Which travel kettle should you buy? – A Guide

There’s nothing more British than taking a travel kettle on holiday with you – but the bulky kitchen appliance takes valuable space in your bag. The solution? A dedicated kettle, ensuring you’re never too far away from a good brew.

Top travel kettles 2021

The humble travel kettle, the unsung hero of many a trip, holiday or adventure – it’s the staple of the Great British backpack or suitcase.

However, making a decision on the best available on the market is becoming more and more difficult with top brands including Russell Hobbs, Kenwood and Quest all putting their best foot (or kettle) forward.

Thankfully, we’re here to help you navigate the rough waters, showing off 8 of the very best travel kettles available to purchase right now.

Author’s top pick

Travel Kettle Russell Hobbs

The Russell Hobbs 23840 is our overall best travel kettle.

1. Quest 35690 Compact Travel Kettle

First on our list, it’s the Quest 35690 Compact Travel Kettle, a small 0.5-litre kettle complete with a pair of cups, perfect for sipping out of.

Travel Kettle Quest

The main advantage of the Quest is the size and at only 17.5 x 17 x 8cm, it’s one of the smallest, but also one of the cheapest travel kettles, making it a strong competitor in the running. The kettle is rated at 600W with a dual voltage supply, making it ideal for caravans, boats and even the garden shed.

There’s the choice of two different colours with black or white available, both of which look great in the sleek and stylish design.

2. Russell Hobbs 23840 Compact Electric Travel Kettle

Number 2 on our list shows off the first of the big-name brands with the Russell Hobbs 23840 Compact Electric Travel Kettle.

Overall best travel kettle

The Russell Hobbs 23840 compact travel kettle is our overall best choice for boiling a brew on the go.

Travel Kettle Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs has earned a fantastic reputation over the years and with the travel kettle available, their quality continues and at a fraction of the price of their usual kitchen appliances. The capacity is more than enough at 0.85-litres and a 1000W dual voltage supply, designed to function wherever in the world you may be.

In addition to the travel kettle itself, a pair of travel cups and spoons are also provided ensuring everything you need for a good brew is contained inside the packaging. It’s no wonder that the Russell Hobbs travel kettle is recognised as Amazon’s Choice on the shopping giants site.

3. Kingavon Cordless Electric Travel Kettle

Next up on the list, it’s cheap and cheerful with the Kingavon Cordless Electric Travel Kettle.

Travel Kettle Kingavon

The 1-litre capacity is rare for a portable kettle and with a 240V, 900W supply, it means that you can boil that litre of water wherever in the world you may be – great if you’re also taking a Sports Direct mug with you!

The Kingavon kettle is exactly what you’d expect from an inexpensive option. There’s the auto switch-off feature, boil-dry protection, helpful pilot light and transparent water level gauge. It’s a great companion when travelling, camping or cruising.

4. Kampa ME0531 0.8-Litre Collapsible Travel Kettle

Something a little different from Kampa with the collapsible kettle, a huge step in kettle-camping technology!

Travel Kettle Kampa

With a 0.8-litre capacity, the Kampa travel kettle is good for 4 cups of tea (or coffee, we don’t judge either way), complete in a collapsible package that’s perfect for minimising packing volumes.

The Kampa is a little more expensive than the alternatives on our list, but the reviews really speak for themselves with a 4.6/5 star rating. It’s a wonderful travel kettle, great for campervans, camping or just about any other adventure you find yourself in!

5. Swan SK27010N Fast Boil Travel Kettle

What the Swan SK27010N lacks in a catchy name it makes up for in specification with an inexpensive 1000W travel kettle complete with a pair of tea cups.

Travel Kettle Swan

The size of the purple and white coffee and tea maker is sure to divide opinions at just 0.4-litres. It’s great for keeping things small when packing, but the 400ml, although perfect for most, might not quite be enough for some travellers.

The travel kettle offers simple dual voltage control, switching between 240V and 110V, offering worldwide usage and with two stackable travel cups – it’s a great global companion.

6. Kingavon 0.5-Litre Travel Kettle

It’s the return of another Kingavon travel kettle next with a naughty little 240V, 0.5-litre number.

Travel Kettle Kingavon

The white plastic kettle is about as basics as it gets, although a pair of near handle-less travel cups are thrown into the mix too.

There’s boil-dry protection, an on/off indicator light, a dual voltage 900W 110V-240V supply – the simple stuff you’d expect from a kettle.

7. Adirigo 500ml Foldable Travel Kettle

It’s another foldable travel up next on the list with an elegant collapsible design featured on the Adirigo 500ml Travel Kettle.

Travel Kettle Adirigo

The space-age collapsible kettle comes with 500ml in capacity, great for a pair of cups of tea or coffee and with a fantastic collapsible design, keeps packing volume to a minimum. Construction is silicone to keep the weight down and flexibility high, but don’t worry, it’s a BPA-free kettle, keeping all harmful toxins away from your beverage.

There are two voltage choices available (100-120V and 200-240V) for global use and a 680W supply allows for a quick boil for when you just can’t wait for a cuppa.

8. Loutytuo Collapsible Silicone Travel Kettle 

We’ve saved the best (and most expensive) until last with the Collapsible Loutytuo Silicone Travel Kettle.

Loutytuo Travel Kettle

There’s a total capacity of 555ml, five great colours with black, white, blue, red and pink available and, of course, it’s one of the most collapsible travel kettles available today.

There’s a dual voltage supply (110V/240V), making the kettle able to function on any continent and with 700W, boil time stands at just 3 minutes – pretty good for a small kettle!

The package also includes a European travel adapter, so there’s one less travel essential to forget on your trip.

There you have it – our top travel kettles for 2021! I hope you’ve found what you’re looking for and if you do decide on a kettle from our humble list, do let us know in the comments – we love to see them!

FAQ: Travel kettle buying guide

Have a question about anything relating to the best brew on the go? Check our frequently asked kettle questions below and we’ll hopefully have an answer for you!

If you’re still scratching your head looking for the answer to an elusive question about water boiling – don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be quick to reply and will be more than happy to discuss anything coffee/tea-related!

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