8 Best Shabbat Hot Water Urns & Dispensers for Shabbos (2018 Reviews)

What’s your cup of tea?

Is it maybe coffee?

Doesn’t matter… because on Shabbat, you can’t have either unless you have a Shabbat hot water urn.

You probably know that by now, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article looking for the best Shabbat hot water dispenser, now would you?

Well, since you’re here, let me help you find a hot water heater that will hopefully fulfill your desire for coffee/tea on Shabbat, and last you for many years.

Top Shabbat Hot Water Urns

Let’s have a little preview of our top Shabbat hot water urns.

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Shabbat UrnRating 
Top Shabbos Urn
Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric PotChefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric Pot
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Classic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl KettleClassic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl KettleOur Rating:Get it Here
Our Favorite Urn

Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnPro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urn
Our Rating:Get it Here
40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) Switch40 Cup Stainless Steel Hot Water Urn for Shabbat & Yom TovOur Rating:Get it Here
Top Budget Urn
Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)
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Euro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water UrnEuro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water UrnOur Rating:Get it Here
4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat Kettle4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat KettleOur Rating:Get it Here
Top Coffee Urn
Hamilton Beach 42 Cup Coffee UrnHamilton Beach 42-Cup Coffee Urn
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Let’s find out why we chose these Shabbos water urns, shall we?

Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric Pot

Top Shabbos Urn

Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric Pot

Pros

  • Durable – stainless steel exterior & interior for long-lasting performance
  • Reliable – automatic shut-off feature when the pot is empty
  • Very safe – has a safety lock feature that prevents spillages
  • 1-year warranty & great customer service
  • Low cost (and efficient)!

Cons

  • Exterior gets a little hot
  • Boiling a full pot takes time

Why Should You Get it?

Well, what do you know… Chefman has won the “Best Value” hot water dispenser award.

And if you read our review of the best Shabbat hot plate, you probably noticed Chefman was also awarded the “Best Value” hot plate for Shabbos… so no surprises here.

Chefman have consistently proven they can deliver high quality & very affordable kitchenware essentials for Shabbos…and their Shabbat water boiler & warmer is no different.

Their Shabbos hot water dispenser (with the “Shabbos mode”) is entirely made of stainless steel parts. That includes both the interior as well as the exterior, so kiss your cheap plastic pieces goodbye…

Chefman also made a huge effort to make their water boiler efficient with their 700-watt vacuum-insulated container & one-touch electronic dispenser (useful if you want to use it during the week as well), which provides maximum energy efficiency, and yet again – reducing costs!

Tip: Chefman is known for their remarkable customer service… plus you get a 1-year warranty. Hopefully you won’t need it, but nonetheless, it gives you peace of mind…

Why Not?

The only issues with this Shabbat hot water kettle are that it takes a bit longer to boil compared to others. And when it does boil, then the exterior can get pretty hot. But these downsides are pretty trivial relative to the value and the price you’re paying for it.

Who is it For?

A great solution for us religious Jews, especially if you’re looking to get the best value for your money, without spending a fortune on a questionable Shabbos hot water pump.

Bottom Line: A durable, reliable & affordable hot water urn from a very reputable brand. You’ll definitely get the best hot Shabbat water urn out there for a very affordable price.

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Classic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl Kettle

Classic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl Kettle

Pros

  • Beautiful nickel stainless steel design
  • 1-year warranty + CE safety certification (for EU)
  • Doesn’t require Tevillah

Cons

  • The manual pump is a little hard to press
  • Metallic taste at the beginning

Why Should You Get it?

This Kosher hot water urn is ready for immediate use, can be refilled on Yom Tov, and doesn’t require a Tevillah.

It has the important CE safety certification, making it suitable to use in Europe as well.

It will take about 20 minutes to fully boil the water, which is not bad.

Why Not?

The biggest problem by far is that the manual pump is hard to press. You’ll probably need a few presses to fill your cup of coffee, which becomes quite exhausting after a while.

Also, it has a strong metallic taste the first few times you drink the water. It does go away after a while.

Tip: Wash it properly with soap before using it the first time to get rid of the metallic taste.

Bottom Line: A nice Shabbos hot water dispenser, but the manual pump is hard to press.

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Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water Urn

Our Favorite Urn

Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urn

Pros

  • Manual & electronic safety locks
  • Easy-to-press manual pump
  • Very safe
  • Doesn’t require Tevillah

Cons

  • Water indicator tough to spot
  • The top lid is a bit rough (some might say it’s an advantage)

Why Should You Get it?

Pro Chef’s 5-quart hot water urn looks fantastic and definitely does its job in a reliable way.

Like the others, it also has a solid stainless steel design, including the interior, so you won’t taste the infamous “plastic water” taste.

A big benefit of Pro Chef’s Shabbat hot water heater is their very easy-to-press manual pump. You might think it’s not a big deal… but trust me, when you’re using your hot water dispenser every Shabbat & Yom Tov, then it’s ESSENTIAL.

There’s nothing more annoying than a hard to press manual pump. You want to make a cup of coffee, not do a power workout.

And the best use of this hot water pot? To gift it to your Jewish friends & family.

Why? Because every religious Jewish person needs a Kosher hot water urn (this one has a Hechsher), and hopefully a reliable one that “just works”.

Why Not?

The water indicator (the manometer) is difficult to spot, which is a pain when you want to find out how much water you have left.

Who is it For?

For avid tea or coffee Jewish drinkers, especially if you’re looking for a medium-sized hot water urn for your small household.

Also, makes for a great gift for your Jewish friend’s kitchens.

Bottom Line: A fantastic, hassle-free Kosher Shabbat hot water urn that does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

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40 Cup Stainless Steel Hot Water Urn for Shabbat & Yom Tov

 

40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) Switch

Pros

  • Huge capacity (40 cups)
  • Leak-proof tap for continuous one cup serving
  • Child lock top cover
  • CE certified (EU safety) + 1-year warranty
  • Shabbat + Yom Tov settings 

Cons

  • Update: Some are leaky
  • Lid handle not stable
  • More expensive

Why Should You Get it?

The obvious reason first: it has enough capacity to serve 3 Orthodox families of coffee & tea addicts, and still have hot water left (I’ve seen it happen).

Besides the obvious, this Shabbat hot water dispenser is made from high quality, stainless steel parts (no plastic parts) – so it doesn’t peel off, and it sure as hell doesn’t get that smelly plastic odor a lot of the cheaper hot water urns are famously known for.

Add the unique Shabbat & Yom Tov settings this urn comes with, and you get a great hot water dispenser (or “KumKum” in Hebrew) for Shabbos that doesn’t even require a Tevillah.

Tip: Classic Kitchen also offers a 1-year warranty and a great customer service, which is a huge advantage.

Why Not?

Although I listed “expensive” as a con, at the end of the day – you pay for quality (and quantity), so I believe the price is pretty justified.

One important point to keep in mind though – even though it has a child lock top cover, there is no equivalent child lock for the spigot, so it’s best to keep it away from children, preferably in a high place.

Who is it For?

For bigger Jewish families, especially if you’re hosting a lot of people on Shabbat or during the holiday.

That’s why it’s also a great gift for a Jewish family’s housewarming… a big family in particular.

This hot water dispenser has a huge capacity, enough for about 40 cups.

If you’re a household of heavy coffee or tea drinkers, then this is definitely what you’re looking for.

Bottom Line: A safe, shiny & high quality (+ high quantity) Shabbat & Yom Tov hot water dispenser that will serve you well, especially if you’re drinking a lot of hot coffee/tea/cocoa on Shabbat.

Update: Recently, I’ve been hearing some people complain that their urn started leaking after a while, while others remain very satisfied with theirs. If you rather not take that risk, then I recommend you choose one of the other urns on the list.

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Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)

Top Budget Urn

Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)

Pros

  • Auto reboil for Yom Tov refill
  • Small & compact
  • 1-year warranty + CE safety certification (for EU)

Cons

  • The lid is a bit flimsy

Why Should You Get it?

If you’re looking for a small Shabbos hot water dispenser just for yourself or for a single person, then this one is definitely the way to go.

You can safely use it for both Shabbat & Yom Tov, as it has an auto reboil function made especially so you can refill water on Yom Tov.

This Shabbos hot water urn is made by Classic Kitchen, who are known for their fantastic customer support. Plus, they give you a 1-year warranty, so you’re in good hands either way.

Why Not?

Don’t get this electric Shabbat kettle if you have a large family or even a medium-sized family. Its capacity (3.2L) is enough just for 13 cups or so. So, if you’re a coffee/tea fanatic like me, it’s barely enough for 2-3 people.

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a small hot water dispenser just for yourself or for a small group of people, then this is the only Shabbat hot water pot you should get.

It has a 3.2L capacity, which is enough for about 13 cups. That’s more than enough for 1-2 coffee & tea addicts to last the Shabbat.

Bottom Line: A small & compact Shabbat hot water dispenser for a small Jewish household (or for personal use).

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Euro Tech ET7100 5-Quart Hot Water Urn

Euro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water Urn

Pros

  • Heats up very quickly
  • Very quiet
  • One pump fills an entire cup (no multiple presses needed)
  • Cheaper than other brands

Cons

  • Water evaporates rather quickly when you leave it on for a few days
  • Needs some force to dispense water

Why Should You Get it?

The Euro Tech team have outdone themselves with their hot water urn, that was created especially for Shabbat observers.

This Shabbos hot water dispenser can boil up to 5 quarts (almost 5 liters) of water, meaning you’ll be able to fill about 20 cups, easily.

The cute flower design makes it a nice addition to add to your kitchen counter, and definitely a worthy winner of our “Best Value” award.

Why?

  • Does an amazing job heating your water up quickly
  • Has a clean white design, fancying up your kitchen
  • Very (very!) affordable

All you have to do is heat your water (which happens blazingly fast), turn on Shabbat mode – and you’ll be enjoying your hot coffee/tea for the entire Shabbat.

Who is it For?

For anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Whether you’re looking for a hot water dispenser for Shabbat, for Passover (Pesach) or any other Jewish holiday – it will definitely get the job done.

It’s great for your home, office, dorm, garden, room… it will serve you hot water and look very pretty while doing so.

Tip: It’s also a great housewarming gift for a Jewish friend.

Bottom Line: A nicely designed Shabbat hot water urn, and the best value your money can get to enjoy your hot drinks on Shabbat. 

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Also Recommended: What if you’d like a cold drink on Shabbat? Believe it or not – there are also refrigerators for Shabbat.

4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat Kettle

4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat Kettle

Pros

  • Heats water quickly
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Only has a manual pump
  • The cover is not removable

Why Should You Get it?

This stainless-steel Shabbat kettle is a bit bigger than the previous one by Classic Kitchen, so it might be just what you’re looking for if you’re a family of 3-4 coffee/tea drinkers.

It’s also the cheapest Shabbat hot water pot on this list.

Why Not?

It has only a manual hot water pump, which is a pain if you plan to use it for the rest of the week as well.

Also, the cover is not removable, so emptying this Shabbat kettle can be a bit challenging.

Who is it for?

If the price is your only important factor, then this is the cheapest Shabbos hot water dispenser you can probably find.

Bottom Line: A very affordable hot water dispenser, best suitable if you only need it for Shabbat and not the rest of the week. But in my opinion, it’s worth spending an extra $5-$10 and getting the Euro Tech or the Chefman hot water dispensers.

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Hamilton Beach 42-Cup Coffee Urn

Top Coffee Urn

Hamilton Beach 42 Cup Coffee Urn

Pros

  • Makes up to 42 cups – great for large families or social events
  • Brews fast
  • Lasts for a long time 
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • The spigot is too low – problematic for big coffee mugs
  • No insulation (exterior gets very hot to touch)

Why Should You Get it?

At first, I wasn’t planning to include a coffee urn on this list.

Coffee urns aren’t exactly full-fledged Shabbos urns, but more like “one-trick ponies”, designed specifically for coffee. But after receiving a LOT of questions and requests from readers, I decided to cover my favorite coffee urn.

Note: You can technically use it to brew tea, but it’s best suited for brewing coffee.

Hamilton Beach’s coffee urn is a high-quality urn that can pretty much brew any type of coffee: from Starbucks all the way up to your favorite premium Italian coffee.

It brews very fast, so you can just “set it and forget it” a few minutes before Shabbat comes in and focus on your Shabbat cooking.

If nothing goes wrong, you’ll be able to enjoy a hot cup of coffee on Shabbos for a very long time.

Why Not?

First of all, the obvious reason: it’s only for coffee.

I personally like to have the occasional tea (sometimes soup) in the afternoon, so If I had to choose between a regular Shabbos urn and a coffee urn, I would go with the first option.

Another potential issue is the (kind-of) low spigot. If you’re a coffee junkie like I am, you may find it a bit difficult to fit your big coffee mug under there. 

Note: “Normal” size coffee cups fit perfectly.

Who is it for?

Coffee snobs! 

Just kidding…

This is actually a great option if you’re mostly a coffee drinker. And I don’t just mean for  Shabbat – you can use it every day of the week and have hot coffee ready anytime you need a little boost of caffeine during the day.

Bottom Line: A high-quality, affordable coffee urn for people who enjoy a hot cup of Joe on Shabbos. Great for large families or when you’re having guests over for Shabbat.

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Final Verdict

Let’s have a big round of applause for our winners – the top hot water urns for Shabbat:

    
Top Shabbos Urn Our Favorite Urn Top Budget Urn Top Coffee Urn
Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric PotChefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric Pot
Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnPro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urn
Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)Hamilton Beach 42 Cup Coffee UrnHamilton Beach 42-Cup Coffee Urn
Our Rating:Our Rating:Our Rating:Our Rating:
Get it HereGet it HereGet it HereGet it Here

Top Shabbos Urn: Chefman’s Shabbos hot water pot is the clear winner here. The durability, reliability, safety and of course the cheap price make this water dispenser a bargain and simply a must-have in any Jewish kitchen, and a clear winner of our Best hot water urn award.

Our Favorite Urn: Pro Chef’s urn wins our favorite Shabbat hot water urn award. I really had a hard time finding any real “problems” with this one (yes, the water indicator is a bit annoying, but let’s not be picky here). Pro Chef’s water pot is literally “plug and play”. Any Jewish family, regardless of their religious level, can simply plug it in and start using it. No special cleaning, no Tevillah, no nothing. How great is that?

Top Budget Urn: Classic Kitchen is one of the top hot water urn brands out there, and this little beast is a perfect example of why. Inexpensive, very professionally made and lasts for a long time. Plus, you can use it to refill and reboil water on Yom Tov – Yep – hot coffee & tea on holidays!  

Top Coffee Urn: Is it true that a hot water dispenser is a MUST item in every Jewish kitchen? Not if all you drink on Shabbos is coffee… If you’re a coffee junkie, then you can fill a coffee urn all nice and good and keep coming back for a refill. And thanks Hamilton Beach’s fantastic coffee urn, you can do it for a LOT cheaper than a full-blown hot water urn.

Conclusion

That’s all folks.

I hope you found your next Shabbos hot water urn, and that you’ll think of me the next time you’re sipping your hot coffee/tea on Shabbat.

Now when Shabbat comes, all you have to do is turn on Shabbat mode, relax, and enjoy your coffee/tea.

Shabbat Shalom 🙂

P.S: Leave a comment below and let me know which Shabbat urn you chose, or if you’d like to invite me for a hot cup of coffee from your new urn 🙂

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33 thoughts on “8 Best Shabbat Hot Water Urns & Dispensers for Shabbos (2018 Reviews)

  • September 15, 2017 at 12:19

    thanks for sharing it. it’s really helpful for me to purchase this hot water kettle.i love that one Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT. tell me from where I get it and how much price it is?

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    • September 15, 2017 at 16:08

      Hey Kelly, glad you found the Classic Kitchen kettle helpful. it’s a great hot water urn… You can get it here (on Amazon)

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  • September 15, 2017 at 14:48

    This was incredibly helpful, thank you!

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    • September 15, 2017 at 16:09

      Happy to help out Alex 🙂

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  • September 18, 2017 at 17:18

    HI!
    I’m looking into this and wondering if it has the same certification that other models have that it doesn’t require tevillah? I can’t find any info on that on the Amazon listing, but I know that’s the case with some other ProChef products.

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    • September 19, 2017 at 02:16

      Hi Menucha!

      Both Classic Kitchen hot water urns on this list don’t require a Tevillah.

      Take a look here for example…

      If I remember correctly, the Pro Chef urn also doesn’t require Tevillah. I can’t seem to find the source that mentioned that though. You may want to contact them to double check.

      Hope this helps, and Shana Tova!

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      • September 19, 2017 at 19:37

        HI – just a quick update – I got it in the mail now and it has the certification on it! Definitely a huge plus and worth adding to your review!

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        • September 19, 2017 at 21:14

          Hallelujah!

          Thanks for letting us know Menucha! Enjoy your Shabbos urn 🙂

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  • October 13, 2017 at 09:06

    I wanted to purchase a hot water urn for this festive season. I have read your entire article and I got the best hot water urn for me. Thanks for sharing.

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    • October 15, 2017 at 02:17

      You’re very welcome Harry!

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  • October 18, 2017 at 05:09

    Hi. Thanks for your reviews. I saw you did not mention any coffee urns which can also be used as hot water urns and are cheaper. Is this because you feel they are not good, or you just did not include them because they are not strictly hot water urns? I am referring to Hamilton Beach and West Bend brands. I’d love to know what you think of those. Thanks!

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    • October 18, 2017 at 19:44

      Hey Yael!

      To be honest, I thought about including a coffee urn on the list, but decided at the time that it’s too narrow focused on coffee only, while a Shabbos hot water urn is multiuse. But lately I have been getting a lot of questions about coffee urns (you’re not the only one), so I might include a few coffee urns in the article when I get some time on my hands.

      To answer your question about which coffee urn I recommend – you named the best 2 out there… Both Hamilton Beach and West Bend are great, so I would go with one of those. (I slightly prefer Hamilton Beach over West Bend, but both are good)

      Hope this helps 🙂

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  • November 20, 2017 at 02:28

    If you live in an area with hard water, be aware that CLR is great for removing sediment buildup from urns.
    It does not have Passover certification, though.

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  • November 20, 2017 at 04:46

    Hi. Thank you for this thoughtful, current comparison and review. I wish this was around a few years ago.

    Our family has purchased at least 6 different “shabbos urns” over the past 15 years. I’d ;like to share some of my experiences with such urns. I believe there are two weaknesses with them that should be kept in mind before purchase.

    For any urn with a manual pump, I have found that the manual pump loses its vacuum seal in less than a year’s time. You can extend the life of the manual pump by only using the electric dispense button when it is not Shabbat.

    While the “classic kitchen’ style of handle and method of dispensing water avoids the need for the vacuum, the sides of the urn are hot to the touch and the handle is both accessible and interesting to young children. Extreme caution must be used when using this pump in a home with children.

    The second flaw in all “shabbos urn” models is that the heating element burns out too quickly for my taste- with an average 2 year life span with consistent weekly use. We keep ours plugged in Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, with approximately 2 refills per week. I believe this is due to quality control/ manufacturing issues, but it’s cheaper to replace than repair the unit.
    .
    If you are comfortable replacing your “shabbos urn” annually, you can just buy a new one each Passover, when they go on sale. This way, the heating element issue won’t affect you..

    Otherwise, the old fashioned style Hamilton Beach and West End coffee makers last longer, . Note they are hot to the touch and have low, easy to dispense handles. Caution around children is necessary.

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    • November 21, 2017 at 01:20

      Wow CJ, thanks for your detailed and insightful comment.

      I’m sure this will help a lot of people!

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  • December 28, 2017 at 17:54

    Does the Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L) Electric Kettle Hot Water Boiler Urn Pump Pot, Stainless Steel with Auto Dispense and Shabbat Mode (recommendation #4, above) have a plasticy taste? Are there any plastic parts?
    We are looking for something small, stainless steel, and no plastic. Is this our best bet?

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    • December 28, 2017 at 20:25

      Hey Esther,

      If you’re looking for a small urn, then this does sound like your safest bet. There are very little “moving parts”, and the body is made of stainless steel, so you won’t have any plasticy taste. You might have a bit of a metallic taste when using it for the first time. If you do, then just give it a little clean when you use it for the first time, and you’ll get rid of it easily.

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  • January 7, 2018 at 22:10

    I’m looking for a large urn, kind of for a shul. Any ideas?

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    • January 7, 2018 at 23:01

      Hey Yossi,

      Classic Kitchen’s urn is your best bet for a shul. It’s big and can fill many cups, which is probably what you need.

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  • January 28, 2018 at 02:33

    You mention that the Chefman has an electronic dispense mode. I don’t understand how that would be suitable for Shabbos, and I don’t see a manual pump in the picture. Am I missing something? (my old Classic Kitchen had a manual pump for Shabbos).

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    • January 28, 2018 at 19:12

      Hi Lisanne,

      The Chefman urn has both an electronic dispenser AND a manual pump to dispense the water manually. When you turn on the “Shabbos mode”, then the auto dispenser is disabled and you can only use the manual pump.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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      • April 18, 2018 at 21:23

        I bought it and I am not happy. I was happy the first day (although it has a plasticy odor at the beginning but instructions indicate it is normal and fades away). At first manual pump works fine with 2-3 presses but the next day it loses force and doesn’t dispense manually anymore,

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        • April 19, 2018 at 01:24

          Hey Reut,

          Really? That’s surprising.

          Did you contact Chefman’s support? Their support is very good, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

          As for the plastic taste – in my experience, it tends to “fade away” after a while. So I wouldn’t worry too much about it. A quick little hack to speed up the process: wash your urn with citric acid and hot water… that should do it 🙂

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  • March 2, 2018 at 21:37

    Do you know where to buy hot water urns that have already undergone tevilat keilim?

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    • March 4, 2018 at 02:16

      Check out the Pro Chef and Classic Kitchen Shabbos urns I mentioned above… both of them don’t require Tevilah.

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  • March 21, 2018 at 07:06

    Thanks sso much for the review. Why do some urns say you can add cold water on yom tov and some don’t? Shouldn’t you be able to add cold water to any urn on yom tov as long as you add the water while the urn is in middle of a reboil cycle? Can you add cold water on yom tov to the 5 quart Pro Chef or Chefman? Also, does the Chefman need tevilla?

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    • March 21, 2018 at 18:52

      Hey Nechama,

      The hot water urns that support water refill on Yom Tov have a special feature that prevents automatic mechanisms from turning on every time you fill it with cold water. In “regular” hot water urns – every time you refill the urn with cold water, it automatically triggers the urn’s boil function, and as a result – the “boil” light is turned on. This is obviously not allowed on Shabbos or Yom Tov.

      Regarding Chefman – if I remember correctly, it does require Tevillah.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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  • March 23, 2018 at 15:43

    Question: Thanks for the article! I use a Hamilton Beach hot water urn just for hot water. When it’s a Yom Tov into Shabbos, can I had water to the urn on Yom Tov? Does that turn the indicator light off?
    If it does is that a problem? Am I allowed to use my hot water insink dispenser on Yom Tov to then fill the urn?? Thank you!!

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    • March 24, 2018 at 23:30

      Hey Yocheved,

      The Hamilton Beach hot water urn doesn’t have a dedicated Yom Tov mode, so I don’t know whether refilling it on Yom Tov is OK (I’m pretty sure it’s not). This is something you’d probably want to consult with a Rabbi. I’m definitely not qualified to give an Hechsher… I know my boundaries 🙂

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  • April 18, 2018 at 21:24

    THANKS A LOT very helpful. I must say the most important thing to me and I think to many others is how hot the water gets and stays? and a table for comparison would make it great 🙂

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    • April 19, 2018 at 01:28

      You’re welcome Reut 🙂

      As far as I know, none of the urns I mentioned have any problem with heating the water or keeping it hot throughout Shabbat.

      But indeed it’s a good idea to test that and add it to the table. I’ll definitely add that to my Todo list 🙂

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  • May 15, 2018 at 07:13

    I’m looking for an urn that is double-wall stainless steel, since I don’t want the water to be held in unhealthy aluminum. I want it to have a spigot, not a pump. The few Shabbos ones that I’ve seen are very expensive. Can a regular urn be used on Shabbos and Yom Tov if you don’t refill it and it has a spigot?

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    • May 15, 2018 at 15:32

      Hey Jerry,

      The problem with using a regular urn is that they usually have electric mechanisms that reboil the water after a while, which makes them not suitable for Shabbos.

      The hot water urns I mentioned aren’t that expensive (take a look at our award-winning urns, especially the “Top Budget Pick”).

      If you insist on a spigot – then yes, it’ll cost you a little more (like Classic Kitchen’s stainless steel urn).

      Another option is got a Shabbat coffee urn (like the Hamilton Beach I mentioned above). Their quality is excellent, they’re cheaper and they’re more than enough if you just need coffee or tea on Shabbos.

      Hope this helps!

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