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4.0 out of 5 stars
Modern take on the teasmade, 27 Nov 2010
This is an interesting modern take on the classic teasmade. It's very compact and boils quietly and quickly - around 2mins for a single cup; 4mins for 2 cups. It's much more efficient than the old-style teasmade, as you can boil exactly the amount of water that you need for your morning cuppa(s), rather than always having to boil a full pot (plus a little more that they always required to keep the element covered). It's also a lot less hassle to set up in the evening - just fill the measuring jug (which hides neatly inside the unit when not in use) and pour into the boiling chamber, and stick your cup(s) in place - there's no teapot to wash each day. Plus you can make two different drinks if one of you prefers tea and the other prefers coffee. Another nice touch is the supplied vacuum flask, which is large enough to hold milk for your tea and even a bowl of cereal for that full breakfast-in-bed experience!
I'm not really convinced that the "dawn simulator" is terribly effective; it's so quick and ends up with still quite a dim glow, so it's hard to see how it could ever help you wake up, gradually or otherwise. The light is certainly not enough to read by, but it's quite pleasant for sitting and drinking your tea by in the morning, as your eyes gradually get accustomed to the light, rather than being instantly dazzled by a brighter one.
Good though it is, there are a couple of flaws with this product, however. Firstly, the alarm always goes off before the water is boiled rather than afterwards (which would seem to make more sense), and there's no way to have the tea made automatically without the alarm. In practice, I got used to this fairly quickly. Secondly, the clock display (and the light on the "dispense" button) is a bit too bright - it would be nice if this could be manually dimmed or turned off. I have to have the unit facing towards the foot of the bed rather than towards me, which rather limits the usefulness of having the clock display in the first place.
All-in-all, I'm pretty pleased with my purchase - this is an efficient and easy-to-use unit, despite a couple of minor flaws.