Product Type: Eco kettles
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Eco Kettle? Not really.
Author Name: Suzanne
Advantages: Nothing you can't find on other kettles
Disadvantages: Poor design; limited energy savings
All the reviews I read for the Eco Kettle when considering what to buy a few months back were positive, so I would like to add a few caveats:
1. The main feature is the dual-chamber system: you add cold water to the storage chamber and then press the knob on top to fill the second chamber with the amount of water you actually want to boil. It's meant to ensure you save energy, but there are lots of kettles out there that allow you to measure how much water you've put in, so why bother with a storage chamber? It makes for a bulky, heavy kettle, and also means you've got limited capacity for actually boiling water. If you like your tea in mugs, you won't get more than 2 at a time out of the Eco Kettle. If you've got guests, you have to refill and boil the kettle several times -- is that the best way to save energy?
2. The three different temperature settings are also supposed to save energy, because you don't actually need *boiling* water for most drinks, but the 80 and 90 degree settings switch on and off several times before they're done, so the temperature can be checked, and as such they surely use just as much energy as it would to just boil the water. The result? I now only use the 'boil' setting.
I've had this kettle approx. 3 months and haven't yet had any problems as such, but the all-important plastic knob, which you press to fill the second chamber, seems flimsy, and I've noticed steam and condensation underneath the kettle -- not a good sign. Although I don't like chucking things out unecessarily (the worst thing possible for the enviroment), I may end up looking for another home for this kettle...
Summary: There are *much* better ways to save energy.
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