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I bought one of these close to ten years ago and it's still going strong, though I've taken it on three cross-country trips, countless weekend getaways and even to Guatemala.
Why? First, I don't like using hotel/motel coffee units -- who knows how clean their innards are? This holds more liquid, is easy to clean, and I know where it's been!
Second, it's useful for more than just heating water. I once took my daughter to a nice Disneyland hotel for four days, and did all our cooking in this little pot because food was so pricey. I heated soup, ramen, veggies, all kinds of things... and we actually ate well (though simply) the whole time.
Other reviewers have noted that it doesn't have auto shut-off. That's a good point, and it's a bit of a pain, particularly when you're as forgetful as I am. But the water always boils loudly enough that I hear it. Could be a problem in everyday use if you are wandering from room to room; fine for a motel.
The flip side is being able to adjust the heat level, which I don't think you could do if the unit shut off automatically. I've found that VERY handy for things that need a gentle heat, and use that feature a lot.
Power cord is frustratingly short, but necessarily so for safety reasons.
Naturally, anything that holds 32 oz. of water is a little bulky, but when I put it in my suitcase I just jam socks and breakables into it, so it ends up taking less room than you'd think. You can snap the top off, which is also a help when packing it. It's fairly lightweight.
The reason I'm back at this page is that my daughter just went to college and took the pot with her. I need a replacement for my travels without her! I was amazed to find the same pot is still being sold after all these years. That's probably a good sign about its quality in an era when things get redesigned every year.
At this price, if it lasted a year or two of steady use, I think I'd still be happy.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2011 3:34:12 PM PDT
Newbie Yogi says:
can you confirm if this hot pot has a flat bottom and NO heating element so it is easy to clean after heating up soup noodle and other food?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 6:17:15 PM PDT
Hi, Newbie Yogi. I only just now saw your post. Sorry. Yes, the inside of the pot is flat, with just the smooth sides and bottom. In the middle of the inside is a flat metal piece that is the source of the heat. Whatever heats that metal is hidden beneath the pot. Nothing tricky to clean up. Thanks for writing with a helpful question.
Posted on Sep 23, 2012 5:08:49 PM PDT
hey, i'm planning my travel, and I wonder if you can use this with electrical outlet of 220V (overseas)? I know we use 120V here in the US, so the product I assume is for 120V. Most of the products nowadays is for both 220V/120V, though not sure abt this one. There's no mention fr the product description. I thought you're the right person to ask to since you've mentioned of using this from your travel/s outside the US. thanks in advance!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 8:43:16 PM PDT
When I've taken it overseas, I've just gotten whatever kind of adapter I need for that country (usually a couple of bucks) and it has worked fine. Have a great trip!
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