Best Shabbat Hot Water Urn & Hot Water Dispenser for Shabbos Reviews (2017)

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Shabbat Hot Water Urns

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.

Best Shabbat Hot Water Urns

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

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Top Pick Our Favorite Best Value Top Gift
Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric PotChefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric PotClassic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl KettleClassic Kitchen 5.0 Qt Nickel Pearl Kettle40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) Switch40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) SwitchClassic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)Euro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water UrnEuro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water Urn4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat Kettle4 Quart Stainless Steel Manual Shabbat Kettle
Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnPro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnt
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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 Pick

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, 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’s still incredibly important.

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 compared to the upsides 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 your 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

  • Manual pump is 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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40 Cup Stainless Steel Hot Water Urn for Shabbat & Yom Tov

Our Favorite

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
  • Easy to clean
  • Shabbat + Yom Tov settings 

Cons

  • 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 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.

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Classic Kitchen CK321NP 3.5QT (3.2L)

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

  • 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 personal use).

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Euro Tech ET7100 5-Quart Hot Water Urn

Best Value

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 cutely designed Shabbat hot water urn, and the best value your money can get to enjoy your hot drinks on Shabbat. 

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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
  • 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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Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urn

Top Gift

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
  • 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 “just works”.

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Final Verdict

So, what are the best hot water urns for Shabbat?

A big round of applause for our winners:

    
Top Pick Our Favorite Best Value Top Gift
Chefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric PotChefman Hot Water Dispenser Instant Electric Pot40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) Switch40 Cup Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Hot Water Urn with Holiday (Yomtov) SwitchEuro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water UrnEuro Tech Et7100 5 Quart Hot Water Urn
Pro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnPro Chef PC8100 5-Quart Hot Water urnt
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Top Pick: 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: You probably noticed that Classic Kitchen is pretty dominant on this list, huh? So, it’s probably not a huge surprise that they also won Our favorite Shabbat hot water urn award. This is the only real Kosher Shabbat water heater suitable for big Jewish families, holidays & special events. Add that to their safety features, warranty & remarkable customer support – and you can see why they’re our clear favorite.

Best Value: If it was a beauty pageant, then Euro Tech’s Shabbat hot water urn could’ve easily won the “miss Urn award”… but since we don’t have that, I’ll just give it the “Best Value” award. Inexpensive, very professionally made, and lasts for a long time. There’s a reason this Shabbos water urn “flies off the shelf”…

Top Gift: A hot water dispenser is a MUST item in every Jewish kitchen. So naturally, it’s a great idea to gift one to your Jewish friends or family. And when you do that, then you should definitely choose Pro Chef’s 5-quart hot water urn. This water pot is “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?

Summary

That’s all folks.

I hope I helped you find your next Shabbos hot water urn, and that you’ll think of me the next time you’re sipping your hot coffee or tea on Shabbat 🙂

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

Now I’m curious: which of these Shabbat hot water dispensers did you like best & ended up choosing? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Comments

  1. 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?

    1. Author

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

  2. 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.

    1. Author

      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!

      1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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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      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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. Author

      Wow CJ, thanks for your detailed and insightful comment.

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

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