People left stunned as they discover why Americans don’t have kettles in their kitchens

FOR many people, a kettle is one of the most commonly used kitchen appliances.

So it follows that numerous individuals have been left baffled at the fact that many Americans don’t have them in their homes. 

People have been left baffled at discovering that many American don't own a kettle

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People have been left baffled at discovering that many American don’t own a kettleCredit: Getty
Australian TV host Sophie Monk lived in the US for 10 years and said she left shop assistants confused when she asked them where the kettles were

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Australian TV host Sophie Monk lived in the US for 10 years and said she left shop assistants confused when she asked them where the kettles wereCredit: sophiemonk/Instagram

Love Island Australia host Sophie Monk sparked a debate after revealing she was left baffled at the revelation when she moved to the US for work.

After spending 10 years in America, the Australian TV star said that she was left confused by American shop assistants when she tried to locate a kettle.

She recalled a funny moment she had in a shop during her decade-long stay abroad.

“I was looking for a kettle, and they’re like (imitates a US accent), ‘Kettle?’ They don’t know what a kettle is!” she told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.

“They don’t use them. They must heat water up on their stove. Yeah, no one has a kettle, which is crazy.”


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It’s a fact that regularly confuses people who live outside of the US – but there’s actually a very simple explanation for it.

While the voltage for homes in the US ranges from 100 to 127 volts (the voltage in Britain and other countries is around 230), it’s much lower than that of many other countries.

The lower voltage in the US means that electric kettles would not heat water as quickly as they do in Britain and as a result, they haven’t caught on, with households choosing to boil on the stove or in the microwave instead.

It’s also been argued in a lengthy Reddit thread in the past that the culture for drinking tea doesn’t exist in the US, making the need for a kettle less important than ours.

Back in January, an Australian teen shared a TikTok video expressing her shock at the fact Americans don’t know what kettles are.

Kaila Smith, from South Australia – who has never been to the US – labelled it “confusing”.

Many agreed with the 19-year-old student, branding it “weird” and “strange”.

“Wait they don’t have a kettle in their house?” One person asked.

This story previously appeared on News.com.au and has been republished with permission.

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