outside of the kettle can easily be washed with a damp cloth or your preferred choice of cleaning utensil. I would be cautious using a coarse brush in case of scratching but a smooth textured cleaning utensil should be fine. As for the filter, it can easily be removed. It should then be rinsed and gently scrubbed to get all of the limescale off. It can then easily be put back in again.


View of the 20070 Cambridge kettle's 360 degree base.

The cylindrical part of the chamber and the spout of the kettle is made out of silver brushed stainless steel with the Russell Hobbs name near the bottom.

The base, the on-off switch, the handle, the lid and part of the filter is made out of black plastic. I particularly like the fact that the handle is detached at the bottom.


Overall the Russell Hobbs 20070 Cambridge Kettle is well designed and reliably does the job. Its speciality is the fact that it can heat water up quickly. It's easy to clean and maintain and is reported to last a long time.

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