ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Every Japanese Kitchen: the Electric Kettle

Updated on April 24, 2017
SgtCecil profile image

I am an expat living in Japan. Everyday is an adventure and a blessing. Here are some of my experiences

My girlfriend's electric kettle
My girlfriend's electric kettle | Source

Living in Japan means having an electric kettle

People in Japan love tea, coffee and soup throughout the day so it's vital to have hot water on hand at any moment. Go for the electric kettle. Keep it full and it won't let you down.

Family, bachelor, college student--everyone in Japan needs an electric kettle. Every Japanese kitchen has one. They keep the people happy with coffee all morning, tea after meals and instant ramen when they're in a hurry.

I've lived in Japan for quite a while and I've never seen a home without one. When I first moved to Japan, my first housewarming gift was an electric kettle. I use it all the time. I fill it with water in the morning. In minutes it's hot and it stays hot all day.

I know what you're thinking. You don't live in Japan and don't plan on moving. You're happy right where you are. You're probably asking: Who cares? What's the big deal? Keep reading and find out!

Tell the world

Do you have an electric kettle?

See results

Your electric kettle

I've probably seen electric kettles back home but never noticed. Why bother? Growing up I wasn't into tea. To this day, I'm not a big fan of coffee. When I was young, I loved soda and soda doesn't need hot water.

Then, when I started drinking tea I noticed something: it's a pain in the butt to fill a normal kettle with water, wait for the water to boil then come up short when someone else suddenly wants tea--after they said "no" when I asked them a couple minutes ago! What's up with that? How about a little courtesy?

Ahem. On the other hand, any water left over sits and cools then gets tossed out a few hours later. It seems like a waste of energy. There has to be a better way. I didn't find out until I came to Japan.

Proctor Silex K2070Y Proctor -Silex 1 Liter Electric Kettle
Proctor Silex K2070Y Proctor -Silex 1 Liter Electric Kettle

Electric kettles come in several sizes. Here is a great example of a medium sized one. It's great for couples and small families or people who aren't home all that much.

 

Want something bigger?

Larger families, restaurants and hikikomori's will want a larger kettle. It holds more water and often heats it just as fast. If you don't think you need a large electric kettle then you probably don't. Stick to the smaller one. One or one and a half liter is still a good size.

Something for the office - This is awesome

This blows the mind. In every office there are the coffee drinkers, the tea drinkers and the "I brought my own" crowd. This takes care of everyone--except for those who brought their own, they take care of themselves.

The size will keep people happy all morning. Those who don't like the tea that's brewing can reach for the hot water kettle and make their own.

Clean your electric kettle! - It's too easy

If you already have an electric kettle you'll have to clean it now and then. Here's how.

What do I need a kettle for? - What do you use hot water for?

What do you need a kettle for?

See results

What do you think? - Share you thoughts

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I do love my teas so my kettle is crucial especially during the cold winter in Tokyo.

    • profile image

      temptor94 

      4 years ago

      This is a good list. At home we have a Kenstar one, mostly for heating water for tea

    • TerriCarr profile image

      TerriCarr 

      4 years ago

      I have the first one in your Amazon module above and I love it. Way better than heating on the stove.

    • Jonathan Jenkins profile image

      Jonathan Jenkins 

      4 years ago

      I think most homes in the UK have a kettle, and they are usually electric. Mine gets used for making tea, coffee, soup, instant noodles....

    • profile image

      caribbeancool 

      4 years ago

      I had one that malfunctioned and was never replaced. I know that it is a good appliance so I guess i will be getting a new one soon.

    • aminebombom profile image

      Amine 

      4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      Its really big help when it comes to picnics and stuff.

      well done

    • chrisilouwho profile image

      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      Don't know what I would do without an electric kettle. I even use it to speed up boiling water on the stove for pasta.

    • ReviewsRS profile image

      ReviewsRS 

      4 years ago

      My last kettle was used so much it broke. I boil hot water in a pan. Just as nice, bit less convenient. Still looking around for replacement. Good lens.

    • Rishi7 profile image

      Rishi7 

      5 years ago

      I am from Assam and a top tea-drinker. I shall get an electric kettle soon. And thanks for the great lens !

    • profile image

      elfgirl1968 

      5 years ago

      I use mine for all of the above. Great video on how to clean. I didn't know. I lived in Misawa JP for 4 years and yes, the water kettle is a standard. People also use them in Germany. This is where I first used one back in the late 1990s.

    • profile image

      sarahtremblay 

      5 years ago

      I used mine for making soup and heating milk

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I use mine everyday for tea, coffee, boiling hot water for instant noodles, everything really.

    • profile image

      renee-raia1 

      5 years ago

      We take ours camping, water is hot fast and can be used for so many different things.

    • MJ Martin profile image

      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      Really great lens, convinced me that yes I do need an electric kettle!

    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      Sounds like a good idea for when I am at work. It would be nice to take a soup break instead of a coffee break

    • profile image

      Susan99 

      5 years ago

      Yes, it is necessary to make tea with hot waterï¼ï¼

    • tokfakirmiskin profile image

      tokfakirmiskin 

      5 years ago

      Thanks. Now i know how to clean a kettle.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Life without a kettle is an alien concept here in the UK. When someone moves home the first thing unpacked is the kettle and some cups for a cup of tea or coffee. Someone wants a shoulder to cry on? On goes the kettle to make a brew while the person offloads.

    • rihamah lm profile image

      rihamah lm 

      5 years ago

      @rihamah lm: * Turning itself off

    • rihamah lm profile image

      rihamah lm 

      5 years ago

      I use one and its very quick and practical, and yes the turning itself factor makes a huge difference :)

    • Arkadi LM profile image

      Arkadi LM 

      5 years ago

      I've used these kettles a lot loving a cap of tea here and there during my day but now I am too concerned about water parameters (ionization) and so I just drink fresh juices and water.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I use an electric kettle because it turns itself off and I don't have to worry about burning the house down.

    • EMohrhoff profile image

      EMohrhoff 

      5 years ago

      Love your lens! It's short, to the point and has such a cheerful, friendly voice to it. Good writing!

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      This sounds like a good idea.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Here in New Zealand everyone has an electric kettle too. We miss it when we travel.

    • Deborah Swain profile image

      Deborah Swain 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Excellent lens...coincidentally, I just bought a new hob top kettle today! Unfortunately living in Italy electricity is too expensive for people to use electric kettles!

    • Frischy profile image

      Frischy 

      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      These are nice. I have one, but don't really have a place for it in my kitchen. The only electrical outlet near my sink is inside a cabinet. Dumb, I know; but, it was like this when I moved in (things you don't think to ask until it's too late). I gave up on my electric kettle and just use the stove. However, I like the kettle so much that I kept it, just in case I am someday able to get some new outlets installed.

    • SandraWilson LM profile image

      SandraWilson LM 

      5 years ago

      You've given good reasons to have an electric kettle in a culture where everyone drinks tea and/or coffee.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)