Viva Appliances Viva Self Clean Stainless Steel Water Cooler : You can do better for this price

We just received this product from a recommendation from a colleague. We are still in the process of setting it up but are excited for the hot and cold features.

The viva self clean stainless steel water cooler w/ hot & cold has been nothing but a five star product ever since it was delivered. The short story: the cold water is 38 degrees f and the hot water is 178 degrees f. The water tastes great after cleaning the tank via the instructions and running about 5 gallons through it. You can adjust the cold water temperature but i don’t think you can do so for the hot. The long story: the instructions were very clear and easy to understand. Setup was a breeze and cleaning the unit was easy. You need to make sure the unit is upright for at least an hour if not longer before use. Full clean took about an hour (mostly due to waiting for the unit to disinfect). The unit has rubber feet that can be turned to level the unit. I attached round felt pads to them to prevent scratches on my hardwoods.

Viva Self Clean Stainless Steel Water Cooler with Hot & Cold by Viva Appliances

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  • Bacteria buildup is prevented by using reactive oxygen to clean the insides of the cooler. It automatically cleans six times a day. Avoids the muddy taste that develops over time in normal coolers from not being cleaned.
  • Approximately 70% stainless steel front has the most stainless steel out of any top loading retail cooler.
  • Professional grade construction uses a stronger frame than used by normal coolers. Build quality is designed to last for many years of heavy use.
  • IceChill technology powerfully cools the water using a large ice block. Water is maintained at a frigidly cold temperature, making a delicious and refreshing cup of water. Makes 1.6 gallons of very cold water every hour.
  • Proprietary heating technology maintains water in the ideal steaming hot range. Makes robust cups of tea, instead of weak watery tea. Makes 1.3 gallons of piping hot water every hour.

The controls are too high for my one year old to reach which is great because with other coolers he soaks people’s floor because he can reach the lever.

My husband purchased this online, after reading all the positive reviews about it, and it arrived within the time frame (5-10 business days). It was easy to set up and requires you to ‘level’ it (which i have never seen before on any cooler). I love the stainless steel and also love the light that is in between the hot and cold water spouts. You can also turn off the hot water (which we did) spout if you don’t need it (which we don’t).

Set up is easy, and so far it works great. Buy it from sears and you’ll get free shipping. For some reason, the day i bought it there was a big discount andit only cost me $194. Besides, i trust sears if anything goes wrong with it.

Viva Self Clean Stainless Steel Water Cooler with Hot & Cold by Viva Appliances : I just have to find someone who can load the 5 gallon bottles on top for me. Can someone tell me where to get smaller bottles ?.

Update: had this unit almost a year and a half now. Still works as well as it did the first day. Original review:had this unit about a month now. Pros:i use the hot water out of this to brew tea, no additional heating required. It is steaming hotthe cold water is nice and cold. Some water coolers have ‘cool’ water; this water cooler has *cold* water. The self-cleaning feature is nice, less work for me. Unit was well packed for deliverythe hot water has a 2-step button which reduces the chance of a child burning themselvescons:expensiveit is a little shorter than other water coolers i’ve seen (so if you are tall, you will have to bend over quite a bit)it does make more noise than most other water coolers. Not sure if it is the self-cleaning, or because of the extra heating/coolingi think it would tip over without too much effort, so if you have young kids or large dogs, you will want to put it in a corner or attach it to a wall (no attachment hardware is included, fyi). I have a 5 year old and 2 dogs, and in a corner the unit is fine.

Very please with my new water cooler’.

To start, the installation was easy once we got the bottle receptacle up and out. Did the initial cleaning process of it to ensure the product worked to its full potential and the process isn’t difficult. Easy instructions and i like the fact that it comes with a strap to secure it to the wall to prevent any tipping hazard, especially due to the size. I like the stainless steel and the overall design of this cooler, although it is shorter and smaller than my last water cooler.It holds a 5 gallon water container just fine. Tested the cold and hot water, the cold is about 40- 42 degrees f (raytech laser thermometer) and the hot water about 190 degree f or higher (using a meat thermometer). Don’t hold me to these temperatures, i just wanted to give a decent temperature reading rather than saying pretty cold and really hot. I like that the buttons are on top, as a practical ‘child safety’ precaution. I haven’t noticed any noises with the self-clean setting, but if i do i’ll enjoy the reassurance that it’s self-cleaning and i don’t have to bother with it. I’ve researched different water coolers for 3 weeks before purchasing this one and i’m happy with my decision.

We purchased this about a month ago and so far, there have been so issues at all. The design is a lot nicer than many others and doesn’t look like an eyesore in the house. The water is quite cold when it comes out and there is also a nice nightlight if needed for evening/middle of the night usage. Overall, we are very satisfied with the cooler and would recommend it.

The look of this unit is very nice. The cold and hot features all work well. The only reason for the 4 star rating is that at times this machine is a bit noisy. I like the fact that this dispenser is self cleaning .

I gave this water cooler four stars only because it is so little. I am 5’6 and i have to bend over to get water. I replaced a standard sized cooler for this one because my old cooler would no longer get cold. Only the hot water function worked. I spent 2 weeks online researching coolers before i chose this one. I wanted a top loader because i didn’t want to deal with the hassle of leakage and other issues associated with bottom loaders. The self cleaning function is a huge plus. I routinely cleaned my old water cooler, draining it and using a bleach or vinegar solution. It was a pain to do all that work but i felt good about drinking from a clean cooler. It is a little noisy when it is self cleaning but i don’t mind it at all. It’s cute but i wish it were bigger. Other than the size i would have given it five stars.

The cooler is working well but is pretty noisy. Also, we expected it to be higher.

Whirlpool warranty support pushes you to this aging unit as a warranty replacement for their much better built units. This unit only has hot and cold no pot/coffee water non heated dispensing option. Additionally it is very noisy and way too short and i am not a tall person. It does function well at this point i have only had it a couple of weeks. It’s best features are it is supposedly self cleaning and it also has an excellent bottle piercing baffle.

Its a beautiful unit but it is designed for store bought or delivered bottles which have a rubber topper that can be punched thru when loading the water bottle. We fill our own bottles at water kiosks, so loading the bottles is very messy. Trying to load the bottles and hold them at an angle while inserting the hose drips water everywhere. Also the unit still has to be cleaned every 3 months or even when it tastes off, so paying extra for self cleaning feature defeats the purpose. Apparently the lines get clogged.

Directions need to be updated though for new self-cleaning model, they tell you to remove a piece that can not be removed with self cleaning model.

My previous discpenser lasted 4 years. It was a ge profile and the hot water heater went. The white residue from the water was like sand. This self clean is such a great feature. The noise takes some getting used to. It cycles often and sounds like water is boiling. Love the light in the dispenser area and it is small an sleek compared to other models.

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Small Oval Roaster – Marble – beautiful roasting pan

Works well, love the blue color.

Wicked cute though, and cleans easily. Here are the specifications for the Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Small Oval Roaster – Marble:

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  • Perfect for small poultry and roasts
  • Enamelware is not intended for microwave use
  • 7.5″ x 10.5″7.5″ x 10.5″

Very well made and sturdy, color is attractive, and the size is perfect for small roasts etc. Since the kids have all moved out it is the most used roaster we have. Great vendor, everything as promised.

Works good on the wood burner.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Sooooooooo Adorable!!!
  • Worth the cost.
  • Very well made and sturdy, color is attractive

Cute on my counter and perfect size when cooking for two.

I have been looking for this size granite ware pan for a couple of years. Apparently there isn’t hardly anyone who makes them anymore, i inherited the one i used to have but a hole rusted through the bottom of it and i’ve missed it. I hesitated paying the price asked on this one for awhile but finally bought it. The ingenious little thing i hadn’t noticed about it in the pictures was the off placement of the handles. It really makes for a sturdy hold on the pan. Though i would have been happy with the traditional dark blue pan, this one is pretty.

This is just what i was looking for and is a perfect size. The offset handles took a few minutes to get comfortable using but i highly recommend this roaster.

My apartment building has been without cooking gas for more than a year due to building violations, mismanagement, etc. I should have done this long ago but i recently bought a cuisinart toa-60 cuisinart convection toaster oven air fryer and discovered that most of the roasters and broiling pans i own do not fit. I set out to rectify this problem and discovered that there aren’t many items that will fit an 11′ by 10′ space within the oven. This roasting pan is among the items i found and it is adorable. I have been using similar roasting pans for my oven long ago – and they were great. I am certain that this roaster will perform equally well.

This was an item my husband frowned at; now he uses it as much as me. The size is convenient to a two to three person meal. Cooks just as well as my one for large turkey, could not be more pleased.

I ordered this in the red marble. Unfortunately i was not able to receive one with the black rim. I think this would have really added to the overall look of the roaster. I also had to order the matching spoon at cherry creek cottage, where they have an enormous amount of this same marbleware, all kinds of pieces, and the owner is super helpful. She even called me within an hour of my inquiry email. She got both size spoons, measured the ‘bowl’ part of each spoon so i’d know how much the spoon would hold, went in the back and got this same small roaster, put each spoon in the roaster to see how well each fit, and how much of the handle hung over the rim. (the 12′ spoon gives you about 2′ of overhang making it the better choice, while the 8′ almost sits in the pan). Amazon did not sell the spoons when i bought the roaster, so i looked elsewhere online to purchase it.

Soooooooo cutejust the right size for 2 people. It has raised parts, in the bottom, inside, to keep meat up. It may not work as good for lasagna, (the same company has a lasagna pan. ), but great for chicken, or a small roast. It will hold 3 or 4 chicken breasts. Maybe a small turkey breast. I will update my review, after using it. The color is much brighter in person.

I think the paint on this is so pretty, and the offset handles are wonderful–makes it so easy to get in and out of the oven.

Just the right size for a meatloaf. It is also very easy to clean. I would highly recommend this.

This is perfect size for one/two people servings – i love cooking small ham in this roaster pan, and it always turns out delicious.

It is a small roaster, i was hoping it was bigger but it will fit a small roast or chicken. Don’t think about putting a turkey in it for thanskgiving.

This is a great pan for your smaller needs. My husband made his roast pork in it. He loves it, plus it’s pretty.

My mom and i are obsessed with these products. The packaging from this company was tops.

Perfect as described and meets my needs.

Can’t say enough good stuff about this roaster. This brand of enamelware is not only attractive, it’s the easiest to clean up. Baked on mac and cheese or scalloped potatoes swish off with no scrubbing after even a brief soaking in hot water. I have several pieces and always get compliments on them when i take them somewhere. Much heavier than what you buy at you local discount stores. I use lower temps in my oven when using this as stuff cooks faster.

I have a hard time visualizing sizes from numbers, so this turned out to be a little smaller than i expected. It is about the same size as a boiler/fryer chicken. The chicken would fill this from side to side and almost from top to bottom. At first i wasn’t sure if i would keep it, then i realized that for my household of one, it’s the perfect size. It will be perfect for a game hen and roast vegetables, or two chicken breaths with dressing. I’m sure i’ll come up with other uses. Just be aware if you are planning on cooking a whole chicken with enough dressing or vegetables to feed a family, you might find it too small for what you need.

Hamilton Beach BrewStation 12-Cup Dispensing Coffeemaker : Five Stars

The timer is great, coffee ready when you wake up. No complaints from the recipient.

I have always been a fan of the brewstation machine because i love the ease of just putting my cup right up to it and the quick and clean dispense. My previous one lasted for years and i was afraid to buy a new one, because that one had worked perfectly. When i saw this one, i was immediately a fan again because it’s red and my kitchen is accented in red. At first i was a little worried though, because i thought it may be too red. But it is not a flashy color red, at least with the light in my kitchen, it appears a darker, more subdued red like ‘wine’ colored- which is perfect. It’s very stylish in appearance and i’ve gotten compliments on it’s appearanceas i read in the frequently asked questions, my pot too does make a sizzling noise the entire time it’s on warming. I have yet to try some of the tips others have listed to stop that. I’ve just grown to ignore it. But my last brewstation didn’t do that and i see that others don’t all have that problem, so it is something that should be corrected. (update, i can not seem to ‘fix’ or stop the sizzling problem. I can see the element inside the tank that is used for warming the coffee now has a ‘hot’ or burn type spot on it. )i love that the coffee stays hot for up to 4 hours, which is how long i drink it in the morning so that is perfect. The old maker warmed it, this one keeps it hot and i have to let it sit for a couple minutes so i don’t burn my tongue.

We like this product overall as it keeps coffee hot and it dispenses coffee easily. Our only complaint is the drip tray falls off any time the pot is moved.

Same as standard model with the shine of candy apple metallic finish. I chose this model as the color was the wife’s choice but it had all of the newer functions we were looking for in a simple auto start maker. Had to get used to the on button not operating like the old model we had when reheating the coffee. The old one we had you just needed to punch the on button again if there was some left in the tank that you wanted to reheat. The first time we did this on this model it kept saying there was no water and would not start. Had to get out the manual and actually read it:) the reheat option operates a little different, not difficult however so keep this in mind. I would definitely recommend this model if you want an auto start 12 cup maker.

  • Liked them all but this is the first one that
  • Replaced Earlier Model
  • Pretty & not messy

Hamilton Beach BrewStation 12-Cup Dispensing Coffeemaker, 48466-MX, Candy Apple Red

At last found a very good coffee maker at any price. Love at how fast coffee pours out dosnt need a pump to pour like my last one. Works great and its very quite.

I love the one handed dispensing. This is my second one first one lasted 3 yrs.

I really didn’t know what to expect ordering on line, but when it got here i was really pleased at the eay it looked. It’s performance is excellent too. Would definitely buy it again.

My mom loved this coffeemaker.

Good coffee pot, sometimes awkward to fill.

It was missing a rubber foot out of the package so it sits uneven. Also it doesn’t take much for the whole thing to scoot on the table when you press the dispenser button. It’s also pretty annoying to fill. Water drips on to the counter nearly every time i fill the tank. I do like not having to pour even with its annoyances. The coffee tastes great and is never burned. That’s probably my favorite part. For the price its probably worth it. Next time i’ll upgrade to the next price bracket.

The absolute coolest coffee maker i’ve ever had.

So far very happy with this product.

Very nice and easy to use ,just what i wanted.

Had an earlier model but after 5 years or so, a plastic piece broke rendering it inoperable. This newer version is quite attractive and hamilton beach made a few alterations and refinements. I’m hoping for another 5 years.

My husband and i enjoy the dispensing coffeemaker- easier to clean, love the color and no carafs that break or have to wash.

I have had this coffee maker for about a year. Mine works great and i love dispensing my coffee. Coffee taste great and is always hot.

I’ve used brewstations for years. I’ve probably had about five different models. Liked them all but this is the first one that doesn’t have any design problems. I had this design maybe 5 years ago but with stainless steel instead of red. At that time water leaked when you poured it into the tank making a mess every morning. Only remarks i could make is the clock is not visible over 8 feet away. Hamiton beach should have thought about fiber optics from the bright clock light to the despenser for people with black cups.

I love not have a carafe to get messy as they tend to do over time. I do wish my first cup of coffee was as hot as the second, but all in all i really like my new coffee maker.

Had the black one but i preferred red and looked for it everywhere didn’t find it but amazon had the red color. Love it brews awesome and keeps my coffee fresh for hours. It’s like having a fresh cup of coffee every time.

Awesome coffee maker and super fast shippinglove it.

My second coffee maker purchased last one lasted 5 years it still worked but looked kinda worn out.