Summary: I have just lost this little kettle, which did the job for 7 years but just stopped working. Not a bad choice but for the price, should have lasted longer. Pros: fast water heating, sleek design. Cons: pop open lid while pouring may burn your hand, hidden light and on off switch.
Summary: My cheap-ish Black & Decker stainless steel electric kettle lasted a couple of weeks past the warranty period, so I thought that I'd spend more money on a better quality kettle as a replacement. I chose the Cuisinart CJK-17, primarily based on good reviews I found on a number of consumer websites. The kettle looks great and it worked perfectly for the first few months.
Summary: Our old electric kettle, after about six years of daily service, stopped functioning. My wife and I did some research and settled on this one, partly because of its size, appearance, and the Cuisinart reputation. On November 12 of 2009 we ordered one through Amazon. Today, 30 January 2010, it ceased functioning. When I turn it on the little indicator light turns on for about ten or twenty seconds, then it turns off. It seems that the thermostat has malfunctioned.
C Bismuth "CatB; CroquetCreative/HypFoods", Amazon
1 January 2010
Summary: It seems absolutely purr-fect. And when it works properly, it is! We've had our first one for about 5 years without ANY major problems. Some comments on the reviews of others: 01> It is a wee bit noisy when it boils, but come on! It is boiling water in a small, confined space. 02> It WILL boil dry if you don't manage to get the lid closed properly, so make sure that you do. 03> True reports that the outside of the kettle stays cool.
Summary: We had this kettle for quite a while, let say 6 months. We were fairly pleased with it as it did what we expected. Boiled water for tea. Anyhow, the kettle began shutting off before the water came to a boil. Then one day, as my husband plugged the kettle in, sparks flew out of the base of the kettle, where the electric cord comes out. In the garbage this Cuisinart product went.
Summary: Like many other failures mine would not turn on. Called Cuisinart; although within guarantee period they needed receipt, Visa bill not sufficient. Simple mechanical fix: remove the bottom cover of the base recepticle Middle contact needed to be bent toward contact point on pot. My failure caused by overheating and bending of this contact. I crilled 4 small holes in top of base unit; improved ventilation should help prevent future problem. Works fine now.
Summary: Bought one without research in BBB, what a mistake. The first one lasted for about two weeks, the second one lived for 2.5 month. I took it apart just to see what's inside. The spring metal is so cheap, that it acts no better then a foil (that's how the first one died - lost contact I think), the plastic that holds the switch worn out so fast that it wouldn't stick anymore. Buy something else.
Summary: This WAS a great kettle, until it broke after only 10 months. The unit now constantly turns on and off and takes forever to heat the water. No wonder Amazon sells a REMANUFACTURED version of this kettle. Since I had nothing to lose, I disassembled the unit to debug the problem. To my amazement, this $70 unit employed NO electronics, just a poorly constructed mechanical relay tripped by a bi-metal sensor.
Summary: I'm sorry to hear that so many folks have had trouble with this kettle. My experience has been basically perfect. In 2003, I bought one for my mother and another for myself and they're both still going strong with no problems at all. I enjoy looking at the sleek design in my kitchen and it heats water faster than any kettle I've ever tried. After 5 years of great performance, I would definitely buy another if anything ever does go wrong.