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A T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup Review Won't Answer These 112 Questions - Part 3 of 4

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★★★★★ A T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup review will not answer these 36 questions. Get the truth from people who own a T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup, including the fact that it won't...

This report about the T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup answers these questions

• So the water is heated in plastic not stainless steel?
• Can I heat spiced apple cider in this?
• Has anyone used it to heat soy milk?
• How long does it take to boil a liter of water?
• What is the conceled heating unit made of
• Does the exterior of the kettle become very hot or does it stay cool enough to touch?
• Is it cordless
• Does this give the water a plastic taste or any other off taste?
• Does the thermostat mean that the kettle can make the water hot and hold it at that temperature?
• Does it come in any other colors? Is there any plastic off-taste?
• Does it have an automatic shut off?
• Any idea if the controller is chinese made too? I know there are british and american controllers, these seem to be in the more expensive kettles.
• Does it need to be full, or can I use it to heat a cup of water
• How is the customer service
• Is it easy to clean?
• How fast does the water boil
• Will this work using the AC plug in my car? Like for camping?
• How long does it take to make the water warm on the lowest setting? Thanks =)
• I just received my kettle, plugged it in, and nothing happens. Any suggestions?
• Does the outside of the kettle stay cool to the touch, even when the water is fully heated? Thank you, Anne
• Would this be good to use with the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker to heat a small amount of water for a espresso? They say 175 degrees is ideal
• Is this bpa free?
• Could I use it to heat up bone broth instead of water?
• Is there a tea infuser?
• Is the interior of the pot where you place the water plastic?
• How long does it take for water to boil?
• Is the heating element visible in the pot or in the base?
• WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF THIS EMPTY?
• Hi, I was reading your reviews, just one question: for coffee how can you set temp at 85c degrees (not boiling)?
• T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 1-Liter 1750-Watt Electric Mini Kettle I plugged it in and turned it on (high) and nothing happens.
• Is the T-Fal cordless?
• Is there a level that is good for hot choclate?
• Would cleaning it with soap and water damage it at all?
• What is the inside made of; is it metal of some sort or ceramic?
• I am using it for the first time. I fill it, not even to the maximum line, and it is leaking through the bottom little holes. What is wrong?
• Can I use this for pour over coffee? Precision control like those gooseneck types?



QUESTION: SO THE WATER IS HEATED IN PLASTIC NOT STAINLESS STEEL?
Plastic and very easy to handle and for us older types I use two hands with no problem I am still highly satisfied with this kettle and give it a nine out of ten rating..
The bottom is stainless steel but the kettle itself is plastic. Had one for 12 years and it started to leak due to my overfill. This one is the same but it is great. As stated the inside bottom is stainless steel,
The water is heated by the stainless steal bottom but the main pot is plastic. I have been using it about a month and love it. It heats the water so quickly. Im not really worried about the plastic since I pour as soon as it is boiled.
correct
The bottom is stainless steel and the rest is plastic. We use filtered water and have not had problems with white residue floating in the water. The low temperature setting is great for tea and coffee.
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QUESTION: CAN I HEAT SPICED APPLE CIDER IN THIS?
No, the manual specifically states that it's to be used exclusively for heating water. Hope that helps :)
Any liquid that has acidity would not be a good choice for this T-fal
Of Course you can. You can also control the temperature in order not to overheat your apple cider. I bought it for $30.8. Now it is only $20.99. Great deal!
Absolutely
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QUESTION: HAS ANYONE USED IT TO HEAT SOY MILK?
No, sorry, I've only used it for water. Just for the record, my husband and I both agreed just yesterday that this is a great little pot. One of our best purchases during the past year.
No
I have not used it to heat soy, but I'm sure that it can with no issue with the type of liner that's in the container.
I have not, but I would not think it would be a recommended use for the pot. However, it might work; my main concern would be that the element would get hot enough to cause the soy milk residue to stick to it, making cleaning difficult. I believe the element only has one operating temperature, and the thermostat works by timing how long the heating element is on. Although I don't know how hot the element gets, it could well be 400 deg. F. or more, and although I also don't know the qualities of soy milk under heat, that may create problems.
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BOIL A LITER OF WATER?
1 liter of cold water from tap, kettle on highest setting: 3:30 I could see it boiling. 4:00 unit shut itself off at full boil.
Just a minute or two. I have not timed it, but it isn't long.
60 seconds
Less than 2 minutes.
Less than 3 minutes. This is an efficient machine.
At the most 1 minute give or take.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE CONCELED HEATING UNIT MADE OF
You are probably referring to the base unit, which has the electrical cord and on which the kettle sits. The base is made of black plastic. Overall, I cannot rate this unit high enough. It's inexpensive, quickly heats water and turns itself off after doing so. Although the entire unit is black plastic, you will never touch anything hot. It's a terrific product and I've had no problem since buying it a few months ago.
I honestly have no clue. I threw away the box and instructions a few months ago when I received it in the mail. From just looking at it, everything looks plastic. You can not submerge the plate that it sits on or the kettle itself in water. I am so sorry that I couldn't be more helpful.
Looking inside the kettle, the bottom is covered with a metal disk. I assume that this is what transfers the heat to the water.
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QUESTION: DOES THE EXTERIOR OF THE KETTLE BECOME VERY HOT OR DOES IT STAY COOL ENOUGH TO TOUCH?
Cool enough to touch.
The handle is cool enough to touch and the exterior is warm, not hot.
It stays fairly cool to the touch. It stays pretty secure to the base and heats up very fast.
Most of the body stays touchable. The viewing windows are quite warm and the base is hot.
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QUESTION: IS IT CORDLESS
The kettle is, yes. The base is a 360° connection that you set the kettle on to heat the water. It's great... Better than I'd hoped for at this price!
The base to which you hook it up to heat the water is not, but the pot holding the liquid detaches (is cordless) and you can take it anywhere once the liquid is heated.
Well the base is corded but the actual kettle does detach without a cord for pouring.
the kettle is removable. the base has a cord attached
The Kettle does come off the stand. However you do have to plug the base in and it has a short cord. It works great...however really hot!!!
yes, it is cordless. You can remove it from the base after the water finish boiling.
It has a base that you set it on to warm the water but you can lift the kettle without taking the base yes. Hope this helps.
No it is not.
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QUESTION: DOES THIS GIVE THE WATER A PLASTIC TASTE OR ANY OTHER OFF TASTE?
Not that I have noticed, no.
somewhat but it fades with use.
Not at all.
The newer plastucs used tiday should not produce any smell or tase..however, bring a full (1litre) of cold water to boil with one teaspoon of baking soda added if in doubt. Allow to cool then do again with just water.
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QUESTION: DOES THE THERMOSTAT MEAN THAT THE KETTLE CAN MAKE THE WATER HOT AND HOLD IT AT THAT TEMPERATURE?
No. Once the water comes to a boil, the tea kettle turns off. As far as needing to reheat the water.... this kettle is super fast. I am very happy with it.
No. It heats the water and then turns itself off.
It does not hold the temp, its gets to the temperature and then shuts off. It can be turned back on after it shuts off and it will only make up the difference in temp before it shuts off again. So the wait should be short to get it to temp if you use it later. A really nice unit and very quick to heat up from room temp water.
Ack! Wish I'd seen this question prior to purchasing the kettle! Seriously disappointed that it doesn't hold water at temperature. I made the mistake of assuming it would.
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QUESTION: DOES IT COME IN ANY OTHER COLORS? IS THERE ANY PLASTIC OFF-TASTE?
I am only selling the black one. I have not heard anything with the plastic off-taste. I hope this helps.
No. This model comes only in black. No plastic taste. BPA free
Hi AAma, I have only black and there is no plastic off-taste.
Just black sorry. No plastic taste to my knowledge.
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QUESTION: DOES IT HAVE AN AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF?
yes, when it reaches temperature.
When water comes to a boil it turns off. You have to turn on again to bring it back to boil. Great product, heats fast.
Yes. After it comes to temperature that you set . It shuts itself off.
Yes. As soon as it reaches the set temperature it makes a clicking noise and shuts off.
Yes. As soon as the water reaches temperature setting it shuts off. I always leave it on high and it shuts off as soon as the water starts boiling.
Great...
yes
Yes, it turns off automactily whatever temperature you set it to. Love it!
Yes! When it is finished boiling it shuts itself off with a noticeable click that you can hear across the room. Nice if you get distracted prepping other things.
Yes, it does :)
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QUESTION: ANY IDEA IF THE CONTROLLER IS CHINESE MADE TOO? I KNOW THERE ARE BRITISH AND AMERICAN CONTROLLERS, THESE SEEM TO BE IN THE MORE EXPENSIVE KETTLES.
I honestly don't know who makes the controller. I have a bigger one here at home but bought the small one for our travel trailer. It works fast and doesn't take up a lot of room so we've been happy with it.
Yes
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QUESTION: DOES IT NEED TO BE FULL, OR CAN I USE IT TO HEAT A CUP OF WATER
No, I've been using it all along (a couple months) for single mugs of coffee or tea. Works fine.
It doesn't need to be full, I've heated partial pots many times.
No it's not necessary to be full. I love it's smaller size and have used it a lot for refills on my tea. And it heats faster when not all the way to the water line :-)
I've heated it with very little water on it. It recommends having it full but I have had no issues heating a smaller portion of water. I often don't fill it until it's all out. So many cups later
It does not need to be full. I use it for a single cup all the time.
You need to fill it to the minimum level.
It does Not need to be full, a smaller amount is accepted.
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QUESTION: HOW IS THE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Excellent service
you dont need the customer service when the product is so great
I don't know about costumer service. I've purchased two of these kettles. (one for me and a year later, one for my son.) They work so incredibly well that I haven't had to call the company. A product this good has to have good service!
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QUESTION: IS IT EASY TO CLEAN?
Absolutely! I haven't used this pot as much as I had hoped yet, but it very quickly heats the water and is very easy to clean.
we use it at church and just rinse it out
Very easy to clean. I love it
Yes, very easy to clean, nice kettle, love it.
It doesn't need to be cleaned. A teakettle and teapot should only ever have water in them--never soap. It's a great little teakettle I never feel a need to clean it inside or out.
I use mine everyday & sometimes I forget to pour all of the water out & I get some build up on the heating element. All I do Is add a small squirt of lemon juice with a dash of water .....enough to cover the heating element & turn it on on the LOW setting & when it turns off I rinse it out & it looks BRAND NEW!
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QUESTION: HOW FAST DOES THE WATER BOIL
It took 31/2 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of cold water at sea level and room temp
Pretty fast; within about a minute. It's a very nice kettle. Have been very pleased with it.
It depends on how much water is in it. My gut response would be "very fast," it varies between 1-2 minutes.
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QUESTION: WILL THIS WORK USING THE AC PLUG IN MY CAR? LIKE FOR CAMPING?
No. The cord has two flat-prong-plug like any lamp or small appliance.
I believe it will.
Linda, This is a regular outlet plug. Best regards, Home & Cook
If you are thinking of using this with your car battery no. I believe it takes too much voltage. If you are talking about a Motorhome or Travel Trailer then yes it would be fine. Hope that helps
AC plugs in cars and SUV's are low wattage outlets for things like a simple lighting, game counsel or laptop recharging, etc. An appliance such as this would not work because it would needs maybe 10 to 20 times the amount of wattage the auto outlet could provide depending on the automobile manufacturer. Nice idea though.
You're Welcome
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE THE WATER WARM ON THE LOWEST SETTING? THANKS =)
One to two minutes. I love mine,its s great buy.
Really Quick! About 2 minutes....So Don't Walk Away. " )
When I use the lowest setting it seems to take about 1.5 mins
3 mins
Just three to four minutes.
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QUESTION: I JUST RECEIVED MY KETTLE, PLUGGED IT IN, AND NOTHING HAPPENS. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Not to sound insulting but, the on/off button is at the top of the handle. If that doesn't work, check your outlet, some that may have not been used in a while may not work. Or perhaps there is a wall switch to it? Otherwise you may have gotten a faulty unit, it happens.
did you press the green button on top of the handle?
The on/off switch is on the top of the handle . Did you turn it on After you plugged it in ?
Green butt as some others mentioned. Also - make sure there is no plastic wrap on the base. Other than that, you may need to send it back.
Just got mine today and it doesn't work either. I'm bummed. Did you send yours back and get a replacement?
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QUESTION: DOES THE OUTSIDE OF THE KETTLE STAY COOL TO THE TOUCH, EVEN WHEN THE WATER IS FULLY HEATED? THANK YOU, ANNE
Yes, it's cool. You won't worry about being scalded by touching the outface :)
Yes it does. It heats so fast and is cool on the outside and shuts itself off when it's boiled. I love it.
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QUESTION: WOULD THIS BE GOOD TO USE WITH THE AEROBIE AEROPRESS COFFEE MAKER TO HEAT A SMALL AMOUNT OF WATER FOR A ESPRESSO? THEY SAY 175 DEGREES IS IDEAL
It is pretty good. It seems to go higher than the 175 degrees (though I thought it was 185?). We use it everyday with our Aeropress. Usually I get the water going and then grind my coffee and start setting up the press, etc. I use the sound level to judge if I am close but not boiling. Sometimes it reaches a boil before I catch it. So I just let it sit to cool for a few minutes. I like how quickly it heats up the water and how easy it is to see inside the kettle.
I am sure it would...I use a thermos French Press and it's fine...I'm mo coffee expert but it heats the water perfectly and very quickly.....
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QUESTION: IS THIS BPA FREE?
yes
Product cost around 26 dollars. Shipping was/is FREE. We have had it for some time now and it is working real well. We think it's really worth the money. Best one I saw for the money and I did a lot of research. We also like the black color with the Lime Green buttons.
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QUESTION: COULD I USE IT TO HEAT UP BONE BROTH INSTEAD OF WATER?
I don't see why not? You'd definitely want to clean it after every use doing that, which we don't putting only water in it.
I think it would be possible, but I would rather only use it for heating water for coffee and tea. Would not want possible lingering taste in my coffee!
I think as long as it is liquid only because it gets very hot on the bottom only. I would not really recommend it though.
The heating element is not exposed, as in some t kettles, so you probably could. Although, I personally wouldn't try it.
Yes
I have never done that. It works great to heat water. If you use it to heat bone broth, washing it might be challenging.
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QUESTION: IS THERE A TEA INFUSER?
No, there is nothing in there. There is only one filter at the mouth as shown in the picture. Hope it helps.
Nope. It's just a hot water pot but a darn good one.
No, there is not a tea infuser. Hope that helps :)
There is no tea infuser.
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QUESTION: IS THE INTERIOR OF THE POT WHERE YOU PLACE THE WATER PLASTIC?
Yes, except for the very bottom that (heats) is stainless steel.
Indeed. Mine stopped powering on after 3 months too, for what it's worth. T-fal wanted me to send it across the country at my own expense for a repair that would take 4-6 weeks. I'd looks elsewhere, personally. Very satisfied with the Epica I purchased as a replacement. It's all stainless on the inside too.
no i am pretty sure it is some sort of glass or ceramic. It was like a chrome glass. I am very happy with mine. It works like a champ.
No
No it's some chrome glass
Inside of pot is made of plastic same as outside, flat bottom looks stainless steel for heater.
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR WATER TO BOIL?
Others answered this with a stopwatch. All I can say is, "it takes a couple minutes." Definitely faster than a pot on the stove for me. YMMV
3min
I think it's about 3-5mins.
About 3-5 minutes I think.
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QUESTION: IS THE HEATING ELEMENT VISIBLE IN THE POT OR IN THE BASE?
Nope. Base just has a little spool in the center that the pot sits on. I love this thing!
No, not when the pot is on the base. And when the pot is off the base, there is no heat in the base.
just in base.....:)
The heating element is in the kettle, however, the only thing visible is a stainless steel bottom. I'm assuming that is what is heated.
This is a stainless steel heating element inside but it's part of the bottom of the pot. It's not a heating coil element separate from the bottom. We have to use Vinegar and Water to clean once in awhile, but it does not leave a sediment like coils do in some water heaters Hope this helps.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF THIS EMPTY?
Light. Less than a pound.
I used an electronic shipping scale and it reads 2 pounds dry weight no packaging. BTW I love this pot! I take it on vacation so I can make my own Fresh Press Coffee,, very important ;) Tommy
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QUESTION: HI, I WAS READING YOUR REVIEWS, JUST ONE QUESTION: FOR COFFEE HOW CAN YOU SET TEMP AT 85C DEGREES (NOT BOILING)?
There are three different settings, so maybe experiment with them. There's no way to specify 85c degrees
I don't know about exact temps but you can probably put it on the lowest heat setting and be just fine since the lowest setting is for white teas. The instructions speak more in terms of teas rather than coffee but white tea generally needs lower temps (85* C) for steeping. You can also turn the unit off before it is set to turn off if you don't want your water too hot.
regulator 85-100
It is very good to boil water quickly. It helps us to prepare tea or coffee in a short time
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QUESTION: T-FAL BF6138 BALANCED LIVING 1-LITER 1750-WATT ELECTRIC MINI KETTLE I PLUGGED IT IN AND TURNED IT ON (HIGH) AND NOTHING HAPPENS.
dont know ...,mine just worked ...sounds like its faulty ..
it may just be defective. Contact Amazon or the seller
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QUESTION: IS THE T-FAL CORDLESS?
The pot itself has no cords as it sits down on the base to heat up. The base is not cordless as it plugs into the wall. Hope that answers your question. :-)
The base is attached to a cord that plugs into the wall. The kettle itself lifts off of the base. The kettle is cordless. You can carry it are far as you want, away from the base.
It is 2 pieces: the pitcher and the warming plate. The pitcher sits on the plate and completely detaches. The warming plate has a chord.
No.
No - it has a cord attached to the bottom piece. I actually have it out on the counter permanently bc I use it everyday, so it doesn't bother me to have a cord.
No
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QUESTION: IS THERE A LEVEL THAT IS GOOD FOR HOT CHOCLATE?
Yes, you can vary the water temperature from warm to boiling.
Yes, when the lever is all the way to the left where it shows a cup. It works great! I use it everyday for cups of tea and cocoa.
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QUESTION: WOULD CLEANING IT WITH SOAP AND WATER DAMAGE IT AT ALL?
I use mine everyday & sometimes I forget to pour all of the water out & I get some build up on the heating element. All I do Is add a small squirt of lemon juice with a dash of water .....enough to cover the heating element & turn it on on the LOW setting & when it turns off I rinse it out & it looks BRAND NEW!
I doubt it. Honestly I use mine every day so I just rinse it out.
No, not at all. I'm kind of a germophobe and clean my regularly with soap and water and just make sure to rinse it really well. I use a mild detergent like Dawn and have had no soapy aftertaste nor have I noticed a difference in performance.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE INSIDE MADE OF; IS IT METAL OF SOME SORT OR CERAMIC?
The inside walls are plastic. The element is covered and the bottom of the kettle is shiny metal.
Inside bottom is metal, sides are plastic.
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QUESTION: I AM USING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. I FILL IT, NOT EVEN TO THE MAXIMUM LINE, AND IT IS LEAKING THROUGH THE BOTTOM LITTLE HOLES. WHAT IS WRONG?
I'm not sure about that one. Sorry I can't help, sounds like you have a hole (obviously, right?) I fill mine to the 1L line and never had any issues
Sounds like a problem for the customer service dept--contact them
It sounds like you have a bad unit on hand. I have been using mine for 3 months and I always fill it slightly above the maximum line but I never have any leak. It is certainly not supposed to leak from the bottom of the kettle. Maybe you want to return this defective one for exchange?
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QUESTION: CAN I USE THIS FOR POUR OVER COFFEE? PRECISION CONTROL LIKE THOSE GOOSENECK TYPES?
I have not had any problem pouring boiled water in to a mug. Its quite small, so not particularly heavy either.
Yes
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The ASIN is B0086UJQN8

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