Cookworks Signature Hot Water Dispenser £19.99 - Argos
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Cookworks Signature Hot Water Dispenser £19.99 - Argos

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Found 18th Jan 2012
Apparently less than half-price.
I find it really convenient to make a single cup of tea and in principle should be cheaper than boiling the kettle.

Official Blurb . . . .
Cookworks Signature Hot Water Dispenser - White.

This Cookworks Signature hot water dispenser, with a red finish, rapidly boils up to 250ml of hot water in less than 45 seconds. This hot water dispenser also features an illuminated water window that clearly shows when this water dispenser Is in use.

1.7 litres capacity.
45 seconds.
Removable limescale filter.
Removable drip tray.
Cord storage.
Size H30.9, W17.54, D26.2cm.

90 Comments

ordered, thank you

Been looking for this sort of thing on a deal but 45 seconds to boil seems a long time when it is only boiling one cups worth of water. Very good price though

Looks like Eva from Wall-E...!

the only odd thing was that description says it's red but in fact it is … the only odd thing was that description says it's red but in fact it is white as seen in the pic so ignore the red there is no red it's white and illuminates a fab neon blue when heating, and it heats up brilliantly fast

Shame not in silver or black but a good price.... Hmmmm tempted....

Good price for a pointless object.

Besford

Good price for a pointless object.



Not really, my dad has burnt out the new kettle, its black on the bottom, as he hasn't been filling the water up much since he just wants one cup..... Might get this for him.....

twe

Not really, my dad has burnt out the new kettle, its black on the bottom, … Not really, my dad has burnt out the new kettle, its black on the bottom, as he hasn't been filling the water up much since he just wants one cup..... Might get this for him.....



You/he will regret it - they're a pain in the bottom and not even very quick. You'll still need a kettle anyway as the capacity is so small. Just put a little bit more water in the kettle!

I've seen this being offered as "Deal of the day" for £29.99 and last week it was £24.99, so a good deal.

45 seconds is a long time to wait for just 250ml of hot water.

For the energy saving made each time, is it really woth buying this over an equivalent Cookworks kettle (£7.99)?
Edited by: "Russ2626" 18th Jan 2012

Much cheaper than others like it, and seriously, 45 seconds is quicker than the normal kettle anyway, so for a single mug of tea, it's perfect!

I have been using one similar to this for over a year now, love it and never had a problem with it

Honestly cannot see the point of this product..

Fill kettle for one cup, click button on, boils in under a minute, job done, £20 kept in pocket to spend on far better things than this junk!

How do you fill it and can you put in enough for say two or three cups?

Original Poster

I suppose kitchen gadgets generally polarise opinion.
I like it, it's very handy and more economical than a kettle - the cheap kettles also often have a minimum level which is more than one mugs-worth of water.
But, that £7.99 kettle mentioned earlier does seem impressive considering from the (rather poor) reviews that it can break the laws of physics . . "For the price this is a brilliant buy. It is quiet and the water seems hotter than our last more expensive kettle." (_;)

Saves money in the long run, in a kettle you will heat more than just 1 cup's worth of water. With this you heat what you need.

They normally come of the base and you fill it up like you would a kettle, the one i have holds up to 2 litres you can only boil one cup at a time though

Surfspud

How do you fill it and can you put in enough for say two or three cups?



Only if you have tiny cups

This is never going to save you money. You have an initial outlay of £20 so even if you save 1 pence every time you use it, you'd have to use it 2000 times to break even. Which if you have 5 cups a day thats 500 days, or about a year and a half . By which time you will be fed up of having it clutter up your kitchen work top, and will have resigned it to the cupboard.

or there's something called a "thermo flask", saves more energy.

Nayana

or there's something called a "thermo flask", saves more energy.



erm, you would have to heat the water up first though.:|

Surfspud

How do you fill it and can you put in enough for say two or three cups?



I think what you need is a kettle ...

http://chiotsrun.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/boiling-down-maple-sap-over-fire.jpg

..why?

because progress!

lynnexxxo

This is never going to save you money. You have an initial outlay of £20 … This is never going to save you money. You have an initial outlay of £20 so even if you save 1 pence every time you use it, you'd have to use it 2000 times to break even. Which if you have 5 cups a day thats 500 days, or about a year and a half . By which time you will be fed up of having it clutter up your kitchen work top, and will have resigned it to the cupboard.



Why 1p? You are boiling only the water you need rather than filling up a kettle and it's far faster.

Btw I've been using something similar (Breville Hot Cup) and have to say it's one of the best kitchen purchases I've made. Hot.

Voted cold so people don't steal them all

some good reviews on argos so may give it a go, thanks will certainly speed up the coffee making process - have some heat!

fazzy-bhoy

erm, you would have to heat the water up first though.:|


yes, but once filled up you can make your cuppa any time during the day (_;)

Original Poster

Surfspud

How do you fill it and can you put in enough for say two or three cups?



It has a 1.7 litre reservoir - so enough for 6 or 7 cups

lynnexxxo

This is never going to save you money. You have an initial outlay of £20 … This is never going to save you money. You have an initial outlay of £20 so even if you save 1 pence every time you use it, you'd have to use it 2000 times to break even. Which if you have 5 cups a day thats 500 days, or about a year and a half . By which time you will be fed up of having it clutter up your kitchen work top, and will have resigned it to the cupboard.



Disagree, we no longer use a kettle, this is far faster and easier, the money saving side is an associated benefit (you would have to take off the cost of a kettle also and if you are a family of 5 then you might end up using this more than 5 times a day)

What is the filter like? We live in a hard area, water i mean!

rph30

It has a 1.7 litre reservoir - so enough for 6 or 7 cups



Thanks to all the answered. Was actually thinking of having it upstairs as I cannot always make it downstairs and the cuppa hubby leaves me has usually gone cold.

As I was bored and wanted a cuppa, I just timed it and (with roughly a mug of water, the minimum it can boil) conveniently my 3kw fastboil kettle took 45 seconds to reach the point where it was obviously boiling (but didn't click off til 51 seconds, which is relevant as far as power consumption goes). The Cookworks £7.99 kettle is a 2.2kw one so unless it's massively more efficient somehow, it's likely to take a little bit longer to boil (3000w/2200w=1.3636, 45 secs x 1.3636 =61.36secs). Sadly, we don't know the power consumption of the Cookworks dispenser so can't work out if it is cheaper "per boil".
Yes, I know, I have too much spare time, I probably made some fundamental error(s) of calculation, didn't allow for the rate of heat loss difference between my black kettle and the Cookworks white one, don't know the contact areas between element and water blah blah blah, just thought I'd do it for the hell of it, I await a scolding from a physicist.

Pointless psuedo-science aside, looks like a good price to me for what it is - I don't think it's likely to save enough to pay for itself, but I do still have to wonder how so many people can be so sure that somebody else doesn't "need" this product or that it's pointless. If you are looking to buy a hot water dispenser, this (in my opinion) is a good deal, regardless of whether I personally want one or have a use for it.
Edited by: "Aliwoo18" 18th Jan 2012

I had one of the original Tefal one cup things similar to this when they came out. I returned it for a refund because it wasn't very good. Unless they've changed the underlying design, I imagine this is similar. The problem is that they are unable to heat water to same degree as a kettle whilst it's being dispensed otherwise it would spit out all over the place in a dangerous way. They necessarily (at the time I had one anyway) had to dispense water which was a lot cooler than the just off-boil 'dispensing' temperature from a kettle. This is fine for coffee, but tea needs water to be really hot, hence why I returned it.

Not voted either way, as they may have improved it by now.

OK for people with 40 sockets in their kitchen for these really useful items that most people have managed quite well without in the past.

For those counting pennies, a 1 minute boil in a 3kw kettle costs around 0.7p even on my recently inflated tariff, so I don't think saving electricity is a valid issue.

n00b

Why 1p? You are boiling only the water you need rather than filling up a … Why 1p? You are boiling only the water you need rather than filling up a kettle and it's far faster.Btw I've been using something similar (Breville Hot Cup) and have to say it's one of the best kitchen purchases I've made. Hot.



Why not 1p? I can't find any information on the wattage of this dispenser. If one assumes it's similar to that of a kettle a 1p saving won't be far out. It could even be on the high side. My vote is for the good all-round tried and tested, multi-functional kettle.

py6km

I had one of the original Tefal one cup things similar to this when they … I had one of the original Tefal one cup things similar to this when they came out. I returned it for a refund because it wasn't very good. Unless they've changed the underlying design, I imagine this is similar. The problem is that they are unable to heat water to same degree as a kettle whilst it's being dispensed otherwise it would spit out all over the place in a dangerous way. They necessarily (at the time I had one anyway) had to dispense water which was a lot cooler than the just off-boil 'dispensing' temperature from a kettle. This is fine for coffee, but tea needs water to be really hot, hence why I returned it.Not voted either way, as they may have improved it by now.



I've heard the tefals were cooler,but I have a breville one... used it for three years,still dont need a kettle... it is perfect :-)

Like it, don't need it....ordered! :-p

Cold - ugly and tatty. I would rather spend more on something which looks nice.

Banned

I have a 'delta' water dispenser which is pretty much the same thing.

1. Yes, they do heat water to boiling. The Tefal is pretty much the exception (And it works slightly differently). These contain a water reservoir, pump and linear heater which boils just the right amount of water.

2. They do tend to be quicker than normal kettles. They do this by heating only the exact amount of water.

3. When we got ours we noticed the drop in electricity useage. With an ordinary kettle you tend to overfill it. You also tend to wander off while it's boiling, often neccesitating that you re-boil the water to make a cuppa. With one of these you heat the water once and once only.

4. The water from these is nicer-it despenses fresh, boiled water. A kettle contains dregs that could have been boiled five or six times.

The only downside to our 'delta' is that it's a bit noisy, maybe this one is quieter?



Edited by: "sponix" 18th Jan 2012

ourdevonfamily

Cold - ugly and tatty. I would rather spend more on something which … Cold - ugly and tatty. I would rather spend more on something which looks nice.



Great - can you send me £25?
Edited by: "blodnik" 18th Jan 2012
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