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Cuisinart KUA-17 1-3/4-Quart Cordless Automatic Electric Kettle

4.1 out of 5 stars 377 customer reviews
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  • Convenient cordless operation provides mobility
  • Sturdy stainless-steel construction
  • Hidden heating element means better tasting water
  • Automatic shutoff ensures high level of safety
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Product Description

Cuisinart Automatic Cordless Electric Kettle %28KUA%2D17%29 The Cordless Electric Kettle is a classic stainless steel beauty that boils 1 3%2F4 quarts water in minutes%2E The heating element is concealed%2C making cleaning fast and easy%2E %0D%0A

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Great for a dorm room or office, this cordless kettle lets you enjoy tea, coffee, or even dried soups at any time and without a range. And it's detachable from its power base for convenient pouring. The unobtrusive power base shuts off when the kettle is removed from the platform, and the concealed heating element never comes into contact with the water, keeping it from tasting flat or scalded. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the mirror-finished kettle is attractive and rust-resistant, and its 36-inch cord can be hidden in the base, making for easy, cord-free storage. --Madeleine Miller

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.4 x 7.6 x 10.2 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
Department Kettle
Manufacturer Cuisinart
ASIN B00004S9CZ
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Item model number KUA-17
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4.1 out of 5 stars 377 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #123,164 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#281 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Electric Kettles
Date first available at Amazon.com April 26, 2000

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I moved to the U.S from the U.K 5 years ago and my first task was to find an electric kettle. I was amazed to see how rare they were and it took a while to track one down.(I was without a computer for a while, so maybe that was why}. I found a great looking one in this product, but was very dissappointed when it died early after 1 1/2 years. I got another one thinking it was just bad luck, but lo and behold. It has just died again of the same problem. The connection on the base gives up. First it will work if you spin it round on the base until the light goes on, but then it just has enough of that and becomes good for nothing. I won't be buying a 3rd. I am looking for a different brand now. For the price, I expected it to last longer than 2 years.
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I loved this kettle. Everything worked great. Then I got up at
5 a.m. and put the water on. When it was done I picked it up and the handle fell off! I was lucky I had a heavy robe on.
Be careful. It looks like they used super glue to attach the handle and it failed. I'm sorry to write this but it's dangerous.
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This is an all stainless steel kettle,(I do not like my water being boiled in a plastic container) with the heating element installed UNDER the bottom of the kettle, so no water has direct contact, which avoids build up. Very nice. Heating is very fast, I like using it.The SS quality is very good (high mirror polish) and retains a gleaming shine, if you wipe it frequently.When new,the kettle smeels strongly like plastic inside, as there is a small plastic part indicating max. fill line, this will disappear after some usage. However, there are a few things: The handle is indeed awkward, to empty the kettle completely you need to turn it upside down almost completely,which some people might find difficult to do.The 'ON' lever is very easily hit accidentally on a busy work surface, and the kettle heats up dry, and repeats over and over until it would probably burn out.It happened to me, but cought it on time, since then I always unplug it, which is inconvenient. If you forget to put the lid on, it won't shut off automatically, and will boil dry...(I happen to go back to my desk when using it, since there is no acoustic signal of any kind indicating boiling, this happens frequently, especially when used by different people)Also, partial fill lines inside would be nice, as one always has to guess the qty. you fill in. I use bottled water for tea, so I don't want to pour away much every time. But I get better at guessing.This one is best for the individual user if you appreciate top build quality and classic design and don't mind a few technical imperfections.
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We used this kettle daily for 3 years until it konked out. Overall we were pleased, but I'm very demanding and currently shopping for a better kettle, one that will be an upgrade. For most users this will be a great kettle. So far, it's the best I've used.

I'll cover the minor drawbacks of this model first. I've been using electric kettles for nearly 20 years - so I won't wax poetic about electric or cordless - they are a given.

Cons:
1)Capacity: It will either make a pot of coffee of a pot of tea - won't do both in a single boil. Mine would hold a liter of water if filled to the "fill line" getting more in required me to fill it past that. I often did, and it still worked, but more slowly. The fill line is about half-way up the body of the pot.

2)The lid: It's a bit tricky/fiddly to remove while it's hot because the plastic part of the handle isn't quite as large as it could be to fully protect bigger fingers from coming in contact with the hot chrome. Also, the fit is tight, which is a good thing, but requires that one exert quite some pull to get it off; enough pull to splash hot water if one does not take care. I perfected a one-handed method that worked well for me after some practice: grasp the handle as if to pour, extend two fingers down to pinch the knob of the lid between the knuckles, squeeze the knob up towards the handle as if pulling a trigger.

3)Plastic: There is only a tiny bit of plastic that comes into contact with the water in this almost all metal kettle. The bit that indicates the "fill line" and is apparently the thermostat for the auto shut off once water boils is inside the belly of the pot, and is plastic. It did not produce an off smell or taste, but I was never happy about it.
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We used this kettle everyday for about 2 years and were very happy with it, until this week, when my husband was pouring boiling water from it, and the handle fell off. There's no sign of rivets or screws being used to secure the handle to the kettle. It looks like they just superglued it on, which can be very dangerous. Like I said, we've had this particular model for about 2 years, so maybe the manufacturer has redesigned the handle on its more recent products. If not, for safety reasons, I would not recommend this product.
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As soon as my kettle arrived I had it out of the box and set up for use. The instructions say to boil water in it two to three times before use to be sure it is clean. I did this in the time it took me to compose this review! The kettle is attractive, takes up little counter space and has a cord which winds under the base to stay out of the way. It is very easy to use. I'll never have to worry about leaving the teapot on the stove too long any more. This kettle shuts off as soon as the water boils. I am very happy with this product!
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