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Review Breville HotCup Water Dispenser – this post will cover my thoughts and recommendations as well as set up functionality and design.
We bought the Breville HotCup water dispenser as a replacement for our kettle. This one was from Asda and cost us £30 in an Asda sale.
You can currently buy them from Breville for £44.99. However, they can also be purchased from other retailers for varying prices.
I had never seen a water dispenser like this before. I’ve only ever seen the big hot water urns you see in cafes or coffee maker type gadgets.
We were in desperate need of a new kettle because our house runs on hot drinks and our old kettle had broken so we were using our emergency kettle (yes, we have an emergency kettle, one of those cheap white ones from Asda. The problem was it wasn’t energy efficient, not even when we put in the exact amount of water we needed.
It’s very easy to set up. Pull it out of the packaging and there is a base and a top unit, a drip tray and stainless steel drip tray cover. Assembly is very straightforward and explained fully in the accompanying documentation.
The first time you use the HotCup you have to fill the tank with water and run it through the machine. I guess this is to thoroughly clean the item before it is used for something that will be consumed.
We are all becoming more and more aware of the impact of our modern lives. Breville has taken two things into account when making this dispenser. 1. How fast this unit boils. You can boil enough water for one hot drink in well under a minute. Which is perfect for our busy lives. 2. It only heats the water that it needs and it does it quickly so it is very energy efficient.
We really haven’t been able to fault this item. It’s like a revelation in brew making. Although making a brew isn’t the only thing it can be used for, I’ve used it to make a Pot Noodle and it dispensed just the right amount of water. It can also be used for hot drinks, soups, noodles and rice. It’s very versatile.
In the instruction manual, it states it holds 5 cups full before you have to refill it again (1.5l in total). I’ve made 3 hot drinks one after the other and there was plenty of water left in the tank when Id finished. You only need to wait 10 seconds between dispensing water.
It is also good looking and fits in nicely with most kitchen decor, its black with chrome detailing. When it is boiling some water the water tank part and the button on top of the filling hatch turns blue which I thought was a really nice touch.
We use mugs for our hot drinks and they seem to be just the right size for the amount of water dispensed. It dispenses 250ml of water each boil.
It is very well made the whole unit is sturdy and feels safe and secure to use. It’s functional and does the job it is required to with no problems.
One thing we did think would be a really useful addition, would be the ability to select how much water you wanted it to dispense because this particular model only dispenses one set amount.
I had a very quick search online and was pleased to see that a newer model does have variable water dispensing options. Those models seemed to be in the £60 price bracket. Which we will be more than happy to pay when this model needs replacing.
Good for people who have disabilities
I haven’t read this anywhere, nor does it state anything in the manuals but it dawned on me that if someone suffers with Osteomyelitis or Osteoporosis or even Arthritis in the arm, wrist or hands; this unit would be really useful.
Anyone who struggles to lift kettles especially when full of water would find this item revolutionary. You can fill it with a jug or a cup, and so long as you have enough water in (above the minimum mark) you can flick the button to boil and that’s it, so long as you have your cup under the “tap” you don’t have to lift the unit at all.
I’ve had family members in the past struggle to make themselves hot drinks because they couldn’t lift the kettle, this would remove any problems; enabling someone suffering from any of the disabilities I’ve mentioned to stay independent.
Overall, I would recommend this product. It is easy to set up, to use and also enables, making hot drinks and other products so much easier.
So long as it is out of reach of children, and so long as you have the correct size cup, it poses very little risk, in a room that is normally full of risks, the kitchen.
It states in the instructions not to be used by children under 8 years old. My son is 7, almost 8 and he is so keen to start making brews! Bless him!
I was so worried about him lifting kettles, the chance of him spilling hot water out of a conventional kettle was high. However, once he’s over 8 and we think he is ready; I`d be much happier for him to learn how to make a hot drink using the HotCup water dispenser as you only have to teach them to be aware of the water as it fills the cup and obviously once the cup is full. So it also removes some of the risks that could be faced by older children wishing to learn how to make hot drinks.
I love this product and would totally recommend it. Without realising it I’ve ended up with a number of Breville items in my kitchen. I honestly wasn’t collecting Breville on purpose, but have managed, after research, to pick Breville items completely by accident. Obviously, because they are good products.
Have you tried a water dispenser? How did you feel it compared against your kettle? Would you consider changing to one of these and getting rid of your kettle altogether.
NB: Just to clarify this isn’t a collaborative post. This is an item I bought out of our own money, that we use on a daily basis, I was so impressed with it, I decided to do a review.