It’s My Tea Kettle and I’ll Cry If I Want To

"Broken" tea kettles
Is anyone else having problems with tea kettles? I don’t mean electric ones, I mean basic, simple ones. My whistling tea kettle doesn’t whistle. Ever. I can let it boil water for 15 minutes and it won’t whistle. It’ll steam away, filling my kitchen, but not make the slightest of high-pitched squeaks. The spout’s lid is as tight to the mouth of the spout as it’ll go, so it should be whistling away.

And it doesn’t pour without spilling water all over my counter tops. And because the counter tops are tiled, the grouted regions act as irrigation delivering the water directly down my lower cabinets and onto the floor. I wouldn’t complain but we’re currently on our second kettle, a KitchenAid one that was a housewarming gift from my parents. The first tea kettle, a Farberware one, didn’t whistle either, which is why my parents gifted us with a new one. …which also refuses to whistle.

Is this just another case of quality going downhill? Am I doing something wrong? Am I the only one having this problem? Is there an anti-water boiling bubble around my house?

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