We were given the tefal quick cup kettle off a family member about 3 months ago, they no longer wanted the kettle as they said that it didn't heat up the water enough which meant gravy granules couldn't be dissolved. The kettle has been out for a few years now so is sold rarely as the new tefal quick cup deluxe is now available.
Its slightly larger than a normal kettle, the water reservoir is on the back of the kettle and sits easily in place, in front it's rounded black plastic where the water travels through. The dispenser is at the front on top, its silver on top where 2 buttons are located, the red button is for hot water and the black button is for cold water. You place your cup on your worktop directly underneath the nozzle. The kettle has a Claris anti scale filter system, you can purchase replacement cartridges for around £10 which should last about 6 weeks. The tefal quick cup is well known for being an energy saving product by using opti-quick technology it only takes 3 seconds to heat up the water and you only need to heat up the amount you're using. Tefal say that it uses 65% less energy than a normal kettle which will save you £31 a year on your bill.
The plastic reservoir holds 1.5 litres and has a handle on the top so it can be carried easily, the plastic lid lifts off easily to be able to be filled up with water. I fill it up by carrying the reservoir to the sink and filling up there but some people might find it easier to fill up a jug then pouring it in as when the reservoir is filled with water it can be quite heavy. It slots back into place easily.
As soon as you turn on the kettle you will notice how noisy it is, when your first fill it up you can hear a spluttering noise as the water moves through then it has a continuous loud vibrating noise as it continues. I seems very loud at first but you soon get used to it and it cant be heard from other rooms of the house when being used. When it runs out of water it makes the same spluttering noise again as if its trying to suck any water up but there isn't any.
You only need to press the button once and you can walk away and leave it running as it automatically turns itself off after dispensing 200ml, I love this feature although it depends on which cup you use. I have one cup where I need to stand and wait at the kettle as I know that 200ml is too much to be able to fit milk in too but then there a some cups I own where I know I have to add a bit of extra water to it as the cups to big. To stop the water when you want before reaching 200ml you simply press the button again and it stops although I sometimes have trouble with it as I might press it just at the same time as it was about to stop itself so then it starts up once again and I have to quickly press it again to stop it. It reminds me of when you try to get £10 worth of petrol and have to try and stop it at the right time.
If you make a hot drink then a cold one straight after then the first few drips of water that come out can still be hot so if your making both then you need to do the cold one first to avoid this.
Sometimes after using it I notice that there are a few splodges of water on the worktop where its carried on dripping a bit so I leave the teabag holder tray underneath and sit my cup on top of that when using the kettle so when I move my cup away if there's any drip then it just lands on the tray. I have seen a similar kettle which has a circular drip tray attached to the kettle underneath the dispenser where your cup sits on which I think would be handy but then I don't know if you'd have to keep emptying the water from it which might be fiddly. So I don't mind keeping my little tray underneath it with my teaspoon resting on it too.
A problem which I do have is that there's no way to stop the 200ml limit and as I have 2 dogs I get a very muddy kitchen floor, I have to keep pressing the button again once it has dispensed 200ml. Another problem with me cleaning the floor is that the mop bucket doesn't fit underneath the nozzle so I kept having to move the kettle towards the edge of the worktop so that I could stand and hold the bucket underneath but then as the reservoir only holds 1.5 litres I had to keep stopping to fill it up again. I soon gave up with that idea so now I have to keep my old kettle in the cupboard so that when I need to mop the floor I can use that one. It can also cause a problem if you have a lot of people round as I only manage to make around 5 cups using the kettle so then I have to stop and fill it up once again and it can take a while for the water to dispense into cups where as if you had boiled a normal full kettle you'd be able to pour it within seconds. This can also come in handy though as I can never remember if people want tea or coffee and sugar or milk so this way I can ask them as I'm making them.
The water doesn't come out boiling, just hot which I prefer, when I want a cup of tea I don't want to have to wait 15 minutes before being able to drink it and I know now that if I'm in a rush I'll still have time to drink my tea as I can drink it almost straight away. I do have a lot of milk in though so if you had the usual amount of milk then you would still have to wait 5/10 minutes. I know that some people like drinks boiling hot so they wouldn't like this kettle but for me its perfect. Although I do get so used to drinking my tea straightaway that when I go to other peoples houses I forget how I have to wait and always burn my mouth. I find that it dissolves gravy granules fine and have no problem with the temperature.
I like that the water tank is clear as I hate seeing the insides of kettles not clean where the waters sat, at least I can clearly see how clean my water is. I do live in an area where the waters soft though where as where my mam lives the water can look slightly cloudy so if she had this kettle everyone would be able to see the cloudy water in the tank. Its really easy to clean, the tank can be washed in the sink with the rest of your pots if you wanted and I just wipe down the rest of the kettle with a damp cloth.
The kettle is cool touch so you don't have to worry about burning your fingers where as my last kettle was stainless steel and stayed hot for ages after use.
The main thing I dislike about this kettle is that filters that you can buy for it, at £10 a time it can become very expensive and also the filter sits inside the tank which means it takes up room so you can fit even less water in so I don't purchase these and use it without the filters. I haven't seen this kettle for sale lately as it is an old one but I've seen other similar kettles for £30-£50, although this is quite expensive considering you can buy normal cheap kettles for £5 I do think its worth paying the extra for this.
Overall I'm really impressed with this kettle and would recommend it.
It was during a pilgrimage to Curry's when I first laid eyes on this odd shaped machine. Then I noticed the display box beneath it. Five words sprang out and instantly grabbed my attention. Being a serial tea drinker my eyes had to do a double take when I read "Hot Water in 3 Seconds" The picture on the box was the displayed Tefal Quick Cup with a tea mug under the nozzle and hot water being poured in. I just had to have it. My tea drinking days had just advanced to a new level. It was on a special offer of £29.99. I paid the money and took it home.
Once home I opened the box and lifted out the Quick Cup machine. It was nice and straightforward to put together. There's a kind of base, front and nozzle section all in one unit. A clear plastic water tank shaped like a fat half moon that fits snugly around the front unit and slots onto a circular release valve in the base section. Finally the clear plastic lid that's shaped to fit the tank sits on top. There was also a part in the tank that can hold a Claris Water Filter Cartridge but sadly the model I bought didn't come with one on purchase and was sold as an accessory. The shape of the three parts meant that it could only be put together one way so was impossible to make a mistake on this one.
The machine itself looked great and made a fantastic addition to the kitchen. It stood approximately 23cm high and 14 cm wide in a mostly circular shape except for the nozzle that overhangs the front allowing for a cup or mug to be positioned below.
First thing to do before using the Tefal Quick Cup for the first time is to rinse the system through. To do this you first thoroughly wash the tank in clear water and replace it back in its position on the machine. Fill the tank with cold water and place a container under the nozzle that will hold around 1.5 litres.
Plug the machine in. On top of the front panel there are two option buttons, one red for hot water and one black for cold filtered water. Hold down the red button and water will begin to run out of the nozzle. You continue to hold down the red button until all the water in the tank has gone. Throw away the water in the container and you're now ready to use the machine.
Eagerly I prepared a cup of tea and placed it under the nozzle. I filled the tank up with cold water and pressed the hot button. Sure enough the water began to drain through and into the cup. One press on the hot button will dispense 220ml of hot water. If you hold the button down continually the water will just keep running. If you've pressed the hot button once and the 220ml is running you can interrupt this at any time just by pressing the hot button again.
By now the hot water is in the cup and I'm allowing it the statuary time to brew. Sampling the tea you can instantly tell the difference between the Tefal Quick Cup and a standard kettle. The Quick Cup does indeed give you hot water in 3 seconds, no complaints there, but it's hot to the touch, not boiling that the kettle will give. This is reflected in the taste of a cup of tea from the quick cup system.
Fantastic idea if you need just hot water and not boiling water. We did eventually adjust to the tea tasting different but visitors never thanked us for insisting on using it instead of a kettle.
The cold water was no different from the tap so we never used that side of it. Maybe if we had the filter it would've been different so cant really give a personal view on the cold water from the quick cup.
We used the Quick Cup system continuously until after around a good three months it started to scale up and the hot water dispensed wasn't any longer hot. The instruction manual recommended every 2 months for descaling so I think it did very well in that time considering we live in a very hard water area.
Descaling the Tefal Quick Cup system is a bit of a handful in some respects. You place the 1.5 litre container back beneath the nozzle. Fill the empty tank with 1 litre of white vinegar and then press the hot water button and cold-water button simultaneously for 10 seconds. This should start the descaling cycle that will run for around 10 minutes. When the cycle finishes, empty the 1.5 litre container and replace beneath the nozzle again before filling the tank with cold water and repeating the rinsing cycle we first did when the machine was first new.
I'll have to admit we did get the old kettle back out while the machine was descalling and did notice a huge difference in the taste of the tea for the better. Sadly we never used the Tefal Quick Cup again and it got demoted to a cupboard.
Conclusion: Ideal if you need a max of 1.5 litres of hot water. It does what it states and turns cold water into hot to the touch water in 3 seconds. Makes an 'acquired taste' cup of tea but don't expect visitors to thank you for using it.
I live in a household full of gadgets, often ones I don't end up paying for! This one was no exception as it was given to me by a friend who didn't like the design of it once she'd got it home and because she'd already used it she didn't want to try and return it! I wasn't going to complain though and promptly set about placing this on my worktop for my morning cup of tea.
I must say that this is not the most attractive 'quick boil' kettle as it has a large area at the back for storing the water and a large piece sticking out at the front which you place your cup underneath. It's very simple to use, just place it where you want it, use the ample flex to plug it in and it's almost ready for your use. Just fill up the water holder and then you can dispenser hot water in just a few seconds or fresh filtered water depending on what you want. I must say that I've only ever used this for hot water so can't really comment on the filtered water feature. It's very simple to use, I just place my cup underneath, press the button, it will then dispense water, finish, drip for a few seconds and I can take my cup away. I must say that the hot water from this is not quite as boiling as I would like, if you like quite a bit of milk in your tea, then you might just find that this gives you a lukewarm cup of tea that is ready to drink immediately but it'll be a very average temperature cup of tea that's quite disappointing.
I've found it quite hard to find the cartridges for this 'quickcup' although they are easy enough to actually change over once you need to. The best place I've found for cartridges is eBay and while they are quite expensive when I go from having an almost empty cartridge to a full one I really can notice the difference, particularly in the water temperature (it's hotter when it has a full cartridge for some reason), a full cartridge is lasting me about 8-10 weeks depending on how regularly I am using this.
I would say that this not a bad little machine if you are a drinker of tea. I don't make coffee or any other hot drink using this, it's just not quite hot enough for the way I like my drinks. If you want a machine that will give you a cup of tea in just a few seconds then this is one for you. I find it very simple to use, it's quick and it helps me have a morning cup of tea in record time before I take the children to school. It's very simple for me to wipe this over with a cloth in the morning while I wipe down the sides and to clean the water container I just soak it usually with some hot water and either some bicarb, lemon juice or some distilled vinegar depending on what I have available.
This isn't too noisy and I can make a fast cup of tea in the morning. What more do I need?
I bought this for my office in July last year, and although some of the reviews of this item that you read are quite negative, I've never been happier with it. It produces hot water (not scalding and certainly not boiling) in a matter of a few seconds. It certainly doesn't splash anywhere, apart from into my cup and when the milk and sugar is added it doesn't take away that much from the temperature. It produces a nice warm drink that you still have to let cool slightly before you consume, but nonetheless a gloriously yummy drink in no time at all.
You only heat the amount of water that you actually need, so it doesn't need to be filled to the brim to work, and you're saving the time it takes to boil a full kettle so it's environmentally friendly. You can program the amount of water that is used quite easily, or manually stop it and start it when required.
Quite simply, it's a nice neat product which does what it claims. Makes my life easier and allows me to get on and do more important things than just standing there waiting for a kettle to boil.
I have had a tefal quickcup kettle for about 6 months now, which shows that it's not a product you would instantly replace. However, I have decided that when it is no longer completely functional I will go back to a kettle which boils.
It's true that you can have a great cup of tea or coffee in about 30 seconds, however as the water never actually reaches boiling point the temperature is lower from your first sip. It also becomes cooler much quicker than other drinks made from a boiling kettle. Therefore how much you like this product depends on how quickly you drink. In my opinion it is a better investment to get yourself a rapid boil kettle if you like a hot drink.
The only other issue is the price. A good quick-boil kettle can be bought for about £20 nowadays so it may be a good idea to test this product before spending so much on it. Although this may all sound quite negative I really have not had any issues with this product and have no plans to replace it soon. After a long day at work you can have a calming cuppa ready for you in no time at all.
This kettle was shown on the gadget show a few years ago. It was priced at around £60 RRP then, but I managed to get one at around £48. I think the price has remained much the same.
The main body is black with a stainless steel top & the water tank is see through clear plastic. There is a red on/off button on at the top & at the bottom is a water dispenser.
It holds around 3 jugs of water that's approx 1.5 litres. My family seem to lift the tank from the machine & take it to the tap, while I prefer to leave it in situ & fill it from a water jug.
At first I didn't like the idea of 'stale' water that had been sitting around & not freshly drawn from the tap, but in reality I do find that I have to re-fill it several times a day so it is fresh enough. I don't think in that respect it's any different from filling a traditional kettle, as most of us don't empty it out before topping it up (unless there is a serious lime scale problem).
The fact that it only boils as much water as you need may save on electricity but it still uses quite a lot.
It also would function as a water filter jug, (Claris filtration) but you have to buy the cartridges which are quite expensive (around £7 for the Clarins). As I live in a very soft water area I am lucky enough that all my appliances work well without any furring up, so I have not looked into using this as a water filter.
It claims to take 3 seconds to heat up. It doesn't actually claim to reach boiling point, but I have always found it near enough not to notice the difference.
It is easy to wipe down & keep clean.
It does drip a little after use so I put a little sponge cleaning cloth under the outlet as I move the mug away, to soak up any drips. This is not really much of a problem though & I am the only one who bothers to do this.
~What I like~
It does make life a little different, in that we are all used to 'putting the kettle on' then doing something else while we wait for it to boil. That's usually the first thing I do when I come into the house.
With this kettle, you put your cup under the water dispenser with it's tea bag, coffee or whatever already in, then press the red button & hey presto, water is pumped through & instantly comes out steaming & boiling into the cup. If you use a small mug or cup you will need to stop the flow, but if you have a large 1/2pint mug or other container it will automatically stop before reaching the top.
It's wonderful for instant drinks & I have always found it to be hot enough.
Also for adding to cooking as you don't have to wait for the kettle to boil.
~ What I don't like ~
is the noise - it's horrendous! You have to halt any conversation while it does its job, & if you live in an apartment I would think all the neighbours always know when you are using it.
The other thing I don't like is that when you have the boiling water in your cup with the tea bag, it does not look clear & clean but looks cloudy - not sure if it is little bubbles that give this appearance.
It's great for a cup on your own, but once you are making for more than two it gets tedious, & getting the old kettle out would be a better bet.
All in all, a useful gadget, but does not totally take the place of a traditional kettle.
I have mixed feelings about the Tefal quick cup. It is fantastic for when you are in a rush and have not got the time to stand and wait for a kettle to boil. Another plus point is that it save energy and also water usage. This is great for us as we are on a meter. The biggest problem for me was that the water was not at boiling point. It was hot enough for a cofee but I found for tea that it was just not good enough. I often ended up microwaving it after I had made it. I also found that after a while I had to start using a regular kettle again. The main reason for this was as the quick cup only releases one cup of water at a time. I always boil the kettle for cooking vegetables or pasta and this was time consuming if using the quick cup. I really liked the fact that the water is filtered and that you can also use it for cold water as well as hot.
My partner loves gadgets and shiny things and the house is full of them. This has continued into the kitchen where the gleam can only be broken up with a carefully placed towel (He's a clean freak as well.)
To add to our gleaming array we were on the lookout for a new kettle, this was to replace the chrome one we already have. Dangerous things those chrome kettles, after burning my hand on the side I wanted to find one that was cool to the touch.
At this point these no-boil kettles were starting to be the 'in' thing, and this one, one of the originals.
Its not the most attractive looking thing. It has a large water reservoir at the back with a large circular front under which you place your cup. If I was to describe it to someone who'd never seen one I'd have to say it could easily be a Star Trek Federation Star Ship.
The Quickcup essentially has 2 functions, hence 2 buttons. You can have the hot water, or fresh filtered water. The selling point of this kettle was that you fill the reservoir with cold water, press a button and immediate hot water. No waiting for the kettle to boil saving you dashing backwards and forwards during Coronation Street to check if its done, nope according to Tefal this 'kettle' will dispense hot water in 3 seconds!
Initially I didn't really like it, it is bulky and because of the reservoir doesn't sit snugly against the wall, it really needs to go into a corner, and it is a problem if you only have a small kitchen. But I'm nice and bought it for my partner as a surprise!
Oh, and what a novelty it was! We were drowning in a sea of tea! Well, gallons with a teacloth strategically nearly or under the cup. The kettle dispenses a certain amount of water, then stops, at least most of the water stops, but then it carries on dripping, not for long but enough to have to be dried up. When you press it to get a certain amount of water, then press again to stop it, it doesn't stop immediately.
And if you like drinking freshly filtered water it is good for that, but who wants water that's been going luke warm on the counter all day, and going backwards and forwards to the sink to get cold water and do one cup at a time is just tedious!
That's not the problem though, the problem is that I also have to keep another kettle in the kitchen. The water in the Quickcup just doesn't get hot enough to be more useful than for a cup of tea as long as you don't put too much milk in it!
And the closer it gets to needing the cartridge to be changed the colder it gets, but since the last cartridge was changed the water still doesn't get hot.
Put it this way, its no longer hot enough to dissolved coffee, leaving it full of lumps, and forget hot chocolate! Its also no use for gravy or other instant sauces. I actually get hotter water out of my kitchen tap!
By the way that's if you actually find the cartridges which took a bit of hunting down! But if you live in a soft water area like I do then its possible to dispense with the filter altogether as it works perfectly well without one. That'll also save you money, needing to change the cartridge every 6-8 weeks at a fiver a time soon adds up.
If you are watching the pennies and your carbon footprint then this may also be the kettle for you, taking only 3 seconds to give you hot water and then a cupful at a time, its far more eco-friendly than boiling a kettle full of water just for a mugful, eventually it will save you money as well.
Cleaning is very easy as well, a quick wipe down and a wash out of the water reservoir and its done, it isn't recommended for the dishwasher though. Apparently you can rinse the whole thing through by using a pint of water with white vinegar in the reservoir, personally that sounds vile and its not happening to mine!
Personally, if I had my way it would be down the tip, but my partner still loves it for his morning cuppa. I think Trading Standards should also take a look based on the fact it calls itself a 'kettle', kettle implies boiling water, this is a water warming up machine!
So now not only do I have to keep my scalding kettle I also have to have another gadget cluttering up my kitchen, says she who just bought a coffee maker because they are fed up with waiting for the kettle to boil!
Excellent for a novelty, but if you want a serious hardworking piece of kitchen equipment pass this by!
I loved the idea of this product if only it could have lived up to expectations!
I had high hopes for this product but ended up very disappointed. The idea is great but unfortunately my experience upon using the product did not live up to expectation. I bought the tefal quick cup for my Grandmother who due to dexterity problems was finding it increasingly difficult to lift the kettle, so in theory this would have been the perfect solution. Fill it every morning for her and she could enjoy a nice hot drinks throughout the day at the touch of a button, simple... (or so I though)
I was more than happy with the product the first few times it was used it, it was l little noisy when running but I could live with that. However after six or seven uses the water got colder and colder resulting in warm but not hot drinks. I exchanged the tefal quick cup twice because of this, but the pattern was repeated each time. Eventually it was put in the back of the cupboard never to be used again and the good old kettle resumed its place on the bench.
When the Tefal QuickCup came along, it promised to revolutionize our iconic british cuppa (or a frothy latte if that's your thing!) meaning we could have a steaming drink in just 3 seconds. And that's exactly what it did. Just shove ya mug under the spout and hit the red button, and you've got (almost) instant hot water.
It may cost more than your average kettle but you really won't regret buying one. Its so quick and convenient you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!
It doesn't quite make boiling water but it is very hot, and in my opinion the perfect temperature for an instantly drinkable cup of tea.
But if like me, you like a milky coffee then you might need to give it a zap in the microwave so it's up to temperature.
Also the 'cold' water feature doesn't cool the water, it just dispenses water at room temperature. It is filtered though so good for a glass of water with a couple of ice cubes.
This is certainly a revolution in the way of convenience in your kitchen, and perfect if you want to make a single cuppa. But you will still need to keep your kettle in the kitchen as boiling water en masse for cooking etc can be a pain with the QuickCup, as can times when the whole family wants a cuppa.
All in all a brilliantly clever invention, and very good for when you fancy a cuppa NOW.
I think I might go and make myself one now, QuickCup of course (:
We bought this kettle for the bargain price of £35 in a Tesco sale and I still think it is money well spent. I am often impressed by what a clever little gadget it is. Instant hot water one cup at atime suits out household perfectly as we often only need to make one cup of tea/ coffee at a time. So, the first bonus is the energy saving aspect of the QuickCup.
In addition to this is the benefit of having instant 'cold' filtered water at the drop of a hat. Though I must point out the 'cold' should perhaps actually be 'room temperature' as there is no cooling mechanism on the quick cup.
While I do think the QuickCup is very clever,very useful and definitely energy saving I do have one or two issues with it. My first issue is the noise. Who thought a kettle could be so loud! It is a very noisy kettle and it would be unfair to try and tell you that it is a gentle or quiet noise as it isn't. In short, this kettle is loud!
My second problem is the filters. Now, having bought the kettle in tesco we were quick to jump to the conclusion that we would be able to buy the filters in Tesco also. Wrong. We tried all of the supermarkets in our area and in the end had to travel into town to buy a filter from Argos. So, that is a bit of a downside for me.
It is also quite splashy...so keep your hands clear. And while the 'just under boiling' water is great for coffee,where boiling water can affect the taste, it is not so good when making hot chocolate where you need the water to be super hot or you end up with a lukewarm drink.
In short, I would say its a great machine...and really quite interesting....instant hot water...who knew! But....I would not pay £60 or £70 for it and I am quite glad that we managed to bag a half price bargain. I don't really mind £35 for a noisy, splashy, instant hot water kettle.
Brought this to replace our kettle due to partner being disabled and unable to stand for long enough to wait for the kettle to boil.
have found it quick to use but there is a tendancy for the water to splash a bit.
It is rather loud which we were not really expecting but that is a small price to pay for hot water at the press of a button.
Some difficulty in locating filter cartridges but other than that it has been great.
Really impressed by the speed and ease of use and it has definately more than met our needs.
Partner now able to make a hot drink at the touch of the button with out having to lift a heavy kettle.
Would particularly reccommend for those who are older disabled or frail in any other way no more worries about them lifting the heavyh kettle full of boiling water.
Have not monitored the energy consumption but would tend to believe the claims.
I have just recently adopted this product due to a house move which has been in use by my boyfriends mum for over 18 Months with no problems, just the odd filter change here and there. This product is quick and easy to use, I would say the pros are that water is heated instantly, however if you are making tea for more than 3 people you will need to keep refilling the water reservior; But in saying that, it only takes 3 seconds for the water to heat up so as long as you dont mind the refilling its great. Another thing i will say though is its quite noisy and makes a deep buzzing noise whilst filling your cup up. Not ideal if you want to make a coffee whilst someone is having a lie in which might be worth bearing in mind if you live in a small space. I did notice someone else mentioned the taste of tea using this product. I do feel that it doesnt make as good a cup of tea as using a normal kettle would and it almost leaves bubbles on the surface, but for everything else its fine. Definately a helpful product for the elderly or those who are unable to lift and pour heavy kettles.
Ours broke after 18 months. Tefal customer services response was that they had fulfilled their obligations as it had worked for 12 months.Having paid £60 for a kettle I'd expect it to work for a damn site longer than that. A disgusting attitude - I shall never buy Tefal again.
Had it for around year now and still delighted. As a coffee person if the water is boiling it can spoil the flavour so at 98c it could not be better. Would net hesitate in buying another in future if this one is damaged or a second one is required - it must have also saved me some money on my electric bill as my wife had a habit of filling the kettle to the top - even for only one cup !
Hot & cold water in 3 seconds. Uses 1/3 of energy of a standard kettle. Capacity - 1.5L.