This is the kettle that boils the water for my all-important Earl Grey tea.
I have always had a Russell Hobbs like this one.
My parents had the same.
I’ve always liked the design. The slanting handle. The traditional shape. The perky, pin-point-accurate spout.
I wasn’t keen on the addition of the water gauge (which doesn’t work) or the loss of the red button, but in essence it is more or less as it always has been and should be.
But I have discovered that I am living on borrowed time.
This will be my last Russell Hobbs kettle.
Apparently this iconic design has been discontinued.
It has been superceded by ugly, dribbling jug kettles with their silly stands and built-in obsolescence.
A victim of its own longevity and the fact that people are too lazy to unplug it when it needs filling (or buy a water filter so they don’t have to).
Call me a crazy fool, but I can’t help but think that Russell Hobbs has lost his touch these days.
Would Dualit have systematically downgraded the quality and then discontinued their iconic toaster?
Would Waring have changed the jug of their classic blender to plastic, before binning the design for good?
Would Kitchen Aid have updated the shape of their time-honoured mixer to look more like a food processor?
Of course not.