Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer Review

The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer has now been replaced by the Zojirushi CV-DCC40XT VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, but is still available through Amazon from private sellers.

This product is proof that you really can re-invent the wheel and sell it at a higher price - provided, of course, that you add a whole lot more value and give people the extras that they didn't realize they needed until now. The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 takes what an ordinary kettle does - boil water - and turns it into an art form, or at least a practical system for solving a lot of life's little problems that we never knew we had until seeing what it can do for us.

Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer
Table of Contents
All Kinds of Hot Water Using It - And Fast
Solid Build and Design Keeping on top of the Cleaning
Safety Aspects Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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All Kinds of Hot Water for a Wide Variety of Uses

What you get for your money over and above what an ordinary kettle can do is water of whatever temperature you need, whenever you need it.

The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 boils your water for you, and then lets it cool to just the temperature you want, and no lower. The pre-loaded defaults are 175 degrees (appropriate for green teas), 195 degrees (for oolong and white teas), and 208 degrees (for coffee, instant noodles, and black, herbal and pu-erh tea).

The control panel displays the temperature of the water in the reservoir at all times, and you can control it to whatever you want through the computerized control system.

So what is it that you want this device to help you prepare? Coffee and tea of all kinds, soups, noodles, oatmeal - you can prepare all of these easily with water from this hybrid water boiler heated to exactly the right temperature.

You can find countless other uses for it as well, such as warming baby bottles and blanching vegetables. Once you get it in your kitchen you'll never be lost for ways in which to use it.

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A Delight To Use - And So Fast

Who would have thought that a utility that is basically a kettle could be such fun to use? At the touch of a button, you can re-boil the water or re-set the current temperature. You'll hear an audible beep when the water has boiled, or when the water level in the container has dropped below the minimum level.

It boils as fast as a standard kettle, taking from 7 to 15 minutes to boil a full 4 liters straight from the tap, depending on the temperature of the tap water and the kitchen conditions. Boiling a full container starting from 195 degrees takes about 4 minutes.

Many users use the six- to ten-hour timer feature to have the water heated for their morning tea or coffee when they awake. Just set it for when you want your hot water and the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 does the rest.

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Solid Build - But What About The Design?

The driving force behind this machine is a comfortably sized 840 watt water boiler. The water container is vacuum insulated and is able to accommodate 4 liters. The exterior is clear-coated stainless steel that looks good in any kitchen. All materials used in its construction are BPA-free.

Inside, the interior is also stainless steel with an anodized coating, probably Teflon. It conceals the heating element, which doesn't come into contact with the water. Some gaskets and the outer lid are plastic. If and when they suffer from the daily punishment meted out to them, they can be easily and cheaply replaced.

The water level gauge is not only sleek-looking, but on account of its wrap-around design you can easily read it from almost any angle.

The base is on a swivel, so it's easy to orient in any direction. And, being made in Japan, this product is pure quality. It carries a one-year limited warranty from Zojirushi.

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Keeping On Top Of The Cleaning

Any device that deals with boiling hot water every day is liable to suffer from the mineral deposits that come with that water, as well as the tremendous forces of expansion and contraction that come with extreme temperatures.

But the non-stick coating of the container ensures that this water boiler can cope with it all without many problems. Of course, you have to boil a couple of container-fulls and discard them when you first use the machine, to expel any impurities left over from the factory, but after that you only need to clean it occasionally. Zojirushi supply their own cleaning powder for the purpose - there's an instructional video on Amazon's page.

Using filtered water goes a long way towards keeping the interior clean enough to make the cleaning chore a rare event.

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Safety Aspects of the Zojirushi CV-DSC40

Safety is paramount when a device regularly dispenses hot or boiling water. The power cord is just 3 feet long and detachable (as well as magnetic). It easily comes out of the socket if accidentally caught or knocked, rather than risk having the whole device, hot water and all, become mobile and out of control.

To pour the hot water you need to press the Unlock button and then the Dispense button, just to ensure that a responsible adult is doing the dispensing, and not, for example, a small child. And, of course, it has auto shut-off.

Here's a short video showing how the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE does its job:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 14 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Item model number: CV-DSC40
  • Vacuum electric hybrid system
  • Water container capacity: 4 liters
  • Temperature setting and control system
  • 6-10 hour timer
  • Digital control panel
  • Audible beep for boiling completed or low water
  • 840-watt boiler
  • Stainless steel exterior
  • Auto shut-off
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Computerized temperature control and settings
  • Massive 4-liter capacity water container
  • Heats the water and keeps it at pre-set temperature
  • Stainless steel build
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Always boils the water before letting it cool to the desired temperature
  • Rather pricey

Consumer Ratings

Over 530 users on Amazon have reviewed this product at the time of writing and awarded it an average of wwell over 4 stars. They particularly love its speed, convenience, ease of use and safety, as well as its good looks.

The only real bone of contention relates to the way in which it always boils the water before leaving it to cool to the desired temperature, a process that can sometimes take a while.

It may be something that Zojirushi can address when they update this model, so it simply heats the water to the new required temperature and no more. Nevertheless, this doesn't seem to trouble the vast majority of users.

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Summary

Zojirushi are a Japanese company and this product is made in Japan. This is reflected in both the design and the quality of it.

For convenience, ease of use, build quality and design, as well as safety, it would be very hard to imagine any other similar product coming close to the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer. We believe we can recommend this product to you without any hesitation.

 

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Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker Review

For a price of less than $70, the Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker delivers quite exceptional value. It's a Japanese product through and through, from the inception and design to the engineering, so how does it rate compared to the more well-established brands?

Mostly I'm going to call this product the Zutto, rather than repeat its full name every so often (sighs of relief all round!).

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker
Zojirushi EC-DAC50
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Power & Capacity Simplicity & Speed
What About Cleaning? And Filters...?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

Power and Capacity

For such a compact coffee maker, the Zutto has all the power it needs to give you a great coffee experience. It brews piping hot coffee for 5 cups (as opposed to the traditional 4), thanks to its 650 watt motor, and its hot plate warms the carafe during brewing and then keeps the coffee hot.

One caveat here - most coffee makers tend to exaggerate the number of cups they can produce at one sitting, and Zojirushi are no exception. The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto cups are measured at 5 ounces each - not exactly generous. Nonetheless, the reservoir capacity is 23 ounces, and you can get two decent mugs of coffee from one brew.

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Simplicity and Speed

The Zutto boasts a brew cycle of 3-5 minutes, though it's nearer 8 minutes if you wait until the last drip has fallen from the filter into what Zojirushi call the decanter (the carafe).

Few complain about the time this takes - not many coffee makers are quicker, and in any event you need enough time for the coffee grinds to release their flavor while the hot water filters through.

The Zutto's simple design helps here. It's quite unique in that the filter cone is inside the decanter, rather than just sitting on top of it. When you take the decanter to pour your coffee, you take the filter with it. So any late-arriving drips of coffee that arrive while you're pouring your coffee fall into the decanter and not onto the warming plate. Pretty cool.

There's nothing to program, no LCD displays, no bells and whistles. You just fill the reservoir with water, check the filter is in place, add your coffee grinds and press the one button on the device. Couldn't be simpler.

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What About Cleaning?

The downside of any coffee maker must include the cleaning. The combination of coffee grinds and hot water mean there's always plenty of grime and scale building up. But the Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto must be about the easiest coffee maker ever to clean.

For a start, the water reservoir can be easily removed either to fill from the faucet or to clean. I've already mentioned the filter cone being inside the decanter, so you just wash or rinse them both together.

You can keep your Zutto in top condition by simply flushing through with water before you first use it, and periodically throughout your ownership of it.

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And Filters . . ?

Filters are to a certain extent a personal thing. Some always use paper filters, while others prefer the ease of permanent gold filters.

The Zutto holds a #2 paper cone filter, but you can use a gold filter as long as you hold the handle of the decanter naturally to prevent it slipping out as you pour. A simple perforated lid fits on top, making the whole thing easy to clean.

The charcoal filter, like the decanter, can be replaced easily. Charcoal, being a natural substance, will need replacing every so often anyway (two years, according to Zojirushi).

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Features and Specifications of the Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto:

  • Model No: EC-DAC50
  • Removable water tank
  • Charcoal water filter
  • Automatic keep warm
  • cULus listed
  • Capacity: 5 cups / 23 ounces / 2 mugs
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 8-7/8 x 6 x 10-3/4 inches
  • Electrical Rating: 120 volts / 650 watts
  • Replacement Charcoal Filter: 8-ECA-P320 (lasts up to 2 years under normal use)
  • Color: Silver
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Compact.
  • Easy to clean, especially as the filter cone sits inside the decanter.
  • Removable water reservoir.
  • Capacity is 5 cups of 5 oz - a more convenient size of brew.

Cons:

  • No auto shut-off, so you have to remember to switch it off when you've finished, or you could have a "burnt" taste to your next cup.

Consumer Ratings

The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto gets an average of over 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon at the time of writing, from over 1,190 reviewers. Most users love its design and compactness, as well as the fact that the Zutto makes great tasting coffee, including iced coffee.

The 5-cup capacity is also appreciated for the extra quantity of coffee brewed.

One or two reviewers have complained about poor tasting coffee, but they are a tiny minority. They may be among those who don't read the User Manual properly, particularly where it advises you to clean the machine occasionally to preserve the taste of the coffee.

It's also important to allow the brew cycle to complete fully before pouring, so you get the full flavor and also to prevent grinds getting in the cone, carafe and in your mug.

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Summary

The Zutto is designed differently from almost any other coffee maker. It's compact, stylish and pleasing on the eye.

The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker is also a breeze to clean and keep in top condition, leading some owners to still be using it every day 5 years after purchasing it - a very rare achievement among coffee makers. Read more, and check Amazon's best price by clicking the button below.

 

 

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