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 is 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.

Oh – and don’t forget your insulated coffee mug to keep your drinks hot when out and about!

Author’s top pick

Travel Kettle Russell Hobbs

The Russell Hobbs 23840 is our overall best travel kettle.

1. Quest Compact Travel Kettle

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

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.

Travel Kettle Quest
  • Dual voltage supporting 110V to 120V, or 220V to 240V
  • 2x travel mugs included
  • Water level indicator window
  • Available in both black and white
  • White more expensive than black
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Weight: 0.59 kg
  • Dimensions: 8 x 17.5 x 17 cm

2. Russell Hobbs Compact Electric Travel Kettle

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

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.

Overall best travel kettle

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

Travel Kettle Russell Hobbs
  • Dual voltage control with low 1KW wattage
  • 2x travel mugs and spoons included
  • Removable, washable filter
  • A top portable item from a trusted brand
  • Only one colour available
  • Capacity: 0.85L
  • Weight: 0.61 kg
  • Dimensions: 12 x 18.8 x 18 cm

3. Kingavon Cordless Electric Travel Kettle

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

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.

Travel Kettle Kingavon
  • 110-120V or 220-240V dual voltage
  • Boil dry protection and CE approved
  • 2x travel cups included
  • Easy clean
  • Lower quality than Russell Hobbs at similar pricepoint
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • Weight: 0.61 kg
  • Dimensions: ‎19. x 16 x 11 cm

4. Kampa 0.8-Litre Collapsible Travel Kettle

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

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 camping kettle, great for campervans, camping or just about any other adventure you find yourself in!

Travel Kettle Kampa
  • Unique collapsible design
  • Sturdy, well-made construction
  • 4-cup capacity
  • Often hard to source
  • Capacity: 0.8L
  • Weight: 0.64 kg
  • Dimensions: ‎-

5. Swan Fast Boil Travel Kettle

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

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.

Travel Kettle Swan
  • Dual voltage support between 110 and 240V
  • Boil dry protection and CE approved
  • 2x teacups included
  • Overheating protection and locking hinge
  • Purple accents aren’t for everyone
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Weight: 0.56 kg
  • Dimensions: ‎10 x 16 x 17 cm

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.

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.

Travel Kettle Kingavon
  • Boil dry protection
  • 2x plastic cups included
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Dual voltage support
  • Lower quality than other brands
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • Weight: 0.68 kg
  • Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 11 cm

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.

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.

Travel Kettle Adirigo
  • Unique portable and foldable design
  • Dual voltage support
  • Universal adapter plug and carry bag included
  • 1-year warranty included
  • Higher price than others
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • Weight: 074 kg
  • Dimensions: ‎‎16 x 16 x 11 cm

8. Outwell Collapsible Travel Kettle 

We’ve saved the best until last with the Collapsible Travel Kettle from Outwell.

This Outwell kettle has a total capacity of 1.5L. Its stainless steel and silicone exterior allows you to store the kettle easily, yet maintain strength during use.

Reviewers love the fast boil time of this kettle and its dual voltage supply.

Plus, we always prefer buying from a recognised camping brand for guaranteed safety and efficiency.

Outwell Collapsible Travel Kettle
  • Boil dry protection
  • Ultrathin folded design
  • Dual voltage between 110/240V
  • Detachable power cord
  • Heavy compared to others
  • Capacity: 0.55L
  • Weight: 0.94 kg
  • Dimensions: ‎‎17 x 13 x 13 cm

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!

Each of the above travel kettles has pros and cons associated with them – it’s down to the brew-maker to decide which is the best fit for them!

If you’re looking for our overall top suggestion, it has to be the Russell Hobbs compact travel kettle.

The majority of the big-name high street shops such as Argos, Wilkinsons and B&M alongside supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys will typically stock a travel kettle or two.

However, for the higher quality product – we would recommend shopping the branded items that can be found online.

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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