With comments such as 'sounds like a jumbo jet taking off' versus 'I'd never buy a regular kettle again', Hippyshopper readers were somewhat divided on the Tefal Quick cup: is it technically a kettle or not? Does it matter that the water doesn't actually boil? Never has a kitchen appliance stirred up so much passion.
But the Quick Cup certainly has its fans, and with its ability to produce a cup of Joe in three seconds flat, its energy-saving graces are not to be sniffed at. And now, you can get a smarter, more streamlined looking model for your eco kitchen.
The new-look Quick Cup Deluxe works in just the same way as the old one, heating water rapidly in a way that saves around 65% of the energy used by a standard kettle -- which Tefal say will save you £80 off energy and water bills throughout the year.
The differences are in its appearence and ease of use: the new model's available in either a red and black or stainless steel finish, and now features an adjustable tap, anti-splash spout and drip tray, making it easier to dispense water into a cup of varying heights. There's also a new digital reader, which tells you when you need to buy a new filter cartridge, as the old ones tended to get clogged quite quickly.
The Quick Cup Deluxe is available with a 1.7 litre water tank and is priced at £69.99 and £79.99 for the stainless steel model. For stockist details please visit Tefal's homepage.