55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect water heater and warmer
We just had a newborn and in need a water heater so we can have access to boiled water 24/7. Those 1.5 Liter water kettles can not keep up with the workload, 4 Liter is the perfect capacity. We can not use our Zojirushi because of the chemical coatings on the interior. We do not want to take any risk, the interior has to be stainless steel, absolutely no plastic.
Published on September 11, 2011 by Jennifer Mitchell
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who are concerned about water contacting with plastics
The overall construction and operation of the product is very good. Water can be pumped out using either the electric pump or the manual pump at the top.
The interior is all stainless steel which is the reason I bought this one. However, after a week of boiling and cleaning, I could still taste plastic in the water. So I dissembler it to investigate. It turned...
Published 7 months ago by S. Huo
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect water heater and warmer,
This review is from: Secura 4-Quart Electric Water Boiler and Warmer AirPot SWB-43G, 18/10 Stainless Steel InteriorWe just had a newborn and in need a water heater so we can have access to boiled water 24/7. Those 1.5 Liter water kettles can not keep up with the workload, 4 Liter is the perfect capacity. We can not use our Zojirushi because of the chemical coatings on the interior. We do not want to take any risk, the interior has to be stainless steel, absolutely no plastic.
We are glad we purchased this water heater. The interior pot is made of stainless steel. There is a night light under the sprout turns on when the water dispense is unlocked. The light illuminates the area right under the sprout, it is so convenient for us to prepare formula in the night without turning on all the lights. The night light also tells you approximately where the water will be dispensed at.
The other feature I really like is the 3D dispense button. The dispense button is big with chrome finish. My old zojirushi dispense button is one layer of PVC plastic that close to wearing out after a few years. The 3D dispense button on this secura water heater is easy to access and hard to miss.
The water dispense starts slow and after a few seconds the flow volume increases, so the water does not splash out. Another very nice feature that we really love.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many features for a very good price; hot water all day,
This review is from: Secura 4-Quart Electric Water Boiler and Warmer AirPot SWB-43G, 18/10 Stainless Steel InteriorMy previous hot water pot suddenly gave up the ghost; its pump simply died. That was annoying, it would heat up just fine, but no way to dispense the water save ladling it out with a soup ladle. We did get about five years of constant use but I was not going to buy the same brand. After a lot of research, I could find complaints on any brand but this one seemed to have a lot of features and no bad reviews (so far.) I got the stainless and white model; it also has a black version.
First, this has a lot more features than my previous model the Sunpentown 3 Litre Hot Pot. This model has a choice of temperatures (from 208 to 194 to 175F.) There is a dispensing lock. When unlocked, an orange light is lit and not only is the light indicating you can dispense water, but it lights up underneath as well. I noticed when I was filling my teapot, it made it easier to see the water level in the pot.
There is a gauge to show water level and a beep tells you that water has reached temperature. The dispensing button itself is a hefty wide lever on the top, not a button under a membrane. Already, I'm liking this model a whole lot more than my previous one, and the price is about the same. The inside is stainless steel and the capacity is 4 liters or about a gallon. So it does take longer to heat up than the 3 liter model I had before.
There are two speeds for dispensing, which you can choose underneath. The unit will automatically shut off if there is insufficient water inside. And there is a descaling cycle. The outside is warm, insulated from the inside. It is not cold, but is pleasantly warm and you can touch it while the pot is on.
That's a lot of features and so far, I'm very pleased. It is superior to my old one and it's nice to have a supply of hot water for tea all evening and weekend long.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who are concerned about water contacting with plastics,
This review is from: Secura 4-Quart Electric Water Boiler and Warmer AirPot SWB-43G, 18/10 Stainless Steel InteriorThe overall construction and operation of the product is very good. Water can be pumped out using either the electric pump or the manual pump at the top.
The interior is all stainless steel which is the reason I bought this one. However, after a week of boiling and cleaning, I could still taste plastic in the water. So I dissembler it to investigate. It turned out the problem is with the lid. The hot steam gets into the lid and then condenses inside the lid. The inside of the lid is made of plastic parts; only the part you can see is made of stainless steel. The steam condenses on the plastic and then back-flows into the pot and therefore contaminating the water.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great and saves energy,
This review is from: Secura 4-Quart Electric Water Boiler and Warmer AirPot SWB-43W, 18/10 Stainless SteelThis is an amazing water boiler, my old boiler is still working but the Teflon coating on the inner pot starts to come off. May be I did not clean the pot as often as should. I got this boiler with stainless steel, hopefully I do not have to worry about the issues with coatings. So far it has been great, I like the thermostat settings. It boils water to 212 degree and keeps boiling for a few minutes to kills all the germs and softens water. And you can choose to keep warm at 208, 194, 175 degree, and you can set it to auto cool which does not use electric to keep warm. If you do not care about the water temperature like us, choose auto cool. It saves energy and water still keeps warm all day.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best for all-day loose-leaf tea drinker,
1. size: it's big for MY counter space. It's not a con or anything as i think it's slightly smaller than some of it's competitors' (Zojirushi, tiger, pannosonic, etc) products.
2. quality: there is a dent on the side. the lid is very flimsy: it moves around to the left and right in a wide range, that makes you question how long it will stay in it's place; you can take it off for easy cleaning, dumping water but the piece that's connecting the lid to the pot looks super flimsy and not built with sturdy, quality plastic.
3. color: i ordered a black, but it's rather greyish dark brown than black, definitely not as pictured. it doesn't bother me or unattractive or anything, it's just not what i ordered or expected. i do have a black kitchen so i wasn't planning on adding a brown appliance. but it didn't jump out shouting brown to my face so i think i might be able to live with it.
4. features: it definitely has most features it's competitors (such as Zojirushi) have, except the followings:
4.1 the outside is hot to touch so there is heat loss and more electricity bill since i would imagine people who buy this usually have it on 24/7.
4.2 no timer function so i either leave it on over night or have to wait for it to boil in the morning if i want hot water first thing in the morning.
4.3 it does not have an on/off switch so in the beginning we just unplug it before going to bed. Later on we figured out the AutoCool can sort of serve as Off since it will not use electricity to boil/warm in order to keep water at certain temperature. Now we just switch it to AutoCool when we go to bed.
4.4 water dispenser starts to slow down when water level reaches around 1.5 L. First I thought it's a defect since it's really painful to wait for the tiny stream of water to come out from dispenser. Later on I figured out it's rather a FEATURE to remind/force you to add water since from this point on, it can go under the refill line anytime fast, and the water level doesn't display while dispensing.
I love all the nice features (read product description and all other reviews), i love it that you can use the cup to push the white tap behind the sprout to have a hands-free dispense and then it automatically locked after a few seconds. i love that it keeps water warm 24/7. I love it's 4L capacity.
5. taste of water: now, i bought this for all-day ready supply for loose leave tea, so the taste of water is super important. My husband and I did a side by side tasting between hot water boiled from a stovetop pot and this one. Without tea leaves: the plain hot water from this one tastes softer/more pleasant according to my husband, to me, it just tastes different, but not necessarily in a bad way. With tea leaves: both of us agreed that it tastes more pleasant with this product.
6. life span: the earliest reviews are from Sep so there is no history of how long this will last. It's a trend now that products don't last long as they use to. And you can see how many reviews complaining about the short life span for the more established and expensive brands such as Zojirushi, panassonic, tiger, etc. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this doesn't last. If everything else lasts, I am afraid, the connection between the lid and the pot will break soon. I consider it's a high risk to try a new product/brand. Am I up for the challenge and risk? Will keep you posted! :)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well at high altitudes.,
You see, I live in Denver, the "Mile High" city. I realize many things I purchase; cake mixes mostly, have directions for high altitude cooking that I usually ignore. They turn out fine anyway. But an air pot is different than a cake. It does only one thing. It boils water then keeps it warm. Here water boils at about 202*, 10* less than sea level.
Most air pots come from Japan which is most definitely sea level.
The first air pot NEVER stopped boiling. It was desperately attempting to reach 212*F and all it was succeeding at was adding moisture to our air, which admittedly we need but not what I bought it for. I returned it with disappointment and spent the time awaiting my refund looking at other air pots.
I believed, during that time, I was going to be stuck ordering the Zojirushi at twice the price because it was the same one as my mother in law's, the person who showed me how wonderful air pots are. Then I came across this. It was much less expensive so, with Amazon's return policy having worked out well once, I thought I would give it a try. It arrived, I filled it up, set it to 194* though the box proclaimed it boiled water to 212*, and then waited for all the water to boil away once again. The water came to a boil and I walked away. It was going to take a long time to boil away 4L of water, but to my surprise it beeped a short time later! My water was boiled and not being held at 194*. I emptied it, filled it again and got the same result, plus it had gone through the recommended couple of boils to clean it out.
It has been only five days but the family is in love. There are three ways to dispense; a button on top, a manual pump, and the convenient little cup button underneath. And the light is a nice touch and a big, orange light lets you know when it is unlock for dispensing and it doesn't stay unlocked for too long; excellent when there are little button pushers running around the house. It also seems to be keeping the water at a consistent temperature, but I will have to simply trust it on that as my candy thermometer claims it being kept at 238*F. I think I can safely assume that that needs replaced (and would explain why my last batch of fudge turned out so horribly).
Condensed version of this; great air pot, highly recommended!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for warming baby bottles, tea, hot water sanitizing, filling a Thermos and fast cooked rice!,
We are first time parents and have been using this product for 4 months now, 24x7, some 6-10 times a day and this is a solid 5 stars for our uses.
First of all, "Eclipse Grey" really means, stainless steel and espresso-brown; it is definitely not black and stainless steel like all of our kitchen appliances, but that's minor.
Warming Baby Bottles:
For the first two months of parenthood we'd run the kitchen or bathroom sinks for what seemed like an eternity trying to get the water hot enough to warm up some refrigerated breast milk, all the while the baby's crying for milk! During that time we had also tried a Dr. Brown bottle warmer that we returned because it was very inconsistent for us. A friend had something similar to this Secura electric water boiler, but this was the only one on Amazon that I found that was the most similar and reasonably priced (under $65!!). We decided to try it out and what a wonderful 4+ months it has been since then. Hot water is instant and we can get the chill off a refrigerated bottle in under a minute and make it a cool room temperature in about 2 minutes. The baby has been much happier to get her milk sooner! ;-)
We keep this on 24/7, because we need access to hot water 24/7 whenever the baby is hungry. (Just FYI, we only use this to warm refrigerated baby bottles of breastmilk, we don't use formula, so your usage may vary) There's 3 temperature settings at 174F, 194F, and 208F, we keep it set to 174F. We fill it up once at night and it's good for 6-8 "bottle warming sessions" through the day.
We don't drink tea, but the grandparents do. Before we got this, my mom would wake the baby up by using her old fashioned tea pot that would whistle. Because they were my parents and because they needed their tea, we didn't say anything, but this electric water boiler has been a blessing in disguise. They simply use the hot water from this and I can throw that tea pot in the trash. :-)
Hot water sanitizing:
We hand wash baby bottle and breast pump parts every day. We have a little shelf in the sink that we stack parts on to be rinsed. Also, we have a stainless dish-drying rack next to it. I rinse the drying side of the sink and dish rack with a large mug filled at 174F. Also, we soak the small parts in a large cup, while we wash dishes. I'm not stating this passes FDA regulations, but for us it is quick and easy peace of mind. Actually the FDA states parts immersed at 170F for 30 seconds for utensils, so we are pretty close. Regardless, we are still hand washing everything, we just do this extra step as a precaution. (What if the raw beef we just cut had a microscopic splatter onto the dish rack, and our 174F degree rinse killed off that bacteria...I know, what if...)
Filling a thermos:
Whenever we are away from home, we always have a Thermos filled with hot water. Now, we can fill up that Thermos in seconds, much hotter than anything a home water heater would have allowed through the sink faucet and a lot quicker than boiling a whistling tea pot full of water. (Then again, we leave this on 24/7...)
And lastly, makes cooked rice faster!
We come from an Asian household that eats rice every single day. We have a dedicated rice cooker unit that you fill with a couple of cups of rice and water. It takes 15-20 minutes to cook fresh steamed rice. Part of that time is warming up the water to produce the steam. Well, when we drain the rice after we've washed it, we use this hot water heater to fill up the rice pot to the appropriate level. Since the water is already pretty hot, it takes 5-8 minutes for the same freshly cooked, steamed rice. That was another blessing in disguise.
Overall, we love our Secura electric water boiler and warmer! It has sooo many great uses for us and the convenience alone is worth the price of the product. It's actually about $10 cheaper today than when we first bought it, we are tempted to buy a second one just to keep on emergency standby. To this date, the inside looks crystal clear and not a hint of lime or any scaling (but again, we use it frequently every day, so your results may vary).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unknown,
Like many other buyers/reviewers, I had never heard of the Secura brand, and initially was very sceptical about the quality of this brand. After all, the other more well-known brands with similiar features were selling for $40.00 - $60.00 more. Why was this one so much less?
In the end, the positive reviews tipped my decision to buy the Secura. I have had it for 4 months now and have been very pleased with its performance. It is a great value for its price.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well,
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