Tiger vs Zojirushi Water Boiler - Battle of Japanese Dispensers

Being trustworthy and high-profile companies, Tiger Corporation and Zojirushi pose tough competition for one another in both the water boiler market and the rice cooker market.

Both Japanese firms fetch a considerable amount of sales and have good reputations amongst buyers for the quality, efficiency, and affordability of their products.

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You really can't go wrong with either brand. Nevertheless, we decided to take a closer look and compare and contrast both products, looking at their respective features, buyer feedback, ratings, and reviews.

We decided to focus on two popular models: the previously reviewed Tiger PDU-A40U-K Electric Water Boiler and Warmer from Tiger Corporation and the Zojirushi 586361-CV-DCC40XT Water Boilers and Warmer.

Let’s look at different aspects of these water boilers to see which one may be best for you.

Best for Safety

1. Tiger PDU-A40U-K Electric Water Boiler and Warmer

The Tiger PDU-A40U-K comes in a very sleek black and stainless-steel design that blends well with your kitchen. With a lever-type dispense button – water is easy to get. One simple and light push of a button is all it takes for you to get a mug or maybe a pot of hot water.

The PDU-A40U-K has a removable lid that can be easily detached with a hook found at the back section of the lid whenever it calls for some cleaning which is easy to do. With a host of easy-to-use features, it’s no wonder why the Tiger PDU-A40U-K is one of the best sellers in the water boiler market arena.

The Tiger PDU-A40U-K comes in with the following key features:

  • 4-temperature setting control (208-, 194-, 176- and 158-degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Has an automated shut-off feature for power-saving purposes.
  • Removable upper lid for easy maintenance work
  • Detachable power cord for both safety and convenience
  • Dechlorinate mode is used for reducing chlorine or removing any unwelcome odors inside the water boiler


  • Large 4-liter capacity.
  • Heats water at different temperatures.
  • Equipped with safety features.
  • Power cord is detachable.
  • Lid is completely removable.
  • Dechlorination mode present.
  • Large and user-friendly LCD panel.
  • Water level gauge.
  • Easy to clean, Non-stick interior.
  • Highly rated: 4.4 out of 5 user rating.
  • 3, 4 and 5 liter variants available.


  • Café drip dispensing mode is not supported.
  • Slightly smaller window for water level gauge.
  • Lacks timer.

Best Overall

2. Zojirushi 586361-CV-DCC40XT America Corporation Ve Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer, 4-Liter, Stainless Dark Brown

The Zojirushi 586361-CV-DCC40XT Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer is the gold standard water boiler.

This Japanese hot water dispenser in either the 4 or 5-liter model, has a lot of capacity for those who need a lot of hot water on demand and has many state-of-the-art features, most notably its variable temperature settings and its ability to keep water hot with minimal energy use due to its insulation technology.

We've reviewed and compared several water boilers and the Japanese-made Zojirushi is widely viewed as the best big electric water boiler and kettle you can buy.

The Zojirushi DCC40 comes with multiple temperature settings and a one-touch dispensing system. It's is an ideal machine for your veggies, breakfast, noodles, oatmeals, soups, and any other instant foods. Whatever the purpose is, the Zojirushi water boiler is up to the task.


The Zojirushi CV-DCC40 has an elegant dark brown stainless steel design and a non-stick coated interior.


Temperature Settings

The Zojirushi features micro computerized temperature control. It has a total of four different temperature settings: 160⁰F, 175⁰F, 195⁰F, and 205⁰F. It also keeps the water warm efficiently with its vacuum-sealed insulation technology.



It has a large capacity of 4 liters, so you won’t have to worry about water shortage with this model.

LED Display

The Zojirushi water boiler features a one-touch operation and an easy-to-read LED display. The display also shows the real-time temperature of the water.

Audible Timer

For more convenience, the device is equipped with an audible timer notification so users can easily configure the device to start at a later time, which ranges from 6-10 hours to spare power and save energy.

The device is also equipped with cafe-drip and Bistro trickle administering mode that reduces the quantity of water up to 60% at a normal setting. That makes it an ideal device for preparing Bistro Espresso.

One of the unique features of the Zojirushi CV DCC40 Water Boiler and Warmer is that it can boil water directly to your desired temperature without having to first boil it to 208F and letting it cool down.

This significantly reduces heating time. It's also still equipped with dechlorination and descaling mode to ensure your water is clean at all times.



There's an auto shut-off feature with an audible notification for when water levels reach too low. It also shuts off if it senses the lid is open and has a magnetic cord.


Customer Support

We've never had any issues with the product but apparently, their customer support is top-notch according to many of the reviewers online. It also comes with a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.


Sales: Tiger PDU-A40U-K vs Zojirushi CV-DCC40 XT

Sales of a particular product provide a hint about the worth of a given product and its appeal amongst users. While directly measuring the Tiger water boiler and warmer against the Zojirushi water boilers' respective revenue is not possible because their revenue figures are not public, we can use the product reviews on each product as a proxy measure.

Based on the fact that Zojirushi boiler has 5X the number of Amazon reviews at ~500 to Tiger's ~ 100 reviews, the former appears to be more popular with customers. Zojirushi is the winner in terms of sales.

Amazon’s Choice: Zojirushi 586361-CV-DCC40XT Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer

Amazon’s choices are pretty rare considering the sheer number of products available. As the world’s largest online marketplace, the company is very careful about making a product its choice.

Amazon only chooses products that are highly-rated, well-priced, and available to ship immediately.

Though the price of the Zojirushi water boiler and warmer is higher than many other boilers in the market, its features certainly justify it, as it's consistently been rated as the top water boiler for the past 10 years.

Our take

You really can't go wrong with either the Tiger or the Zojirushi Water Boiler but personally, we give the edge to Zojirushi as it features the Quick temp mode that heats water more quickly as well as an energy-saving mode sporting "VE" insulation technology that keeps water warm more efficiently over an extended period of time. Cheers!