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Aroma Housewares AWK-161 Clar-i-Tea 1.7-Liter Electric Water Kettle and Tea Brewer

3.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • 1500-watt electric water kettle and tea brewer boils up to 1.7 liters of water
  • Optional stainless-steel tea infuser for both loose-leaf and bagged teas
  • Tempered-glass carafe; locking lid; power base allows for cord-free pouring
  • Decalcification filter; auto shut-off with boil-dry protection; cool-touch handle
  • Measures approximately 9 by 7-2/7 by 8-3/5 inches; 1-year limited warranty

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Product Description

The Clar-i-Tea Electric Water Kettle and Tea Brewer from Aroma is an ideal solution for any tea drinker- from the well-versed enthusiast to the novice. The stainless steel tea infuser easily accommodates both loose leaf and bagged teas, so the brew flavors are endless. Backed by 1500-watts of power, the Clair-i-Tea will bring water to a boil in no time. And the tempered glass carafe allows you to view the entire process. Serving is easy with cordless pouring and a 360-degree base for ambidextrous pouring.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.1 x 7.3 x 8.7 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.7 pounds
Manufacturer Aroma Housewares
ASIN B001K4FJCO
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number AWK-161
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3.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #328,093 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#535 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Electric Kettles
Date first available at Amazon.com December 7, 2003

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By Charles M. Hannum on April 30, 2009
This is one of the few electric kettles I found with no plastic under the water line--although it does have a silicone gasket between the glass and metal parts. It boils fast and is reasonably easy to clean.

HOWEVER, it has a fatal flaw. The non-detachable mesh screen connected to the lid is not stainless steel. It visibly rusted within a week of purchasing the product. I called Aroma (the manufacturer) and they sent me a replacement, which started to visibly rust in 24 hours! This is not okay. Any metal in the product should be food grade stainless steel.
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After searching high and low for just the right water kettle, I found this little beauty. As a mother and a woman who goes through a lot of teas (loose and bagged), who uses this device everyday and has owned it for a year now, I enjoy using it as much as the first day I bought it. Here are my observations:

1. It's aesthetically pleasing. Being made mostly of glass, it's nice to be able to see what is going on inside while heating, how full the pot is, and if it needs cleaning. The water has the least contact with metal or plastic than any other non-stovetop, electric models I've seen and does not impart any type of strange flavor that I've read about in other kettles.

2. It attaches and detaches from its base as easy as picking it up and placing it down....very easy. Also, there is no specific placement required so it can swivel making it easier to place the base in any position or to even move it around if needed.

3. It's easy to handle, not too large/heavy nor are the handles too hot to handle and are very sturdy.

4. The unit heats up rather quickly and must have some kind of thermoregulation system as it roughly takes 5-7 minutes to heat up at the maximum fill line and about 2-3 minutes for the minimum line. Since I am often the only one drinking tea, it's nice to know that I can adjust accordingly.

5. The water stays warm for quite some time after turning off. However, you can always re-heat fairly quickly if needed.

6. It's convenient enough for my children #middle aged) to use on busy, cooler mornings. They can get their water going for hot cocoa and oatmeal all in one go.

7. One pot is enough to fill 7 porcelain smaller cups and just barely 5 regular mugs.

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this kettle, while aesthetically pleasing, and heating properly, rusted within 1 week of purchase. You's think that a factory that's making a product to be used with water makes sure they use stainless steel, but not Aroma...
They went cheap, I got screwed up, and never again will I buy from their products.
Amazon should reconsider distributing these rusty cans.
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PROS: The kettle is made of glass which gives a very attractive appearance. Functionally, the kettle boils water very quickly. It took me less than 7 minutes to bring 1.7 litters of COLD tab water (in January) to the boiling point. The spout is designed for easy pouring and no spilling. The handle and the shape of the kettle are designed to balance the weight while the kettle is in a pouring position, making it easy on your wrist. Washing it is a very easy job. If your hand can fit in a medium-size glove, you can stick your whole hand through the opening to wash the inside. There is no tricky corner that you cannot reach.

CONS: Again, the kettle is made of glass..., but not completely glass! I deliberately ignored the negative reviews of this product about the "plastic" smell and bought this one. I asked myself what could go wrong with a glass kettle that could cause the smell. Well, here is the reason. The kettle is comprised of a BOTTOMLESS glass pitcher and a metal heating-element BOTTOM. The two parts are permanantly joind together by a ring of silicon glue. The gap between the two parts is about 1/4 inch, and it exposes the silicon glue to the water. When the glue is heated, it releases a strange odor, possibly an unhealthy chemical, too. It smells not only like plastic but also like medicine. I thought that I myself was too picky. I checked with my other family members, and they all complained about the smell. It was strong enough to change the flavor/taste of my tea and coffee. I tried to wash and to boil water twice a day for two weeks. I tried different soaps and baking soda to wash it with. The smell went away after each wash, but it came back the next use.
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By dustout on January 28, 2009
Someone I know online got the AWK-161 at Target and asked me to post this review for her: It's been so awesome, I must extol it's awesomeness! Folks in the UK and Australia can make fun of me -- I'm in the USA and kettles aren't as popular here apparently.

All of my tests start with COLD water from my tap. I live in North Dakota, it is winter, and right now it's -7F outside, so the water is plenty cold. Obviously if you put some hot water into the kettle, you'll get a faster boil (I recommend it!). So these times should be taken as absolute worst case scenario -- your water heater is broken and all you get is cold :).

To boil the minimum amount of water my kettle allows (0.7L -- a little more than my French Press takes): 3:23
(coffee break time)
Maximum water (1.7L): 8:04
1.4L: 6:37

Approximately 1.4L on the electric stove top in a copper bottom pot: 10:48

Approximately 350ml (a big mug I have from Disney World) in the microwave (probably about 700w cooking power): 5:30

As a quick comparison, 1.7L of hot water out of the kitchen sink takes 4 minutes to boil in the electric kettle.
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