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Capresso Kettle - JIm Stuart's Review
Posted: February 1, 2010, 6:37pm
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Capresso H20 Glass Kettle
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 7
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $53.40 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: The Capresso H2O is both simple to use and elegant to watch.
Positive Product Points

1) Its almost all glass.
2) Very simple to use.
3) Kettle can be placed on surfaces other than the base when hot.
4) Heats up quickly.
5) Has 16, 24, 32, 40, and 48 ounce marks.

Negative Product Points

__It doesn't have a 'keep hot' feature.
__Poor lid hold-open design.
_ Heating element 'died' after 10 months of once-daily use.I tore it apart for fun, and 'trashed' it.

Detailed Commentary

I have always wanted a glass tea kettle. But the thought of  using one on an electric cooktop was not so appealing. Now I have the Capresso H2O. Except for the lid, handle, and heating element its all glass.
I like glass because I  can see the boil start, build, peak, and start to cool. Furthermore, I can see what's on the inside.

With the Capresso H2O you just add water between the 'min' (16 oz)  and 'max' (48 oz) marks and flip the 'on' button. In about 3-6 minutes the water will be boiling and the heating unit will shut off. Next, lift the pot off the base, lift the lid,  and pour. At first I thought I wanted a 'keep hot' feature. However, because I always use it as a batch heater I haven't missed a 'keep hot' feature.

I especially like being able to place the Capresso H2O  on any flat  surface even when hot. This is possible because, in addition to the electric base, the glass portion of the  kettle is attached to another plastic insulated base.    

If your looking for a simple easy-to-use and nice to look at tea kettle, this one is a winner..

Buying Experience

Amazon, one-click free shipping. and received in two days.

Three Month Followup

Its still going strong, boiling 2-5 liters of water a day. The only complaint I have is the lid does not always stay open, when pouring.  I did pull the lid assembly and took a look at it. The lid is held open by two very tiny plastic 'nubs'. There is no way that feature will last beyound 6 months of daily use.

One Year Followup

The unit  died in November. I did a complete tear down and found:
1) Signs of a bad connection on one pole of the switch.
2) Open heating element.
3) Moisture in the handle.
4) Worn out lid hold-open detent.

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