My 5 yr old made in Japan Zojirushi bit the dust when the plastic steam vent on top broke. Not typical of the brand reputation, but I will never buy another again. This Panasonic was *** cheaper, and had great energy saving features such as a timer (to power down at night). The 3 liter capacity also means I only fill up once a day. Negatives are a slight uncured rubber smell when opened, but it is significantly less than most made in China hot water pots. The top is a little hard to close. You have to physically press it down as the lid is not heavy enough to close on its own. I recommend this as a good middle point between the premium brands and the basic pots on the market.
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