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Precise Heat 1.6-quart (1.5-liter) electric kettle: No plastic touches water!
on June 28, 2011
This is the electric kettle so many have been looking for -- absolutely zero plastic of any kind comes in contact with your water. My kettle arrived today, and I've put it through its paces in order to flush it out before beverage use (per instructions) and in order to time its speed. The maximum fill is marked on the exterior of the pot with an imprint in the steel; inside the pot there is a metal "tongue" (for want of a better description of it), which curves at the end with the word "MAX" stamped into it. The water should not go above the word MAX. A full pot (1.6 quart, 1.5 liter, 50.5 ounces) took exactly 9 minutes to reach a boil and turn itself off (red light goes off and switch clicks). I also ran a time test with one quart (which is virtually the same as one liter), and that took 6 minutes 20 seconds (this is how much water we use to fill our Frieling Ultima French Press, which is also all stainless steel).
The stamp on the bottom of the heating base says made in China. I don't think you can get away from that in this era. The steel looks beautiful inside and out. Since no one else had reviewed this product before me, I performed a search on the Precise Heat(tm) brand. The reviews for the company's pots and pans show them to rate well above average (4 to 5 stars), so that gave me the confidence to purchase an unreviewed product.
In reading dozens of reviews about other electric kettles, the main complaints stem from failing switches. Even when people say that their such-and-such-brand-name pot "just stopped working," I believe it was actually a switch failure. To anyone who experiences such things and for whom an easy, in-store exchange is not possible, I advise you to seek a repair shop or electrician. It's likely that the metals that comprise the switches in today's appliances are flimsy. A better-quality replacement switch might make an appliance last a lifetime.
That said, note that this Precise Heat water kettle comes with a certificate that reads, in part: "Quality products since 1950. If this products fails within 5 years of the original purchase, it will be repaired or replaced free. ... CSC, P.O. Box 224442, Dallas, TX 75222."
Miscellaneous other info you might care to know: There are descaling instructions for those with hard water (dilute vinegar solution sits overnight); the pot is cordless, separating from the base.