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Do NOT buy this machine!!
on 10 January 2006
I thought I should warn people about this machine, I recently purchased this machine from Currys & apart from the overall size (its big) it all worked great.
I was using bottled water so that I could reduce limescale buildup on the large element as the whole machine looked pretty well made & so I thought it would last longer, I was steaming some fish & the water run out without me knowing, I was in the kitchen at the time & so I switched off the machine & as it happened the fish was done.
The next day I went to use the steamer, pressed the "Vitamin+" button but nothing was happening, the steamer wasnt getting hot, I then realised that it may have been because it ran dry, but it was only for a minute or so, I phoned Tefal & asked them if this model had a "Thermal Cutout" they replied that it does NOT have this, but they were thinking about adding this in the future sometime.
SO... all in all, I think this is a great idea, but the design is very bad, I mean even a kettle has a thermal cutout, infact I cant think of anything that doesnt!
I now own a "Cookworks" steamer which I got for £9.70 at Argos, & apart from taking about 3mins to get steaming, it works great, & guess what? it has a thermal cutout, even at that price!
Come on Tefal, this really is a major flaw! I will never buy anything Tefal again, I owned a Tefal toaster a while back, it lasted 4 days before it went wrong, & I have a Tefal Saucepan, what could possible be wrong with that you may ask? well the lid has a clever little steam release function, but again its build so badly that every now & then I go & pick it up & the knob falls off of the lid sending the lid falling on the floor.