I got one of these several years ago and only used it a few times because it gave off a smell of burning plastic every time I used it! Maybe that one was just defective, but I won’t buy one again, myself.
CORRECTION: This is a different model, sorry - the one I had didn’t go on a separate base, the heating element was built into the pitcher. There’s a review for this one on Amazon though that says that the separate base eventually started burning!
@OnionSoup I have a plastic electric kettle on my desk that is at least 15 years old, has received heavy use (boiled water 3-5 times a day, 4-5 days a week…until the last year…stupid pandemic). It still works great with the exception that it no longer “dings” when it’s done (stopped that about five years ago when it got knocked off the shelf in a tragic tea kettle related accident). It just quietly shuts off. No plastic bits have come off of it. It’s amazing and if I ever have to replace it I want one exactly like it!
@Kyeh@OnionSoup I think it’s a Phillips? I’m off today so can’t check right now. I’ve looked for a replacement anticipating the sad day when it needs to be replaced but have not had any luck. I do keep my eyes open at garage sales and thrift stores hoping to get lucky and pick up a used one
I do worry slightly about plastic being the next “lead pipes”. Probably not, but I try to limit my plastic consumption just in case. You’re lucky yours doesn’t show any visible signs of plastic boiling off… every kettle that I’ve had that had even a little plastic on it, and I buy brand name (even if mostly metal except for the water guage or the spout) has eventually had little white flakes of plastic in it when I looked closely at the water. Since switching to metal and/or glass kettles I’ve never seen that.
@OnionSoup Interesting information. Thanks for sharing. There’s a reasonable chance that my tea drinking coworkers and I will die of plastic ingestion related something or other. Maybe I should worry more about that than I do. It’s hard to say.
@gt0163c yeah, who’s to say… I mean some of the older plastics we know were bad, but the newer BPA free ones maybe they’re ok… Or maybe not. I dunno, but I’ve always erred on caution perhaps overly so.
@sjk3 neither are good for making tea. Keurig doesn’t get hot enough to make a proper cup of tea (unless you’re having herbal tea that doesn’t require as much heat). Microwaves heat water unevenly and deoxygenates the water quickly as it is heating (which is bad for tea… incidentally, don’t reboil water for making tea as that results in a worse cup too).
Really, it depends why you want to boil water, but if it is for making tea, the microwave makes a terrible cup of tea and tepid-hot water from the Keurig is an even worse solution.
Actually, boiling water in a microwave can be dangerous as it is more likely to lead to the water boiling over the sides when you remove it from the microwave, leading to some pretty bad burns.
If you need boiling water and don’t have a kettle, it is far safer to boil water in a saucepan.
I got a bigger one of these and use it several times a week. Boils water faster than anything else. They’re very big in other countries but haven’t caught on in the states much. But everyone I know that has one loves it.