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Every Japanese Kitchen: the Electric Kettle

Updated on April 24, 2017
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!

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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 1 Liter Electric Kettle
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?

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  • smine27 profile image

    Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

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

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    temptor94 3 years ago

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

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    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.

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    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....

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    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.

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    Amine 4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

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

    well done

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    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.

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    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.

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    Rishi7 4 years ago

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

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    elfgirl1968 4 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.

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    sarahtremblay 4 years ago

    I used mine for making soup and heating milk

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    Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

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

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    renee-raia1 4 years ago

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

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

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

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    blestman lm 4 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

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    Susan99 4 years ago

    Yes, it is necessary to make tea with hot waterï¼ï¼

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    tokfakirmiskin 4 years ago

    Thanks. Now i know how to clean a kettle.

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    anonymous 4 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.

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    rihamah lm 5 years ago

    @rihamah lm: * Turning itself off

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    rihamah lm 5 years ago

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    EMohrhoff 5 years ago

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

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    lesliesinclair 5 years ago

    This sounds like a good idea.

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    Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.