But how do they make tea?!
It’s an essential (and overused) kitchen appliance in every Irish home but it seems most Americans don’t own electric kettles.
It’s come to the world’s attention that our friends Stateside don’t use kettles to boil water, and some don’t even know what a kettle is.
Instead, they boil water in a stovetop kettle, a saucepan, or get this…a microwave.
We know. Shudder.
It’s safe to say Twitter lost it.
Perpetually disturbed by the lack of electric kettles in American households.
— Michelle Law ? (@ms_michellelaw) September 27, 2018
I know americans who literally believed the only way to boil water was on the stove. And that it took 10-15 minutes.
— Charles Randall (@charlesrandall) September 28, 2018
You have to google images of burnt/melted electric kettles that Americans on holidays have put on stove tops. It’s the most entertaining thing ever.
— Amelia (@mealslaw) September 27, 2018
I don’t think Americans even know electric kettles exist because I’m American and I just found out today.
— Ketsia Dorlean (@yolothunder) September 28, 2018
It truly is one of the more baffling things that happens in America. Which is saying something. apparently they’re super expensive too, so all the poor expats have to end up using a slow stove top kettle or the entirely dismal microwave option. how do you get used to that?
— Georgie Thomas (@GeorgieThomas) September 27, 2018
Some tried to explain why Americans don’t use our favourite household appliance.
American electricity is piss weak 115V, so while electric kettles do exist they’re s-l-o-w
— Peter Bright ?⚕️? (@DrPizza) September 28, 2018
The US doesn’t have the voltage required for electric kettles to work. Just one of many ways in which a lack of political commitment to infrastructure planning and resourcing has compromised the US in comparison to other ‘high income’ countries. A very sad state of affairs!
— Dr Christy Newman (@thisnewman) September 28, 2018