Presto 02704 Heat 'n Steep Electric Tea Kettle
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- Heats water and steeps tea in the same pot
- Stainless steel infuser for brewing both loose leaf and bag teas for a perfect pot of tea
- Built-in-thermometer and timer help to ensure correct steeping temperature and time
- Special thermostat automatically shuts kettle off if it boils dry
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Heat water and steep tea in this versatile five-cup electric tea kettle. The Heat 'n Steep heats water to the desired temperature, then utilizes a stainless steel tea infuser to brew your favorite loose leaf or bag tea. The built-in timer and thermometer with color-coded temperature guide assure the correct steeping time and temperature. The temperature guide provides the recommended range of temperatures for brewing green, white, oolong, black and herbal teas. A no-drip spout and sure-grip handle ensure easy pouring. This electric tea kettle is also ideal for quickly heating water to make instant coffee, hot chocolate, gelatin desserts, hot cereals, and instant soups. A special thermostat automatically shuts the kettle off if it boils dry. 120 volts, 60 Hz only
Top Customer Reviews
The reasons I love this kettle is because is because it heats quickly and has a temperature gauge built into the tea kettle so you know exactly how hot the water is. Also on the thermometer is a color coded system where it tells you what temp it should be for what kind of tea if your tea does not specify. There are colors for green, white, oolong, black and Herbal teas witch all correspond to a color. Green for green tea, yellow for white, orange for oolong, and blue for black and herbal teas. This is a great feature so you always know when to unplug the pot. Once you get the water to the temp you need you unplug it and take the lid off. It comes with a stainless steel steeping basket that you fill with your amount of tea and attach to the lid by pushing it on and turning it about a quarter of a turn. then you put the lid back into the pot with the hot water and let it steep. Once you put the lid back on there is a timer on the top that you can set to the amount of time you are suggested to steep the tea. So if your tea should steep for three minutes just just push the button on and then push it three times until it says three and it will start counting down.
Once you tea is all ready just take the lid back out and remove the basket and put the lid back on to keep the heat and now you can pour it into your mug with the spout and enjoy. I bought this kettle to use in the office where I have been enjoying trying many new teas along with my co workers.
this tea kettle is not just good for tea though you can use it to boil water for anything like noodle soups, instant coffee, hot water just because you need boiling water for any use. This is a great item and very quite. I choose this one over another because the other one that I was looking at had reviews that said it was so loud and noisy and was bad for the office with that amount of noise, I'm glad i did because I love it and it works wonderfully.
This is a very simple kettle as it has a flat heating element, is quite small (will hold enough water to make 3 mugs of tea, or 5 tea cups), a brewing basket to hold tea to brew, a tempreature scale at the front with markers for different types of tea and an electronic timer.
Lets do the bad things first, one the timer is just that, you set it and it will beep at you when a minute is left and beep more when the time is over and that's it, it won't turn the kettle off. Talking of turning the kettle off, once you fill it with water and plug it in, you really have to keep an eye on it, there is not heat the water until it's a certain temperature, no turn the kettle off when it's boiling, there isn't even a switch to turn it off and on. You plug it in and it will boil until you unplug it, although it is listed as having a boil dry safety cut off, I don't want to test this for obvious safety reasons.
However it's cheap, which is one of the good points. I manly use the kettle to heat water and it does this fairly quickly and it pours the water in without dripping or spilling. It does have a plastic meshed brewing basket which attached to the lid, so it easily put on and removed. You can add tea to and brew whilst the kettle is off, I have used this when I travelled and it's a great way to make good tea in hotels where they only have coffee makers.
For the price it offers a lot for the tea drinker without being overly complex, the one feature I would love to see it a mechanical on/off switch so you don't have to pull the plug out when it's done.