- Hot water at your fingertips.
- Swivel base, magnetic power plug, even the top is removable.
- 4 temp settings controlled by microprocessor.
- User manual could be mistaken for college textbook.
Zojirushi’s latest product for tea enthusiasts impressed us with its easy of use and ingenious engineering touches. This water boiler is perfect for any home where hot water is constantly being boiled.
Zojirushi Corporation is not a brand many Americans are familiar with, but that is soon changing.
The Japanese company with an elephant as the logo (it’s name literally means “elephant mark”) is now starting to make headway into the kitchens of Americans.
Its rice cookers have long been regarded with esteem by those around the world, and some of its most recent developments continue to keep it at the forefront of rice cooking technology.
For a rice cooking side-bar, see their new Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker.
Zojirushi Water Boiler Review
How does one start a review on something as simple as a water boiler?
Well, I suppose I can start by telling you a little bit about our household. My wife is from Argentina, and like any good Argentine her Yerba Mate tea is a staple of her daytime routine. I’m a green tea addict myself and will consume 4-5 cups of tea in a single day.
We’ve spent the past few months testing out this Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Kettle. Not my finest Amazon purchase to be sure, but it was cheap and looked sharp in the pictures.
And indeed, it looked sharp upon arrival, but after little more than a few days use it’s stainless steel bottom was riddled with ugly brown scale marks. It also had this little glitch where once in a while it would decide not to shut off after boiling the water and we’d come out to the kitchen to find it boiling away all the water we needed.
Boiling water 5-6 times each day is tedious and we were looking for a better solution to our hot water needs.
The Zojirushi CD-WCC30 Water Boiler came at just the right time.
4 Temperature Settings
This little device is put together solidly, in the typical tight and robust way we’ve come to expect from Japanese engineering. Four different temperature modes are able to be selected at any given time. You can choose between: 160°F, 175°F, 195°F, 208°F.
If you simple start the appliance and select BOIL, the unit will heat the water inside to a boil and then allow the water temperature to fall to your chosen temperature selection.
Once there, its microprocessors will continually monitor the water temperature and keep the water at the desired temperature range all day.
My wife drinks Yerba Mate and it likes the water to be a nice low temperature of 175°F. Lucky for me, I drink Green tea most of the day and that temperature also happens to be the perfect setting for my Chinese green tea.
At any point in time, you can select a different temperature and then either select REBOIL or QUICK TEMP. Quick Temp mode bring the water directly to the desired temperature without boiling it first. This is not only a faster mode, but it also saves energy.
Little Touches, Big Difference
A little engineering goes a long way.
Right away I noticed a few little touches that many brands do not incorporate into their designs:
- Integrated Swivel Base allows the unit to be spun around freely and smoothly without any worry about tipping the unit.
- Magnetic Power Plug allows the power cord to be disconnected from and reconnected to the unit with ease. Considerate of those who may wish to simple pick up the machine each day and fill it in the sink.
- Removable Insulated Lid allows you to easily disconnect the lid on the machine and set aside for ease of movement in refilling the machine.
- Descale and De-chlorinate modes automatically let you know when it’s time to run the machine with their Citric Acid solution to clean it thoroughly so that it lasts longer and continues to taste great.
Happiness doesn’t come cheap.
Our much maligned and ill-tolerated Hamilton Beach kettle costs a grand total of $30. The Zojirushi comes in at an investment grade $140. That’s a big difference. But consider this: it does 4 different temperature levels, holds it, and dispenses it… all day long.
For two months, this little machine has gone from a curiosity to a can’t-live-without. Not having to boil water more than once a day has improved out kitchen living. Now when we want a tea we simply hit the dispense button and keep on trucking.
After finally getting a Zojirushi Water Boiler I can’t help but wonder why we suffered with regular electric kettles for so long.