What is a thermopot and how to choose it correctly? Pros and cons of the device, selection criteria
If you need to constantly have hot water at hand in large quantities to prepare a drink, a good solution is to buy a thermopot. The device appeared on the shelves relatively recently, so not everyone knows about the benefits of this multifunctional household appliance.
Thermopot. a useful device in everyday life, able to greatly simplify the preparation of various drinks.
The machine is in high demand among people who often drink tea or coffee and value their time.
The owner of a thermopot always has an opportunity to make a delicious hot beverage in minutes.
To acquire the device should be approached thoroughly, carefully studying its principle of operation, technical characteristics and rules of operation.
Basic Selection Criteria
Thermostat. a technically complex device. To purchase brought only positive moments in operation, the choice of equipment should be approached very responsibly, studying the basic criteria that need to pay attention.
Advice! Given that the thermopots appeared not so long ago, when choosing a good model, it is better to give preference to new products from leading global brands: they have corrected all the mistakes that were made in the production of the first devices. Large companies have sufficient capacity to assemble quality equipment.
The capacity ranges from 1.5 to 8 liters. When choosing the right volume should be guided by the number of people who will often use the device:
- For a small family of two or three people enough tank to 3 liters;
- for a large family or when you need constant access to hot drinking water, the optimal value of 3-4.5 liters;
- appliances with a capacity of more than 5 liters are designed for installation in catering outlets, offices or public events.
One of the key advantages of thermo kettles over electric kettles is a significant savings in electricity. The maximum power of the device, reaching 1000 watts, is needed only for heating water, to maintain the desired temperature consumes 10 times less energy. that is, no more than 100 watts per hour. It is not necessary to bring the liquid to the boil every time, which results in savings.
Important! It is a mistake to assume that a product with high power will heat water faster than a low-powered one. Numerous studies confirm that this does not have a major effect on the heating rate.
Most models are equipped with two heating elements. one is needed to bring the temperature to a predetermined value, and the second. to maintain this value. The heater is an open, closed and disk heater:
- Spirals. Open-type heaters, which heat water faster than others. They ensure the silent operation of the appliance. Significant disadvantage. due to constant contact with the liquid medium, the spiral quickly covered with a deposit that must be constantly cleaned. In this regard, such an element is not used in expensive devices;
- Discs. Such units are more practical and versatile, experts recommend this particular heating option. The element is a disc located at the bottom of the tank, to which the electric contacts are connected.
Parameter ensures the convenience of using the installation. Built-in pump allows you to pour water by simply placing a cup on the spout. One of two methods is used for this. mechanical or electronic:
- Manual pump. To pour water into the cup, you need to pump the pump manually. Thus, the device works even if there is no power;
- Electric pump. This method does not require any effort. just press the button and the water will be poured into the dishes. The disadvantage is the lack of possibility to use, if the light is turned off.
Tip! It is best to buy a unit with two ways of supply at once. This will allow you to use a particular method at your discretion, regardless of the availability of electricity at home.
Different components are made of different materials. it can be plastic, glass, metal. Buyers pay attention to the practicality and appearance of the device, of course, all this affects the cost:
- Plastic. It is used only for the exterior finish. the body. Has an attractive design, does not require special care of the surface, the cost of these models is usually cheaper than other types. Of the disadvantages it is worth noting the low impact resistance, over time, the plastic casing can lose its visual appeal with careless handling;
- Metal. Universal material used for the body and bulb. Has excellent performance characteristics. Metal surface looks stylish and fits into any kitchen interior, and the tank does not have a negative impact on the liquid. The disadvantages are that such models cost more than plastic, and the coating is prone to scratches;
- Glass. Most often used to create flasks, but some manufacturers make completely transparent glass thermopots. Material is distinguished by its environmental friendliness and aesthetic appeal, but such products are more fragile and retain heat less than others. In addition, they are not cheap.
Plastic body Material. metal Glass body
Important! Whichever material you prefer, it must meet hygiene standards and withstand high temperatures!
Modes of operation
Budget models are equipped with only one or two programs, the more advanced have up to six useful functions. The presence of several operating modes allows you to set a suitable temperature level. for boiling, maintaining, selecting the desired value, as well as ensuring the convenience and safety of using the unit. water supply, boiling again, etc. Most devices allow you to adjust the temperature from 40 to 95 degrees Celsius:
- Boiling water. A standard feature that often works in automatic mode. just plug the unit in and pour water into the tank;
- Maintaining temperature. The mode uses minimum power to ensure that the liquid does not cool down and is always at the right level;
- Temperature setting. advanced devices are equipped with this option. To do this, you need to set the desired value on the panel itself. Once boiling, the fluid will cool down to this value and will be maintained at the selected level for as long as necessary. Approximate temperature values for specific purposes:
- 40-50 degrees is for making baby food;
- 60-80 degrees. for fans of green tea;
- You need 95 degrees to make black tea or coffee;
- 2 buttons “repeat boiling”. for the left and right tank, respectively.
- “Temperature setting”. this is for the right tank, which operates the thermopot. The list of temperatures is quite extensive: 40, 50, 65, 85 and 98 °C.
- “Delayed start”. allows you to set the time after which the sequential boiling process will begin for both tanks (first the left and then the right tank).
- “Water Supply”. clear from the name. The water comes from the tank for which the “Open” button was pressed before.
- 2 buttons “Open”. for the left and right tank respectively.
- Capacity. heats from 3 to 8 liters;
- Energy efficiency. electricity consumption is small;
- Durability. is made of high quality materials;
- Has excellent insulating properties;
- ease of operation, the availability of built-in electric pump;
- saving time. hot water is available at all times;
- Ability to regulate the temperature of the liquid;
- Safety of operation, the body does not heat up when turned on.
- The standard kettle is able to boil 2 liters of water in 1 minute;
- Compact and convenient size;
- A large selection of models of different sizes, lights and shapes;
- Affordable on the market;
- Stylish high-tech design.
- Often the volume does not reach more than five liters;
- At the moment of boiling a lot of electricity is consumed;
- Cheap models leak and often fail.
My helper Thermopot review
What do you use to boil water for tea?? You probably use an electric kettle. Of course, it’s convenient and fast. Pour water, wait a couple of minutes and it’s ready. Well, what to do if you do not have those two minutes, if you need boiling water just a minute ago? That’s where the thermopot comes in handy. I’ve had it for three years now. And not only in cases when you don’t have time or energy. We often have a power outage, and without warning, so fill up the thermos is just not possible. Well, about everything in order.
Once we were without electricity and heating for a few hours. It was a little above zero outside, and soon a cup of hot tea was a cherished dream of the whole family. That’s when I started thinking about how I could make sure I always had a supply of boiling water in the house. After scouring the Internet, I came across this device. thermopot:
After researching its features and reviews, I went out to buy. And not once since then have I regretted my decision. Our thermopot keeps water at 100 degrees in constant mode, that is, whenever you want boiling water, all you need to do is to put a mug and press the huge pump button. You don’t have to wait. even if you add water, which I do every time after I use the thermopot, boiling begins automatically and the temperature reaches 100 degrees, after which the device turns off automatically and keeps it on all the time. If you added a little water and the overall temperature inside didn’t drop much, the automatics wouldn’t work. at this point you just have to push the boil button. You can not do this, but I do not like the mixing of raw water and boiled water.
In case the water in the thermopot is less than the minimum mark, it automatically turns off, so you can not fear that the device will burn out, taking to that light and half of your kitchen.
The main problem of heaters and electric (and usual) kettles. is, of course, limescale. It is not convenient to clean it from this contamination. After boiling water with vinegar (which is the way I use), you will be forced to twist and turn the heavy device to rinse it out, which is complicated by small rim that prevents you to pour the scale. I get rid of this problem with a water filter pot, where I put the “hardness” cartridge, because it is best filtered by chlorine and heavy particles from the water. Now I only need to clean the thermopot for preventive purposes, a couple of times a year.
I have a small thermopot. Water filter has a capacity of 2.8 liters, but on sale are apraraty and a larger volume for a large family. But here’s what I noticed: in order to save energy consumption, large volume thermopots do not boil all the water and, therefore, do not maintain a constant water temperature. They boil a certain amount of water (usually 200-250 ml) every time you press the pump button or bring a mug to the sensor. That is the biggest disadvantage of bulk thermopots, and therefore I will not take one. better to have two small appliances, but with constant access to boiling water.
While I’m on the subject of power consumption, I can’t say that I’ve used a thermopot for years and still haven’t seen a difference in my electric bill. The consumption is so low that it is not noticeable in comparison with the usual amount. Yes, to connect the thermopot with an extension cord, I used a surge protector, just in case.
But you can see the convenience and the STIHL. I know that we always have an opportunity to warm ourselves with tea, for example, to boil water for things spat on by the dog, to boil, as a last resort, “quick” noodles or porridge.So the thermopot has become not just my helper, but also my friend, as crazy as it may sound.
Having tested two thermophotes from the low and medium price category, it was quite logical for us to see something rather unusual and expensive as the third participant, so the choice of this model seemed quite justified. As a result we got almost what we wanted. definitely expensive and unusual device. but with the latter quality was clearly too much. 😉
Judge for yourself: Supra TPS-3240 is actually a hybrid of a kettle and a thermos in one housing. The device has two huge 4-liter tanks, the right of which is a very advanced thermophore, and the left is essentially a regular electric kettle, only with the functionality of a thermos (that is, very slowly cooling down).
|The device is produced by||Supra|
|Declared power||1200 watt|
|Body material||metal, plastic|
|Color of case||metallic, gray|
|Control||membrane buttons, black and white LCD with blue backlight|
|Tank Capacity||2 4 L tanks each|
|Tank material||stainless steel|
|Maintaining temperature||40, 50, 65, 85, 98 °C|
|Delayed start||3, 6, 12, 18, 24, 48, 72, 99 hours|
|Water supply||electric pump. by pressing the button on the control panel or by pressing the lever behind the spout|
|Cord length||1,5 м|
Instructional text volume is the largest of all thermopots we have tested. It is fully russian-speaking, detailed. and pretty clueless. One example: for some reason, conditionally “kettle” is called “warm water tank”, but conditionally “thermopot” is called “hot water tank. While in the kettle is quite acceptable to boil water (and then its temperature will be 100 ° C), and in the thermophot can be set to a maintained temperature of 40 ° C. and then there will be “warm” and then “hot?
Or one more example: in one of the schematic diagrams you can clearly see the American mains cord. and this despite the fact that there is no language except Russian in the instruction. Well, we did some reading and we decided that our own experience and common sense will help us more than this enigmatic manual. It was the right decision.
At a glance
The TPS-3240 looks gigantic. You immediately realize that the target audience of this device is either a large family of tea fans, or a small office. However, the total capacity of 8 liters is quite enough for a medium-sized office.
Because there are two tanks, there are also two measuring tubes, with which you can monitor the water level. Without backlighting it is difficult to see the level, if the room light is not very bright, but the backlight turns on at the touch of any button. the whole thing: both the tubes and the display. Also, the whole it automatically turns off after a while.
The display is large and informative. The main thing we really liked was that it shows the real-time temperature of the water in both tanks. This is really very handy. and to understand what is about to pour into the mug, and, for example, if you want to estimate how long the tank, set to boil, will boil.
The boiling buttons have a two-color backlight. A red light means that the boiling process in the corresponding tank is going on right now, a yellow light means that it will start as soon as the boiling process of the previous tank is finished.
Once the left tank is boiled, the LED above the “Boiling. Cooling” screen will light up. After you boil the right one. the LED “Boiling. Maintaining temperature”.
Above the control panel is a shiny square handle, which hinges the top lid, which gives access to the necks of both tanks.
The lever, which duplicates the water button, is located behind the spout, press it with an upward motion (we have already noted that this is not very convenient). As with the Scarlett thermopot, the lever also has a lock on it, so you still have to press the “Open” button on one of the tanks first. You can do this with your hand, in which there is a cup, but you can not poke it with the cup. the buttons are small and next to.
The instructions recommend to boil the maximum allowable amount of water in both tanks before the first use (there is a risk on the inside surface of the tank), and then pour it out. Further indications lose accuracy: if the unpleasant smell from water still remains, we are recommended to repeat this procedure 2-3 more times, guided by our own sensations.
“Kettle”. this is often called a person who does not know how to do something, inexperienced. For example, on the roads, alas, there are not a lot of drivers-people who drive by their own, only known rules. However, those electric kettles, which will be discussed in this article. thermostatic kettles. on the contrary, have a wider range of skills (compared to conventional ones). Our story about what thermostats can be purchased today in the domestic stores. Price ceiling. 3 thous. rubles.
Thermopot. is the “advanced” electric kettle. Its main feature (and the difference from the usual kettle) is the ability to maintain a high temperature of water after it boils. And it does not take 30-60 minutes (some conventional kettles can do it), but within a few hours. Today there are many models in which you can select the desired maintained temperature (usually from 60 ° C). Water in the thermopot boils more slowly (sometimes 20-30 minutes) than in a simple kettle, due to the higher power of the latter. The power of modern electric kettle (it depends on the time of boiling water) can be up to 2.5 kW, the same power thermophot does not exceed 1 kW (usually 600-800 W). The convenience lies in the fact that after boiling water in the thermopot once, the user at any time (until the water runs out) can get it hot. without wasting time (even a little) to wait for its boiling in the kettle. The capacity of the kettle is usually larger than a kettle. from 2.5 liters. Add to that the energy savings of a thermopot. It is obvious if the user does not use all the boiled water from the kettle at once, but always boils it repeatedly (to have a cup of tea). this is most often the case. The power of thermopot in the temperature maintenance mode is usually less than 70 W.
Let’s begin our review with the most affordable thermophotos, After all, many of us always want to save money. So you can meet the most budget options.
Polaris brand can not be attributed to the “first tier” brands. This brand makes a pretty cheap home appliance. It is mainly made in China. However, this country is now. Birthplace of the vast majority of small appliances (including kitchen). There models of more well-known “promoted” brands are also produced.
The Polaris PWP 3007 thermostat was on sale relatively recently. Despite a very small ), it generally meets all modern requirements. It has a metal housing with double walls (extra strength, thermal insulation). The water-flask is also metal, 3-liter capacity, with a float indicator of water level. The power of the device. 700 W. There are two types of pump for water supply into the cup: electric and mechanical pump (in case of lack of power). There is a timer. you can set the time by which the thermopot heats the water and will maintain its temperature. True, this model has only 1 temperature mode. 95 ° C (this is a “minus” of many inexpensive thermophones). There is a function “repeated boiling” (the process takes much less time than boiling the first). There is a lock for operation without water, as well as a spillage blocker (“Childproof”). Electric contact. central (the thermopot can rotate 360 °), the heating element. closed (it is so in all thermopots).
You can buy “Feya TP-401” thermostat for about the same price (1-1,2 thous. rubles). Do not be deceived by the domestic name of the device. Indeed, “Feya” is one of the few well-known (since 1982) Soviet brands of home appliances. But now the components are Chinese. But the assembly, according to some sources, is actually done in Russia, in Udmurtia, in Votkinsk (“side” production of the defense industry). However, according to other information, which we were able to obtain “Culinary Eden”, the same technique “Feya” and now assembled in China. We did not get any official comment. the Culinary Eden’s office in Moscow left the question unanswered. However, judging by the reviews of users, the Chinese origin of technology “Feya” is confirmed.
From the “production peripeteia” back directly to the thermopot “Feya TP-401”. Thermpot as a thermopot. Power. 750 W. In water temperature maintenance mode, this thermopot consumes up to 35 watts. The temperature rating is one. Capacity. 4 liters of water (the flask. from “stainless steel”, there is a display of the filling). The housing is metal. The design provides for a central electric contact. There is an electric pump for water supply and a manual pump. With an electric pump, the water starts to flow after you press the cup on the lever (no need to press a special button). There is a lock for operation without water.
Of inexpensive 4-liter models, it is worth noting, for example, thermopot BRAND 34402. It costs 1.3-1.5 thousand. rubles. Power. 800 watts. Here, too, everything meets all modern requirements. Metal case. The flask is of course also made of metal (stainless steel), it has a fullness indicator. Temperature holding. 1 mode. Electric pump and hand pump for water delivery. Water delivery by pressing a cup on the valve. Central contact. Lock on without water, turn off at boiling, overheat protection.
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spacious, but still inexpensive models. Supra TPS-3004 thermophot can hold up to 5.5 liters of water. The characteristics of the model in many online stores, indicates the capacity of 5 liters, but if you fill the kettle to a mark FULL. you get exactly 5.5 liters, and on the body indicates that this volume. The water flask is made of metal, the body of this model is plastic. Power thermopot Supra TPS-3004. 750 W. In temperature keeping mode. 65 W. An electric pump is used to pump the water, but there is no hand pump. On the one hand it is a disadvantage. But on the other hand, yet power outages are rare nowadays, although they happen. On the whole, a disadvantage, but not a significant one. There is a function “Repeat boiling”. Electric contact. central. The lid of the thermopot locks while in operation. Thermostat will not work without water. Removable scale-retarding filter.
Thermopot and its functionality
At the market of home appliances appeared a modern device, combining the functions of an electric kettle and a thermos. But how is the thermopot still different from the classic kettle? The device performs not only boiling water, but also maintains the temperature of the liquid at 90 degrees.
Thermos-kettle is a water tank with a heater and a control mechanism. To heat water to a certain temperature, 2 types of thermostats are used:
the body of the product may be glass, ceramic, plastic and metal. The inner bulb is removable, made of stainless steel with thick walls. The principle of operation of the thermos-kettle is similar to a samovar.
Metal thermopot Plastic model Glass bulb
Interesting ! On the market there are thermos-pots with two containers. for heating and cooling water. They work on the principle of a cooler.
Advantages and disadvantages
The device heats water up to 95-100 degrees and keeps it hot for a long time. Among other advantages:
Among the disadvantages of operating the device:
If you compare the electric kettle or a large-sized thermopot, which is much more profitable, then unambiguously the second option.
Pros and cons of the electric kettle
Electric kettle or thermopot: which is better (economy, convenience, safety)?
Electric kettles have long entered our lives and have become an indispensable “attribute” in almost every kitchen. Thermostatic kettles became widespread not so long ago, but they also managed to find their own niche (though not as big as the electric kettles) in the list of kitchen appliances.
So what is better: a kettle or a thermopot? And here, just here, there is no unambiguous answer for all. The question of choice is decided individually for each family. The criteria for choice can be economy, usability, safety and “lifestyle” of the family. So I will write only about our approach to choosing a kitchen device for boiling water. Further in the article there will be not only arguments but also numbers.
For the last couple of years the kettle Elenberg has been working faithfully in our kitchen. But it stopped turning off automatically, and the “dancing with diamonds” to adjust the bimetallic plate, responsible for turning it off, gave no results. We decided that we will have to buy a kettle. Here we faced the question of choice. kettle or thermopot?
My wife gave her arguments in favor of each device, and I decided to do a little math. Of course, the calculations are approximate, but totally reflect the “heart of the matter”.
Time taken to boil water
We usually boiled the kettle three times a day. We got 1.5 liters of boiling water every time. For our family of three, this was more than enough to make breakfast, lunch and dinner tea or coffee. Stared to look at the thermopot with a volume of about 3 liters. That’s about the amount of boiling water we use per day.
If, for example, we turned on the kettle before breakfast, we would get boiling water in 3 to 4 minutes. When using the thermopot in the morning, the boiling water will be only 16-20 minutes. We decided that it was no problem to turn on the kettle right after we got up, not just before breakfast. But when you use the thermopot at lunch and evening hours, boiling water for tea or coffee will be available at once. And if you want some tea outside of school hours, you can do it immediately with a thermopot, while with a kettle you still have to fill it, turn it on and wait for the water to boil.
Kettle and thermopot have their advantages and disadvantages in this aspect.
The kettle, in terms of its dimensions, is 1,5-2 times smaller than the thermopot. If you have a tiny kitchen in a standard “Khrushchev”, then the place for a thermopot still have to find. This may become one of the arguments for choosing a kettle. We managed to find a place in our kitchen for the placement of the thermopot. If your apartment is in a modern house, or you have a private home, then this question does not arise at all.
Convenience of use
It is very convenient to pour boiling water into a cup from the thermopot. We put the jug to the “spout”, press the button and the water goes down by itself. Class! No need to hold the kettle in the balance and concentrate so as not to spill water past the cup. But it is less convenient to pour cold water into the thermopot (at least once a day) than into the kettle. Or he will have to try to stick it under the faucet in the sink (the size is greater), or to make three trips from the sink to the thermopot with a liter jar.
But there is hot water in the thermopot at any time of the day. There is no need to fill the water every time and put it on the boil as in the case of a kettle.
If pouring boiling water into a container from a thermopot is safer than from a kettle (I mean getting burns from accidental contact with hot water on the skin), then in terms of electrical safety the kettle, of course, wins. After all, when everyone is out of the house, the thermopot remains plugged in and operates to maintain the temperature of the water. Given the possible power surges or the probability (albeit very small) of a short circuit or failure of an electrical device, there is cause for concern (albeit somewhere far away in the back of your mind).
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At the same time, the “simplest” thermophotes have a protection against turning on in the absence of water, and the “smart” ones have scald protection, fall protection, power-on timer (t.е. It can be programmed to start heating water at a certain time) and.д. And touching the body of the thermopot is absolutely safe for a child. If a child accidentally touches the body of a freshly boiled electric kettle, the chance of burns is very high.
We will not consider options for buying fancy kettle or thermopot with the support of “smart home” function, the presence of any function of the voice message about the water temperature, etc.e Let’s look at ordinary appliances that just boil water. Here, of course, the price tag on the kettle will be half or two times lower than on the thermopot.
If the kettle has a heating element with the power of 2000 Watts, and it boils in 3.5 minutes, then the power consumption for getting 1.5 liters of boiling water will be 117 Watts. We boil the kettle 3 times a day. that’s 351 Watt hours. Thus, when using the kettle, the electricity consumption per year will be approximately 128 kWh. At the electricity rate of 4.46 rubles per kilowatt hour, we get 571 per year.
Now we go to a 3-liter thermopot. The power of the heating element is 750 Watts. Boiling time. 18 minutes. Electricity consumption for boiling. 225 watts. In water temperature mode, the thermopot consumes about 30 Watts. In this mode, it will work for about 14 hours a day. Accordingly, the consumption of 420 Watts per day to maintain the temperature of water. Total electricity consumption per day when operating the thermopot is 645 Watts. In the year, respectively, 235 kWh. And that’s 1,048.
It turns out that the power consumption (and, accordingly, the money you pay for electricity) when using a thermopot will be almost twice as much than when using an electric kettle.
Despite the fact that both the purchase and operation of a thermopot, compared to an electric kettle, is more expensive, we decided that in our case the thermopot won due to the ease of use and availability of hot water “here and now” during the whole day.
Picking up an inexpensive thermopot model without extra frills. We decided to go with the model Maxwell MW-1754 with a maximum capacity of 3.3 liters, the heating element capacity of 800 watts and a steel bulb (based on the necessary for us characteristics and reviews of the model on the Internet). On Yandex-Markete this model costs 4879. And here in M.The video found one for 3,490, which fits perfectly within the budget we decided to spend on the thermos.