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T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup 1750-Watt Electric Kettle with Variable Temperature and Auto Shut Off, 1-Liter, Black
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- 1-liter electric travel kettle with variable temperature control for perfect brewing
- Cordless design for hassle-free pouring; convenient 360-degree swivel base
- Concealed heating element and fast heating system for quickly boiling water
- Locking lid; automatic shut-off for safety; water-level window; removable anti-scale filter
- Matte black housing with sleek, modern profile; 1-year limited warranty
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T-fal Balanced Living Kettle
Select the best temperature for brewing and enjoying a great cup of tea. Ideal for other hot drinks too!
T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup 1750-watt Electric Travel Cordless Kettle
T-fal's mission is to offer ingenious products to make cooking simpler and more rewarding as well as making ironing easier and faster. T-fal is dedicated to understanding the consumer's needs and bringing innovative solutions. T-fal's history is marked with world-class innovations.
All T-fal products are conceived and manufactured based on one major concept - to make life a little easier without compromising results. Driven by innovation in both function and design, T-fal consistently sets new trends in the world of housewares. European influence helps guide the development of a range of electrical appliances and award winning cookware.
BF6138 Balanced Living Electric Travel Cordless Kettle
With the T-fal Balance Living Kettle, soothe your body and soul with warm liquids for a day filled with balance! Select the best temperature for brewing and enjoying a great cup of tea. Thanks to its concealed heating element and fast heating system, this electric Kettle will quickly and efficiently provide the perfect cup of tea, instant coffe, soup and more. Water boils in 90 seconds! Product also provides Automatic Shut-off, Variable temperature, Removable Anti-Scale filter, 360 degree rotating base. Product comes with a limited 1-year warranty.
- 1-liter electric travel kettle with variable temperature control for perfect brewing.
- 1,750 watts of power, 120V, concealed heating element.
- 360-degree rotating base and cordless pouring.
- Locking lid and easy to read water level viewing window.
- Shiny black plastic housing.
- 1-year limited warranty.
T-fal BF6138US Balanced Living 1-Liter 1750-watt Electric Mini Kettle
Boils 1 cup of water in 90 seconds
Quickly and efficiently bring water to a boil for a variety of teas, instant coffee, soups and more.
Variable temperature control
Brew the perfect cup of tea by changing the water temperature with the variable heating control - low for white tea, medium for green tea and boiling for black tea.
360 degree rotating base
1-Liter capacity with exterior water level indicators and a 360 degree rotating base makes prepping and serving your hot water easier than ever.
Automatic shut off
Kettle automatically shuts off when temperature is reached or when removed from the base.
Removable anti scale filter
Anti scale filter collects unwanted impurities in water and is removable for easy cleaning.
Fresh and Simple
Enjoy a variety of soothing teas and other hot drinks for a well balanced life.
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Quickly bring 1 liter of water to a rolling boil with this T-fal Balanced Living cordless electric kettle. Perfect for home, office, or travel, the convenient kettle heats water for tea, French press coffee, hot cocoa, instant oatmeal, noodles, and more. The kettle’s variable temperature control allows for properly steeping a wide variety of teas, from green to black—simply adjust the temperature-control lever from low to high. Even more, the cordless kettle ensures hassle-free pouring, and with its 360-degree swivel base, you can set the kettle back down on its power source from any angle. Other highlights include a locking lid, a large easy-grip handle, automatic shut-off for safety, a water-level window for checking water levels at a glance, and a removable anti-scale filter for enhanced performance. Slow down, relax, and enjoy a greater sense of balance with the fast-heating T-fal Balanced Living electric cordless kettle.
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Does this kettle work well? Yes.
Are there some things you need to know about how it operates before you buy it? Yes.
I realize that its possible for everyone to have completely different experiences using the kettle they receive, so I will let you all know what I found out using mine, and also address two of the issues others have complained about.
I have been using it every day for the last two weeks, pretty much all day long.
Issue number one: "it leaks."
Answer: kind of, not really. It doesn't actually *leak* through the unit so much as it boils out and makes a mess if unattended. I found that even putting in the minimum amount of water on the half-way setting, if not pulled right as it starts boiling and poured, will bubble out of the spout and pool around the unit. However, because it does boil water pretty fast, I just stay nearby and watch it each time i heat some water and the moment I see it bubble, I pull it and pour it into my mug. If I do that, no mess to clean up. If I leave it unattended, the hand-towel I have under the base gets damp or full-out soaked if I boiled a full pot. This hasn't bothered me, because, as I said, it works so fast I don't mind keeping an eye on it for a minute or two every time I want a cup of tea. (and I drink probably 10 to 12 mugs of tea per day)
Issue number two: "there's build-up, there's stuff floating in my water, there's stuff peeling/chipping/coming off the metal plate or the lining of the pot, the coating is coming off the inside and tainting the water."
Answer: I would bet that 99% of the people complaining about this can easily fix this problem by only using distilled, purified, or filtered drinking water in their kettles. I used tap water for the first few times and saw this ugly stuff floating in my water, but I see this when I boil the same tap water on the stove in a pan. Most city tap water, and most country well water, has a lot of minerals and additives in it. When you boil this water, those impurities separate from the water. I went and bought some jugs of water from the grocery store (they aren't usually very expensive at all) and I used them in my kettle. Voila, no more floaties in the water. I used Distilled water and purified drinking water, both kept the kettle clean with repeated use and no build up. I tried a gallon of "spring water" and the buildup came back, so avoid spring water as well. Remember, this will happen in any unit you buy, no matter the manufacturer, brand, or model. It's about the water you use, not the unit itself.
Someone also complained that it is loud, but I only notice a slight noise from it, very briefly, as it nears the boiling point, and the moment you pick it up it stops. Also, I'm not sure about the temperature gauge/heat selector on the unit. I find that it heats to boiling whether all the way over to the right (where its supposed to boil), or in the middle, and it gets slightly warm on the far left side. That doesn't really matter to me, because I'm apparently not enough of a tea snob to care about the exact temperature of my water when I make tea (and I make all sorts of tea from green and white teas to black teas, they all taste good to me - as long as they aren't lukewarm).
So, it's a good unit, does what I need it to do (very well), but it does have a few quirks to work around, hence the 3 star rating. If it had less quirks in regards to the water level/boiling-water/condensation mess, I'd probably rate it higher, but its kind of a poor design flaw. If you don't mind the mess or watching your water boil (in the 2 minutes it takes), then feel free to purchase this inexpensive unit. To be honest, I'd have already returned it, but I kinda got used to using it throughout the day and I really don't mind too much anymore, now that I know my way around it.
I found a new trick to help reduce the moisture/"leaking" problem. Normally, after I pour a cup of hot water, when I come back and lift up the kettle there's some water underneath as if it leaked - it's actually from steam condensation or boil-over (if you used too much water) - but here's the trick:
After you pour a cup of hot water and set it back down, open the lid for a few seconds to allow some of the steam to escape - this will reduce or eliminate any excess "leakage" one may find around the base. it's been working for me pretty well.
My decision and reasons:
1. I looked at all the various models and all of them had the same end result-BOILED WATER.
2. The more "expensive" higher end kettles offered no different end result even if they were "double insulated", multi-mode, higher capacity, etc.
3. In all the reviews for the "higher end" products I found common complaints among discerning reviewers who had experience with electric kettles; warping of the lids, rusting of "stainless steel", long boiling times.
4 Brand name; though in US T-fal doesn't scream quality I know that for kitchenware T-fal is a number one in Europe so obviously a more European brand would have a superior product.
5. Though other models look "prettier" the function is the same and this look is not at all bad.
6. As soon as I boiled my first cup of tea, minutes after receiving it, I knew the choice was right as I had a fast boil and a hot cup of tea in 2 minutes (full capacity) and there were no steam issues (emitted from the top), no heat issues (on the sides) and no limescale in my tea.
In all honesty, looking at more expensive models is not really going to produce a better result. If you are driven solely by looks then by all means purchase a more expensive model for looks but if you are just into the end result, which is all that matters, all the bells and whistles are not going to give you better quality than this product.