From ultra-lightweight collapsible kettles to luxury travel water-boilers – check out our recommendations of the best camping kettle for every outdoor adventure.
Best camping kettle for UK adventures
Whether you’ve endured torrential rain through the night, the tent has collapsed from high winds or your 3-hour walk turned into an 8-hour scramble – there’s nothing a good cuppa can’t fix.
A good camping kettle is a Britsh staple that every household should own. They’re not just for those with a love for the outdoors – you never know when you’re next going to need a brew.
From the ultra-lightweight collapsible camping kettle to the sophisticated electric travel kettle – UK campsites are littered with them in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a 2.5L stovetop or an alternative such as our highly recommended Jetboil Zip – there’s a portable kettle for every adventure.
We’ve searched high and low to find the best portable kettles on the market for UK adventures. Here are our top picks for UK campers ready to sit down and enjoy a good cuppa in the great outdoors.
1. Trangia Camping Kettle
Our top pick for a traditional outdoor cup of tea is the Trangia Camping Kettle, also known as the Trangia 27 Series kettle.
This 600ml outdoor kettle (also available with a 900ml and a 1.4l option) is the go-to aluminium cookware essential for all UK campers. Weighing just 140g and taking up less space than the average tea kettle, the Trangia 27 is not only a great addition to the Trangia 27 Series Cook Set but a fantastic standalone item, too.
The kettle is best used in the 27 Series cook set, but can also be used as a standalone item on a standard camping stove or a fire built in the wild (with land-owners permission, of course).
- Lightweight and compact camping kettle
- Strong and durable aluminium construction
- Perfect for the Trangia 27 Cook Set
- Versatile and can be used with traditional camping stoves
- 600ml capacity may be too small for some
- Volume: 600ml
- Weight: 140 Grams
- Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 7.9 cm
2. Top collapsible camping kettle
It doesn’t get much better than the Sea To Summit Lightweight X-Pot for an ultra-lightweight, collapsible camping kettle.
The X-Pot, available as a 1.3L collapsible camping kettle and a large 2.8L cooking pot, is one of the staples for folding outdoor cooking. The ultra-lightweight kettle uses a BPA-free, soft plastic construction that can withstand temperatures of more than 150°C when boiling water in the wild.
The X-Pot can be used with the majority of camping stoves with the majority of tea, coffee and boiling water lovers using a lightweight camping stove and fuel cartridge to get things up to temperature.
With 1.3L of volume available (and handy collapsible camping mugs to match), the X-Pot is one of the top picks for a simple, collapsible camping kettle in the UK.
- Lightweight and collapsible
- Additional cooking pots and mugs are available
- Heat resistant
- Cups purchased separately
- Volume: 1.3L
- Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 x 8.9 cm
- Weight: 186 Grams
3. Best overall camping kettle UK adventures
The Tentock kettle with a foldable handle is our overall number 1 pick for the best overall camping kettle for UK camping.
With a built-in heat exchanger, the Tentock offers unrivalled boil time with even heating across the entire surface area of the kettle. With 30% more efficiency, campers will not only love the improved boil time but the fuel efficiency, minimising the number of gas cartridges used on a camping stove.
The outdoor kettle is compatible with the majority of outdoor stoves and even portable fire pits. The foldable handle is highly insulated, preventing users from burning their hands when picking up the kettle.
With a capacity to boil 4 to 5 cups of hot water, the Tentock is a fantastic overall pick for UK camping.
Upgrade pick – Tentock Camping Kettle with Foldable Handle
With enough water for 4 to 5 cups of tea/coffee, the Tentock outdoor kettle is our overall top pick for UK adventures. Strong aluminium construction and built-in heat exchanger make for a fast-boiling camping kettle that can really be relied on.
- A built-in heat exchanger (30% more efficiency)
- Strong anodized aluminium alloy construction
- Compatible with most camping stoves and ovens
- Insulated handles prevent burn on touch
- The lid can be a little cumbersome
- Volume: 1.6L
- Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.5 x 9 cm
- Weight: 210 Grams
4. Top whistling camping kettle
Our budget camping kettle also doubles up as our top pick for a whistling option with the Milestone Whistling Kettle taking the number one spot.
The Milestone Whistling Portable Kettle, available as both a 1L and a 2L camping kettle, offers a lightweight and great-looking option for boiling water on the campsite. The outdoor kettle can be used on the majority of different stove types, offering a fast boil on the go.
At a sensible price point, the Milestone Camping Kettle is a great budget choice, ideal for short trips with a need for boiling water. Whether you’re washing the pots, preparing dehydrated food or sitting down for a much-need cup of tea, the Milestone kettle is a good choice.
Budget pick – Milestone Whistling Camping Kettle
The Milestone Whistling Camping Kettle is a great choice for UK campers looking for a budget option without losing that classic whistling sound. With 1L and 2L sizes available, the Milestone kettle is a good option for both small and larger groups.
- Whistling camping kettle
- Great budget option
- Both 1L and 2L sizes are available
- Lightweight and great-looking
- Some small concerns with the durability
- Volume: 1L and 2L options available
- Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 15 cm
- Weight: 280g
5. Top electric camping kettle
Campers choosing a pitch with an electric hookup get the most options when looking for a kettle to use when camping.
Our top pick for the best electric portable kettle is the Russell Hobbs Compact Travel Kettle, a small high-quality kettle from a trusted UK brand. If you’re looking for a semi-luxury camping experience – it’s these little kitchen accessories that really make all the difference.
The small electric camping kettle is a simple solution that’s not only great for camping but for a compact tea-maker for the shed, for the van or even on a boat (if you’re lucky enough to own one!).
With a pair of camping cups and two spoons offered as a package, the kettle comes with absolutely everything you need for a plug-and-play solution.
- High quality from a trusted brand
- Dual voltage with a low 1KW wattage
- The filter can be removed and washed
- Cups and spoons included
- Volume: 850ml
- Power: 1000W
- Voltage: 240V
- Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.7 x 7.1 cm
- Weight: 615g
6. Camping kettle alternative
The Jetboil Zip is not only a fantastic camping kettle alternative but part of the editor’s must-have kit for any camping trip!
The small stove isn’t just great for boiling water, but a full cooking system that’s perfect for 1-2 people preparing simple meals outdoors. We typically use Jetboil Zip alongside an AeroPress Go when making morning coffee. This can be a bit of an ordeal – but there’s not much better than starting your day with proper good coffee before heading into the hills.
The Jetboil Zip is the simpler of the products in the Jetboil lineup with the alternative being the Jetboil Flash. We would recommend the Zip over the Flash, but both are fantastic tools for minimalistic camping.
We would also recommend keeping the Jetboil Zip in a waterproof dry bag when camping or hiking in wet conditions, but this isn’t a true necessity. Matches or a safety lighter are required to light the flame – but this is typically our preferred method when camping.
- Insulated cosy – can lift and pour directly
- Boil time of 2 minutes 30 seconds for 0.5L
- Powerful, reliable camping cooking solution
- Small, lightweight and packaged together
- Piezo ignition is not offered
FAQ: The best camping kettle
Have a question about the best camping kettles available for UK adventures? Check out our FAQ below where we address the most common questions about the best portable kettles.
Although a normal kettle can be used when camping with an electric hook-up – we would always recommend a dedicated camping kettle for the best experience.
For ultra-lightweight campers, a collapsible camping kettle or Jetboil Zip may be the best bet.
There are several ways to boil a kettle when camping with campers typically choosing one fuel source to heat the water.
Whether that’s electricity, butane or liquified petroleum, water can be boiled by heating the water in the dedicated container for a speedy brew.
Every trip is different and it’s down to the camper to decide on the best kettle for their next adventure.
If you’re looking to wild camp with minimal gear, the Jetboil Zip is the best choice. Camping with the family? The Milestone 2L Whistling Kettle could be the top pick. If it’s a great all-rounder that you’re searching for – take a look at the Tentock Camping Kettle.
Each camping kettle is different in the way that it should be used – it’s always best to check the instructions.
As a general rule, portable kettles are almost always to be heated from beneath by a camping stove.
If you’re still searching for the answers to your questions – don’t hesitate to reach out over on our socials and we’ll be happy to offer personalised advice for your next adventure.