FlyingPaperShredder wrote:Does anybody have any experience with those Kamjove/Chinese-style electric kettles? I find that they look pretty cool, and I like the fact that the interior is all-stainless steel, but I was wondering how well-made or how durable/long-lasting they were, especially since I keep reading things about electric kettles breaking after a few months or so.
The ones that look like that one (low tech, bakelite base) seem to be pretty indestructible as far as I can tell. Because most Chinese stuff is ~200-220V, most of the older ones available are Taiwanese brands, and many are not UL listed. There are a few different companies that make these - they all look the same at first look, but there are subtle differences (type of handle, shape of the spout, the actual shut-off mechanism).
The newer Kamjove ones work pretty well (I have a TP-680 as well as a Taiwanese one w/ bakelite base), but don't hold up to very frequent use as well - I have one at work that I've been using for a year and a half or more, and it's fine, but my friend used to use the 680s in her shop and had multiple failures. On the other hand, the Kamjoves are cheap - usually around $25-30 for a decent one. Also, they are UL listed. Make sure you get one that's 600-800W - the 400W ones are butt slow. The plastic base on mine gets kind of a funny smell when it gets hot, but it doesn't affect the flavor of the water itself.
Overall, I prefer the Taiwanese ones, but they're hard to find for < $60-80, even in Asian supermarkets. I bought mine from an LA Ten Ren, and talked them down a little on the price.