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Zojirushi America Corporation Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer, 4-Liter, Stainless Dark Brown
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- Hybrid water boiler and warmer. Electrical Rating : 120 Volts and 840 Watts
- 4 keep warm temperature settings (160 Degree F, 175 Degree F, 195 Degree F, 208 Degree F) and vacuum insulated non-electric keep warm
- Quick temp mode brings water to desired temperature without boiling, Micro computerized temperature control system
- Easy-To-Clean nonstick interior and clear-coated stainless steel body
- Interchangeable melody or beep signal may also be turned off
- Refer user manual below.
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Zojirushi Corporation began operation more than 90 years ago with the launch of its first glass-lined vacuum bottle - setting an industry standard for new vacuum insulation technology in an everyday household product and firmly establishing itself as a company which uses cutting edge technology to bring comfort, ease, vitality and affluence into the lives of its customers worldwide.
Zojirushi is dedicated to offering a new generation of products that exemplify ease, affluence and style in its three main business areas: Cooking appliances, food and beverage preservation and amenities for both home and industry. It will continue to offer attractive products that cater to modern needs based on its guiding philosophy - to improve customers' quality of life through innovative technology - into the 21st Century and beyond.
VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer CV-DCC40
4.0 liter (135 ounce) Vacuum-Electric Hybrid Water Boiler and Dispenser
This energy efficient VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer utilizes vacuum insulation technology (like travel mugs) to keep water hot with very little electricity. It features the new Quick Temp mode, which significantly reduces the heating time by directly reaching 160°F, 175°F, or 195°F keep warm temperatures without reaching a boil.
- Vacuum-electric (VE) hybrid keep warm system
- 4 keep warm temperature settings (160°F, 175°F, 195°F, 208°F and Vacuum Insulated Non-Electric Keep Warm)
- Quick Temp mode reaches 160°F, 175°F, or 195°F keep warm directly without reaching a boil
- Micro computerized temperature control system
- Easy-to-clean, clear coated stainless steel body and non-stick interior
- Energy-saving timer function (6-10 hours)
- Interchangeable melody or beep signal may also be turned off
- cETLus listed
- Made in Japan
- Operating Temperature 160°F, 175°F, 195°F, 208°F and Vacuum / REBOIL
- Color Stainless Dark Brown
- Swivel base for serving convenience
- Detachable lid
- Steam-reduce feature reduces the amount of steam emitted by turning off the heater immediately before reaching a boil
- Capacity 135 oz. / 4.0 liters
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 8-3/4 x 11-1/8 x 13-7/8 inches
- Electrical Rating 120 volts / 840 watts
- Color Stainless Dark Brown
Quick Temp Mode:
This mode heats the water directly to the selected keep warm temperature without reaching a boil. The water will reach the selected keep warm temperature quicker than regular mode. Other benefits include reduced steam and reduced energy use. This mode should be used when dechlorination is not necessary, such as when using bottled or purified water. To activate, press the 'REBOIL/QUICK TEMP' button; the 'QUICK TEMP' light turns on.
Approx Time to Reach Temperature:
CV-DCC40: Regular / Quick Temp
195°F: 1 hr 55 min / 26 min
175°F: 4 hrs35 min / 23 min
160°F: 7 hrs 5 min / 1 hr 5 hrs
(At a room temperature of 73°F with the Inner Container filled to the Maximum Water Level Line.)
Note: For 160°F Quick Temp, the water will be heated to about 175°F (80°C) first, and then brought down to 160°F. Quick Temp mode cannot be selected for 208°F Keep Warm mode or Vacuum Insulated Keep Warm mode, and is not recommended when preparing baby formula.
Energy Saving Timer Function:
The Timer function helps save energy by shutting off electricity to the heater until boiling begins. Boiling will complete after the set time. The timer can be set for every hour between 6-10.
Automatic Shut-Off Function:
A safety function that automatically shuts off power to the heater in order to prevent damage from overheating. The display will show 'HH' to alert that Automatic Shut-Off has been activated. The following conditions may cause activation:
-Unit was plugged in without filling with water.
-Water level is lower than the REFILL line and boiling was attempted.
-Unit is empty or the upper lid is left open.
-Hot water was poured in immediately after unit was plugged in.
VE stands for Vacuum-Electric hybrid. Its stainless steel double insulation wall, including a layer of vacuum insulation, keeps water hot with very little electricity.
Average Power Consumption During Keep Warm (Approx.):
208°F: 20 watts
195°F: 16 watts
175°F: 12 watts
160°F: 11 watts
(Average Keep Warm electric power consumption is for one hour, provided that the Inner Container is full and the room temperature is approx. 73°F).
Keep Warm Temperature Settings:
208°F—Brew black, herbal and pu-erh tea; prepare coffee and instant noodles.
195°F—Brew oolong tea and white teas; reduces energy consumption by 27-28% compared to 208°F keep warm.
175°F—Brew various green teas (bancha, houjicha, genmaicha).
160°F / 140°F —Brew high quality green tea (gyokuro) or delicate teas.
VACUUM Insulated Keep Warm Mode:
This mode saves electricity by shutting off the power to the heater after the boiling process completes, and keeps water warm by vacuum insulation only.
<Heat Retention of VACUUM, Approx. Temperature>
In 2 hours / In 4 hours / In 6 hours
CV-DCC40: 190°F/ 178°F /167°F
(Temperatures are measured in the center of the Inner Container and are based on a room temperature of 73°F, with the maximum amount of water.)
Save time and energy.
This optional mode reaches keep warm temperatures directly without reaching a boil, saving time, saving energy, and cutting steam at the same time.
Imagine having hot water available to you at the touch of a button, anytime, at exactly the right temperature for your needs. Different drinks, especially teas, require accuracy in the temperature of the water when brewing. Once you've added a zojirushi water boiler to your life, you'll see how indispensable it really is. The zojirushi events Hybrid water boiler & warmer includes a vacuum-electric keep warm system. 4 keep warm temperature settings, and Vacuum insulated non-electric keep warm. The quick temp mode heats the water directly to the selected keep warm temperature without reaching a boil. The water will reach the selected keep warm temperature quicker than regular mode. Other benefits include reduced steam and reduced energy use. This mode should be used when DE chlorination is not necessary, such as when using bottle or purified water. Dispenser has a one-touch electric dispensing G system, and displays actual water temperature at all times. Includes energy-saving timer function (6-10 hours), and multiple safety features including auto shut-off. Removable magnetic power cord
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Amazon fluctuates the price on this product wildly; I bought one as a housewarming gift for my sister one day, and the next day it was nearly $40 cheaper at $145. I contacted Amazon Customer Service to see if they'd adjust the price, since a $40 swing in one day is a pretty tough pill to swallow. The first rep said that they'd refund this as a promo and transferred me to a second rep. The second rep said they wouldn't be giving me any sort of price match at all, giving me some flimsy excuse about supply and demand. I have a hard time believing demand caused a 20% price decrease over the course of a single day, but that's Amazon's official stance on the matter.
The customer experience was bad enough where I'm seriously considering cancelling my Prime subscription. Amazon used to match prices in cases like this, and it's disappointing that they can't do anything to preserve a 5 year customer that orders from their site frequently.
Original review below:
I discovered this water boiler through a coworker, who bought one after an extended vacation in Japan. When he upgraded to the 5L version he put his old 4L in the break room.
From the first time I used it I knew I wanted one, but like most people I balked at the price. I could get full coffee/espresso machines for less money! I could get an electric kettle for $25. Why pay for this?
After waffling over the purchase for months, I finally broke down and bought this water boiler. I should've done it much sooner.
Let me tell you why the Zojirushi water boiler is a better purchase than a similarly priced coffee machine:
Reason one: more utilitarian. This machine has temperature settings to make all different types of tea. 160, 175, 195, 208 and 212F (reboil) allows for perfect green, black, white, and oolong tea steeping temperatures.
On top of this, a $5 pour over or $20 French press is all you need to get high quality coffee out of this machine. With the water available at the touch of a button, the only easier way to make a singleton cup of joe is to use a K-cup, and it's not even that much easier.
Add to this the possibility of making ramen, hot chocolate, or any other thing requiring hot water, and this is by far the more utilitarian countertop appliance. Sure, you could just spit hot water out of your Keurig machine, but not with the ease and level of granular control that the Zojirushi water boiler provides.
Reason two: convenience. You push the button and the hot water comes out.
This beats the pants off of boiling water for tea. No more waiting for the water to boil, then playing the guessing game of how long to let it cool before pouring over (or worse, just scalding your tea.) Want tea now? Good! As long as you're set to the right temperature, just prepare the tea, press the button, let it steep and you're off to the races.
Had it set to the wrong temperature? Fear not! If you need to raise the temperature, the quick temp function will get you there in mere minutes. If the temp is too high, just throw a splash of cold water into the top and you'll be good to go. The Zojirushi measures the water temperature real time, so you can easily get it to the proper temperature.
Need to refill the tank but you're not near a sink? Fear not, you're covered! This thing has a giant carrying handle and magnetic detachable power cord. You just snap off the plug, remove the lid, carry to the sink and fill'er up!
Wanna slow pour over your coffee? Touch the unlock button twice for slow pour functionality!
Wanna put this on a central point on your table but worried it'll be difficult for people to reach? The whole thing swivels for easy access!
I swear, they've thought of everything.
Reason three: extremely durable. I alluded to this before. My coworker's old unit was ten years old and still working. Guess what? The design is still exactly the same.
The fact that this unit is made in Japan and has a much simpler mechanism than most K-cup machines means that there's not much to break here. Just give it the occasional acid clean (kits are available) every 6 months or so, and it'll keep going forever.
This is part one of where you'll ultimately make back your money. Other, lesser water boilers will die long before the Zojirushi, meaning you'll have to pay for a replacement.
The only thing that seems to eventually perish on these is the rubber gasket on the lid, but guess what? This part is easily available and the part number is conveniently cataloged in the manual.
This leads us into part four: energy efficiency.
This is where the Zojirushi beats down other similar water boilers, because lets face it: there are other cheaper products that seem to have similar functionality to this unit.
As far as I know, the Zojirushi is the only unit with a vaccum sealed chamber. This means that to keep the water warm, it takes only 11-25 watts depending on temperature selection and unit size.
Less than a light bulb!
Given the long lifespan of this machine, that means it'll eventually pay for itself in energy savings. Not to mention that it'll outlast these other units and has more functionality to begin with.
In conclusion, buy this boiler if you like tea, coffee, ramen, or just having scalding water on demand. Don't cheap out. Despite its price, I like this boiler enough where I've bought it for other tea drinkers as a gift.
It's truly the best boiler on the market. Five stars.
But the main reason why this one is worth the extra price is the "quick temp" setting. This is the one feature that makes the world of difference between this model and this brand vs. all others that don't have this feature. I used ot own Panasonics that didn't have this feature and will never go back. So what is so special about his one feature? Time. This feature means that the unit will only heat up to the temperature you want and stop. All the models without this feature, especially Panasonics, always go to a complete boil then you have to wait for the temperature to slowly come down to the temperature you want. This can take over an hour depending on what you set the temperature at. However with "quick temp" just put the water in, and a in a few minutes you get the temperature you want. If you are a serious tea drinker and want the different temperature settings, only buy a model with this "quick temp" setting.
The other nice feature is the vacuum layer. This means that you need to use less energy to keep the water at the correct temp. And if you select "vacuum" overnight, the temperature only drops 30-60 degrees while using no electricity. Then in the morning choose your temperature and "quick temp" and it will reach your desired temp in just a few minutes.
If you are a serious tea drinker and want one of these Japanese thermo pots, only buy a model with "quick temp" setting.
- Lever to press with cup to get water to dispense (similar to refrigerators that have water dispensers built in)
- Light to light up area immediately below spout so it's easier to fill up a cup at night
- Manual dispense
Also, the first tiny bit of water that's dispensed is cooler than it should be. I'm sure this is whatever water sits in the dispensing tube and not in the boiler.
Note: Amazon.com ships this package in the manufacturer's store display packaging. I'm not factoring it into my review, but something everyone should be aware of. The box is definitely not made for shipping (I asked the manufacturer) and doesn't hold up well against UPS. I've let Amazon.com know (and got a replacement for the first one they shipped), but I do not know if they'll change their shipping practices.
Update: Amazon now offers you to select a different box for shipping: "This item's packaging will indicate what is inside. To cover it, select Ship in Amazon box on the checkout page."
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After only 3 months of use, rust was visible at the bottom. I can the company distributor in California. They claim it's because we don't know how to clean the boiler. False: I have bought Zojirushi cleaner. Oh, then your are not cleaning it often enough. False again: I follow the maintenance interval. Oh, then it's too often....there final answer was: you have bad water. This is unreal: I live in Montreal, Canada, the country who has the largest unpolluted soft water reserve in the world. The standard for driking water is one of the most advance, in fact, bottled water often are now forbidden and many major brand like Danasi are filling their bottle with our water. It says so on their label.
The headquarther then directed me to their repair center in Canada. A company called beaver Creek electronic. They also blamed the water but agree to replace the liner (inside of boiler) immediatly. Well, a little over 1 month, and the liner is desolving in the boiler. Look at the discusting particule in my first picture. This came out straith from the boiler this morning. The other pictures are showing that new liner, again 6 weeks in!
Response from the service center: you are using bad water. Ok now, get real. I will fill a complain with the consumer protection autority as this is an important health factor. If you are looking for a boiler, keep looking at other product.
I have not gotten a single rusting or coating issue since I got it. With the cleaning method above, it makes it good as new.
This was the first Zojirushi product we got for the house. Not only was it the first Zojirushi product, it was also the most expensive kitchen appliance I've ever bought. So, was it worth it?
This water boiler keeps water hot for an indefinite period of time, as long as the unit is plugged in. This is in contrast to kettles which you usually need to turn on and then wait. This means that for this Zojirushi, it has made instant noodles, tea bags, instant coffee, hot chocolate, you name it... pretty much instant. Whenever the craving comes up, you have hot water available at your disposal.
I have the 5 litre model and the first thing I have to say is: This thing is tall! If you have a small family, I definitely recommend the smaller model!
With 5 litres, you have some advantages and disadvantages. As far as I know, the larger capacities have better thermal insulation since they use vacuum insulation technology. Basically, there is a little gap in between the exterior wall and the interior water of the reservoir that has as much air removed as possible, meaning very little heat can get out. Additionally, as physics will tell you, more water means more thermal energy so it will naturally cool down slowly than say, a 2 litre model. Considering both of these points, I just didn't really care about the energy costs associated with this, to be honest. The insulation is very impressive, if it is the same as the Zojirushi travel mugs.
Of course, with a larger size means you won't be refilling it as often. If you have a large household, a large model might be necessary, not optional.
But of course, larger capacities means it takes up more space on your countertop. (Small people might find it difficult to use, especially when refilling.) You get a pretty "industrial" product, in my opinion, versus the flowery, glossy white models of the smaller ones. And of course, (again with the physics!), more water means it needs more time to get to temperature!
As with all Zojirushi water boilers, you have temperature control in Fahrenheit, from boiling 212, 208, 195, 175, 160, and no heating/vacuum only. When the device unplugs, it sticks with 195. You have the option to reboil the water back to 212 or target a specific temperature only. To dispense water, you must unlock it and then press dispense. Handy safety feature. Additional safety feature: magnetic plug. Another safety feature: Lid clamps shut. Another safety feature. A handy handle so you don't burn your hands.
Obviously, the water will go up easier than go down, so plan your day for what drink you will be having, like tea day, or hot chocolate day.
Dispensing water can be normal speed or slow for drip coffee purposes or for a smaller, precise dispense.
You can put the boiler to sleep for a maximum of 8 hours. If you are REALLY looking at reducing energy usage, you can do this before you go to sleep. The Zojirushi doesn't do it automatically. Again, the efficiency of this device makes this a really negligible issue.
Now, some caveats of the product. First, if you want a huge amount of water at one time, I honestly recommend you just boil some water on the stove. The efficiency you gain with boiling in this device will only hurt you with how slow it will dispense. (And IT IS NOT SAFE TO POUR IT OUT FROM THE LID, so don't try. ) So, this will suffice for small recipes and of course, drinks and instant hot meals. But for large batches of pasta? Keep that kettle for those instances or just boil some salted water.
To dispense water, obviously, um... it has to be plugged in. I know, I know, petty point but it's true. More likely a safety feature.
Water splatter. I've learned to live with it but since the Zojirushi is so tall, I don't have as much choice as to hold the cup close to the spout. So, yeah, water splatter will get on your fingers and hurt. You get used to it.
Lastly, the singing. It was cute the first few times, but I will honestly say now: IT IS ANNOYING. When the Zojirushi finishes boiling, it sings a song. Honestly, you probably won't hear it too much since it is a 5 litre model, but it is especially annoying at night, the ideal time to refill it, and it makes the tune after 20 minutes. Sigh. It's a con because you cannot turn it off.
This is the part of the review where I answer the underlying question: is this worth it?
Consider all the times you use the kettle. Are you a tea fanatic? Are you a instant noodle person? I honestly recommend it if you are. If you are a single or double, maybe opt for a smaller model? If you are a Canadian, hot drinks are pretty much my preference TBH and this is even better if you drink hot drinks year round!
But if you have a coffee maker and make the occasional tea or whatnot, skip this. You only buy a Zojirushi rice cooker if you REALLY love rice. This is for the hot drink enthusiasts. Not for the spaghetti boilers. Maybe keep around your kettle for that.
Ultimately, you are paying for convenience from a REPUTABLE company with YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. Plus, it's MADE IN JAPAN. Not even my Zojirushi travel mug is made in Japan. This is the only Made in Japan product I own and it's the real deal. From a person who had to replace their electric water kettle over 5 times in the course of their lifetime, I have no worries that this might break on me or cause a fire or whatnot. And that is impressive because this is constantly on and has more moving parts than any other kettle.
So yeah. Great product with a great function (if you use it often) from a REPUTABLE company. What else do I need to say?
It is an item our family uses everyday and we all love using it.
The old boiler still works, but the gasket on the lid is broken so heat/stream is leaking.
Also the gray color material served as lining inside the boiler has rust spots, causing health concern and hence the replacement.
In other words, you will love this product. But it has a life span of 5 years of so before the lining and gasket develop problems. Durability has a 2 star.
As always, the manufacture is very precise and the finish is of high quality.
We are very happy with our new water heater.