Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser, Black

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  1. Elliot Knapp says:
    225 of 231 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good product, but a few things to take note of, April 1, 2007
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    Elliot Knapp (Seattle, Washington United States) –

    I’ve used a Hot Shot a whole lot for heating up water for drinking various types of tea and other beverages. If it’s right for what you’re brewing, it really is a great product–the water is heated within a minute or two, which is way faster than a kettle, and it holds the perfect amount for a large mug.

    There are a couple things to note though. Like other reviewers have said, because of the product’s design, some taller mugs (especially large vacuum-sealed caddy mugs) won’t fit in to receive the water, so you either can’t use them or have to dispense the water into another container first and pour it from there. Also, you definitely should empty the excess water after you’re done–you might even want to open the lid while it’s still warm to let the extra moisture evaporate. This is because the inside is metal, and re-re-reheated water that’s been sitting in there gets a bit gross and might not be the healthiest.

    The last issue, which affects me more than it may others, is that the Hot Shot heats the water to boiling or very near to boiling. This is great if you’re drinking black tea, hot chocolate, or hot cider, but if you’re drinking green tea (which takes hot water that is well below boiling), the water from the Hot Shot can be too hot and make the tea bitter. If it’s right for the beverage you want to make, though, I can’t recommend a more convenient or quick option.

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  2. Lester Piggott-Smith says:
    111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    New Model Leaks, October 7, 2007
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    Lester Piggott-Smith (Port Orchard, WA United States) –

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    This review is from: Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser, Black (Kitchen)

    Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser, Black

    We have used a Hot Shot for many years, replacing the first two because they eventually stopped heating water sufficiently (only up to 160 degrees F). Since they had become a mainstay in our kitchen, used several times a day, we were eager to replace the last one, and ordered the sleek new black model, which is of a somewhat different design than the original.

    The first one we received from Amazon leaked considerably if we didn’t use up all the water that had been heated, so we sent it back (Amazon paid for the entire return postage and sent us a new one at no extra cost). The second one leaked just like the first one, through the dispenser spout, when water was left to sit in the heating chamber. We never had this problem with the older model.

    I am giving it two stars instead of only one, since some people may not mind being sure to empty the heating chamber after each use. (If it didn’t leak, I would give it 4 stars — and 5 stars, if it were also tall enough to accomodate taller cups).

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  3. S. Roberts says:
    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not nearly as good as the older models, December 17, 2007
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    S. Roberts (MA) –
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    I’ve used a Hot Shot for at least 20 years and won’t go without one. But they are made real cheap now. My son is still using the one he bought over 10 years ago. I had this less than a year when it leaked, and is getting worse. Put water in, press the button. Before you get the water poured in and put the cup under the spout it is dripping, real fast now. By the time the water is heated, if I grab it real quick I lose about 2 tbsp. (in about a minute). If I don’t catch it right away it will leak enough so I have to warm up more water to make a full cup. I keep a towel under the spout now. This worked good for a few months. Think about it, if every small appliance in your kitchen had to be replaced within a year……
    Also, a tall cup/mug won’t fit under the spout. So I pour the water from one cup to another. I do like the old hot shot, saves time and electricity.I gave it one star because I do like the hot shot water heater, I just don’t like this one.
    UPDATE: A couple months after I wrote this review, there was a burning smell–the cheap thing burned out. Meanwhile it leaked water into the cabinets below and spoiled the food.
    I went without one for a while, but eventually bought another one because I like the concept… put in cold water, press a button, come back to boiling water. I bought the cheapest I could find because it won’t last. I’m just glad I don’t have to replace all my other appliances every year.

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