I travel a lot and have been looking for a small electric kettle, so I can brew my own tea on the road.
I need something that won’t take up much space in my bag (bonus tip: stuff the inside with t-shirts or socks to save even more space) and doesn’t weigh so much I get hit with overweight baggage fees.
But finding a small enough kettle turned out to be surprisingly difficult.
Local stores don’t carry them and Amazon won’t let you sort by size. I ended up spending several days compiling a spreadsheet of small kettles, whittling it down to the best ones, then sorting by size to find the smallest.
I decided to write this article to save you from having to spend all that time repeating my research.
Below are the 9 best small kettles on the market, first compared in a table, then a quick review of each. Before that, a brief summary of my recommendations.
Summary of Recommendations
A lot of readers wrote in saying they didn’t want to read through all the reviews and just wanted me to tell them which kettle is best. That’s why I added this short section.
Best Electric Kettle Overall
The best overall kettle is the Bonavita Bona Voyage. It is small and lightweight, despite being made from stainless-steel, which I prefer to plastic. The one drawback is that it only holds 17 ounces (0.5 liters), which may not be enough for everyone (it’s about 4 cups of water).
Best Kettle For Road Trips or Camping
If you are planning to use the kettle on road trips or while camping, you probably won’t have access to a power outlet. In that case, the Uniox Car Kettle is the best choice. It plugs directly into the cigarette lighter plug in any car. As a result, it gets less power than other kettles, though and takes much longer to heat water (about 15 minutes when full).
Highest Quality Kettle
If you don’t mind a bit more size and weight (and a higher price), then the Willow & Everett Ketle is the best choice. It is the highest quality kettle we reviewed, but it’s a gooseneck kettle. The gooseneck gives you more control over the pour, but personally, I’ve always been fine with a regular spout.
Small Electric Kettle Comparison Table
Note: We can’t list actual prices, since Amazon runs a lot of sales, but you can click the dollar signs to see the current price on Amazon.
|Bonavita Bona Voyage||Dimensions:|
5" x 7" x 7"
|1.3 lbs||$$||9.6 / 10|
|GForce Travel Set||Dimensions:|
4" x 7" x 7"
|1.1 lbs||$||8.8 / 10|
|Collapsible Travel Kettle||Dimensions:|
6.6" x 5.7" x 5.5"
|1.4 lbs||$$||9 / 10|
|Uniox Car Kettle||Dimensions:|
3.1" x 3.1" x 10.1"
|1.2||$$$||8.6 / 10|
7" x 7.8" x 4"
|1.8 lbs||$$||8.2 / 10|
|Proctor Silex K2070YA||Dimensions:|
8.7" x 7.8" x 4.5"
|1.74 lbs||$||7.6 / 10|
|Willow & Everett Gooseneck Kettle||Dimensions:|
8.5" x 7" x 6.8"
|1.9 lbs||$$$||9.5 / 10|
|Osaka Gooseneck Drip Kettle||Dimensions:|
6.4" x 9.5" x 7.3"
|2 lbs.||$$$||9 / 10|
|OXO Glass Kettle||Dimensions:|
9" x 6.3" x 11.2"
|2.8 lbs.||$$$$$||8.8 / 10|
The 9 Best Small Electric Tea Kettles
These are listed from the smallest to the largest.
The Bonavita Bona Voyage travel kettle is only slightly larger than the GForce (see below) and has the same 17 ounce (0.5 liters) capacity. In reality, though, you can get up to 24 ounces, if you fill it above the 17 ounce line. This is another great kettle for the road, but it does not come packaged with cups and spoons like the GForce.
The Bonavita measures 5 x 7 x 7 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. It has a 700 watt heating element, which brings the water to a boil slightly faster than the GForce. The actual time depends on too many factors to give an accurate estimate (water temperature, altitude), but it generally takes under 5 minutes when full (17 ounces).
This kettle runs on 110, but Bonavita has a similar kettle available that can runs on 110 or 220 volts. It has a red switch on the bottom to change voltages. If you order from the US Amazon site, it comes with a standard US power cord, so you’ll have to use a plug adapter when traveling overseas.
The Bonavita is made from stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about toxins from plastic leaking into your water. It has boil-dry protection that shuts off the heating element when the reservoir is empty and an auto-shutoff once the water begins boiling. But if you want to use the kettle to boil eggs, you can remove the lid and keep it going at a rolling boil. This is a unique feature not included in most other electric kettles.
The GForce travel kettle set comes with two cups and spoons, giving you everything you need to enjoy your tea (or coffee, if that’s your thing). It is the smallest electric kettle on this list and it has a capacity of 17 ounces (0.5 liters).
It weighs 1.8 pounds, and measures 4 by 7 by 7 inches. The cups and spoons fit inside the kettle, making the set as compact as possible for travel.
The GForce kettle is made mostly from plastic, with the bottom plate made from stainless steel. Boiling water in a plastic container worries some people, but the plastic is BPA free and leaves no taste in your water.
The 650 watt heating element will generally boil 17 ounces of water in around 5 minutes, but that does depend on altitude. Once the water reaches the boiling point, the kettle shuts off automatically. It also has a boil-dry protection feature that shuts off the heating element when the kettle is empty.
A removable filter sits in the spout and keeps debris and impurities out of your cup. A switch on the bottom lets you select between 110/120 volts and 220/240 volts, so you can use your GForce in any country. It ships with a US standard plug, so you’ll have to use an adapter overseas.
The Useful UH-TP147 is unique in that it collapses to a smaller size, making it the ideal travel kettle. When expanded, it has a relatively large capacity of 27 ounces and is seven inches tall. Collapsed, it is only 5 inches tall with a base diameter of 4 inches. It weighs 1.4 pounds.
The collapsible kettle has a couple of useful features. The spout is drip-free, which seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many kettles drip when you pour water from them. It can get quite annoying. The handle stays cool, but most kettles have that feature.
The Useful UH-TP147 kettle is made from food-grade silicon, so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals leaking into your water (it is BPA free). It also leaves no taste in the water.
The kettle uses around 1000 watts which means it boils water faster than similar kettles. It generally boils a full pot of water in under 5 minutes, but that does depend on altitude. Once the water reaches the boiling point, the kettle shuts off automatically. It also has a boil-dry protection feature that shuts off the heating element when the kettle is empty.
There are only a few collapsible electric kettles on the market and this one is easily the best. I actually wrote this review after I had already purchased an Osaka kettle (see below) for myself, but may end up just getting this one as well. I really like the concept—it is perfect for someone who travels a lot.
The Uniox is unique in that it doesn’t come with a regular power cord, but rather a cigarette lighter charger you can use in your car. This makes it the perfect small electric kettle for camping trips and other outdoor activities where you do not have access to a power outlet.
If you want the ability to plug it into an outlet, it unfortunately doesn’t work with most standard 12 volt DC adapters. It needs a more powerful 12 volt, 10 amp (120 watt) adapter, which is not something most of us have lying around. They’re readily available, though, and generally cost between $10 and $30.
The Uniox has a different shape than the other kettles. It is taller and thinner, measuring 3.1 by 3.1 by 10.1 inches. It is among the lightest at 1.2 pounds.
Obviously, the biggest drawback is going to be the power. Using just 12 volts, it takes around 15 minutes to bring a kettle full of water to a boil. This is by far the slowest of all kettles on this list, but that’s the price you have to pay for the ability to boil water in your car.
The Uniox has a 2-layer stainless steel vacuum body, which greatly reduces the cooling rate. Your water might take longer to boil than other kettles, but it stays hot much longer, too. The rubber parts used are all food-grade silicon rubber and won’t leach any toxins into the water.
A nice feature that you usually don’t find in the smaller electric kettle is the digital temperature display and the ability to customize the temperature.
The Bodum kettle is a great small travel kettle and is the third on this list with a capacity of 17 ounces (0.5 liters), but it is also available with double the capacity.
The 17 ounce version is 7 x 4 x 7.8 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds, while the 34 ounce version is 7.9 by 5 by 8.9 inches and weighs 2.1 pounds.
This kettle comes in black, white, red and green and is made mostly from plastic, with the bottom plate made from stainless steel. Boiling water in a plastic container may be worrying to some, but the plastic is BPA free and leaves no taste in your water.
The large heating element takes about 4 minutes to bring water to a boil. The container is cordless and has a mesh screen in the spout to capture any impurities in the water. A steam sensor provides added safety and will automatically shut off the kettle once the water has begun boiling.
The Proctor Silex is by far the least expensive small water kettle on this list. It is also the #1 bestseller on Amazon. It has a capacity of 34 ounces (1 liter), weighs 1.7 pounds and measures 7.8 by 4.5 by 8.7 inches.
The 1000 watt heating element brings water to a boil in about five minutes. The kettle has a detachable cord for easy serving. Unfortunately, the cord is so short that you pretty HAVE to detach it in order to pour the water into your cup.
This kettle is made from BPA-free plastic, but some people don’t like to boil water in any kind of plastic. If that’s the case, this is not the kettle for you. Two shut-off safety features turn the kettle off automatically once the water has come to a boil or when there is no water in the kettle.
The gooseneck kettle from Willow Everett has a capacity of 34 ounces (1 liter) and measures 8.5″ by 7″ by 6.8″ inches. It weighs 1.9 pounds.
It’s a bit more expensive than the previous two, but that’s because it is made from food-grade stainless steel (i.e. no teflon or chemical linings). The plastic used in the handle and on the lid is BPA-free, but no plastic ever comes into contact with the water while it is boiling.
A 1000 watt base boils water quickly and a spill-proof airtight lid ensures it stays in the kettle. For added safety, the kettle shuts off automatically once the water is boiling. The unit lifts off the base for easy pouring.
When I first saw the gooseneck spout, I thought it was just a gimmick, but it’s actually a great feature. It ensures a steady pour that is perfect for brewing tea (or coffee). It also prevents dripping.
What really impressed me with Willow-Everett is their 90-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like their tea kettle for any reason, you can return it within 90 days for a full refund. That’s very unusual for a product like this on Amazon.
The Osaka gooseneck drip kettle has a capacity of 34 ounces (1 liter) and measures 9.5″ by 7.3″ by 6.4″ inches. It weighs 2 pounds.
Osaka uses top-quality stainless steel in the construction, with no plastic whatsoever on the inside. The 1000 watt base heats water quickly and the unit shuts off automatically for added safety, once it starts boiling.
The large ergonomic handle is much more comfortable than those on other kettles. Not only does it feel better, it also does more to protect your hand from the hot steel.
The main drawback of this kettle is the length of the cord. At 17 inches, it is about average for electric tea kettles, but it is a full ten inches shorter than the Linkyo.
Osaka’s Amazon page features usage and care instruction, which I thought was a nice touch. I should note that this is the kettle I ended up going with. I liked the comfortable handle, the gooseneck spout and the steam vents in the lid (helps prevent water from coming out of the spout when boiling).
I was only planning on including 5 kettles, but decided to add the OXO, even though it is larger, heavier and more expensive than the rest. I wanted to include a glass option and this was the smallest one.
It weights in at 2.8 pounds and measures 9 by 6.3 by 11.2 inches. It has a larger capacity that the rest at 59.5 ounces (1.75 liters).
The OXO was voted Best Electric Kettle by Good Housekeeping Magazine (February 2016). It has a lot of little features that add to our convenience.
It has a large slip-free handle to prevent accidents. A stainless steel mesh screen inside the spout keeps debris out of your cup and is removable for easy cleaning.
The pitcher is cordless, so you can remove it from the base for easy pouring and it has an automatic shut-off feature for added safety. In addition to the glass interior, OXO uses a medical grade silicon sealant to prevent the possibility of any toxins leaking into your water. The inside of the lid is made from plastic, however. The plastic is BPA-free and doesn’t come into direct contact with the boiling water (the steam hits it), but it still worries some people.
Note: OXO also makes a version with an interface that allows you to select the exact temperature, which is great for brewing tea. Naturally, that version is a bit larger and heavier. You can read about it on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a portable kettle, these 9 are by far the best options. I know the last one is larger than the rest, but it is the smallest glass kettle and I felt that warranted my creating an eight spot on this list.
Personally, I decided on the OXO kettle. It is the largest and heaviest on this list, but I really wanted a glass kettle. At 2.8 pounds, it’s probably more weight than you’d want in your suitcase, but I felt the advantages make up for that. I do wish it were lighter, though. Whatever you personal preferences, I hope this list helps you decide on the perfect small electric kettle for you.