Our Picks for a great travel kettle, suitable for holidays, caravans, holiday homes, students and to use in hotels without tea and coffee facilities
There are plenty of us who love to travel all around Europe and the rest of the World. One thing man people like is to be able to have is a cup of tea or a coffee. Many of the places we stay do provide tea and coffee facilities. Sadly many do not. That is why it is worth purchasing a travel kettle.
The secret of course is buying one that is small in size and lightweight. Thanks to the luggage restrictions imposed by many airlines, every ounce can count. Depending on your circumstances it is a good idea to buy a travel kettle that will hold enough for at least two cups. The final thing to remember is that you want a kettle that will boil quickly.
Another key requirement would be that it would have to be dual voltage. That is, it will work off our normal 240 volt supply, or the 110 volt supply, found in some International destinations.
Travel kettles are also really useful for caravans, taking on holidays when touring, and also to hostels and some hotels who don't provide, what we think should be a basic facility. Anyway, here are some of the best travel kettles on the UK market right now
Best Rated Top 5 Travel Kettles
Just below we have picked out the highest rated and best selling travel kettles that are currently available on the UK market. Underneath that, we have included our top three 12V kettles, which are suitable for cars, camping and trucks.
Russell Hobbs 23840 Compact Travel Electric Kettle
90% buyer satisfaction based on 5,000+ online buyer reviews
The Swan travel kettle gets a lot of reviews, making it the best selling travel kettles on the UK market. It also has the highest buyer satisfaction rating
It is dual voltage with 1,000 watts of power, holds 850 ml and also comes with two handy cups and spoons.
It measures 12 x 18.8 x 18 cm and weighs 615 grams, so particularly light.
This travel kettle ticks all the boxes and is also from a very well known brand. It is compact, quieter than most and boils really quickly.
Swan Dual Voltage Travel Kettle with Two Tea Cups
86% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews
The Swan travel kettle gets a lot of reviews, making it the one of the best selling travel kettles on the UK market.
It is dual voltage with 600 watts of power, holds 500 ml and also comes with two handy cups.
It measures 10.3 x 14.6 x 19.2 cm and weighs 531 grams, so particularly light.
This kettle is what people expect from a travel kettle. It will cut off automatically when it boils. It is not the fastest to boil in the market, but at this price, worth waiting an extra minute.
The cups that come with this are very small. They will do in a push for sure, just don't expect that these hold very much. It is a travel kettle after all, and they can't make the cups bigger than the kettle.
VonShef Travel Kettle with 2 Cups
84% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews
It is dual voltage travel kettle with 650 watts of power
It holds 500 ml of water and also comes with two handy cups. Having those does make life easier.
It measures 16.5 x 10.5 x 18 cm and weighs 862 grams, so will fit into a case nicely.
We like the water gauge making it easy to see when it needs to be filled, and we also like that the kettle will cut off should it start to boil dry.
This kettle is well designed and looks really good I think. It is large enough to boil water for two mug sized cups of coffee. The power cable is approximately 25 inches long and can be wound around the base.
KitchenPerfected Travel Kettle
88% buyer satisfaction based on 750+ online buyer reviews
This travel kettle is one of the cheapest out there. That does not mean it is poor quality. In fact this travel kettle gets really consistent reviews.
This one is also bigger than many and holds up to one litre of water.
It is also dual power with an automatic shut off, and boil dry protection
It measures 8.5 x 17 x 20 cm and weighs 650 grams, so will fit into a case nicely.
It comes with two small cups and they fit nicely inside the kettle. It all pops into a drawstring bag. It boils reasonably quickly. It holds enough water to make 2-3 cups of tea or coffee. Has a nice flat oval shape which I think makes it easier to pack.
Top Three 12V Car Kettles
Just below you can read about our recommendations for the best 12V travel kettles. You should be aware that not many of these get outstanding reviews. Mainly that is down to people comparing these to their home kettle.
Most of these 12V kettles will take 15-20 minutes to boil so please be aware of that. These are used by connecting a lead to a cigarette lighter in the car, van, truck or boat.
Motionperformance Essentials In Car/Van/Truck 12v Water Heater Kettle
78% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews
This 12V travel kettle gets the highest buyer reviews and appears to be the best seller at the moment in the UK
It measures 20.4 x 16.4 x 10.6 cm and weighs around 0.5 Kg
It holds enough water to make 2 cups of your preference
The lead is about 1.5 metres long and it comes with 2 cups, 2 spoons and a strainer.
Buyers say this takes around 10-15 minutes to boil and has saved them a fortune having to buy coffee at coffee shops.
ONEVER Travel Kettle
78% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
This 12V travel kettle also sells well in the UK and is made of food grade stainless steel
It measures 22 x 13 x 8 cm and weighs around 0.5 Kg
It holds up to 750ml of water
It will fit most car cup holders and has a sealed rubber band on the lid to prevent liquid spilling out
Buyers say this is a slow boiler and as long as you are not in a hurry, then this will do your job nicely.
Travel Kettle Buying Guide
This handy guide will explain the really important things to consider before you purchase a travel kettle.
Who actually buys a travel kettle?
Going on Holiday
This remains the number one reason why people buy a travel kettle. As we mentioned earlier if you travel around there will be many times a kettle will come in handy. Many hospitality establishments do offer tea and coffee facilities, but not all of them. If you are uncertain, then always a good thing to have your own kettle with you.
Some Elderly People
Aside from the obvious holiday reasons, some UK buyers choose a travel kettle for other reasons. This includes people who struggle to life a heavier kettle. Many elderly people struggle to deal with the weight of a larger normal sized kettle. Having a smaller kettle will make their life that little bit easier.
People Living Alone
If you live alone, then there is really no need to own a large kettle. A smaller kettle will do the job nicely, and it's cheaper to run as well, so the added benefit of saving a little money on energy costs.
Travel kettles are designed to be lightweight and small. They range in size from 500ml to a litre in size. The smaller size will allow you to boil enough water for a couple of cups.
The larger 1 litre size will make 3-4 cups or 2 larger mugs.
Kettle Dual Voltage
When travel kettles are designed the vast majority of them are made as dual voltage. That simply means they will operate on the UK 230/240V electricity system and also on the 110V European system.
There are a few travel kettles that are UK only so just be aware of that when buying. You only need to check that they are dual voltage if you plan on travelling outside the UK.
If in Europe you will usually need an adapter to use.
As you may have noticed from our list, some kettles come with cups and spoons and some come as a kettle only. It is handy to have the cups and spoons with the kettle as it means you will never be stuck.
Just be aware that the cups are usually very small and that won't suit everyone. If that is the case then the accessories need not be a major consideration.
12V Travel Kettle Advice
At home you have around 240V of electricity. In vehicle you have 12V. The reason we include this is to help to manage expectations about how quickly these 12V kettles boil.
They are slow and just way too slow for any impatient people. On average if you want boiling hot water, depending on the kettle, it can take 15-45 minutes.
If you are on a day out, or at the beach, then there is no hurry. However if you are rushed then never buy one of these as they will drive you insane.