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Bodum 5500-01USA Ibis Cordless Electric Water Kettle, Black

by Bodum

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  • Holds 8-1/2 to 57-1/2 fluid ounces
  • Made of polypropelene plastic with stainless-steel heating element
  • Boils 35 fluid ounces in 4-1/2 minutes
  • Power automatically shuts off when water boils
  • Contains water level indicator; hinged safety lid

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.7 x 7.3 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006F2M6
  • Item model number: 5500-01USA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,631 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Take your tea (or Ramen noodles) anytime with the assistance of Bodum's Ibis Cordless Electric Water Kettle. Boiling 35 fl. oz. of water in just 4-1/2 min., this attractive and highly efficient black kettle employs heat-resistant polypropylene and a stainless-steel heating element. Flip the switch and the illuminated indicator light lets you know that this attractive and highly efficient kettle is working; that's because the heating process is so quiet. Features include a hinged safety lid, a floating red water-level indicator, a replaceable water filter and a 22" cord, which stores beneath the base. Imported. 10-1/2Hx5Wx9L".

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With its modern Scandinavian design, this large-capacity water kettle is attractive enough to pour water for tea in a conference room full of executives. And, with its affordable price, this kettle works equally well boiling water to dish up bulk ramen noodles for a group of college students.

Made of heavyweight polypropelene plastic, the Ibis holds a maximum of 57-1/2 fluid ounces of water (about 13 cups). It must be filled to a minimum of 8-1/2 fluid ounces--just enough to cover the heating element--to operate. A floating red water-level indicator on the outside of the Ibis rises as water is added and shows how many cups of liquid it is holding. The detachable kettle locks onto the base unit for heating and can then be removed for pouring or refilling. Also made of polypropelene, the base encases the stainless-steel heating element. The short 22-inch power cord stores beneath the base so the unit can be easily transported.

Flipping up the switch below the kettle's handle turns on the power and illuminates the indicator light on the kettle's top. The heating process is rapid and quiet: it takes only 4-1/2 minutes to boil 35 ounces of water and the sound is almost imperceptible. For safety purposes, the Ibis automatically shuts off after boiling and has a hinged safety lid to prevent boiling water from spilling and a frosted handle for a secure grip. --Cristina Vaamonde

Customer Reviews

With a better switch, this would be a 5 star product.
H. Teer
I've used mine multiple times each day for at least 12 years and it's still working perfectly.
Janna Chin
The switch started flickering and not functioning properly very soon.
Olga Tumanova

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Alkiguy on December 23, 2002
I've got a box full of these that have been returned to our store because they burn out. The problem seems to come when the kettle is used multiple times without a cool down period. The switch internals melt down leaving you with a dead pot.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael C. Neale on February 13, 2008
I like the looks of this kettle, it has a ball that shows the water level, and when it works it boils water relatively quickly. However, the base only accepts the kettle in a single orientation. This is a problem with the oval design of both kettle and base. If a circular power stub is in the middle of the circular base, then you don't have to get the angle of the incoming kettle just-so in order to get it on the base. Ok, so then you get it on the base and switch it on. Here you must watch carefully to see if the light goes on on the top, because it is about 50-50 whether or not you have really got the kettle properly on the base. If the light is not on then you have to jiggle the kettle until it comes on. True, we are not approaching the complexity of landing a plane, but frankly putting the kettle on should not be such a fiddly operation.

The spout has a filter, but this is good & bad. Good because you don't get bits of kettle fur in your tea (not that I've ever had this happen). Bad because you can't really fill the kettle via the spout. So you have to lift the lid every time and it's not super convenient to do that.

Final bit of this rant... er, review is that in less than 6 months of use, the kettle stopped working altogether. I am not impressed. I've used many electric kettles over the years and while this is perhaps the prettiest it is perhaps the most flawed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on November 12, 2007
We've had this Bodum Ibis cordless water kettle for at least 2 years now, and have always been happy with it's performance until now.

Occasionally it wouldn't sit down on the base exactly, and recently it started shutting off before it was done boiling (though the switch didn't shut off, so I think it was a loose connection). But the worst was the other day when the plastic on the base where the prongs connect from the kettle just started to melt. I don't know how it happened, but it is now no longer usable due to the acrid stench of melting plastic when it is in use.

While this kettle worked, we loved it. I may look at other brands before replacing this one, but most likely I'll end up with another Bodum Ibis because it really did work great for those two years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Garity on January 25, 2007
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I first used one of these in my hotel room in London. It heats water fast and is easy to clean up. The unit sits on a stationary power base so you don't have to keep plugging it in all of the time. I just love it and highly recommend one to all of my friends. I've bought several now as gifts and everyone comments on how they threw out their stove top water kettle after using this one. Highly recommended. If you French Press Coffee or Drink Tea, Buy One!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
Hi, I have owned this model for over 4 years. This week the Bodum finally gave out. The contacts on the base charger have burned out with time. However, since I am an avid tea drinker this happened after 4 years of use at least twice per day. I love this product, and have ordered this same kettle once more. Hopefully, I will enjoy many more years of hot water for me and my family. What's also great about this product is that you can use it to heat hot water really fast for when you are cooking (shows the savings on the gas bill).
Good Luck and enjoy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earl Grey Rules on October 22, 2004
I've used my Ibis for at least five years without complaint. It works dependably every time, several times a day. There has been no build up of minerals on the heating element and it resists dirt (mine is white, so it would show). I've used Ibis models at work, where employers provided them, where they withstood continual abuse and demands. The Ibis is nearly ubiquitous in the U.S. and Europe, it seems.

I'm about to purchase a second electric kettle for the office. But I've looked around and haven't found anything better for the money. It lights up when it's on, is quiet, has safety features, is easy to open up & clean, and the cordless aspect is convenient. If all you need is to heat water, why splurge on unnecessary features?

Some of the other reviewers report problems. But this hasn't been my experience. Bodum's products are mostly well designed for serious coffee and tea drinkers, although sometimes they are longer on style than substance. This is not the case with the Ibis -- which actually is a bit homely or plain vanilla, IMHO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cjw333 on December 20, 2006
I bought this product to make hot water for tea and coffee (in a french press) in my cube at work. I've only had it for a few days but so far so good. I am, however, a bit concerned about some of the reports of this unit burning out after a period of time. I guess time will tell...

Some things to note about this kettle:

1) It seems to take a while for the water to come to a boil compared to some of the other electric kettles that I've used. I should note that it may hold more water which would be a valid explanation. After the first boil water does stay warm for some time making reheats pretty quick.

2) The handle design on this thing is horrible using a square design instead of a curved found on many other kettles. I'm surprised that such a poor design has come from Bodum. This makes the long walk from the kitchen to my cube with a full kettle a bit awkward. It also makes it a bit uncomfortable to pour from a full pot. In all, it's not a real deal breaker
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