kitchenaid coffee-makers-teapots

Information about the problems and breakdowns of KitchenAid coffee makers and teapots that were reported from 2005 to 2020.

Common problems: burning, explosion, fire, melting, overheating, sharp edges.

Faulty modules: door, filter, heating element.


1 safety recalls announced

Whirlpool Recall of KitchenAid Coffeemakers

  • Date: 6/2/2005

An internal electrical component of the coffeemaker can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The recalled KitchenAid coffeemakers are black, white, red, or blue in color. The affected models include 10 - cup models and 12 - cup models: KCM120OB, KCM300OB, KCM200OB, KCM400OB, KCM120WH, KCM300WH, KCM200WH, KCM400WH, KCM400ER, KCM400BU. The serial number begins with the letters WCJ, WCK, WCL, WCM, and WCP.

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16 issues reported


  • Date: 5/29/2011

Consumer reports that the tea kettle has two problems. When the consumer pours the water, it can come out with explosive force. Half a cup is poured before the consumer is able to stop pouring. The steam from the spout can also burn the hand when water is being poured.

KitchenAid 51629

  • Date: 8/21/2011

Handle of teakettle, round ball like design, gets overheat after being heated on gas range on medium setting & metal logo insert is burning hot. Also when pour boiling hot water, it will not break lip tension & will run down front of it & onto counter or 57 YOM feet & floor.

KitchenAid KCM222CU

  • Date: 12/21/2011

The coffee maker’s door swing open posing a burn hazard. No mechanism keeps the door secured. The unit has the coffee spill out of the rubber gasket atop. This gasket glue is peeling. The hot coffee has spilled on consumer’s foot. The new unit he received poses same hazard.

KitchenAid KCM111OB

  • Date: 9/22/2012

Coffee maker shorted out after it finished brewing. Consumer unplugged it & let it dry. Month later, water wouldn't filter through coffee maker & unit was hot to touch. Replacement coffee maker also shorted out once & sometimes doesn't filter water through during brewing.


  • Date: 9/24/2012

Consumer stated that coffeemaker was cleaned prior to use, but coffee had strong smell & taste of melted plastic. After drinking coffee consumer had diarrhea. Consumer exchanged coffeemaker for different brand unit & had similar experience with it.

KitchenAid KCM1402ER0

  • Date: 3/27/2013

A 57 YOF was making a pot of coffee. After about 3- 4 minutes, the basket door, which is spring-loaded, flew open. Hot coffee & coffee grinds hit her on her wrist & her stomach. The consumer was burned on her stomach & her left wrist. The incident reoccurred.

KitchenAid 51629

  • Date: 7/23/2013

A 41-YOF reports that the handle of the teakettle gets very hot and can't be held without insulation and its position places hand right over the steam. Also, poor short design of the spout makes the water come out explosively during initial pourings. Consumer was injured.

KitchenAid KCM222CUO

  • Date: 1/30/2014

Consumer stated recently they found that even though coffee maker had automatically turned off, burner had remained on cooking what coffee was left. It appears to just be full on. It does this all the time & it gets so hot that it must be unplugged for fear of burning down.


  • Date: 1/8/2015

51yof, reported her kettle spewed water out forcefully when it was poured. She burned her hands multiple times & it took several days for the burn to heal. The Kettle also contained Rust. Consumer, when contacted the manufacturer, she was sent a replacement Kettle.

KitchenAid KCM1402ERO

  • Date: 1/16/2015

The consumer stated that while the coffee maker was turned off (but plugged in), the heating element came on. The indicator light did not come on.

KitchenAid KCM222CU0

  • Date: 9/10/2015

Consumer used coffee maker & set unit to 4 hours. About 5-6 hours later light on unit turned off so she thought that unit was off & burned three fingers on right hand while wiping hot plate of coffee maker. She had blisters & applied 1st aid to fingers.

KitchenAid KCM1110B

  • Date: 1/24/2016

Coffee maker failed to shut down after brewing. Consumer turned off the unit & noticed that pot & burner were still very warm to touch even though the heating indicator was extinguished. When plugged back, brew process restarted once again without switch being depressed.

KitchenAid RKCM1402 ER

  • Date: 3/7/2016

The consumer stated that her coffeemaker has a hinged door for the coffee basket. While brewing, this door sometimes pops open. In an incident, the door popped open, sending the decanter, full of hot coffee flying. The decanter broke.

KitchenAid KCM111OB

  • Date: 8/30/2016

Electric coffee maker has hidden medal hinge pin in top rear that protrudes out after 3 weeks of daily use. This pin is sharp & can puncture skin. It is located where you hang plastic water canister in top rear of coffee maker. 2 replacement coffee makers have same problem.

KitchenAid KCM111

  • Date: 11/1/2017

The consumer, 57, stated that when pouring coffee into a cup, scalding steam came up through the opening where the cover on the coffee maker's carafe is attached to the handle and burned her hand.

KitchenAid KCM222CU

  • Date: 8/10/2020

36 YOM consumer reports that the plastic ting that connects the handle to the glass portion of the coffee maker came off and splashed hot coffee. The piece can be reapplied by press fitting it, but it's unsafe and could happen again and cause scalding or laceration injuries.

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