Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle Review

Side view of the Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle.
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Read our review of the Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle. A premium, stainless steel retro kettle available in a variety of colours. Features quick boil zones which allow for an up to 66% energy saving. Has a built in temperature indicator and water gauge. Perfect for the home or office.
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Volume1.7 Litres
ColoursBlack / Red / Cream
360 Degree BaseYes
Boil Dry ProtectionYes
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Our Review

The Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Ribbon Jug Kettle is a unique take on a retro themed kettle. Available in black, red and cream, the retro jug kettle will match a wide range of kitchen colour schemes. The retro accents are of particular interest - from the ring lid, to the square handle design.

Side view of the Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle.

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The kettle's most interesting and unique feature is the temperature gauge on the side of the kettle (pictured above). The gauge itself is an old fashioned type of gauge. Oddly enough, it matches the kettle's design perfectly. I've never seen anything like it before, and it will certainly be a talking point for visitors.

Here's a quick demonstration of the Retro Kettle in use:

Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle being used.


We now list in detail the features of the kettle:

  • Capacity - 1.7 Litres; around average for Russell Hobbs kettles.
  • Dimensions - 21.5cm x 19.5cm x 23.0cm.
  • Boil Speed - 1 cup in around 55 seconds.
  • Cup Indicators - There are 1/2/3 cup indicators on the inside of the kettle. These give a visual indication as to how much water you need. This allows you to boil only the water wanted. The advertised energy saving is up to 66%.
  • Handle - The handle is embossed, allowing for easy grip. In addition to this, the handle is soft, which helps with both grip and pouring.
  • Wattage - This kettle has lower wattage than most. For comparison, this kettle has 2400W as opposed to the more common 3000W.
  • Smart Spout Design - The spout is designed to minimise splashing and spilling, therefore resulting in cleaner worktops.
  • Removable Lid - The lid is removable, and can be removed by it being lifted by the retro ring on top.
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Temperature Gauge

The temperature gauge is of an old fashioned design. Not only does it look great, but being able to see exactly what the temperature of the water is will give you an indication of whether the kettle needs reboiling. The temperature scale runs from 0 Degrees Celsius to 100 Degrees Celsius, as pictured below:

Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle's side temperature gauge.

Water Gauge

As with most kettles, there's a water level indicator, as shown in the below picture:

Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle's water gauge.

Water Filter

There's a fine mesh water filter which sits in the kettle's spout. It's removable, washable and therefore reusable. It's design to prevent pieces of limescale and anything else in the water from entering your cup. It also has the side effect of making drinks look more appealing.

Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle's water filter.

About Russell Hobbs

The Russell Hobbs brand is well respected and famous across the US, Europe, and other parts of the world. They manufacture kettles, toasters, irons and more.

What will you receive?

You will receive a box similar to the below:

Russell Hobbs 21671-70 Retro Jug Kettle's packaging.


Overall, the Russell Hobbs Retro Kettle has a great combination of modern practicality and retro theme. It's certainly a stand out item, particularly with its unique temperature gauge on the side. Its energy saving features are a plus, too, as they will help keep your energy bill down. And on top of all this, the kettle is by Russell Hobbs which adds further credibility. We rate the 21671-70 Retro Kettle 4.5/5 stars.

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