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Specifications & Dimensions
|Kettle Type:||Electric tea/water kettle|
|Item Type:||Tea kettle|
|Color Family:||Stainless steel|
|Materials & Finishes:|
|Power Cord Included:||Yes|
|Auto Shut Off:||No|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||Two year warranty|
Ratings & Reviews
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I did not compare the features of this digital tea kettle with others and I have not owned it long enough to speak to its durability, but I can say that it works for me and I am pleased with it. To emma3's points: The kettle works in a way similar to a tea pot on a stove. You turn it on and when the water is ready, you pick it up and pour it and the kettle shuts off. If you want some more water, you have to turn it on again (as you would a tea kettle on a stove). If you do not pour the water when it is ready, the unit goes into a standby mode, which keeps the water at 190 degrees by default (or at whatever temperature that you set). It heats up water very quickly and I get four large cups of tea from a full pot. Reheating takes only a minute or two.
I just bought this kettle to replace my old Philips, which died suddenly after more than 10 years of regular use. I wanted a stainless steel model with variable temp at a reasonable price, and this seemed to fit the bill. I also like that the controls are simple and are located on the handle rather than on the base. So I took a chance and ordered it even though it was a new model, without any reviews, and the description lacked detail. Here?s what I?ve found so far: The good news: ? Like most electric kettles, this one heats water quickly and reliably ? Once the water is heated, the kettle switches automatically to a Keep Warm mode for about 30 min, as long as the kettle is not lifted from the base (see below) ? The desired temperature for Heat Water and Keep Warm settings can be changed in 10-degree increments, down to a minimum of 110?F Some flaws: ? There is NO AUDIBLE SIGNAL to indicate when the water has reached the desired temperature. Not even a click. It simply (and silently) switches from the Heat Water mode to Keep Warm. If you?re nearby and listening carefully, you may notice that the boiling sound has stopped. There?s also a green LED that lights up the kettle from the inside when the heating element is on, and that goes out when the temp is first reached. But basically you have to be standing right next to it to notice any of these things. ? The kettle walls are constructed of a single layer of stainless steel with no insulation, so the exterior gets EXTREMELY hot ? definitely hot enough to burn. The handle stays cool, so as long as you remember not to touch it anywhere else, it?s fine. Probably not a good idea for households with kids, unless you can keep it out of reach. It looks like most stainless kettles are made this way, though I don?t understand why they can?t use a double-wall design of some kind. ? Although the temperature is variable, the Heat Water and Keep Warm settings return to their defaults (212?F/190?F) every time the kettle is lifted from its base. Seems like it would make more sense to keep the previous setting, since many people will consistently use a different temp than the default. Minor inconvenience to reset it each time. ? The Keep Warm setting automatically switches on when the water first reaches the desired temp, but it turns off as soon as you lift the kettle from the base. So let?s say you heated water for multiple people to use ? there?s no way to keep it warm for a set period of time. Each person, after pouring a cup, will have to remember to turn the kettle on again. Not really an issue in my household, but it defeats the purpose of the feature. ? The lid is metal with a plastic release button. To close the lid, you have to press on the metal portion, which will be hot if the kettle has already heated. The latch mechanism also feels pretty flimsy when it engages, so I?m wondering whether it will fail with regular use, which would make it impossible to close the lid.