Update: ...so, yes, just like others have reported, about a month or so after using it, it suddenly wouldn''t turn on. No light, no heat. But I''m not one to sit idly by, and accept a setback as my new reality. No, Sirree! If I''m going to throw something out, I''m going...
Update: ...so, yes, just like others have reported, about a month or so after using it, it suddenly wouldn''t turn on. No light, no heat. But I''m not one to sit idly by, and accept a setback as my new reality. No, Sirree! If I''m going to throw something out, I''m going to figure out the cause of the setback so I can repair it. In this case, the first ring around the protruding pin at the center of the bottom of the carafe became rusted. The rust blocks a current between the base and the carafe, preventing the unit from working effectively. If you place the pot at a different angle (place the pot with your alternate hand, for instance), it may work. At any rate, I simply used a fine-grade sand sponge and sanded off the rust. Steel wool may work, also; but it is a very precise and microscopic job, either way. After I sanded off the rust, I blew off the rust residue and added a thin coat of coconut oil to prevent further rusting. So far, so good. I added pictures to point out the rust. As for the white spots inside the pot, that''s going to happen if you have hard water. Hey, you didn''t hear about people in the 16th century complaining about spots in their water boiler, did you? Of course not! Those lucky people didn''t have to deal with water spots, because they carried their water in from the creek and poured it in an iron kettle. I''m sure you can find an iron kettle on Amazon. I''m not sure where your closest creek is. Maybe Google Maps can show you...OR...you can buy white vinegar or just pretend the spots aren''t there.
Mild update: Since I''m correcting typos that I failed to catch earlier, I will say as of today, June 14, 2021 the coconut oil appears to be holding its own. I added a wee bit more, but the kettle hasn''t stopped or failed to start since I applied the first thin coat. 🙂
Older review: I love it! My last water boiler almost caught my house on fire, leaked and the water sloshed out of the spout. This water boiler pours very smoothly and boils 1 liter of COLD water in four minutes. I haven''t timed warm water, but I will confirm it''s going to be less than four minutes.
The blue light is ok; not as spectacular as I thought it would be. But I didn''t buy this for entertainment.
The spout strainer pulls forward, covering the spout when you close the lid. When you open the lid, it has a spring that allows the strainer to be moved down for filling water. It doesn''t stay down, but it won''t snap off when you''re trying to fill the carafe, which was its intended purpose, I believe. It IS made of metal, so you don''t have to worry about poisoning your family with seeping plastic chemicals. In fact, nothing on or in this pot that comes in contact with liquid is made of plastic. The handle and outside of the lid are plastic for the purpose of insulating you from burns. I have on occasion been forced to use a silicone potholder to support the base while pouring, but I wouldn''t remove points for that.
It does NOT have a temp control...but you CAN watch it boil and could probably judge from the water''s action and reaction when it''s the temperature for you. Over time, you be a pro and figuring the proper tea temp.
I really do like this pot, and would recommend it for my own grandmother, if she was alive to use it.
The price is good for the product. I''d baby it if I were you. You don''t know when the price will rise.
I have a heat streak. So if something does go wrong with the pot after posting this review, I will be sure to return to post the issues. For now, it''s working great!