The people I’ve known who have had them have typically been US military who’ve been stationed in the UK and fallen in love with the things. I can see why. They boil the water fast, then turn off. It’s simple. It’s so obvious and useful, I’m surprised they aren’t standard household equipment in the US.
Now, you Brits who read my blog can laugh, but up until a couple of years ago, electric kettles were difficult to find in the US. Now, they’re more common. You can find them even in rural areas like mine in the grocery store.
I like this over a kettle on the burner. Why? It boils the water fast, then shuts off. I love that. I know it sounds goofy, but I can’t think of how often I’ve grumbled at the kettle on the stove whistling away while I’m trying to get one more sentence written.
Yes, I’m a big-time coffee drinker, but not only do I enjoy my tea, it’s not unusual for me to make coffee a cup at a time with the cup-top brewer, especially on days when I’m the only one at home and don’t really want a whole pot of coffee. I’m enough of a spazz, thanks.
I’m curious. How many of my American readers have one of these, and what kind of UK influence have you been exposed to?