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  • Jun 9, 2018

Best Travel Kettle - Researched, Tested, and Reviewed

Updated: Feb 9

Best travel kettle review

I've got some great news for those looking for a mini electric kettle for travellers - I've done plenty of research and testing so you don't have to! Read this post to find out what kettles I bought and tested and what I think the best travel kettle is - plus the important things to consider when buying a travel kettle.

If you don't care for a long and uber-detailed post about the pros and cons of travel kettles and just want to me to get to the point, here it is! My recommended travel kettle for you is the Lakeland travel kettle, which I've now been using for a fair bit of time and it hasn't let me down. It's been on several trips and I've even used it at home when a larger kettle wasn't available. Its stainless steel body is both durable and BPA-free. Check out the Lakeland kettle here:

Click here to shop Lakeland travel kettle on Amazon

If you want to get into the nitty gritty details of why it's so good, then keep reading!

I love drinking tea and strongly believe that having a small electric kettle and cups in a hotel room is a basic necessity. Unfortunately, many hotels don't share my view and quite often even those that claim to have tea and coffee making facilities put in a Nespresso-like machine, so if you're lucky enough to get any tea pods at all, I wouldn't actually call the final result tea - it goes more in the direction of something odd with an aftertaste of coffee - yuck! So when I found out that I was going to be spending three weeks in a hotel with no kettle, the dreaded prospect of having to leave the room in the morning without consuming that all-important cuppa first thing took finding the best travel kettle straight to the top of my priority list.

At first I though this would be super easy and went to Boots - all I found there was one rather large and ugly-looking kettle, which I did not want. Online shopping it was then...

So, my fellow tea aficionados, let's start with the key things you need to consider when looking for a kettle for your travels. Reading the below will make it easier to make sense of the stats in the comparison table and understand my choices. If you don't care about any of that and just want me to tell you what travel kettle to buy, scroll down to the next section.


One of the key things that turns a normal electric kettle into a travel kettle is portability - so I suggest you focus your attention on kettles with capacity of 500ml or a bit less, especially if you travel as a couple or alone. 500ml capacity is enough for two people to get a normal-sized cup of tea each, so anything bigger is just wasting precious suitcase space that could be used for something else. If you are absolutely determined to go for a bigger capacity, you might want to consider a collapsible kettle .

Though kettle wattage (a number followed by a 'w', e.g. 600w, 1000w etc.) may seem like a meaningless number at first, there is actually a direct link between this number and the speed with which you can get your cup of tea! Wattage reflects the power of the kettle, so the bigger this number is, the faster the kettle will boil. I tested travel kettles of different wattage and can confirm it does make a difference to boiling time - check my handy key stats table further down in the post for wattage and boil times.

Dual voltage:

If you want your kettle to function worldwide, it will need to have a feature called 'dual voltage', allowing it to work both in countries with 200-240 volts (e.g. European countries) and 100-127 volts (e.g. North American countries). To check voltage for a specific country, you can refer to this helpful Wiki article .

I've thought long and hard about whether to put this in or not. Don't want to be seen as scaremongering, but I personally find this kind of information very important, so here we go. You may or may not have heard of BPA or Bisphenol-A, a chemical contained in plastic. It has generated a lot of controversy around potential negative effects to health and is a candidate for the 'substance of very high concern' list in the European Union due to its endocrine-disrupting properties and being toxic for reproduction. On the other hand, USA Food & Drug administration claims BPA in food plastics is safe at current levels. It's up to you to make the decision on whether you are ok with a plastic kettle or want to choose a material that doesn't contain BPA, like stainless steel.

Though they are called 'travel kettles', just like any other electrical device, they come with a non-interchangeable country-standard plug (e.g. the 3-pin plug in the UK), so if you are buying your kettle in the UK and planning to use it to travel to continental Europe or the US, you will also need to have a travel adaptor to be able to use your kettle. This is a very important piece of advice that I managed to forget myself - arrived at the hotel and wanted to make a cup of tea to discover that I have forgotten the adaptor - oops! The hotel didn't have any I could borrow, but luckily Amazon delivered to Portugal (I did have to wait several days even with the Prime option, so double important to buy your travel adaptor in advance, especially if your trip is a short one). Click here to shop travel adaptors .

Now that you are aware of what to look out for, let's move on to the main bit of this post - my search for the best travel kettle.

Having looked at quite a lot of different travel kettles on Amazon, I discarded the following;

'noname' brands - they may be cheap, but I wanted something I could trust

kettles with conflicting information (e.g. different data on key stats between description and Q&A sections)

kettles with poor ratings or potentially worrying things mentioned in the reviews

This narrowed my options down to two: a Lakeland travel kettle (stainless steel) and a Kenwood travel kettle (plastic) - both brands I have heard of before and with good reviews.

Best travel kettle review - Kenwood (left) and Lakeland (right)

I bought them both and spent a couple of weeks measuring, testing and comparing to pick the best travel kettle. Though a few weeks isn't a true test of durability, so far both kettles are still operational (which, by the way, is already better than the suspiciously cheap 'noname' sunrise alarm clock I tried, which lasted exactly a week...)

Both kettles come with accessories that can be stacked inside the kettle for transportation, have a covered element and dual voltage. Both also switch off automatically when boiled - an important feature in a travel kettle!

So both will do the job of making you tea, but I do have a winner of my newly established best travel kettle title to share with you. Though Kenwood has scored a few points in its favour, Lakeland is the one I will be taking on my trip.

Update: It's now been a good few months since I wrote this post and I am happy to say that my Lakeland travel kettle has been a reliable hot water provider on several trips already. Everything is still functional, I've made good use of all the accessories and the carry bag is very handy. Still my recommended choice!

For an easy comparison of the two travel kettles across the key characteristics, check out the table below:

Find comparison tables a bit dry and want to know more about my experience with each kettle plus see some photos? Keep reading because I have plenty of information left to share with you.

Both travel kettles with accessories side by side (excluding the carry bag for the Lakeland kettle):

Best travel kettle review - Lakeland (right) vs. Kenwood (left)

Lakeland travel kettle - my recommended best travel kettle

Lakeland is a British kitchenware brand, which was one of the reasons for choosing this kettle - I would rather support a local business than a no-name Chinese manufacturer. The body of the kettle is made from stainless steel, which was my preferred material, not just because of BPA, but also since it feels more durable, so if your suitcase gets knocked around by the baggage handlers at the airport, a stainless steel travel kettle is less likely to get damaged (whereas plastic could crack).

I was a bit concerned that stainless steel would be heavier than plastic (hence getting a plastic kettle too for comparison), but the kettle itself weighs only 20g more than its plastic equivalent from Kenwood, so the difference is negligible. Yes, when all the accessories are stacked inside, it becomes 80g heavier than the Kenwood one, but that's because it's got an extra container for coffee/tea and sugar, which is actually a useful little accessory, so a positive rather than a drawback. Plus with 1000w, its fast boiling time sealed the deal for me, so we have a winner! It might be a bit on the pricier side, but it's worth the money spent.

Some photos of the Lakeland travel kettle - click on the images to enlarge:

Made of stainless steel and yet only 20g heavier than the plastic kettle (without accessories).

For people conscious of BPA, the only plastic part that comes in contact with the steam/water is the lid - apart from that, it's all steel on the inside.

Has more accessories than most on the market - carry bag and sugar/tea container included as well as 2 cups and spoons. Carry bag fits well and will definitely be used - don't want to open my suitcase on arrival and find the kettle full of fluff from clothes!

Quick to boil - when filled to capacity at 500ml, it takes 3.5 minutes to boil

I did find a few cons with the Lakeland travel kettle, but they are very minor:

No water window, so have to look inside the kettle to see how full it is.

The 500ml marker inside is set a bit too high - the actual 500ml is a few millimetres below, so make sure you don't fill it right to the marker to avoid the kettle spitting some water out when boiling.

Though the kettle is made of steel, the cups are plastic and there is nothing to say they are BPA-free, so I am considering whether to get a separate BPA-free cup .

For my American readers: Click here to check out an identical travel kettle on Amazon US

Kenwood travel kettle

My experience with Kenwood so far is that it's a reliable brand - have had their food processor in our kitchen for years and so far no issues (*touch wood!*). This trust factor is one of the main reasons I've chose the Kenwood travel kettle over numerous other small plastic kettles available.

It's a nice-looking little kettle, a tiny bit taller than the Lakeland, but not by a lot. A handy feature of the Kenwood travel kettle is a removable spout filter mesh to stop limescale pouring into your cup, which the Lakeland kettle doesn't have. Plus it's easy to see how full the kettle is through the water windows.

However, I was disappointed that the manufacturer managed to err by as much as 50ml when putting the marker in for the max level, and it did take a while to bring the water to the boil. Neither of those issues stop the kettle from functioning, so if they don't bother you, it's a viable alternative to the Lakeland one.

Some photos of Kenwood travel kettle - click on the images to enlarge:

Dual water windows make it easy to see how much water is in the kettle without opening the lid

A spout filter mesh is included to protect against limescale

Misleading information on capacity - max marker is set at 450ml in spite of manufacturer claiming that the capacity is at 500ml.

Slow to boil - almost 5 minutes for 450ml

Made of plastic, so not BPA-free

For my American readers: Click here for a similar kettle on Amazon US

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Can’t face a day of sightseeing without your morning cup of tea or coffee? Your accommodation might not have what you need. Our readers recommend the best travel electric kettle so you can start your day the right way!

Best Travel Kettle

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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader question from the TFG Facebook Group :

What are your recommendations for the best travel tea kettle ? It sounds ridiculous to some, I’m sure. However, my husband likes to have a few cups of coffee every day while we travel. Most hotel rooms only have a coffee maker, so I’m always stuck with tea that tastes like coffee or no tea at all.

When on vacation, you need your hot morning drink just as much as when you are at home. But when traveling, you don’t always have access to your essential kitchen utilities, such as coffee makers and electric kettles.

So, what do you do? Portable kettles or even an immersion water boiler can be tucked into your suitcase and used in your accommodation.

Our readers share their tips on how to make a cup of tea or coffee when abroad with their recommendations for the best travel kettle you can take with you anywhere!

The Best Travel Kettle

T ravel tea kettles can entail collapsible or stainless steel models that are compact and packable and can usually accommodate up to two cups. 


LOUTYTUO 555ML Small Electric Kettle Travel

LOUTYTUO Collapsible Electric Kettle

Made of silicone and totally PBA free, get a decent cup of tea or coffee out of this collapsible portable kettle by LOUTYTUO . 

The one-button function is easy and your water will be hot in three to five minutes. The neatest part of this kettle is that you can detach the power cord and handle for easy packing, it also comes with a carrying case. Plus it’s dual voltage and can be used at home or abroad. A handy accessory with a 555 ml capacity.

One traveler extols the health benefits of bringing one of these. “ I got this so I could make healthier food choices in my room than might be available in my hotel. I just used this on a trip. It’s very easily packed, opens, and sets up perfectly. The water was boiling as noted in the instructions. Easy cleanup and no taste from the unit silicone transmitted to the water. It’s now a travel necessity for me. Well worth the price.”


  ECTY 0.5L Portable Electric Travel Kettle

ECTY 0.5 L Portable Electric Kettle

This travel electric tea kettle from IronRen is great for traveling. Use it to boil water for your cup of tea or coffee or, alternatively, you could use it for heating milk or boiling noodles. This mini electric kettle for travellers will turn itself off automatically after the water boils.

One reader says, “I don’t travel anywhere without my stainless steel travel kettle and my own tea bags.”

Check out these options for the best water bottle  for travel!


DREAMOSA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle

DREAMOSA Portable Electric Tea Kettle

Looks like a thermos, but it’s really the smallest electric kettle travel has likely seen! Joking aside, the DREAMOSA  would fit nicely into a suitcase and works well for solo travelers at 350 ml.

Built durable, it’s waterproof, has a non-slip bottom, and doesn’t keel over when on top of surfaces. It’s also doubly insulated so not hot to the touch (but still, always be cautious!). With a one-button switch and auto-shutoff, it’s super easy to operate.

One travel veteran sounds in, “I’m a flight attendant and constantly need hot water (tea, coffee, soup, etc.) on my overnights and sometimes between flights. It fits in my lunch bag or suitcase with no issue. It’s about the size of a coffee grinder or thermos bottle. It gets the water hot enough pretty quick, has an auto shut off, and even a delay before you can use it again that way it doesn’t overheat.”


BonNoces 0.5L Travel Kettle Electric

BonNoces Portable Water Kettle

This small travel kettle by BonNoces comes in some adorable colors and will make your morning beverage with ease. With a 0.5L capacity and automatic shut-off, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it!

T he 110V, 800W power can boil water in only five minutes and users say it’s easy to clean. This user finds it great for multiple purposes. “Nice size for office and traveling!”


CHACEEF Travel Hot Water Kettle

CHACEEF Electric Kettle Travel – Stainless Steel

When it comes to travel electric tea kettles this thermos-like device from CHACEEF could be used for car camping or an RV trip, not just travel abroad, basically anywhere you’d have access to an outlet.

The 2-in-1 design can be used not just as a kettle, but also as a straight thermos, so also wonderful for old-fashioned camping if you just need it to carry liquids. It’s built smartly so it won’t overboil and be too hot!

This reviewer is happy with their pick, “I got this for traveling, and so far, have used it only as a kettle, not to drink from. Have used it on two domestic trips. Safer than an immersion heater, and I don’t need to worry about having a compatible mug. I found it was fine to make one cup of coffee using a collapsible cone, but not enough for two. That’s good enough for most of my usage. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it brought water to a boil—faster than the six minutes stated on the insert.”

Bonus: This travel electric kettle stainless steel model is resistant to corrosion or oxidation too!


Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle

Brentwood KT-1508BK Foldable Portable Tea Kettle

Heat water for your morning cup of tea in a flash using the Brentwood Travel Water Kettle . Its collapsible design means you can expand it to boil 0.85L of water in one go, and when finished, easily fold it away and stash it in your bag.

One reader shares how she brought this hot water kettle for her trip and says, “It worked perfectly for what I needed. Plus its collapsible design saved me room in my luggage.” Another reader says, “I like this one because it did not give the water a silicone taste like other options I had tried.”

If you’re concerned with staying healthy while on-the-go, a portable smoothie blender can make life that much easier!


  ShineMe 550ML Dual Voltage Travel Water Boiler Kettle

ShineMe Dual Voltage Foldable Travel Water Heater Kettle

The  small electric kettle for travel from Bluelark is readily accessible to boil hot water on any continent!

This mini tea kettle allows you to boil 0.5L of water, and it is also dual voltage. It has a fantastic safety feature with a sturdy lid lock to avoid any accidents.

Several readers recommend Bluelark. One says, “This is a cheaper option. It offers a fast boil and no funky tastes.” Another reader adds, “I have this kettle, also. It’s my favorite. I have even boiled eggs in it! It heats up quickly, is dual voltage, and has an automatic shut off.”


Meison 0.6L Portable Electric Kettle Travel Size

Meison Travel Electric Water Kettle

Another lightweight  portable water boiler for travel—they’re SO good! The Meison mini electric kettle is made of stainless steel and so small you can take it anywhere.

The capacity is 0.6L, It’s easy to operate and has a warming function so your water won’t cool off too quickly. Plus it’s portable, excellent for domestic or travel abroad.

A frequent flyer says, “I needed a smaller unit as my storage is limited, so I tried this one and it gives a good, two cups of hot water, and heats up quick for the next time. Highly recommend for either travel or just a space saver.”

Note: When traveling with mini electric kettles , you need to remember to pack a travel adapter and look for items with dual voltage to be sure they will work abroad .  

The Best One Cup Water Heater /Kettle for Road Travel

Car and RV travel is a fun way to explore your own backyard, and of course, the best way to start off an early morning departure is with a steaming cup in your hand. So a travel hot water heater or kettle that you can use on-on-the-go is a great idea! 


Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine

Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle

This Wacaco portable espresso bullet doesn’t require batteries or cartridges to operate, it’s hand-operated! Add grounds to the filter basket, hot water, and pump it a few times to extract a tasty cup in mere minutes. It’s excellent for travel, road trips, and camping!

It has a 50 ml capacity and one reviewer offers inventive tips on how to use it, “Took this camping over a weekend and it’s very convenient and lightweight. Good for a light single espresso shot or if you reuse the same grinds and purge three capfuls of water through the filter, you’ll get a full cup of coffee.”


Zerodis 1L Portable Water Boiler For Tea /Coffee

Zerodis Portable Hot Water Kettle

This Zerodis traveling kettle has a 1-liter capacity and is made of top-grade plastic which is temperature resistant. Simply plug it into the cigarette lighter socket of your vehicle and it’ll take up to 30 minutes to heat, but also has an automatic shut-off function.

While that sounds like a long time, if you’re driving or stopping for a roadside picnic, time may be all you have!

A road trip enthusiast shares their experience, “Easy coffee, tea, cocoa, and instant camping meals, ramen, etc. It helped so much when we were on a winter road trip, it got down to -6℉ and it only took 30 minutes to heat up, to a boil. It was a lifesaver over and over again!”

The same user offers a tip too! “Just FYI, any 12V plug takes a while to heat up compared to a household plug that uses 1500 watts! It’s definitely worth the value.”


Spardar 12V-350ML Car Travel Hot Water Maker

Spardar Portable Boiling Water Heater

This Spadar device is essentially like a large cup that boils water while you’re in transit or having a pit stop during a road trip. Composed of superior quality, food-grade stainless steel (inside and outside), it has a digital display that allows you to customize the temperature for your needs. At a 350 ml capacity, you can make about 2.5 cups of tea or coffee, or other things like instant noodles if hunger pains strike.

It heats up in about 16 minutes and it’s easy to operate. The charger inserts into a cigarette lighter socket but also detaches so you can use the body as a thermos!

One review says, “My husband is from Argentina and loves to drink Maté during our road trips. This travel hot water kettle allows me to heat up water during our trip so we can enjoy our tea without needing to get hot water from a gas station. It heats up 11 ounces in 10-15 minutes. You can set the temperature and have it stay hot. It’s enough for an individual serving on the go.”

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The Best Travel Immersion Heater

Another top reader suggestion is taking portable water boilers for tea and coffee that are smaller and even easier to carry. One reader says, “You can get a small immersion heater that boils water in a cup or mug. I took one of them all around Europe. I did take a metal mug, but it works fine in a ceramic one, too.”


Lewis N. Clark Portable Travel Immersion Heater

Lewis N. Clark Heater Immersion Portable Water Boiler

Make a cup of hot tea in just 1 to 2 minutes using this Portable Travel Immersion Heater . It is perfect for travelers because it is portable and lightweight, so it will not take up much room in your bag — even less than the smallest electric kettle. Best of all, it’s dual voltage!

One reader says, “You can get a small immersion heater that boils water in a cup or mug. I took one of them all around Europe. I did take a metal mug, but it works fine in a ceramic one, too.” Another reader adds, “An immersion heat boiler is fantastic to pack for air travel; so convenient.”

One reader’s best advice for using an immersion heater is to “not plug it in until it’s in the water and then unplug before you remove it.”

Tip: Be careful to not forget about it!


Nopro 559 Immersion Portable Water Boiler Travel

Norpro 300W Immersion Portable Water Heater for Coffee /Tea

The Nopro immersion travel tea maker can be placed in a portable mug and warm-up liquids or heat water in about three minutes. Easy to pack and store, just be careful when operating and ensure it’s fully cooled before packing away!

Useful for a hotel or even a camper van trip, it’s a simple and easy accessory. One review agrees, saying, “Great for a good cup of tea in a short amount of time. Heats fast, space-saving, efficient, and inexpensive.”

Check out more great  travel gadgets  for your next trip!

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NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Travel Adapter

How To Use Your Portable Electric Water Kettle Abroad

Make sure you have a travel adapter when using a mini tea kettle travel sized accessory , which enables you to plug your electronics into international outlets. Not all countries use the same type of plug, so use an international adapter like this one .

One reader says, “This adapter is AH-mazing! Very sturdy and durable. This is the only adapter that you will need! It works everywhere!” Another adds, “This is perfect for using with any of your devices while abroad.”

Note: this travel adapter can only be used with dual voltage kettles and other devices.

Why Be Aware When Using a Travel Size Electric Tea Kettle?

Most electrical appliances can use up a fair amount of electricity so it’s particularly important that they are used with the correct voltage. 

For example, in the US we use 110-120V whereas in Europe they use 220-240V. If we plug our electronics into each other’s outlets, they can blow a fuse and stop working. In some cases, they can even fry your hair. The video below can also shed light on adapters, converters, and the right voltage:

Learn about travel adapters, converters, and voltage in this video !

It’s important to understand that an adaptor and converter are NOT the same things. An adapter fits the outlets and a converter changes the electrical current so your electronics don’t blow a fuse!

To make sure you feel confident using your travel teapot electric appliance, read our quick guide on Travel Adapters, Converter, and Voltage !

What do you think is the best travel kettle ? Share in the comments below!

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Stephanie Chapman

Completely plan to grab one of these for my Vegas conference next year – there’s not in room coffee at the casinos!

Carrie Kim

I was just at an inn and needed one of these! I didn’t know such small and lightweight electric teakettles existed. Thank you for this information!

Sarah Ananthan

I love my home electric kettle. Knowing which smaller travel version to purchase is very helpful for planning my upcoming road trip. Merci!

Michelle Otten

my husband LOVES tea. he was going to bring our kettle on his last trip, but decided to leave it home instead. one of these portable kettles would be the perfect gift for him, especially a collapsible one.

Jennifer Hart

So happy I read this post! Going with GF’s to see Rod Stewart in Vegas this November. I really like my coffee in bed in the morning and want to bring a electric kettle with me for the convenience. One of these will work perfectly for this situation! Thanks!


Oh, I love this idea. I already take individual packets of matcha tea and collagen, but often have a hard time making clean hot water (using a used coffee maker is not the vibe).

Patti McConnell

Given that my travelling has been limited to the US and staying in hotels or with family, I really hadn’t thought much about being able to have my morning coffee and evening tea when I’m not at home. This article has lots of great ideas that I will be incorporating as I prepare for a trip overseas in a couple of years.

Grace Redovich

So many options! Looking forward to fresh hot coffee on the road.

Raylene Lawrence

I purchased the Loutytuo kettle as recommended by another TFG reader. I loved it so much and used it more often than I expected. I even purchased one for my granddaughter who is at university to take with her on long days at the lab and library. She make Ramen as well as hot tea! Go figure! ♥️

Amy Davey

Yes!! I love this! I have started traveling with an immersion coil heater (I stick it right in my toiletries bag) and a plastic baggie of tea bags and instant coffee. Sometimes I just need that little comfort of home while I’m traveling.

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7 Best Travel Kettles For Your Next Trip

traveler pouring coffee from travel kettle during camping

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Electric kettles provides an easy way to heat water, coffee, soups – all without a stove. If you find yourself craving that delicious cup on-the-go, you might benefit from a  travel kettle . And the good news is that a travel kettle is incredibly affordable!

And they’re not just for coffee or tea drinking. Travel kettles can be used to cook instant noodles, boil eggs, and so much more! Use a dual voltage travel kettle for long-distance travels, collapsible ones to fold in compactly in a backpack, or even just one to keep at your office!

Here are 7 of the best travel kettles you need for your next trip, according to reviews.

Best Overall Travel Kettle: Gootrades Foldable Portable Kettle

best mini travel kettle

Why we love the Gootrades Foldable Portable Kettle :

  • It’s made out of 304 stainless steel and food grade silicone. This makes it highly durable, scratch and wear resistant, acid and alkali resistant.
  • The collapsible design of this travel kettle means you have more space in your luggage for other travel items.
  • It comes with a detachable power cord. Not only does this make it easier to store and travel with, it also reduces the chance of accidentally pouring water on the cord.
  • The small kettle features a convenient design that’s especially perfect for travelling – or even just to keep one at your work desk!
  • Comes in 3 colors: blue, pink and white.
  • Boils water super quickly! With a 400 watt rating, this portable travel kettle can boil water in just 5 minutes!

Best Slim Travel Kettle: T-Magitic Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

best mini travel kettle

Why we love the T-Magitic Travel Foldable Electric Kettle :

  • The body of the kettle is made out BPA-free silicone and the base is made out offood-grade stainless steel.
  • Consistent heating performance and a surprisingly durable construction.
  • The kettle’s collapsible design folds down very thinly for extra portability. It’s one of the most slim design we’ve founda anywhere!
  • Its one-button design makes it easy to operate. Water boils in 3-5 minutes just press the button, then water will be boiled in 3-5 minutes,
  • If the water temperature reaches under 75 degree, the kettle will self-heat.
  • The 110V/220V dual voltage option allows this travel kettle to be used all over the world. To change it, just make the switch on the bottom of the kettle.

Best Personal Sized Travel Kettle: LXTaoler Foldable Electric Kettle

best mini travel kettle

Why we love the LXTaoler Foldable Electric Kettle :

  • The kettle features a compact, collapsible design that fits nicely in any travel luggage.
  • The travel kettle is made out of BPA-free silicone and food-grade stainless steel for safe water or coffee consumption.
  • Detachable power cord and handle provides extra portability.
  • Comes in 3 different colors.
  • It boils water quickly. At 400 watts, this kettle will boil water within 5 minutes – which is perfect for on the go travelers.

Best Non-Collapsible Travel Kettle: Bodum Bistro 17 Ounce Electric Water Kettle

best mini travel kettle

Why we love the Bodum Bistro 17 Ounce Electric Water Kettle :

  • The water level indicator lines allow you to boil the exact amount of water you need. It’s perfect for coffee, tea, and instant soups
  • The kettle’s heating element on the bottom is unexposed, which allows it to be placed on any surface safely.
  • Lots of features, including a manual on/off switch, power indicator light, and a steam sensor for automatic shut off
  • Made out of BPA-free plastic
  • The water kettle holds 17 ounces of liquid, which is about 4 cups of water
  • Each purchase comes with a 2 year manufacturers limited warranty

Best Portable Kettle for Airline Travel: Plazala Portable Travel Kettle

best mini travel kettle

Why we love the Plazala Portable Travel Kettle :

  • Waterproof design protection with a non-slip bottom for extra safety and stability.
  • Its small size (about the size of a coffee grinder) makes it lightweight and convenient for traveling.
  • Double-layer heat insulation design keeps the water hot while making the outside cool to touch.
  • One-button switch for rapid heating.
  • Automatic power off.
  • The kettle’s inner liner is made out of stainless steel heating plate that is bacterial-resistant and easy to clean.
  • The plastic kettle body is high temperature resistant, non-toxic, and surprisingly durable.

Best Travel Kettle for Roadtrips: Spardar 12V Car Kettle

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Why we love the Spardar 12V Car Kettle :

  • Food Grade Material – High-quality food grade 18/304 stainless steel on both inside and outside walls, scratching resistance, 100% BPA Free for heath-safety
  • Digital temperature display that allows you to customize the temperature at any time.
  • Each kettle comes with a 12 oz/350ML capacity.
  • One of the best travel kettles with a car plug to heat water inside the car during any roadtrip.

Best Travel Kettle for Families: Dezin Window-Glass Electric Kettle

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Why we love the Dezin Window-Glass Electric Kettle :

  • The kettle features a double-walled design to keep the outer layer cooler than the inside. This helps prevent accidental burning and cracking.
  • A convenient keep warm function provides the right temperature for your tea and coffee and helps their flavors come out fully brewed so that brings you a more authentic taste.
  • A stylish glass window design with bicolor LED system, where to combine function and style. Blue light will appear when the water heats and green light appear during the keep warm function.
  • The kettle’s body is made out of borosilicate glass, which is known for high heat resistance and cracking resistance. The kettle’s bottom and the inner lid is made of 100% food grade 304 stainless steel.
  • Auto shut off feature once water is boiled to prevent overheating. Also, when there’s no water inside this kettle, the power switch will turn off automatically to protect the heating elements and improve durability.
  • It has a large 1.5L capacity.
  • Satisfaction guarantee.

Which travel kettle is your favorite? And did we miss any you think should be included in this guide? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear!!

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8 best travel kettles for the smart traveller

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Choosing a travel kettle can be a difficult choice, and let’s be honest, most of us don’t even know why we even need travel kettles at all. Most of us are actually not that familiar with using kettles, because it isn’t a not a staple in all households around the world

But with the increasing need for safety and cleanliness, having a travel kettle is ideal for those looking to avoid using shared items in hotel rooms or for those camping or travelling outdoors.

READ MORE: Here are our picks for the main travel accessories for any solo traveller

Why we need travel kettles

Well, if you’re anything like me, you love a hot cup of tea in the morning or if you’re most others, you prefer a cup of coffee to start you off. When you’re travelling, this might mean having to buy a hotel breakfast or even find a cafe somewhere around town.

For those hiking or camping outside, you would have to boil water on a heater or even start a campfire to just get a hot cup of tea or coffee. That’s where a travel kettle really comes in handy.

Seasoned travellers know that investing in travel kettles is a great way to ensure you have a steady supply of hot water whenever and wherever you go. You never know when you might need it, even if it is just to soak your feet at the end of the day after a long day exploring new places.

Last, but not least, is the safety issues around shared items. If we can bring our own travel kettle it greatly reduces the risk of contamination or spreading of diseases.

To ensure our global travel audience has something relevant, we have done our best to shortlist those travel kettles that are at least available internationally online. Remember to ensure you purchase travel kettles with the right voltage from ~120 to ~240 volts, depending on where you travel often to ensure you do not burn out the product.

Here are our top 8 travel kettles for smart travellers

  • Narita Dual Voltage Electric Kettle
  • Bonavita Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel
  • DCIGNA 0.5L Dual Voltage Travel Kettle
  • 0.5L BonNoces Portable Electric Kettle
  • 0.8L Brentwood KT-1508BL Dual voltage collapsible kettle
  • Amazon Basics stainless steel portable electric kettle
  • Suteck foldable electric kettle
  • 0.9L Lloytron Small Kettle

Travel kettle 1: Narita Dual Voltage Electric Kettle

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One of the best things about the Narita dual voltage travel kettle is that it can run off 120 or 240 volts, so you can enjoy your tea or coffee anywhere in the world. It is quite small, lightweight with a capacity of 0.7 litres.

It is a handy unit that’s not too pricey, with units going for around USD35 and above on Amazon and other ecommerce websites.

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Travel kettle 2: Bonavita Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel

Bonavita travel kettle

For those who may not be the most careful with their items, this stainless steel kettle is very durable. This is great for business travellers always on-the-go who want to gra b a quick cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Its 900-watt heating element means quick heating in any situation.

The kettle has boil-dry protection that switches off the device when the water level is too low, so you do not need to worry about forgetting about turning off the kettle.

Travel kettle 3: DCIGNA 0.5L Dual Voltage Travel Kettle

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Though quite a new brand, this dual voltage travel kettle from DCIGNA definitely seems to have quite a few fans. It could be it’s size, at only 0.5L, making it an easy travel accessory to bring along with you.

It also has stainless steel container to boil the water, which is a big plus for the product. Hopefully, we will start to see it gain more popularity in the long-run.

Travel kettle 4: 0.5L BonNoces Portable Electric Kettle

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This nifty travel kettle is a small lightweight item that’s easy to bring around. I find it to be a good choice for business travellers looking for an easy-to-cry option that guarantees a piping hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning.

Travel kettle 5: 0.8L Brentwood KT-1508BL Dual voltage collapsible kettle

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This is a perfect kettle for frequent travellers, as it offers you the flexibility of fitting this into any size bag. While it can boil up to two cups per session, it can be easily folded away afterwards and packed up in seconds. As a dual voltage kettle, it is safe to use in most countries.

Travel kettle 6: Amazon Basics stainless steel portable electric kettle

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While this bestseller is actually larger than most of the travel kettles on this list, it is still easy enough to bring it along. It is a powerful kettle and can bring your water to a boil in under five minutes.

Travel kettle 7: Suteck foldable electric kettle

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This Suteck collapsable kettle is another foldable or packable kettle that makes our list. It is as easy as removing the power cord and handle and then compressing it down to a size that’s easy to bring around with you. The dual-voltage capabilities mean this kettle can be used almost anywhere in the world.

Travel kettle 8: 0.9L Lloytron Small Kettle

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The Lloytron Small Kettle holds almost 1 litre of water at a time and comes extra, which are two cups. With universal voltage, you will never have to worry about finding yourself in a foreign country without your morning cup of tea or coffee again. It’s lightweight and when travelling between destinations, you can use the kettle to store your cups, tea bags and coffee.

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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.

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

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 110-120V or 220-240V dual voltage
  • Boil dry protection and CE approved
  • 2x travel cups included
  • Lower quality than Russell Hobbs at similar pricepoint
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Dual voltage support between 110 and 240V
  • 2x teacups included
  • Overheating protection and locking hinge
  • Purple accents aren’t for everyone
  • 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.

  • Boil dry protection
  • 2x plastic cups included
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Dual voltage support
  • Lower quality than other brands
  • 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.

  • Unique portable and foldable design
  • Universal adapter plug and carry bag included
  • 1-year warranty included
  • Higher price than others
  • 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.

  • 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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7 Best Small Electric Tea Kettles and Travel Kettles in 2023 Reviewed

A good electric kettle is essential kitchen equipment, but bigger isn’t always better. Oversized pots take longer to boil, and the steeping temperature is never quite right if they’re not filled to capacity.

Whether you’re making tea for two or want an extra cup for yourself, you can enjoy full-sized features in a more efficient package.

Space friendly and portable, our recommended small electric kettles will put a warm drink in your hand and a smile on your face.

Our recommendations for Best Small Electric Kettle:

  • Best Overall: Taylor Swoden Electric Tea Kettle
  • Best Travel Electric Kettle: Loutytuo Foldable Electric Kettle
  • Best Travel Kettle for Car: Uniox Electric Car Kettle
  • Compact Gooseneck Kettle: Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Small and Convenient: Plazala Portable Electric Travel Kettle

  • Stainless Steel Mini Kettle: Eglaf Electric Travel Kettle
  • Best Immersion Heater: Lewis N. Clark Immersion Heater

Best Small Electric Kettles Reviewed

We chose 7 different types of small electric kettles to be reviewed in this guide.

Whether you are looking for the best compact option for preparing your morning tea at home or the most portable travel electric kettle, we have something that suits your needs.

Best Overall: Taylor Swoden Small Electric Kettle with Tea Infuser

Taylor Swoden’s electric kettle is a pint-sized powerhouse. Ideal for dorms, offices, hotel rooms, and small kitchens, its 1-liter capacity is plenty for two plus warm-ups.

If you like loose leaf tea, then this is a great option because it comes with a stainless steel infuser.

Taylor Swoden Small Electric Kettle with Tea Infuser


  • Power: 1,100 watts
  • Volume: 1 L / 34 oz
  • Materials: Borosilicate Glass and Stainless Steel (BPA-free)
  • Dimensions: 8.1″ x 6.1″ x 8.4″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Infuser Included: Yes

The Taylor Swoden kettle is engineered for safety. Its carafe is made of shatterproof, food-safe glass. All plastic parts are BPA-free, and none of them touch your water when you boil it.

The removable pot sits on a fully enclosed element that heats water in minutes. When it reaches the boiling point, the kettle shuts off automatically. Press the keep-warm button, and it maintains the temperature at 176°F (80°C) for a quick second cup.

The anti-scald handle stays cool to the touch. Generously sized, it has a secure feel in your hand. It has a big spout for an easy pour, and the lid opens wide for easy cleaning. Overall, the design is simple and practical.

If you’re looking for a bulletproof kettle to toss in your car or backpack, there are better choices. This model is sturdy but breakable and requires a standard household outlet.

Still, it’s small enough to fit in a suitcase and offers the comforts of home. Perfect for the extended traveler, its features rival kettles twice the price.

  • Boils water fast
  • Excellent value for money
  • Made with high-quality materials
  • Good safety features
  • Has a keep-warm function
  • Comes with a tea infuser
  • Not the most durable option for traveling

Best Travel Electric Kettle: Loutytuo Foldable Travel Electric Kettle

Collapsible silicone kettles are a mainstay among campers. But this model takes it a step further with plug-in convenience.

The Loutytuo travel electric kettle is lightweight and dissembles in seconds. Keep it nestling safely in a zippered carry case and bring it along wherever you go!

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  • Power: 700 watts (110V/220V)
  • Volume: 0.5 L / 17 oz
  • Materials: Food Grade Silicone and 304 Stainless Steel (BPA-free)
  • Dimensions (folded): 5.9″ x 5.5″ x 2.0″ (L x W x H)
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 6.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.1″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs

When it’s folded, this is one of the smallest electric kettles you find. Full-featured, the 700-watt heating element boils a half-liter (17 oz) of water in 3-5 minutes — faster than you can find a drive-thru.

This kettle offers all the convenience of standard kettles, including a stay-cool handle and boil-dry protection. When the water temperature drops to 167 °F, the kettle automatically keeps it warm.

Whether you’re at home or on the road, tuck it in a drawer, bag, or glove compartment for hot water anytime, anywhere. Dual-voltage, it works in the US and abroad.

Available in 5 different colors, the silicone is flexible, food-safe, and simple to clean. It may not be as durable as a steel kettle, but the advantages of the collapsible design can’t be overstated — it compresses to just 2 x 6 inches. It’s the ultimate in go-anywhere convenience.

  • Very portable
  • Easy and safe to use
  • Dual voltage functionality
  • Available in 5 different colors
  • Comes with a handy carry bag
  • The silicone might develop crack over time

Best Travel Kettle for Car: Uniox Vacuum-Insulated Car Electric Kettle

Start your trip with the Uniox car kettle and a hot cup of coffee.

Compatible with most cup holders, it’s a must-have for trail enthusiasts. Welcomed in dry, wooded areas where campfires are prohibited, it’s ready to use in seconds.

Uniox Vacuum-Insulated Car Electric Kettle

  • Power: 80/120 watts (DC 12V)
  • Volume: 0.348 L / 12 oz
  • Dimensions: 3.1″ x 3.1″ x 10.1″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs

Have your cake and eat it too with Uniox’s vacuum-insulated kettle. How does it work?

It’s ingenious.

A 348 ml vacuum-insulated mug is mounted on a power base. Plug it into your lighter or other 12V port, and let it work its magic. Choose from high or low wattage settings — water boils in 12-16 minutes and stays warm for hours. An LED panel displays the temperature.

From everyday to emergency use, anyone with a car can benefit from this kettle. In addition to hot drinks, it’s also great for preparing dehydrated freeze-dried meals.

So skip the ties this holiday season, and show your love with a gift that keeps on giving.

  • Great option for roadtrips
  • Durable and convenient design
  • The outside surface stays cool to touch
  • Has a digital temperature display
  • Takes a while to boil water

Compact Gooseneck Kettle: Cosori Stainless Steel Electric Gooseneck Kettle

From its quality build to its genteel styling, Cosori’s gooseneck kettle is one to write home about. Sublime for home or office, it’s the perfect example of form meeting function.

Cosori Stainless Steel Electric Gooseneck Kettle

  • Power: 1200 watts
  • Volume: 0.8 L / 27 oz
  • Materials: Food Grade Stainless Steel (BPA-free)
  • Dimensions: 11.65″ x 9.37″ x 7.64″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs

Petite but powerful, the 1200-watt heating element boils a full kettle in 3-5 minutes. This variable temperature electric kettle lets you choose from 5 temperature presets for gently-warmed white tea to steaming hot joe. The precision British STRIX thermostat makes a perfect brew.

Made of 100-percent food-grade stainless steel, the interior is plastic-free — it’s safe enough for making baby formula. Automatic shut-off and boil-dry features add an extra measure of protection. Well-balanced, it has a precision and leak-proof pour.

Available in black matte and brushed stainless finishes, the kettle’s pear-shaped body is more challenging to clean than others. Not everyone’s hand can squeeze in comfortably with a sponge. But while it’s worth noting, it’s far from a deal-breaker.

This expertly finished kettle is an excellent value and proof that good things come in small packages.

  • Has 5 one-touch temperature settings
  • Stylish design
  • Precise pour
  • Great for coffee and different types of teas
  • A bit hard to clean from inside

Looking for more options like this? Check out our guide with the best electric gooseneck kettles .

Boil water anywhere with this portable electric kettle. Perfect for one, it provides the ultimate convenience in a single-serving size.

Small and Convenient: Plazala Portable Electric Travel Kettle

  • Power: 300 watts
  • Volume: 0.35 L / 12 oz
  • Materials: 304 Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions: 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 7.5″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1 lb

Made of 304 stainless steel, this mini electric kettle provides a healthy way to heat water. Odor-resistant, it holds 350 ml, or 12 ounces, and can carry coffee or tea.

It’s rugged and shock-resistant, so you can toss it in your bag without worrying about damage. The smooth white finish is baked on and scratch-resistant.

All you need at your destination is a 110V outlet, and you’re minutes away from your favorite hot beverage. The one-button operation couldn’t be simpler — it shuts off automatically after the water reaches the boiling point.

Light on bells and whistles, this kettle won’t win awards for its features, but what it does, it does well. If you want a personal electric kettle that boils water without a 20-page instruction manual, you’ll enjoy its simplicity.

  • Easy to use
  • Very compact and lightweight
  • Made with durable stainless steel
  • Only boils enough water for one person

Stainless Steel Mini Electric Kettle: Eglaf Electric Travel Kettle

Is the coffee in the break room nasty?

Forget it! Eglaf’s electric travel kettle turns any cubicle into a personal oasis.

Water boils in 8 minutes or less — the handle and the body of the kettle stay cool. Insulated, the stainless steel liner and spout are non-toxic and stain-resistant. The lid and base detach for easy cleaning.

Eglaf 0.5L Small Electric Travel Kettle

  • Power: 800 watts
  • Dimensions: 6.5″ x 4.2″ x 6.5″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 1.83 lb

Operating this mini kettle is straightforward. The on-off button is on the handle. Thumb operated, for convenience, your hand is never exposed to heat.

Ergonomically designed for a spill-free pour, the automatic shut-off and boil-dry features ensure safe use at home, work, or on the road.

Less than seven inches tall, this kettle fits anywhere — store the power cord in the pot for travel.

Available in deep blue, light blue, and pink, it adds a welcomed touch of color in any space. With a half-liter capacity, it may be among the smallest electric kettles on the market. But its full-sized features and affordable price will fast make it your new favorite.

  • Ergonomic design
  • Outside of the kettle gets hot when boiling water

Best Immersion Heater: Lewis N. Clark Electric Stainless Steel Immersion Heater

Minimalists, may I have your attention?

If an electric kettle is just another small appliance you don’t want in your home, why not consider an immersion heater? Little more than a submersible heating element, it boils water quite fast, cools in seconds, and fits in your pocket.

Lewis N. Clark Electric Stainless Steel Immersion Heater

  • Power: 125/500 watts (110-120V/220-240V)
  • Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions: 1.25″ x 1″ x 4.7″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 4 oz

Each coil has a clip that fits onto the side of any mug or a tea cup . Plug it in, and it can warm and rewarm drinks after they cool — as long as they’re a thin consistency.

Submerge it in your cup, and pull it out just before it boils. It takes finesse, but there’s no easier way to make a hot beverage.

Intertek ETL listed, these immersion heaters are absolutely safe. Loved by travelers worldwide, just follow the instructions.

Note that you should always supervise the heater when it’s in use. So if you live or work in a high-distraction environment, a kettle with an automatic shut-off may be a better choice.

Otherwise, you can score this convenient two-pack of quality immersion heaters for half the price of a kettle. It’s a bargain.

  • Super portable
  • Very affordable
  • Works in the US and abroad
  • Must be supervised when in use
  • On 110-120V mode the power is only 125 watts

Buying Guide For Mini Electric Kettles for Travel and Home

Any small appliance should make your life easier.

Before you buy, consider the features that will best fit your lifestyle.


The first thing to ask yourself is whether you are just looking for a small kettle to use at home or if you are looking for a travel kettle.

Some kettles are compact enough for small spaces yet not really portable. Ideal for the small kitchen or office, they boast the same advanced features as larger kettles but with a modest footprint.

Other models are engineered for the road with portable charging capability. Their smaller capacity makes them perfect travel companions as long as you have a compatible power source from a standard electrical outlet to a 12V car battery.

If you like to keep your options open, some small kettles do double duty. By combining more rugged materials with flexible charging options, they transition from home to suitcase with ease.

Small electric kettles come in five popular styles:

  • Regular: Regular compact kettles have the same shape and function as high-capacity kettles. Made of the same materials, they’re just petite and more affordable versions of their larger cousins.
  • Collapsible : Collapsible kettles have a metal base and an accordion-like silicone top. Remove the power cord and handle and they compress down to a few square inches.
  • Gooseneck: If you want conventional style in a smaller size, consider a compact gooseneck electric kettle. Prized for their conventional pour, they offer both looks and performance.
  • Car Kettle: Car kettles resemble travel mugs. Plug them into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter or other DC power source — they boil water in minutes for tea, coffee, baby formula and more. Most are not compatible with the AC outlets in homes and hotels. Nomads, check the dimensions to make sure they fit in your cup holders.
  • Immersion Heater: Equipped with AC or car plugs, immersion heaters are the ultimate portable gadget. Lower the submersible coils onto a cup and they heat thin liquids almost instantly.

Size and Capacity

Kettles should be small enough to fit in your space yet still make enough tea.

Multiply the size of your favorite cups — 4-, 6-, 8- or more ounces — by the number of people you typically serve to find the ideal capacity. An ounce of water is lost to evaporation for every cup you boil, so upsize if it makes sense.

Plastics can leach toxins into the water when heated, so stick to kettles made of glass , ceramic or stainless steel.

For travel, we like steel for its durability.

On the other hand, silicone is inert, safe, and flexible — it won’t shatter. But collapsible kettles may develop cracks in the creases from repeated compression.

Any small appliance should be safe, wherever and whenever it’s used.

Look for these valuable safety features in your next electric kettle:

  • A stable, tip-resistant base
  • Shatterproof materials
  • Ergonomic, anti-scald handles that stay cool when the kettle is heated
  • Textured, slip-resistant grips
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Boil-dry protection that prevents a dry kettle from overheating
  • UL or similar safety-assurance certifications

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The 10 Best Electric Travel Kettles (2023)

Passionate about your coffee or tea and looking for the best travel kettle for your next trip? For travelers who recharge with a good cup of tea or prefer to bring their french press for quality coffee on their next trip, a good electric travel kettle is the perfect companion. In the below list, we provide the best portable electric kettles to take on the road or in your luggage while not sacrificing much space or features.

Why do you need a travel tea kettle?

Clearly, a portable tea kettle is not a travel essential for everyone. It is only necessary for frequent travelers who prefer a convenient and hygienic way to boil water for their morning cup of tea. Depending on your travel habits, you may find a small electric kettle in the hotel rooms that you stay in. However, in some regions or hotel brands, it’s more common to find a coffee maker but no kettle, which limits the ability to make hot enough water for a proper cup of tea.

Tea enthusiasts can often find from time to time that previous guests may have misused hotel rooms that may have an electric water kettle. Such as a residue left from instant noodles that had been cooked in a stainless steel kettle by previous hotel guests can ultimately add a starchy taste to your tea.

A portable electric kettle can also add flexibility to travelers that prefer to cook their own food with limited in-room amenities while traveling. With fast boil times, those who like to get creative with in-room cooking, such as when you boil eggs, make instant noodles, and reheating of food, will find that a mini travel kettle is an excellent choice for saving money while traveling or sticking to a specific diet on the road.

For a list of the most important features,  click here to skip to the key feature list.

The Ten Best Portable Travel Kettles

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Loutytuo Collapsable Electric Travel Kettle

One of the best electric kettles available in terms of important features, the Loutytuo Collapsable Electric Travel Kettle is made of BPA free food grade silicone and won’t take up much space due to its compact design once folded. As a dual voltage travel kettle, the Louytuo offers six different pre-set temperature settings. This variety makes it a good choice for those looking to use it as a regular kettle to bring water to a rolling boil or for specific temperatures for cooking food or steeping fine teas.

In addition, with a 555 ml or 18.7 oz capacity, the design as a foldable electric kettle is a good choice for those looking to save space. Beyond its size, the Loutytuo also offers essential features such as a detachable cord, auto shutoff, and safety controls like a boil-dry protection feature to shut it off if there is no liquid in the kettle.

best mini travel kettle

Balbali Portable Tea Kettle

Doubling as a thermos, the Balbali Portable Tea Kettle offers an alternative to the collapsable kettle design and materials as a stainless steel travel kettle. With a 350 ml or 12 oz capacity, the Balbali doesn’t offer as large of a capacity as other options but makes up in features with its 5-minute fast boil setting, ease of use, and ability to substitute as a water bottle. In addition, the double-wall design provides insulation to carry it after it has finished boiling. Finally, with a detachable cord, the model offers the convenience of boiling water, adding tea bags, and setting out for your day. Considering the different materials provided amongst the portable kettle options, the Balbali is worth consideration among the stainless steel models.

best mini travel kettle

Sekaer Small Portable Tea Kettle

Another travel water kettle in a stainless-steel design, the Sakaer Small Portable Tea Kettle features a thermos-style design with a detachable cord that allows you to quickly heat water, grab the kettle, and go. With four different temperature pre-set options and a water temperature display on the side, the Sekaer offers fast heating and boiling water in as little as 5 minutes. Its compact size won’t take up a lot of space in your bag but still offers 380ml or 13 oz capacity.

With double-wall insulation, you won’t scald yourself on its sides, and the boil-dry protection stops it from overheating. The only limitation compared to the above options is the lack of dual voltage, making the Sekaer an option that should only be considered for those traveling domestically in countries with a 110-volt power source.

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Hödel Travel Electric Kettle

The largest capacity electric travel kettle on this list, the Hödel can hold up to 1 liter or 34 oz of water, yet it can still fold down to a compact size with its unique design. Made of food-grade silicone, BPA-free plastic, and stainless steel, the Hödel is a dual voltage kettle. Also, it comes with a travel adapter, making it the most international-ready of the options available. In addition, the foldable small travel kettle offers a speed boil feature, boiling water in 5 minutes, matching the other smaller kettles on this list. The most complete option for those looking for a higher boiling capacity, the Hödel is the closest to a normal kettle that you will find yet compact enough for travel.

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Brentwood Collapsible-Travel Kettle

The only travel kettle on this list that comes from a brand that offers a wide range of appliances, the Brentwood Collapsible-Travel Kettle features the foldable silicon design that is seen in other travel kettles, with dual voltage, 800 ml or 27 oz of capacity, and a stainless steel heating plate. Relative simple in features, the Brentwood is also one of the more affordable options available, coming in at half the price as many others on this list. While the handle is not as sturdy in design, the compact size makes it an easy addition to your bag for traveling.

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Teqooza Portable Travel Electric Kettle Mini Thermos

With a sleek minimalist design, the Teqooza Portable Travel Electric Kettle Mini Thermos is excellent as a stainless steel travel kettle that doubles as a thermos and can easily fit into a car cupholder. With a relatively limited set of features and no dual voltage, the Teqooza is best for those looking for an electric kettle for road trips. Combined with a car outlet adapter, this is perfect for getting consistently hot water for tea or coffee during cold weather travel.

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ECTY Portable Travel Kettle

Those looking for a more traditional design of an electric kettle and an entirely stainless steel interior will find the ECTY Portable Travel Kettle to be the best option. Built in the same style as a typical kettle, the ECTY comes in a more compact 500ml capacity or 16.9oz size. The ECTY does not feature dual voltage or pre-set temperature settings but offers a whole metal boiling environment for those who prefer more traditional materials for their kettle.

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Spardar 12V Car Electric Travel Kettle

The Spardar 12V Car Electric Travel Kettle is made for road trips and comes with a 12v charger that can power directly from your car. Coming in multiple colors and at a 350ml or 12oz capacity, the Spardar can fit into a car cup holder and is the perfect choice for road trips. With safety features like automatic shutoff and boil dry protection, the only downside of the Spardar is the lack of ability to use it outside your car.

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Tayama Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

Offering a familiar foldable silicone design, the Tayama Travel Foldable Electric Kettle is one of the better value options on this list. With simple features, though including all of the standard safety features, the Tayama offers a 600 ml or 20 oz capacity, and with dual voltage is made for international travel. Priced at the budget-friendly end of the range, this is a great compact option at a reasonable price.

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CHACEEF Travel Electric Kettle

One of the more entertaining options available, the CHACEEF features a temperature-triggered LED light on its side that shows the temperature of the water inside. In addition, the CHACEEF offers a stainless steel design and a 350ml or 12oz capacity to make it easy to tell how hot the contents are. While not offering dual voltage, the kettle does offer three boiling modes and a keep warm option to maintain a warm temperature for extended hours. Similar in style to the other thermos-like models, the CHACEEF is priced fairly, given its features.

Features to Consider

Not all electric travel kettles are designed or made the same for a good reason. Different features have their pros and cons depending on the travel preferences and behaviors of consumers. When considering what makes the best travel tea kettle for your own situation, make sure to consider the below features and design options.

Dual Voltage

One of the easiest decisions for those shopping for an electric travel kettle is if you need dual voltage functionality, which should be based on your travel plans. For example, suppose you are planning on traveling internationally. In that case, you should opt for a dual voltage model that won’t burn out in countries with electric systems running on a higher voltage. On the other hand, if you have primarily domestic travel plans, leaving out the dual voltage requirement may provide you with more options and more affordable prices.

Travel tea kettles are nothing like the sturdy stovetop tea kettles made from metal or ceramic long ago. Instead, due to the need to keep them both light and functional, most travel kettle options are made from some combination of plastic, stainless steel, and food-grade silicone. With the collapsible options, you will find the silicone, which allows the kettles to expand and boil more water, though it offers a flimsier experience that is more prone to wear. On the other hand, the solid and less flexible designs are sturdier, though they will require more space when packing.

Capacity or Size

Whenever you talk about the size of a travel accessory, there is bound to be a trade-off between functionality and packing space. In the case of travel kettles, it’s between capacity and storage, with the bigger capacity kettles often taking up more space. Fortunately, there are collapsible options, which are small and fold into a more suitcase-friendly shape. However, there will be limitations for anyone looking primarily for stainless steel options.

Generally, the size of travel kettles ranges from as little as 300 ml of water or 10 oz and more oversized capacity kettles as large as 1 liter or 34 oz. It’s essential to be realistic about how much capacity you need in your kettle. Can you not boil more than once if it’s a lower capacity, or is making a larger kettle of boiling water essential for your needs?

Easy Storage

Storage of your travel kettle can make a big difference when packing. Some options come with small cases, allowing you to tuck away the power cord and pack the kettle without the risk of getting dust, fuzz, or anything from your bag into it. Others have tight screwing lids and can be put into a bag similar to a water bottle.

Collapsible Design

One of the most common designs in travel kettles is evident with the variety of electric collapsible travel kettles available. The collapsible kettle is the optimal choice for those looking to minimize packing space yet still have the luxury of bringing a tea kettle on their trip. Typically made from a combination of plastic, metal, and silicone, these designs are some of the more popular styles, providing a great mix of capacity in a small package.

There are two primary designs for the power cord on a portable kettle. One is a detachable power cord that will pull out of the kettle to be stored separately, while the other is winding cord storage, where the cord will tuck into the base. Both offer flexibility, though if you are a traveler prone to losing things, it’s worth opting for the model that doesn’t have a removable power cord.

The Compact Size vs. Material Trade-off

For many consumers, the collapsible style of travel kettle may feel a bit flimsy and not as durable. This style will undoubtedly be a turnoff for those hoping for a long useful life. On the other hand, the stainless steel options will also be less than optimal for consumers who prefer to avoid the extra weight and packing space. It’s tough to find a perfect balance, but it should be considered with each traveler’s needs and preferences.

Traveling on the Road or in the Air

One final consideration is the mode of transportation you plan on taking with the kettle. Those planning on traveling primarily on the road in cars, trucks, campers, or RVs will find that the stainless steel options are sturdier and better to use as a thermos so that you can get a more durable design for your travel.

Those planning to pack their kettle primarily for flights should opt for lighter materials and more compact designs, like the collapsible options on this list.

Bottom Line

While the most common features of the best travel kettles vary, with plenty of different sizes and designs available, choosing the best portable travel kettle for yourself depends on your travel preferences and the features you value. There is not one option that is perfect for everyone, so choose a kettle based on your travel preferences and the style of travel you most often take.

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The Best Travel Kettles (Get Your Caffeine Fix On The Road)

If you can’t go a day without coffee or tea, you better get yourself a travel kettle . The free coffee in most hotels is mostly instant and/or terrible. This way, you can ensure that you’ll always have your choice of brew in the morning.

At A Glance: Our Top Travel Kettles

  • BEST OVERALL Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle Jump To Review
  • Best Compact Dual Voltage Gourmia GK378 Dual Voltage Collapsible Kettle Jump To Review
  • CHEAPER OPTION Bodum BISTRO Water Kettle Jump To Review
  • Popular Choice NEME Travel Foldable Electric Kettle Jump To Review

More than that, it’s also a handy tool to have with you if you’re on a budget. Use it to sterilize questionable water, cook noodles, boil eggs, and whatever else you’ll need to heat with water.

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The best travel kettles, gourmia gk360 travel foldable electric kettle.

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

Space-savers are always excellent options whatever the destination. The  Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle  holds  800mL of water  which roughly amounts to one or two cups.

Thanks to its food-grade silicone body, the  collapsible design  makes this handy kettle uber portable and very easy to store.

This kettle has a  speed boil feature , boiling water faster than a microwave. It saves time and you can get it and go if you’re in a hurry. It also has a  sensor that shuts off the power  when the water level is too low. There’s also a lid-lock to keep boiling water from spilling and an integrated spout filter.

You have to be very careful when reaching around the kettle, however. The  chrome ring around the base tends to get extremely hot  when the kettle is on for a long time. It’s highly likely to be hot enough to scald you if you’re not careful.

  • Collapsible
  • Compact and portable
  • Simple on-off switch
  • Chrome ring at the base can get very hot

Product Information

  • Material: Food-grade silicone
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 7.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Capacity: 800mL
  • Safety Features: Power Sensor, Lid Lock, Spout Filter

Gourmia GK378 Dual Voltage Collapsible Kettle

Gourmia GK378 Dual Voltage Electric Collapsible Travel Kettle - 1.5 Qt Capacity - Foldable & Portable - Fast Boil - Water Boiler For Coffee, Tea & More - Keep Warm Function

Another great collapsible travel kettle from Gormia is the GK378 . Not only does it squeeze down into a very compact size, but it also works in two voltages!

Why is this so handy? Well, if you head anywhere overseas, the chances are big that that voltage of the local electricity could differ from where you live. For example, North America uses 120V, while Europe uses 220V. And if you take a normal kettle with you, it will either blow up or not work well (or at all). Not a great start to your travels!

Gormia also likes to provide high-grade materials and safety, using kitchen-grade silicone as well as integrating a dry boil cut-off to save you from any mishaps. Of course, I prefer stainless steel for kettles, but when you are on the go, that means more weight and space.

  • Light and compact
  • Great for travel (dual voltage)
  • Dry boil safety feature
  • Keep warm function
  • Quite small capacity
  • No stainless steel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 7.75 in
  • Capacity: 500mL
  • Safety Features: Removable Base, Auto-off

Bodum BISTRO Water Kettle

Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle, 17 Ounce, .5 Liter, White

The  Bodum BISTRO Water Kettle  is technically not a travel kettle. But at  4 x 7 x 7.75 inches , it’s definitely portable enough to function as one.

This kettle can hold  500mL of water . It has a water level window with different units of measurement so you’ll know exactly how much water you need wherever you are.

It’s also one of the funkier designs where kettles are concerned. With  four modern colors to choose from , this is for someone who wants a bit of pizzazz.

Since it’s not specifically designed as a travel kettle, it’s built with the conveniences of a regular kettle. This includes a  removable base . You can pour the liquid through a mesh-filtered spout without bringing the cord along with you.

There have been some safety issues in a few units. There was a  product recall in December  due to flimsy parts, but the new units seem to be trouble-free.  Make sure you get the new batches before purchasing .

  • Modern and funky design
  • Has all the perks of a regular kettle in a portable size
  • Safety issues in older units

Bonavita Dual Voltage 0.5L Travel Electric Kettle

BonaVoyage BV3825B05 Bonavita 0.5L Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel

This stainless steel kettle is very durable. It also won’t leave a plastic or metal taste in your drinks. It also looks quite pretty and you won’t mind leaving this perched on your office desk or kitchen table. Its  900-watt heating element  means quick heating in any situation, which is great when you want your cup of joe, right now!

The kettle has  boil-dry protection  that switches off the device when the water level is too low.

The only downside is that many reviewers are not giving this kettle glowing reviews.

  • Dual Voltage
  • Good design
  • Durable build
  • Dual voltage is not automatic
  • Toggling between 120 and 220 V is inconvenient
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 6.75 inches
  • Safety Features: Auto-shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection

NEME Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

NEME Travel Foldable Electric Kettle - Collapsible Water Boiler For Coffee Tea- Food Grade Silicone - Dual Voltage 110-220V - Detachable Power Cord - Portable Kettle 600ML (White)

Another collapsible find is the NEME Travel Foldable Electric Kettle – . It’s portable, durable, extremely lightweight. The catch? It’s a lot smaller than most of the kettles in this review.

It’s made from food-grade silicone, with a hard plastic base. And overall, it is easily collapsible and easily stored. Especially since the cord is removable and they give you a handy bag to store everything in.

Two other features of this travel kettle worth noting are that it is dual voltage so can be used inside and outside the USA. It also has Auto Dry Protection so that if you accidentally leave it boiling or switch it on with no water, it won’t continue to boil.

The biggest downside of this kettle is the capacity, which is only 18oz (555ml), however, this can also be an upside if that is all you need.

  • Small and compact
  • Small capacity
  • Material: Silicone
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.4 x 5.2 inches (170 x 139 x 132mm)
  • Folded Size: 5.9 x 5.4 x s inches (149 x 139 x 50mm)
  • Capacity: 16 oz (0.5L)
  • Features: Auto Dry Protection, Dual Voltage

DCIGNA 0.5L Dual Voltage Travel Kettle

DCIGNA Electric Tea Kettle, 0.5L Stainless Steel Travel Kettle, Portable Hot Water Kettle, Auto Shut-off & Fast Boiling, Dry Protection, Suitable For Coffee, Tea, 110V/800W (Dark Blue)

Another great option, from a relatively unknown brand, is this dual voltage  travel kettle from DCIGNA . It’s handy in its size, at only 500mL (0.5L which is 17 oz). So enough to boil a few cups, but not so big you really can’t travel with it.

And with the dual voltage, you can take it anywhere overseas where the voltage is often different (220V in Europe, 110V in the USA for example. If you take the wrong one in either direction you either end up with a kettle that doesn’t boil, or it blows up! Neither is a great option.

Because this kettle uses a stainless steel container to boil the water, I am also a huge fan. Having owned dozens of kettles over the years, I now only accept and use stainless steel.

  • Dual voltage is not automatic (needs to be switched
  • Not a well known brand
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.3 x 5.5 inches

Proctor Silex 40940 Compact Electric Kettle

Proctor Silex Compact Electric Tea Kettle, Water Boiler & Heater. 0.5 L, Cordless, Auto-Shutoff and Boil-Dry Protection, Stainless Steel (40940)

Another very simple and easy-to-use kettle that is also pretty small is this 16oz stainless steel option from Proctor Silex.

There is not too much to say about this kettle, as it doesn’t have any very fancy features like the collapsable or dual voltage ones. However, it does have auto-shutoff and dry boil protection, which gives me peace of mind. If you are on vacation or travel in your home country, then it could be just what you need.

What I love about models that are stainless steel is that they are easy to clean and don’t tend to affect the taste of my beloved coffee.

  • Easy toggle switch between 115 and 230 V
  • Comes with drinking cups
  • Cheap-looking and made of plastic
  • Material: Stainless Steel & Plastic
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 7.5 in inches
  • Capacity: 500mL / 16oz
  • Features: Cord-free serving, Auto-shutoff, Dry-boil protection

What to Look For?

Travel kettles can hold anywhere from 500mL to 1L of water. Any bigger and it becomes less portable. Depending on how much coffee you need in a given caffeine session, solo travelers can usually make do with 500mL kettles to help keep everything as lightweight as possible.

There are dual voltage kettles that will help make traveling to different regions easier for you. So, if you do (or plan to) travel outside your country, this is a great investment.

Tech tip : In case you are not aware, various countries and regions have different voltages for their standard electricity. So, if you bring a kettle from one country to another and they have different voltages either

  • The kettle won’t work or will be insanely slow (best case scenario – not enough voltage)
  • The kettle will explode, melt or just fry the wires when you turn it on (too much voltage)

There is some more information  on this website  about how it works, and what you can use instead (hint, it’s painful to carry the other options).

Different materials mean different things. Plastic is usually cheaper and lightweight. Stainless steel is more durable and easier to clean. So, when you see these materials in the descriptions, you will know how to make a choice (cheap vs durable).

Silicone is used for handles or for collapsible kettles. It is also quite light and does not tend to break as easily as plastic.

Which Travel Kettle Is The Best For You?

For a simple gadget, there are a lot of options and several factors to consider when choosing the right travel kettle.

The  Gourmia  ticks all the boxes when it comes to travel. It is collapsible, dual voltage, and reasonably priced. So, if you need to save space, money and also potentially travel to various countries this is a great buy.

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

  • SPEED BOIL: Heat water in a flash for all of your coffees, teas, noodles and cereals. Faster than any out-dated microwave or stovetop pot.
  • COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN: Expands so you can fill and boil up to .8L of water, or easily fold and store away! Perfect to take along for perfectly piping hot water- wherever your travels lead you.

If space is not so much of an issue and you just want a reliable, simple travel kettle with enough capacity to pour for yourselves and maybe some friends,  the Bodum  is a decent buy.

It doesn’t have dual-voltage (which you don’t need if you stay within the US/Canada) or collapse, but it’s light and one of the cheaper options on the list. Bodum is also a very reliable brand.

  • Water kettle: Bistro water kettles are an effective and efficient way to boil the Exact amount of water needed in minutes; perfect for Coffee, tea and instant soups

No matter which one you choose, having the option to make your own tea or coffee on the road is something you will never regret. Especially when there are no take-out of decent options in the neighborhood :>

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  • 9 Best Travel Kettles For The Solo Traveler

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Ever since living in Australia, I’ve been a lot more keen on tea. As a part of the commonwealth, Aussies sure are tea lovers. Ever since, I’ve had to find ways to boil hot water in a pinch, wherever I go. I’ve used tons of different types of travel tea kettles in lots of different settings, from hostels to campsites to everything in between.

Here my list of the absolute best travel kettle options for the solo travelers. May you find an easy way to enjoy a cuppa wherever you are in the world with one of these portable kettles.

Finding the best travel kettle really comes down to your own travel style and what you pack. I’ll share with you all of my favorite travel kettle options based on my experiences.

1. Best Overall Travel Kettle: Sekaer Portable Electric Tea Kettle Travel Small Mini Coffee Kettle

Sekaer Portable Electric Tea Kettle

I love how it is so portable; you can tuck the cord into the canister while traveling. Fast boiling and energy-efficient, it’s ideal for quick morning routines or a busy lifestyle. Compact and portable, it fits easily in small spaces and is safe to use with auto shut-off and boil-dry protection. It’s also really damn cute with its little handle on top.

The only drawback is that you need 120V and at least 300W worth of power, so it could be tricky while camping or traveling abroad. For US travel in places with easy power access, this is a perfect little travel kettle.

2. Best Small Travel Kettle: Travel Kettle Electric Small Stainless Steel

Travel Kettle Electric Small Stainless Steel

I just really love this design and it seems like all of the reviewers do too. This portable electric kettle is made from stainless steel, ensuring durability and a clean taste. It features a 350ml capacity, which is ideal for personal use. The kettle operates at a power of 500 watts, which means that it can heat quickly. Its compact and sleek size makes it easy to pack and carry, fitting comfortably in luggage or backpacks. It also fits right into cup holders, which I love. The kettle also includes safety features like auto shut-off and boil-dry protection, making it a reliable and safe choice for travel.

3. Best For Camping: X Pot/Kettle

X Pot/Kettle

This collapsible kettle is for my campers and backpackers out there! You will need a heat source to boil the water, but that’s the beauty of it… you don’t need an outlet.

This kettle’s standout feature is its collapsible design, which, combined with a minimal weight of just 7.2 ounces, makes it hardly noticeable in your pack. It has a whopping 1.5L capacity, enough to cater to a group, and is made from heat-resistant silicone. The wide, stable base prevents spills at campsites, and reinforced handles make for easy carrying and use. The translucent lid aids in trapping heat for faster boiling, making it an efficient tool for quickly preparing hot drinks or meals.

4. Best Compact Electric Kettle: Foldable Portable Electric Kettle with Food Grade Silicone

Foldable Portable Electric Kettle with Food Grade Silicone

I like this kettle because it combines the space-saving collapsible silicone while also being an easy plug-and-go style kettle. The kettle has a dual voltage capability (110V/220V), making it suitable for international travel. I really like that it has a detachable power cord and a separable design for easy cleaning and storage. This is the best travel tea kettle option if you want something that doesn’t take up much space but functions like a traditional kettle.

5. Best For Tea Enthusiasts: Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle

Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle

If you’re super into tea-on-the-go, then this is a pretty nifty little kettle with an infuser basket built right in. It features a 350ml capacity, making it ideal for personal servings. It might be too small for serving others, but is great for people like me who don’t want to have a whole production just to make a cuppa tea. You just put your loose leaf tea in and then add water and plug it in when you’re ready to.

The kettle is crafted from food-grade 304 stainless steel and BPA-free materials, ensuring safety and durability. It operates at a power of 300 watts, allowing for rapid heating of water.

The kettle’s compact and lightweight design makes it perfect for travel, office, hotel rooms or home use. As for convenience, I like that it includes a detachable power cord and a 360-degree swivel base.

6. Best For Limited Space: Norpro Instant Immersion Heater

NEW Norpro Instant Immersion Heater

I’m lowkey obsessed with this little immersion heater. If you are tight on space (either on a road trip or backpacking around), then this is the most compact “kettle” you’ll find.

It works by being immersed directly into a cup or container of water or other liquids, quickly heating them to the desired temperature. The product is designed for ease of use, featuring a simple plug-in operation and a compact design that makes it easy to carry in a bag or suitcase. It’s an efficient solution for enjoying hot drinks or even soups on the go, in a hotel room, in nature, at the office, or at home.

7. Best Traditional Travel Kettle: IronRen 0.5L Portable Electric Kettle

0.5L Portable Electric Kettle

If you’re into the traditional experience of boiling liquids, then this stainless steel travel hot water kettle is perfect. It’s small and portable, yet shaped like an actual (modern) kettle. It features a stainless steel construction, making it super durable and easy to clean. The kettle has a surprising capacity of 0.5 liters, perfect for personal use or for small servings.

While I don’t love that it’s not collapsible and takes up quite a bit of space, it can also double as storage in your bags or suitcases. Think: tea bags, soup packets, and even small clothing items like socks.

My favorite part is that it boasts rapid boiling technology, allowing you to quickly heat water for coffee, tea, or instant meals. It also includes an automatic shut-off and boil-dry protection, making it a safe travel kettle that won’t accidentally burn the place down.

8. Kompoll Travel Electric Kettle

Kompoll Travel Electric Kettle

This travel kettle has the best features of pretty much everything on this list (except the collapsible silicone).

This fast boiling travel kettle means that you can quickly prepare hot beverages like tea, coffee, or even instant noodles and soup quickly and easily. The stainless steel construction of this mini electric kettle not only adds to its durability but also maintains the purity of water’s taste. Safety features like automatic shut-off and boil-dry protection give that peace of mind, especially when you’re in a hurry or multitasking.

Its separable power cord and compact size make it easy to pack and carry, fitting snugly in any travel bag. This mini travel kettle is ideal for those who want the comforts of a hot drink while traveling, without the bulk and hassle of larger appliances.

9. Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

Another collapsible travel tea kettle makes the list with tons of raving reviews. While I’m not personally a silicone fan (I feel like it impacts the taste), this collapsible tea kettle is one of the most popular ones on the market right now. This kind of reliability and space-saving design is worth mentioning as it makes its way to my list of recommended kettles.

The kettle is made from food-grade silicone, ensuring safety and durability. It has a dual voltage capability (100-120V and 220-240V), making it suitable for international travel. With a capacity of 600ml, it can quickly boil water for coffee, tea, or instant meals. The kettle also includes safety features like boil-dry protection and an automatic shut-off mechanism, ensuring safe usage.

How To Choose The Best Portable Kettle For Travel 

When you’re on the move, having the right portable kettle can make all the difference in enjoying your favorite hot beverage or quick meal. Here’s what to consider to find the perfect travel companion:

  • Size and Capacity: Choose a kettle that’s compact enough for easy packing, yet has sufficient capacity for your needs. A 0.5 to 1-liter kettle usually strikes a good balance.
  • Weight : Opt for lightweight designs, especially if you’re backpacking or have limited space.
  • Material : Stainless steel kettles are durable and maintain heat well, but may be heavier. Silicone or plastic kettles are lighter and often collapsible, ideal for saving space.
  • Boiling Speed: Look for a kettle that boils water quickly to save time, particularly important when you’re on a tight schedule.
  • Temperature Control: If you’re particular about your tea or coffee, consider a kettle with variable temperature settings.
  • Safety Features: Essential features include automatic shut-off and boil-dry protection to prevent accidents.
  • Power Source: Electric kettles are convenient but require a power source. For off-grid adventures, consider a kettle that can be used on a stove or campfire.
  • Dual Voltage: If traveling internationally, a dual voltage kettle is a must to accommodate different electrical systems.
  • Ease of Cleaning: A kettle with a wide opening is easier to clean, a crucial factor for maintaining hygiene while traveling.

Types Of Travel Kettles

Travel kettles come in various types to suit different travel needs and preferences. Understanding these types can help you choose the right one for your adventures:

Electric Travel Kettles

Electric travel kettles are ideal for travelers staying in hotels or locations with guaranteed electricity. They are a great choice for those who prioritize convenience and specific beverage temperatures, but not as suitable for off-grid adventures or lightweight packing.

  • Many electric travel kettles offer automatic shut-off and temperature control, enhancing safety and convenience .
  • Temperature control allows for heating water to the precise temperature needed, perfect for different types of teas and coffees.
  • These kettles require access to a power source , limiting their use in areas without reliable electricity.
  • They tend to be bulkier and less convenient for lightweight or compact travel.

Collapsible Kettles

A collapsible kettle is ideal for travelers who need to save space and reduce weight in their luggage, such as backpackers or those traveling with carry-on only. They are less suited for travelers who prefer more durable, feature-rich kettles.

  • Made from flexible materials like silicone, these kettles can collapse down, making them highly space-efficient . This feature is particularly beneficial for backpackers or travelers with limited luggage space.
  • Generally, collapsible kettles are lighter than other types, adding minimal weight to your travel gear.
  • The flexible materials might not be as durable as the hard materials used in traditional kettles.
  • They often impact the taste of your beverage.

Dual Voltage Kettles

Dual voltage kettles are ideal for frequent international travelers who move between countries with different electrical systems. They are less necessary for travelers staying within regions that have a standard voltage system.

  • These kettles are designed with the international traveler in mind. They can switch between different voltage standards (typically 110v and 220v), making them suitable for use in various countries without the need for a separate voltage converter.
  • This feature provides peace of mind and convenience , as you can use the same kettle in multiple destinations.
  • The versatility of dual voltage kettles often comes at a higher price point compared to standard kettles.
  • Some models may require manual switching between voltages, which can be a bit more complex to handle for some users.

Stovetop Kettles

These kettles are ideal for camping, hiking, or off-grid travel where electricity is not an option. They are less convenient for travelers who prefer quick, efficient boiling and have access to electricity.

  • Stovetop kettles are perfect for environments without electrical access . They can be used on a camp stove or open flame, making them highly versatile in various outdoor settings.
  • Often made from durable materials , these kettles are designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use.
  • They may take longer to boil water compared to electric kettles, especially in windy or cold outdoor conditions.
  • Stovetop kettles can be bulkier and heavier, which might be a consideration for those needing to pack light.

Car Kettles

Car kettles are ideal for road trippers and campers who spend a lot of time in or near their vehicles. They are less practical for travelers without access to a car or those who need to boil water quickly.

  • Car kettles are designed to plug into a car’s cigarette lighter socket , making them a convenient option for brewing hot beverages on the go.
  • They offer the flexibility to make hot drinks anytime during road trips or when camping near your vehicle.
  • Their usability is confined to the car, as they rely on the vehicle’s power system .
  • These kettles typically have lower power output , resulting in slower water boiling times compared to standard electric kettles.

Mini/Compact Kettles

These kettles are ideal for solo travelers or those who prioritize space-saving gear. They are less suited for travelers who need to boil larger quantities of water or prefer more robust, feature-rich kettles.

  • Mini or compact kettles are smaller in size and capacity, making them a perfect choice for solo travelers or those with minimal packing space.
  • Their small size translates to easy packing and handling , making them highly convenient for on-the-go use.
  • The smaller size means a lower water capacity , which might not be suitable for making multiple beverages at once.
  • They may not have the same power as larger kettles, potentially leading to longer boiling times .

Stainless Steel Kettles

Stainless steel kettles are a great choice for travelers who value durability and heat retention over portability. They are less ideal for those who are backpacking or need to minimize their travel gear weight.

  • Stainless steel kettles are known for their robustness and longevity . They can withstand frequent use and are less prone to damage compared to kettles made from other materials.
  • These kettles are excellent at maintaining water temperature , keeping your water hot for longer periods.
  • Stainless steel kettles are generally heavier , which might be a consideration for travelers who need to keep their luggage light.
  • The material can get quite hot to the touch , requiring careful handling when boiling water.

Final Thoughts

Finding the best travel kettle comes down to how much space you have and your power source. I personally like the immersion heater and travel electric tea kettles . These suit my lifestyle the best and work well with a portable espresso maker . Most hotels have some way to boil hot water, anyway, so I haven’t found a need for a travel kettle when in hotels. If I were to travel often with a suitcase, versus a backpack on on a road trip, then I’d probably opt for a collapsible kettle to save space in my luggage. So what’s the best travel tea kettle for you?? Lemme know in the comments 🙂

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Best travel electric kettle for a great cup of tea

The Best Travel Electric Kettles to Buy In 2024

Matt Francis

  • July 13, 2023
  • Gear , Travel

Are you tired of being stuck with subpar coffee or tea while traveling? Look no further than the best travel electric kettle, your ultimate companion on the go. Like a beacon of convenience, this compact powerhouse will ensure you never have to settle for lukewarm beverages again. With its sleek design and efficient heating capabilities, it’s like having your own personal barista in the palm of your hand.

Before you embark on your journey, there are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect travel kettle. From size and weight to voltage compatibility, these factors will ensure you find the ideal match for your needs.

To make your decision easier, we’ve narrowed down the top eight travel electric kettles available today.

Whether you’re jetting off on an international adventure or want a reliable kettle for everyday use at home, we’ve got you covered. Your perfect cuppa awaits!

Best travel electric kettle to make a great cup of tea

Key Takeaways

  • Factors to consider: capacity, material, size, weight, boiling time, price, voltage compatibility
  • Top eight travel electric kettles available in the market: Bodum Bistro, Ultrathin Foldable, Taylor Swoden Mini, Brentwood KT, Liberty Premium, Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle, ShineMe Upgrade Travel Kettle, Fabuletta Gooseneck Electric Kettle
  • They are compact, lightweight, and made from BPA-free plastic and stainless steel
  • They offer convenience, efficiency, and a café-like experience both on the go and at home

Table of Contents

Things to consider before you buy a travel kettle.

First, consider the kettle’s capacity and whether it’ll suit your needs.

Next, consider the weight and size; you’ll want something compact and lightweight for easy packing.

Also, pay attention to the voltage, material, boiling time, and price to ensure it fits your budget and meets your requirements.

One of the main factors when choosing a kettle for travel is the capacity. A smaller-capacity kettle is often preferred for travel as it is more lightweight and compact, making it easier to pack and carry. A typical travel kettle usually has a capacity between 0.5 to 1.5 liters.

Another important factor to consider is the voltage compatibility of the kettle. Different countries have different voltage standards , so choosing a kettle compatible with the destination country’s voltage is essential. Many travel kettles come with dual-voltage options, allowing them to be used in different regions.

The material of the kettle is also an important consideration. Stainless steel is a popular choice for travel kettles as it is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Additionally, some kettles come with a collapsible design, which allows them to be compactly folded when not in use, saving space in your luggage.

When choosing a kettle to take on your travels, one thing to consider is how much weight you’re willing to carry. The weight of the kettle can vary depending on its size and material.

If you prefer a lightweight option, look for stainless steel or plastic kettles. These materials are known for being durable yet lightweight. Some kettles also come with foldable handles or detachable cords, making them even more convenient to carry around in your luggage.

It’s important to consider the size that best suits your needs and fits easily into your luggage. The size can vary significantly, so finding one that is compact and lightweight is crucial for convenience while on the go.

Look for a kettle with a small footprint designed to be portable without sacrificing capacity. A smaller size will make it easier to pack in your suitcase or carry-on bag without taking up too much space or adding unnecessary weight. Additionally, consider the capacity and whether it aligns with your travel habits.

Finding the right balance between size and capacity will ensure you have hot water whenever you need it during your travels .

Boiling Time

Boiling time is crucial as it determines how quickly you can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee while on the go.

To make sure you find one with a fast boiling time, keep these points in mind:

  • Wattage : Look for kettles with higher wattages, as they heat water faster.
  • Capacity: Smaller kettles tend to boil water quicker than larger ones due to their size.
  • Heating Element: Kettles with concealed heating elements often provide faster boiling times.
  • Boil-Dry Protection: Opt for kettles with this feature, which prevents damage and ensures safety.

These factors will help you select the best travel kettle that boils water quickly and efficiently, allowing you to savor your favorite hot beverage without delay.

Now that you know about boiling time, let’s move on to another important factor: price.

It’s essential to consider your budget. You want an electric travel kettle that meets your needs and fits your financial constraints. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available at various price points.

Remember that some cheaper models may lack certain features or have slower boiling times, but they can still provide convenience and reliability on your travels.

Remember, finding the perfect balance between performance and affordability is key. So, let’s explore different price ranges and discover which suits your needs best!

The 8 Best Travel Electric Kettles

You’ll want to check out the Bodum Bistro, Ultrathin Foldable, Taylor Swoden Mini, Brentwood KT, and Liberty Premium models. These water kettles are known for their compact size and portability, making them perfect for travelers on the go.

With features like fast boiling times and durable construction, these best electric kettles for 2024 are sure to meet your needs wherever your travels take you.

Bodum Bistro

When you’re on the go and need a reliable electric water kettle, the Bodum Bistro is your perfect travel companion. This compact kettle is made from BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, ensuring durability and safety. With a capacity of 17 ounces, it can hold enough water for four cups of water, making it ideal for coffee, tea, or instant soups.

The Bodum Bistro features an unexposed heating element at the bottom for efficient boiling and a steam sensor that automatically shuts off when the water reaches its boiling point. Its manual on/off switch and power indicator light makes it easy to use, while the see-through water level indicator allows you to measure the perfect serving size.

Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle, Plastic, 17 Ounce, .5 Liter, Black

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  • Heating element: unexposed heating element is tucked away at the bottom and allows you to safely…
  • Electric kettle: features a manual on/off switch and power indicator light, plus a steam sensor for…

Product Specs:

  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Capacity: 17 ounces
  • Special Feature: BPA Free
  • Product Dimensions: 4W x 7.75H
  • Product Care Instructions: Hand wash
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Efficient boiling with an unexposed heating element
  • Automatic shut off with steam sensor
  • See-through water level indicator
  • Lid opening may make cleaning difficult

Ultrathin Foldable

The Ultrathin Kettle by LOUTYTUO is the perfect traveling companion. With its ultrathin design and foldable storage bag, it takes up minimal space in your luggage.

The one-button design makes it super easy to operate, allowing you to boil water in 3-5 minutes. And with its detachable power cord and handle, storing and pouring water is a breeze.

Ultrathin Upgraded Food Grade Silicone Travel Foldable Electric Kettle Boil Dry Protection Portable...

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  • Ultrathin Design: Folded size: 170*139*132 MM; Unfolded size: 149*139*50 MM, comes with zipper…
  • One Button Design: Super easy to operate, just press the button, then water will be boiled in 3-5…
  • Brand: LOUTYTUO
  • Color: Blue
  • Package Information: Bag
  • Finish Type: Stainless Steel
  • Product Dimensions: 6.69L x 5.2W x 5.47H
  • Product Weight: 1.84 pounds
  • Compact and portable design
  • Quick boiling time
  • Dual voltage option for worldwide use
  • Some users reported a hot exterior
  • Potential reboiling if power is not turned off
  • You need to press the button each time to heat the water

The Ultrathin offers convenience and functionality for travelers. Its compact size, quick boiling time, and dual voltage option make it an excellent choice.

Taylor Swoden Mini

The Taylor Swoden is another travel-friendly kettle that doesn’t compromise on functionality.

This small electric kettle is perfect for travelers with its small glass carafe and cordless design. The bright LEDs indicate when the water is heating up, and the automatic shut-off feature with boil-dry protection ensures safety. The cool-touch handle allows for safe handling even when the water is hot.

Despite its compact size, this Taylor Swoden Mini kettle still boasts a 1L capacity and concealed heating elements for quick boiling. The wide opening makes it easy to clean after use.

Whether in a dorm room, office, RV, or small kitchen, this portable electric kettle will be your reliable companion.

Taylor Swoden Small Glass Kettle Electric, Compact Mini Sized Electric Hot Water Kettle for Tea and...

  • Electric water kettle with 1L capacity glass carafe and BPA-free food-contact materials for quickly…
  • Equipped with bright LED’s which indicate the electric tea kettle is heating, completely cordless…
  • Automatic shutoff with boil-dry protection for safety and peace of mind. Heats water quickly but…
  • Brand: Taylor Swoden
  • Capacity: 1L
  • Material: BPA-free glass carafe
  • Cordless design
  • Compact size ideal for travel
  • Fast boiling with concealed heating elements
  • Easy to clean with a wide opening
  • Limited color options
  • No temperature control feature
  • Glass carafe may be fragile

Brentwood KT

Compact in size and boasting a collapsible design, the Brentwood KT-1508W is a popular choice for those who love a cuppa on their travels.

With its dual voltage capability and 0.8-liter capacity, this portable travel kettle is suitable for 110v and 220-240v power outlets, ensuring you can enjoy a hot beverage wherever you are. Its concealed heating element allows for quick water boiling, making it convenient for making tea or coffee while traveling.

The kettle is easy to clean and dry, making it a hassle-free appliance for your trips. Additionally, its compact size allows it to fit in a carry-on bag easily.

Brentwood KT-1508W Dual Voltage 120/220 Volt 0.8 Liter Collapsible-Travel Kettle, White

  • Collapsible body for travel
  • Concealed heating element
  • Item Package Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: White
  • Finish Type: White/Off-White
  • Product Dimensions: 7.25L x 5W x 7H
  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Dual voltage capability
  • Compact and easy to carry in a suitcase
  • No separate base required
  • It can only hold up to 0.8 liters of water

Liberty Premium

Now let’s shift our focus to the Liberty Premium Foldable Kettle, an excellent choice for travelers seeking versatility and efficiency.

With its portable and collapsible design, you can easily take it with you, whether camping, dormitory living, or road trips in your RV. The bottle warmer setting is convenient for parents with infants or those who enjoy warm beverages on the go. The real-time temperature display and five preset functions ensure precise control over your boiling experience. Plus, the automatic shut-off feature provides peace of mind for safety-conscious individuals.

Liberty Premium Portable Travel Electric Kettle Foldable BPA-Free Silicone Collapsible, Temperature...

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  • Smart – Auto shut off and 6 Automatic Preset Functions Boiling, Keep Warm, Bottle Warmer,…
  • Premium Silicone- Our hot water maker utilizes top grade food safe silicone which is natural and has…
  • Special Features: Bottle warmer setting, real-time temperature display
  • Material: Fully lined food-grade silicone
  • Functions: 5 preset functions including boiling, keeping warm, bottle warmer, coffee/tea, boiled egg
  • Dimensions: 7L x 5W x 7H inches
  • Collapsible and portable design
  • Fast boil capability
  • Accurate temperature sensor and large LCD display
  • Limited color options are available
  • They may not hold a large volume of water compared to traditional kettles
  • Some users reported issues with durability

Sekaer Travel Kettle

The Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle is a compact and lightweight kettle perfect for travel. Thanks to its rapid heating technology, it can boil 380ml/13oz of water in just 5-7 minutes. It measures only 8.8 inches and weighs just 1.45 pounds, making it easy to carry. It features four smart temperature presets ranging from 140°F to 212°F, allowing you to brew your favorite beverages at the perfect temperature.

The double-wall construction and 304 stainless steel material ensure it is safe to touch even when filled with hot water. The LCD display shows the real-time temperature so that you can monitor the progress of your boiling water. Additionally, the kettle has a boil-dry safety feature that automatically shuts it off when no more water is inside.

Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle Portable Small Mini Coffee Kettle, with 4 Variable Presets,...

  • 4 Smart Temperature Preset – The portable electric kettle preset temperatures are…
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  • Special Features: Boil Dry Protection, One Touch Preset, Automatic Shut-Off, Double Wall
  • Product Dimensions: 3.14L x 3.14W x 8.8H
  • Included Components: User Manual, Removable Power Cord, Portable Kettle
  • Rapid heating technology boils water in just 5-7 minutes
  • Compact and lightweight design for easy travel
  • Four smart temperature presets for brewing versatility
  • Mixed opinions about temperature accuracy and heating speed

ShineMe Upgrade Travel Kettle

Upgrade your travel experience with the ShineMe Travel Kettle – the perfect companion for any adventure! The compact and collapsible design allows easy storage, making it ideal for packing in your suitcase or backpack. With its dual voltage capability, you can use it anywhere in the world by simply adjusting the settings at the bottom of the kettle.

Safety features such as boil-dry protection and automatic shut-off ensure you can enjoy a worry-free cup of hot water wherever you are. The built-in temperature control switch allows you to self-heat water below 170°F, which can be turned off manually if desired.

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  • Material: Food grade silicone (BPA free), 304 stainless steel (heating plate and kettle lid)
  • Safety Features: Boil dry protection, automatically turns off when there is no water left
  • Heat Preservation: Built-in temperature control switch, self-heats water below 170°F, can be turned off manually
  • Easy Storage: Cleverly designed to expand and collapse for compact storage, it comes with a zipper storage bag
  • Dual Voltage: 110V/220V
  • Package Information: Includes one power cord, one travel adapter, one foldable cup, and one carrying bag
  • Product Dimensions: 5.47L x 6.69W x 5.2H
  • Product Care Instructions: Wipe clean, hand wash
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Compact and collapsible design for easy storage during travel.
  • Dual voltage capability makes it suitable for use worldwide.
  • Safety features such as boil dry protection and automatic shut-off provide peace of mind.
  • The self-heating feature may not reach the desired temperature for some users.
  • Limited color options are available.
  • Some users reported issues with the durability of the product over time.

Fabuletta Gooseneck Electric Kettle

Imagine a world where your morning coffee is poured effortlessly from the graceful neck of the Fabuletta Gooseneck Electric Kettle, awakening your senses with its sleek design and precise temperature control. This black beauty is not only visually appealing but also packed with features that make it a must-have for any coffee or tea lover on the go.

With LED touch control, you can easily select from 7 preset temperatures for optimal brewing results. The wide mouth diameter and high-strength laser welded spout ensure easy access and prevent leaking, while the boil-dry protection and automatic shut-off guarantee safety. The Fabuletta Gooseneck Electric Kettle also offers a keep-warm feature for 60 minutes, allowing you to enjoy hot beverages at your own pace. Its durable construction with food-grade stainless steel ensures long-lasting performance.

However, some spots may develop on the bottom inside the kettle that is difficult to clean, and the metal band on the handle may get hot during use.

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  • Brand: FABULETTA
  • Special Features: LED Touch Control, Temperature Control, Heat Resistant Handle
  • Dimensions: 11.57L x 7.13W x 8.43H
  • Weight: 1.4 Kilograms (3.08 pounds)
  • Sleek design with LED touch control panel
  • Precise temperature control for better taste
  • Boil-dry protection and automatic shut-off for safety
  • Difficult to clean spots on the bottom inside the kettle
  • The metal band on the handle may get hot during use

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take a travel kettle on a plane.

Can you actually take a travel kettle on a plane? The answer is yes but with some restrictions.

Firstly, it’s important to note that not all airlines allow electric kettles in carry-on bags. Some may consider them potential security risks due to the heating element inside. So, before packing your kettle, check the airline’s regulations and contact their customer service if needed.

If the airline permits travel kettles, there are still some guidelines to follow. It must be empty and completely dry before packing it. It should also be easily accessible for inspection at security checkpoints. It’s advisable to place it separately in a plastic bag or its own protective case to avoid any issues.

Remember that power outlets might not be available on all flights or seats. So even if you bring your kettle on board, you may be unable to use it during the flight.

How Long Does a Travel Kettle Take To Boil?

Well, let me tell you, it won’t take too long! Travel kettles are designed to be compact and efficient, so they heat up quickly and do the job in no time.

Most travel kettles can bring water to a boil in just a few minutes.

Here are four reasons why you’ll love the quick boiling time:

  • No waiting around: You won’t have to waste precious vacation time waiting for water to boil. You can enjoy your morning cup of tea or coffee in no time and get on with exploring your destination.
  • Instant gratification: There’s something satisfying about watching the water heat up and reach boiling point right before your eyes. It’s like magic!
  • Energy-efficient: They are designed to be energy-efficient, using less power than regular kettles while still getting the job done quickly.
  • Perfect for impatient travelers: Ideal if you hate waiting around. It’s small but mighty, delivering hot water fast so that you can keep moving on your adventures.

Do Travel Kettles Work in the USA?

You’ll be thrilled that travel kettles are fully compatible in the USA, so you can enjoy a hot cup of your favorite beverage wherever your adventures take you! Whether staying in a hotel room or camping outdoors, they are a convenient and efficient way to boil water.

Travel kettles are designed to work with different voltages and plug types, making them suitable for use in various countries, including the United States. Most have dual voltage capabilities, allowing them to switch between 110-120 volts (the standard in the USA) and 220-240 volts (commonly used in other countries). This means you won’t need additional converters or adapters when using your kettle in America.

Can You Use a Travel Kettle at Home?

Travel kettles aren’t just for travel; you can use them at home too. Using one at home offers many advantages. Firstly, it provides you with instant access to hot water whenever you need it. Whether you want to make tea, coffee, or even instant noodles, a travel kettle can quickly heat the water. It saves time and energy compared to using a traditional stovetop kettle.

Another benefit of using a travel kettle at home is its compact size. These kettles are designed to be lightweight and portable, making them perfect for small kitchens or limited countertop space. They don’t take up much room and can easily be stored when not in use.

They often have additional features like temperature control settings or automatic shut-off functions. These features ensure safety and allow you to customize your hot water experience according to your preferences.

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Finding the best travel tea kettle can be a challenging task. But don’t worry, we’ve scoured the online shopping shelves to find you the best electric travel kettle options for you.

Whether you’re in search of a mini kettle that’s easy to pack, a dual voltage kettle for international travels, a car-friendly kettle for road trips, or simply the best overall travel tea kettle, you’ll find it all here. We’ve done the research and compiled a list of the best travel tea kettles that will make your tea-making (or coffee-making) experience a breeze, no matter where your adventures take you.

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Best mini travel tea kettle, adjustable temperature kettle for travel, best travel kettle for car, overall best travel tea kettle, must-have travel tea kettle accessories, top electric travel kettle questions, collapsible mini travel kettle.

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This popular foldable silicone electric kettle makes traveling with it easy. One way it does this is by folding two being just about 2 inches high so it will not use up too much of you precious luggage space. Talk about being a mini travel kettle! It’s also lightweight, which is a huge plus. And if your travels take you to international destinations, you’ll appreciate the dual voltage option, so it can boil water for you world wide.

  • Size: 6.5″ x 6.3″ x 2.1″ (folded)/ 6.5″ x 6.3″ x 5.1″ (expanded)
  • Material: BPA-free silicone and stainless steel
  • Capacity: 20 oz
  • Voltage: 110V/220V (manual dual voltage)
  • Weight: 1.42 lbs.

Jettle Temp-Controlled Travel Kettle

best mini travel kettle

The Jettle is a multi-purpose power house travel kettle. I love that the temperature control settings allow me to customize it to the setting I need. There are 12 heat settings to be exact! So whether I am wanting a tea, coffee, or water for my oatmeal, I can get it to the perfect temp. I also like the design of this kettle that makes it easy to pack away in my backpack’s water bottle pocket. And it’s lightweight, but still sturdy enough that I don’t have to worry about it tipping over.

  • Size: 3.3″ x 3.3″ x 9.8″
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Capacity: 15 oz
  • Voltage: 110V
  • Weight: 1.54 lbs.

12V Car Kettle

best mini travel kettle

If your travels involve long car rides, this car kettle is your perfect match. It’s the right size to fit into a car’s cup holder, and can can boil up to 12 oz of water in under 20 minutes. And unlike a lot of other car kettles, this one is still cool enough to hold once boiled. Plus, the top has an airtight seal to make sure the scalding water doesn’t spill when you’re not using it.

  • Size: 3″ x 3″ x 11″
  • Capacity: 12 oz
  • Voltage: 12V (standard car cigarette lighter)
  • Weight: 1 lbs.

Nicewell Travel Kettle

best mini travel kettle

The Nicewell kettle has so many of the best and most useful features for travel, all in one. The size is similar to a thermos or water bottle, and it’s under a pound, so it packs away nicely. But it can still hold 12 oz of water, which is more than enough. Plus, the auto-dual voltage makes this simple to travel with, and you don’t need to try and figure out the country’s voltage before you’ve had your morning coffee. And you can make your morning coffee, tea, etc. to the exact temp your want with it’s digital temp control.

The special part of this travel kettle is that is doubles as a thermos. It has vacuum and double wall insulation to keep your drink hot (or even cold). But also has a vent to allow for expanded air to excape while boiling. All that, plus it being leak proof and having a safety automatic shut-off feature, are the reasons why this is my favorite overall travel kettle pick!

  • Size: 2.9″ x 2.9″ x 8.8″
  • Voltage: 110V-240V (auto dual voltage)
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs.

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Yeti 20 oz Travel Mug

My Yeti mug has been through many bumps and falls during my travels, and still somehow looks like new. It also keeps my drinks at the perfect temp for hours, so there’s not much more I could ask for!

best mini travel kettle

Silicone Tea Infusers

Easy to pack and easy to clean make these tea infusers great for traveling with. I also like that I can still wedge a top on my mug with these in place, so I can keep it warm while I wait.

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Tea World Sampler

Even when you’re traveling locally, you can still explore teas from across the world with this fun tea sampler set.

Is an electric kettle allowed on flights?

Yes, electric tea kettles are allowed on flights. We have included the top electric travel tea kettles here that are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage for flights. An important consideration, is if there is also a battery on the electric tea kettle, in which case you would only want to pack it in your carry-on luggage.

What is the best dual voltage travel kettle?

When searching for the best dual voltage travel kettle, it’s essential to consider your specific needs and preferences. Above I have listed two great dual voltage options. The Collapsible Mini Travel Kettle is manual dual voltage. And my top overall pick for the Best Travel Kettle is an auto dual voltage.

Is an electric kettle allowed in hand luggage?

Yes, an electric tea kettle is allowed in your hand luggage. We’ve included a couple of the top electric tea kettles that are perfect for hand luggage, and meet TSA requirements.

How many watts does my electric kettle need to be?

If you are traveling in the US, you will want the voltage to be 110v. If you are traveling abroad, having voltage options up to 220v-240v as well, makes the electric kettle more versatile. I also recommend the option of an automatic voltage converter on your tea kettle, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to switch it manually. Or having to confirm the country’s voltage before using it. Here is a comprehensive list of voltage by country .

Why is my electric kettle not working?

Your electric kettle may not be working for a number of reasons. The first thing to check, especially when traveling, is that the voltage is correct for the country you are in. Second, you will want to test a different outlet to see if it a problem with the power source. Or you can try plugging something else into the outlet to see if it functions properly. This is usually the issue if the power light doesn’t come on at all. Third, if the power light does come on but it isn’t heating, it is likely a faulty heating element or has been damaged. In which case you will want to contact the supplier to verify the warranty and next steps for repair or replacement.

Is an electric kettle faster than the stove?

Yes, an electric kettle is generally faster than a stove for boiling water. Electric kettles are designed to quickly heat water to boiling point using an electric heating element, whereas a stove may take longer due to factors such as the size of the pot and the type of stove. However, electric kettles with lower voltage (such as 12v electric kettles for cars) are usually a bit slower than a stove.

Electric kettle vs. microwave?

An electric kettle is generally a better option than a microwave for heating water. Electric kettles are faster to heat and typically have temperature control options. Electric kettles also usually have safety features like auto-shut off. While a microwave can also be used to heat water, it may take longer and can be less efficient than an electric kettle.

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It’s hard to beat the convenience of a kettle, and having an electric one means you can get a jump start on coffee, oatmeal, or even ramen, without turning on your stovetop. The best small electric kettle is compact enough to fit into any kitchen and work quickly, but there are some important thing to consider before you buy.

  • Capacity: Most electric kettles have a capacity of at least 6 to 7 cups, while small electric kettles — sometimes called travel kettles — hold more like 2 to 4 cups of water. Finding the right size for you will depend on your available counter space, as well as how much you tend to drink in one sitting.
  • Temperature: Any kettle's job is to boil water fast , and electric kettles boil water twice as fast as stovetop kettles . Each of the best electric kettles below boils water in about one to five minutes. Some electric kettles may even have thermostats with temperature presets for bringing water to the exact temperature needed, which may be essential if you’re particular about your pour-over coffee or loose-leaf tea.
  • Materials: There are pros and cons to every material and choosing one generally comes down to personal preference. Stainless steel is durable and imparts no flavor to boiled water , but with this opaque material it’s harder to tell exactly how much water you’ve added to the kettle. A glass carafe allows for easy monitoring of water levels, but it’s also susceptible to breaking. Small electric kettles may also be made of food-grade silicone, which is durable and flexible , so it’s especially great for travel, but may be limited to that purpose. More affordable kettles may have some plastic parts, like lids or windows, though it’s best to avoid kettles with more plastic due to concerns about heated-up plastic releasing chemicals .
  • Bonus Features: Some kettles will have safety features like automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection, so you don't have to babysit your kettle, or convenient features like measurement markings or a keep-warm function.

Any of the electric kettles below will speed up your morning routine or help you get dinner on the table faster . They're all highly rated on Amazon, including several with thousands of reviews.

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

The Best For Discerning Pour-Over Coffee & Tea Drinkers

COSORI Electric Gooseneck Kettle

This aesthetically pleasing electric gooseneck kettle has an elongated spout for a slower, even pour with more control and no spilling, so it's easy to make a delicious cup of coffee every time. Five convenient temperature presets labeled for specific types of tea and coffee take any guesswork out of the perfect brew, and tea lovers will especially love the hour-long keep warm function for effortless refills. This pick is the only one on the list that will hold a temperature for an extended period.

This 3.4-cup kettle is made of stainless steel and boils a full kettle in three to five minutes. Three soft beeps are heard when the kettle reaches the selected temperature, and yes, the beep can be disabled if you'd prefer. The counterbalanced, cool-touch handle makes holding and pouring more comfortable.

This leakproof pick also has automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection, plus a non-slip base. With an impressive 4.8-star rating and more than 1,000 reviews, this pick comes in a modern matte black or goes-with-everything silver.

A helpful review: "wonderful addition to my Chemex coffee maker. Gets the water to the perfect temperature quickly and has a setting to keep it there while I keep pouring it into the filter. [...] It looks really nice and amazingly works very nicely as well. My wife loves it because she can get the right temperature for her teas as well. Better than guessing time on the microwave. If you are a coffee geek like myself it also gives you so much satisfaction to pour the water over your perfectly roasted, freshly ground coffee beans for a good drip coffee (I typically prefer espresso though)."

The Best Value: A No-Frills Budget Pick With A Cult Following

Stainless Steel Portable Electric Hot Water Kettle

If you're shopping on a budget, this stainless steel electric kettle is an affordable pick and cult favorite with a 4.7-star rating and more than 9,000 reviews. This kettle holds 4.2 cups and reviewers report it works quickly, boiling water in one to five minutes (depending on how full it is), though there's no beep when it's done. You'll hear the water come to a boil and the click of the kettle shutting off. One note: You'll want to pour right away since there's no keep warm button.

Measurement markings in a plastic window on the side are convenient for monitoring water levels, and a removable filter is a cinch to clean. A long, 30-inch cord on the base allows for flexible placement in the kitchen, and the cord wraps underneath the base for compact storage . This kettle also has safety features like automatic shutoff with boil-dry protection, so your water will never boil over, and the handle remains cool.

A helpful review : “Pleasantly surprised with how well this works! I was nervous about buying an electric kettle for such a low price when other products seemed to be in a higher price range. I tried this just because it was Amazons choice and it didn’t [disappoint.] It’s quick & quiet although pretty basic with only one button. Once it’s done, it auto shuts off so that the water stops boiling. I would highly recommend this product for anyone looking for an electric kettle!”

The Best For Travel: A Collapsible Silicone Kettle

Gourmia Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

Small electric kettles are also loved for their portability, and this collapsible electric kettle boils water fairly quickly and fits in your suitcase. With a 3.4-cup capacity, this food-grade silicone kettle is just 4 inches tall when collapsed, making it ideal for traveling, camping, or at an office or home.

The kettle has a stainless steel heating element and a plastic lid with safety features like boil-dry protection, automatic shut-off (it won't beep), a handle that remains cool, and lid lock. Reviewers commented that this highly rated kettle is easy to use and clean, and they appreciate that it boils water in about two to four minutes. There's no temperature hold on this kettle, but reviewers commented that it will start to come to a boil again if left plugged in and the water cools down.

A helpful review : “[...]When I travel West and find myself in a different time zone, I sometimes wake up too early for breakfast in the hotel room. It is really good to boil water to make some coffee and some instant oatmeal. It does collapse down, taking very little room in my suitcase. Makes hot water and shuts itself off when the water is ready. It is perfect for what I need.”

The Best For Loud Kitchens: A Glass Kettle That Lights Up So You Never Miss The Beep

Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Tea Kettle

After just one to three minutes, this glass electric kettle is illuminated with a soft blue light, signaling you're about to have boiled water. While other noisy appliances may be working in the kitchen, this visual cue is one that's hard to miss. With more than 3,000 reviews, shoppers note this light-up feature sets this highly rated kettle apart.

The 4.2-cup glass carafe has stainless steel accents and a plastic lid with a built-in mesh filter. A wide mouth allows for easier cleaning, and a cord that wraps under the base makes storage compact. Measurement markings are highly visible on the carafe, and this pick also has automatic shut-off and boil-dry protection, though there's no handy keep warm function.

A helpful review : “Every morning when I flip the switch to start boiling water for my morning tea, I wonder how I lived without this wonderful gadget for so long. It is literally my most favorite purchase of the year. Something so inexpensive but it really does give me joy! I love the pretty blue light up base & the clear glass. It’s also super fast. I haven’t experienced any issues with a hot handle but I always make sure to hold the kettle further down so as not to let any steam reach me. The kettle does not hold a ton of water, so holding it there should not be awkward.”

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Best Electric Travel Tea Kettle in 2023

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Travel kettles are the perfect travel companion for avid coffee and tea drinkers. What better way to start your day than by having your favorite morning coffee or cup of tea? They’re a must for days when you have a packed itinerary! 

Here’s our list of the best travel tea kettles to bring on your trip to Germany (and beyond).

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  • 1 Why Take a Travel Tea Kettle to Germany?
  • 2 What To Look For In A Travel Tea Kettle
  • 3 Best Travel Tea Kettles
  • 4 Travel Tea Kettle Comparison Chart
  • 5 Top 10 Dual-Voltage Travel Tea Kettles
  • 6 Best for Families – Hödel Travel Electric Kettle
  • 7 Best for Solo Travelers – PLAZALA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle
  • 8 Best Value – Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle
  • 9 Best for Coffee – Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle
  • 10 Best Collapsible Kettle – Loutytuo Ultrathin Travel Kettle
  • 11 Best for Tea – Seakaer Portable Electric Kettle
  • 12 Best for Making Food – ECTY 0.5L Portable Electric Stainless Steel Water Kettle
  • 13 Best for Using in the Car – Spardar 12V Car Kettle Boiler
  • 14 Best Stainless Steel Kettle – Narita International Travel Kettle
  • 15 Fastest Boiling Time – T-magitic 0.5 Liter Portable Electric Kettle
  • 16 Another Option: An Immersion Heater
  • 17 What Else You Need

Why Take a Travel Tea Kettle to Germany?

Tea kettles aren’t as commonplace in hotels in Germany as they are in countries like Ireland (where we had one in every room we stayed in). You might have better luck with Airbnbs but you’re not guaranteed to have good kettles. I’ve stayed in nice Airbnbs where the kettle was surprisingly old, rusty or otherwise not appealing.

Also, during these Covid times, some hotels don’t have kettles available anymore (or they’re only available upon request) as a safety measure. Speaking of safety measures, while we can all hope that these kettles are frequently sanitized and cleaned, you just never know! So it’s better to be safe and bring your own.

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Plus, these revolutionary appliances can also do more than just heat water! They obviously come in handy for coffee or your morning cup of tea. But they can also make warm meals or snacks like eggs and instant noodles – a pro tip for saving money if you’re traveling on a budget. They’re also essential for RVs and camping. Overall, they’re a great investment regardless of where you travel because you can use them again and again.

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What To Look For In A Travel Tea Kettle

Size and Portability 

Since you’ll be packing it in your suitcase, you don’t want a bulky kettle that will take up valuable space. A lightweight, small size portable electric kettle is ideal. Look out for collapsible or foldable kettles too because they’re compact and great for a more minimal packing approach .

Dual Voltage

If you’re traveling abroad, make sure that the kettle is dual voltage. If not, you won’t be able to use countries where the voltage is different unless you buy a special converter. With dual voltage kettles, you can switch to the right voltage depending where you are.

Choose a kettle made of good quality material that’ll last you a long time. You don’t want your kettle to break in the middle of your trip! You can never go wrong with stainless steel for its durability. Avoid plastic since they are not always BPA-free and can affect taste.

Boiling Time

The last thing you want to do while traveling is waste time waiting for your kettle to boil. Look for kettles that have a speed boil feature to boil water extra fast for when you’re in a rush. Controlling temperature settings through a variable temperature control feature can also help in quickly getting the perfect temperature.

Safety Features

Safety features like boil-dry protection, which switches off the heat when there is no water inside, and automatic auto-shut off are handy features that can prevent any safety issues.

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Best Travel Tea Kettles

  • Best for Families: Hödel Travel Electric Kettle
  • Best for Solo Travelers: PLAZALA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle
  • Best Value: Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle
  • Best for Coffee: Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle
  • Best Collapsible Kettle :  Loutytuo Ultrathin Travel Kettle
  • Best for Tea: Seakaer Portable Electric Kettle
  • Best for Making Food: ECTY 0.5L Portable Electric Stainless Steel Water Kettle
  • Best for Using in the Car: Spardar 12V Car Kettle Boiler
  • Best Stainless Steel Kettle: Narita International Travel Kettle
  • Fastest Boiling Time:   T-magitic 0.5 Liter Portable Electric Kettle

Travel Tea Kettle Comparison Chart

Hödel Travel Electric Kettle

Top 10 Dual-Voltage Travel Tea Kettles

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  • Large capacity of 1L (34oz)
  • Collapsible design
  • Travel adapter and case included

Hödel Travel Electric Kettle

Best for Families – Hödel Travel Electric Kettle

This universal hot water kettle has a capacity of 1L (34oz) and can serve up to 4 people all at once. It’s a good choice for those traveling with family or a group since its capacity is large compared to other small electric kettles.

It also has an increased wattage of 800W meaning it heats up fairly quickly. Don’t be put off by the size – this kettle is foldable and lightweight! Once it’s folded it only takes up around 3 inches.

Click here to buy this large capacity kettle for your family’s next trip.

  • Compact size
  • One-button switch
  • Double-layer heat insulation

PLAZALA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle

Best for Solo Travelers – PLAZALA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle

The Plazala small travel kettle holds 350ml (12oz) making it the perfect kettle for solo travelers! This mini travel kettle is about the size of a coffee grinder or a thermos so you can tuck it in your luggage without worrying about it taking too much space.

It has a one-button switch and auto-shut off so it’s easy and straightforward to operate. It also has double-layer heat insulation that keeps the inside hot while keeping the outside cool.

Click here to buy this mini travel kettle for your solo travels.

  • Collapsible and ergonomic design
  • Good capacity of 850ml (29oz)
  • Fast boiling time

Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle

Best Value – Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle

The Brentwood dual-voltage travel kettle has a collapsible design that can heat up to 850ml or over 3 cups of water. It’s made of durable materials with a food grade stainless steel base that is corrosion resistant. This collapsible kettle has useful features like automatically keeping the water warm if you leave it switched on. 

For its capacity and features, it has a really affordable price. It’s a good electric kettle to purchase as a starter kettle before splurging on more expensive ones.

Click here to buy this affordable and efficient foldable kettle.

  • Works with Nespresso capsules and coffee grounds
  • Hand operated (no batteries or cords)

Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle

Best for Coffee – Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle

The Wacaco Minipresso is the perfect travel kettle for coffee lovers! It has unique features like a filter basket where you can add your coffee grounds or a Nespresso capsule. It claims to grind and measure with high precision, making the process quick and mess-free.

The best part is that it’s a completely portable kettle since it’s hand operated! You won’t have to worry about power cords or batteries. Simply add hot water, pump it a few times and you’ll have your cup of coffee in no time. 

Click here to buy the best travel kettle specifically designed for coffee.

  • Detachable handle and cord
  • Boil-dry protection

Loutytuo Ultrathin Travel Kettle

Best Collapsible Kettle – Loutytuo Ultrathin Travel Kettle

This collapsible kettle compacts down into a disc that takes up very little space. It has an ultrathin design with a foldable handle and a detachable power cord. It even comes with a zipper storage bag for easy packing. 

The electric tea kettle is made of food grade silicon with a stainless steel heating base. It also comes with boil-dry protection and automatic switch off for double protection.

Click here to buy an ultrathin, collapsible kettle that will save you a lot of space while packing.

  • Comes with preset temperatures
  • LCD display
  • Compact and lightweight

Seakaer Portable Electric Kettle

Best for Tea – Seakaer Portable Electric Kettle

The Seakaer portable travel kettle is a great choice for tea lovers. It comes with four preset water temperatures for making different teas like oolong, green tea, fruit tea, black tea, and many more. There’s even an LCD display showing the real temperature and safety features that’ll make sure the small kettle will turn off once it reaches your preferred temperature.

It’s about the size of a water bottle so it’s very compact. It’s the best kettle for making a good cup of tea in between traveling! 

Click here to buy this convenient tea kettle that makes preparing tea easy and hassle-free.

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  • Multi-function
  • Anti-dry protection
  • Stainless steel

ECTY 0.5L Portable Electric Stainless Steel Water Kettle

Best for Making Food – ECTY 0.5L Portable Electric Stainless Steel Water Kettle

Did you know you can actually use kettles for more than water? With this kettle, boil eggs or vegetables, heat soup and even cook instant noodles. Of course, you can still use it to heat water like a normal kettle. But if you’re in a pinch while traveling, then this kettle’s food grade stainless steel interior and wide opening is ideal for preparing simple food.

Click here to buy this kettle that can also be used for preparing food.

  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Anti-spill design

Spardar 12V Car Kettle Boiler

Best for Using in the Car – Spardar 12V Car Kettle Boiler

This small electric kettle by Spardar is ideal for those who are camping, traveling with a rental car or going on road trips! It comes with a 12V cigarette lighter that you can plug in to your car. It’s made of stainless steel with double insulation and has a sealing rubber ring design meaning it won’t move around and overflow while you’re driving. 

Click here to buy a travel kettle you can use you cars for your next road trip.

  • Durable materials
  • Automatic shut-off after boiling

Narita International Travel Kettle

Best Stainless Steel Kettle – Narita International Travel Kettle

You can never go wrong with stainless steel. It’s the most durable, sturdy material plus it’s less likely to leave that silicon or plastic taste behind that other kettles can. This no-fuss Narita stainless steel travel kettle has a simple, classic build that is sure to get the job done and last you a long time. 

Click here to buy this durable stainless steel kettle that’s made to last.

  • Very fast boiling time

T-magitic 0.5 Liter Portable Electric Kettle

Fastest Boiling Time – T-magitic 0.5 Liter Portable Electric Kettle

This is the best electric kettle for busy mornings. It has a fast boiling feature that cuts down time to about 4 minutes. Its capacity is 0.5L which is good for two servings. The interior is 100% stainless steel while the outside is plastic, meaning it’s cool to the touch and will prevent scalding.

Click here to buy this kettle with a fast boiling feature to cut down on your waiting time.

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Another Option: An Immersion Heater

An alternative to travel kettles are immersion heaters. They take much less space than standard kettles and weigh significantly less. Generally, they’re also cheaper and faster. The downside to immersion heaters is that you can’t just plug them and do other things while waiting. You always have to keep an eye on it just to be safe! 

Here are some recommended immersion heaters for travel:

  • Nopro 559 Immersion Portable Water Boiler Travel

This is a dual voltage immersion heater that will boil your water for coffee and tea in just minutes. It has burn guards to protect your mugs and cups. It’s sleek and portable, measuring only around 5 inches which is way less than your typical kettle.

  • Lewis N. Clark Portable Travel Immersion Heater

Very similar to the Nopro immersion heater, though slightly more affordable. It’s also dual voltage and incredibly lightweight and handy. The coils also have burn guards to make sure it doesn’t touch the sides of your container. Perfect for camping and traveling!

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What Else You Need

A Voltage Converter or Adapter

Since the voltage in Germany is different from the United States, you’ll need to bring a converter or an adapter so you can use your travel kettle all over Europe!

Don’t limit yourself to drinking your beverage in your hotel room or out of a paper cup. Bring it with you while sightseeing or ride the train! 

Hydro Flask has a wide range of stainless steel and insulated tumblers that protect your drink’s temperature for hours. Hydro Flasks are excellent at keeping hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold!

This mug by Contigo with an autoseal lid and double-wall vacuum insulation is a great sturdy option.

If you’re looking for a smaller one that you can carry in your purse, this travel mug holds 350ml (12oz) and has a leak proof lid. It’s good for coffee, tea and even beer (perfect for Germany)! For a more heavy-duty option that’d also be great for camping, check out the YETI Rambler 12oz bottle.

Better to be safe than sorry and bring your own spoon to mix your drink. A small spoon or even a set of portable travel utensils will work well and won’t take up much space in your luggage.

Tea, Coffee, Sweetener

Germany has tons of different kinds of teas and coffees you can buy and try out! But if you have a particular brand you can’t imagine not drinking for a day, then bring some tea bags or coffee grounds with you. Same with sweetener. Pack some extra packets in case it’s not readily available at your destination.

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Cate has been traveling to Germany for 30+ years. She has lived in Germany, taught college German, and has a PhD in German Applied Linguistics. She loves helping travelers plan their dream trips to Germany!

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The Best Electric Kettle

Our four picks for best electric kettles.

By Anna Shults Held , Sarah Zorn and Michael Sullivan

Electric kettles provide a swift and easy way to heat water without using a stove. And many models will even let you set a precise temperature—key for getting the best flavor from coffee and tea. Of all the models we’ve tested since 2013, the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle continues to be our favorite, thanks to its winning combination of speed, accuracy, and simple controls—and all at a better price than that of most competitors.

Everything we recommend

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Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle

The best all-purpose electric kettle.

This 1.7-liter kettle heats water quickly and accurately to the various temperatures needed to get optimum flavor from teas and coffee.

Buying Options

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Breville IQ Kettle

Sleeker but pricier.

Despite the price bump, this intuitive, easy-to-use kettle probably won’t provide more longevity than you get with the Cuisinart, but this model is sleeker and slightly more ergonomic.

best mini travel kettle

Cuisinart Digital Gooseneck Kettle

The best gooseneck kettle.

We recommend this precise-aim gooseneck kettle for anyone preparing pour-over coffee or for tea lovers who will geek out over its spot-on temperature accuracy.

Budget pick

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Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel 1.7 Liter Kettle

An inexpensive water boiler.

This no-frills kettle lacks the bells and whistles of the variable-temperature models we recommend, but it gets the job done on the cheap.

Qualities of electric kettles

Our picks can boil up to 1.7 liters of water in seven minutes, but of course they’ll boil smaller quantities even faster.

Whether your kettle is for oolong tea or pour-over, you can set it to the ideal brewing temperature, and it’ll keep the temp there for 20 to 30 minutes.

Most kettles automatically shut off after boiling or keeping warm for a set amount of time. Some also have boil-dry protection.

Boiling water repeatedly is hard on electrical components, so failure rates can be high for electric kettles. Good warranties help.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle has been our top pick since 2013 because of its consistent performance and easy-to-use interface. In our tests, we found very little variation in the amount of time it took to bring a full kettle of water (1.7 L) to a boil—about 7 minutes on average. We were also impressed with this kettle’s accuracy in holding water at a set temperature. It has six preset temperature choices, each with a dedicated button, plus a “keep warm” function, which holds water at the set temperature for 30 minutes. The three-year warranty is also quite generous compared with those of similarly priced electric kettles we’ve looked at.

The Breville IQ Kettle looks great and works well, too. It has five temperature presets, each with a button on the base of the kettle, and a 20-minute “keep warm” function. And rather than being a closed loop, the handle is open at the bottom, making it just a little more accessible. We don’t think these features are worth the price jump over the Cuisinart CPK-17 (especially since the IQ has only a one-year warranty). But for someone who prioritizes a more streamlined look or an ergonomic handle, the price difference might be worth it.

The Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle is accurate and fast, and it’s more comfortable to use than other similarly priced gooseneck kettles. The willowy spout gives you the control necessary for executing the perfect pour-over, and the rounded handle is easy to grasp, resulting in a smoother, more precise pour. The controls are intuitive and allow you to adjust the water temperature in five-degree increments, and a “keep warm” function holds the temperature for 30 minutes before automatically shutting off. The kettle has an all-steel body and lid, which makes it a great option for the plastic-avoidant. Also, in matte black this kettle looks attractive when kept on the counter.

We recommend the inexpensive Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel 1.7 Liter Kettle for anyone who’d prefer not to break the bank but wants a decent kettle for boiling water. This model is very straightforward to operate, with a simple on/off switch at the base of the handle. In our tests, it heated water just as quickly as the Cuisinart CPK-17, and it shuts off automatically as soon as it reaches a boil (this is a good safety feature, but you’ll need to stay close, since there’s no beep to alert you when it’s done). The large, heat-safe handle stays cool, and the spout doesn’t dribble when you’re pouring.

The research

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In researching this guide over the years, we’ve talked to a number of experts about what they look for in a kettle. They include Tony Gebely of Tea Epicure ; Michelle Rabin, founder of T Ching ; Peter F. Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc. ; and famed tea expert Bruce Richardson . We also looked at highly rated models on Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as at reviews from America's Test Kitchen (subscription required), Good Housekeeping , and Wired .

We also performed review aggregation analysis on several of the more competitive kettles we’ve tested (with the exception of newer models, like the Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle , that have not yet amassed enough user reviews for meaningful analysis). Using an AI-based review analysis tool, we scanned over 5,000 Amazon reviews across six popular kettles, paying attention to patterns among user comments regarding ease of use, speed, longevity, and more.

Wirecutter’s Haley Sprankle and writer Anna Shults Held worked on the most recent version of this guide, and have both covered a range of other kitchen gear for Wirecutter.

Previous updates also relied on research and testing by Sarah Zorn, a cookbook author and recipe developer and tester, and Wirecutter senior staff writer Michael Sullivan, who has covered everything from toaster ovens to air fryers . This guide also builds on work by Wirecutter’s Winnie Yang and Tim Barribeau.

Getting a variable-temperature electric kettle is the key to immediately improving your hot-drink game, whether you’re a tea connoisseur or a coffee nerd.

Different varieties of tea are intended to be brewed at specific temperatures. Though exact temperatures are up for debate and come down to personal preference, the general rule is that more-delicate leaves require cooler water. So green tea, for example, should steep at a temperature that is markedly lower than the rolling boil black tea requires.

The ideal temperature for brewing a clean, balanced cup of coffee—whether with a pour-over dripper or a French press—is also below boiling: The Specialty Coffee Association recommends somewhere around 200 °F . If you’re mainly interested in brewing coffee, you might also consider purchasing an electric gooseneck kettle, specifically designed for pour-overs. The thin, angled spout aids in assuring a slow, controlled pour.

If you’re not a coffee or tea aficionado, you may want a no-frills basic model that simply boils water. We have a pick for that, too. In either case, an electric kettle also works for people who hate the alarming sound of whistling kettles and want a fast, more automatic path to their morning cup of caffeine. It’s also useful for those who don’t have easy access to a stove, such as students living in a dorm.

A group of electric kettles lined up on a counter.

A great electric kettle should hit temperatures quickly and accurately, and it should preferably come with a few special features that make it pleasant and easy to use. Over our years of research and testing since first writing this guide, in 2013, we’ve settled on the following criteria:

Simple controls: Bringing water to a boil shouldn’t be rocket science. We looked for kettles with intuitive controls that were simple to start at the push of a button. Not all models we tested came with multiple temperature settings, but for those that did, we looked for clearly marked and easily adjustable settings. We’ve also found it especially helpful when guides—with ideal temperatures for various beverages—are printed on the machine, instead of hidden in the manual.

Accurate: For kettles with multiple temperature settings, reasonable accuracy is important because there’s no point in aiming for 200 °F and hitting 212 °F instead.

Fast: You don’t want to wait forever for your water to heat, and we’ve seen quite a range during tests, with kettles taking anywhere from under 3 minutes to a sleepy 7 minutes and counting to boil one liter of water. Ideally, we looked for models that brought a liter to a boil in 5 minutes or less.

Pours cleanly: Basic kettles should be able to pour into a mug without splashing or dribbling. With gooseneck kettles, which are primarily intended for making pour-over coffee, we looked for models that gave us a high level of control over the speed and direction of the stream.

Minimal plastic: We tested kettles made primarily from stainless steel, glass, or ceramic. Some people, including our experts, complain about plastic kettles imparting a funny taste or smell to the water. Plus, plastic kettles are more prone to warping over time, so we decided not to include them. Most models we've tested, however, contained some minor plastic elements, such as parts of the lid, a filter, or the water-level window. All of our picks’ manufacturers assured us that the plastic components in their kettles were made from heat-resistant plastics.

If you’re especially concerned about plastic components in your kettle, our pick for the best gooseneck kettle, the Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle , has an all-steel body and lid. And three of the options in our Other good kettles section, the OXO Brew Gooseneck Electric Kettle , the Fellow Corvo EKG , and the Fellow Stagg EKG , have all-steel bodies with only a silicone gasket around the temperature probe on the bottom. Both Fellow kettles also have all-steel lids.

Safety features: Kettles should have handles and lids that stay cool to the touch and keep your hands well away from any scalding surfaces. An automatic shut-off is another important safety feature—most kettles these days come with one, but it’s important that the feature works properly.

Easy to clean: All kettles will need to be descaled from time to time, since lime deposits build up inside. To make that process easier, we looked for kettles with wide openings that are easy to reach into for cleaning. A scale filter in the spout also helps to keep bits of the deposits (which are harmless) out of your cup.

Solid warranties: Boiling water is hard on appliances, especially those with finicky moving parts or complex settings. Our research has shown that even high-quality kettles can have a somewhat short lifespan. Spending more may get you nicer features or a sturdier housing, but it won’t ensure that your kettle lasts longer. So it’s best to find a model with a good warranty. A year is standard; two or more is excellent. (The Cuisinart PerfecTemp, our top pick , offers three.)

Nice extras: Waiting is a pain, particularly when a kettle doesn’t have audible cues to let you know that it’s reached the desired temperature. That said, it’s preferable when a kettle is otherwise quiet—without rattling while heating, shrieking while boiling, or setting off prolonged beeps when you’ve let it sit. Other extra-credit additions include timers, real-time temperature indicators, and toggles that let you switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius.

A man sitting in front of various electric kettles while writing in a notebook.

We started our original testing by timing how long it took each kettle to bring a liter of water to a boil. With the variable-temperature kettles, we also measured how accurate their internal thermometer was for various non-boiling temperatures. (We did this by using a ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4, our former upgrade pick for instant-read thermometer .)We performed both tests multiple times on each kettle.

Some models we tested had a warming feature that could hold set temperatures, so we checked their accuracy after letting them sit on hold for a period of time. We tested automatic shut-off features and took note of any excessive or annoying beeps while using each kettle. We tasted the water from each model after boiling to see whether it had any off flavors caused by plastic components.

We tested gooseneck kettles by making pour-over coffee, and by tracing specific patterns onto a dry paper towel to assess how much control each kettle’s spout and handle provided over the pour.

We also used an AI-powered tool to analyze over 5,000 Amazon user reviews across six popular electric kettle models. This included our top pick , the Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17; our budget pick , the Hamilton Beach kettle; and our also-great pick , the Breville IQ, as well as other contenders like the Fellow Stagg , the OXO Brew gooseneck kettle , and the Chefman Electric Kettle with Temperature Control. (Our gooseneck pick, the Cuisinart GK-1 , is too new to have aggregated enough reviews for this type of analysis.)

Although review aggregation can’t cover every model we’re interested in, we did see some interesting patterns across the data collected. For instance, it’s clear users appreciate both speed and variable-temperature controls, since those were often the two most-mentioned topics in reviews. It’s also clear that longevity is an issue across all the kettles we analyzed. Unfortunately, we also saw patterns that more-sophisticated controls (like variable-temperature settings) may be at odds with longevity (meaning kettles with temperature controls generally got more complaints about failure than simple on/off kettles).

The stainless steel Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle (CPK-17).

The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle has been our top pick since 2013, thanks to its ease of use, speed, and accuracy. It has an intuitive interface with six temperature settings, and it defaults to a keep-warm option that conveniently holds water at the designated temperature (or just below, if set to boil) for 30 minutes. The wide handle is comfortable to hold, and the spout doesn’t dribble when pouring. Unlike many of the other non-gooseneck kettles we tested, this model has a high capacity (1⅔ liters) yet still boasts a simple, streamlined design. So it won’t be an eyesore if it’s stored on your kitchen counter.

Of all of the variable-temperature models we tested, the Cuisinart CPK-17 is one of the simplest to operate. Each of the six temperature settings has its own button right on the handle, and each is labeled with the temperature and beverage it’s best for (such as Oolong and French press). If you don’t innately know the ideal water temperatures for making specific types of tea, this is very helpful (though the kettle’s settings for white and black tea vary a bit from the recommendations of our experts). All you need to do is add water, select the temperature you want, hit start, and wait for the kettle to beep when it’s done. Then it kicks into an automated keep-warm cycle (there’s also a Keep Warm button, if you’d like to select this option manually); this maintains the temperature for up to 30 minutes. Another button on the handle lets you easily open the lid with one hand, and the spout pours in an even stream.

Close up of the temperature selection buttons on the Cuisinart electric kettle.

In addition to the Cuisinart CPK-17’s straightforward, easy-to-use design, we found this kettle had an extremely consistent boil time. On average, it brought 1 liter of water to a boil in around 4 minutes. Of the kettles we tested, this wasn’t the fastest boil time, but it was speedier than most. Additionally, the Cuisinart CPK-17 proved to be impressively accurate in our tests: Water measured just 2 degrees over the set temperature of 185 °F after 30 minutes on the keep-warm setting.

One of our testers pours water from the Cuisinart electric kettle into a mug.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 beeps once when you press a button on the control panel, as well as several times when it reaches a temperature setting. We found this much less annoying than the excessive beeps from the KitchenAid KEK1722 kettle. And we appreciated the temperature alert—which was surprisingly lacking in many of the models we tried—since it means you don’t need to hover over the kettle in eager anticipation. Be mindful, however, that a raucous beeping will occur if the kettle is on and you return it to the base empty. This is the boil-dry protection warning, intended to prevent damage to the kettle. It’s easy to avoid this situation, though, since the water-level window lets you see when water is getting low.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 is easy to clean, with a removable scale filter in the spout and a lid opening large enough for you to get a hand inside. Just avoid splashing water on the control buttons located on the handle, and be sure to clean them only with a damp cloth and a mild dish soap (if necessary). Harsher cleaners, like Lysol wipes, may cause the labels on the buttons to fade or disappear.

Another standout feature of the Cuisinart CPK-17 is its limited three-year warranty, which is substantially better than what you get with all of the other models we tested in this price range. (Most come with only a year of coverage.) Considering that constantly boiling water can be rough on a gadget, having triple the warranty coverage of the rest of the pack is impressive.

How the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp has held up

The CPK-17 on a staffer's kitchen counter. The water window is lit up blue and the buttons on the handle are clearly labeled.

We used the Cuisinart CPK-17 kettle in our high-traffic office kitchen for about a year before the office closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And in that time we had no complaints. The labels remained as good as new, and the lid always opened smoothly. Since we returned to the office in 2022, the Cuisinart CPK-17 has resumed regular use and continues to perform well, with no wear on the labels.

Alex Vaughn, a Wirecutter product manager, has used the Cuisinart CPK-17 at home for 6 years and counting: “We love it. It is used daily, often multiple times per day. Most often we use the boil option but the other temps do see some use. It’s an absolute workhorse. We have really hard water in our current home and the descaler works well with it too.”

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The Cuisinart CPK-17 did have better accuracy than most of the other kettles we tested (some measured more than 10 degrees off their temperature settings). But we found the CPK-17 wasn’t as accurate at hitting lower temperatures, measuring 8 degrees over when we set it to 160 °F. On temperatures of 175 °F and up, however, it measured only 3 to 4 degrees off, which is pretty accurate. Since this model has a slew of other noteworthy features and has been consistently reliable over years of long-term testing, we’re willing to forgive its minor temperature variances at the lowest setting.

We have received feedback from some of our readers and have seen other reports of this Cuisinart model breaking down after about a year, or of the lid breaking off at the hinge, but those things should be covered by the warranty. In our analysis of online reviews, we also found that the percentage of complaints about the CPK-17 breaking was very similar to the percentage of complaints about the same issue in other kettles. It seems that across brands, a certain small percentage of kettles will just break within a year or two. Though anecdotally, the ones we’ve long-term tested have lasted years.

We’ve also seen a number of Amazon reviews complaining that the labels on the buttons wear off over time. We haven’t experienced this issue with the kettle we’ve been long-term testing, even with regular use, or with the ones we use in the staff kitchen in Wirecutter’s offices. But a couple Wirecutter staffers have encountered the problem with this model. A representative from Cuisinart suggested it may have to do with how people clean their kettles, and they advised us: “The only cleaning solution that should be used is a damp cloth and a mild dishwashing soap. Any other cleaners (Windex, Fantastik, Lysol) have harsh chemicals and may remove the paint/printing.” That said, some folks told us they experienced this issue with their kettle even if they hadn’t used any harsh cleaners (or, as some proclaim, had not cleaned their kettle handle at all). We’re unsure why there are inconsistent experiences with this issue, and based on our analysis of Amazon reviews, we don’t think it’s a widespread problem. But note that you might come across this.

The stainless steel Breville IQ Kettle.

The Breville IQ Kettle is a great-looking kettle that works just as well as the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp , if not better in a few small ways. The catch? The IQ normally costs at least $30 more, and it comes with only a one-year warranty, compared with the Cuisinart’s three.

With a streamlined body, the Breville IQ is unobtrusive on the counter, and the design is more ergonomic and intuitive than that of other kettles. In our tests, it boiled water just a little faster than the Cuisinart and consistently hit the desired temperature. The IQ has five presets, as well as a temperature alert, a 20 minute keep-warm hold, and boil-dry protection. This kettle’s open handle makes it more accessible than closed-handle kettles, and in our tests we found pouring with it was comfortable.

Close up of the temperature selection buttons on the base of the Breville IQ Kettle.

Like the buttons on the Cuisinart CPK-17, each preset button on the Breville IQ is marked with both the temperature and the beverage it’s used for (French press or black tea, for example). But again, not all of the ranges are consistent with our experts’ recommendations. The buttons are on the base of the kettle rather than on the handle, and the text is printed above and below the buttons. (On the Cuisinart kettle, the text is on the buttons themselves, and some users report the labels rubbing off over time.) The Breville IQ also has a soft-open lid that releases steam more slowly and can be operated with one hand at the press of a button.

Overall, the Breville IQ has most of the features we liked from the Cuisinart CPK-17, plus a few others that are a little better, like the open handle and buttons on the base. This is a well-designed, well-functioning kettle. But we didn’t find those additional features to be worth the price hike, especially since review analysis suggests there’s no significant increase in longevity (and the IQ offers only a one-year warranty, versus the Cuisinart CPK-17’s three years). However, we do think the IQ could be a great option for someone who prefers the more streamlined look or who values the more ergonomic design and isn’t bothered by the extra cost.

How the Breville IQ has held up

The Breville IQ on the counter in Wirecutter's test kitchen.

The Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle is ideal for coffee aficionados who value control and precision in their brewing routine. The kettle’s temperature control is adjustable by five-degree increments, and this kettle was the most accurate one we tested. Its slim and angled spout allows for the controlled, precision pouring necessary for making pour-over coffee. And the rounded handle makes the kettle comfortable to maneuver, resulting in a smoother pour. We also like the attractive matte black finish, which doesn’t pick up fingerprints the way reflective stainless steel does. (It does, however, pick up other scuffs and lint in a way that stainless steel does not. Which is to say: Pick based on what you like!) Target also exclusively carries a matte white version , though we haven’t tested to see how that finish holds up.

The Cuisinart Gooseneck’s controls are simple, with touchpad controls and real-time temperature display, allowing you to monitor the water as it heats. The temperature is adjustable in five-degree increments between 140 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the temperature adjustment is less precise than that of our previous pick, the OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle (which you can set to the degree), it’s still precise enough to brew a perfect cup of coffee or tea. And when you turn it off, the Cuisinart Gooseneck remembers the last temperature you set it to, so you don’t have to reset it every time you use it.

We appreciated that the Cuisinart Gooseneck’s screen displays the temperature of the water as it heats, as well as the final temperature (alternating between the two). This can be helpful if you’re using the kettle for both tea and coffee and you change settings frequently, or if you just like to double-check the temperature. The kettle beeps when the water’s ready and holds the temperature for 30 minutes before turning off. The Cuisinart Gooseneck also has boil-dry protection. If there’s no water left in the kettle, it will beep loudly and repetitively, and the buttons will blink before turning off. All of the alerts are particularly loud compared with those of other kettles, and they cannot be turned off—something to consider if you’re an early riser and you live with people who are sensitive to noise.

A close up of the temperature controls on the base of the Cuisinart Gooseneck Kettle.

As far as the design is concerned, the Cuisinart Gooseneck is made of powder-coated stainless steel with a plastic-covered lid and handle. The matte black shows fewer smudges than unpainted alternatives, and the digital display goes dark while off (except for the power button), so it looks unobtrusive on the countertop. The handle is rounded and comfortable to hold, which facilitates a smoother, more controlled pour. As with most gooseneck kettles we’ve tested, with this model the lid doesn’t open at the push of a button—you have to pull it off manually, which can be tricky when the kettle is hot. Also like most gooseneck kettles we’ve tested, the Cuisinart Gooseneck lacks a water-level window.

Since it’s a relatively new model, there weren’t enough Amazon reviews for us to analyze. But we’ll continue to use this kettle and collect notes from other users. Given the patterns we’ve seen in reviews of other kettles, there’s a small chance that this model, like any other electric kettle, could fail within a couple years. But like our top pick , this kettle does come with Cuisinart’s three-year warranty, which covers typical household use.

How the Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck has held up

The Cuisinart Digital Gooseneck kettle, in white, on a tiled kitchen countertop in a staffer's home.

We recommend the Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel 1.7 Liter Kettle for anyone who wants an affordable basic model that quickly brings water to a boil. This kettle lacks the bells and whistles of our other picks—it doesn’t have preset temperature controls or a keep-warm setting—but it does have all the other features we look for in a decent kettle. Most importantly, perhaps, its handle is easy to hold, and the spout doesn’t drip when pouring.

We were impressed with this kettle’s speed, which was on a par with that of the Cuisinart CPK-17 in boiling time (it took about 4 minutes to heat a liter of water). This Hamilton Beach model is simple to operate: You flick the tab on the base of the handle up, and the kettle begins heating the water. A red light on the base illuminates once the boiling cycle begins, so you always know that it’s on. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, the kettle automatically shuts off, so you don’t have to worry about turning it off manually. That said, since the Hamilton Beach 40880 doesn’t have an audible alert, it’s possible the water will start to cool before you’ve even realized it boiled, especially if you’re not in the room when it does so.

When we analyzed the Amazon reviews, we saw a lower percentage of complaints about this kettle failing than we did for any of the other variable-temp kettles we looked at (which might just mean there’s less that can break due to the kettle’s simpler electronics).

A close up of the base of the handle on the Hamilton Beach 40880 kettle, showing the power tab.

In our tests, the spout on the Hamilton Beach 40880 didn’t dribble water when pouring, and the wide handle was comfortable to hold. Unlike some models that require you to open the lid manually, the 40880 conveniently opens with a push of a button located at the top of the handle. This is a valuable safety feature when you’re attempting to empty a kettle that’s still hot. This model also boasts two water-level windows, allowing you to see how full the kettle is, regardless of which way you place it on the base.

The Hamilton Beach 40880 and the Cuisinart CPK-17 kettles next to each other with open lids, comparing the hinges.

The plastic hinges on the Hamilton Beach 40880’s lid are one of its biggest drawbacks. Other models, including our top pick, the Cuisinart CPK-17, have metal hinges that seem more durable. The Hamilton Beach 40880 is covered by a one-year warranty.

To minimize the amount of mineral-deposit buildup in your kettle, always empty it after you use it. You’ll still need to decalcify your kettle from time to time, though the frequency depends on the hardness of your water. Check the manual for the manufacturer’s specific instructions on descaling. Otherwise, we’ve found it’s effective to fill the kettle with 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of water, heat it to a boil, turn it off, and allow it to stand overnight. Alternatively, using half a teaspoon of cream of tartar with half a kettle of water should work. No matter what method you choose, after you empty the kettle, refill it with water only, bring it to a boil, and drain; repeat with water twice more.

Some kettles come with a mesh filter for trapping calcium deposits, and you’ll need to clean the filter periodically—more often if you have hard water. Follow the instructions in the manual for removing the filter, and clean it with a cloth or brush under hot water. For hard-to-remove calcium deposits, let the filter sit overnight in a solution of one part water to three parts white vinegar; rinse thoroughly before returning it to the kettle.

Unfortunately, the longevity of electric kettles can be unreliable across the board. We sent kettles to the Ohio State University metallurgy department, and researchers took them apart to study their components. Based on their initial observations, as well as information from an OXO representative, we suspect that nearly all of the kettles we’ve tested use the same circuitry and temperature controls—most likely produced by a company called Strix . Pricier kettles don’t necessarily have more-durable electronics—you’re paying for looks, construction, and fancier features.

In our analysis of electric kettle product reviews, most variable-temperature kettles showed similar percentages of reviews complaining about the kettle breaking prematurely—within one to two years. However, the percentages of complaints about premature breaking for the simple boiling models tended to be noticeably lower—and this was true for brands on the lower (Hamilton Beach) and higher (Breville) ends of the price spectrum. This leads us to believe that non-variable-temperature kettles truly break down less than their fancier variable-temperature counterparts. Perhaps fewer things can go wrong when all you have is an on/off switch. So if you’re really concerned about not having to get rid of your kettle prematurely, you might opt for a kettle that simply boils. Going even further, you could also consider a stovetop kettle.

The ZWILLING Enfinigy 1.56 quart Cool Touch Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Pro.

If you’re looking for a more modern, minimalist kettle: The Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Kettle Pro is sleek and performs well overall. It’s perfect for someone who values a cleaner look but doesn’t want to compromise on function. It boiled quickly and was pretty accurate in our tests. It also boasts a Cool Touch design, which means you can touch both the body and the handle of the kettle safely and use both hands to pour. But its controls are touchscreen buttons that are visible only when on and illuminated, with the set temperature lit only slightly brighter. We found this difference in lighting difficult to see, so it wasn’t always clear just what temperature setting we were on. It’s also more expensive than most of our other picks (apart from the Breville , at writing time). If you’re not concerned about the visibility issues, though, it’s an attractive kettle that heats and maintains temperature just as well as our other picks.

If our gooseneck pick is out of stock, or you want a stainless steel finish instead: The OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle , our former gooseneck pick, has a flatter handle and a squatter body than our pick, the Cuisinart GK-1 gooseneck. Both of those factors made it just a little harder for us to pour precisely with the OXO kettle in comparison with the Cuisinart model. However, the OXO kettle comes in a stainless steel finish (if you’re not a fan of matte black or white), and it’s still a fast, precise kettle. It also offers a bit more precision, allowing temperature adjustments in 1-degree increments from 140 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (or 40 to 100 degrees Celsius), whereas the Cuisinart model allows changes in 5-degree increments.

If you like a modern aesthetic, and you don’t mind paying more for smaller capacity: The Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle is attractive, and it performed very well, but it’s incredibly small. Due to its 0.9-liter capacity, you’re hardly getting two full cups of tea. The variable-temperature control was very accurate, the settings were intuitive, and the base was nice. We didn’t make it a pick because we don’t find it to be a very practical option, especially for the price. That being said, if you’re regularly making single servings, and you’re drawn to the Corvo’s good looks, you likely won’t be disappointed in its performance.

If you like the Corvo, but you want a gooseneck spout: As is true of the Corvo, the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle performs well, but we found its small size and high price impractical for most users. If you frequently make single-serving pour-over, and you find the Stagg’s silhouette worth the price, you will likely be happy with this kettle. But we think the Cuisinart GK-1 Gooseneck functions just as well, and it’s pretty close looks-wise, for much less. (Fun side note: Both Fellow kettles boast an Easter egg in the shape of a Wormy game, which pops up when you remove the kettle from the base and switch the Fahrenheit/Celsius toggle back and forth.)

If you’d like a budget kettle with adjustable temperatures: The Chefman Glass Electric Kettle has one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a variable-temperature electric kettle. It’s not as accurate as our other variable-temperature picks, but it gets temperatures close enough that you should still be able to make a good cup of tea or coffee. However, its body is made of glass, whereas our budget pick , the Hamilton Beach kettle , is made of sturdier metal. And, based on an analysis of Amazon reviews, owners of this kettle are more likely to report failure than are Hamilton Beach owners. The Chefman kettle also glows in different colors, based on the temperature setting, which could be a pro or a con depending on your taste (we didn’t care for it).

Variable-temperature kettles

Although the OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Electric Kettle was very accurate in our tests, it had trouble staying closed; as water came to a boil, the lid frequently popped open.

The Tribest Glass Raw Tea Kettle GKD-450-B lacks a button on the handle to open the lid. Its blue light constantly turns on and off until it reaches the desired temperature, something we found annoying.

The KitchenAid KEK1722 Electric Kettle was a runner-up pick previously, but after long-term testing, we were beyond irritated by its excessive beeping. Also, the kettle always defaults to Celsius; for Fahrenheit temperatures, you have to change the settings every time you use it.

Some other models we encountered, such as the Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker , were exorbitantly priced. More than $200 is too much to spend on a kettle, especially if it has only a one-year warranty. Even the KitchenAid KEK1522 Pro Line Series Electric Kettle doesn’t have any more to offer than the Cuisinart CPK-17 kettle , which usually costs about half the price.

We were curious about the $260 Aarke Kettle’s all-stainless steel construction and promise of durability, but overall it's not worth its hefty price. The Aarke lacks a stay warm setting and measurement markings, and, at 1.2 liters, has a smaller capacity than our picks. It also got hotter on the lid and spouted more steam than other kettles we’ve tested. We found the faint LED indicator light difficult to read and the alleged beeping imperceptible. And its 2-year warranty is shorter than the Cuisinart ’s 3-year warranty. Otherwise, it performs as well our picks—boiling one liter of water quickly and pouring cleanly.

Gooseneck kettles

The Bonavita BV382510V 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck , our former budget pick (which is no longer particularly budget), is a small, 1-liter gooseneck kettle that’s lightweight and easy to hold. You can set the Bonavita to any temperature between 140 and 212 °F and it can hold a set temperature for up to an hour—longer than any of our picks. However, the Bonavita takes longer to come to a boil than our picks, and it lacks audible cues to let you know when your water is ready. We removed this kettle as a pick after noticing too many complaints about rust and other durability issues.

The KitchenAid Precision Gooseneck Electric Kettle proved less than intuitive to use. Yes, you can adjust the flow rate on the spout for better pour-over control. But it requires lots of fumbling inside the lip of the machine, so you better make sure you’re operating with a cold, empty kettle. And even though you can set the temperature in 1-degree increments, a thermometer built into the lid is a lot harder to read than an LCD screen attached to the base.

We appreciated the reasonable price, intuitive controls, and clearly labeled temperature settings of the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle . Still, it was somewhat heavy and unwieldy, and the top was tough to remove, which could present a safety issue if still hot. Finally, this kettle’s boiling speed wasn’t great—5 minutes 40 seconds for a liter of water.

Boil-only kettles

The Mueller Premium 1500W Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech had a fairly average boil time (not too different from that of our top pick, the Cuisinart CPK-17). But the base felt flimsy, and there were more plastic elements than we’d prefer. If you get this kettle, it’s fine but nothing special, and ultimately it just boils water. For a little more, you can get the Chefman with variable-temperature control .

The Cosori Electric Kettle with Upgraded Stainless Steel Filter and Inner Lid was almost identical to the Mueller. It had a similar boil time range, a simple on/off switch, and a very similar design. Right out of the box, it had a small discoloration on the top, and throughout testing the lid was finicky to open.

The AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is one of the most inexpensive options we looked at. To boil a liter of water, it took this kettle the same amount of time as the Hamilton Beach 40880 . But the design is clunky, and we found it less comfortable to hold and to pour from.

The Chef’sChoice Cordless Electric Kettle 681 , a previous budget pick, had one of the fastest boiling times of all the models we tested, but Amazon ratings for this model have dipped considerably due to leaks or auto-off function failures.

The Secura 1.8 Quart Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle did very well in our tests, and it is currently around the same price as our budget pick , but the Secura lacks a water-level window. According to a Secura representative, the small hole on the interior allows steam to reach the bottom interior of the unit, where the temperature control is located. We found, however, that cleaning in between the walls of the kettle would be impossible, so we dismissed this model.

The KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle is cute to look at, with a very retro style à la SMEG, but it doesn’t do enough to justify the price. It has an on/off switch only, with no variable-temperature control. The kettle itself has a sturdy build, very similar to any stovetop kettle, but the base felt flimsy. It doesn’t compete with other kettles in this price range.

The OXO Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle costs a lot for a basic kettle that lacks variable-temperature controls and whose glass body is less durable than stainless steel options.

This article was edited by Marilyn Ong and Marguerite Preston.

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Top 4 Mexican Mule Recipes

Nov 07, 2019

For nearly 80 years, one of the most iconic cocktails in the world has been the Moscow Mule. With the resurgence of cocktail culture in the last ten years, this delicious drink has once again made its way into the hearts, and bellies, of many. People seem captivated by the vodka drink that balances ginger beer and lime juice, and comes in a distinguished copper mug .

Recently, mixologists have tinkered with the original recipe, and expanded the possibilities to include just about every liquor base, and a number of complementary garnishes. Of all the mule variations that exist, few are more appealing and refreshing than the Tequila Mule, also known as the Mexican Mule.

What is a Mexican Mule, and why is it so amazing? In this article, we will...

  • Investigate the origins of the Mexican Mule cocktail
  • Explore its diverse flavor profile
  • Learn about how it's prepared 
  • Present the most comprehensive list of easy Tequila Mule recipes

Origins of the Mexican Mule Drink

The classic Moscow Mule was created in 1941, and the first tequila ginger cocktail can be traced as far back as 1946. In those days, both vodka and tequila were quite rare and unfamiliar to the American palette, and were considered quite "exotic."

One of the earliest examples of the Tequila Mule can be found in the 1946 edition of Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink . This essential cocktail guide describes a tasty cocktail called "El Diablo," which was a refined example of a "Buck". A Buck is any spirit served with either ginger ale or ginger beer, lime and creme de cassis (a sweet, dark red liqueur made from black currants).

Most easy Mexican Mule recipes omit creme de cassis, and instead focus on increasing the spiciness or sweetness by adding different fruits, vegetables and herbs.

There is no one person credited for officially inventing the Mexican Mule, or any of the Moscow Mule variations. Bartenders like to get creative, and quickly discovered the versatility of the "Mule" part of the drink (the ginger beer). When paired with lime juice, ginger can compliment just about whatever spirit you like the most. And with the overwhelming popularity of the Margarita, adding ginger beer to create a Tequila Mule seemed destined to be a hit.

Although particularly fashionable on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican Mule can always be found at most Mexican restaurants and tequila bars year round. And if it's not on your favorite bar menu, provided they have ginger beer, your bartender won't have any problem making one for you.

What Does a Mexican Mule Taste Like?

Simply put, a Mexican Mule is absolutely delicious. In its most simplistic form, it is almost identical to its cousin, the Moscow Mule. The cocktail's distinct flavors are a balance of ginger and lime, that together are both refreshing and bold.

Perhaps due to its origins in the desert, tequila is often identified as a summer drink. However, the Mexican Mule is definitely a year-round drink, defying seasonal exclusivity. Its spice will warm your soul on a brisk winter night, or refresh you to the core on a scorching summer afternoon.

Sometimes referred to as a Jalisco Mule, this cocktail brilliantly balances the fizziness and spice of a great ginger beer with a citrus counterpoint of freshly squeezed limes. Many variations of the Tequila Mule also focus on sweetness by adding muddled pineapple, strawberry or peach.

A great mixed drink should always be balanced, with contrasting flavors that compliment the spirit and excite the taste buds. The carbonation of the ginger beer creates a soothing texture not commonly found in most cocktails and, depending on the strength of the ginger beer used, the earthy spice can be a nice departure from the overwhelming sweetness of many cocktails. The lime juice offers a tartness, and keeps the ginger's potency in check. There's nothing quite like it.

Another element that makes the Tequila Moscow Mule unique is the garnishes. Whereas a traditional Moscow Mule is garnished with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, a Mexican Mule often adds jalapeno slices, pineapple chunks, or cilantro.

Jalapeno will certainly increase the heat, and pronounce certain musky notes of the tequila. The acidity of pineapple is a great substitute for fresh limes, but also pairs quite well with any fresh citrus. And, if you love coriander, you know how refreshing it can be - its notes of citrus enhance the natural flavors of the lime juice, and create a robust bouquet for the nose.

Whether you're in the mood for something a bit spicy, or cool and sweet, the Tequila Mule has exactly what you're looking for.

Pro Tips on How to Prepare a Mexican Mule

Unlike some fancy cocktails, the Moscow Mule and all its variations (like the Tequila Mule) are pretty easy to make. In fact, the only specialized equipment needed is the copper mug it's served in (and, although purists may cringe, truth be told, any cup or glass will do).

Here are some important things to remember when making your Mexican Moscow Mules:

1. Use high quality ingredients. A mixed drink is only as good as what you put in it and, the higher the quality, the better the end result. This means using your favorite brand of tequila, and ice made from purified water.

2. Use ginger beer, and not ginger ale! Sure, they are both ginger beverages, and ginger ale is far easier to obtain. However, it is no substitute for the body and intense flavor of a quality ginger beer. Ginger beer itself can vary in both quality and strength, so do some research, and only use the best. Another option is to make your own ginger beer, which can be fun, but will require planning a few days in advance. However, if you really want to impress your guests, and save some money, brewing your own batch can be pretty easy.

3. Use fresh lime juice from fresh limes. As tempting as it may be to use the little green plastic fruit-shaped bottle available at any supermarket, this drink absolutely insists on the real thing. The flavor of a fresh lime is brighter and more intense than any bottled juice, and cannot be substituted. Also, you ought to garnish your drink with a lime wedge, so don't be lazy, and only use fresh limes when making your mule.

4. If adding additional fruit to your Tequila Mule, be sure to not only use them as a garnish, but also be sure to muddle it in the bottom of your mug before adding the tequila and ginger beer. If your recipe calls for strawberry puree, or pineapple chunks, take a moment to crush the fruit with a spoon to unleash its full potential. Just placing a pineapple in a drink will do little to the overall flavor profile- you gotta smash it up! 

5. Garnish like a champion. Presentation is a crucial element when making a mixed drink, and the right garnish can do a lot for your Mexican Mule. Not only does it add a pop of color and personality to the cocktail, it helps tell a story. Plus, they can be a nice snack to munch as you leisurely sip your mule. A fruit wedge is essential, and your choices range from lime to pineapple to strawberry. If you appreciate spicy, a jalapeno slice (minus the seeds) is a great touch. And either you love or you hate cilantro/coriander, but a sprig of some variety of fresh herb is never a bad idea.

Easy Mexican Mule Recipes

Part of the genius of the Mexican Mule is the simplicity. It is typically just three or four ingredients, and only takes a couple minutes to prepare. Here are some great, easy recipes for how to make a Mexican Mule, but feel free to get creative and make something unique.

Simple Tequila Mule Recipe

three Moscow Muled copper mugs one mug filled with crushed and sliced lime


  • 1.5 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • A bottle of ginger beer
  • Crushed ice


  • Pour some salt in a dish, wet the rim of your mug or glass, and dip into the salt.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice with some pulp into the mug or glass, and fill with crushed ice. 
  • Add your shot of tequila, and fill the rest of the mug or glass with ginger beer. 
  • Give it a few swirls to mix thoroughly, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

Pineapple Mexican Mule Recipe

two Moscow Muled copper mugs filled with liquid, ice, sliced lime and mint leaves

  • A quality tequila of your choice
  • Fresh pineapple chunks
  • Ginger beer
  • Add a slice of lime and pineapple wedge to the bottom of a chilled copper mug or glass.
  • Use the back of a spoon to muddle the lime and pineapple.
  • Add your tequila and stir.
  • Add ice, cubed or crushed 3/4 of the way full.
  • Pour in the ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel, fresh mint and pineapple slice.

Strawberry Mexican Mule Recipe

copper mug filled with pink liquid slices of strawberry lime and ice

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce Strawberry Puree
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Splash of club soda (optional)

For the Strawberry Puree:

  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave)
  • Use a food processor or blender to make your strawberry puree, and strain in a metal sieve. 
  • Mix the puree and lime juice with the tequila in your mug or glass, and stir rigorously.
  • Fill it up with ice, and pour in the ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry slice and sprig of mint.

Spicy Mexican Mule Recipe

copper mug with a straw filled with liquid ice and lime

  • High quality tequila
  • Organic ginger beer
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Slice a jalapeno, remove the seeds, and add several slices to the bottom of your chilled copper mug.
  • Add freshly squeezed lime juice, and muddle with jalapeno.
  • Fill the mug with ice, and top with ginger beer. For an extra kick, pre-make some ice cubes with jalapeno slices or lime wedges inside - it's amazing. 
  • Garnish with a slice of jalapeno and optional sprig of fresh cilantro. 

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    1.3 Highest Quality Kettle. 2 Best Small Electric Tea Kettles: Reviews Of The Top 9. 2.1 Ecty 0.5-Liter Electric Travel Kettle. 2.2 Narita Dual Voltage Electric Kettle Travel Set. 2.3 Loutytuo Ultrathin Collapsible Electric Travel Kettle. 2.4 Best Car Kettle: Spardar Car Cigarette Lighter Electric Kettle.

  2. The Best Mini Travel Kettle

    Pros: Dual water windows make it easy to see how much water is in the kettle without opening the lid. A spout filter mesh is included to protect against limescale. Cons: Misleading information on capacity - max marker is set at 450ml in spite of manufacturer claiming that the capacity is at 500ml.

  3. 6 Best Travel Kettles: Portable Options for Trips

    If traveling with family or a larger group, you'll need a high-capacity travel water heater. The AmazonBasics travel electric tea kettle can boil up to a liter of water in a few minutes.. Owing to the 1500 watts of power, it works much better than a mini travel electric kettle. Moreover, it has a 30-inch cord that makes placement a breeze.

  4. Best Travel Kettle Will Help You Start Your Day Right

    Table Of Contents. Best Travel Kettle. The Best Travel Kettle. LOUTYTUO Collapsible Electric Kettle. ECTY 0.5 L Portable Electric Kettle. DREAMOSA Portable Electric Tea Kettle. BonNoces Portable Water Kettle. CHACEEF Electric Kettle Travel - Stainless Steel. Brentwood KT-1508BK Foldable Portable Tea Kettle.

  5. 7 Best Travel Kettles For Your Next Trip (2024)

    Table of Contents hide. 1 Best Overall Travel Kettle: Gootrades Foldable Portable Kettle. 2 Best Slim Travel Kettle: T-Magitic Travel Foldable Electric Kettle. 3 Best Personal Sized Travel Kettle: LXTaoler Foldable Electric Kettle. 4 Best Non-Collapsible Travel Kettle: Bodum Bistro 17 Ounce Electric Water Kettle.

  6. 8 best travel kettles

    Here are our top 8 travel kettles for smart travellers. Narita Dual Voltage Electric Kettle. Bonavita Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel. DCIGNA 0.5L Dual Voltage Travel Kettle. 0.5L BonNoces Portable Electric Kettle. 0.8L Brentwood KT-1508BL Dual voltage collapsible kettle. Amazon Basics stainless steel portable electric kettle.

  7. Which travel kettle should you buy?

    Author's top pick. 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 ...

  8. 7 Best Small Electric Tea Kettles and Travel Kettles (2023)

    Best Overall: Taylor Swoden Electric Tea Kettle. Best Travel Electric Kettle: Loutytuo Foldable Electric Kettle. Best Travel Kettle for Car: Uniox Electric Car Kettle. Compact Gooseneck Kettle: Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle. Small and Convenient: Plazala Portable Electric Travel Kettle. Stainless Steel Mini Kettle: Eglaf Electric Travel Kettle.

  9. Amazon.com: 0.5L Portable Electric Kettle, Mini Travel Kettle

    Small Electric Kettle Stainless Steel, 0.8L Portable Travel Kettle with Double Wall Construction, Mini Hot Water Boiler Heater, Electric Tea Kettle for Business Trip, Camping, Travel, Office (White) 4.2 out of 5 stars 272

  10. The 10 Best Electric Travel Kettles (2023)

    Hödel Travel Electric Kettle. The largest capacity electric travel kettle on this list, the Hödel can hold up to 1 liter or 34 oz of water, yet it can still fold down to a compact size with its unique design. Made of food-grade silicone, BPA-free plastic, and stainless steel, the Hödel is a dual voltage kettle.

  11. The Best Travel Kettles (Get Your Caffeine Fix On The Road)

    The Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle holds 800mL of water which roughly amounts to one or two cups. Thanks to its food-grade silicone body, the collapsible design makes this handy kettle uber portable and very easy to store. This kettle has a speed boil feature, boiling water faster than a microwave.

  12. 9 Best Travel Kettles For The Solo Traveler

    The kettle's compact and lightweight design makes it perfect for travel, office, hotel rooms or home use. As for convenience, I like that it includes a detachable power cord and a 360-degree swivel base. 6. Best For Limited Space: Norpro Instant Immersion Heater.

  13. Amazon.com: Mini Travel Kettle

    Travel Electric Kettle Portable Small Mini Tea Coffee Kettle Water Boiler, Water Heater with 4 Temperature Control,304 Stainless Steel with Auto Shut-Off & Boil Dry Protection, BPA-Free (White) 489. 1K+ bought in past month. $3299. Save 14% with coupon.

  14. The Best Travel Electric Kettles to Buy In 2024

    Top eight travel electric kettles available in the market: Bodum Bistro, Ultrathin Foldable, Taylor Swoden Mini, Brentwood KT, Liberty Premium, Sekaer Travel Electric Tea Kettle, ShineMe Upgrade Travel Kettle, Fabuletta Gooseneck Electric Kettle. They are compact, lightweight, and made from BPA-free plastic and stainless steel.

  15. Best Travel Tea Kettle + Easy to Pack

    All that, plus it being leak proof and having a safety automatic shut-off feature, are the reasons why this is my favorite overall travel kettle pick! Specs: Size: 2.9″ x 2.9″ x 8.8″. Material: Stainless steel. Capacity: 12 oz. Voltage: 110V-240V (auto dual voltage) Weight: 0.8 lbs.

  16. The 4 Best Small Electric Kettles

    Gourmia Travel Foldable Electric Kettle. $19. See on Amazon. Small electric kettles are also loved for their portability, and this collapsible electric kettle boils water fairly quickly and fits ...

  17. Best Electric Travel Tea Kettle in 2023

    7 Best for Solo Travelers - PLAZALA 350 ML Small Electric Travel Kettle. 8 Best Value - Brentwood 0.85L Dual-Voltage Travel Foldable Kettle. 9 Best for Coffee - Wacaco Minipresso One Cup Electric Travel Kettle. 10 Best Collapsible Kettle - Loutytuo Ultrathin Travel Kettle. 11 Best for Tea - Seakaer Portable Electric Kettle.

  18. The 4 Best Electric Kettles of 2024

    The KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle is cute to look at, with a very retro style à la SMEG, but it doesn't do enough to justify the price. It has an on/off switch only, with no variable ...

  19. Top 4 Mexican Mule Recipes

    Slice a jalapeno, remove the seeds, and add several slices to the bottom of your chilled copper mug. Add freshly squeezed lime juice, and muddle with jalapeno. Fill the mug with ice, and top with ginger beer. For an extra kick, pre-make some ice cubes with jalapeno slices or lime wedges inside - it's amazing.

  20. Amazon.com: Best Mini Electric Kettle

    1-48 of 335 results for "best mini electric kettle" Results. Check each product page for other buying options. Overall Pick. Amazon's Choice: ... Small Electric Kettle, Travel Mini Hot Water Boiler Heater, 304 Stainless Steel 0.8L Portable Electric Kettles for Boiling Water, 5 Mins Coffee Kettle Travel Teapot with Auto Shut-Off ...


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