Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle Review

Side view of the Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle.
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Read our review of the Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle. A stylish high quality black kettle ideal for the home or office.
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Volume1.7 Litres
ColourBlack / Red
360 Degree BaseYes
Heating ElementConcealed
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The Russell Hobbs Mode Kettle is a stylish, dynamic kettle designed with functionality in mind. Available in glossy black and red, and featuring stainless steel accents, the Mode Kettle is perfectly fitting for modern homes and offices.

Side view of the Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle.

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The kettle's 1.7 litre capacity fills up to 6 cups of water, making it ideal for busy settings. It comes with a handy 360 degree base making it suitable for both left handed and right handed people. Its slim and compact design makes it ideal for small worktops.

Water Level Indicator

One aspect of the design I particularly like is how the water level indicator moves towards the back of the kettle and wraps around the handle:

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle's water level indicator.


As well as the glossy black design featured above, the Mode Kettle is also available in glossy red:

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle in red.

The glossy red model has exactly the same features as the glossy black model.


  • Capacity - 1.7 Litres, or approximately 6 cups. This is around average for Russell Hobbs kettles.
  • Dimensions - 16.5cm x 23cm x 25.5cm.
  • Easy Pour Spout - Designed to reduce splashes and spills.
  • Push Button Hinged Lid - There is a conveniently placed button on the handle of the kettle which can easily be pressed by your thumb. When pressed, the hinged lid opens. This makes for easy filling.
  • Water Gauge - The water gauge on the side of the kettle indicates how many litres of water are in the kettle. This allows you to boil only what you need and saves energy as a result.
  • Base Cord Storage - The cord can easily be stored in the base if necessary.
  • Concealed Heating Element - The heating element is concealed at the bottom of the kettle. This allows for easy cleaning.
  • Energy Efficiency Rating - Class A.
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360 Degree Base

The kettle can be placed at any angle on the base. Particularly handy if the kettle is used by left handed and right handed people.

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle's round base.

Water Filter

The Mode Kettle comes equipped with a filter that is easily removable and washable. Its primary purpose is to prevent pieces of unwanted material from entering your cup, e.g. limescale.

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle's water filter.

Kettle and Toaster Bundle

Russell Hobbs also sell matching toasters for both the red and black kettles. Here's a picture of the glossy black toaster, together with its kettle counterpart:

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle with matching toaster.

They certainly are very similar, down to the metal bands around their bases.


Overall, the kettle is a great addition to the kitchen. It's well designed, clearly very functional and packed with features. The 1.7 litre capacity ensures there's plenty to go around. The push button hinged lid allows for quick filling. The strong energy efficiency rating will certainly help to keep your energy bill down.


You will receive the kettle in a box identical or similar to the following:

Russell Hobbs 21400 Mode Kettle's finished box.

The box contains the kettle itself and also an instruction booklet.

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