The Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) is only average in terms of performance but strikingly inexpensive for the features it offers. Standing out from similarly-priced kettles, the Chefman has a mesh filter, a tea infuser, and most remarkably, 5 presets for green tea, white tea, Oolong tea, French Press coffee, and Herbal tea or black tea.
If only some of the features were of higher quality though. We felt like they cut corners with the handle design and cord storage. The kettle’s performance didn’t deliver in only one test—boiling time—but that’s also the most important one.
Things We Like
- 5 different presets
- Removable tea infuser
- Highly inexpensive
- Quite when boiling
- Removable mesh filter
Things We Don’t Like
- Overly simplified control
- Slow boiling time
- Small opening
- Awkward handle
The next electric kettle in our roster is the Chefman Electric Kettle with 5 Presets (RJ11-17-CTI-RL) that we bought for $34.34 on Amazon (at the time of writing). We had quite a high expectation for this kettle going into it due to its 5 presets and removable tea infuser.
However, upon first interactions, we weren’t happy with its control. The kettle’s boiling time was slow as well but that’s to be expected of its 1100 W of power. So, let’s dive further into it to see how that played out in our evaluation.
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Compared to Other Electric Kettles
The Chefman Electric Kettle’s total performance score was quite good but that was mostly because of how quiet it was when boiling water. The kettle had a really slow boiling time—the most important aspect of electric kettles’ performance evaluation. Its energy consumption and ability to keep warm were both average.
5.6 Boiling Time
For the common electric kettles (not gooseneck) like the Chefman, we evaluate the time they take to boil 1.5 liters of water—a middle ground of their capacity. The product took 9 minutes and 23 seconds to bring 1.5 liters of room-temperature water (80°F/26.7°C) to boiling point (212°F/100°C).
This result was disappointingly slow but to be expected of the kettle’s 1100 W of power, worthy of only a 5.6/10.
7.0 Energy Consumption
We used a power meter to measure the Chefman’ total energy consumption to bring 1.5 liters of room-temperature water to a rolling boil. The result was 155 Wh which was our standard for a 7/10.
9.1 Noise Level
During boiling, the Chefman’s noise level peaked at 69 dB while reaching a rolling simmer, which was lower than the CDC-recommended 80 dB. This result showed that the kettle was extremely quiet while boiling and earned the kettle a 9.1/10.
7.0 Keep Warm
The glass carafe of the Chefman doesn’t have the best material for heat retention. In addition, even though the kettle has temperature control via presets, it doesn’t have the Keep Warm feature like many others do. As a result, after 5 minutes, the temperature dropped from 212°F / 100°C to 202°F / 95°C. This equates to a 7/10 according to our data.
The Chefman Electric Kettle was quite well-designed in its carafe, lid, and power base. However, the handle could have better contour and grip support. Its control panel is quite compact, considering the 5 presets it has. Also, the removable tea infuser is quite a rare addition, especially for the kettle’s price.
In the Box
- One cordless kettle
- One corded power base
- One user manual
- Warranty: 1 year
The Chefman Electric Kettle arrived between two foam pads on the top and the bottom inside a carton box. The instruction manual was detailed with information on the kettle’s parts, how to use, safeguards, cleaning and maintaining, troubleshooting, and warranty.
The carafe is made of glass and has a capacity of 1.8 L, 60.87 fl. oz, or a little over 7.5 cups (+2). Contrary to its large capacity, the kettle actually has a rather small opening, 3.23 inches in diameter (-1). A rare feature of the Chefman is that it has a tea infuser that can be mounted to its opening (+2).
There are water level markings in the middle of the carafe (+1). The plastic spout of the Chefman has a standard V shape. The limescale filter is positioned by the spout and is removable (+2).
Similar to many other cordless electric kettles, the Chefman’s heating element is positioned inside the bottom of the carafe. We also saw the boil-dry protection detector on the bottom of the carafe, something not usually visible.
There’s a ring of multi-colored LED that matches with the chosen preset around the bottom which will illuminate when the kettle’s running (+2). This makes it easy to tell which preset is running and also locate the kettle in the dark.
- Green LED: green tea (175°F)
- Blue LED: white tea (185°F)
- Yellow LED: Oolong tea (195°F)
- Purple LED: French Press coffee (200°F)
- Red LED: Herbal tea and black tea (212°F)
The cool-touch handle is made of BPA-free plastic (+3). While it does feel secure, its contour makes it quite awkward to hold (+2). Along the top of the handle is the control panel with only two buttons, one for the power switch and one for toggling the 5 temperature presets.
The Chefman has a hinged lid that pops up to an 80° angle with a single push of the silver button located in the middle of the lid (+4). It moves out of the way enough to leave the carafe’s opening unobstructed to get water in even with the tea infuser attached (+2).
The plastic lid isn’t entirely cool-touch, only the open button. Unlike some other electric kettles we’ve tested, this one doesn’t have a silicone band around the circumference. Regardless, the lid still closes tightly (+1).
The Chefman has a standard BPA-free plastic 360° swivel base that’s sturdy and fits the carafe well enough (+5). At the bottom of the base is the cord storage and also three small anti-slip rubber pads (+4).
The Chefman has a 29.72-inch flat power cord, which should be enough for household use. The cord uses a two-pronged plug which is typically considered not as safe as a three-pronged one. Nonetheless, it should be safe since the power base doesn’t have a metal casing but a plastic one.
The Chefman Electric Kettle’s usability could be improved slightly. The handle was awkward to hold and the cord storage didn’t wrap well. In addition, the carafe’s opening was quite small, making it difficult to fill or clean the kettle.
7.0 User Control
The Chefman allows temperature control with its 5 presets and is not adjustable by 1°C increment like some other products. This kettle doesn’t have the Keep Warm feature that many other kettles with temperature control have.
Its control panel has only 2 raised buttons and no digital display (+2). One is the on/off switch and the other, that has a thermometer icon, is to toggle between its 5 temperature presets including green tea, white tea, Oolong tea, French Press coffee, and Herbal tea or black tea.
As soon as you toggle between the presets, the kettle will start running, no need to press the power switch. If you want to stop the kettle at any time, simply press the power switch.
When the kettle’s running, the chosen preset will glow with a small red LED (+1). When the kettle finishes, it will beep once and automatically turns off.
Here’s where a small hiccup happened. The product’s online specifications didn’t mention a Keep Warm feature but the instruction manual that came with our kettle did. We didn’t expect the kettle to have the Keep Warm feature anyway so it was simply a minor inconvenience.
The kettle has an automatic shutoff feature which will activate when the thermo fuse detects that the temperature has reached boiling point (+2). Keep in mind that this feature will not kick in if you leave the lid open. If you do, however, you still don’t have to worry about overheating because the kettle’s boil-dry protection feature will turn off the kettle when no water is present (+2).
7.0 Ease of Use
The small opening was enough to pour in water from your tap or any container but not enough to fit one hand in (+0). Luckily, the lid pops up to an 80° angle and doesn’t get in the way (+1).
The control panel on the handle makes the handle curve in a weird angle and thus, awkward to hold (-1). Controlling is still easy though (+2).
The kettle seemed sturdy when we picked it up when it was filled with water to the max (+1). We also had no trouble pouring water (+2).
The lid’s plastic interior can be undesirable for someone who doesn’t like their water coming into contact with plastic material (+0). Nonetheless, we found no odd odor during the first boil.
The water level markings are in the middle of the carafe for easy viewing and precise decanting (+1). The power base fits firmly below its carafe so the entire thing doesn’t wobble around during boiling (+1).
The flat shape of the cord made it impossible for us to wrap it tightly around its storage (+0). On the bright side, after wrapping, the cord only stuck out for 3.94 inches, including the plug.
Cleaning the Chefman is a bit tricky since you can’t fit your hand through the opening to wipe the interior (+0). Thus, you’ll need a clamp to do so and the lid doesn’t get in the way of that (+2). On the other hand, the limescale filter is removable for frequent cleaning and maintenance (+2). The tea infuser’s mount can also be dismantled from it for thorough cleaning (+2).
Behind the review
Alan Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer at HealthyKitchen101. His major in English language teaching taught him to present concise information. In addition to his cooking hobby, he values the practical aspects of household appliances.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.
Nguyen Ntk is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer whose philosophy centers around respecting and celebrating the beauty of reality. Through his lenses, Nguyen strives to capture the true essence of objects and events, showcasing and highlighting authentic features without distortion or exaggeration.