According to reviewers, the Capresso H2O Plus electric tea kettle boils quickly, has good safety features and comes with a sleek glass carafe that makes it stand out. This kettle has an automatic shut-off function to prevent dry boiling, and its heating element is safely stored in the kettle's base, which also houses a long retractable cord. Users love its anti-slip handle and generous spout. The Capresso H2O Plus boils a quart of water in less than five minutes. Its 6-cup capacity is a bit less than comparable kettles. Because it's made of glass, the Capresso H2O Plus isn't as durable as those made of stainless steel or plastic, but owners say they really like the look of the Capresso H2O Plus electric kettle.
The glass carafe will likely require more cleaning than other types of kettles, since mineral deposits from the water tend to form on the glass. The main downside of this kettle is a reported chemical smell. For a less expensive electric kettle, consider the well-reviewed Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle ($50) . It features temperature control for various types of teas and receives glowing reviews from users, but it only has a 4-cup capacity.
We found professional comparison tests of the Capresso H2O Plus at Cook's Illustrated magazine, Good Housekeeping and Reactual.com. There are also individual reviews on sites like KitchenContraptions.com and GadgetKing.com. User reviews from consumer websites such as Amazon.com are helpful for detailing specific likes and dislikes.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine put eight electric tea kettles to the test, with one overall winner. Kettles are compared for boiling time, ease of use and design.
Review: Electric Kettles, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2008
2. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute provides profiles of their best electric tea kettles; however, their methods of testing are not disclosed. Editors like the Capresso's glass carafe, its measurement markings (given in ounces and cups), as well as its ability to wrap the cord around the base for storage. The site also lists downfalls of the kettle including a small lid for hard clean-up and the potential for breaking the glass carafe.
Review: Best Electric Teakettles, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
A contributor to Reactual.com praises the Capresso H2O Plus for its sleek style, fast boil time (less than five minutes), automatic shut-off, concealed heating unit and retractable cord. The reviewer says the capacity of the tea kettle is less than other models, and cautions users to be careful as to not break the glass carafe.
Review: Best Electric Kettles, "Siel"
Over 425 reviews cumulatively give the Capresso H2O Plus 3.5 out of 5 stars. Users love its design, though some say there is a foul chemical smell while boiling (for at least the first few uses). Many like the fact that you can watch the water boil.
Review: Capresso H2O Plus Glass Water Kettles, Contributors to Amazon.com
KitchenContraptions.com is a blog dedicated to kitchen appliances. Contributor Jay Brewer writes a glowing review of the Capresso H2O Plus. He says the kettle is fast, convenient, easy to operate and "cool" to watch the water boiling through the glass exterior. Brewer praises its energy efficiency and finds no faults with the model.
Review: Review: Capresso H2O Plus Water Kettle – Make an Eco-Friendly Cup of Tea, Jay Brewer, Sept. 19, 2008
GadgetKing.com is a blog that compiles reviews of various gadgets. In this review of the Capresso H2O Plus, contributors list pros and cons of the kettle. Pros include its appealing aesthetics, large capacity ("six generous mugs"), quick boiling time and a stay-cool handle on the lid. Cons include a chemical smell that transfers to the taste of the water; one reviewer attributes the smell to a rubber gasket that adheres to the heating element. The reviewer also says mineral deposits can be visible on the glass kettle.
Review: Capresso H2O Plus Review, Contributors to GadgetKing.com, Feb. 18, 2010