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Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) vs Chefman Electric Kettle 5 Presets Side-by-Side Comparison

Our review shows which electric kettle is better. The stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle 40880 or the glass Chefman Electric Kettle 5 Presets RJ11-17-CTI-RL?

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Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) vs Chefman Electric Kettle 5 Presets

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The stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle 40880 and the glass Chefman Electric Kettle 5 Presets RJ11-17-CTI-RL are two equal choices each with its own valuable features.

With a higher power output, the Hamilton Beach boiled water faster while consuming less energy. On the other hand, the Chefman was quieter during operation. Interestingly, the two kettles shared the same heat retention despite their material differences.

Design-wise, the Hamilton Beach has a white LED illuminated water-level window while the Chefman has water-level markings and a LED ring that changes color according to the selected preset.

The Chefman kettle boasts 5 temperature settings, easily operated through a one-touch control interface, making it just as user-friendly as the single-setting Hamilton Beach. It also comes with a detachable tea infuser, adding to its versatility, and is priced lower than its opponent.

The Hamilton Beach has unnecessary extra bottom stands that make the carafe slightly wobbly when boiling and a smaller lid opening which makes cleaning a bit more challenging but they’re not big problems. Both kettles have cord storage but their cords don’t wrap neatly.

Pros & Cons

  • Stainless steel carafe
  • Fast boiling time
  • Low energy consumption
  • Quiet boiling phase
  • Removable mesh filter
  • 5 different presets
  • Removable tea infuser
  • Low price
  • Quiet when boiling
  • Removable mesh filter
  • Small opening
  • Wobbly kettle-to-base assembly
  • Slow boiling time
  • Small opening
  • Awkward handle

Key Specs

Dimensions
L8.27 x W6.34 x H8.78 inches
L8.66 x W6.50 x H8.98 inches
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Material
Stainless steel
Glass and BPA-free plastic
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
60.9 fl oz (1.8 L)
Power
1500 W
1100 W
Cord Placement
Base (cordless carafe)
Base (cordless carafe)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$38.09
$34.34

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
6.7

Boiling Time

7.9
5.6
1.5 liter of water boiling inside the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880). The digital timer displays 07 minutes and 04 seconds.
1.5 liter of water boiling inside the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL). The digital timer displays 9 minutes and 23 seconds.
Room Temperature
80°F
80°F
Water Volume
1.5 liters
50.72 fl. oz. (1.5 liters)
Boiling Time
7m 4s
9m 23s

Energy Consumption

7.6
7.0
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) to be 152 Wh.
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) (14745) to be 155 Wh.
Voltage
114 V
115 V
Current
11.40 A
8.625 A
Power
1290 W
993 W
Energy Consumption
152 Wh
155 Wh

Noise Level

8.7
9.1
The Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) is boiling 1.5 liters of water. The noise meter displays the maximum sound pressure level to be 72.8 dB. The power meter reads 114 V, 11.40 A, 1.29 kW, 71 Wh, 50 Hz, and 1.0 PF.
The Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) is boiling 1.5 liters of water. The noise meter displays the maximum sound pressure level to be 69 dB. The power meter reads 115  V, 8.625 A, 993 W, 0.82 Wh, 50 Hz, and 1.0 PF.
Noise Level
72.8 dB
69 dB

Keep Warm

7.0
7.0
On the right is a Thermo Pro two-probe digital thermometer displaying 202°F for both probes. In the middle is the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) with 1.5 liters of water and two probes inside. On the right is a digital timer displaying 5 minutes on the countdown.
On the right is a Thermo Pro two-probe digital thermometer displaying 202°F for both probes. In the middle is the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) with 1.5 liters of water and two probes inside. On the right is a digital timer displaying 5 minutes on the countdown.
After 5 Minutes
202°F / 95°C
202°F / 95°C

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.9
7.7

In the Box

On the upper right is the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880). On the left is a cardboard box. Below the kettle, on the right is an instruction manual and on the left is the power base.
On the upper right is the Chefman Electric Kettle with Temperature Control (RJ11-17-CTI-RL). On the left is a cardboard box. Below the kettle, on the right is an instruction manual and on the left is the power base.

Dimensions

The Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) is 8.27 inches in length, 6.34 inches in width, and 8.78 inches in height.
The Chefman Electric Kettle with Temperature Control (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) is 8.66 inches in length, 6.50 inches in width, and 8.98 inches in height.
Length
8.3" (21.0 cm)
8.7" (22.0 cm)
Width
6.3" (16.1 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Height
8.8" (22.3 cm)
9.0" (22.8 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

Carafe

6.0
8.0
The carafe of the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) sitting on top of its power base.
The carafe of the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) sitting on top of its power base.
The opening diameter of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) is 2.95 inches.
The mesh filter attached to the plastic black V-shaped spout of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602)
The heating plate and extended heating element of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The plastic black bottom of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The carafe of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The carafe of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The heating plate with a LED ring around it of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The opening diameter of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) is 3.23 inches.
The plastic black V-shaped spout of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The mesh filter attached to the plastic black V-shaped spout of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
60.9 fl oz (1.8 L)
Weight
1.6 oz (47 g)
2.1 oz (59 g)
Materials
Stainless steel
Glass
Spout
V-shaped
V-shaped
Opening Diameter
3.0" (7.5 cm)
3.2" (8.2 cm)
LED Ring
No
Multi-colored
Filter
No
Removable mesh filter
Water Level Markings
Yes
Yes
Tea Infuser
No
Detachable

Handle

7.0
5.0
The button for the pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The button for the pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Handle 1
A hand holding the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) by its handle.
Materials
Cool-touch BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Type
Cool-touch, anti-slip
Cool-touch

Lid

7.0
7.0
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) opens at an 80° angle.
The open button for the pop-up lid of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The open button for the pop-up lid of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The pop-up lid of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) opens at an 80° angle.
Materials
BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Type
Hinged
Hinged
Open Mechanism
Push-button pop-up
Push-button pop-up

Base

9.0
9.0
The top of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The top of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The bottom of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) has a cord storage and also three small anti-slip rubber pads.
The top of the power base of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The top of the power base of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL).
The bottom of the power base of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) has a cord storage and also three small anti-slip rubber pads.
Materials
BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Type
Swivel 360°
Swivel 360°
Cord Storage
Yes
Yes

Power Cord

The two-pronged plug of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602).
The two-pronged plug of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602).
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Power Cord 1
The two-pronged flat power cord of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) is 29.72 inches long (75.5 cm).
Type
two-pronged plug
two-pronged plug
Power
1500 W
1100 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz
Cord Placement
Base
Base
Cord Length
26.18 in. (66.5 cm)
2.5 ft (0.8 m)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.5
6.8

User Control

6.0
7.0
The metal black power switch of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The control panel on the handle of the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) has two buttons. On the left is the on/off switch and on the right is the button to toggle between 5 preset temperatures: 175°F,185°F,195°F,200°F, and 212°F.
Control
One touch
One touch
Indicator Light
Blue LED
Red LED
Display
No
No
Temperature Control
No
No
Presets
5
5
Keep Warm
30 minutes
No
Automatic Shut-Off
Yes
Yes
Boil-Dry Protection
Yes
Yes

Ease of Use

7.0
7.0
A person in a grey shirt pouring water from the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) into a glass.
A hand pouring tea from the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) into a glass.

Cleaning

6.0
6.0
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Cleaning
The opened Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) with its removable mesh filter and tea infuser.
The Chefman RJ11-17-CTI-RL has a removable mesh filter and tea infuser.