How we pick our products
Welcome to our big travel kettle test 2023. Here we present all the travel kettles we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best travel kettle for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a travel kettle.
- 1 The Best Travel Kettle in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
- 2 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a travel kettle
- 2.1 How does a travel kettle work?
- 2.2 What are the advantages of a travel kettle?
- 2.3 Where is a travel kettle most often used?
- 2.4 Where can you buy a travel kettle?
- 2.5 What are the alternatives to a travel kettle?
- 2.6 How much does a kettle for on-the-go use cost?
- 2.7 How much volume does your travel kettle need?
- 3 Decision: What types of travel kettles are there and which is the right one for you?
- 4 Buying criteria: Use these criteria to compare and rate travel kettles
- 5 Trivia: Interesting facts about travel kettles
The Best Travel Kettle in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a travel kettle
How does a travel kettle work?
What are the advantages of a travel kettle?
Where is a travel kettle most often used?
Where can you buy a travel kettle?
What are the alternatives to a travel kettle?
|Travel kettle||Foldable, can be heated on a cooker|
|Travel immersion heater||Extra small, also suitable for cups|
A (foldable) travel kettle is made of silicone with a stainless steel base. You fold the upper part of the kettle and save a lot of space because the whole container is not much higher than the base itself. You put the whole kettle on a hotplate and the water is heated.
Travel immersion heater
An immersion heater is a heating coil that you put in a vessel filled with water and then heats itself. A travel immersion heater is quite a bit smaller than a travel kettle. Some are so small that they even fit into a cup. Otherwise, it is important to choose a container that cannot melt. However, immersion heaters have generally almost completely disappeared from the market, because this design also has its disadvantages. On the one hand, limescale and wear and tear can clog an open heating coil more severely, and on the other hand, the open heating elements can release nickel into the water – which is particularly problematic for allergy sufferers.
How much does a kettle for on-the-go use cost?
How much volume does your travel kettle need?
Decision: What types of travel kettles are there and which is the right one for you?
Plastic travel kettles are generally recommended because they are very light, but you can choose between different types of travel kettles.
- Stainless steel travel kettle
- Glass travel kettle
- Plastic travel kettle
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a stainless steel travel kettle?
The special advantage of a stainless steel travel kettle is that it is very well insulated and the water stays hot longer. It is also break-resistant and very robust, ideal for travelling.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a glass kettle for travelling?
A glass kettle is probably the most stylish form of travel kettle, but it is very fragile. Dirt also shows up more quickly. However, it is the most hygienic of the travel kettles – mould and bacteria have a harder time growing on a glass travel kettle than on kettles made of other materials.
What makes a plastic travel kettle and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A plastic kettle is probably the cheapest of all variants, and the outside of the kettle hardly gets hot at all. With this variant, you have the widest choice of models, colours and designs. However, an unpleasant smell can arise from heating the water in plastic.
The rule here is: stay away from cheap models! It is better to invest in a somewhat more expensive model that has been tested than to have harmful particles in the water.
Buying criteria: Use these criteria to compare and rate travel kettles
In the following, we want to show you which criteria you should look for when choosing a travel kettle and which factors you can use to compare and evaluate individual travel kettles. This will make it easier for you to decide and define what exactly your priorities are and which model is suitable for you. In summary, these are:
- Travel kettle material
- Ease of cleaning
The material of the travel kettle
As we explained above, there are different types of materials a travel kettle can be made of. You now have to decide what is important to you in a travel kettle.
Do you want it to be light and well insulated? Then we recommend a high-quality model made of plastic. Is it more important to you that your kettle is as hygienic as possible when you’re on the go? Then we would recommend a small kettle made of glass. Or do you think a travel kettle has to be able to withstand a lot? Then opt for a robust model made of stainless steel.
Travel kettles can also be stylish! If you want your travel kettle to look good, you have the most options when it comes to design if you choose a stainless steel kettle. Do you prefer something simple and elegant? Then the glass version is the best for you!
The weight of the travel kettles varies depending on the material you choose.
A glass kettle is heavier than a stainless steel travel kettle, but the lightest weight is undoubtedly the plastic version.
Since you will only be using your travel kettle for a limited time, louder appliances are not really a problem. However, if it is important to you that your kettle to go is particularly quiet because you are heating the water for your (still) sleeping baby, then simply look for a particularly quiet model when buying.
The simplicity of cleaning
You can find out how best to heat your travel kettle in the trivia below. However, there are no major differences between the individual types of material; all models are relatively easy to clean.
Trivia: Interesting facts about travel kettles
What cleaning agents do you need if the travel kettle calcifies?
It is best to clean your travel kettle with acid instead of chemicals. But don’t worry – you don’t need any special acid for this, but rather products that everyone knows. For example, you can try vinegar essence or cola. Simply add vinegar essence in a ratio of 1 to 3 with water to the kettle and bring to the boil. After that, the calcifications should be dissolved. It is even easier with cola: put half a litre of cola in the kettle and leave it to soak overnight – the next day the limescale will be gone. In the Focus Online test, on the other hand, citric acid and baking soda looked bad.
What else should you look for when buying a mobile travel kettle?
Buy an adapter so that you can also use your travel kettle in the car. Simply plug the cable into the cigarette lighter. But please check first whether your chosen kettle is also suitable for use in the car!
Some models have a switch-off button, some do not. You don’t necessarily need it. Travel kettles without this button switch themselves off, but if they have one, you can stop them at any time.
It is also important to ensure that water can be poured in easily. The key to this is an easily accessible, wide-opening lid.
This is especially important for retro-style models. Here, the handle often swings directly over the lid and the design can be at the expense of user-friendliness.
To prolong the life of your travel kettle, make sure to switch it off before removing it from the heating element. This way, the contacts are not subjected to so much stress and remain functional for longer. Photo source: 123rf.com / Monchai Tudsamalee