Posted Sat Apr 21, 2012, 11:16am Subject: Panasonic Thermo Pot NC-EH30P
After a long search, I found that Canada Computers had 2 of them, on sale, in a store close to me. It’s not something you would find there. It’s a kettle (well ...sort of).
The Panasonic Thermo Pot holds 3 quarts (or liters) of water. It has variable temperature adjustment with a default setting of 190F, a ‘reboil’ button in case I want a higher temperature for brewing coffee, it has a water-dispensing pump. It is well insulated, has a magnetic quick-disconnect plug and rollers on the bottom to allow it to be ‘nudged’ out of the way. The heating element is 700 watts for heating up or reboiling but for maintaining at (say) 190F it draws 70 watts around 50% of the time. Finally, it has a microprocessor to make all these things work.
All these features makes it an impressive appliance for all kinds of things that need very hot water, such as tea, coffee, hot-chocolate, cup-a-soup and even pots of water to speed up hard-boiled eggs or pasta. When I draw it down to the ‘minimum’ line on the sight-glass I just dump more cold water into it; whereupon it goes into ‘reboil’ and drops back to the default 190F control point.
The back-story is that the Panasonic Thermo Pot is seldom found in retail stores. How can that be? My opinion: When people shop for a kettle they expect something that looks like a traditional kettle. This does not. It has an unfamiliar form-factor and people don’t shop for this kind of thing. Do a search. You won’t find it in the Coffee-Geek database. Canada Computers had it deeply discounted to get rid of it from their inventory.
On the basis of useful features and good design I give it a 9 out of 10. See the pic below.
Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 4:28am Subject: Re: Panasonic Thermo Pot NC-EH30P
There is a trend. Household appliances are appearing with logic boards to make them feature-rich. The Behmor Roaster is one and I assume the BraZen Brewer is another. The Panasonic Thermo-Pot must have that.
Now there is the Instant-Pot Programmable Pressure-Cooker, look here. Who knows what will come next?
Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 7:22am Subject: Re: Panasonic Thermo Pot NC-EH30P
When I noticed that unit in the weekly sales section it grabbed my attention as well. When I checked out the specs however, I was disappointed that there was no setting between 190 F and 212 F. I do not want my water to boil and 190 F is too cool for me to start with. Has anyone seen a similar appliance with a setting of 95 C or close to that?
Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 1:03pm Subject: Re: Panasonic Thermo Pot NC-EH30P
Thanks a lot Jerry, for the additional information. I misread Panasonic's web site. I noticed you are a retired P. Eng. Very interesting, because so am I. The Thermo Pot looks like a very useful gadget. What brewers do you mainly use it for?
Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 1:35pm Subject: Re: Panasonic Thermo Pot NC-EH30P
I bought it to replace a Kitchenaid Instant-Hot which died a couple of weeks ago. When I costed out the replacement it was almost $300 (including a plumber visit). My wife agreed to fill the hole in the kitchen-counter with a soap-dispenser instead.
We use it for all kinds of things, such as tea, cup-a-soup, getting a fast start (filling a pot) for pasta, etc. For coffee, I find that the least complicated way of making 1 8-oz mug is using an Aerobie Aeropress and it gets lots of use for that. Sometimes I use it to fill my Bialetti Moka Pot.
A measure of 'how much' we use it is: We fill in a couple of litres every 2nd day. It sort of grows on you. There is even a low temp setting (140F) for young families and baby-bottles.
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