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Travel Kettles - Compact Portable Mini Kettles

Updated on July 12, 2014

I bought my first portable travel kettle after staying at a 4 star hotel in Las Vegas which to my surprise didn't have tea or coffee making facilities in the room. I was shocked and unprepared for thisas I had become accustomed to seeing this as a standard complimentary feature but I guess more and more hotels are removing them from rooms to save money and probably to encourage you to pay their often horrendous room service prices or get you into their cafes and restaurants in the morning. Room service annoys me so I don't use it and having to leave my room to buy over-priced coffee just sucked so I vowed to always bring a small portable travel kettle with me in future.

I didn't know this before but it turns out a lot of people also take their own mini kettles for hotel stays and there are specific kettles for travel produced which work on both US and international voltages so you can take them all over the world when you go on vacation. It makes a lot of sense in terms of convenience, and it's cheaper than buying tea and coffee from room service or having to visit a hotel restaurant or find some local drive through coffee house, but its also the much more sanitary option too. I had never really thought about it before my Vegas trip but many of those hotel kettles you usually find have been used over and over by complete strangers and who knows how well they've been cleaned out afterwards. I know who has used my small travel kettle for hotel use - me - and I know its clean and hasn't been used for any nefarious purposes.

Now when I know I am going to be staying in a hotel for any reason whatsoever I always pack my mini travel kettle first. I use it as a hotel coffee maker for me, as a tea maker for my wife and both of us use it for boiling water for instant soups or in her case, Ramen noodles for those moments when you are hungry but don't want to leave the room. It's a nice convenience to have and travel kettles for hotels don't take up a lot of room in your luggage either. I later bought a 12V car kettle for heating up beverages on the road which came in handy on a camping trip too. Car kettles take a while to heat up, but they do the job admirably considering the small amount of power a car batter provides.

Does a mini travel kettle sound like something you yourself would want to own? It's a cleaner, cheaper and more convenient option than relying on hotel provisions and a good one isn't expensive either. You'll find some great portable kettles for travelling here which make great gifts for people who travel a lot or for yourself. All are well rated and reviewed by their owners for your peace of mind - no poor products to sort through, just the best rated travel kettles.

Best Mini Kettles For Hotel Stay

Small Kettles for Hotels, RV Camper Vans and Vacations

Not all hotels provide in room coffee and tea making facilities and that means calling down for expensive room service beverages or leaving your room to get a decent cuppa. Even when you do get a coffee maker or water boiling kettle in your hotel or motel room there's always that nagging question about who used it before and whether it is really as clean as it looks...assuming it even looks clean of course. Was that dirty washcloth used to wipe around the toilet bowl also used to wipe out the carafe? You'll never know and its doubts like that which make bringing your own travel kettle for hotel stays all the more appealing.

Mini travel kettles are typically designed to work on both US and international voltage with the flick of a switch and many come with a plug attachment for both two and three pin plug sockets or you can buy your own for a couple of dollars. These small kettles for travel are typically large enough to hold a few cups of water but not as large and bulky as the ones you will see as a permanent fixture in a kitchen. Portable kettles are after all meant to be packed away in a suitcase so a lightweight compact size is the more import factor here as few people would want to carry around their heavy brushed steel water kettle around with them anyway.

Mini kettles for travel may be small and compact in size but they still offer all the features a regular home water boiler offers and more. Travel kettles have fill level indicators, boil dry prevention, cool touch outer walls and all the other mod cons you'll find on regular brands but with the added ability to work on multiple voltages and being smaller, are easier to transport in a suitcase or travel bag.

The following small travel kettles are well reviewed by their owners who are pleased with their purchase. Not all portable kettles for hotel rooms, caravans, RVs, etc. are built the same but you can be assured these are some of the best rated models on the market.

In Car Travel Kettles For Automobiles

Low Voltage Travel Kettles For Cars, Trucks and Vans

A lightweight portable kettle which fits in a suitcase or overnight bag is ideal for a hotel stay or, if your features dual voltage settings which allow it to work on both U.S. and European power then also perfect for international vacations, but these aren't going to help you when you are on the road when there's nowhere to plug them in to.

For that, you are going to need a 12V automobile kettle for cars, trucks, vans and other motor vehicle. These 12 volt car kettles plug into the cigarette lighter port and draw power from the vehicle battery to warm up water to its boiling point. These battery powered water heaters for cars and trucks are ideal for people who spend a lot of time on the road, whether it is for business or pleasure, as they allow you to heat water for coffee, tea or perhaps for making instant soup or noodles when you want a snack, without having to hunt down a service station or pay through the nose for drive through coffee at someplace like a Starbucks. Mothers with babies also appreciate being able to boil water to heat a bottle or sterilise things whilst on the go when this may otherwise be an inconvenience.

There are two types of car coffee makers or automobile hot water boilers which can be bought to serve slightly different purposes. You can find car coffee pots or tea makers which resemble a regular portable kettle but streamlined to fit in with the more cramped environment of a motor vehicle. These are regular water boiling devices which you fill with water, plug in and wait for the water to heat up just like a regular home kettle.

The second type is a plain water boiling element which has a plug on one end which goes into the cigarette lighter socket to pull power from the battery and a heating element on the other often with a small clip or clamp which attaches to the side of a cup or bowl. These you dunk directly into the beverage or soup to heat it up and they have the added advantage of being great for giving beverages a quick reheat when they cool down to a less palatable level.

Automotive kettles are water boilers are often less kettle-like than travel kettles for hotels and international travel but if you need a caffeine fix on the road and either don't want to take the time to pull into a service station, begrudge paying their prices or simply travel in areas where such things are few and far between then they are ideal.

Travel Immersion Water Heaters

Dual Voltage Single Cup Hot Water Heaters

Immersion water heaters are the style of in-car coffee maker or water heating element which you put directly into the cup to boil water or heat up soups or other beverages. There are several different ones on the market although the style and function is pretty much the same wherever you choose to look. The following has the best reviews and is recommended by its owners.

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  • sue826 lm profile image

    sue826 lm 

    5 years ago

    I used to have one plugged in at my desk. Great for instant coffee or broth. I used it daily.

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    C A Chancellor 

    5 years ago from US/TN

    I have an electric kettle that I bought for a creative writing retreat -- I'd be staying there a week and I knew there wouldn't be access to tea except at mealtimes. It was so handy, and I started using it at home too. It's been a great investement!

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    5 years ago

    We traveled a lot growing up for our skating competitions and my mom always had a kettle. We would heat up soup, water for hot chocolate or coffee. It was a lifesaver. They are nice to just in case.

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    5 years ago

    I was thinking of buying a new kettle for my stove-top, but these look more interesting. Thank you.

  • pavlo-badovskyi profile image


    5 years ago

    this is great to have your own kettle and to feel like home with your own things!

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    Iudit Gherghiteanu 

    5 years ago from Ozun

    what i great idea, having a travel kettle you just make your life easier...may i feature your lens in my lens about gifts for car owners?

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    5 years ago

    Mini travel kettles make a lot of sense when you travel for those of us who have to have our cups of coffee in the morning and through the day. You do such great and personalized reviews!

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    5 years ago

    very nice kettle, will need it for my next camping trip.

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    5 years ago

    There was a time years ago, after we moved from the Seattle area and Starbucks stores hadn't become as ubiquitous as they are now, when I was traveling by car with cats. As I had become a Starbucks coffee addict, I first learned where these stores were along my journey, but also had along with me one of these types of kettles and both ground coffee and a per cup maker. Perfect for evenings in the room! I'll have to return here when my current one gives it up!

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    DIY Mary 

    6 years ago

    I think that if I found myself in a hotel room that did not have its own coffee maker, I'd have a fit. These mini travel kettles and cute and look like a real life saver!

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    6 years ago

    i like the ideas for the mini hotel kettles, they would come in useful

  • ismeedee profile image


    6 years ago

    Very useful gadget!

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    6 years ago

    Thanks, I will get one for xmas!

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    6 years ago

    I never thought of bringing along a travel kettle - it would be great for making oatmeal or instant soup when travelling.

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    Mary Norton 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This is the first thing we buy when we arrive in a country. You are right, some hotels have them but others don't.

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    6 years ago

    Love the idea of having one to use in the car.

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    6 years ago

    Nicely reviewed... Thanks!

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    6 years ago

    nice lenses

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    6 years ago

    Always great to have a hot drink when travelling.

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    6 years ago

    I really like the idea of a kettle that can be powered in the car. Great!

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    6 years ago

    Very informative your lens!

  • LouisaDembul profile image


    6 years ago

    My mother needs a large can of coffee first thing in the morning, she always carries a travel kettle with her when staying in hotels. You never know if there will be one handy....

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    6 years ago

    Which hotel in Las Vegas did you stay? For real? they took coffee out of the room?

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    goo2eyes lm 

    6 years ago

    we have water heater as well as elec. iron as part of our luggage. thank you for visiting my lens.

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    6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    A friend of mine used to travel with a heater similar to the above. It certainly didn't take up much room!

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    Laraine Sims 

    6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    Our travel kettle was a good investment. It is easy and light to pack and has lasted many trips. One for the car might be handy. Thank you.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    6 years ago from United States

    Like you, I discovered that hard way that not all hotels have coffee pots. I can't start my day with my brew :) Yes, I do have a travel coffee pot now, but I had no idea they made them for the car too. Awesomeness!

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    6 years ago

    Nice Article! A great way to have your favorite tea or coffee while on the go!


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