Russell Hobbs Chester

Name: Chester
Brand: Russell Hobbs
Type: Drip
Operation: Automatic
Capacity: 1.1 litres

Russell Hobbs is a very popular company with a very wide range of small appliances, and therefore, of course, also coffee machines. Today we are going to talk about the Russell Hobbs Chester drip coffee machine, a digital coffee machine with a timer and a thermal carafe, which offers great value for money.

Its main housing is made of black ABS plastic, although the front has a stainless steel coating, and the thermal carafe is also made of this material. As you can see in the photograph, the Russell Hobbs Chester has clearly rounded lines.

The water tank, with a capacity of 1.1 litres, is located at the back, in the style of pod coffee machines (other drip coffee machines have their tank on the side), and its simple control panel features a digital LCD screen with blue backlighting. The display is primarily intended to provide information about the timer settings, as we can program the Russell Hobbs Chester to start making coffee at a time that suits us best.

The control panel, which you can see up close in the last picture of this review, is clear and has few buttons. Two of them (hours and minutes) are used to set the timer, another to activate the timer, and finally, the power switch and the button to start the automatic coffee preparation.

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Russell Hobbs Chester Grind: The Chester with a grinder

We can improve our Russell Hobbs Chester (model 20670) by adding a grinder and thus extract coffee with the unmistakable purity and aroma of freshly ground beans. The result is here: Russell Hobbs Chester Grind.

The Russell Hobbs Chester Grind corresponds to the model 22000 of Russell Hobbs. It has a maximum capacity of 12 cups, a drip-stop function for serving the coffee, a possibility to prepare from 4 to 12 cups, and of course a timer, like the traditional version of the Chester. The only difference is that this one has a glass carafe and not a thermal one.

The grinder allows us to choose between two grinding thicknesses: fine or coarse. It’s not much, but you should bear in mind that to prepare drip coffee, you don’t need a high level of precision either.

And finally, we must highlight the silent boiling technology, which Russell Hobbs incorporates into this model and which is always appreciated in a coffee machine with a grinder. We already know that grinders are not exactly a miracle of discretion and quietness.

Russell Hobbs Chester: key features

  • This coffee maker incorporates advanced water-spraying technology which roughly serves to improve the temperature and intensity of the coffee. It does this by distributing (or spraying) the water evenly over the entire surface of the ground coffee.
  • During the water heating process, the Russell Hobbs Chester is able to reach the optimum temperature in half the time of other coffee machines.
  • The water tank has a capacity of 1.1 litres of water.
  • Water level indicator.
  • It has enough capacity to prepare about 8 large cups or 12-13 small cups of coffee.
  • It has a timer function, which can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Includes blue backlit LCD screen.
  • Includes thermal jug with stainless steel coating.
  • The on/off switch is also illuminated.
  • Special heating function ensures that the temperature of your coffee remains constant for about an hour.
  • The filter holder, as shown in the picture below, can be removed for better handling and cleaning.
  • Includes a pause function for serving.
  • As an accessory, there is also a spoon to measure the dose corresponding to a cup of coffee. We can see it in the first photo of this analysis, attached to the left side of the coffee maker.
  • Its approximate dimensions are 21x27x35 centimetres.
  • It weighs about 1.2 kilograms.
  • Power: 1000 watts.

Advantages of the Russell Hobbs Chester

  • It is a very complete coffee maker; we do not miss any basic function of any drip coffee maker.
  • Its quality-price ratio, as we have already said, is one of the best on the market.
  • Manageable weight and reasonable dimensions. The Russell Hobbs Chester is a rather compact coffee machine.

Disadvantages of the Russell Hobbs Chester

  • We could only ask for a lesser presence of plastic in the exterior coatings, in order to have a magnificent coffee machine.
  • Russell Hobbs’ range of coffee machines is quite extensive, and similar models can be found with few differences between them (including price).

Russell Hobbs Chester: videos

The best thing you can do before buying your Russell Hobbs Chester is to take a look at this video to see how it works and to see it in more detail.

Why buy a Russell Hobbs Chester?

If you are one of those people who value value value for money when buying their coffee machine, then the Russell Hobbs Chester should be in your range of choices. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a coffee maker under £70 with this amount of features, a timer, stainless steel coatings, and the prestige of a popular brand in the small household appliance sector like Russell Hobbs.

If you are looking for a slightly higher range, remember that you also have the spectacular Russell Hobbs Grind & Brew with a built-in grinder.

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