Saeco 101167 50-Ounce Electric Water Kettle
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- Large 50-ounce carafe made of sturdy plastic and stainless steel
- Easy to read display panel built directly into handle, with three preset warming temperatures from 100F to 200F
- Two heating options; bring water to rolling boil or use the keep warm mode to heat up and hold water at specific temperature for two hours
- 360-Degree rotational power base with internal cord storage
- Triple protection switch for added safety
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You can actually see the level of water from the outside, which eliminates peering into the kettle. And, although it seems like a fancy extra, the way the kettle's clear area changes color as the water heats is handy. You can tell at a quick glance, from across the room or when you're doing something else, how the water's coming along. This is very handy when you have company, or are busy with other chores.
We like this kettle so much, we have bought this particular unit for gifts.
My god, this thing is awesome!
It actually changes the color as it heats! Yes, I know that product description says that, but reading about it is one thing; actually seeing is another. This is just sick.
It has a built-in digital thermometer!
Now when I am desperately waiting for the kettle to heat up, not only I can see the whole thing lit up and change the color like a Christmas tree, I can also watch the thermometer counting the degrees.
The best kettle a geek can have.
Oh BTW, the tea tastes fine, it heats up pretty fast, etc, etc.
PS: Too bad it does not have a wi-fi module with SNMP on it; but next model surely will.
There is a temperature display on the top of the handle, so if you are brewing a very fine tea that requires hot (but not boiling) water, you can make an accruate brew. After boiling, you can see the tem go down if it is still sitting on the base for power, so you won't burn yourself if you dump the used water out.
Finally, it also has a "keep warm" feature at 2 temperatures that I wonder why no other tea kettle has.
After washing there is no plastic taste ever at all, none. The ONLY thing I wish it had was a larger capacity (1.8 or 2 liters), but there is a fair amount of room above "Max" so I cheat a little.
In sum, a fantastic kettle and well worth the money!
UNFORTUNATELY, no matter how many times (15+) I ran it with fresh water (the manual recommends twice to remove "manufacturing" residue), the boiled water has a strong "plastic" odor and taste. I'm not very sensitive to off flavors/smells but this was bad.
I had read the reviews that mentioned odor issues, but, given the other positive reviews, figured that some people are more sensitive and discounted them. I was wrong.
I'm returning it for a refund.
I am a big believer in "you get what you pay for." This was cheaper than the other variable temperature electric kettles I considered, but it actually was the only one with ALL the features I wanted. So despite it being cheaper, I figured the unique features made it worth a chance. It is a great product in theory, but due to the unreliable quality control, I don't think I will order from this company again.
BUT...I guess they call it a "water kettle" and not a "tea" kettle for a reason. The temp choices are odd. You can boil or you can choose from 3 temp settings. 100degrees, 150degrees or 200degrees. 100? why? tap water is hotter than that. 150 is a decent temp for instant coffee, but not for brewing anything. 200 degrees is too hot for most teas. Why not a choice of temperatures that are recommended for brewing tea or even coffee??
I spent so much time researching all the different kettles. Wondering why there are so few with temperature controls. It's probably because everyone else knows what I just learned. Pouring boiling water into a cold ceramic cup brings the temperature to 185.
Oh well...So, it boils water super fast and it looks nice. So it gets 4 stars, but it can't have 5 stars with the retarded temperature choices.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this kettle since 2011 or 2012 and it still works great. Always shuts off appropriately and it boils water to set temperatures fast.Published 5 months ago by Buffy Summers
Have had this kettle now for bat 3 years. STILL works like a charm!! Unfortunately, now notice that the removable filter cage has cracked. And just can't find a replacement. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GHALIB TIKARI
we used it for 2 years, after maybe half year kettle started to leak. I tried to keep it without water if i don't need it to use, especially for the night, kitchen counter top was... Read morePublished 17 months ago by tanya
I love this kettle, I use it several times during the week. Saeco stands behind the warranty also.Published 21 months ago by Don McCormick
The first one I bought stopped working after a couple months, but I loved it so we returned it and got another one. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The water smelled like plastic. Used it for few months, still tested and smelled like plastic. Got another one.Published on July 10, 2014 by Sarmat