Capresso H2O Pro Review

Posted on Feb 18 2010 - 10:38am by gchoe

Capresso H2O Pro Review

As a follow-up to my previous post "A Good Electric Water Kettle "“ Just A Fantasy?", thought it was time to get down to business and put a few kettles through a some paces.  A "standardized test", if you will, fashioned by me.

For the first round, I compared two Capresso kettles, the H2O Pro and the H2O Plus.  Full pots filled to maximum were heated and timed, starting with both cold and already-warmed heating elements.  For the "warmed" boil, I heated a full pot of cold water, emptied the kettle, then re-filled with cold water and turned it right back on.  To gauge yield, I used 10-oz coffee mugs, filled to about 8 oz.

Read on for the full review of the Capresso H2O Pro.

Capresso H2O Pro

Quick stats

– Max/Min capacity:  56 oz / 16 oz

– Average boil times: 

Cold – 7:11 = 7:04 minutes + 7 seconds for heat to click off; filled to max

Warm – 6:39 minutes; filled to max

Warm – 3:47 minutes; filled to 34 oz

– Yield:  7 cups

– Cord management:  Cord wraps around the underside of the base, staying neatly tucked.

What I liked

No funny tasting water!  There are a couple of non-metal components in this kettle.  One is the water-level indicator/window on the side and second is the (removable) scale filter in the spout.  However, unlike the rubber gasket in the H2P Plus, the water-level indicator doesn't impart any detectable flavors into the water.  Perhaps with usage over time, the plastic may start to breakdown once subjected to many boils?

  • The capacity is generous, I was able to fill 7 cups from one pot.  If that's not enough, it's about 6.5 minutes until the next pot's a-boilin'. 
  • A lit display from where you can set a couple of handy features like a keep-warm temperature setting and a boil timer for those of you who want your water boiled longer before the kettle shuts off.
  • The lid fastens shut, which seems safer to me.  Safe from myself, that is, as it would be less likely for the lid to "accidentally" fly open, resulting in potential disaster.
  • While I'm not a fan of the plastic water-level window, being able to see the water level can be helpful.

What I didn't care for

The bottom line is that this kettle contains a plastic piece that becomes immersed in the boiling water.  While there was no detectable fouling up of flavor in the pots of water that I heated and the large capacity and programmable features are handy, the plastic component turns me away.

  • Same as the H2O Plus, I don't like that there is a minimum fill requirement.  I don't want to have to boil 16 oz of water if I only need 8 or 10?
  • The lid opening mechanism is spring loaded and triggered by pushing a release button on top of the lid.  You push down on the lid itself to click it closed.  When filling a hot kettle for a second pot of water, it's a bit tricky to close the lid as the lid stays hot.  The only non-hot spot on the lid is the release button… d'you see what I'm getting at?
  • The ergonomics of the kettle makes it a bit awkward to handle and pour, especially when the kettle is full, therefore heavy, and HOT.  The handle is thick and bulky, making it a bit difficult for me to hold comfortably.  Maybe it's just me, because I'm on the petite (and weak) end of the spectrum.  One or twice, I experience a flash of fear as I tilted the kettle to pour, fear that I would idiotically lose my grip and drop the kettle, splashing myself with scalding water.

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