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. 

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.

The Australian TV star spent 10 years in America before returning to Australia in 2015, and said she left a string of American shop assistants confused when she asked for help locating a kettle.

Recalling a hilarious moment in a store during her decade-long stint overseas, she described her shock at learning Americans boil their water on the stove.

“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.”


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

Homes in the US only have a voltage of 100-127, while other countries including Britain, have voltages of around 230 volts.

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 and has been republished with permission.

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