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Panasonic NC-EH30PC Water Boiler 3.2-Quart with Temperature Selector

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  • Electric Thermal Pot
  • Boil & Keep Warm Features
  • 4 Temperature Settings
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  • Energy Saver Product

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Brand Panasonic
Model NumberNC-EH30PC
Item Weight4.4 Kg
Product Dimensions29 x 21.8 x 27.4 cm
Capacity2.2 litres
Voltage120 volts
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Best Sellers Rank 1,753,107 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 Kg
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Date First Available27 Oct. 2010

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209 of 212 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thermo pot 26 Feb. 2009
By Dancin - Published on
Size: 2.3 Quart Verified Purchase
My relatives have an equivalent Zojirushi model. The only difference is this one only has a 6 hour delay whereas the Zojirushi has a longer delay setting. It actually seems like the Panasonic insulates and holds the heat in better than the Zojirushi as it doesn't seem to reheat as often. I'm sure it would save a few pennies in power costs if I could delay it a little longer while I'm away at work all day but it isn't worth almost double the price to get that. That's the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. I actually like and prefer the nonstick interior and unless you've got hard water, you don't have to clean it as often as they suggest. It's over a month for mine being used every day and it doesn't look any different than when I bought it. I figure I'll clean it with lemon juice every other month.

Note that you don't have to buy the special cleaning solution. Make your own citric acid with a half cup of lemon juice concentrate mixed in with the water and then run it through the cleaning cycle. If you use fresh lemons make sure you get the pulp out.

Update 3 years later in 2012: Still working great. I clean it about twice a year as our water is already softened and we filter it before pouring into the boiler. One time after not running a cleaning cycle for over a year it stopped working in that it couldn't tell when to stop heating and overheated. I ran it through a cleaning cycle and it was fine after that. I suspect the thermometer had some calcium or other deposits built up on it.
78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great all-day alternative for the electric kettles 16 Feb. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Size: 2.3 Quart Verified Purchase
For Valentine's Day, my fiancee wanted something to get her up and running with tea early in the morning. After looking at a number of other electric kettles and pots, the Panasonic/Zojirushi style pots caught my eye and seemed like an interesting alternative to the teapot styles offered elsewhere.

After a few days of use, this has turned out to deliver on all promises made. It holds about 4-5 healthy cups of hot water. The alternatives for boiling, super-crazy-hot, green tea setting, and baby-milk setting (all digital) are more than you'll find on all but the most fully featured carafe-style pots.

At the end of the day, however, distinction should be made between the teapots and this. The teapots boast the ability to boil water in under 5 minutes. This model takes around 20 minutes to get to a boil: not much better than a stove-top model. However, for an energy efficient and convenient way to have hot water on hand all day, it beats the pants off other solutions.
176 of 189 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The pot rusts 31 Mar. 2013
By L.C - Published on
Size: 2.3 Quart Verified Purchase
I bought this to make my baby's formula. I have had this product for about 5 months. I boil the water and place the water into a glass water pitcher and let cool to room temp. I then use the room temperature water to mix the formula. I noticed a couple of days ago that I have brown particles floating in the bottle. I open the machine and the whole bottom part of the pot and the filter is rusted at first I thought it was calcium deposits since I know these pots get that problem but and it's not calcium deposts. I called Panasonic, the specialist in the department named Anthony said this "Do you leave the water inside the machine?" I replied yes. He the said "You are not suppose to leave water inside the machine, on your manual it states VERY CLEARLY that once you are done with the machine you are to pour out the water". I replied, "If I need to pour out the water every 3 hours after I use it than wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having an electric water pot, I minus well boil my water on the stove". I asked " what should I do now, will this be under warranty" he replied, "no, because it's not a manufacturer's defect because you left wate inside the pot". I other words, chuck it and get a new one. I didn't argue with him since I did not have my manual on hand because I was at work. I return home and looked at the manual several times, I found in the manual that yes you are suppose to empty out the machine but only when NOT IN USE. I called them back the next day, spoke to someone else who elevated to a manager and they will replace the machine. .
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convenient hot water with better taste over time than built-in models 22 Jan. 2012
By K. Levin - Published on
Size: 2.3 Quart Verified Purchase
***EDIT Jan 2014*** Amazon tells me I bought this pot in April 2011. As of Jan 2014, I have got two sets of rust spots in my Panasonic hot pot. I have always been very careful with it, but we did move house last year, and I noticed the rust after the move. I consider it possible that either the finish got damaged during the moving process, the pot didn't like being left empty for a month in storage, or the water at our new home is somehow affecting the interior differently. (The water we have now has a stronger taste and more minerals. Using the same Brita filter pitcher does not result in the same quality drinking water.)

I'm buying a new kettle, and honestly torn between the obvious value of this lower priced model, and the chance that a Zojirushi will last longer under what MAY be harsher conditions.

Since I got married to a person of Russian heritage, we've always kept an electric kettle on our counter. It's just common practice, similar to other tea drinking cultures, and I readily adapted to having hot water always available. We did a kitchen remodel in 2007 and I opted to install an under-sink electric hot water heater (by the big brand known for garbage disposals) as a convenience. My parents have had one of these in various houses over the past 20 years, and I knew the water taste suffered over time, but I desperately wanted to avoid counter-clutter in my new--but still small--kitchen. Since the new models of Insta-hot had added filtration to the boiler, I hoped the water would taste better.

Fast forward a couple of years, and our electric boiler acquired that metallic taste that my parents' older units always had. Darn! So the quality of my tea went down, except for those times I boiled water on the stove or in the microwave, because I wasn't willing to replace the ~$400 unit on the built-in. A year after that, the built-in began to sputter and spit boiling water when you used it. Ouch! The plumber said turning the temp down might help (another hit to tea quality), or we could replace the unit. I pulled out our old electric kettle and cluttered up my counter again.

But by this point, I was concerned about heating water in plastic containers, and there weren't any electric kettles available (late 2010/early 2011) without some plastic interior parts. Very frustrating. It was then that I decided to accept a non-stick interior (not my preference) but add the energy saving factor of a Japanese style electric thermal pot. Here's what decided me on this course of action:

1) Built in systems cost too much and sacrificed too much water quality--both because they only have one temperature setting, and because the boiler degrades over time releasing a metallic taste.

2) Electric kettles usually have plastic interior parts that come in contact with the water. They all seemed to over a year ago, but I think this has been addressed since. However, I also found myself boiling the kettle really, really, REALLY often. I drink tea and coffee, but also just hot water, all day long, and the water in the kettle cooled off quickly. I would routinely hit the button to boil, go do something else, then find I needed to re-boil the kettle when I remembered what I was intending to do in the first place. Quite a waste of energy.

3) Thermal pots offered an energy saving advantage to a family like ours where hot water is used from first rising until just before bed. They also solved my "mommy brain" problem of serial re-boils.

4) While some electric kettles offer temperature control, these settings seem more useful in a thermal pot that is sitting there waiting for me instead of a kettle I have to turn on every time I want water.

We primarily need very hot (208 setting on the Panasonic NC-EH22PC 2.3 Quart Electric Thermal Hot Pot) water first thing in the morning to brew black tea. After breakfast, as I get the kids out the door to school, I switch to the 190 setting to let the pot cool a bit if I'm returning home shortly for housework. (I'll hit the 6 hour delay if I'm out for the day.) Late morning, I make my coffee, recently using the AeroPress which suggests 175F water, though I find the 190 setting on my NC-EH22PC to be ~182 F and the coffee tastes good. After lunch and a cup of darjeeling (still 190), I switch the pot to 180 (if my husband will be home early enough for green tea) or 140 (which is a pleasant drinking temperature for me.) I might boil the kettle again when I make dinner if a few cups of hot water will speed up preparations. When we go up to bed, I switch the temp back up to 208 but then immediately hit the 6 hour delay so I won't have to wait for my tea the next morning.

* If our family all left for the entire workday, I think a quick-boil electric kettle would suit our needs perfectly well. You might consider a kettle over a thermal pot if this is your family's schedule. (But consider your hot drink needs for weekends!)

* Similarly, in 10 months constant use, I've never wished my thermal pot had an on/off switch. We never turn it off under normal circumstances. I do empty the pot and dry it and leave it unplugged when we leave the house overnight or on vacation.

* This kettle is fairly small, and I often fill it twice per day--after breakfast and after dinner. I prefer this to leaving a larger quantity of water to sit and boil over and over, but this is a personal preference. When my kids get old enough for frequent hot drinks, I'll probably prefer a much larger pot.

* When I took a two night trip recently, I actually brought the thermal pot with me to our hotel. Yes, they had a coffee machine, but coffee-flavored, under-extracted tea is just foul. This kettle is compact enough to travel with... though I think I'll splurge on a compact (plastic--sigh) electric kettle like Bodum Bistro 34-Ounce Cordless Electric Water Kettle, Red before my next trip for even easier packing.

* I liked the short height of this thermal pot because it can easily sit anywhere on my countertops without being too close to the upper cabinets which could get water-and/or heat-damaged by the top-rear steam vents. HOWEVER, the pump spout is correspondingly low on this short pot--about 6.25 inches above the counter. This is trivial for filling a mug or teapot, but only my Bodum Brazil 3 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 12 oz, Black can be filled with the thermal pot in its usual position at the back of the counter. If I want to fill my Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker or my company-sized Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., Chrome, I have to pull the unit right up to the edge of the counter and hold the receiving vessel below counter-height. This makes me nervous when my kids are underfoot, and is a factor to consider. The cord is sufficient to allow pulling the pot forward.

* I still wish there were a thermal pot made without non-stick interior. I'm just not a fan of these chemicals, in production or in household use. On the reverse, I empty and wipe out my pot about once every week or two, and have had no build-up or deposits. (I use Brita pitcher-filtered Boston-area tap water.) There is nothing like the taste in the old, built-in boiler, but I do believe I taste a slight metallic residue when I drink hot water straight from the Panasonic NC-EH22PC. It is not enough to affect the taste of strong tea like the built-in system aftertaste was.

* In 10 months of constant use, I've seen no evidence of rust on my pot. I wonder if some users got pots with scratched interiors to begin with?

* I prefer to fill the pot with a pitcher, but, since I'm filtering with a pitcher already, this is just the easiest thing to do. I don't think I would like holding the pot under the tap in the sink, but I have a pull-out faucet, so I suppose that would be my filling method of choice if my water were filtered under the sink somewhere.

* If I upgrade my thermal pot in the future, I will likely go to the top of the line Zojirushi CV-DYC40 Super VE 4-Liter Vacuum Electric Dispensing Pot which includes a battery backup for dispensing hot water without being plugged in to electric current. For daily use, my Panasonic is perfectly fine, but I've taken to setting up a small table to the side in my dining room during big dinners (Thanksgiving) or parties so hot water can be dispensed close to the table/action. In my hundred-year-old house, outlets are rarely conveniently located, so this set up puts the thermal pot down at kid-reachable level, again, making me a bit nervous, though my boys are old enough that this option isn't insanely dangerous anymore. (Toddler boys LOVE to push buttons, especially on things with flashing lights!)

* Finally, I don't find the display confusing in the slightest, but I did read the manual when I got the pot, like I always do with new appliances. I think an average person should be able to understand what their pot is doing without too much mental effort.
54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product 7 Mar. 2009
By C. Huang - Published on
Size: 3.2 Quart Verified Purchase
Nice and simple pot. Has six hour timer, however, would like to have a longer delay for the day use. Also, when using the timer, it always resets the final temperature to 190 degree. Would be nice if it can "remember" the previous temperature setting. The inner container is coated with floury charcoal, not teflon coating that any other brands offer. It claims to bring out the fine taste of water. To me, at least it looks better than the grey teflon coating. Another feature missing is it does not come with the audible alarm.

Extra spec that I would like to know before ordering:
Power: 700 Watt
Temp setting: 140, 180, 190, 208
No audible alarm for any events.

After all, I am happy with the pot for the price and the build quality. Not sure if I would pay extra $30+ for the fancy features Zojirushi brand offers.
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