Mini Kettle For Travel: Making a Cuppa On the Road!

Outdoor vintage Kettle

Being English, one thing that I really miss on the road is a good cup of tea! When you’re staying in backpacker hostels, unfortunately, you do not always have the luxury of tea and coffee making facilities! So does one have to give up the luxury of a lovely hot cuppa when one backpacks?

If the Queen doesn’t have to, then neither should you!

Mini electric kettles are lightweight, durable and can easily fit in your backpack. Some are foldable or collapsible for extra easy packing. And, some small travel kettles even come complete with detachable mugs and spoons so that you have a complete set with you at all times. (Just don’t forget the tea bags or portable coffee maker!)

We’ve trawled through Amazon Reviews and asked our community of readers what they use in order to find the best travel kettles on the market. The criteria was simple, we wanted to find kettles won’t leak, electrocute you, take 10 minutes to boil, or only boil enough for half a cup!

Cup of tea with tea bag
Tea solves all life’s problems!

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The Best Travel Kettle – Quick Answer: Loutytuo Ultrathin Collapsable Kettle

What to Look for When Buying a Travel Kettle

Weight

It goes without saying that the lighter your kettle, the better. With airline baggage limits getting less and less each year, a lightweight kettle is a must. Don’t sacrifice durability for weight saving though, there’s no point saving 100 grams if your kettle won’t survive the journey!

Size

As with weight, size is important. If you’re going to be travelling with your kettle, you don’t want it to take up half your bag. There are a number of foldable, or collapsable kettles on this list that make packing a breeze!

Boiling time

Whilst less important than size or weight, the time it takes your kettle to boil is worth considering. Some travel kettles can take over 10 minutes to boil 500ml of water! If like me, you don’t want to be waiting quite that long for your morning cuppa, then make sure you find one that boils in decent time.

Price

Here at South East Asia Backpacker, we all understand the feeling of saving for your next trip. Suddenly, you realise how expensive everything can be! There are good kettles on this list for less than $20 but some go as high as $100. Make sure you don’t break the bank with your kettle choice and if you are really short on cash, this is probably the first item you can take off the shopping list.

US Dollar notes
Don’t spend too much on your kettle – that money will go a lot further abroad!

Does it come with extras?

Some travel kettles will come with travel cups, bowls or carry cases. Keep an eye on what extras come with your kettle of choice. The cups help save money whilst the carry cases make the kettle even easier to transport!

Small Electric Kettle: The Best Options for Travel

1. Bonavita Mini Kettle

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 500ml
  • Boiling time: 2-3 minutes
  • Size: 18cm x 17cm x 10cm
  • Weight: 400g
  • Extras: None

The search for the best travel kettle includes thinking about the look of your new companion, and if you like stainless steel, generally, you will appreciate the Bonavita Mini Kettle. Besides looking good, the stainless-steel design will keep your kettle in great condition for years of travelling.

Whether you’re camping or staying in a hostel, cleaning this kettle is super simple. Don’t be fooled by the kettle’s charming compact appearance, it boils enough water for two hefty cups of tea and rather quickly!

Bonavita 0.5L Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel

2. Gourmia GK360 Foldable Kettle (Currently Unavailable)

  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 800ml
  • Boiling time: 2-4 minutes 
  • Size: 10cm x 18cm x 16cm
  • Weight: 650g
  • Extras: None

Gourmia are market leaders when it comes to collapsable travel kettles. They come in all shapes and sizes and this silicone model is one of their most popular. Once collapsed, the overall height of the kettle is around 10cm making it easier to pack than many of the standard style travel kettles. There are plenty of safety features thrown in, such as auto shut off, boil dry protection and lid lock. Whilst these are to be expected in your normal, everyday kettle, it is a rare treat to find them in a travel kettle. 

Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle - Fast Water Boiling - Food Grade Silicone - Small, Collapsible, Portable - Boil Dry Protection - .8 Qt - 110/120v - 820W (Black)

3. The Lloytron Small Kettle

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 900ml
  • Boiling time: 4 minutes 
  • Size: 9cm x 17cm x 20cm
  • Weight: 725g
  • Extras: 2 small travel cups

The Lloytron Small Kettle holds close to a litre of water at a time. With universal voltage, you will never have to worry about finding yourself in a foreign country without your morning cup of tea again. Whilst it doesn’t pack down like some of the collapsable kettles on this list, that doesn’t mean you should write it off. It’s lightweight and when travelling between destinations, you can use the kettle to store your cups, tea bags and coffee. 

LLOYTRON E886 LY8860 Corded Travel Jug Kettle, 0.9 Litre, 1 kW, White

4. Loutytuo Ultrathin Collapsable Kettle

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 555ml
  • Boiling time: 3-5 minutes
  • Size: 16.5cm x 13cm x 14cm
  • Weight: 850g
  • Extras: Carry case

The Loutytuo Collapsable Kettle is very similar to the Suteck Foldable kettle mentioned earlier but comes much more highly recommended by our readers. With its dual voltage capabilities, removable handle and power cord, it is easy to pack and use wherever you are. Many users rave about the look of this kettle when compared to some of the other travel kettles available. It can easily be used in hostels, hotels or anywhere with a conveniently placed plug socket! 

Ultrathin Upgraded Food Grade Silicone Travel Foldable Electric Kettle Boil Dry Protection Portable with Dual Voltage and Separable Power Cord,555ML 110-220V US Plug

5. Kenwood Travel Kettle

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 500ml
  • Boiling time: 3-5 minutes
  • Size: 19cm x 11cm x 16cm
  • Weight: 620g
  • Extras: None

Kenwood’s Travel Kettle is nothing more than a small kettle but what more do you need? It’s well built, reliable and does what it says on the tin. Namely, boil water. The stainless steel design makes it easy to clean and means it is tough enough to be knocked about in your bag. It also has a mesh filter to stop limescale and other small particles getting out. Whilst it’s not as easy to pack as some of the foldable kettles we have already discussed, it is lightweight and if you have spare room, this kettle will keep going for many trips!

Kenwood JKM076 Brushed Steel 0.5 litre Travel / Bedroom Kettle

Alternative to Travel Kettles

If you are a light packer or just don’t have the room for a travel kettle, yet can’t bear to be without a guaranteed cup of tea in the morning (as a Brit, I get that), then an immersion heater might be the answer. 

Immersion heaters come highly recommended by our Facebook community and the most recommended is the Norpro 559. Weighing just over 130 grams and being smaller than a set of hair straighteners, this is the perfect device for those of you who travel super light!

Norpro 559 Instant Electric Immersion Heater 300 Watts for Water Coffee Tea by Brand new (2)

Simply place the heater inside your cup of water, turn it on and within a few minutes the water will be boiling. Just be aware that the exposed element gets really hot and there is no auto shut off function. Make sure you turn it off before removing it from the water and have somewhere you can leave it to safely cool down. Treat it just like straighteners or curlers and you’ll be fine!

Travel Kettle FAQ’s

How to clean a travel kettle?

To make your travels as seamless as possible, use baking soda to clean the kettle before packing it. This gets rid of any lingering rubber smell upon use. 

After use, make sure you rinse the kettle and dry it thoroughly before packing it away. If you decide to cook noodles or boil eggs in the kettle, pay special attention to cleaning as these items can cause build up over the long term. Providing you rinse and wipe it out well though, everything should be fine. 

Can I take a travel kettle in hand luggage?

Kettles are not restricted items but you will often find they flag up as unknown during airport scans. Prepare to have your bags searched more often. Although this is inconvenient, you should be allowed through without any further problems. 

Always check restricted items with your airline before flying as the rules change often. 

Are silicone kettles Safe?

As long as the silicone is rated food-safe, it is fine to be used in a kettle. It can only become an issue if heated past its safe point when the silicone starts to break down. This is around 250°C so there is no chance of doing that with water!

Are plastic kettles safe?

Providing your plastic kettle is food safe and BPA free then it is perfectly safe to drink the water that comes out of it. Over the long term, plastic kettles will break down and degrade but this is a process that takes place over a matter of years, so don’t worry about it for your travel kettle.

What is better, stainless steel or plastic travel kettles?

In the long run, stainless steel is a better material but it comes at a cost. Stainless steel kettles tend to be a bit heavier as well as more expensive than their plastic counterparts. On the other hand, due to the higher initial cost, companies often strive to make their stainless steel kettles more reliable than plastic models.

Plastic kettles also start to degrade after a number of years so if you will be using it every day for years on end, consider going for a stainless steel option, otherwise plastic is fine. 

So there you have it! There’s no need to go without your daily coffee or tea just because you’re living the travelling lifestyle. With travel kettles, you can have your cake and eat it too, with tea, of course! Spend some time thinking about your travel style and needs, and you will be sure to find the right mini kettle for you!

Nikki Scott - Founder South East Asia Backpacker
Nikki Scott | Founder & Editor

Nikki is the founding editor of South East Asia Backpacker and The Backpacker Network. In her early twenties, she left her home in the North of England on a solo backpacking adventure and never returned! After six months on the road, she founded a print magazine that became legendary on the Banana Pancake Trail. The rest is history.

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