Swan SK19010N Travel Kettle

Summary

User Score

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Convenient

Cons

  • Takes ages to boil
  • On/off switch is rubbish

Review Price £13.00

Key Features: Portable; 0.5 litre capacity; 75W of power

Manufacturer: Swan

Swan SK19010N Travel

One of the most common complaints of holiday go-ers is that they found it impossible to get a decent cup of tea. The weather may have been beautiful, the food may have been divine and the activities they did may have been absolutely wonderful, but if there wasn’t a place to get a decent cup of tea then they’re just not happy. This is where a travel kettle like the Swan SK19010N Travel comes in useful — it’s so small that you can just pop it in your bag along with some tea bags and ensure that you’ll have a perfect cuppa wherever you go.

It has a capacity of 0.5 litres, which is obviously tiny for a normal kettle but for a travel kettle it’s not bad at all. You should be able to get two cups of tea or coffee from it without a problem — obviously irritating if there are more than two of you wanting a hot drink, but it is only a travel kettle so we have to make allowances.

Made out of plastic, which makes it very lightweight, the Swan SK19010N has 75 watts of power that takes a while to boil. Sadly you can’t unplug the lead from the kettle, which is a bit irritating as that would make it easier to store, but that’s only a minor niggle.

The only real problem with the Swan SK19010N Travel is the on-off switch. Firstly, it’s really hard to press the switch to turn it on and off and secondly you can’t turn it off once it’s on — if you accidentally hit the switch you have to wait for it to boil. This is annoying, but as a nifty extra feature it has an auto shut-off setting that won’t have you wasting power or causing electrical problems by keeping it on when it’s not needed to be.