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Just wondering what you think of it?

Do you unplug it between uses?

What are the advantages/disadvantages between electric and stove top kettles?

How fast does it boil water?

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I have one on my desk at work. I don't unplug it between uses... maybe I should though...

It boils water faster than the stove. I choose not to use one at home just because I already have a stove-top teakettle and I didn't want to add another small appliance to the house.

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Another down-side of the electric is that it's made of plastic (or at least mine is).

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I have a very simple one in my office. There are no switches - I have to plug and unplug it to turn it on and off.

My friends have one on their counter. It stays plugged in all the time, because there is a switch - and it turns off automatically when it boils.

I really like them. They are faster than the stove, and I'm not using the microwave.

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It seems they are either plastic or aluminum.

I just got a stove top kettle from a thrift shop for 3.50. A nice sized one, stainless steel.
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we have one. it's stainless steel. we use it a lot. it's by Hamilton Beach. we don't unplug it.

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Only Americans don't have them as a matter of course.

I have a stainless steel one. It sits on the counter, plugged in, at all times (the only appliance that does).

Plug in kettles are cheaper to use than heating on the stove top.
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I am trying to convert America to electric kettles!

I used a stovetop one when I first moved here and hated it. It takes ages to boil the water, wastes space on the stove even when not in use, and gets splattered when cooking other stuff.

I have a fabulous kettle that sits on a 360degree base so it is cordless. I leave it plugged in all the time - when it's not heating something it's off.

We bought kettles for my MIL and GMIL. Grandma is on oxygen so couldn't use the stove to heat hot water any more anyway. They both love them.

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I love mine! My stepdad is from England, so I've been around them for years. I leave mine plugged in. It heats up water at a rate of about a cup per minute. I'd think the main advantage over stove top is heat up time.

As others have said, these are commonplace in Europe and Australia, etc. They're awesome!
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Only Americans don't have them as a matter of course.

I have a stainless steel one. It sits on the counter, plugged in, at all times (the only appliance that does).

Plug in kettles are cheaper to use than heating on the stove top.
Yeah I have never seen anyone without one here. I have seen the occasional stove top kettle, but they are more of a cute, novelty type thing.

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we have one at work. I love it- it's so fast. It boils water for my tea in about 2 minutes. I unplug it after I use it

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I am glad to hear there are stainless one out there.

I must keep a look out for one.
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They're great!! We leave ours plugs in and it shuts off automatically. I use it every day and it has earned a permanent spot on our counter.
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Faugh, Irish, some Americans wouldn't do without theirs.

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This is a big deal. Counter space is prime real estate.

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it has earned a permanent spot on our counter.

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I don't have one but I know lots of fellow Americans who do! If I had more counter space I'd use one, but only if it whistles. Do they?

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I've never seen one that whistles, but they pretty much all switch off automatically after the full boil.
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And TT, I would expect no less from you.
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I've never seen one that whistles, but they pretty much all switch off automatically after the full boil.
That's a great safety feature, but I also must have a whistle to remind me to pour the water or I'll forget.

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You mean not everyone boils the kettle at least 5 times before actually making the tea? Who knew? Actually, I'm so bad (ie. addicted), that I switch on the kettle every time I walk into the kitchen. It really is habit.
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We have a Cuisanart kettle and it is plugged in at all times. Not only do I use it for tea water, but anytime I need to boil water. I rank it up there with my Kitchenaid as one of those required pieces of kitchen equipment.
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I don't have one but I know lots of fellow Americans who do! If I had more counter space I'd use one, but only if it whistles. Do they?
My parents had one that whistled years ago. Just check around and I'm sure you'll find one somewhere out there. Oh, yeah - I just googled electric tea kettle whistles and got many hits!
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I'm using an electric one here (UK) and I'll buy one when I get home. The one here is stainless and heats the water to a boil in what seems like seconds. It also shuts off automaticaly.....which for me is a huge safety feature.....I have left my stove top kettle on long enough to boil dry and then fuse to the glass stove top and crack it right in half!
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Just wondering what you think of it? lOVE IT

Do you unplug it between uses? Nope -automatic shut off
What are the advantages/disadvantages between electric and stove top kettles? No hot burner for DC (or DH for that matter) to touch

How fast does it boil water? Much faster than stove top. I can never read through a whole thread here before its ready
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In Asia a lot of people use these water boilers. http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CW-P...&s=home-garden
They're more pricey but we absolutely loves ours!
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I LOVE IT!

It is ~2min to heat a liter of water, less for enough for just 1 cup.

I don't leave it plugged in because I don't use it every day.

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But as an American living in a country where electric kettles are the norm I have to say...OMG is america behind the times on this one! I have a lovely stainless one thats cordless... it lives on my counter as well (and oh yeah is counter space prime real estate in THIS house, there's not a lot OF it!) and gets used *multiple* times a day. Coffee, tea, boiling water for cooking... I looooooove it. Sadly it has served over 5yrs and now it ejects the lever that turns it on across the floor when it is finished boiling but I guess at least I will always hear when it boils!

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In Asia a lot of people use these water boilers. http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CW-P...&s=home-garden
They're more pricey but we absolutely loves ours!
those are great. they're pricey but zojirushi products last and last. my grandmother has one of those.

culturally, is it because the US isn't really a tea drinking society? in japan, many social customs surround the drinking of tea.

i am a tea addict, by the way. i 'collect' them, which drives dh bonkers, he always asks me how one woman can possibly have so many different teas.
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Sadly it has served over 5yrs and now it ejects the lever that turns it on across the floor when it is finished boiling
Hehe. Maybe it's saying "leave me alone!"

We don't have one, but I want to get one. We drink a lot of tea, and I'm forever waiting for the stovetop kettle to boil. But my stovetop kettle looks so cool.

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LOL Never! My kettle loves me.. I keep it nice & shiny and talk to it and everything It loves me and I refuse to believe otherwise (is there a denial icon? lol)

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