Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser, Black
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- Heats 16 oz. of water faster than a microwave and auto shut off turns unit off immedialey after cycle is completed
- Space saving design fits conveniently on countertops, desktops and more
- Cord storage fits neatly under the base
- Easy to use heat and dispense buttons
- Mesures 10 by 6 by 8 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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|Dimensions||9.75 inches x 7.75 inches x 5.75 inches||9.9 inches x 9.4 inches x 6.7 inches||8.66 inches x 7.8 inches x 4.49 inches||4 inches x 12 inches x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||2.56 pounds||3 pounds||1.74 pounds||2.46 pounds|
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There are a couple things to note though. Like other reviewers have said, because of the product's design, some taller mugs (especially large vacuum-sealed caddy mugs) won't fit in to receive the water, so you either can't use them or have to dispense the water into another container first and pour it from there. Also, you definitely should empty the excess water after you're done--you might even want to open the lid while it's still warm to let the extra moisture evaporate. This is because the inside is metal, and re-re-reheated water that's been sitting in there gets a bit gross and might not be the healthiest.
The last issue, which affects me more than it may others, is that the Hot Shot heats the water to boiling or very near to boiling. This is great if you're drinking black tea, hot chocolate, or hot cider, but if you're drinking green tea (which takes hot water that is well below boiling), the water from the Hot Shot can be too hot and make the tea bitter. If it's right for the beverage you want to make, though, I can't recommend a more convenient or quick option.
We have used a Hot Shot for many years, replacing the first two because they eventually stopped heating water sufficiently (only up to 160 degrees F). Since they had become a mainstay in our kitchen, used several times a day, we were eager to replace the last one, and ordered the sleek new black model, which is of a somewhat different design than the original.
The first one we received from Amazon leaked considerably if we didn't use up all the water that had been heated, so we sent it back (Amazon paid for the entire return postage and sent us a new one at no extra cost). The second one leaked just like the first one, through the dispenser spout, when water was left to sit in the heating chamber. We never had this problem with the older model.
I am giving it two stars instead of only one, since some people may not mind being sure to empty the heating chamber after each use. (If it didn't leak, I would give it 4 stars -- and 5 stars, if it were also tall enough to accomodate taller cups).
I owned this for 150 days and then it quit. We took it apart, basically this design is living on borrowed time as the unit will eventually fail.
Sunbeam placed the actual electronic switch below the aluminum bowl part and on top of the plastic housing. The grey button on the top is nothing more than a lever to another piece that actually depresses the electronic switch below the aluminum bowl. The real electronic switch is less than an inch from where the water flows from the aluminum bowl and out the dispenser. That switch, also sits right next to the heating element. Now you don't need to be an engineer to know that electronics don't care for heat and they don't care for water. In our case the heat killed the electronic "on" switch. I am not sure where the previous model's (3211) actual "on" switch was, but it had to be in a smarter location that this for it to last TEN years.
So the old design, built in the US apparently lasted 10 years and the new design, made in China lasted 150 days. I should have read the 1-star reviews as I would have found that just about every owner of the previous model have had nothing but bad experience with this model. Don't discount the opinions of those that owned the previous model. I don't think I will ever buy another Sunbeam product again, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
P.S. The only reason we replaced our ten year old 3211 model was because the rubber or plastic seal in the dispenser part had worn out and the unit would leak while dispensing.
Also, a tall cup/mug won't fit under the spout. So I pour the water from one cup to another. I do like the old hot shot, saves time and electricity.I gave it one star because I do like the hot shot water heater, I just don't like this one.
UPDATE: A couple months after I wrote this review, there was a burning smell--the cheap thing burned out. Meanwhile it leaked water into the cabinets below and spoiled the food.
I went without one for a while, but eventually bought another one because I like the concept... put in cold water, press a button, come back to boiling water. I bought the cheapest I could find because it won't last. I'm just glad I don't have to replace all my other appliances every year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Water Dispenser is great. I use mine everyday for hot chocolate. It takes no time at all to heat up the water. His water gets very hot, not just warm. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Patricia Blevins
Had old one for years, still works great. I just wanted a black one. So handy. My daughter wants my old one.Published 6 hours ago by Elizabeth G.
I love it for a quick close by comfort drink in the master bedroom! Works great!!Published 9 hours ago by blutodog
i use this every day. i deducted 1 star because u can not use tall coffee cups they do not fit and if you needed to make a second cup you need to wait at lest 3-4 min before it... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lisa
For the price I suppose I should not have expected much. However, as soon as we opened this item the prevailing thought was that it was flimsy and cheaply made. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Danielle Allain
I have an older version of the Hot Shot. But, I had company visiting over the holidays and they were impressed with it. So I sent them this one as a gift. :)Published 4 days ago by Jenilu
It works great. I feel it is not as sturdy as the one that I had before, but it works fine.Published 4 days ago by Judith A. Chambers