Last Updated: September 20, 2020

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.

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.

Top Product Overview

Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle - Fast Water Boiling - Food Grade Silicone - Small, Collapsible, Portable - Boil Dry Protection - .8 Qt - 110/120v - 820W - White
  • Collapsible
  • Compact and portable
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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
  • Light and compact
  • Great for travel (dual voltage)
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Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle, 17 Ounce, .5 Liter, White
  • Modern and funky design
  • Has all the perks of a regular kettle in a portable size
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Bonavita 0.5L Mini Kettle, Stainless Steel
  • Dual Voltage
  • Good design
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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)
  • Small and compact
  • Dual Voltage
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Electric Travel Kettle Dual Voltage, Electric Kettle Small, Stainless Steel Hot Pot With Free Universal Adapter - Suitable For Boiling Water & Eggs Heating Milk (Black-110-220V)
  • Dual Voltage
  • Good design
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ZZ T368 Dual Voltage Travel Electric Kettle with 0.5 Liter Water Tank Capacity 1000-Watt, Blue
  • Easy toggle switch between 115 and 230 V
  • Quick boil
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The Best Travel Kettles


BEST OVERALL

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 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.

Pros

  • Collapsible
  • Compact and portable
  • Simple on-off switch

Cons

  • 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
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Best Compact Dual Voltage

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, 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 like 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.

Pros

  • Light and compact
  • Great for travel (dual voltage)
  • Dry boil safety feature
  • Keep warm function

Cons

  • Quite small capacity
  • No stainless steel

Product Information

  • Material: Plastic
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 7.75 in
  • Capacity: 500mL
  • Safety Features: Removable Base, Auto-off
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CHEAPER OPTION

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 measurements 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 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Safety issues in older units

Product Information

  • Material: Plastic
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 7.75 in
  • Capacity: 500mL
  • Safety Features: Removable Base, Auto-off
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Bonavita Dual Voltage 0.5L Travel Electric Kettle

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.

Pros

  • Dual Voltage
  • Good design
  • Durable build

Cons

  • Dual voltage is not automatic
  • Toggling between 120 and 220 V is inconvenient

Product Information

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 6.75 inches
  • Capacity: 500mL
  • Safety Features: Auto-shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection
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Popular Choice

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 silicon, 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.

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Dual Voltage
  • Fast boil

Cons

  • Small capacity

Product Information

  • 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
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DCIGNA 0.5L Dual Voltage Travel Kettle

Electric Travel Kettle Dual Voltage, Electric Kettle Small, Stainless Steel Hot Pot With Free Universal Adapter - Suitable For Boiling Water & Eggs Heating Milk (Black-110-220V)

Another great option, from a relatively unknown brand, is this dual voltage travel kettle from DCIGNA. It’s handy in it’s 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.

Pros

  • Dual Voltage
  • Good design
  • Durable build

Cons

  • Dual voltage is not automatic (needs to be switched
  • Not a well known brand

Product Information

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.3 x 5.5 inches
  • Capacity: 500mL
  • Safety Features: Auto-shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection
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Proctor Silex 40940 Compact Electric Kettle

ZZ T368 Dual Voltage Travel Electric Kettle with 0.5 Liter Water Tank Capacity 1000-Watt, Blue

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.

Pros

  • Easy toggle switch between 115 and 230 V
  • Quick boil
  • Comes with drinking cups

Cons

  • Cheap-looking and made of plastic

Product Information

  • 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
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What to Look For?

Capacity

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 is lightweight as possible.

Voltage

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 voltage 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).

Material

Different materials mean different things. Plastic is usually cheaper and lightweight. Stainless steel is more durable and more easy 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.

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