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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #255 on: February 12, 2014, 07:04:19 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #256 on: February 12, 2014, 07:20:25 PM »
I just tested it. I have a Melitta Express Kettle which looks like this:

At 6000 feet above sea level, it took me 4 minutes and 30 seconds to boil 1 L of water.

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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #257 on: February 12, 2014, 07:30:08 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #258 on: February 12, 2014, 08:42:40 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #259 on: February 12, 2014, 08:55:38 PM »
UK here, pretty close to sea level I'd imagine, and my kettle is a bog standard cheapy electric from Sainsbury's:



(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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #260 on: February 12, 2014, 09:16:17 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!


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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #261 on: February 12, 2014, 09:17:21 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #262 on: February 12, 2014, 09:38:30 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #263 on: February 12, 2014, 11:41:41 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #264 on: February 13, 2014, 08:02:01 AM »
2 minutes and four seconds for 1 litre to boil in Australia.
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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #265 on: February 13, 2014, 09:23:59 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #266 on: February 13, 2014, 03:49:34 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. ;)

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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #267 on: February 15, 2014, 08:27:05 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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Re: Do you have an electric kettle?
« Reply #268 on: February 15, 2014, 09:14:22 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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