Russell Hobbs 1.7L KE5550BKR Electric Kettle Review

Finding the right electric kettle that can boil your water in a reasonable amount of time and be durable enough to last you a long time can be a tough challenge. Personally, I’ve gone through tons of kettles and they always tend to break. I’ve tested out the Russell Hobbs KE5550BKR kettle and found it to be a very efficient water boiler with some unique features.

Stylish Design

The KE5550BKR is designed in a very unique and almost old-fashioned way. Many kitchen appliances nowadays tend to go for the more modern and elegant look, however, Russell Hobbs has designed this with a retro look, which would be appealing to most people looking for something different and more unique.

A temperature monitor is placed on the front side of the kettle, with a rustic pressure gauge feel to it. The coloring is two-toned with a shiny steel upper half and a black lower half. The Russell Hobbs logo is embossed eloquently onto the lower half of the kettle.

Quick Boil Indicator

A very helpful feature of this unique water kettle is the quick boil indicator. Often times when we’re in a rush we don’t want to have to wait 2-5 minutes for the water to boil, therefore Russell Hobbs has developed this amazing feature which allows you to fill 1-3 cups of water and use the faster boiling feature. This way you can make your tea or coffee and be out the door in no time.

Additional Features

Russell Hobbs Retro Style 1.7L Electric KettleThe filter attached to this kettle is removable, washable and interchangeable with other filters. Lime-scale buildup can cause water quality to be lowered, therefore we recommend changing your filters often. Some older electric water kettles do not have changeable filters, therefore most people are lead down the route of buying new kettles or having to clean the filter, which can be very difficult and obnoxious.

Drip-free pouring is a handy tool that comes with the KE5550BKR. Find yourself having extra drips after one continuous stream? Well, Russell Hobbs has found a solution with their innovative pouring method that stops the stream immediately. No dripping will occur in your use of this kettle.

A convenient level marking in the 1.7L base helps to boil an accurate amount of water and save the environment. Boiling too much water and then pouring the rest down the drain is harmful and wastes water. Not only do the level markings help us save the planet, they also help you use the quick boil feature that gives you a smaller volume of water, boiled at a much quicker rate.

  • Stylish design with sleek yet retro appearance
  • Quick boil indicator helps when you’re in a rush
  • The filter is interchangeable, washable
  • Drip-free pouring helps keep your kitchen clean
  • 7L large capacity kettle
  • Level markings to ensure less water waste

  • Appearance may be off-putting to some
  • Some people have reported that it’s hard to open the lidRussell Hobbs KE5550BKR electric kettle

Russell Hobbs KE5550BKR


The Russell Hobbs KE5550BKR is a unique and durable kettle. The features make it easy to use and hassle free. Comparing it to similar kettles in the price range, we think the KE5550BKR is good value for money.

Michael A. Ford

Michael Ford has been a passionate writer and reviewer for most of his life. Discussing, reviewing and taking apart the newest luxury products in homeware, garden and other niches is what he spends the majority of his time doing.

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