Let’s Get Comfee (review of kettle with tea infuser)
You have to admire the creators of this brand for coming up with a name like Comfee. It probably works better with duvets or slippers, but it also gives you the right feeling about a temperature-controlled kettle.
The difference to our previously reviewed devices is that this one comes with a tea brewing infuser (food-grade stainless steel).
You can boil the living daylights out of any decent tea leaves, or use the infuser properly and make excellent tea.
There is something attractive and soothing about glass and water, and the sleek Comfee is no different (see also the review of Tribest or the Oxo glass kettle).
The angular handle makes it look a bit old-fashioned but provides a good grip.
It also contains the controls to set the various temperatures and functions.
Name: Comfee Temperature Control Glass Electric Tea Kettle with Tea Infuser (MK-17G01B-E5001)
Temperature range: from 50°F /10°C – 212°F/100°C
Capacity: 1.7l / 57.5oz
Keep warm: Up to 2 hours
Automatic Power Off Safety Feature
Boil dry protection
Borosilicate glass with stainless steel
Integrated food-grade stainless steel tea infuser
Weight: 3.45lbs/1.56kg (empty), 7.19lbs/3.26kg (filled)
How does it work?
The kettle has to be filled with a minimum of 500ml/17 oz water to use the infuser. Otherwise, the tea leaves will not reach the water level and hang in mid-air.
The best way to make tea is to bring the water to the desired temperature and lower the filled infuser into the hot water (for more about brewing tea, see our excellent blog post).
Let the tea infuse for the preferred time (usually 2-4 minutes) and remove the strainer.
The Comfee has an extended 2-hour keep-warm function to keep your tea at the desired drinking temperature.
A word of advice: don’t overfill the infuser. The tea leaves unfold and expand and need some space to develop their best flavor.
To set the right temperature, use the controls in the handle. You can easily set the temperature in 10°F increments, which are sufficient for all types of tea.
You can, of course, use the Comfee as a regular variable temperature kettle. The infuser is removable and can be cleaned separately.
Speaking of cleaning – tea leaves tend to stain the container they are brewed in, especially metal parts.
This link is a video (opens in another window) with a slightly timid lady who explains the kettle just before starting her gym class.
There is no price on Amazon at the moment, but you can check availability and price here.
Suitable for $$ medium budget.
The Good, the Bad, and the Conclusion
- Infuser for tea making included.
- Has a broad and easily adjustable temperature range.
- Auto Keep-Warm for 2 hours.
- You can remove and clean the infuser.
- Good to look at and easy to handle.
- Big, family-sized capacity (you get about 8-10 cups of tea).
- Tea might leave stains inside the kettle – more cleaning required (but you would need to clean an extra pot as well).
- The infuser doesn’t reach the kettle’s bottom, not suitable for just 1 cup/mug.
If you are looking for a kettle with an infuser to brew good tea, the Comfee is a good choice.
The temperature settings are easy to use and suitable for any type of tea.
With the 1.7 l capacity, the Comfee is big enough for a family or the office and works as a normal kettle as well.
The 2 hour keep-warm feature might be a bit energy-hungry, but will stop your lovely tea from getting cold.
And who likes cold tea?
The Kettle Whistler
Please leave your comments below.
I have mixed feelings about tea infuser kettles. On the one hand they are convenient and I like brewing tea in the same pot as I heated the water in but on the other hand and this makes me seem old fashioned and tied to tradition' I like the process of pouring water on to the tea leaves in a separate pot, such is the influence of our early years. And the tea does taste better when prepared the traditional way. I am impressed by the broad temperature range of the kettle and the overall design is appealing although handle is a little angular for my taste. Regards Isabella
Thank you Isabella. You are right: in the beginning, it feels slightly wrong to make tea in the kettle instead of a proper porcelain pot. This feeling goes away after you have used the kettle a few times. For high-quality tea, I would still use the traditional pot because the leaves have more room to unfold which will get you better results.