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Title: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: ishka on September 06, 2013, 09:31:21 AM
I am in Australia and here an electric kettle is an essential part of a kitchen, mainly used to boil water for tea or instant coffee, but also useful for boiling water for other purposes.

I was speaking to a friend from the U.S. and somehow the subject of my kettle came up.  She does not have one and does not see why such a thing would be useful let alone essential.  She does not drink tea and her coffee is made in a coffee maker; if she has to boil water she uses a pot or the microwave.

I cannot imagine a kitchen without a kettle and I was wondering how many people get along perfectly happily without one.

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: cwm on September 06, 2013, 09:37:43 AM
My BF has an electric kettle with different settings for different types of tea. His biggest problem is the fact that his kitchen barely has any outlets. The only place to put it is the stovetop anyway.

I don't have a kettle at all. Or a microwave. If I want tea I have to boil water on the stovetop, which is annoying. My sister and mom each have a kettle to heat water, but it goes on the stove. I'm jealous. I have boxes and cannisters of tea that I can't make very well because pouring boiling water from an open pot to a mug isn't exactly easy.

The only other thing I would use it for is if I needed to steam an envelope open. It's easier with a direct line of steam rather than a big plume, but for general water boiling purposes, it's usually being used to cook something that's just going to be added to the pot.

ETA: I'm in the US, if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Ceallach on September 06, 2013, 09:40:57 AM
This trans antlantic folder never ceases to amaze me!  And I know lots of people in RL from lots of places around the world - I guess these little details just don't come up in conversation often!

Yes I have an electric kettle as does nearly every person I know.   I'm in Australia.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Lynnv on September 06, 2013, 09:46:05 AM
US here.  I have an electric kettle.  Love it to pieces-I use it for hot beverages, heating water for cooking or canning when I need to add hot water to something that is already going, and for making instant soup in a cup.

However, I did spend a lot of years without one.  If I needed hot water, I either boiled it on the stovetop or in the microwave.  I then got a stovetop kettle, and used it some.  But for a single cup, the microwave was often still the easiest bet. 

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 06, 2013, 09:51:11 AM
Canadian here, with British roots a couple of generations or so back.

I have always had an electric kettle - an absolutely essential piece of kitchen equipment.  I'm a tea drinker and don't drink coffee at all so it gets used every morning I have breakfast at home.  We have one in the kitchen at work, too.

I also use it when a recipe calls for hot water.  That way, I can use fresh run cold water rather than water that's been sitting in my hot water tank, gathering metals and plastisizers and who knows what else, in something I'm going to consume.

cwm, I had to use a pot when staying at a friend's place.  The trick?  Put your mug in the sink and then pour.  That way, it doesn't matter if you spill a little.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on September 06, 2013, 10:00:10 AM
UK, an electric kettle is essential.

Please don't boil water in the microwave, it can be really dangerous (it can become superheated, and xplode when you take it out).

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Thipu1 on September 06, 2013, 10:08:13 AM

NYC, here.

We were given a Russel Hobbs kettle as a Wedding present.  It was nice but we didn't use it very much.  After a few years, we passed it off to a friend who admired it.

Coffee is our morning drink and we have a Braun for that.

We now use a traditional whistling kettle when we  have tea. 





Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: magicdomino on September 06, 2013, 10:15:14 AM
U.S. here.  I have one, but I originally bought it for canning, where I needed boiling water for lids and the like, but the stove top is already crowded.  Most people I know use the microwave or stove top.  If they use a lot of boiling water, they have a stove-top kettle with a whistle.

I also have a hot water dispenser in the sink.  It doesn't reach boiling temperature, though, and is mostly used for getting a start on boiling water for pasta, or for washing a few dishes.  It takes about a gallon of cold water to go through the pipes before the hot water reaches the kitchen sink.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Psychopoesie on September 06, 2013, 10:19:01 AM
Aussie here.

I have a stovetop kettle. Love the whistle. Doesn't feel like a real cuppa without it. Definitely in the minority tho - everyone else I know has an electric kettle.

Also have a coffee maker (the kind with pods) but don't use it that much.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: WillyNilly on September 06, 2013, 10:27:04 AM
NYC USA.

I have never even seen an electric kettle (not in stores, not at the homes of friends or relatives) in real life. The only place I've ever seen or heard or heard of them on from British TV shows. I just can't imagine anyone boiling so much water to be poured that one would need a device that only does that. In every home I know they simply use a pot on the stove for boiling or if there is a lot of tea drinking in the home maybe a stovetop kettle.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Layla Miller on September 06, 2013, 10:35:56 AM
In the U.S., and we use a traditional stovetop kettle.  DH used an electric kettle when he was in grad school, but found he preferred the stovetop type.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: perpetua on September 06, 2013, 10:41:46 AM
UK. I could not live without my kettle - there's a long standing joke in the UK that whenever you move, the first thing you need to find and unpack at the other end is the kettle, so make sure you pack it somewhere prominent - and I'm completely baffled that other people don't have them  :o
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: MorgnsGrl on September 06, 2013, 10:46:47 AM
US, northeast. We have an electric kettle and I LOVE it. I can't imagine going back to not having one. (Previously we used a stovetop kettle.) Being able to boil water so quickly and efficiently is fantastic.  :D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: magicdomino on September 06, 2013, 10:48:11 AM
NYC USA.

I have never even seen an electric kettle (not in stores, not at the homes of friends or relatives) in real life. The only place I've ever seen or heard or heard of them on from British TV shows. I just can't imagine anyone boiling so much water to be poured that one would need a device that only does that. In every home I know they simply use a pot on the stove for boiling or if there is a lot of tea drinking in the home maybe a stovetop kettle.

I ordered my eletric kettle from Amazon simply because I wasn't sure where to look for one.  As it turned out, Target carries one or two electric kettles. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on September 06, 2013, 10:51:13 AM
UK. I could not live without my kettle - there's a long standing joke in the UK that whenever you move, the first thing you need to find and unpack at the other end is the kettle, so make sure you pack it somewhere prominent - and I'm completely baffled that other people don't have them  :o

Not a joke - I'm serious about that!  Whenever I've moved, I've always had a small biz with kettle and tea things in a prominent place.

Incidentally, I have no idea how to use a coffee maker.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Judah on September 06, 2013, 10:51:14 AM
You can find electric kettles in the U.S., but not easily. I don't know anyone that has one though. I have a stove top kettle that I use quite a bit.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 06, 2013, 11:00:35 AM
I'm a tea drinker, but I don't have an electric kettle. I use a stovetop kettle. If, for some reason, I am going to be drinking tea throughout the day, I make an entire pot, strain it (I always use loose tea, not bags) and put the tea in the refrigerator to be heated a cup at a time in the microwave.
Mr. Nutrax uses a regualr coffeemaker.

Otherwise, I don't know what I'd so with one. I rarely have need for a small amount of boiling water. It's usually a pot for cooking pasta (I'd need a very large kettle for that) or making rice. If I need a small amount, I use a microwave. I don't do things like instant oatmeal/porridge (ugh!) or instant soup.

I've used hotel electric kettles when traveling in Australia & New Zealand. Much better than having to heat water for tea in the hotel coffeemaker, which never gets it hot enough & is always contaminated with enough coffee oil to make the tea terrible.

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Incidentally, I have no idea how to use a coffee maker.
If it's not some fancy things, it's put coffee in basket, put basket in coffeemaker, fill pot with water, dump water into coffeemaker, put pot o burner, turn on.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Rohanna on September 06, 2013, 11:03:48 AM
N Ontario girl, and I don't think I've ever been to a friends house that didn't have an electric kettle. Cold winters mean lots of tea and ht chocolate :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: jedikaiti on September 06, 2013, 11:11:35 AM
US, and I have a stovetop kettle - we use it for making tea, hot chocolate, or coffee (DH uses a french press). I had an electric kettle when Inlived in college dorms - it was the only cooking device allowed in our rooms - and we used them to cook pasta. My office has a couple electric kettles in break rooms, for use by those who drink tea, or want coffe but not from the k-cup machine. The only time I've wanted an electric kettle is when we lived in a two-story house and I thought it would be nice to keep one upstairs for ease of tea-making while doing homework. :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: camlan on September 06, 2013, 11:15:31 AM
US here. Love my electric kettle. I drink tea much more than coffee, and it is wonderful.

However, I used to have a stovetop kettle, until I was lucky enough to spend some time in England. That's when I discovered the joys of the electric kettle.

Most people I know drink coffee and use coffeemakers that heat the water. If they need hot water, they get it from the tap, or they heat it in a pan on the stove.

Lots of college students have what we used to call "hot pots" in their dorm rooms. It's a small electric device that holds water and heats it. Used to heat water for cup-a-soup or cup-a-noodle type things. Now that I think about it, they are really small electric kettles.

Two things I did right after I got home from London--bought an electric kettle and found a source for clotted cream. England spoiled me.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Bexx27 on September 06, 2013, 11:31:03 AM
I'm in the US and I consider an electric kettle a kitchen essential. I've never lived anywhere with a gas stove and it takes way too long to boil water on an electric stove. We also have one for making tea in my office kitchen which has no stove. I don't like boiling water in the microwave since it doesn't heat evenly and the timing is so variable. They are easy enough to find at Target or similar stores.

camlan, I always thought an electric kettle and a hot pot were the same thing.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: 123sandy on September 06, 2013, 11:40:20 AM
Scottish, and absolutely have an electric kettle. As someone else said, when us Brits move, the kettle, mugs and tea bags are packed in a separate bag and hand-carried to the new place.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: DavidH on September 06, 2013, 11:46:00 AM
I always thought of an electric kettle and a hot pot as the same thing, just British vs. US terminology.  That said, a hot pot was very common in college and very rare afterwards.  I have a device now that provides instant hot water (just under boiling, 190 if I remember right) at the sink at all times and it is amazing for making tea and things like that.  It wasn't particularly expensive, so I'm surprised I see them in so few homes. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Wench on September 06, 2013, 11:53:24 AM
The Uk national grid is set for boiling million of kettles at once.  Apparently the adverts are louder than a tv programme because they know British people will go out and boil a kettle at the same time.  Ironically my parents did have an on the hob kettle which whistled, though they soon went back to an electric kettle. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Sophia on September 06, 2013, 12:02:11 PM
I don't think I'd ever you one.  I don't drink tea or coffee.  The rare times I need boiling water I put a large measuring cup in the microwave.  My MIL is a British-heritage Kiwi.  She uses a stove top kettle.  I have friends with a very hot water spigot.  They don't use it often.  I think they got it as a future selling point for the house. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: #borecore on September 06, 2013, 12:07:38 PM
We always did measuring cup or mug in the microwave growing up (though we rarely drank tea; it was mostly for hot liquid for instant oatmeal or hot chocolate).

I bought my then-boyfriend an electric kettle when I noticed he made tea allll the time with a pot of boiled water, but he hated it more than anything else I've seen him hate. (It was quite funny to me!)  So, for the next holiday, I bought him a metal whistling teapot. We are used to them, electric or gas stove.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: newbiePA on September 06, 2013, 03:50:08 PM
US, I have always had an electric kettle.  I grew up with one.  They aren't difficult to find at all, an usually quite inexpensive.  At stores, they are typically in the aisle with the coffee makers or small appliances. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: NestHolder on September 06, 2013, 03:53:19 PM
Of *course* I have an electric kettle.  Boiling water is essential for Tea, but it's also jolly handy to be able to boil it in order to cook the kind of vegetables that get done very briefly in boiling water (practically everything, in my kitchen), rather than started from cold (potatoes).  And a kettle does the job very quickly.  Even if I never drank tea, I'd still want a kettle.

Why, yes, I am British.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: marcel on September 06, 2013, 03:53:23 PM
This trans antlantic folder never ceases to amaze me!  And I know lots of people in RL from lots of places around the world - I guess these little details just don't come up in conversation often!
Actualy, this subject has also been discussed a few years ago (before the TAKE folder existed) and there it was also found out that they are not as common in the US as in a lot of other countries.

In The Netherlands the electric kettle is pretty much standard (essential) kitchen equipment. For myself, I actualy use a stovetop kettle since a few years. I find the stovetop kettle no more difficult then the elecvtric ketle, either method is easier then a pan on the stovetop though.

I find the microwave very impractical for heating water.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on September 06, 2013, 04:11:26 PM
American here. I had never had a kettle. I remembered my Grandmother had a kettle out on her stove all the time, but my mother never had one. When DH and I were married, someone gave me a beautiful copper kettle for the stove. I loved the look of it but I seldom used it. I eventually donated it to a friend who collected cooper cooking items.

Then I went to live in Australia and the furnished apartment had an electric kettle. I became addicted to it. When I moved back home, I decided to go a year and see if I still wanted one. I now own a wonderful electric one that allows me to heat water to specific degrees based on the type of tea I'm brewing or if I'm needing to proof yeast. DH thought I was a little nuts for wanting one till I showed him I could heat the same amount of water to boiling in the kettle in half the time it took on my gas range. Well, actually, he still thinks I'm a little nuts but he knows not to get between me and my kitchen gadgets.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: jilly on September 06, 2013, 04:23:52 PM
UK my parents have a stove top kettle, they worked out that it was less expensive on the gas hob than an electric kettle  :o they are pretty unique though. I have an electric kettle, it's so much faster. ummm tea..............
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 06, 2013, 04:47:59 PM
I only use my electric kettle for traveling as I like very large cups of tea and usually bring my cup with me. At home I use a stove top kettle.

I'm in the US
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: EllenS on September 06, 2013, 05:35:30 PM
USA but have spent some time in UK, where I was first introduced to the electric kettle.  Also saw them very prevalently in Germany on a recent visit.

I used to have a nice one for the office when I lived in BigCity.  It disappeared in a move (or I donated it to the other secretaries, perhaps).  They were easy to come by an inexpensive up there, I'm thinking under $15 US.

Since I now live in SmallCity in the Deep South, they are very hard to find. I did get one for my dad as a special gift, but they are so expensive!   I think it's a great way to save electricity.  Heating up a burner on the stove wastes so much power and takes so freaking long. 

Of course, I also miss my gas stove.  Someday...
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: camlan on September 06, 2013, 05:38:04 PM
USA but have spent some time in UK, where I was first introduced to the electric kettle.  Also saw them very prevalently in Germany on a recent visit.

I used to have a nice one for the office when I lived in BigCity.  It disappeared in a move (or I donated it to the other secretaries, perhaps).  They were easy to come by an inexpensive up there, I'm thinking under $15 US.

Since I now live in SmallCity in the Deep South, they are very hard to find. I did get one for my dad as a special gift, but they are so expensive!   I think it's a great way to save electricity.  Heating up a burner on the stove wastes so much power and takes so freaking long. 

Of course, I also miss my gas stove.  Someday...

Amazon or any other large internet retailer has them for under $25.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Carotte on September 06, 2013, 05:39:23 PM
France here, and by gosh, I'll have one by monday! (or very soon, I might still be up in paint and walls monday).
First, I've had it with waiting more than 3 min for my tea, and since 85% of our meals starts and end with pasta, that will at least cut the waiting time by half.
I just need to find where I put my electric kettle research, not easy finding one that won't be too loud or too short a cord or what have you!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Lindee on September 06, 2013, 06:13:12 PM
I'm an Australian from the UK so of course  I have an electric kettle, my latest one is clear glass with blue LED lights and I love it. We were going to get a much pricier glass one without the lights but found this one at Kmart for a third of the price. I couldn't imagine not having a kettle, the last one died and we shot out that morning to replace it.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: NyaChan on September 06, 2013, 06:17:16 PM
I use everything - microwave, electric kettle, stove top kettle, pots, and those giant tea makers for parties.  I do love the convenience of the electric kettle in particular, but my stove top one is just so darned cute that I'll pull it out anyways.  Blue Whale :D
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 06, 2013, 06:20:02 PM
UK, an electric kettle is essential.

Please don't boil water in the microwave, it can be really dangerous (it can become superheated, and xplode when you take it out).
Hawaii here.  I have a hot pot to heat water for my tea at work, but at home I use the microwave.  There are safe ways to boil water in the microwave.  You could leave a plastic or wooden stir stick in the water.  Or you can use a container with a rough interior.  It doesn't have to be very rough; Just enough of an imperfection for the air bubbles to form on it.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: dawnfire on September 07, 2013, 06:35:11 AM
Aussie here: most of my adult life I've had an electric kettle. It nice an convenient and is used to make 2 minute noodles , cup a soup as well as tea and coffee (I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, so a coffee maker seems a needless expense)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: MummySweet on September 07, 2013, 07:21:06 AM
I'm in the US, but lived in the UK for 10 years.   I loved my electric kettle in the UK.  It was my can't live without appliance.   When we moved back it was the first 110v appliance I purchased.  But I've barely used it in the 18 months we've been back.  It takes so long to boil!  My electrical engineer husband finally explained to me that our 110v kettle was never going to heat as quickly as the 220v we had had... something to do with pressure and cycles.    ???

My electric kettle now lives in a cabinet and I use a stovetop kettle. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sunnygirl on September 07, 2013, 10:10:27 AM
UK - I could not live without an electric kettle. I drink tons of tea/herbal tea so I use my kettle a dozen times a day. It only takes maybe 20-30 seconds to heat enough water in my kettle for a single cup of tea, whereas heating water on the stovetop (because I have an electric oven that takes ages to heat up) takes a good several minutes. It always slightly annoys me when I stay in a hotel outside of the UK and there's no kettle in the room. I know that's the norm outside the UK, but I consider the UK hotel kettle to be one of the hospitality industry's crowning achievements.  ;)

My kettle only cost 5 and it's worked perfectly for years (and its predecessor, which was even cheaper, only died because I used it to heat milk for hot chocolate - turns out they reeally hate that).

I actually do own a coffee maker, despite not drinking coffee, but it's in storage. A relative of mine bought it in Italy in the 1960s. It still works fine (it's metal and goes on the hob, not electric).
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: scotcat60 on September 07, 2013, 11:14:41 AM
UK here, and have always had an electric kettle in the house, even 60 years and more ago, when electric kettles were not so common. We also had a fridge, which my Dad bought my nanna before the Secod World War.

Hoe long does it take to boil a kettle on the hob? Electric kettles are high speed over here. And you can get them with gauges on the side so that you only need to fill it with a cupful of water or however much you need to boil.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Winterlight on September 07, 2013, 12:20:25 PM
US here. My Alaskan parents have a stovetop kettle, although they have also recently invested in an electric one. I now live on the East Coast and I have an electric at work, and at home I currently use a pot on the stove though I plan to get an electric  soon. I didn't start using the electric till grad school- I never needed it before. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: veryfluffy on September 07, 2013, 12:41:43 PM
The great advantage of the electric kettle over a stove-top one is that it switches itself off when it's boiled, so it doesn't matter if you turn it on a forget about it.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on September 07, 2013, 12:56:48 PM
The great advantage of the electric kettle over a stove-top one is that it switches itself off when it's boiled, so it doesn't matter if you turn it on a forget about it.

I used to have a cat who would go running into the kitchen when she heard the *click* because she knew I'd be heading out there.  She'd start running before I got up, then sit next to the cupboard where her treats were kept :)
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Post by: that_one_girl on September 07, 2013, 01:39:08 PM
I grew up in US, and my mom always used a regular kettle to make tea. 
While living in Japan, I had an electric kettle and got used to that. 
I also have a whistling kettle measuring cup-thingy designed for use in a microwave that is good for just one cup.
These days I am usually making a whole thermos of tea to go to work with me, plus some oatmeal, plus tea to go with breakfast, so I find an electric kettle much more convenient.  (By the time I am done having breakfast and getting my thermos of tea made, I have usually filled the electric kettle at least twice)
When making iced tea, I use a pot on the stove so that I can dissolve my sweetener in the tea and then add ice cubes to get it cool enough to put in my tea pitcher. 
I also have a Keurig machine that I use to make coffee, since I rarely want more than one cup at a time.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Gwywnnydd on September 07, 2013, 03:06:37 PM
US. Like so many in this country, I don't have an electric kettle (they're becoming more common, but not ubiquitous yet). I've got a stove top model that I like (aside from it's distressing tendency to develop a grease patina, which probably says more about my slap-dash cooking style than the kettle itself ;)).
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Dindrane on September 07, 2013, 03:21:35 PM
I grew up in Texas without an electric kettle. If we needed small amounts of hot water, we used the microwave. Otherwise, we boiled it on the stove.

Then I spent a semester abroad in Ireland, where the house I lived in came equipped with an electric kettle, and where I drank more tea than I ever had before or since. It was absolutely essential to all of my Irish housemates, and by the time I left, I agreed with them. So when I got back home, I went out and bought the only electric kettle sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It cost me $50, but I still have it and use it daily 8 years later.

I also convinced my mom to get one a few years later, and she liked it so much that she gave one to my brother and sister-in-law. They liked it so much that my brother's parents-in-law ended up buying one as well. I don't think my sister owns one, but I'm pretty sure she wants one. So my whole family can thank the Irish and my time abroad for this wonderfully convenient device. :)

I now live in the Pacific NW. I don't think anyone else I know has an electric kettle, but I do see quite a few models for sale at places like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and even more for sale online. When I bought mine, it was just about the only one available (else I'd have looked for one a bit cheaper than the $50 I paid for it).

I have become much more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but I do use my kettle when I make tea. At the moment, I primarily use mine for pre-heating my coffee thermos and making instant oatmeal, but I love the fact that I can flick the button and go do something else while the water boils. I also love the auto-off feature, because I frequently am involved doing something by the time it's done boiling, so I can ignore it. I do sometimes have to re-boil the water, but it goes faster when it's already hot, and I figure it's just extra sanitized. :)

Unless I'm actually cooking on the stove, I never use anything but my electric kettle to heat water. It holds 1.7 liters, and even when I need more than that, it's often still faster to just fill it up twice. It's way faster than my electric stove, and way easier than the microwave. I live in an area with very soft water, so I can't remember the last time I had to clean the inside of the electric kettle. I actually don't know that I've ever had to clean it. Even in my apartment kitchen with limited counter space and outlets, my kettle has a spot on the counter and a dedicated outlet. It is, in that respect, as essential as my toaster, my microwave, and my coffee maker. :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: finecabernet on September 07, 2013, 03:46:26 PM
US here. I once worked for a UK company, and the Brits I worked with had their own set of tea and electric kettles in the morning. Have to confess it was the first time I ever saw one. The regular tea kettle or the office water station (which dispenses hot water) have always worked for me, but I'm really intrigued by the idea of an electric kettle.
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Post by: nayberry on September 07, 2013, 04:27:57 PM
UK here,  now i'm an odd mix with half irish heritage on one side, so as you'd expect if you cut me it's pure tea!!

we have an electric kettle which is on it's last legs from many years of abuse ;)  and a stovetop one (like this http://tinyurl.com/lo2m748) but the stovetop is only used occasionally
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Post by: Faerydust on September 07, 2013, 06:47:47 PM
US here, from Hawaii. Growing up, my parents had a stovetop tea kettle that my Dad used to heat water for his tea. I've never had my own kettle. I use a Keurig for my coffee and just use it without a k-cup on the rare occasion that I have tea.

We went to Taiwan a few weeks ago and our hotel room didn't have a coffeemaker or microwave like they often do in the US, but they did have an electric kettle. I loved how quickly it boiled water, but I'm not a big fan of instant coffee so I wouldn't buy one to use at home.

In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 07, 2013, 08:01:27 PM
I was at a friend's aunt's place a while ago, to pick up my friend.  I was invited to stay for a cup of tea and some goodies before we hit the road.  So we all sat down at the kitchen table to chat while we waited for the kettle to boil.  All of a sudden, I'm jumping out of my skin and the rest of the table is laughing and saying, 'Train's coming!'  You see, this aunt's stove top kettle sounded like a train whistle.  And was almost as loud.  Scared the daylights out of me.  She's an older lady and is starting to get hard of hearing.  She ruined a kettle, letting it boil dry, because she didn't hear it.  So she got the loudest one she could find.

Everyone else was used to it; they forgot to warn me.  Accidentally or on purpose, I'll never be sure.   :)
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Post by: Danika on September 07, 2013, 08:07:12 PM
US here - I do have an electric kettle and love it.

I use it for loose leaf tea and sometimes for coffee because it's faster than heating water by any other method in our house.
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Post by: AmethystAnne on September 07, 2013, 08:34:48 PM
U.S. here. My Dad does. When I go to visit him and Mom in New Jersey, I get to use it. ;D It is very handy!

This is a picture of what his kettle looks like:
http://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-K2070Y-Electric-Kettle/dp/B00023XCWS/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1378603946&sr=1-1
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Post by: mechtilde on September 08, 2013, 02:17:05 AM
Another Brit here- I can't be without my electric kettle! I think I've only ever met one person who didn't have one.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 08, 2013, 05:30:07 AM
Aussie here, and I've never not had a kettle. I love tea, can't have coffee. Actually, I mentioned this thread to DH and he suddenly decided he wanted some tea.

DH and I were very pleasantly surprised on our honeymoon on the Rhapsody of the Seas, an American ship, to see not just an electric kettle but a European one that boiled tea swiftly. I had brought tea, just in case.

Has anyone seen the Stephen Fry Twinings Tea ads? They're for the US, but I love Stephen Fry and he does know his tea.
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Post by: RingTailedLemur on September 08, 2013, 05:38:28 AM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 08, 2013, 09:32:58 AM
The ILs were powerful tea drinkers.  FIL always seemed to have one of those big mugs with a lid by his side. 

Perhaps being Chinese had something to do with it.  Perhaps it was a family thing.  Every picture of his father has a big tea mug in it somewhere. 
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 08, 2013, 09:42:55 AM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.
Maybe that explains why I am rather puzzled that people are so enthusiastic about electric kettles. Viewed from my perspective, it would be an appliance taking up room on the counter, that I would use only once a day.
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Post by: veryfluffy on September 08, 2013, 09:48:04 AM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.

I have a tea at least four times per day, and DH one or two more than that.

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Post by: Luci on September 08, 2013, 10:09:44 AM
Central US here: I have one that I bought 35 years ago to heat water for doing dishes in the camper. It went into storage after we bought a camper with a better water heater.

Then we had our flood last April and no hot water in the basement for a while, so that little guy really got a lot of use heating water for cleaning.

It still works well, but if I were going to need a kettle, I would get a stovetop one. When we had a gas stove, water got to boiling nearly instantly anyway, and now I have a ceramic top electric stove which does just as well. I don't want to waste the counter space, anyway. I also didn't like the lime buildup it got - it would put flakes of lime in the water no matter now much vinegar I cleaned it with so if I did use it for food, I would use a strainer.

I don't know anyone else who has one, but several of my friends do keep a teakettle on the stove.

I had a hot pot in college - the only cooking appliance we were allowed in our dorms, and that thing really got a workout heating water for hot chocolate, which we could pick up for free in the cafeteria.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 08, 2013, 12:22:13 PM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.

3-4 large cups of tea on average for me.
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Post by: jilly on September 08, 2013, 12:55:01 PM
2 large mugs and 3 cups on average for me. My DH does not function without at lest one mug of instant coffee in the morning and gets through another 4 or so during the day. plus the odd hot chocolate, herbal tea or instant soup. At work we don't have a kettle it's too slow we have an urn on the wall and a hot drink vending machine.
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Post by: jedikaiti on September 08, 2013, 04:42:58 PM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.

3-4 large cups of tea on average for me.

I'll drink a ton in the winter, and none whatsoever in the summer. For some reason I can't stand cold (iced) tea, and really don't want a hot drink when it's 80-something outside.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 08, 2013, 05:00:35 PM
Two cups at the mostly or I'd be peeing all the time.
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Post by: MorgnsGrl on September 08, 2013, 05:11:27 PM
I go through phases - currently I'm only drinking the occasional cup of tea but once the cooler weather comes it will be 2-3 cups per day (usually before noon, though - after that I have to switch to herbal.)
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Post by: Jones on September 08, 2013, 05:34:12 PM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.
Maybe that explains why I am rather puzzled that people are so enthusiastic about electric kettles. Viewed from my perspective, it would be an appliance taking up room on the counter, that I would use only once a day.

Same at my house. Counter space is a premium, as are outlets. DH drinks one cuppa per day, I stick with coffee when I get to work; if you ever see me drink tea you will know that I feel quite ill.

We had an electric kettle for years, then it malfunctioned; no love lost, it had become a pain to clean (mineral buildups that resisted everything, and I couldn't use a metal scrubbie on it because it was plastic), and we had nowhere to store it off counter once we'd extended our kitchen gadgets into the realm of "normal". A toaster took its place; we were pretty excited to get that toaster, too. We now have two stovetop whistling kettles, and we do use the kettle for instant cocoa as needed, or my instant cappuccino on days I don't go to work and get my fix there; randomly a cup o'noodle instant lunch is eaten but it's not anywhere near commonly consumed fare in our home. We only really "need" the whistler once a day on average, though.

I grew up in a kettle-free home. We didn't use the microwave for heating water either; just a pot on the stove and a ladle for herbal concoctions in a cup (tea-free zone too), or instant soups and ramen noodles--almost daily on those, big family and cheap food.

The whistling kettle is a huge step up from those days!
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Post by: MorgnsGrl on September 08, 2013, 05:36:24 PM
If we haven't used the kettle in several days, I put it away and don't take it out again until we need it. But in the fall/winter we use it a lot, and it's worth it to have it on our (admittedly limited) counter space. It is FANTASTIC if anyone has a cold and wants to gargle with warm salt water. For real.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 08, 2013, 05:44:11 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.
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Post by: Jones on September 08, 2013, 05:55:03 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.

The long part, for me, isn't waiting for the water to boil but for the infernal macaroni to get soft...just absorb the water already!

(Yes I have a pan on at the moment. I put the water on to boil while I unloaded the dishwasher, then I poured in the pasta, I have been waiting 6 minutes for the noodles to soften...any time now...)
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 08, 2013, 07:50:02 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.

For those of you in Australia, Europe and the UK, please remember that voltage in the US is 110V, so the electric kettle doesn't heat up as fast.

I've timed it and my stove top kettle takes 6 minutes to boil when full.  My electric kettle takes 3 min when full.  It's not that much longer in the scheme of things.
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Post by: mrs_deb on September 08, 2013, 08:52:12 PM
NH, USA.  We do NOT have an electric kettle; we drink coffee at home.

However, during a ~5 week tour of Australia/New Zealand last year, I discovered that every hotel/inn/B&B/etc. we stayed at had a "hospitality tray" and electric kettle, and for ~5 weeks I had the daily bliss of a cup of Earl Grey and some sort of biscuit in bed every morning before I hit the shower.

What an awesome idea.  Why don't US hotels do this?!

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Post by: that_one_girl on September 08, 2013, 09:15:24 PM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.

a LOT!  It helps me stay warm and hydrated and healthy during the cold, cruel winter!  I suffer from extreme dry mouth do not feel properly hydrated unless I drink about a gallon of fluids per day.  Drinking tea helps break up the monotony.
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Post by: sunnygirl on September 08, 2013, 09:17:30 PM
Thanks - I did wonder if the different in voltage may be part of the reason.

I drink many cups a day but rarely 'proper' tea; green tea with breakfast, and cran-raspberry or apple crush throughout the day. Sometimes TeaPigs chai. Then herbal at night. Lemon&ginger for colds and sore throats. Though when I'm in a hotel the first thing I do is make a cup of PG Tips or whatever they have.

I used to have one electric kettle in my kitchen and a second in my bedroom (along with some boxes of herbal/fruit tea and a carafe of water). I actually also drink fruit juice diluted with hot water which I am aware is probably deeply weird - after I had my tonsils removed my throat couldn't tolerate anything cold, and I got used to having all my soft drinks warm.

However, during a ~5 week tour of Australia/New Zealand last year, I discovered that every hotel/inn/B&B/etc. we stayed at had a "hospitality tray" and electric kettle, and for ~5 weeks I had the daily bliss of a cup of Earl Grey and some sort of biscuit in bed every morning before I hit the shower.
The hospitality tray is basically my #1 favourite thing about staying in hotels (in countries that do them, of course).
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Post by: Please pass the Calgon on September 08, 2013, 09:19:04 PM
US (California) here. It's been 10-15 years since I had a stovetop kettle (handle broke, never needed it enough to replace it) and I've never had an electric one. For the last two years I've had a Keurig coffee maker, if I need hot water for tea or hot chocolate I just run the machine without a kcup.
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Post by: ishka on September 08, 2013, 09:39:35 PM
NH, USA.  We do NOT have an electric kettle; we drink coffee at home.

However, during a ~5 week tour of Australia/New Zealand last year, I discovered that every hotel/inn/B&B/etc. we stayed at had a "hospitality tray" and electric kettle, and for ~5 weeks I had the daily bliss of a cup of Earl Grey and some sort of biscuit in bed every morning before I hit the shower.

What an awesome idea.  Why don't US hotels do this?!

A friend of mine was seconded from London to New York by the company she worked for.  She does not drink coffee and is fussy about her tea, so she contacted the hotel she was to be staying in to make sure there would be an electric kettle in her room.  The young man she spoke to at the hotel had no idea what she was talking about but assured her that if she wanted an electric kettle he personally would make sure there was one in her room.

When she arrived there was the cutest little plug in pot, like a mini cauldron, and a beaming young man who was so proud of the fact that he had managed to find an "electric kettle".

She went out and bought her own but she said that it was by no means easy to find one and it was quite expensive.
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Post by: katycoo on September 08, 2013, 09:44:11 PM
I'm a tea drinker, but I don't have an electric kettle. I use a stovetop kettle. If, for some reason, I am going to be drinking tea throughout the day, I make an entire pot, strain it (I always use loose tea, not bags) and put the tea in the refrigerator to be heated a cup at a time in the microwave.

Oh dear.  The idea of doing this is making my taste buds scream, and I'm not even much of a tea drinker!!

Also, since my Dad was seriously burned in the face by a superheated cup of reheated tea from the microwave exploding on him, I simply would never do this.
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Post by: Julian on September 08, 2013, 09:57:13 PM
Australian here.

I've always had an electric kettle, and as far back as when I was about 5 we always had one growing up.  Before that it was a pot on the stove. 

I drink tea and coffee, but I prefer plunger coffee (French press) to coffee-machine as I have never had one make it hot (drip machine) or large (K-cup or pods) enough.  When I travel I have a plunger mug which goes with me.

When I was in the US last year the hotel room had a coffee maker but no kettle.  The first shopping expedition was to Walmart, and I bought a kettle there, it was about $12 and they only had one make/model for sale.  I left it in the room when I checked out, so it's probably sitting in a storage room somewhere now.  It was worth it though for the convenience.

I also have a gorgeous 70's Danish design stovetop kettle which I bought for display, it earns its purchase price every time we have a power failure - mostly over winter, so I have the wood fire going.  Just fill it up and leave it on the top plate and I have boiling water whenever I want a cuppa.
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Post by: crella on September 08, 2013, 11:10:50 PM
This is the type we have in Japan, usually.

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/instant_hot_water_dispensers.aspx#dispensers


Most Japanese drink green tea with lunch and dinner, and older people drink it any time they are thirsty, they don't usually drink tap water. One of these gets a lot of use in an average household. However, now that it's just the two of us most of the time, I can't see heating 2L or 4L of water 24 hours a day so we have an electric kettle-

http://www.amazon.com/T-FAL-electric-kettle-apresia-BF8061JP/dp/B0093WJ63I

I drink herb tea once a day, so maybe I don't need one, it was for us a smaller substitute for the larger dispenser. I think they are safer than an open pot on the stove to heat water, as our granddaughter is very small.
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Post by: Bluenomi on September 09, 2013, 01:24:46 AM
Aussie here. Love my electric kettle since I'm a tea drinker. I also use it if I need boiling water for cooking since it's quicker than heating it on the stove.

There is something so comforting about the ding you get when it boils and you know you can make your tea
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Post by: Carotte on September 09, 2013, 09:55:16 AM
This is the type we have in Japan, usually.

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/instant_hot_water_dispensers.aspx#dispensers


Most Japanese drink green tea with lunch and dinner, and older people drink it any time they are thirsty, they don't usually drink tap water. One of these gets a lot of use in an average household. However, now that it's just the two of us most of the time, I can't see heating 2L or 4L of water 24 hours a day so we have an electric kettle-


That's the kind the office I worked in had in the loby, I loved it! No need to wait for the water to boil and it was almost always full enough that I could fill my big starbuck thermo-cup-thingy.
But when it was empty you had to wait for the guy in charge of the lobby to fill it up, no way to do it yourself.

Anyway, I went out and bought one today! A pretty basic one that is not very pretty but doesn't make too much noise so that's nice.
There were prettier and cheaper ones but every review said they were very noisy, and who would want that in the morning when you're trying to wake-up?
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Post by: crella on September 09, 2013, 10:01:43 AM
This is the type we have in Japan, usually.

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/instant_hot_water_dispensers.aspx#dispensers


Most Japanese drink green tea with lunch and dinner, and older people drink it any time they are thirsty, they don't usually drink tap water. One of these gets a lot of use in an average household. However, now that it's just the two of us most of the time, I can't see heating 2L or 4L of water 24 hours a day so we have an electric kettle-


That's the kind the office I worked in had in the loby, I loved it! No need to wait for the water to boil and it was almost always full enough that I could fill my big starbuck thermo-cup-thingy.
But when it was empty you had to wait for the guy in charge of the lobby to fill it up, no way to do it yourself.

Anyway, I went out and bought one today! A pretty basic one that is not very pretty but doesn't make too much noise so that's nice.
There were prettier and cheaper ones but every review said they were very noisy, and who would want that in the morning when you're trying to wake-up?

They are great. My mother fell in love with them when she first came to visit me , she went right home and bought one from Amazon. She used to drink enormous mugs of tea.
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 09, 2013, 10:08:16 AM
I'm a tea drinker, but I don't have an electric kettle. I use a stovetop kettle. If, for some reason, I am going to be drinking tea throughout the day, I make an entire pot, strain it (I always use loose tea, not bags) and put the tea in the refrigerator to be heated a cup at a time in the microwave.

Oh dear.  The idea of doing this is making my taste buds scream, and I'm not even much of a tea drinker!!

Actually, it works quite well. I make the tea stronger than usual, by adding extra tea leaves, not be steeping it longer, which would make it bitter. Since the tea (like water that has been boiled) gets a bit "flat" tasting after a while, I add fresh cold water to dilute it to the strength I like. I know my microwave & my cup, so I know how long to zap it and have never had a super heating problem.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 09, 2013, 01:15:50 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.

So do you boil the water in the kettle and then pour it into a pot with the pasta or potatoes and then put it on the stove to complete cooking?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Carotte on September 09, 2013, 01:21:34 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.

So do you boil the water in the kettle and then pour it into a pot with the pasta or potatoes and then put it on the stove to complete cooking?

What I usualy do is heat either all the water in the keetle, pour it into the pot, bring it (back) to a boil and continue as normal - or if I need more water than the keetle allows I start heating up the rest of the water in the pot while the keetle is boiling away, then wait way less time for everything to boil.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: marcel on September 09, 2013, 01:27:03 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.
I am personaly not talking about a pot on a stove, but about a kettle on a stove, big difference in time to get to boil.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 09, 2013, 03:28:16 PM
Pot on stove takes so much more time than using a kettle that I wonder why people bother. I boil water in it not just for tea but pasta, eggs and potatoes.

So do you boil the water in the kettle and then pour it into a pot with the pasta or potatoes and then put it on the stove to complete cooking?

Yes, and this is an electric kettle, not a stove kettle.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Arila on September 09, 2013, 07:18:11 PM
I quite happily got along with the microwave or a pot... until I Married a guy from the UK. His sister gave us one as a wedding present.

I use it now whenever I need hot water as it's very fast, but if not for him, I'd rather reduce the counter-clutter.
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Post by: katycoo on September 09, 2013, 09:11:15 PM
I'm a tea drinker, but I don't have an electric kettle. I use a stovetop kettle. If, for some reason, I am going to be drinking tea throughout the day, I make an entire pot, strain it (I always use loose tea, not bags) and put the tea in the refrigerator to be heated a cup at a time in the microwave.

Oh dear.  The idea of doing this is making my taste buds scream, and I'm not even much of a tea drinker!!

Actually, it works quite well. I make the tea stronger than usual, by adding extra tea leaves, not be steeping it longer, which would make it bitter. Since the tea (like water that has been boiled) gets a bit "flat" tasting after a while, I add fresh cold water to dilute it to the strength I like. I know my microwave & my cup, so I know how long to zap it and have never had a super heating problem.

Do something like that daily and you're always going to get it down to a fine art for exactly how you like it :)
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Post by: Pen^2 on September 09, 2013, 09:23:12 PM
I find this topic very interesting. To be honest, until only a few years ago, I thought a kettle of some description was as standard as a microwave: sure, some people might not have one, but they are very much in the minority. DH and I have between us lived in four countries, and we've traveled a bit and visited several more countries. Eventually, we once found ourselves in the USA in a decent enough hotel which had no kettle. We were stunned: how would guests make tea? It was an international hotel, so although coffee was more the norm in the USA, they were billing themselves as a place that catered to what was more the standard in other countries. We asked at the front desk if they had one we could perhaps use, and the guy didn't seem to know what a kettle even was. He kept saying, "Oh, do you mean a coffee machine?"

In the end, Google helped us boil water safely in the coffee maker (we didn't want to break it by not using it as it was intended) and we had tea that way.

I grew up in Australia, where every home I've been in has had a kettle of some sort. Most electric. In nearly every country I've visited, kettles are the norm. So until we discovered the lack of kettles in the USA, I would have ubiquitously associated kettles with developed countries. Now I know better :) But it was certainly a strange thing to discover! Here in Singapore, we have a super fancy kettle which boils water in four seconds flat. It's unreasonably fun to use.
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Post by: Ceallach on September 09, 2013, 10:42:55 PM
This trans antlantic folder never ceases to amaze me!  And I know lots of people in RL from lots of places around the world - I guess these little details just don't come up in conversation often!
Actualy, this subject has also been discussed a few years ago (before the TAKE folder existed) and there it was also found out that they are not as common in the US as in a lot of other countries.

In The Netherlands the electric kettle is pretty much standard (essential) kitchen equipment. For myself, I actualy use a stovetop kettle since a few years. I find the stovetop kettle no more difficult then the elecvtric ketle, either method is easier then a pan on the stovetop though.

I find the microwave very impractical for heating water.

I'm not really sure your point here to be honest?   I've been on eHell for over a decade but I don't think I've read every thread, I suspect there are probably lots of things I've missed over the years.    :)     So if there's already been a verdict reached it doesn't really make a difference - *I'm* still surprised to learn this new interesting trans atlantic fact!  It looks like there are a few others who are learning this for the first time too. 

I agree with you re the microwave, I too find it impractical for heating water.       I like my water boiling hot which can't really be safely achieved in the microwave.
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Post by: katycoo on September 10, 2013, 01:58:50 AM
This trans antlantic folder never ceases to amaze me!  And I know lots of people in RL from lots of places around the world - I guess these little details just don't come up in conversation often!
Actualy, this subject has also been discussed a few years ago (before the TAKE folder existed) and there it was also found out that they are not as common in the US as in a lot of other countries.

In The Netherlands the electric kettle is pretty much standard (essential) kitchen equipment. For myself, I actualy use a stovetop kettle since a few years. I find the stovetop kettle no more difficult then the elecvtric ketle, either method is easier then a pan on the stovetop though.

I find the microwave very impractical for heating water.

I'm not really sure your point here to be honest?   I've been on eHell for over a decade but I don't think I've read every thread, I suspect there are probably lots of things I've missed over the years.    :)     So if there's already been a verdict reached it doesn't really make a difference - *I'm* still surprised to learn this new interesting trans atlantic fact!  It looks like there are a few others who are learning this for the first time too. 

I agree with you re the microwave, I too find it impractical for heating water.       I like my water boiling hot which can't really be safely achieved in the microwave.

I think her point was merely a comment that it had come up in conversation here before.  And nothing more than that.  No need to read it everything!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Ceallach on September 10, 2013, 04:51:02 AM
This trans antlantic folder never ceases to amaze me!  And I know lots of people in RL from lots of places around the world - I guess these little details just don't come up in conversation often!
Actualy, this subject has also been discussed a few years ago (before the TAKE folder existed) and there it was also found out that they are not as common in the US as in a lot of other countries.

In The Netherlands the electric kettle is pretty much standard (essential) kitchen equipment. For myself, I actualy use a stovetop kettle since a few years. I find the stovetop kettle no more difficult then the elecvtric ketle, either method is easier then a pan on the stovetop though.

I find the microwave very impractical for heating water.

I'm not really sure your point here to be honest?   I've been on eHell for over a decade but I don't think I've read every thread, I suspect there are probably lots of things I've missed over the years.    :)     So if there's already been a verdict reached it doesn't really make a difference - *I'm* still surprised to learn this new interesting trans atlantic fact!  It looks like there are a few others who are learning this for the first time too. 

I agree with you re the microwave, I too find it impractical for heating water.       I like my water boiling hot which can't really be safely achieved in the microwave.

I think her point was merely a comment that it had come up in conversation here before.  And nothing more than that.  No need to read it everything!

You're right it was probably just the way it was worded.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 10, 2013, 02:26:30 PM
US here, from Hawaii.
<snip>
In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg
We must run in different circles.  I've never seen that appliance.  How does it work?  Where do you buy it?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Carotte on September 10, 2013, 02:58:36 PM
US here, from Hawaii.
<snip>
In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg
We must run in different circles.  I've never seen that appliance.  How does it work?  Where do you buy it?

I think in countries where they are not very prevalent they would mostly be found in larger offices and maybe hotels and things like that. So you'd buy it from a office/restaurant supplier? that's my assumption, based on another assumption, that they might be 'safer' for the use of the public. The public doesn't have to fill it or mess with plugging it in and there's only one button and no need to lift. It's also a bigger capacity than a normal kettle so the person in charge doesn't have to fill it as often.
there's always amazon or ebay tho.
I'm not sure how they work, I think they're supposed to only heat up what you are pouring.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on September 10, 2013, 03:54:46 PM
Caterers and large offices tend to have things like this:

(http://www.catersolution.co.uk/Pics/tea%20urn.jpg)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Faerydust on September 10, 2013, 04:09:36 PM
US here, from Hawaii.
<snip>
In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg
We must run in different circles.  I've never seen that appliance.  How does it work?  Where do you buy it?

I think in countries where they are not very prevalent they would mostly be found in larger offices and maybe hotels and things like that. So you'd buy it from a office/restaurant supplier? that's my assumption, based on another assumption, that they might be 'safer' for the use of the public. The public doesn't have to fill it or mess with plugging it in and there's only one button and no need to lift. It's also a bigger capacity than a normal kettle so the person in charge doesn't have to fill it as often.
there's always amazon or ebay tho.
I'm not sure how they work, I think they're supposed to only heat up what you are pouring.

You fill it with water, press a button, and it heats the water up and keeps it at a certain temperature. Macy's has them as well as other local stores. I think I've even seen them in Walmart and Costco.

 http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/zojirushi-cd-wbc30-water-boiler-warmer-3-liter?ID=479759&cm_mmc=Google_Home_PLA-_-Home+Electrics+-+Tea+Kettles+%26+Electric+Kettles+-+PLA-_-25704041116_adc_pg_305_11056_51dc8d51e4b0a3ee5b2772b7_25704041116_{device}-_-_mkwid_23596282308USA|d{device}_25704041116|-|23596282308USA (http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/zojirushi-cd-wbc30-water-boiler-warmer-3-liter?ID=479759&cm_mmc=Google_Home_PLA-_-Home+Electrics+-+Tea+Kettles+%26+Electric+Kettles+-+PLA-_-25704041116_adc_pg_305_11056_51dc8d51e4b0a3ee5b2772b7_25704041116_{device}-_-_mkwid_23596282308USA|d{device}_25704041116|-|23596282308USA)

Midnight, are you from Oahu? Maybe they are more common on Maui with our large Japanese population, although Oahu has even more of a Japanese influence so I'm surprised they aren't as common there, but there are differences from island to island for sure. I've seen them in offices, churches, potlucks/events where there is tea, and in some of my friend's homes (those of Japanese descent usually).  Usually those friends have a grandparent in the home who drinks tea, but those in my generation probably wouldn't have one unless they are huge tea drinkers.

In fact, if kitchen space wasn't limited, I would get one for my SO's grandma. She drinks tea all day and it would be so convenient.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 10, 2013, 04:47:06 PM
Midnight, are you from Oahu? Maybe they are more common on Maui with our large Japanese population, although Oahu has even more of a Japanese influence so I'm surprised they aren't as common there, but there are differences from island to island for sure. I've seen them in offices, churches, potlucks/events where there is tea, and in some of my friend's homes (those of Japanese descent usually).  Usually those friends have a grandparent in the home who drinks tea, but those in my generation probably wouldn't have one unless they are huge tea drinkers.

In fact, if kitchen space wasn't limited, I would get one for my SO's grandma. She drinks tea all day and it would be so convenient.
Yes, I'm on Oahu.  I think I drink more tea than anyone else I know and I drink most of it at work where I use a hot pot.

I have a flat surface electric stoves.  It takes a long time for the element to heat up and just as long for it to cool.  I boil water in the microwave because it's faster and doesn't heat up my kitchen as much as the stove does.  I have an old pyrex measuring cup that is scratched on the inside so it doesn't superheat and explode when removed from the MW.  I know better than to keep "bumping" it (giving it another minute to bring it back to boil) with the door closed, which is the only time I have had water boil over.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: AngelicGamer on September 10, 2013, 06:04:58 PM
I'm now debating if I want to get one for the winter that's coming up.  I live in the Midwest (around Chicago) and I drink a lot of coffee/tea/hot chocolate in the winter.  I have a drip coffee pot for the first (debating about a Keurig though) but an electric kettle sounds nice for the other two.  Plus, I am starting to get worried about heating water in the microwave, even though I throw in a spoon before pouring it in any cup.  It would be nice not to worry about that!

I do have a stove top kettle, but it seems to take so long.  Mom says that's because we have an electric stove instead of a gas one.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 10, 2013, 06:43:47 PM
I did a comparison last night when waiting for my kettle to boil for my quinoa.  I filled up my stove top kettle and put in on the burner with the flame as high as it could go.  I then filled my electric kettle and turned it up to high.  The stovetop kettle boiled 20 seconds after the electric kettle.  I think they hold about the same amount of water.

I like my electric kettle for the convenience and portability, but I'll probably always have a stove top kettle
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: crella on September 10, 2013, 07:27:39 PM
US here, from Hawaii.
<snip>
In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg
We must run in different circles.  I've never seen that appliance.  How does it work?  Where do you buy it?


They're made by a Japanese company, Zojirushi.  Well, a lot of appliance makers , like Toshiba etc, also make them, but it seems that the Zojirushi ones are more common in the US. You can get them off Amazon and similar sites, Faerydust posted a link to Macy's. Local Asian markets (like Hmart) sell them as well, but I think they may be pricier at an Asian grocery.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 10, 2013, 07:37:54 PM
There's an Hmart right up the street from me.  How much water do they hold?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on September 10, 2013, 07:43:14 PM
Urns like the one pictured by Faerydust are pretty common here (well the concept) but they're used when catering for large numbers.  I'd imagine most people don't have one, but groups probably do.  For this reason they're larger here - average 20 Litres?  They maintain a constant heat while they're on so people can get their tea instantly.  You wouldn't leave one running all day in a house just for 1 or 2 people though.  Massive waste of electricity.

(http://static.productreview.com.au/pr.products/79360_kambrook_urn.jpg)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: crella on September 10, 2013, 11:30:52 PM
There's an Hmart right up the street from me.  How much water do they hold?


They come in 2, 3, and 4 liter sizes. I don't remember which ones HMart carries.

Edit: I checked Hmart's site, they have several.

http://www.hmart.com/shopnow/shopnow_newsub.asp?p=23596290880
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: that_one_girl on September 26, 2013, 02:43:00 PM
US here, from Hawaii.
<snip>
In Hawaii, this is what is commonly used to heat water for tea: https://www.ccteaz.com/images/tea/112-sized.jpg
We must run in different circles.  I've never seen that appliance.  How does it work?  Where do you buy it?


They're made by a Japanese company, Zojirushi.  Well, a lot of appliance makers , like Toshiba etc, also make them, but it seems that the Zojirushi ones are more common in the US. You can get them off Amazon and similar sites, Faerydust posted a link to Macy's. Local Asian markets (like Hmart) sell them as well, but I think they may be pricier at an Asian grocery.

Zojirushi is a really good company.  I bought some of their bento stuff 2 years ago while living in Japan and everything is still like new.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: o_gal on October 07, 2013, 09:37:10 AM
In the US and possibly Canada and Mexico, there is an alternative that I haven't seen mentioned yet, the Hot Shot: http://www.target.com/p/sunbeam-hot-shot-hot-water-dispenser-6131/-/A-10210654

It heats up 16oz of water faster then boiling or a microwave. It doesn't keep the water hot - you put in what you need, it heats it up, you dispense it, and you're done.

They were first introduced in the US in the 1970's and my parents got one of the first ones. Then in the 80's, Sunbeam discontinued them, but still made them for the Mexican market. People were buying them down there and bringing them back to either give to friends or sell. Then Sunbeam re-introduced them sometime in the 90's. They make a great Christmas gift for a gift exchange - if I bring one in, it's usually stolen many times :-)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Teenyweeny on October 09, 2013, 04:33:50 AM
So it's basically the same as a cheap kettle, except it can't do as much water? This is the kettle I have http://direct.asda.com/Smart-Price-1.7L-Kettle---White/001571484,default,pd.html (http://direct.asda.com/Smart-Price-1.7L-Kettle---White/001571484,default,pd.html). Costs the equivalent of $8, doesn't keep the water hot, just heats it and turns off. I'd say it heats a full kettle (1.7l, or almost 60 oz) in under 5 mins.

Of course, most mornings I only put in enough for me to have a cup of tea. By the time I've poured milk on my cereal, it's done.

You will pry my kettle from my cold dead hands.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: jaxsue on October 09, 2013, 04:09:45 PM
I have an electric kettle. I use it every morning for my french press.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: o_gal on October 10, 2013, 08:11:04 AM
So it's basically the same as a cheap kettle, except it can't do as much water? This is the kettle I have http://direct.asda.com/Smart-Price-1.7L-Kettle---White/001571484,default,pd.html (http://direct.asda.com/Smart-Price-1.7L-Kettle---White/001571484,default,pd.html). Costs the equivalent of $8, doesn't keep the water hot, just heats it and turns off. I'd say it heats a full kettle (1.7l, or almost 60 oz) in under 5 mins.

Of course, most mornings I only put in enough for me to have a cup of tea. By the time I've poured milk on my cereal, it's done.

You will pry my kettle from my cold dead hands.

It looks different, because your's has a handle and the Hot Shot doesn't, but yes they are about the same. The Hot Shot is made to sit on your counter/bench and you put the cup under it. Mine heats up a mug full of water in about 30 seconds.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 10, 2013, 08:57:40 AM
You will pry my kettle from my cold dead hands.

Amen, sister.   ;D

I kept my little 4 cup kettle that I had in university that now travels with me when I'm going to be staying in a hotel.  I'm a snob; I only like making my tea with boiling water.  'Hot' water doesn't do it for me.  And the last time I used 'hot' water?  All I could taste was coffee.  The caterer didn't use a designated carafe for the hot water; it was one that had previously held coffee.  It was absolutely disgusting.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 10, 2013, 03:24:40 PM
I'm a snob; I only like making my tea with boiling water.  'Hot' water doesn't do it for me.  And the last time I used 'hot' water?  All I could taste was coffee.  The caterer didn't use a designated carafe for the hot water; it was one that had previously held coffee.  It was absolutely disgusting.
I don't think you're a snob.  Tea is supposed to be made by pouring boiling water over the leaves.  The water has to be hot enough to release the essential oils, etc.  I'll drink my tea hot, cold, luke warm, but spare me tepid tea with an overlay of burnt coffee.(http://serve.mysmiley.net/sick/sick0021.gif)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on October 10, 2013, 03:50:02 PM
I always make my tea with boiling water If I want iced tea I will add cold water or ice after it steeps.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: amandaelizabeth on October 13, 2013, 09:00:45 PM
A Brit living in Kiwiland.  A kettle is a must in our house.  When we first came here, Kiwi's used Jugs, which were electric kettle that instead of being round and squat were long and thin.  We got my father in law to send us a kettle from England almost 35 years ago which is still going strong.  I use it for tea, cooking, sterilising things in the kitchen, great for feeding bottles, play dough, and tie dying (not in the kettle though).  Now in the shops kettles are as common as jugs.  I want one of those clear ones with blue lights, but we are keeping with our old one, to see how long it lasts.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: nayberry on October 15, 2013, 04:35:44 PM
How much tea do people drink per day?  I'm on about 3 or 4 cups, on average.

3-4 large cups of tea on average for me.

I'll drink a ton in the winter, and none whatsoever in the summer. For some reason I can't stand cold (iced) tea, and really don't want a hot drink when it's 80-something outside.

on cold days when i'm home i have about 10-12 cups a day, and yes i'm widdling all day too!!

on hotter days i cut back to 6-7 and have cordial too :) 



Caterers and large offices tend to have things like this:

(http://www.catersolution.co.uk/Pics/tea%20urn.jpg)

that is my heaven!  had one at an old job and it was great, so long as the first person in turned it on!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: ladyknight1 on October 15, 2013, 04:55:09 PM
I have a stove top stainless steel whistling kettle, we use it every day to make coffee. We use a manual drip cone and carafe or a French press depending on the day.

I don't know anyone in real life that has an electric kettle and I have friends from all over the world!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on October 15, 2013, 08:02:18 PM
that is my heaven!  had one at an old job and it was great, so long as the first person in turned it on!

Most offices here have big electrical urns - similar to the pic but wall mounted, plumbed so always have water, and permanently on so water is always ready to go.

Either like this:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQeFHeHeAQFz6V2uWFnVtHmYloX84hHQLEsgw6Ut6ubwT5enqFX)
Or like this:
(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSGCN0H5ObCyY8NJwUr9twcPrEmqhYmpB5AusxO4pmkllCNLsVzAQ)
This system has chilled water as well as boiling.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 15, 2013, 08:36:37 PM
I found that the "coffee urn" (see picture by RingTailedLemur) does not get the water hot enough to make either coffee or tea.  The office I worked in before my present position had a big coffee urn which was used to heat water, never to make coffee, so the water did not have that off taste from the coffee oils/residue.  I had a 1 cup Melitta drip coffee maker.  The coffee tasted weak unless I put the "hot" water in the microwave for another minute to minute & a half to bring it to a boil, then poured it over the ground coffee.  The "hot" setting on a coffee urn is just hot enough to keep the coffee warm, not boiling hot.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on October 15, 2013, 08:45:35 PM
I found that the "coffee urn" (see picture by RingTailedLemur) does not get the water hot enough to make either coffee or tea.  The office I worked in before my present position had a big coffee urn which was used to heat water, never to make coffee, so the water did not have that off taste from the coffee oils/residue.  I had a 1 cup Melitta drip coffee maker.  The coffee tasted weak unless I put the "hot" water in the microwave for another minute to minute & a half to bring it to a boil, then poured it over the ground coffee.  The "hot" setting on a coffee urn is just hot enough to keep the coffee warm, not boiling hot.

I wonder if that was the particular brand used?  Or perhaps some kind of local law as the maximum temp it can heat to.  I've not ever found that with the ones here.
Also, I'venever ever seen them used for premade coffee - only water. You add your coffee or tea as per choice.  That said, IME instant coffee here is far better than in the USA.  Still not as good as fresh but very drinkable.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: magicdomino on October 16, 2013, 10:05:35 AM
All right, electric kettle people, you have semi-converted me.  I timed 20 ounces of water in the kettle.  My microwave at home takes 5 minutes, 45 seconds to reach a roiling boil.  Kettle was 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  The nuclear-powered microwave at the office is much faster, but I think the electric kettle would give even it a good race.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Library Dragon on November 05, 2013, 02:41:02 PM
Alright, when I saw an electric kettle in a film or on TV I would just  ::) and think how silly.  I use my iced tea infuser and was finding that I was having to heat up multiple measuring cups of water to fill it.  It was taking forever and I want it done immediately! 

So, I was inspired by this conversation to buy a 1 ltr Tfal (I like that it has a temperature control for my teas that don't do well with boiling water).  Well I am now  :-[ by my previous opinion.  The electric kettle is a marvelous invention!  I am now a convert.  Thank you all for helping me to see the error of my ways. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on November 08, 2013, 05:07:28 PM
The only person I know of who owns a kettle is my grandmother (just the stovetop kind, not an electric one), and I've never seen her use it.  Neither my DH or I drink coffee or tea (I usually drink water or milk; even when it's -17 degrees out, I want cold water!), so it wouldn't be much use to us.  For those who do drink hot liquids, I can see where it would be a great thing to have!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Margo on November 26, 2013, 02:02:39 PM
It's also handy for other things - I find it is quicker to boil water in the kettle than on the hob, so if I am cooking rice, or somthing else where you start with boiling water, I will boil it in the kettle and then pour into the saucepan, for instance.

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on November 26, 2013, 02:30:35 PM

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!

Yup it's part of the lifestyle.

Tea in the morning.
Tea while working.
Tea for an afternoon break.
Tea to warm up after a walk in the cold.
Tea when snuggling up with a book.

Oh, someone's at the door?  Put the kettle on!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 26, 2013, 03:50:44 PM

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!

Yup it's part of the lifestyle.

Tea in the morning.
Tea while working.
Tea for an afternoon break.
Tea to warm up after a walk in the cold.
Tea when snuggling up with a book.

Oh, someone's at the door?  Put the kettle on!

You know one of the things I like about tea, is it slows you down a little. It takes thought to brew a nice cup and requires a bit of patience. And for some reason brewing and serving a pot seems a little more elegant. But maybe it's because we don't drink it as often.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on November 26, 2013, 04:55:48 PM

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!

Yup it's part of the lifestyle.

Tea in the morning.
Tea while working.
Tea for an afternoon break.
Tea to warm up after a walk in the cold.
Tea when snuggling up with a book.

Oh, someone's at the door?  Put the kettle on!

I'm not British, but this is me to a T. Obviously I need to move to where my people are
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: baglady on November 26, 2013, 10:31:55 PM
U.S. here. I have a stovetop kettle and an electric stove. I have no need for an electric kettle. In college, when we were forbidden to have any cooking devices other than those designed for heating water, I had an electric pot (I didn't call it a kettle because it was more coffee-pot shaped), and my roommate had a thing you immersed in your cup of water to heat it. But since I no longer live in a dorm, I've found the stovetop kettle to be all I need to heat water for tea/instant coffee/hot chocolate. It really doesn't take that long -- only a minute or two.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: perpetua on November 27, 2013, 02:04:39 AM

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!

Yup it's part of the lifestyle.

Tea in the morning.
Tea while working.
Tea for an afternoon break.
Tea to warm up after a walk in the cold.
Tea when snuggling up with a book.

Oh, someone's at the door?  Put the kettle on!

I'm not British, but this is me to a T. Obviously I need to move to where my people are

*nods* - Come to the dark side. We have excellent biscuits!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Another Sarah on November 29, 2013, 07:54:12 AM
This is quite shameful to admit but this thread has completely blown my mind.

I didn't realise how much of our national identity was caught up with drinking tea and I am genuinely shocked at myself that I cannot imagine a kitchen without a kettle in it!

America has never seemed so far away before...
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: betty on January 10, 2014, 08:03:21 AM
I'm in the US, and I drink tea. No electric kettle here: I use a regular tea kettle on the stove. It takes a few minutes to come to a boil, during which time I usually empty the dishwasher or fill it up again.

I'd get my tea faster with an electric kettle, but my kitchen would be a mess!

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on January 10, 2014, 08:46:42 AM
I sure do.  It's cold in Utah in the winter. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Margo on January 10, 2014, 09:08:48 AM
Do those of you who don't have electric kettles have stove-top ones? Or no kettle at all?

I know a few people who don't routinely use an electric kettle (mostly people who have Agas, I think)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Jones on January 10, 2014, 09:18:34 AM
I have a stove-top one. Yes, it gets very cold in Utah in the winter!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: alkira6 on January 10, 2014, 09:38:15 AM
I lived in Wales for a while and became accustomed to having an electric kettle.  When I first returned to the US the first thing I bought was a hot pot (kind of a cheap kettle knockoff). I currently have an electric kettle with a snap off base so that the kettle can be used elsewhere without dragging a cord.  My dream is to have a hot water dispenser installed in the kitchen, as I need boiling water constantly when canning.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 10, 2014, 01:07:07 PM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off.  The electric one travels with me and also get used on Stay inside and read days.  I make a big pot of loose tea, and just keep resteeping the leaves
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on January 12, 2014, 06:29:52 PM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off

I'm confused - why does this affect your choice in kettle?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 12, 2014, 07:24:57 PM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off

I'm confused - why does this affect your choice in kettle?

My electric kettle does not whistle or make noise to let me know it's done.  I have run back into the kitchen at the smell of burning metal.

My stove top kettle sounds like a train whistle and can be heard 3 blocks away
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 12, 2014, 09:16:55 PM
Canadian in the US with an electric kettle. I also miss the electrical outlet on stoves in Canada.  I still sometimes try to plug my kettle into my stove and remember no outlet.   

Hubby bought me a new kettlen for Christmas that boils to temp diff types of tea.  Green tea burns with reg boiled water. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on January 12, 2014, 10:53:11 PM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off

I'm confused - why does this affect your choice in kettle?

My electric kettle does not whistle or make noise to let me know it's done.  I have run back into the kitchen at the smell of burning metal.

My stove top kettle sounds like a train whistle and can be heard 3 blocks away

Ahh.  Most electric kettles here switch off automatically when they reach a roaring boil.  Even the really really cheap ones.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Another Sarah on January 13, 2014, 04:33:02 AM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off

I'm confused - why does this affect your choice in kettle?

My electric kettle does not whistle or make noise to let me know it's done.  I have run back into the kitchen at the smell of burning metal.

My stove top kettle sounds like a train whistle and can be heard 3 blocks away

Ahh.  Most electric kettles here switch off automatically when they reach a roaring boil.  Even the really really cheap ones.

I could be wrong on this, but I think the automatic cutoff is required by UK law - I seem to remember it coming in when I was about six or seven after a spate of melting kettle incidents in the late 80s/early 90s
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 13, 2014, 05:22:39 AM
yeah, I thought mine had an automatic cutoff as well, but it doesn't.  I don't mind waiting around for it, but I get easily distracted by shiny things or work.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hollanda on January 13, 2014, 05:25:03 AM

I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine having a kitchen with no kettle. Maybe it's because we are a nation of tea-drinkers that we see it as so essential!

Yup it's part of the lifestyle.

Tea in the morning.
Tea while working.
Tea for an afternoon break.
Tea to warm up after a walk in the cold.
Tea when snuggling up with a book.

Oh, someone's at the door?  Put the kettle on!

I'm not British, but this is me to a T. Obviously I need to move to where my people are

I see what you did there! :-*
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Teenyweeny on January 13, 2014, 05:44:15 AM
I have both.  I tend to use the stove top one more often because I like to wander off

I'm confused - why does this affect your choice in kettle?

My electric kettle does not whistle or make noise to let me know it's done.  I have run back into the kitchen at the smell of burning metal.

My stove top kettle sounds like a train whistle and can be heard 3 blocks away

Ahh.  Most electric kettles here switch off automatically when they reach a roaring boil.  Even the really really cheap ones.

I could be wrong on this, but I think the automatic cutoff is required by UK law - I seem to remember it coming in when I was about six or seven after a spate of melting kettle incidents in the late 80s/early 90s

Wow, yeah the UK ones switch themselves off! No wonder some people don't get the appeal, if they've only seen the other kind!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: veryfluffy on January 13, 2014, 07:20:29 AM
A friend of mine just redid her kitchen, and was talking about getting a beautiful new kettle to use on top of her new Aga. I told her she is too easily distracted for that, and she is going to have to stick with an electric one, that turns itself off.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hollanda on January 13, 2014, 08:13:10 AM
I just cannot mentally "see" a kitchen without a kettle.  I'd be lost without ours!  ;D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 13, 2014, 11:59:52 PM
A friend of mine just redid her kitchen, and was talking about getting a beautiful new kettle to use on top of her new Aga. I told her she is too easily distracted for that, and she is going to have to stick with an electric one, that turns itself off.

Jealous of her AGA.  Saw for first time in England in Oct and want one!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Thipu1 on January 16, 2014, 04:36:06 PM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 16, 2014, 06:05:15 PM
I just found an electric kettle at Walmart with an automatic shutoff.  I bought 4 of them
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 17, 2014, 12:42:35 PM
I just found an electric kettle at Walmart with an automatic shutoff.  I bought 4 of them




I was just home in Canada and three of my friends just bought the same Cuisinart Perfect Temp Kettle I got for Xmas that is great for different types of tea since each tea needs a different temperature.


http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/cuisinart-perfectemp-stainless-steel-electric-kettle/1017391690?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_coffeetea_&gclid=CI7u0aTuhbwCFa4-MgodH1AA0A
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 17, 2014, 01:27:04 PM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

Nope. It's the quirky, non-controversial, amusing threads that become my favourites, and usually nobody minds if they wander a bit. :)

An electric kettle is on my mental list of "things that are essential in a new house -buy/unpack these FIRST", along with at least two mugs and caffeine-making supplies, basic cleaning gear, etc. I'm also seriously tempted by those variable-temperature ones, because I'm developing into... okay, not a tea snob exactly, but a tea enthusiast at least. If only they weren't so expensive!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 18, 2014, 10:06:59 AM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

Nope. It's the quirky, non-controversial, amusing threads that become my favourites, and usually nobody minds if they wander a bit. :)

An electric kettle is on my mental list of "things that are essential in a new house -buy/unpack these FIRST", along with at least two mugs and caffeine-making supplies, basic cleaning gear, etc. I'm also seriously tempted by those variable-temperature ones, because I'm developing into... okay, not a tea snob exactly, but a tea enthusiast at least. If only they weren't so expensive!


I love my variable temp kettle for my Steeped Tea!  Do you have tea stores in Australia?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 18, 2014, 11:10:40 AM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

Nope. It's the quirky, non-controversial, amusing threads that become my favourites, and usually nobody minds if they wander a bit. :)

An electric kettle is on my mental list of "things that are essential in a new house -buy/unpack these FIRST", along with at least two mugs and caffeine-making supplies, basic cleaning gear, etc. I'm also seriously tempted by those variable-temperature ones, because I'm developing into... okay, not a tea snob exactly, but a tea enthusiast at least. If only they weren't so expensive!

I use the ice cube method of cooling water down.  Works great
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 18, 2014, 04:39:49 PM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

Nope. It's the quirky, non-controversial, amusing threads that become my favourites, and usually nobody minds if they wander a bit. :)

An electric kettle is on my mental list of "things that are essential in a new house -buy/unpack these FIRST", along with at least two mugs and caffeine-making supplies, basic cleaning gear, etc. I'm also seriously tempted by those variable-temperature ones, because I'm developing into... okay, not a tea snob exactly, but a tea enthusiast at least. If only they weren't so expensive!


I love my variable temp kettle for my Steeped Tea!  Do you have tea stores in Australia?

Oh, yes, which is why I have a huge range of spiced / flavoured / green / herbal teas in my cupboard. ;D and they have a couple of beautiful variable-temp kettles available - there's one that's enameled red that I DROOL over - but, yeah. Pricey. :(
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 18, 2014, 04:42:28 PM
I use the ice cube method of cooling water down.  Works great

But that would require me to be awake enough to actually make judgements first thing in the morning, and that only happens after tea.  ;D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on January 18, 2014, 05:49:53 PM
I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

Nope. It's the quirky, non-controversial, amusing threads that become my favourites, and usually nobody minds if they wander a bit. :)

An electric kettle is on my mental list of "things that are essential in a new house -buy/unpack these FIRST", along with at least two mugs and caffeine-making supplies, basic cleaning gear, etc. I'm also seriously tempted by those variable-temperature ones, because I'm developing into... okay, not a tea snob exactly, but a tea enthusiast at least. If only they weren't so expensive!

I use the ice cube method of cooling water down.  Works great

Me too.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: kherbert05 on January 18, 2014, 10:53:09 PM
Mom had an electric kettle that she used to make hot tea.

Dad had a stove top kettle that he used to make iced tea.

Until we moved to West Texas - the water was so hard it quickly ruined mom's electric kettle. We got her a new one, but had to boil vinegar in it several times a week.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 18, 2014, 10:56:46 PM
I use the ice cube method of cooling water down.  Works great

But that would require me to be awake enough to actually make judgements first thing in the morning, and that only happens after tea.  ;D

understandable.  My first cup of tea in the morning is burnt, I don't even care.  It doesn't stay around long enough for me to notice.  later in the day, I pay attention to the water temp. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Vall on January 20, 2014, 01:05:53 PM
I'm in the US and I've never had any kind of kettle.  But I've thought of buying my DH one (he drinks more tea than I do).  Still, between the two of us, we only drink maybe 3 to 5 cups a week.

We have a lot of minerals in our water.  Which would be better with our water, an electric or a stove top?  We have a gas range and limited counter space.  I like the idea of having different heating temperatures too.

I'm interested in trying a kettle but I'm a little confused about which one to try first.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 20, 2014, 03:49:56 PM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 20, 2014, 10:50:12 PM
I also have very hard water full of minerals.  I filter my water that goes in my Kettle.  It saves the constant cleaning and reduces buildup.  Rather than clean the kettle every couple of days. I clean it once a week on Sundays.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 21, 2014, 02:26:29 PM
I'm in the US and I've never had any kind of kettle.  But I've thought of buying my DH one (he drinks more tea than I do).  Still, between the two of us, we only drink maybe 3 to 5 cups a week.

We have a lot of minerals in our water.  Which would be better with our water, an electric or a stove top?  We have a gas range and limited counter space.  I like the idea of having different heating temperatures too.

I'm interested in trying a kettle but I'm a little confused about which one to try first.


You only need a variable temp kettle if you drink a variety of teas ranging from green, Oolong, white or black.  Rooibos, herbal and black fall into the black temperature category.  The rest have their own temps. 


If you drink green tea and pour in after boiling, you are not getting the best benefit and taste from the tea b/c the hot water is burning it and it will taste bitter.  When I got my variable temp kettle, I learned a new appreciation for Green Tea.


If you do drink the variety of teas, especially loose leaf, I recco the Cuisinart Variable Temp Kettle.  I got mine at Bed/Bath/Beyond.  It is $99.99 and you can use a 20% off coupon to make it $80.  It also has a three year warranty whereas the Breville is $129 and has a one year warranty.


I grew up with electric kettles, so I am biased.  I would think I would forget the water on the stove.  I have many times boiled water and forgotten I boiled it, but with an electric with auto shut off, there is no danger. 


http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/cuisinart-perfectemp-stainless-steel-electric-kettle/1017391690?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_coffeetea_&gclid=CM2Vt66MkLwCFe87Mgod8x8A3A


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Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 21, 2014, 02:40:10 PM
If you drink green tea and pour in after boiling, you are not getting the best benefit and taste from the tea b/c the hot water is burning it and it will taste bitter.  When I got my variable temp kettle, I learned a new appreciation for Green Tea.

Maybe this is why I don't like green tea and herbal teas.  They all taste like grass to me.  Some of them smell wonderful but taste like I just steeped a bunch of dried glass clippings in my mug.

I drink mostly Earl Grey and orange pekoe and always put the water in while it is still boiling a little bit.  I'm so fussy that I carry a little 4 cup kettle with me whenever I travel to have in the hotel room.  Hot water from the coffee pot just isn't hot enough, not to mention tasting vaguely of coffee.  Blech!  I was on a course and the caterers delivered hot water in a pot that had previously held coffee.  It was the most disgusting tea I've ever tasted.  Ever since then, my kettle goes with me everywhere I think I might need it.  And I take my tea with me, too.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 21, 2014, 08:47:08 PM
snip

 my kettle goes with me everywhere I think I might need it.  And I take my tea with me, too.


yessir! me too.  However, I do like green tea.  I'm a big fan of mixing various teas.  My current favorite pairing is Jasmine oolong and dragonwell. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Margo on January 22, 2014, 04:00:16 AM
I don't think of myself as a big tea drinker, but when I visited the USA for a holiday and was staying mainly in hotels, I found that I really, really missed it. (And learned very fast that there is really no point at all in ordering tea in hotels or restaurants (or not in any of the ones I was in, anyway!)

Fortunately, the friend I was visiting had worked for an ex-pat Englishman for 17 years. When I arrived at her house she looked at me with an experienced eye and said "Do you need Tea?" ...

Next time I go, I'm investing in a travel kettle and my own teabags.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sammycat on January 22, 2014, 04:38:07 AM
Wow, yeah the UK ones switch themselves off! No wonder some people don't get the appeal, if they've only seen the other kind!

Same with Australian electric ones. I'm not even sure it's possible to buy one that doesn't.

I just cannot mentally "see" a kitchen without a kettle.  I'd be lost without ours!  ;D

Ditto!

I don't even drink tea or coffee, but if I was to move into a place all on my own, an electric kettle is one of the first things I'd buy. I can't imagine a kitchen without one. DH loves coffee so we've always had one for that reason alone. I don't use it a lot for other things really, but I still consider it an essential piece of kitchen equipment.

I'm enjoying the thread but, does it seem odd to anyone else that a thread on an electric kettle has reached 144 posts?

I find it's usually the (so-called) small things that are the biggest differences between regions/countries.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: mechtilde on January 22, 2014, 04:40:08 AM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.

There's another practical reason for doing it- it is far safer to dispose of the hot water as soon as you don't need it any more. I always tip unused hot water down the sink, and make sure I only boil what I need. It drives my DH up the wall...
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Carotte on January 22, 2014, 07:06:57 AM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.

There's another practical reason for doing it- it is far safer to dispose of the hot water as soon as you don't need it any more. I always tip unused hot water down the sink, and make sure I only boil what I need. It drives my DH up the wall...

Sometimes I use the excess hot water to boil the kitchen sponges. I don't have a micro-wave so it's another way to kill germs and stuff.
(Just to be clear, I pour the hot water on the sponges while they're in the sink, I don't put them in the kettle)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 22, 2014, 06:40:27 PM
If you drink green tea and pour in after boiling, you are not getting the best benefit and taste from the tea b/c the hot water is burning it and it will taste bitter.  When I got my variable temp kettle, I learned a new appreciation for Green Tea.

Maybe this is why I don't like green tea and herbal teas.  They all taste like grass to me.  Some of them smell wonderful but taste like I just steeped a bunch of dried glass clippings in my mug.

I drink mostly Earl Grey and orange pekoe and always put the water in while it is still boiling a little bit.  I'm so fussy that I carry a little 4 cup kettle with me whenever I travel to have in the hotel room.  Hot water from the coffee pot just isn't hot enough, not to mention tasting vaguely of coffee.  Blech!  I was on a course and the caterers delivered hot water in a pot that had previously held coffee.  It was the most disgusting tea I've ever tasted.  Ever since then, my kettle goes with me everywhere I think I might need it.  And I take my tea with me, too.


I had the same problem.  I was introduced to Steeped Tea when I was home in Canada this past Sept - they were on Dragon's Den.  Have you heard of them?  I had not drank tea in a very long time, since university when I switched to coffee to function.  Never went back to tea until I was re-intro'd this past Fall.


When I tried the Steeped Green tea here at home (it is now in the US), I did not like green or white tea.. they all had no flavour or tasted bitter.  It wasn't until I got the variable temp kettle that I really learned that the temp of the water makes ALL the difference. 


I made a cup of the Coconut Calypso this morning for the first time after getting my new kettle.  I tried it when I first ordered it and didn't like it.. it was bitter and had no flavour.  WHAT A difference!  I can taste the coconut and the tea doesn't taste like you described either. 


If you are a big tea drinker, I suggest you check out Steeped.  It is competitive, if not better than David's and not as expensive.  They were on Dragon's Den a couple years ago and got funding from Jim Treveling and Rick Chilton of Wealthy Barber.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 22, 2014, 06:42:19 PM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.


I learned something.. never never NEVER reboil water for tea.  There is something to do with the oxidization or something like that that breaks down the tea, alters the flavour. 

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 22, 2014, 06:43:19 PM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.

There's another practical reason for doing it- it is far safer to dispose of the hot water as soon as you don't need it any more. I always tip unused hot water down the sink, and make sure I only boil what I need. It drives my DH up the wall...

Sometimes I use the excess hot water to boil the kitchen sponges. I don't have a micro-wave so it's another way to kill germs and stuff.
(Just to be clear, I pour the hot water on the sponges while they're in the sink, I don't put them in the kettle)


Thank goodness for that!! LOL


I put my sponges in the dishwasher. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sunnygirl on January 22, 2014, 07:09:43 PM
If you drink green tea and pour in after boiling, you are not getting the best benefit and taste from the tea b/c the hot water is burning it and it will taste bitter.  When I got my variable temp kettle, I learned a new appreciation for Green Tea.
Good to know! I never boil water for tea unless it's for 'proper' tea (i.e. PG Tips or similar), mainly because I'm far too impatient to wait for the water to boil then cool to drinking temperature, but I'm glad I now have a proper response to why I'm doin' it wrong.  ;)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hollanda on January 23, 2014, 07:25:35 AM
The secret with hard water is to immediately empty the kettle when you are done with it so the minerals don't deposit out.  And pouring hot water down the kitchen sink can be good for the pipes, helping to take any greasy residue down with it.

It is probably easier to use vinegar on a stovetop kettle but it works just fine in an electric kettle, too.

There's another practical reason for doing it- it is far safer to dispose of the hot water as soon as you don't need it any more. I always tip unused hot water down the sink, and make sure I only boil what I need. It drives my DH up the wall...

Sometimes I use the excess hot water to boil the kitchen sponges. I don't have a micro-wave so it's another way to kill germs and stuff.
(Just to be clear, I pour the hot water on the sponges while they're in the sink, I don't put them in the kettle)

I just cracked up laughing at that!!!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 23, 2014, 11:54:35 AM
I learn something new every day!  I never knew that boiling water made green tea bitter.  I thought all tea had to be made by pouring boiling water directly onto the leaves (or tea bag).  I noticed some bitterness in the green teas, but I thought I was steeping them for too long.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on January 23, 2014, 12:01:57 PM
If you go to a really good tea place to buy loose teas, they'll actually state the recommended temp of the water and how long to steep. But this is a nice chart to reference. Someone once gave me a tea cloth with a similar chart imprinted on it. I loved that tea cloth.
forgot the link
http://www.tealeaves.com/technique/steeping-chart/ (http://www.tealeaves.com/technique/steeping-chart/)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 01:53:13 PM
I learn something new every day!  I never knew that boiling water made green tea bitter.  I thought all tea had to be made by pouring boiling water directly onto the leaves (or tea bag).  I noticed some bitterness in the green teas, but I thought I was steeping them for too long.


There are two things that make tea bitter:  Water is too high of a temperature and over brewing.  Green and black teas are the most susceptible to bitterness b/c of the above reasons.  White, Rooibos and Herbal can be  brewed and rebrewed successfully... and are not temp sensitive. 

ETA: White is a tea that needs to brew to about 180 and Oolong also has its own temp.  Black, Rooibos, Herbal and Fruit can all be heated to the highest temp.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 23, 2014, 01:57:54 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 02:15:16 PM
If you go to a really good tea place to buy loose teas, they'll actually state the recommended temp of the water and how long to steep. But this is a nice chart to reference. Someone once gave me a tea cloth with a similar chart imprinted on it. I loved that tea cloth.
forgot the link
http://www.tealeaves.com/technique/steeping-chart/ (http://www.tealeaves.com/technique/steeping-chart/)


Interesting how some of the steeping times are different, especially for the green tea.    I find I can get away with brewing some green teas longer than recco'd  ... as long as I boil to the proper temp.  The temp is the most unforgiving.

The chart below is from Steeped Tea.  Many Canadians might be familiar with Steeped since it is a Canadian company, was on Dragon's Den (the Canadian version of Shark Tank) and it is just new in the US so most Americans may not have heard of it.   

There is one tea I didn't like at all before I got my new kettle... Steeped Tea Coconut Calypso White Tea.  It tasted bitter and I could not taste coconut.  THen, I had a cup the other day brewed to white tea temp and i absolutely LOVED it.  Nice hint of coconut, not too overpowering.


I recco'd the Cuisinart kettle to three of my friends when I was home in Canada last week for one of their mom's funeral.  I stayed with one friend and got to try some of the teas  I had not tried yet.  Now I have new tea flavours I want to buyy!  Hate when that happens.  LOL  She mentioned she didn't like this or that tea and I told her it was b/c of the kettle and incorrect temp.  So, all three of them bought the kettle and they are now reporting loving teas the previously disliked. 


I also second that the key to a good cup of tea is a good quality tea.  I recently found a new appreciation for it and I am enjoying using my grandma's teacups she left me that were always put away for fear of breaking them.  She died 26 years ago and I just pulled them out.  I love my cup of tea in the fine bone china Petit Point pattern.  It just doesn't taste the 'same' in an old mug.


I enjoy a cup of herbal tea before I go to bed or after a very filling meal.  I find it helps my digestion and a more restful sleep.


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Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 02:17:19 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[


A variable temp kettle should solve that problem.  ;)

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 23, 2014, 04:58:11 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[

A variable temp kettle should solve that problem.  ;)
Yes, it would  ;)

I bet the food thermometer is cheaper & takes less space ;D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on January 23, 2014, 05:14:18 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[

A variable temp kettle should solve that problem.  ;)
Yes, it would  ;)

I bet the food thermometer is cheaper & takes less space ;D

Oh yeah, it is.

But for anyone who'd like a variable temperature and don't want to spend the money on the cuisinart(sparksals) or breville(mine), Hamilton Beach makes on that is about half their prices.


http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40996-Programmable-1-7-Liter/dp/B0083I7THI/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t (http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40996-Programmable-1-7-Liter/dp/B0083I7THI/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 23, 2014, 08:45:46 PM
guys...I just discovered electric kettles with automatic shutoff and brought 4 of them.  Now I'm going to "have" to go out and buy a variable temp kettle. 

y'all are not helping ;)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 11:30:02 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[

A variable temp kettle should solve that problem.  ;)
Yes, it would  ;)

I bet the food thermometer is cheaper & takes less space ;D


Haha! Touche!

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 11:32:43 PM
Well, I tried letting the water cool a little bit after boiling, but I got busy, left it too long, and now it tastes more like paper than green tea.  :P 

I need a food thermometer for my kitchen (the one my mother passed down to me finally died) so I think I'll get 2 so I can keep one in my office where I drink most of my tea.  I drink all the "teas" mentioned: White, green, oolong, black, herbal, & fruit tisanes.  I just noticed that the Tazo tea bags have the water temperature and steeping times printed on the tea bags.  I don't want to say how long I've been drinking them and not following the directions.  :-[

A variable temp kettle should solve that problem.  ;)
Yes, it would  ;)

I bet the food thermometer is cheaper & takes less space ;D

Oh yeah, it is.

But for anyone who'd like a variable temperature and don't want to spend the money on the cuisinart(sparksals) or breville(mine), Hamilton Beach makes on that is about half their prices.


http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40996-Programmable-1-7-Liter/dp/B0083I7THI/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t (http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40996-Programmable-1-7-Liter/dp/B0083I7THI/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)


Wow! That is sleek!  I may have to get that for my Tea Parties so I don't have to lug my Cuisinart.  I like how it is programmable and has a timer to preset it to boil!

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 23, 2014, 11:39:37 PM
guys...I just discovered electric kettles with automatic shutoff and brought 4 of them.  Now I'm going to "have" to go out and buy a variable temp kettle. 

y'all are not helping ;)


Why do you need 4 kettles?

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 24, 2014, 06:56:24 PM
guys...I just discovered electric kettles with automatic shutoff and brought 4 of them.  Now I'm going to "have" to go out and buy a variable temp kettle. 

y'all are not helping ;)


Why do you need 4 kettles?



I drink a lot of tea and I have a kettle at my job and one at home and one for backup.  Then I brought one for my mother, but she didn't want it.  So I have 4 of them.

Also they were on sale for $15 each. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Fliss on January 24, 2014, 11:52:54 PM

I can't understand why people wouldn't have an electric kettle, but as an Aussie, I grew up with them.

In the interest of research though, I consulted my grandmother, who will be 105 this year. Aside from being firmly convinced that they don't make 'em like that anymore, she said that everyone she knew used electric kettles rather than stoves after electric supplies became available because it was cleaner in the kitchen than the wood stoves. Where she lives, gas supply wasn't available until well after the electric supply was installed.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sunnygirl on January 25, 2014, 04:58:04 AM
That's it, I am going to have to buy a variable temperature kettle.
*Goes to check JohnLewis.com*
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bloo on January 25, 2014, 08:26:35 AM
I would never even have considered any kind of kettle, except last year we started using French pressed coffee. we got rid of our percolator and electric coffee makers. So we have a 2-quart kettle, but that wasn't enough so then why I bought a 7qt stove top kettle. it turns out when I have company a lot of my girlfriends love to drink hot tea. So I keep a selection of teas and keep the 7 quart pot on the stove so they can pick out whatever they want.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: SamiHami on January 25, 2014, 10:20:18 AM
This is a very expensive website for me. I keep reading about things here that I end buying. I just got a travel French press to have at work, thanks to this thread. We have an electric kettle here too, but the person who owns it is moving offices so I may have to buy one myself.

Stop posting about cool stuff that I am going to want to buy!!!

 ;D

ETA: I am in the US and had never seen a electric kettle before working in this office. The person who owns is German.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Vall on January 25, 2014, 11:59:35 AM
I agree.  Thanks to this thread, there is another item on my "I want that" list.  Last year, I got my first crock pot thanks to these threads.  An electric kettle will be next.  Then maybe a rice cooker but I don't know anything about them.

I really appreciate the recommendations.  DH does all of our cooking and I don't know the first thing about kitchen stuff to buy for him.  I want something nice because, well, he deserves it for all of the effort of cooking and cleaning.  It is much appreciated!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 25, 2014, 03:55:04 PM
I agree.  Thanks to this thread, there is another item on my "I want that" list.  Last year, I got my first crock pot thanks to these threads.  An electric kettle will be next.  Then maybe a rice cooker but I don't know anything about them.

I really appreciate the recommendations.  DH does all of our cooking and I don't know the first thing about kitchen stuff to buy for him.  I want something nice because, well, he deserves it for all of the effort of cooking and cleaning.  It is much appreciated!

There's also the "Ooooh SHINY NEW* factor as well
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Dindrane on January 25, 2014, 10:10:19 PM
I agree.  Thanks to this thread, there is another item on my "I want that" list.  Last year, I got my first crock pot thanks to these threads.  An electric kettle will be next.  Then maybe a rice cooker but I don't know anything about them.

I really appreciate the recommendations.  DH does all of our cooking and I don't know the first thing about kitchen stuff to buy for him.  I want something nice because, well, he deserves it for all of the effort of cooking and cleaning.  It is much appreciated!

Rice cookers are glorious creations, and something I consider to be an essential kitchen appliance now. My husband is from SE Asia, and a rice cooker was the very first appliance he bought upon moving here. Neither of us have any idea how to cook rice on the stove (and when we try, it ends up being terrible). Since you can get a perfectly nice rice cooker for about $30, I see no reason not to own one. I don't eat much rice, but my husband would feel pretty bereft without it. And it helps that you can cook just about any variety of rice in them, not just white rice.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Bluenomi on January 25, 2014, 11:36:59 PM
I agree.  Thanks to this thread, there is another item on my "I want that" list.  Last year, I got my first crock pot thanks to these threads.  An electric kettle will be next.  Then maybe a rice cooker but I don't know anything about them.

I really appreciate the recommendations.  DH does all of our cooking and I don't know the first thing about kitchen stuff to buy for him.  I want something nice because, well, he deserves it for all of the effort of cooking and cleaning.  It is much appreciated!

Rice cookers are glorious creations, and something I consider to be an essential kitchen appliance now. My husband is from SE Asia, and a rice cooker was the very first appliance he bought upon moving here. Neither of us have any idea how to cook rice on the stove (and when we try, it ends up being terrible). Since you can get a perfectly nice rice cooker for about $30, I see no reason not to own one. I don't eat much rice, but my husband would feel pretty bereft without it. And it helps that you can cook just about any variety of rice in them, not just white rice.

I agree, they are awesome. I love using it for risotto, no stirring!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 25, 2014, 11:55:39 PM
guys...I just discovered electric kettles with automatic shutoff and brought 4 of them.  Now I'm going to "have" to go out and buy a variable temp kettle. 


y'all are not helping ;)


Why do you need 4 kettles?



I drink a lot of tea and I have a kettle at my job and one at home and one for backup.  Then I brought one for my mother, but she didn't want it.  So I have 4 of them.

Also they were on sale for $15 each.

Dang.  I need that reasoning to have 4 variable temps. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on January 26, 2014, 02:30:40 AM
guys...I just discovered electric kettles with automatic shutoff and brought 4 of them.  Now I'm going to "have" to go out and buy a variable temp kettle. 


y'all are not helping ;)


Why do you need 4 kettles?



I drink a lot of tea and I have a kettle at my job and one at home and one for backup.  Then I brought one for my mother, but she didn't want it.  So I have 4 of them.

Also they were on sale for $15 each.

Dang.  I need that reasoning to have 4 variable temps. 

I'm pretty sure I sprained something in the process.  :P
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 26, 2014, 04:20:16 AM
I am going to my local Tea Shop Of Awesome tomorrow. I will be buying tea. I will also be looking longingly at the variable-temp kettles and checking the price tags and hoping for a sale. ;D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 26, 2014, 06:22:31 AM
I am going to my local Tea Shop Of Awesome tomorrow. I will be buying tea. I will also be looking longingly at the variable-temp kettles and checking the price tags and hoping for a sale. ;D

If you are in the US or Canada, the Cuisinart is cheapest at Bed Bath and Beyond with 20 off coupon.  The Hamilton Beach posted above from Amazon looks good too..Under $40.   I'm thinking of buying that to take to my parties so I don't have to disturb my Cuisinart from its glory spot on my counter.  Lol.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Stormtreader on January 27, 2014, 04:56:16 AM
Now I'm sad that the Hamilton Beach kettle doesnt seem to be available for the UK any more, im currently using a noisy timer plug in my kitchen to get my kettle to boil ready for my sleepy arrival in the morning :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on January 27, 2014, 05:32:04 AM
I agree.  Thanks to this thread, there is another item on my "I want that" list.  Last year, I got my first crock pot thanks to these threads.  An electric kettle will be next.  Then maybe a rice cooker but I don't know anything about them.

I really appreciate the recommendations.  DH does all of our cooking and I don't know the first thing about kitchen stuff to buy for him.  I want something nice because, well, he deserves it for all of the effort of cooking and cleaning.  It is much appreciated!

Rice cookers are glorious creations, and something I consider to be an essential kitchen appliance now. My husband is from SE Asia, and a rice cooker was the very first appliance he bought upon moving here. Neither of us have any idea how to cook rice on the stove (and when we try, it ends up being terrible). Since you can get a perfectly nice rice cooker for about $30, I see no reason not to own one. I don't eat much rice, but my husband would feel pretty bereft without it. And it helps that you can cook just about any variety of rice in them, not just white rice.

I agree, they are awesome. I love using it for risotto, no stirring!
I love ours, just set it up and it works itself. So easy!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 27, 2014, 05:43:17 AM
I am going to my local Tea Shop Of Awesome tomorrow. I will be buying tea. I will also be looking longingly at the variable-temp kettles and checking the price tags and hoping for a sale. ;D

If you are in the US or Canada, the Cuisinart is cheapest at Bed Bath and Beyond with 20 off coupon.  The Hamilton Beach posted above from Amazon looks good too..Under $40.   I'm thinking of buying that to take to my parties so I don't have to disturb my Cuisinart from its glory spot on my counter.  Lol.

Nope... Australia. And while the Tea Shop Of Awesome has Cuisinart variable-temp kettles, they are not electric, they are not on sale, and my budget will not stretch to $150 to improve my tea consumption. :'(

(It's a good thing I didn't decide it could - the battery in the car died about two hours later and I ended up spending $160-ish to replace that instead! :P)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: nyarlathotep on January 27, 2014, 12:12:22 PM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 27, 2014, 02:21:54 PM
I am going to my local Tea Shop Of Awesome tomorrow. I will be buying tea. I will also be looking longingly at the variable-temp kettles and checking the price tags and hoping for a sale. ;D

If you are in the US or Canada, the Cuisinart is cheapest at Bed Bath and Beyond with 20 off coupon.  The Hamilton Beach posted above from Amazon looks good too..Under $40.   I'm thinking of buying that to take to my parties so I don't have to disturb my Cuisinart from its glory spot on my counter.  Lol.

Nope... Australia. And while the Tea Shop Of Awesome has Cuisinart variable-temp kettles, they are not electric, they are not on sale, and my budget will not stretch to $150 to improve my tea consumption. :'(

(It's a good thing I didn't decide it could - the battery in the car died about two hours later and I ended up spending $160-ish to replace that instead! :P )


Yikes! When it rains, it pours!  Non Electric variable temp kettles?  I wonder how those work? 

Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 27, 2014, 02:22:54 PM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.


I'm still having trouble surviving without the electric outlet on my stove.  They are part of all stoves in Canada, but not in the US.  I sometimes STILL go to plug my kettle into the outlet on the stove and get the rude reminder... lol
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 27, 2014, 02:50:15 PM
I am going to my local Tea Shop Of Awesome tomorrow. I will be buying tea. I will also be looking longingly at the variable-temp kettles and checking the price tags and hoping for a sale. ;D

If you are in the US or Canada, the Cuisinart is cheapest at Bed Bath and Beyond with 20 off coupon.  The Hamilton Beach posted above from Amazon looks good too..Under $40.   I'm thinking of buying that to take to my parties so I don't have to disturb my Cuisinart from its glory spot on my counter.  Lol.

Nope... Australia. And while the Tea Shop Of Awesome has Cuisinart variable-temp kettles, they are not electric, they are not on sale, and my budget will not stretch to $150 to improve my tea consumption. :'(

(It's a good thing I didn't decide it could - the battery in the car died about two hours later and I ended up spending $160-ish to replace that instead! :P )


Yikes! When it rains, it pours!  Non Electric variable temp kettles?  I wonder how those work?

They had a little dial on the side with a pointer to tell you what temperature they were up to, and were the sort you sit on a stovetop. I shoulda taken a picture. ;)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Danika on January 27, 2014, 03:05:13 PM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.

US. They're usually the people who go months without drinking any tea, but drink Diet Dr. Pepper all day and occassionally stop at Starbucks for coffee (I'm married to one of them).
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bloo on January 27, 2014, 05:16:46 PM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.

 :)

I can totally understand since you're in the UK. I don't know that I qualify as an anglophile but most of my fave authors are from the UK so I feel as if I understand the importance of the kettle even though I felt no need for it. I'm an inveterate water drinker, so after my morning cappuccino, I'm guzzling H2O. I don't drink pop or juice. I used to love iced tea and my coffee was made with an electric coffeemaker (Bunn or percolator). If I want hot chocolate I heat up milk on the stove and I don't do instant soups or oatmeal so no need for boiling water for that.

But when I met and fell in love with my French Press, I needed a kettle. I still haven't bought an electric one as my 7qt stovetop is fine but I did convince my mom to buy one when I got her a French Press last year and she loves it! She said she didn't realize how handy it is to quickly be able to boil water for all sorts of things, including her press.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on January 27, 2014, 06:02:59 PM
Nope... Australia. And while the Tea Shop Of Awesome has Cuisinart variable-temp kettles, they are not electric, they are not on sale, and my budget will not stretch to $150 to improve my tea consumption. :'(

(It's a good thing I didn't decide it could - the battery in the car died about two hours later and I ended up spending $160-ish to replace that instead! :P)

They seem to average at about $120 here.  I found some for $59 new on Ebay though.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on January 28, 2014, 07:56:49 AM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.

 :)

I can totally understand since you're in the UK. I don't know that I qualify as an anglophile but most of my fave authors are from the UK so I feel as if I understand the importance of the kettle even though I felt no need for it. I'm an inveterate water drinker, so after my morning cappuccino, I'm guzzling H2O. I don't drink pop or juice. I used to love iced tea and my coffee was made with an electric coffeemaker (Bunn or percolator). If I want hot chocolate I heat up milk on the stove and I don't do instant soups or oatmeal so no need for boiling water for that.

But when I met and fell in love with my French Press, I needed a kettle. I still haven't bought an electric one as my 7qt stovetop is fine but I did convince my mom to buy one when I got her a French Press last year and she loves it! She said she didn't realize how handy it is to quickly be able to boil water for all sorts of things, including her press.


7 qt kettle sounds huge!  I use an 8qt pot to make my big batches of chili or Chicken Tortilla soup.  LOL


One thing I have learned is never to reboil water to consume tea.  I always use just about the amount I will need for a cup and possibly have a bit more left for the time period the kettle keeps it warm.  I have a hard time explaining why not to reboil, but this link explains it far better than I ever could:


http://www.mydilmah.com/talking_of_tea/why-should-one-never-reboil-water-when-brewing-tea/
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bloo on January 28, 2014, 12:58:52 PM
Sparksals, I'll definitely check out that link, because I tend to add water instead of dumping and starting with fresh. I clean it out 1x/week.

Yeah I picked up this 7 qt. stainless steel kettle at an Amish store in the area. I don't know if they just needed a kettle because they'll have anywhere from 8-18 kids or if it serves double use to put on a wood-burner to put moisture in the house. It just comes in handy for us because I put a small amount of water in it to boil for coffee, but when I'm entertaining, I keep it full and simmering for when my girlfriends want their hot tea!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Bobbie on January 29, 2014, 05:08:23 PM
US here.  We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea.  It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water.  Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker.  I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii).  Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80.  And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water.  You must wash the rice till the water is clear.  Its the way it has to be lol.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Vall on January 29, 2014, 07:44:47 PM
US here.  We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea.  It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water.  Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker.  I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii).  Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80.  And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water.  You must wash the rice till the water is clear.  Its the way it has to be lol.
What type of strainer do you use to wash rice?
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Bobbie on January 30, 2014, 12:23:14 AM
US here.  We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea.  It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water.  Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker.  I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii).  Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80.  And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water.  You must wash the rice till the water is clear.  Its the way it has to be lol.
What type of strainer do you use to wash rice?

This is the way I was taught by my mom and Oba-chan (aunt).  Put the rice into the pot.  Fill with water and pour out using your hand as a strainer.  After most of the water is poured out, "beat" in a stirring motion and count at least 50 turns.  Alternate between filling/straining and the beating till the water runs clear.  Before I used the markings on the side of the pot to fill with the proper amount of water, I used my finger to measure the water level.  Japanese are very serious about rice....very, just trust me on this...lol.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hollanda on January 30, 2014, 04:20:51 AM
UK. I'm astounded to learn that people can actually survive without an electric kettle. Astounded.

Me too.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Teenyweeny on January 30, 2014, 04:43:30 AM
US here.  We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea.  It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water.  Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker.  I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii).  Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80.  And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water.  You must wash the rice till the water is clear.  Its the way it has to be lol.
What type of strainer do you use to wash rice?

This is the way I was taught by my mom and Oba-chan (aunt).  Put the rice into the pot.  Fill with water and pour out using your hand as a strainer.  After most of the water is poured out, "beat" in a stirring motion and count at least 50 turns.  Alternate between filling/straining and the beating till the water runs clear.  Before I used the markings on the side of the pot to fill with the proper amount of water, I used my finger to measure the water level.  Japanese are very serious about rice....very, just trust me on this...lol.

I always wash rice (no asian heritage that I know of), it cooks much better. Funnily enough, my Indian friend saw me washing rice and wondered why I would bother in the UK. He said he would do it at home, because the rice might legitimately be dirty (bits of grit in it, etc), but he wasn't thinking about washing off excess starch. Having said that, he also asked me why I was washing fruit and veg, as that wasn't dirty either (I had to explain to him about pesticides).

Mind you, I get the impression that he was very coddled before he moved here. He told me his mum packs food in his case every time he's coming back to the UK, so it's possible that she does wash rice and fresh produce, and he just has no idea. In fact, that's more than likely.  ::)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Redsoil on January 30, 2014, 06:37:47 AM
Hey Mel - try the Good Guys!

http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/buyonline/Sunbeam_Temperature_Glass_Kettle_KE9450
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on January 30, 2014, 07:40:30 AM
Hey Mel - try the Good Guys!

http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/buyonline/Sunbeam_Temperature_Glass_Kettle_KE9450

...SWEET. And $2 delivery! SOLD! ;D 8)

Thank you! Methinks I shall be snaffling this tomorrow. :-*
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Bobbie on January 30, 2014, 05:16:10 PM
US here.  We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea.  It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water.  Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker.  I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii).  Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80.  And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water.  You must wash the rice till the water is clear.  Its the way it has to be lol.
What type of strainer do you use to wash rice?

This is the way I was taught by my mom and Oba-chan (aunt).  Put the rice into the pot.  Fill with water and pour out using your hand as a strainer.  After most of the water is poured out, "beat" in a stirring motion and count at least 50 turns.  Alternate between filling/straining and the beating till the water runs clear.  Before I used the markings on the side of the pot to fill with the proper amount of water, I used my finger to measure the water level.  Japanese are very serious about rice....very, just trust me on this...lol.

I always wash rice (no asian heritage that I know of), it cooks much better. Funnily enough, my Indian friend saw me washing rice and wondered why I would bother in the UK. He said he would do it at home, because the rice might legitimately be dirty (bits of grit in it, etc), but he wasn't thinking about washing off excess starch. Having said that, he also asked me why I was washing fruit and veg, as that wasn't dirty either (I had to explain to him about pesticides).

Mind you, I get the impression that he was very coddled before he moved here. He told me his mum packs food in his case every time he's coming back to the UK, so it's possible that she does wash rice and fresh produce, and he just has no idea. In fact, that's more than likely.  ::)

You are right the rice does taste a lot better. I have to explain to people the difference in rice (medium grain="sticky"  long grain=not sticky) a lot.  Japanese use med grain, Chinese use long grain.  That's why when you make fried rice use long grain.  Sushi is med grain it sticky.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Vall on January 30, 2014, 08:20:07 PM
I'm interested in rice and rice cookers but don't want to hijack this thread.  So I started a new thread on rice cookers.
http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=132194.0
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on February 06, 2014, 03:27:01 PM
Hey Mel - try the Good Guys!

http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/buyonline/Sunbeam_Temperature_Glass_Kettle_KE9450

...SWEET. And $2 delivery! SOLD! ;D 8)

Thank you! Methinks I shall be snaffling this tomorrow. :-*

Guess what arrived yesterdaaaaay~! 8)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 06, 2014, 03:34:11 PM
If you don't have a kettle, how do you make cup of soup from a packet? Kettle is the easiest way, just pour it in.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: SamiHami on February 06, 2014, 03:38:24 PM
Okay, I broke down and bought an electric kettle. I got a small inexpensive one to keep at the office. It arrived on Tuesday and I can tell you that my English coworker was overjoyed! I must say I am amazed how quickly it boils water. It's very impressive. I also bought a small travel French press (again, because of this thread!) so I'll be making good use of the kettle, I'm sure. I may have to buy one for home, as well...
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on February 06, 2014, 04:49:32 PM
If you don't have a kettle, how do you make cup of soup from a packet? Kettle is the easiest way, just pour it in.

Are you talking about stuff like ramen? Because I just crush it up into a bowl, put water in the bowl, and microwave it for 3.5 minutes.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 06, 2014, 05:00:19 PM
No, I mean cup-a-soup. Instant soup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup-a-Soup

And I know you have it there, I saw Justin Timberlake dressed up as one once on SNL.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: katycoo on February 06, 2014, 05:13:32 PM
No, I mean cup-a-soup. Instant soup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup-a-Soup

And I know you have it there, I saw Justin Timberlake dressed up as one once on SNL.

Probably the same way - cold water + microwave. 

I'm sure there's nothing wrong with doing it that way, but my brain isn't happy with the idea.  It seems so wrong.  Actually 'foreign' is probably a better word!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Danika on February 06, 2014, 05:16:20 PM
If you don't have a kettle, how do you make cup of soup from a packet? Kettle is the easiest way, just pour it in.

Are you talking about stuff like ramen? Because I just crush it up into a bowl, put water in the bowl, and microwave it for 3.5 minutes.

In college, I didn't have a microwave. I put my pasta in the coffeepot and just ran my coffeemaker without coffee grounds or a filter. It caused all my pasta to be al dente. After 4 years of this, I forgot what pasta was supposed to be like and when I had it again elsewhere, I would chuckle and say "oh yeah. This is how soft pasta noodles are supposed to be!"
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on February 06, 2014, 05:24:46 PM
If you don't have a kettle, how do you make cup of soup from a packet? Kettle is the easiest way, just pour it in.

You boil water and pour it in.  Or like others have said you put it in the microwave with water and heat it up. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 06, 2014, 05:29:45 PM
But...but...kettle is ten times easier! I'm with katycoo on this one.

Cup-a-soup is something I can make for myself home alone if I'm sick. Just out the kettle on and then stir in the soup.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on February 06, 2014, 05:56:38 PM
But...but...kettle is ten times easier! I'm with katycoo on this one.

Cup-a-soup is something I can make for myself home alone if I'm sick. Just out the kettle on and then stir in the soup.

maybe for you it is, but honestly, I've timed it.  My stove top kettle takes maybe a minute longer than the electric kettle.  They just aren't that common here in the US. I love my kettle and don't know what I would do without it.  But it's in the basement where I live, and the kitchen kettle is fine for heating up water. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Danika on February 06, 2014, 06:45:56 PM
I don't even boil water. I put room temperature water into the Cup-O-Noodles Ramen foam cup to the fill line. I blatantly ignore the instructions where it says something about warming the water up first and not using the microwave.

Then I put the whole thing in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Done.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Vall on February 06, 2014, 08:04:57 PM
For Cup of Soup, I heat water on the stove.  I use a small 1 quart sauce pan and on a gas stove it takes very little time to boil a cup of water.  Almost by the time I get everything ready, it's boiling.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 06, 2014, 08:57:59 PM
This thread inspired me to have a cup of soup for lunch, made with my kettle. :D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: BigBadBetty on February 06, 2014, 09:04:10 PM
Cup of Noodles is not anything I would eat at home. I usually have frozen meals or restaurant take-out if I don't feel like cooking. I have used cup of noodles at work. My old department had a instant hot water container. In my new department, I just fill with water and microwave. The ones I buy have microwave directions. I don't have an electric kettle at home. I don't drink coffee or tea...only water, cocktails, beer and wine. I really couldn't see me using it much.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sunnygirl on February 07, 2014, 07:31:47 AM
My dad practically lived on tea and kippers (the boil in the bag kind) when he was living alone after grad school. The only cooking device he owned was an electric kettle. He used to pop the kipper bag into the kettle to cook! Then make tea with the same kettle.  :o
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: nrb80 on February 07, 2014, 07:40:29 AM
There's a great bit, I can't remember where, of a British comedian making fun of the vision of a British kitchen with a big copper kettle roaring away on the Aga and a pair of wellies at the door - making fun of a kettle because it did not have a plug.  Funny thing is that my American kitchen (and those of many of my friends) look exactly like that picture.

We have two stovetop kettles - a giant one, plus a small one for pour over coffee (that tends to be used when just one person is having tea).  I think most houses around here have a kettle on one burner at any given time - something like this - http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Teakettle-2-Quart-Essentials-Stainless/dp/B0009U5MYK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391780368&sr=8-3&keywords=kettle+kitchenaid

There are plenty of electric kettles of all types offered on Amazon, at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and similar stores.  I owned one before, never used it because I grew up with a stovetop kettle.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on February 07, 2014, 06:45:41 PM
There's a great bit, I can't remember where, of a British comedian making fun of the vision of a British kitchen with a big copper kettle roaring away on the Aga and a pair of wellies at the door - making fun of a kettle because it did not have a plug.  Funny thing is that my American kitchen (and those of many of my friends) look exactly like that picture.

We have two stovetop kettles - a giant one, plus a small one for pour over coffee (that tends to be used when just one person is having tea).  I think most houses around here have a kettle on one burner at any given time - something like this - http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Teakettle-2-Quart-Essentials-Stainless/dp/B0009U5MYK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391780368&sr=8-3&keywords=kettle+kitchenaid

There are plenty of electric kettles of all types offered on Amazon, at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and similar stores.  I owned one before, never used it because I grew up with a stovetop kettle.

So the link you posted looks like a standard stove top kettle. So what does a giant kettle look like? I don't believe I've seen one? And what do you use it for? I'm so curious. And I'm loving the imagery of a Aga in the kitchen with Wellies at the door.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: PastryGoddess on February 07, 2014, 11:51:45 PM
There's a great bit, I can't remember where, of a British comedian making fun of the vision of a British kitchen with a big copper kettle roaring away on the Aga and a pair of wellies at the door - making fun of a kettle because it did not have a plug.  Funny thing is that my American kitchen (and those of many of my friends) look exactly like that picture.

We have two stovetop kettles - a giant one, plus a small one for pour over coffee (that tends to be used when just one person is having tea).  I think most houses around here have a kettle on one burner at any given time - something like this - http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Teakettle-2-Quart-Essentials-Stainless/dp/B0009U5MYK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391780368&sr=8-3&keywords=kettle+kitchenaid

There are plenty of electric kettles of all types offered on Amazon, at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and similar stores.  I owned one before, never used it because I grew up with a stovetop kettle.

So the link you posted looks like a standard stove top kettle. So what does a giant kettle look like? I don't believe I've seen one? And what do you use it for? I'm so curious. And I'm loving the imagery of a Aga in the kitchen with Wellies at the door.

Most tea kettles are 1.5-2 quarts or 8 cups.  A "large" kettle can be anywhere from 2.5-3 quarts or 12-16 cups.  Very handy for making hot brewed iced tea :D
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Redsoil on February 08, 2014, 01:50:02 AM
Mel - congrats on the delivery of your brand-new, you-beaut, temperature-variable kettle!  (Is it a boy or a girl?)  ;)

Woohoo!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on February 08, 2014, 09:30:44 AM
There's a great bit, I can't remember where, of a British comedian making fun of the vision of a British kitchen with a big copper kettle roaring away on the Aga and a pair of wellies at the door - making fun of a kettle because it did not have a plug.  Funny thing is that my American kitchen (and those of many of my friends) look exactly like that picture.

We have two stovetop kettles - a giant one, plus a small one for pour over coffee (that tends to be used when just one person is having tea).  I think most houses around here have a kettle on one burner at any given time - something like this - http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Teakettle-2-Quart-Essentials-Stainless/dp/B0009U5MYK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391780368&sr=8-3&keywords=kettle+kitchenaid

There are plenty of electric kettles of all types offered on Amazon, at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and similar stores.  I owned one before, never used it because I grew up with a stovetop kettle.

So the link you posted looks like a standard stove top kettle. So what does a giant kettle look like? I don't believe I've seen one? And what do you use it for? I'm so curious. And I'm loving the imagery of a Aga in the kitchen with Wellies at the door.

Most tea kettles are 1.5-2 quarts or 8 cups.  A "large" kettle can be anywhere from 2.5-3 quarts or 12-16 cups.  Very handy for making hot brewed iced tea :D

Oh, ok. Yeah, 2 and 3 qrt kettles are pretty standard sizes. When nrb80 mentioned a "giant" kettle, I thought it was something large. I did find a 5 quart kettle online and it was interesting to read the reviews that most people buying it were doing so to use as a room humidifier with a wood stove.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: SamiHami on February 08, 2014, 09:56:11 AM
Okay, I had to work today so I decided to skip the McDonalds coffee and make my own with my shiny new electric kettle and my shiny new travel French press. I got some whole coffee beans and ground them myself, added a little stevia and some French vanilla coconut milk creamer and, OH MY! What a fantastic cup of coffee! I may well never darken McD's door again...And it's so quick and easy too! Perfect for my office since I am the lone decaf drinker in a company full of caffeine addicts. Now I can have my hot, fresh and very good coffee without having to buy it on the way in. Win!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: nrb80 on February 08, 2014, 09:57:24 AM
I have a seven quart.  Great for tea for a crowd
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bloo on February 08, 2014, 02:59:20 PM
I have a seven quart.  Great for tea for a crowd

Me too! I use it for coffee and for tea for a crowd.:)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: lowspark on February 11, 2014, 07:37:32 AM
I've never had a kettle. Just boiled water on the stove. No biggie. I do have gas so maybe that makes a difference in speed.

However, several years ago I had my kitchen remodeled and put in one of those instant hot water dispensers. I love that thing. It constantly dispenses hot water (just under boiling) with no intervention from me. Hot water always available.

http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q (http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q)

I don't drink a whole lot of tea except in the winter if I need to warm up. But I do use it to make iced tea (just add ice after the tea is done steeping). I also use it to clean things when I need ultra hot water.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on February 11, 2014, 01:43:42 PM
I've never had a kettle. Just boiled water on the stove. No biggie. I do have gas so maybe that makes a difference in speed.

However, several years ago I had my kitchen remodeled and put in one of those instant hot water dispensers. I love that thing. It constantly dispenses hot water (just under boiling) with no intervention from me. Hot water always available.

http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q (http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q)

I don't drink a whole lot of tea except in the winter if I need to warm up. But I do use it to make iced tea (just add ice after the tea is done steeping). I also use it to clean things when I need ultra hot water.

Nope, gas is slower at getting things to a boil than electric. When I moved from electric to gas I had to develop more patience and learn to get my water on earlier when planning to cook water. I didn't learn this "fun" fact till after the stove was installed.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: lowspark on February 11, 2014, 02:16:20 PM
Interesting. I have very little experience cooking with electric so I know very little about it. The house I'm in now had an electric cooktop when we first moved in. I burned everything for the first few months till I got that thing replaced with a gas one.  ???
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: #borecore on February 11, 2014, 03:43:33 PM
I haven't actually seen a marked difference between gas and ordinary electric, though my glass-topped stove was definitely a bit faster than either.

I prefer gas all around, actually.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bloo on February 11, 2014, 04:49:30 PM
I've never had a kettle. Just boiled water on the stove. No biggie. I do have gas so maybe that makes a difference in speed.

However, several years ago I had my kitchen remodeled and put in one of those instant hot water dispensers. I love that thing. It constantly dispenses hot water (just under boiling) with no intervention from me. Hot water always available.

http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q (http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q)

I don't drink a whole lot of tea except in the winter if I need to warm up. But I do use it to make iced tea (just add ice after the tea is done steeping). I also use it to clean things when I need ultra hot water.

Nope, gas is slower at getting things to a boil than electric. When I moved from electric to gas I had to develop more patience and learn to get my water on earlier when planning to cook water. I didn't learn this "fun" fact till after the stove was installed.

Sounds like you two might be interested in a Simplex Heritage gas tea kettle.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-174012/?affsrcid=Aff0001&CAWELAID=120120820000002358&cagpspn=pla

It's pretty pricey but maybe it's cheaper if you live in England since that's where it's made but it touts itself as 25% faster than other kettles on a gas stove and this kettle is exclusively for gas stoves.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Hmmmmm on February 11, 2014, 06:27:52 PM
Interesting. I have very little experience cooking with electric so I know very little about it. The house I'm in now had an electric cooktop when we first moved in. I burned everything for the first few months till I got that thing replaced with a gas one.  ???

I've heard people going from gas to electric have a terrible time because the heat on an electric doesn't reduce as fast so lots more opportunities to burn stuff. I learned to cook on an electric. (I remember the realtor showing us the home my parents bought when I was 7 in 1973and saying very proudly "It's a fully electric home!") I got used to turning down the burner a lot well in advance of needing the heat to go down.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Dindrane on February 12, 2014, 12:17:46 AM
I don't know that gas heats up the contents of a pan all that much faster than electric does (though it certainly seems to). But Hmmmmm is right that it definitely cools off way faster. I've had to get myself into the habit of actually switching burners when I need to remove a pan from the heat, now that I have an electric stove.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 12, 2014, 12:33:54 AM
It is harder to tell which hot plate is on with electric if you're not careful. I've seen a few exploded eggs and plates for people who make that mistake.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: sparksals on February 12, 2014, 07:32:22 AM
Mere mention of AGA makes me all warm and fuzzy. 
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: lowspark on February 12, 2014, 07:55:39 AM
Interesting. I have very little experience cooking with electric so I know very little about it. The house I'm in now had an electric cooktop when we first moved in. I burned everything for the first few months till I got that thing replaced with a gas one.  ???

I've heard people going from gas to electric have a terrible time because the heat on an electric doesn't reduce as fast so lots more opportunities to burn stuff. I learned to cook on an electric. (I remember the realtor showing us the home my parents bought when I was 7 in 1973and saying very proudly "It's a fully electric home!") I got used to turning down the burner a lot well in advance of needing the heat to go down.

Yeah, that makes sense. I was sort of being forced to relearn how to cook and I didn't want to. I love my gas cooktop. :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: lowspark on February 12, 2014, 07:56:55 AM
I've never had a kettle. Just boiled water on the stove. No biggie. I do have gas so maybe that makes a difference in speed.

However, several years ago I had my kitchen remodeled and put in one of those instant hot water dispensers. I love that thing. It constantly dispenses hot water (just under boiling) with no intervention from me. Hot water always available.

http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q (http://www.faucetdirect.com/insinkerator-f-gn2215-instant-hot-water-dispenser-single-handle-with-5-year-in-home-warranty-less-tank/p1160053?source=gg-gba-pla_1160053____12480266723&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!38635774763!g!!12480266723&gclid=CP__lNrFwrwCFSFo7Aodu0wA5Q)

I don't drink a whole lot of tea except in the winter if I need to warm up. But I do use it to make iced tea (just add ice after the tea is done steeping). I also use it to clean things when I need ultra hot water.

Nope, gas is slower at getting things to a boil than electric. When I moved from electric to gas I had to develop more patience and learn to get my water on earlier when planning to cook water. I didn't learn this "fun" fact till after the stove was installed.

Sounds like you two might be interested in a Simplex Heritage gas tea kettle.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-174012/?affsrcid=Aff0001&CAWELAID=120120820000002358&cagpspn=pla

It's pretty pricey but maybe it's cheaper if you live in England since that's where it's made but it touts itself as 25% faster than other kettles on a gas stove and this kettle is exclusively for gas stoves.

Like I said, I have an instant hot water dispenser which is connected to the water line and electricity so I always have hot water at the touch of a faucet handle. Don't need a kettle. :)
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Lynnv on February 12, 2014, 07:59:28 AM
Interesting. I have very little experience cooking with electric so I know very little about it. The house I'm in now had an electric cooktop when we first moved in. I burned everything for the first few months till I got that thing replaced with a gas one.  ???

I've heard people going from gas to electric have a terrible time because the heat on an electric doesn't reduce as fast so lots more opportunities to burn stuff. I learned to cook on an electric. (I remember the realtor showing us the home my parents bought when I was 7 in 1973and saying very proudly "It's a fully electric home!") I got used to turning down the burner a lot well in advance of needing the heat to go down.

My first cooking experience was on gas (propane-we were out in the boonies).  20+ years later of cooking on electric and I still want to go back to cooking on gas for exactly that reason.  I have learned to work around it, but I would still go back to a gas cook top in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: bridalviolet on February 12, 2014, 09:45:52 AM
My husband and I are big tea-drinkers--neither of us cares for coffee, unusual maybe in America. We always boiled a kettle on our stove for our tea, but one vacation changed all that.
We were going on an extended road trip from Kansas to the East Coast and back, pulling our little travel trailer behind our truck. The second day out, just east of St. Louis, the truck's transmission blew (!) and, long story short, we wound up in a motel in St. Louis for the next six days while it got fixed. I said, "All right, I'm fine with a motel for the next week, but I MUST have proper tea to survive." So we went to the nearest BBB, got an electric kettle and used it in the motel room. It was so handy, boiled water so quickly and efficiently, that we took it back home and have used nothing else since. At least one good thing came out of the disaster!
Also, if your transmission blows up and you're stuck against your will in some random city for a week, St. Louis is the place. We got to know it very well and it's a super cool place!
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: veryfluffy on February 12, 2014, 04:53:26 PM
I just realised that in the UK an electric kettle is going to boil almost twice as fast as one in the US, due to the difference in voltage.
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 12, 2014, 04:59:16 PM
I just realised that in the UK an electric kettle is going to boil almost twice as fast as one in the US, due to the difference in voltage.
Yup. US is 120 volts, UK is 230 and Australia is 240. That's why the English kettle on the American cruise ship I was on needed a European power point.

Kettles are also use more power, the average kettle is 2800W. That sort of power usage just isn't possible in a US kitchen. I just checked ours, it's lowest range is 2300W. The average US kettle is 1500W.

http://wordpress.mrreid.org/2012/04/16/why-kettles-boil-slowly-in-the-us/

Here's something else fun about tea.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TeaAndTeaCulture
Title: Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
Post by: Danika on February 12, 2014, 06:04:19 PM
Kettles are also use more power, the average kettle is 2800W. That sort of power usage just isn't possible in a US kitchen. I just checked ours, it's lowest range is 2300W. The average US kettle is 1500W.

So that explains why people outside of the US think that kettles are so fast and convenient, but people in the US do not think they are faster than a pot on the stove or the microwave.

How long does it take to boil 1 liter of water in a kettle where you all live? I'm in the US, and I live at 6000 feet above sea level (so water boils at a lower temperature, but because of the thinner atmosphere, it takes longer to get to that point, and it takes about 10% longer to bake and cook things in the oven than the instructions listed in cookbooks).

I'll be scientific and go boil a liter of water in my kettle and time it and get back to you.
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Post by: Danika on February 12, 2014, 06:20:25 PM
I just tested it. I have a Melitta Express Kettle which looks like this: (http://c.fixya.net/fixya20/products/s/salton/118x100/melitta_mek17w_electric_kettle_520175.jpg)

At 6000 feet above sea level, it took me 4 minutes and 30 seconds to boil 1 L of water.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 12, 2014, 06:30:08 PM
Mine is about the same, just tested it with 1.5 litres of tap water. My stove is not nearly that fast.
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Post by: Jones on February 12, 2014, 07:42:40 PM
Glass top electric stove, US here. Did a liter of tap water in my stove kettle. Tea perfect in 4:45 and rolling boil about a minute later. Elevation around 5300 feet here.

I had a hot pot back in the day, really don't think it was faster than the stove kettle. Growing up my parents didn't have a kettle, we'd boil a saucepan and ladle it into our cup o noodles.
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Post by: perpetua on February 12, 2014, 07:55:38 PM
UK here, pretty close to sea level I'd imagine, and my kettle is a bog standard cheapy electric from Sainsbury's:

(http://sainsburys.scene7.com/is/image/sainsburys/122104799_1?$large277$)

(ETA: which according to their website is 3000W)

Two minutes and five seconds to boil 1L of tap water from cold.

I can't believe I just did that at 2 in the morning  ;D
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Post by: Danika on February 12, 2014, 08:16:17 PM
I can't believe I just did that at 2 in the morning  ;D

YES! I hope you didn't brew caffeinated tea with it!

(http://www.maniacworld.com/internet-high-five.jpg)
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Post by: perpetua on February 12, 2014, 08:17:21 PM
I can't believe I just did that at 2 in the morning  ;D

YES! I hope you didn't brew caffeinated tea with it!

Oh no. Strictly peppermint  ;D
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Post by: PastryGoddess on February 12, 2014, 08:38:30 PM
I'm pretty close to sea level here.  My electric kettle took 4.5 min to get to a full boil from cold.  My stove top kettle took 6 min to get a a full boil.  I have a gas stove
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Post by: katycoo on February 12, 2014, 10:41:41 PM
3.5 min for 1.5L from cold to roaring boil. 

No idea what altitude I'm at.  Probs somewhere near sea level.
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Post by: Redsoil on February 13, 2014, 07:02:01 AM
2 minutes and four seconds for 1 litre to boil in Australia.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on February 13, 2014, 08:23:59 AM
1lt of 55/13 degree water reached boiling in 4 min at 50 ft above sea level in the US this morning. I do remember my kettle in Oz being so much faster.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on February 13, 2014, 02:49:34 PM
We put filtered water in our kettle, and we keep the filter jug in the fridge, so starting from pretty cold - 1l of water takes 3m 16s in my spiffy new kettle. Which looks very cool while boiling. ;)

(http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb426/MelRedcap/D63A9A40-417A-4BB0-8D11-0674D900D44C_zpsmouokbut.jpg) (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/MelRedcap/media/D63A9A40-417A-4BB0-8D11-0674D900D44C_zpsmouokbut.jpg.html)
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Post by: Specky on February 15, 2014, 07:27:05 PM
US Deep South here.  We started with a stove top kettle, moved up to an electric kettle, then traded that in on a Zojirushi water heater.  We drink lots of tea.  The Zo heats the water and then holds it at temperature.
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Post by: GreenEyedHawk on February 15, 2014, 08:14:22 PM
I used to have a kettle, til my ex spilled cooking oil into it :/.  I use toe coffee maker to heat water for tea now, but I miss my kettle for sure.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on February 08, 2015, 02:59:45 PM
I bought one! A Melitta stainless steel kettle to replace my cracked kettle. We love it and it gets a lot of use every day.
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Post by: Lindee on February 08, 2015, 03:27:43 PM
Aussi here - I love my transparent glass kettle with the blue LED lights when it is on. I can see the water boiling.
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Post by: Browyn on February 08, 2015, 05:57:11 PM
NYC USA.

I have never even seen an electric kettle (not in stores, not at the homes of friends or relatives) in real life. The only place I've ever seen or heard or heard of them on from British TV shows. I just can't imagine anyone boiling so much water to be poured that one would need a device that only does that. In every home I know they simply use a pot on the stove for boiling or if there is a lot of tea drinking in the home maybe a stovetop kettle.

Rhode Island here, grew up in Massachusetts.  I have never seen one.  Have always had a stovetop tea kettle and a separate coffee maker.  I did have a hot pot in college for doing things like make soup.  Is a electric kettle like a hot pot?  (https://img0.etsystatic.com/001/0/5197769/il_570xN.394624356_2ror.jpg)
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Post by: katycoo on February 09, 2015, 09:51:25 PM
NYC USA.

I have never even seen an electric kettle (not in stores, not at the homes of friends or relatives) in real life. The only place I've ever seen or heard or heard of them on from British TV shows. I just can't imagine anyone boiling so much water to be poured that one would need a device that only does that. In every home I know they simply use a pot on the stove for boiling or if there is a lot of tea drinking in the home maybe a stovetop kettle.

Rhode Island here, grew up in Massachusetts.  I have never seen one.  Have always had a stovetop tea kettle and a separate coffee maker.  I did have a hot pot in college for doing things like make soup.  Is a electric kettle like a hot pot?  (https://img0.etsystatic.com/001/0/5197769/il_570xN.394624356_2ror.jpg)

Ish.  A kettle has a spout.
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Post by: Mustard on February 10, 2015, 11:36:12 AM
I've just bought a new kettle because the spout was useless; I don't know what the yellow thing is, but I wouldn't call it a kettle!  What is noteworthy, for someone from the U.K., is the plug on it.  U.K. plugs are three-pronged, and chunky.  And never used in a bathroom; apparently we Brits are not to be trusted with electrical appliances in the bathroom, other than electric razors which have a special socket.
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Post by: kherbert05 on February 11, 2015, 03:21:06 PM
I thought you all might find this interesting

http://www.cnet.com/news/this-crazy-kettle-heats-only-the-water-you-need/#ftag=CAD590a51e (http://www.cnet.com/news/this-crazy-kettle-heats-only-the-water-you-need/#ftag=CAD590a51e)

According to the article

Quote
A 2013 report found, in the UK alone, 68 million was being wasted every year from one single factor: overfilling kettles.

So this system heats a single cup through induction.
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Post by: veryfluffy on February 11, 2015, 04:36:58 PM
68 million? That is only about 3 per household. Doesn't seem like spending 80 on a hot water system would save anything over your lifetime. And you still need a kettle to fill up your hot water bottle.
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Post by: miranova on May 08, 2015, 11:20:53 AM
I learn so much here.

I don't think I've ever seen an electric kettle until I read this thread and searched it on Amazon.  I mean, I knew they existed, but I've never owned one and don't remember seeing one in someone else's house although I could have just not noticed it.

I drink coffee but have always used a coffee maker.  My husband drinks tea but always uses the microwave.  I should ask him if he's interested in getting a kettle.
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Post by: Mustard on May 08, 2015, 02:36:48 PM
Tea.... in the microwave? Buy that man a kettle immediately!
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 08, 2015, 06:52:06 PM
Weathers getting colder here. Means using the kettle more for tea and filling the hot water bottles before bed. Much more affordable way to stay warm than using a heater. Though we turned out heater on for the first time last night, but only for a bit.
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Post by: veryfluffy on May 09, 2015, 10:38:15 AM
I was wondering, people who don't have a kettle, how do they fill up their hot water bottle in winter?
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Post by: Browyn on May 09, 2015, 10:41:58 AM
I was wondering, people who don't have a kettle, how do they fill up their hot water bottle in winter?

With a regular tea kettle that goes on the stove.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81xXQ0%2B3ejL._SL1500_.jpg)
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Post by: scansons on May 09, 2015, 10:49:06 AM
U.S.  Mid Midwest here.  We have one, and used it all the time.  I replaced our usual whistle pot with one about a year ago because I get distracted, and it's nice to have something that shuts itself off instead of boils dry.

For years I had something called a hotshot too.  It did enough water for one cup of hot beverage at a time.  Nice, but not very practical in a counter space used vs. times used sort of way for us.  YMMV
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Post by: lynnaford on May 09, 2015, 04:05:35 PM
Tea.... in the microwave? Buy that man a kettle immediately!

I used to use the microwave for hot water for tea until I was given a gift of a an electric tea kettle.  POD  for the kettle.  The difference is amazing! 
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Post by: #borecore on May 09, 2015, 05:33:12 PM
I had no idea anyone used hot water bottles for anything. I thought it was some old timey medical thing for headaches or something. What do you use them FOR?
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 09, 2015, 05:46:42 PM
Warmth. It's cheaper than running a heater all night and if you keep it under the covers then it stays warm all night.
Pain relief. I use mine for period pain and when I was pregnant with DS I used it for ligament pain, which I got a lot.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on May 09, 2015, 05:50:34 PM
I had no idea anyone used hot water bottles for anything. I thought it was some old timey medical thing for headaches or something. What do you use them FOR?

Keeping my feet warm in bed when they're cold but the rest of me is warm enough that I don't want to turn on the electric blanket (happens frequently because I have circulation issues and my joints ache when cold).

It's really, really helpful when I have bad period cramps, too!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on May 09, 2015, 08:00:19 PM
Interesting, I have a tiny lap sized electric blanket that I use for that kind of stuff. 
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Post by: magicdomino on May 09, 2015, 08:06:52 PM
I use a cloth bag filled with cherry pits.  (Rice works well too.)  It gets nuked in the microwave for 2 minutes, and warms my feet very nicely.  Won't make a mess if it springs a leak, either.   :)  I like it so much, I bought a little one for earaches and sore necks.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on May 09, 2015, 08:44:09 PM
I have a rice bag as well, but the hot water bottle stays hot longer. :)
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 09, 2015, 10:44:29 PM
My cat put holes in my wheat pack. And yes, hot water bottles stay hotter longer.
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Post by: Danika on May 09, 2015, 11:45:44 PM
I have an electric blanket on the bed, but for muscle pains, I have this heating pad:
Moist Heating Pad Digital Electric 14"x27" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ECUX26/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_wiUtvb1FP5YN6
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Post by: Ereine on May 10, 2015, 02:26:48 AM
I don't know anyone who uses hot water bottles or electric blankets. I'm not even sure where I could buy an electric blanket or what it's called here, I sometimes see hot water bottles in shops that sell novelty items. It can get cold here but I think that people just wear socks or something. Our insulation might also be better than in some countries (like triple glazed windows are the norm in new buildings) and many people get district heating where the price doesn't change with temperature (though you might not be able to change it anyway).

I do rely on my electric kettle, even though I usually only drink one or two cups of tea a day. I did get paranoid about cheap plastic ones, I now have one that's all metal inside.
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Post by: PoisonIvy on May 10, 2015, 04:44:56 AM
Yankee here, now on my 20th year in London. In my first year here as a student with my fellow US exchange students, we rented a fully-furninshed flat that included an electric kettle. We'd never seen one before. One of my roommates immediately killed it when he tried to boil water for pasta. His mistake was adding the pasta to the kettle along with the water.

I eventually became a convert to the kettle, if not to tea (still a coffee drinker, as is my London born-and-bred partner). That being said, our kettle broke during our last move 2 years ago and we haven't replaced it, due to a combination of lack of counter space and sheer laziness. I suppose we're saving on electricity and sort of reducing our carbon footprint by default.
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Post by: miranova on May 12, 2015, 07:27:25 AM
Tea.... in the microwave? Buy that man a kettle immediately!

I mentioned it to him, and he's interested.  He doesn't know if he wants a stovetop kettle or an electric one yet, so we will research.
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Post by: English1 on May 12, 2015, 10:29:24 AM
In the interests of science (or actually procrastination as I'm meant to be writing an essay) I just boiled 1L of water in my bog standard cheapo UK kettle and it took 1 minute 48 seconds.

I can't imagine life without one...
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Post by: katycoo on May 16, 2015, 01:15:12 AM
I don't know anyone who uses hot water bottles or electric blankets. I'm not even sure where I could buy an electric blanket or what it's called here, I sometimes see hot water bottles in shops that sell novelty items. It can get cold here but I think that people just wear socks or something. Our insulation might also be better than in some countries (like triple glazed windows are the norm in new buildings) and many people get district heating where the price doesn't change with temperature (though you might not be able to change it anyway).

I feel the cold and dislike getting into a cold bed in winter.  I like to turn my electric blanket on several hours before I get in so its like a dry oven.  So good.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 16, 2015, 01:48:49 AM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.
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Post by: Browyn on May 16, 2015, 11:19:39 AM
I don't know anyone who uses hot water bottles or electric blankets. I'm not even sure where I could buy an electric blanket or what it's called here, I sometimes see hot water bottles in shops that sell novelty items. It can get cold here but I think that people just wear socks or something. Our insulation might also be better than in some countries (like triple glazed windows are the norm in new buildings) and many people get district heating where the price doesn't change with temperature (though you might not be able to change it anyway).

I feel the cold and dislike getting into a cold bed in winter.  I like to turn my electric blanket on several hours before I get in so its like a dry oven.  So good.

We have an old house and it would cost a mint to keep it as warm as we would like.  We have heated mattress pads (look on Amazon) they are comparable to electric blankets except they don't shift around.  No stealing covers and the bed is toasty warm.  Plus the queen size and up has separate heat controls for each side so you don't have to be at the same temperature as your spouse.  They run for about 10 hours then turn themselves off so they are safe too.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on May 16, 2015, 06:12:59 PM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.

By central heating, do you mean forced air with ducts or radiators?  I don't have central heating ether but I have radiators for heat. 
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Post by: katycoo on May 17, 2015, 12:56:09 AM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.

I have it. It's the same system as the ducted air conditioning.  So much cheaprer to run than the individual electric heaters.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 17, 2015, 02:16:01 AM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.

By central heating, do you mean forced air with ducts or radiators?  I don't have central heating ether but I have radiators for heat.
Radiators centrally connected? Don't have those. Just individual heaters.
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Post by: Psychopoesie on May 17, 2015, 03:02:04 AM
I don't know anyone who uses hot water bottles or electric blankets. I'm not even sure where I could buy an electric blanket or what it's called here, I sometimes see hot water bottles in shops that sell novelty items. It can get cold here but I think that people just wear socks or something. Our insulation might also be better than in some countries (like triple glazed windows are the norm in new buildings) and many people get district heating where the price doesn't change with temperature (though you might not be able to change it anyway).

I feel the cold and dislike getting into a cold bed in winter.  I like to turn my electric blanket on several hours before I get in so its like a dry oven.  So good.

We have an old house and it would cost a mint to keep it as warm as we would like.  We have heated mattress pads (look on Amazon) they are comparable to electric blankets except they don't shift around.  No stealing covers and the bed is toasty warm.  Plus the queen size and up has separate heat controls for each side so you don't have to be at the same temperature as your spouse.  They run for about 10 hours then turn themselves off so they are safe too.

Small point of clarification.

An electric blanket (to me in Oz) is what I think you may call a heated mattress pad.

Haven't used one in years (70s maybe) but it went on top of the mattress (the ones we had used to be tied to the bed somehow). The bed sheet went on top of the electric blanket, then you got in and pulled up the covers. It had a little control switch attached at the side so you could change the setting without getting out of bed.

It wasn't a blanket you placed on top of the sheets and other blankets. Those weren't even an option at the time (afaik). Some of the electric blankets we had were made from blankety material so maybe that's why the name.
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Post by: oz diva on May 17, 2015, 03:14:00 AM
I use my "leccy blankie" every night. It's divine. I warm up the sheets in advance and crawl in.

It's a blanket with electrical wires embedded and a control on the side. The blanket lies between the mattress and the sheets.
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Post by: Psychopoesie on May 17, 2015, 05:20:57 AM
I use my "leccy blankie" every night. It's divine. I warm up the sheets in advance and crawl in.

It's a blanket with electrical wires embedded and a control on the side. The blanket lies between the mattress and the sheets.

They are lovely. Didn't need one when I moved to the tropics and never got back in the habit after moving to Canberra.

I tend to be a warm sleeper (was going to get hot in bed but rethought that in a hurry) so it would probably be too much for me. I end up throwing blankets off and sticking my feet out from under the covers as is.

Prefer a heater on low to take the edge off overnight (my nose gets cold, although the rest of me is fine) and when I have to get up.

Sometimes take a hot water bottle to bed but only when it's unusually cold (a few times each winter maybe) or I'm not feeling well. Tend to use wheat filled heat packs for aches and pains.
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Post by: Mustard on May 17, 2015, 08:13:36 AM
I'm just wondering if anybody has bought an electric kettle after reading this thread..
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Post by: PastryGoddess on May 17, 2015, 02:27:32 PM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.

By central heating, do you mean forced air with ducts or radiators?  I don't have central heating ether but I have radiators for heat.
Radiators centrally connected? Don't have those. Just individual heaters.

Yes, the radiators are connected to a boiler in the basement. 

I was just curious about central heating in Australia, that's all.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on May 17, 2015, 03:42:48 PM
I'm just wondering if anybody has bought an electric kettle after reading this thread..

I did. I posted a few pages back about it. A Melitta 1.7 liter.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on May 17, 2015, 03:51:37 PM
We don't have central heating, i don't know anyone who has it. Our place gets quite cold.

By central heating, do you mean forced air with ducts or radiators?  I don't have central heating ether but I have radiators for heat.
Radiators centrally connected? Don't have those. Just individual heaters.

Yes, the radiators are connected to a boiler in the basement. 

I was just curious about central heating in Australia, that's all.
Most houses in Australua don't have basements. Or attics.
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Post by: Browyn on May 17, 2015, 06:23:25 PM
I don't know anyone who uses hot water bottles or electric blankets. I'm not even sure where I could buy an electric blanket or what it's called here, I sometimes see hot water bottles in shops that sell novelty items. It can get cold here but I think that people just wear socks or something. Our insulation might also be better than in some countries (like triple glazed windows are the norm in new buildings) and many people get district heating where the price doesn't change with temperature (though you might not be able to change it anyway).

I feel the cold and dislike getting into a cold bed in winter.  I like to turn my electric blanket on several hours before I get in so its like a dry oven.  So good.

We have an old house and it would cost a mint to keep it as warm as we would like.  We have heated mattress pads (look on Amazon) they are comparable to electric blankets except they don't shift around.  No stealing covers and the bed is toasty warm.  Plus the queen size and up has separate heat controls for each side so you don't have to be at the same temperature as your spouse.  They run for about 10 hours then turn themselves off so they are safe too.

Small point of clarification.

An electric blanket (to me in Oz) is what I think you may call a heated mattress pad.

Haven't used one in years (70s maybe) but it went on top of the mattress (the ones we had used to be tied to the bed somehow). The bed sheet went on top of the electric blanket, then you got in and pulled up the covers. It had a little control switch attached at the side so you could change the setting without getting out of bed.

It wasn't a blanket you placed on top of the sheets and other blankets. Those weren't even an option at the time (afaik). Some of the electric blankets we had were made from blankety material so maybe that's why the name.

I am in the US (Rhode Island, so north east) and an electric blanket looks like a regular blanket and goes on top of the sheets (and over the sleeping person) and plugs into an outlet.  An electric mattress pad goes over the mattress and under the fitted sheet (and under the sleeping person). 
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Post by: English1 on May 18, 2015, 09:57:54 AM
No central heating? OK in a hot country I suppose.

Few boilers are in attics/basements in the UK, they are in cupboard somewhere (hall, kitchen, utility room most usual places). It's unusual for a home not to have central heating these days. Actually, my flat currently has separate electric storage heaters, which I hate with a passion but are common in flats, but it'd still be called central heating by most people. Pretty much a term for having radiators. Actually I have no idea why we don't have decent proper central heating from the boiler as we have the biggest boiler imaginable for a small flat, about twice the normal size of hot water tanks. Maybe because electric central heating is expensive - storage heaters cheaper just a pain in the you know where.

The same boiler normally does heating and hot water, you can switch either or both on or off with a timer.
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Post by: Free Range Hippy Chick on May 18, 2015, 10:02:38 AM
My electric kettle broke last week at 7.25 am. I was in Asda buying a new one by 8.15. Can't manage without it.
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Post by: Danika on May 18, 2015, 03:15:37 PM
Continuing the tangent...

When I was moving to California, people told me "the Californians don't have furnaces in their basements." Where I grew up, everyone had a basement or at least a crawl space, so I assumed this comment meant that Californians just didn't have furnaces. I thought how nice it would be to live in a place that was warm enough that you didn't need a furnace! Then I moved there. And I learned that it meant that many people didn't have basements. So their furnaces were on the main level of the home.
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Post by: katycoo on May 19, 2015, 03:59:31 PM
No central heating? OK in a hot country I suppose.

Few boilers are in attics/basements in the UK, they are in cupboard somewhere (hall, kitchen, utility room most usual places). It's unusual for a home not to have central heating these days. Actually, my flat currently has separate electric storage heaters, which I hate with a passion but are common in flats, but it'd still be called central heating by most people. Pretty much a term for having radiators. Actually I have no idea why we don't have decent proper central heating from the boiler as we have the biggest boiler imaginable for a small flat, about twice the normal size of hot water tanks. Maybe because electric central heating is expensive - storage heaters cheaper just a pain in the you know where.

The same boiler normally does heating and hot water, you can switch either or both on or off with a timer.

In Australia, radiators, boilers and furnaces are just really uncommon.  Central heating is ducted air.  Hot water systems are gas or electricity powered and usually housed outside (unless you live in the really cold parts of the country I guess, but there's not that many of those)