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Wait! What? Americans Don’t Use Electric Kettles?

Wait! What? Americans Don’t Use Electric Kettles?

Uh…strange but interesting fact – most Americans do not own or use an electric kettle! And people are losing their shit about it. Apparently the secret is out and Twitter users in the UK and Australia are in disbelief!

Being Canadian, I grew up with kettles; both the stovetop kind and the electric kind. We used them like Australians do – to boil water. Apparently the folks in the USA do not. They boil their water on the stovetop OR in the microwave. I didn’t know this. What the actual fark?

So in an attempt to do some actual research, I sent my mum an email this morning saying “tell me the truth, we had electric kettles, didn’t we?” And she said well we used to but not anymore, we have been using a stove top kettle for years. What?! Noooooooo………

Apparently it has something to do with their lower voltage at 120 as opposed to our 240 but I’m kind of suspicious of that. It’s not like my blow dryer didn’t blow air as fast or as hot when I grew up there but for now it’s a theory people are running with.

Hang on – currently texting my parents. My Dad is an engineer and he agrees with the low voltage thing but he also said that water boils faster at a higher altitude but at a lower temperature which is why it takes them 6 or 7 minutes to cook a soft boiled egg and it only takes us 3. So there you have it. Mystery solved. Thanks Dad!

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy is a married mother of three and regularly provides us with recipes and strange but true stories about her life. When she’s not here, she can also be found on her website where all her other recipes are located!

One comment

  1. We don’t have electric kettles commonly because we don’t drink tea often. Coffee is far more popular and drip coffee machines are the preferred way of brewing up a large pot of coffee.
    More people are getting electric kettles in their homes in the US, but the main reason for that is to use for brewing French press or pour-over coffee, not hot tea.

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