Overall Score 9.8/10
A very sleek and well-styled appliance, the Russell Hobbs 24210 compact filter coffee machine has been designed in such a way that it will work well in both a modern setting as well as in kitchens with a more classic feel.
A lot of filter coffee machines at this price level can look a bit cheap and have the look of just being cobbled together but Russell Hobbs has done well with the flow of the piano black main body and shiny stainless-steel look.
The base that the jug sits on has a well presented stainless steel look ring going around it which then flows through to the top of the jug and the jug handle as well.
The water level shows clearly on the left-hand side and the ON/OFF button is in a shiny stainless steel finish look in line with the overall look of the machine.
Russell Hobbs has called this compact for a reason. This coffee machine will be ideal if you have a smaller space that you want to fit it into or you don’t want it dominating your worksurface.
At just 19.5cm deep, 17.7cm wide and 30.4cm tall it will fit into even the tightest of spots and is significantly smaller than the average for this type of machine.
The fewer parts you have on a coffee machine, the less likely you are to experience any issues with it and the easier it is to use.
If you want something that is going to make a good cup of coffee and are looking for simplicity then this provides both.
When you turn it on the water will start to flow through into the jug within a few minutes and you will get a full jug within 7 minutes.
The markings on the side of the water reservoir are marked at 2, 3, 4 and 5 to represent the number of cups of coffee that they suggest you will be able to get.
This is often the thing that confuses most people. The number of cups indicator is always best ignored as cups and mugs come in many different sizes and how can Russell Hobbs know what kind of cup size you use?
They have based it on a cup size of 125ml and so if you fill it to capacity you can expect to get up to 625ml of coffee which is the key number to pay attention to.
A lot of people like to enjoy a mug of coffee and you tend to fill up one mug of coffee with between 200ml – 250ml of coffee.
Therefore, expect to get 2-3 good sized mugs of coffee from each full brew with a total brew time of 7 minutes.
This coffee machine is perfect for one or two people first thing in the morning. If you want to brew larger pots of coffee then there are plenty out there can do a lot more.
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One of the best things about the Russell Hobbs 24210 filter coffee machine is that it has showerhead technology.
What that means is that that when the water is pumped through onto the coffee it is sprayed on so that the water is evenly distributed onto the coffee to ensure you get the best possible flavour.
With some coffee machines, the water is poured over through just one outlet and can result in uneven saturation of the coffee and that affects the taste.
The hotplate is automatically operated when you turn it on and will stay on for 40 minutes after which time it will automatically turn itself off.
You shouldn’t be keeping your coffee hot for longer than that anyway as the taste starts to deteriorate after that amount of time so any coffee left over after 40 minutes should be discarded and another pot brewed if you fancy another cuppa.
All too often these days, products will have all sorts of things that you can do and programme, most of which you will never use and all it does is complicate things.
The key thing with this coffee machine is that there is one button on it.
Check the water level, add coffee and press the button. That’s it. There is no way of going wrong in terms of operating this coffee machine, we absolutely love the simplicity of it.
When you turn it on the water will start to flow through into the jug within a few minutes and you will get up to 625ml of coffee with the touch of just a single button. You can’t really get much easier than that.
To add coffee just open the lid, remove the filter and add coffee. This machine has a handle on it to make it easy to remove. Not all filter coffee machines have a handle on the filter and it makes it fiddly to get them out if they don’t.
The mesh filter is permanent and so no paper filters are required. We found that it’s very good and you get pretty much no sediment in the bottom of your cup with all the coffee filtering through to the jug with all of the used coffee grounds staying in the filter.
You can use paper filters if you want to ensure that 100% of the coffee grounds stay in the filter and it makes it ever so slightly easier to remove and discard the used grounds from a paper filter as the whole paper filter comes out with the grounds.
It has been made to be used without paper filters though and tipping the used grounds away and rinsing the filter out in the sink takes no more than 10-20 seconds.
This is a super easy to use machine but the quality of coffee you get will be more down to the quality of the coffee you buy and how fresh it is.
Grinding whole coffee beans yourself with a coffee grinder just before adding the ground coffee to the machine will produce the best results.
Russell Hobbs is a brand that has been around for decades and one you can trust.
This coffee machine is the little brother of the Russell Hobbs Buckingham filter coffee machine which is a proven winner over many years.
This one is smaller and more compact but it delivers equally good results.
A very easy to use coffee machine that delivers.
Here is a short video showing some of its features: