Aroma Housewares AWK-161 Clar-i-Tea 1.7-Liter Electric Water Kettle and Tea Brewer
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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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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.
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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They went cheap, I got screwed up, and never again will I buy from their products.
Amazon should reconsider distributing these rusty cans.
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. Easy to use. More convenient than a stove top kettle.Published 8 months ago by Richard Oponik
I've used this item daily for 3 years -- I LOVE it. The tea diffuser doesn't always stay attached during brewing - but it is a minor annoyance.Published 19 months ago by JHH17
Best water heater I've ever used, fast and safe. I like the fact that it's glass, for health glass is the best.Published on April 29, 2014 by enoch debus
The button to turn it on was broken from factory. The problem being, Because I live in Canada, I have no way to return it.... They don't ship to Canada... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Rebecca Minogue
This arrived very fast and is a great gift for any one who doesn't want to spend allot of time heating water.
This product just has an attractive look -- that's about it. The water is NOT extremely hot when boiled. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Auntie Baje
This tea pot model has defect. You have to stay on top of the tea pot and keep pushing the button down manually many times for turning it on. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Farah
I loved this pot when I first got it mostly because you can tell when your tea is properly brewed. The flaw for me is that the pot has been permanently tea stained, no matter how... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Summer Gal