599 of 612 people found the following review helpful
looks good AND works like a charm! (updated Feb. 2011),
This review is from: Aroma Hot H20 X-Press 1.5 Liter (6-Cup) Cordless Electric Water Kettle, Stainless Steel (Kitchen)
It's not often that one finds a product that's both visually attractive AND functionally satisfying. This kettle is one of those rare items: the shiny stainless steel body is beautiful to look at, and it boils water very very quickly! It features a nice big and sturdy handle which is very comfortable, and the spout is perfectly designed so that you'd have to be a real klutz to spill things. The cordless feature is wonderful, I tried a cheap ten dollar "Hot Pot" for a day or two and hated having to deal with the cord, plus that model doesn't have automatic shutoff despite what it says on the box---huge fire hazard! There is also a power-indicator light and water-level indicator gauge which are both handy, and I like that there is no exposed heating element inside which would be a pain to clean. Instead it's all smooth clean lines, inside and out!
Sure the outside of the kettle does get a little hot so you probably don't want to have this within reach of toddlers or anything, but if your toddlers can get up on your kitchen countertop then you have a LOT of other problems as well! I appreciated not having to deal with how plastic inevitably gets dirty-looking and sometimes leaves a funny taste in the water.
My only slight concern is that the lid needs a little bit of force to shut completely...probably some kind of insulating seal that shortens the time needed to bring water to a boil, but makes me wonder how durable that part of this kettle is going to be. Oh well, will find out in a few months or (hopefully) years, I suppose!
*UPDATED 2/14/2011: Still going strong, no complaints at all. I use it at least twice a day, most days. The lid has held up well. Highly recommend!
Tracked by 4 customers
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-10 of 14 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 11, 2010 7:16:54 AM PST
Jack Paine says:
Does anyone know if the viewing window (water-level guage) is plastic or glass? If it is plastic, then the water is making direct contact with potentially dangerous plastic.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 8:28:12 AM PST
Eduardo Neecha says:
It's plastic. Have never seen nor heard of any electric kettles with a glass water-level gauge.
Posted on Apr 11, 2010 4:45:42 AM PDT
I started out to buy a new Chef's Choice pot like this one to replace the trusty old one I own. It's been great for the last 6 years, but is now having problems with the pot making good electrical contact when you set it on the base. Still works, but is irritating to have to slide it around on the base to find a spot where it makes electrical contact. I checked with Chef's Choice factory and they can repair it, but by the time I pay postage and their service fee I'm looking at about $80, plus the hassle of finding a box, taking it to the post office, etc, so I decided to just buy a new one. Although very pleased with the Chef's Choice I have, i must admit the lower cost of this unit ($30 versus $45) has peaked my interest in this one.
The Chef's Choice unit has a great on/off switch that is lighted during operation and is real big which is a boon to older folks (like me). Anyone know what the switch is like on this brand?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2010 7:53:50 AM PDT
Eduardo Neecha says:
It's got a rounded triangular flip switch, very light and easy to use. There is an orange light on the side of the kettle so you know when it's on.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2010 9:24:27 AM PDT
Cathy Small says:
That is exactly what my concern is - it certainly looks like it is plastic, and I'd love to find one with a glass window!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2011 5:28:36 PM PST
Note that the handle is plastic too. I wouldn't even dare to touch it.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2011 8:47:23 AM PST
Cathy Small says:
The switch is large and very easy to press down (though I got used to flipping a switch UP from a previous pot). The switch pops back up either when you lift the kettle off the base or when the water reaches a full rolling boil, shutting it off.
Posted on Feb 15, 2011 1:22:27 PM PST
Thank you so much for the update on your review. We've been through 2 different kettles in 3 years and would like a longer-lasting one. BTW-nice cat photo!
Posted on Jun 30, 2011 6:30:59 AM PDT
J N Brabec-Smiley says:
Purchasing one today. Thank you very much for the update! It helped me make my choice.