Tefal Quick Cup BR303
- Only three seconds to start dispensing hot water.
- Adjusts amount of water, after which it shuts off automatically.
- Uses less energy than a normal electric kettle.
- Replaceable filter.
- Dispenses both hot and room-temperature water.
- Manual or automatic measured flow.
- While it meets the three-second claim to produce hot water, it takes 34 seconds to fill a cup.
- Costs $15 every 50L or six weeks for replacement filters.
These days many of us are time-poor and environment aware, so any help we get to speed up a chore and reduce our energy footprint is welcome. The Tefal Quick Cup claims to help, producing hot water for a tea or coffee in a mere three seconds.
It has a replaceable filter so you can have a glass of room-temperature filtered water or a cup of hot water and it claims to use up to 65% less energy than a normal electric kettle.
Instead of filling the kettle prior to boiling it, the Tefal Quick Cup has a clear removable 1.5L tank at the rear which dispenses the water in adjustable amounts. This is a good idea. It's easy to overfill a normal kettle (and you have to with models that require a minimum fill), which is not an efficient use of electricity.
We compared the Tefal Quick Cup with a conventional cordless kettle, to see how long it took to dispense 250mL of hot water and whether it met its energy claims. Our experts also checked ease of use.
Please note: this information was current as of April 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
What we found
The Quick Cup is a great idea if you need hot water quickly. It met its claim of hot water within three seconds, but the stream of water is rather slow — to fill a cup with 250mL takes 34 seconds, whereas a boiled kettle can pour a cup all at once, though it may take more than a minute to boil. Be aware that the Quick Cup does not boil water, nor does Tefal claim that it does, so those looking for the perfect extraction of flavour from their tea or coffee may be disappointed, as the temperature at the spout is 93 degrees.
As for the Quick Cup's claim of using less energy than a conventional kettle (up to 65%), this is true ... after a fashion. (It also depends on the kettle you compare it against.)
When we heated 250mL of water in the Quick Cup, we found it made a 45% energy saving compared to the electric kettle we used. And set against a kettle that requires you to boil a minimum of 1L, even if you just want a single cup, the Quick Cup uses less than one-fifth the energy normally used.
Our tester found the Quick Cup relatively easy to use. The first model we bought had a nasty habit of splashing water around the cup, but Tefal has updated this with a new nozzle that solves the problem. If you buy one, make sure it comes with the new nozzle.
The best way to test out whether its the old nozzle or the new nozzle is to check the nozzle itself. If you look up inside the nozzle, the old one is flush with the housing and is a white plastic, whereas the new one projects from the housing by about 1cm and is a black plastic (you can see it in the main photo above). If you have already purchased one with the old nozzle, contact the distributor for a replacement. Contact details are through the website above.
The Quick Cup meets its most important claims of saving energy and delivering hot water in three seconds, but don’t expect your cup to be filled all at once.