About Russell Hobbs

At the heart of homes, now and then.

Our story began in 1952 when Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs teamed up to transform kitchens across Britain. Their vision was simple: to create products that make home life easier and more enjoyable. The first automatic electric kettle was one of many groundbreaking innovations from Russell Hobbs.

Today, we continue to put people at the heart of what we do. By being closer to you, we gain the insight to design things better. From innovative touch control technology to removable, dishwasher-safe components, our products are packed with real solutions that help people enjoy home life – because that’s what matters most.

Russell Hobbs continues to lead the way in style and technology and as South Africans expand their decorating awareness to the kitchen; Russell Hobbs is there to offer sophisticated solutions that suit modern requirements.

Russell Hobbs MILESTONES

Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs form "Russell Hobbs" and the first coffee maker with keep warm function.

The K1 kettle is launched as the world’s first ever automatic electric kettle.

The K2 kettle is launched, succeeding the K1 and becomes the most popular kettle through the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Production moved to Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire.

Russell Hobbs produces over 5 million products.

Production reaches the 1 million mark.

Chelsea Tea Machine introduced, with its revolutionary single pot system.

Russell Hobbs recognised as the world’s leading kettle producer and UK No1 for coffee and toasters.

Russell Hobbs brand is acquired by the Pifco Group

Millennium kettle launched with a British made, OPTEC disk and becomes the fastest boiling kettle.

Classic toaster is launched and soon becomes the UK’s best selling toaster. It is now the best selling toaster in history.

Montana kettle first produced and becomes the best selling kettle in the UK.

Award winning “Glass-line” range launched.

Russell Hobbs celebrates its 50th anniversary of the world’s first automatic kettle at the Ritz with Peter Hobbs as special VIP guest.

Thermocolour becomes the world’s first colour changing iron, taking Russell Hobbs to No1 irons brand.

Montana kettles and Classic toaster break through the 4m sales barrier.

Glass Touch launched as the first ever touch control kettle.

50th Anniversary of the K2 kettle in July 10th Anniversary of the Montana kettle Quick2 Toast is launched alongside Quick2 Boil, becoming the world’s fastest domestic toaster. Russell Hobbs launch “Easyfill” - a unique steam iron which has a special back-filling base for water.