The 10 Best Travel Kettles

Updated June 16, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

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We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. There are few items more useful for a frequent traveler than a good portable kettle, especially one that works on both 110 and 220 volt power sources. The options in our selection provide a quick and easy means of boiling water to enjoy a soothing cuppa in the comfort of your room, combat jet lag with an invigorating dose of caffeine, or even heat up a pack of noodles in a pinch. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best travel kettle on Amazon.

10. Bonavita Mini

The handsome Bonavita Mini looks good enough to be left perched on your desk or on the countertop of a smaller kitchen, yet it's also sufficiently compact and practical to pack into a carry-on. Its 900-watt heating element is quick and efficient.
  • rugged stainless steel body
  • power on indicator light
  • 110 volt use only
Brand Bonavita
Model BV3825B05
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

9. Bodum Bistro

The Bodum Bistro is a no-frills electric unit that comes in a handful of sizes and colors to suit various preferences. It's made of BPA-free plastic with a water level indicator window and unexposed heating element in the bottom, plus a shale-filtering screen in the spout.
  • manual on-off switch
  • affordably priced
  • steam sensor isn't very reliable
Brand Bodum
Model 11451-913US
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Narita Hot Pot

The Narita Hot Pot holds nearly a liter of water, which heats up quite rapidly. It's got settings for both 110 and 220 volt operation with a selector on the unit's base, and is designed to turn off automatically as soon as it reaches the boiling point.
  • large comfortable handle
  • great for international travelers
  • slightly overpriced option
Brand Narita
Model COMINHKR051501
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Ovente KS22S

Lightweight and compact, the Ovente KS22S is a great choice for outfitting your RV to make sure "roughing it" doesn't mean doing without coffee, tea or cocoa when you head out on a camping trip. It cuts off automatically as soon as it's finished heating and won't boil dry.
  • cool-touch handle
  • cordless when off the base
  • good value for the money
Brand Ovente
Model KS22S
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Unold Stainless Steel

With a fully enclosed heating element, boil-dry protection and a dual-voltage, 1000-watt operation, the Unold Stainless Steel is a go-anywhere option that ensures you'll never be too far from home to savor a deliciously warm drink or bowl of hot soup with a friend.
  • in-use indicator light
  • serving cups included
  • comes with carrying pouch
Brand Unold
Model 18575
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Gourmia GK360 Foldable

If space is at a premium, the Gourmia GK360 Foldable might be right for you. It expands to provide a capacity of 27 fluid ounces, yet occupies half of its open size when collapsed for storage. Use it to make instant soup, hot cereal or the beverage of your choice.
  • lightweight and durable
  • high-speed boiling
  • tuv certified for safety
Brand Gourmia
Model GKCP135
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Liven Hot Pot

Plug the versatile Liven Hot Pot into a compatible power source and it can do more than just heat water; it can also be used to warm up milk for a steaming cappuccino, boil eggs or pasta, or even slow cook one-dish meals for a taste of home wherever you go.
  • 400w and 600w settings
  • 1-liter steel container
  • tempered glass lid
Brand Liven
Model HG-X1000BL
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

3. T-fal Balanced Living

Serving up four cups at a time of piping-hot H2O wherever there's an outlet available, the T-fal Balanced Living makes even the most spartan accommodations feel a bit more comfortable and civilized. It features an auto shutoff function and a removable filter screen.
  • 360-degree swivel base
  • water-level window
  • variable temperature control
Brand T-fal
Model 7211002159
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Proctor Silex

Take the ultra-compact Proctor Silex with you on your next trip and that jolt of caffeine you need after a long journey will be as close as the nearest power outlet. It holds just enough water for you and a companion to revive a bit before heading out to face the world.
  • allows for cordless pouring
  • also great for instant hot cereal
  • automatic shutoff
Brand Proctor Silex
Model 40940
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Ke Rui Si Portable Electric

Featuring a toggle on the base to switch between voltages, the Ke Rui Si Portable Electric also comes with a handy universal adapter, making it more than worth the tiny space it occupies in your bag for the simple luxury of a quick cup of coffee, tea, or instant noodles.
  • concealed heating element
  • boil-dry prevention
  • half-liter capacity
Brand KE RUI SI
Model WK-6238
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 16, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.


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