This Hario kettle has same function as VKB-120HSV. The big difference is this is an electric kettle. During hot summer, using gas stove makes you hotter. With this kettle, you don't need to use gas stove. Pour water to kettle, plug in to outlet and push the switch. That's all you need. Few minutes later you can have hot water! Safety guard doesn't let you use this item without water. In that case, it won't heat up. Electric cord can store in the bottom plate.