This is the one item that I'd be hard pushed to be without in my day to day life: my Thermos Rome Carafe - I've been using it every day since I purchased mine just over a year ago and it's still going strong, being used every day as my on-the-go tea pot!
What it does: keeps hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours.
What I like about it:
* This carafe's not one of those ugly push-top table-top 'airpot' monsters! This carafe actually looks like an elegant jug / carafe and not like a flask with a tap on it. Does not look out of place in the working environment, nor does it look ugly if you take it out into the garden for a picnic or if eating at an outside table.
* It's easy to use, fill up, cap on and then press the button and pour when you want a drink! I just stick my red-bush tea bag in there, fill it up and enjoy my tea 'breaks' as I work.
* The chrome design means that it's easy enough to give it a wipe around to keep it clean, so it stays looking good over a considerable period of time even if it's being kept on the busiest kind of desk.
* The large spout is actually quite useful for me as I'm quite clumsy and shaky handed, anything smaller and I'd possibly miss the cup, whereas I can ensure that this spout is clearly in place before pressing that button. To that end, I'd possibly suggest that someone who's not very dexterous might be able to use this carafe without difficulty.
* As with all Thermos items, you don't submerge it in water for washing inside. I just give it a good rinse with hot water or occasionally soak a Steradent in there for a short while to give it a good once-over!
* I did not pay full price for mine so I would consider this to have given me seriously good value for money (on a cost per use basis). If you use it as much as I do, then I guess that even at full price this Thermos could quickly earn its keep because you don't have to keep re-boiling the kettle for just one cuppa at a time!
* The Thermos does feel a little flimsy, in a 'plastic' kind of way, but I do't really know of any 'thermos-type' item that it's certainly a robust enough kind of item. I've dropped the lid several times and it's still working properly, so it's possibly not as flimsy as it looks / feels.
Just the one quirk (of course, there had to be!):
* Once you've used about 2/3 of the liquid up, the cap starts to make little noises as it's obviously releasing some of the air / steam built up inside: to me it sounds a little like a squeaky submarine sound. This can be a little disconcerting at first, but once it starts, all you need to do is just press the button periodically (with the jug upright position, you don't have to move it or pour) to stop the noise for a bit
So, there we have it, second only to the washing machine and hand-in-hand (for obvious reasons) with the kettle, my most-loved kitchen item: my Thermos Carafe!