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Welcome to our big travel kettle test 2021. 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.




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?

How a kettle works depends on the model. Basically, it consists of the following components: The base, the container and the heating element. You place the container of your kettle on the base, the base is supplied with power. Fill the container with water and place it on the base. The heating element of the vessel now becomes hot, usually it is hidden at the bottom of the vessel and you cannot see it at all. Steam rises, the temperature sensor then measures the temperature, and when the target temperature is reached, the travel kettle switches off.

What are the advantages of a travel kettle?

A travel kettle is easier to handle, smaller and usually cheaper than the kettles you are used to. They do not take up much space in your luggage and are therefore the better companion for travelling or on the road.

Where is a travel kettle most often used?

The most common place to use a travel kettle is camping. So if you are a friend of camping, a kettle to go definitely belongs in your repertoire! Meanwhile, there is also a special kettle for the car that you can plug into the cigarette lighter and the water is heated. Travel kettles are also increasingly being bought by parents who want to heat water for baby food on the road. So if you are on the road a lot, on longer trips, often camping or going on holidays where you do your own cooking, it is always worth investing in a travel kettle.

Where can you buy a travel kettle?

You can buy a travel kettle at any electronics store, such as Saturn or Media Markt. You can also order them online, for example on Amazon or Ebay. Or you can go to a larger supermarket, such as Aldi or Lidl. With this option, however, you should find out beforehand whether kettles to go are really in stock and you run the risk that the selection might not be very large.

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What are the alternatives to a travel kettle?

But there are also alternatives to a kettle to go, which we have compiled in the table below.
Alternative Features
Travel kettle Foldable, can be heated on a cooker
Travel immersion heater Extra small, also suitable for cups

Travel kettle

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?

That's not so easy to answer. It depends on the material, the volume and the wattage. You can buy the cheapest travel kettles for 10 euros or more, the test winner costs around 20 euros, but you can also spend 50 euros or more.

How much volume does your travel kettle need?

You can also buy travel kettles with different capacities. However, kettles with a capacity of less than 0.6 litres are considered travel kettles. But you have to decide that for yourself.

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.

Advantages
  • Odourless
  • Water is hot quickly and stays hot for a long time
  • Robust
  • Stainless
  • Easy to clean
Disadvantages
  • Plastic parts present
  • More expensive
  • If insufficiently insulated, it also gets very hot on the outside

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.

Advantages
  • Very hygienic
  • Odourless and tasteless
  • Modern design
  • Simplified cleaning options
  • No plastic built in for many models
Disadvantages
  • Fragile, high risk of breakage
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Gets extremely hot on the outside, poor insulation
  • Heavier than appliances 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.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Very good insulation
  • Lightweight and robust
Disadvantages
  • Unpleasant smell can arise
  • Plastic is a big component

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
  • Design
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • 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.

Material features
Plastic light, compact
Glass hygienic, stylish
Stainless steel robust

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.

The design

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

The weight of the travel kettles varies depending on the material you choose.

When travelling, the weight of the kettle is particularly important. Stainless steel or plastic models are usually the lightest. (Picture source: 123rf.com / ducdao)

A glass kettle is heavier than a stainless steel travel kettle, but the lightest weight is undoubtedly the plastic version.

Volume

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!

Switch-off button

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.

Lid

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.

Lifetime

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

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