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1.0 out of 5 stars Strong, "plastic" taste won't go away, July 14, 2007
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This review is from: Proctor -Silex 1 Liter Electric Kettle (Kitchen)
Have used the Bodum electric kettle for travel for years, but decided I'd purchase this Proctor Silex for the office since it was a few bucks cheaper. That was a mistake.

Despite boiling and dumping out the water a half-dozen times, the water itself STILL tasted like "plastic." Ick. As a tea drinker, the quality of the water is key. Also, I found the general shape difficult to handle, the lid was hard to open, and when gently pouring the water it consistently (and dangerously) sloshed out the sides near the spout.

Anyway, I ended up giving this one away and buying an additional Bodum electric kettle for the office. It's working great, just like the 10-year-old Bodum I take traveling. (I think it's also interesting to note that the classic, no-frills, usable design of the Bodum has remain unchanged in the past 10 years - Hey, if it ain't broke, don't 'fix' it.)
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2008 6:08:04 PM PST
I had the same problem with the funny taste

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2009 2:48:30 PM PDT
I agree. It's convenient and has the auto-shut off, but, after at least 30 liters of water being heated, the water still has the plastic taste which, for tea drinkers, is very noticeable.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 9:46:23 AM PDT
Pup Dog says:
I wish I would've read your post before I bought it... I've ran it over and over and it still tastes like toxic plastic!

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 3:05:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2009 11:44:07 PM PDT
M. Yong says:
I just returned this due to the plastic taste/smell (had same issue with another kettle from Black
& Decker). I wonder what causes this smell with all these new kettles. I owned an older plastic B&D electric kettle that tasted fine.

Update: I finally found a good stainless steel cordless electric kettle (1 liter) with no smell for $20. The brand is "Love Song". You may be able to see them at some Korean supermarkets.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009 5:08:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2009 5:12:29 AM PDT
B. Smith says:
I had the same problems with this electric kettle.....the plastic taste is awful....no matter what you try, vinegar, bleach, etc. nothing will make the plastic smell and taste go away.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 7:58:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2010 7:59:07 AM PST
DCist says:
@ M. Yong - Thanks for the tip!

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 8:08:48 AM PDT
H. Yang says:
I've been using it for over 2 years and never had the problem; maybe it's true but the taste is never noticeable. It's good for home use.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 6:11:15 AM PDT
an1337 says:
Off-topic, but I like how Yong, Kang and Yang commented at the same time!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 5:38:10 PM PDT
am1337,

another off-topic but what do you mean by "commented at the same time"? They all posted at different dates: Yong commented on Sept. 3, 2009, Kang commented on Feb. 24, 2010 and Yang commented on Apr. 22, 2010.

With the same success you could say Stead, Chambers and Pup Dog commented at the same time.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 10:00:05 PM PST
Allie says:
I, too, experienced this problem with mine..very unpleasant taste..toxic would be the right adjective. I just wonder how nobody else notices in their own kettle! All these rave reviews..did we just get the bad end of the product? lol
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