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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Clari-Tea Kettle---Win $60 to CSN Stores! CLOSED

From dinnerware to drill bits, CSN Stores has got it...a one-stop online shop with the things you need delivered right to your door. When they asked me to review something from one of their stores, I had a hard time choosing, but after browsing a bit, I found the perfect thing! Read on to find out how you can win something from CSN Stores.

I am a kettle killer.

I still have visions of the charred remains of my Mom's copper-bottom Revereware kettle more than 20 years later.

Is it that the whistles don't work...or that I'm so distracted that by the time I notice the whistle it's a rasping fizzle?

And why did it take me so long to realize that there are electric kettles out there. With automatic shut-off, no less.

I guess I'm just a little mole burrowed in my own little world.

The Aroma Clari-Tea

It's an electric water kettle and a teapot. Features:
  • cordless kettle the fits into a corded base
  • swivels 360 degrees in its base
  • min. capacity .7 liters
  • max. capacity 1.7 liters
  • glass body with stay-cool plastic handle
  • features a stainless steel infuser
  • switch lights up when it's on
  • automatically shuts off as soon as the water comes to a full rolling boil (205 degrees F)
  • stainless steel strainer in pour spout
  • easy to clean


The infuser is spring loaded. Adding your tea leaves (or even tea bags), is easy peasy. Once your water comes to a boil, just remove the lid.













Hook the infuser under the lid and put the lid back on the pot.





It is a little tricky when you've got boiling hot water in there, but not so tricky that I couldn't do it (and I'm not the most coordinated person in the world).





What I like:
  • Dual purpose! I can use it as a kettle or a teapot without cluttering my cabinet or counter with 2 things. And cabinet space is at a premium around here.
  • It heats up the water fast: about 3-1/2 min. for about a liter (that's the equivalent of a 4 cup teapot).
  • It's faster than a pot on the stove or the microwave...I just might start boiling the pasta water in my kettle.
  • The automatic shut-off takes a load off my mind.
  • The 360 degree swivel is great for the righty (me) and the lefty (hubby).
  • It has a great pour! Absolutely no drips.
  • It's nice and sturdy, does not feel fragile in the hand.
  • Watching the water boil through the glass kettle is wicked cool, (ok, I'm easily amused).
What I don't like (it wouldn't be me if this review was 100% positive):
  • It only has metric markings. It would be nice to have cup or oz. markings on the other side of the handle.
  • Minimum capacity is .7 liters...that's more than 2 large mugs. Since I'm the only tea drinker around here, I usually only make tea for one.
  • The water very quickly cools down after boiling. By the time I'm ready for my second cup, it's not hot enough to steep tea...but it's still plenty hot to drink if I used the kettle to brew the tea. So, good for making a pot, not so good for keeping water hot.
  • The white plastic tends to stain, especially around the spout.
  • The spout strainer doesn't fit tightly against the glass, so tea leaves do get into your cup. Not that the leaves bother me, more that the strainer seems unnecessary, but it's not really designed to be removable.
Overall, I love the Clari-Tea and am not sad to say good-bye to my days of water boiling over in the microwave. Or the watched pot that doesn't boil until I leave the room, only to return to a mess.

Purchase your own Aroma Clari-Tea (AWK-161) from CSN Stores for $49.99

Or would you like to win one?!

One lucky winner will receive his/her very own $60 one-time-use GC code (via email) to spend at any of CSN's 200 Stores. Spend it on the Clari-Tea or some other heart's desire. Here are the rules:
Deadline to enter: Sunday, August 1, 2010, midnight EST
The winner will be drawn and notified sometime on Monday, August 2, 2010.
Drawing is open to residents of the US and Canada.
Important! If you email is not visible in your profile, you must leave it in your comment---If I can't contact you, you can't win.

Mandatory to enter: Please visit CSN Stores and leave a comment telling me about an item you'd like to buy if you win.

Optional additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
  • Enter my Sunmate Giveaway before it ends---deadline is tomorrow, 7/23 at midnight (1 entry)
  • Follow me in GFC (1 entry)
  • Subscribe to Homeschooling Hearts & Minds via email---see my sidebar (1 entry)
  • Blog about it, linking to this post, leave you link in you comment (3 entries)
  • Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Tweet about it, you may copy and paste this text if you like, link to your tweet in your comment (1 entry per day): $60 GC #giveaway from CSN Stores at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds, ends 8/1 http://tinyurl.com/3y2kye9
Disclosure: I received a the Clari-Tea AWK-161 from CSN Stores for review purposes. I received no compensation. This review reflects my honest opinion.

117 comments:

  1. I need a new crock pot and this one would be perfect.

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  2. There are quite a few items that CSN offers that I like. They have so much.

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  9. I would like to use it toward an organic mattress pad. (email available via blog profile)

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  10. Thanks for this giveaway! I would probably get a LEGO set to keep for Christmas. We love legos, but not the price.

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  11. I'm a follower!

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  12. I blogged about this over at Loving Learning at Home.

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    I really wanna win! LOL

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  13. Blogged on my blog.

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  14. Blogged about this giveaway.

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    Thanks.

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  15. I would grab some fractions manipulatives for my kids, including these ones: http://www.csnstores.com/LEARNING-RESOURCES--------LRNLER2347-UFU1032.html

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  16. I entered your other giveaway too.

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  18. I would love to win this!

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  19. I already follow you on twitter!

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  20. I already follow you on GFC.

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  21. I subscribed to your blog via e-mail.

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  22. Oh, the Clara-tea would actually be what I'd want!!! I'm a HUGE tea drinker and I would LOVE this!!!

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  23. I would love to buy the hammock chair from CSN Stores.


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  26. I tweeted about your giveaway.

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  27. I would love the J Fit Workout Travel Kit. Please enter me in this giveaway:) I absolutely love CSN Stores!!
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  28. I entered the Sunmate Giveaway:)

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  29. I would buy the Pillivuyt Eden 140 oz. Large Oval Baker.
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  34. I'd put it towards the Bassett Mirror Silver Antique Beaded Leaner Mirror.

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  35. i would love to have the hamilton beach mixer

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  40. Hmmm... decisions, decisions....
    I'd like this
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  41. I have never heard of CSN before... how neat! I went and looked at the learning supplies, and my kids are already clamoring for these wood puzzles. http://www.csnstores.com/CKC3872-UKK1032.html

    I also like the pattern blocks. I have been wanting some of these for so long.

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  42. http://snydershome2003.blogspot.com/2010/07/csn-stores-giftcard-giveaway.html


    I wish this link was clickable... :(

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  43. I think that I might like the Emile Henry Pie Dish in Azur Blue

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  44. I would love to be able to spend the giftcard on this for our homeschool year.

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    thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. I entered your Sunmate giveaway

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  46. I looked at the bedding and fell in love with the Rose Tree Symphony Comforter Set! Thanks for the opportunity.thehelpfulhousewife@inbox.com

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  47. I would get the emile henry pink pie dish :)

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  55. I found some wallpaper I like very much.
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  58. I follow on twitter @countrynest.
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  59. I would put this towards the Wildon Home Kabini Cre'me 8 Piece Comforter Set
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  60. I follow via GFC (thegrants)
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  63. I'd like to buy the City Scene Bamboo Celedon shower curtain.

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  65. I would love to buy a Corelle doll for my niece!! That would be a great birthday present for her.
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  66. I follow your blog too
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  67. I'd like some new throw pillows for my couch, and these are perfect!

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  68. We have our eye on a mini trampoline - can't believe they have them, and at reasonable prices too! Thanks! belauvibes (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  69. Oh wow - there are so many items! I think I would splurge on some early Christmas presents for my 2-year-old daughter!

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  71. I would put it towards the Presto 23 quart pressure cooker/canner.

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  74. I'd like to get this waffle maker: http://www.csnstores.com/087877831005-087877831005-8300100-cce1063.html

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  75. I'm a GFC follower.
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  76. Following you on twitter @suburbsanity.
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  78. I'd like to buy a Britax carseat!

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  79. I follow via GFC!

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  80. I follow you on Twitter (@channynn).

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  88. Hi there. I'm stopping over from The Finer Things. Nice to meet you.

    I'd love to win so I could buy a new All Clad pot!

    Stop by and enter my CSN giveaway too.

    Thanks,
    jj

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  89. I'd buy a new electric frying pan
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  90. I'd want Wildon Home Redmond Cheval Mirror in Cherry - there are no full length mirrors in my apartment!

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  91. I follow with GFC

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  92. I would purchase this adorable Owl backpack for my daughter to start school with this year. It sure would help out with the back to school budget. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

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  93. I follow via Google Friends Connect.

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  95. I follow you on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom

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  97. I think I might buy some school supplies for my twin granddaughters such as the Roaring Spring Marble Cover Composition Book, Wide Rule, 9-3/4x7-1/2, 50 Pages - ROA77910

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  99. Subscriber to Homeschooling Hearts & Minds via email with cherdon@sympatico.ca

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  102. For some dumb reason when I moved I gave my crock pot to goodwill!! I would buy a new one!

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  103. Oh, I love the science kits they have, so I think that's what I'd get. On the other hand... :)

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