This article about Travel Coffee Mugs is a guest post by Brian Martinowich. Learn more about how you can guest post for Daily Shot Of Coffee. This post was originally published in March, 2012. It has been updated on July 19th, 2013.
If you like to travel with coffee or tea and are tired of cleaning up spills, it’s time to invest in a REAL travel mug.
We have searched all over to bring you what we consider to be the 5 best travel mugs on the market.
But before we share our findings with you, take a look at some options you should take into account when choosing the best mug for you.
Steel or plastic?
Some of the best travel mugs are made from stainless steel and are vacuum insulated. They also feature sealed lids that resist leaks and spills.
Steel mugs resist breakage and maintain beverage temperature for several hours, but one of the drawbacks of steel is that it can’t be microwaved.
If you think you may want to warm your beverage in a microwave, look for a plastic mug. Health experts recommend plastic mugs that are made from BPA-free polypropylene (no. 5) plastic.
How will you carry it?
Before investing in a mug, it pays to do some research. First, consider how you’ll be using it.
If you want to put it in a cup holder in your car, you’ll need to make sure the base of the mug and the handle will fit in your holder (whether or not your mug has a handle is a matter of preference).
If you plan to use your mug for walking or biking, you may want to look for one with a clip that attaches to a belt or backpack.
How to avoid spills
Another important thing to consider is the type of spout: A good spout closes securely to avoid spills but is still easy to open and drink from while you’re on the go.
The 5 Best Travel Mugs
We’ve investigated travel mugs that have been tested and reviewed by Good Housekeeping, Amazon and other websites, and have come up with this list of five of the best travel mugs around.
Thermos is one of the top names in vacuum-insulated containers, so it’s not surprising that they make some of the best travel mugs.
The double-wall design of the Travel Tumbler keeps liquids hot for five hours and cold for up to nine. The BPA-free plastic lid is push-button operated and features a built-in hook for tea bags or a tea infuser.
This travel mug holds 16 ounces and is dishwasher safe. It’s available with or without handle.
By far, our #1 pick… It might just be the last coffee mug you will ever buy!
414 out of 617 rated this mug 5-Star on Amazon (Click for more reviews)
“This Thermos brand promised it would keep liquids hot for 5 hours. I filled this cup with hot coffee at 7:30am and it was still hot after 1:30 pm!”
– Tia (Indian Harbour Beach, Florida)
It holds 16 ounces and is a good fit for most cup holders.
The BPA-free plastic lid has a leak-proof auto-sealing design that’s opened with the push of a button.
The downside of this mug is a steel body that must be washed by hand.
68 out of 80 rated this mug 5-Star on Amazon (Click for more reviews)
“I immediately had to see if the claim that you could hold it upside down and it wouldn’t leak was true–and it was! I’m completely impressed and absolutely love the cup…”
– Laurel L. Maloy “Laurel” (Rural OK)
In addition to a lid for sipping, the mug comes with a travel lid that prevents leaks and spills.
Drinks are kept warm for up to six hours.
On the negative side, the Tea Tumbler is not dishwasher-safe and must be washed by hand. The infuser is also a bit small, especially for some larger leaf teas and infusions.
Not recommended for coffee drinker, although it could to both if you like tea and the occasional coffee.
The mug holds 12 ounces of liquid.
225 of of 340 rated this mug 5-Star on Amazon (Click for more reviews)
“Unlike so many poorly designed products, you know this one was designed by designers and engineers who love tea and coffee.”
– Ryuji Suzuki (Boston, MA USA)
OXO is always cited as one of the top brands when it comes to well designed mugs. This double-walled insulated stainless steel tumbler is one of the best rated, as it keeps 14 ounces of liquid hot or cold for up to seven hours.
The lid features three silicone seals to prevent leaks and a push button that opens and closes the drinking seal.
The brushed steel body requires hand washing, and the complex seals make it hard to remove residues. Some may find that its wide shape makes it difficult to hold, especially if you have smaller hands.
223 out of 430 rated this mug 5-Star on Amazon (Click for more reviews)
“I took this on an extended road trip and used it for both hot and cold drinks, most of the time it ended up rolling back and forth on the passenger compartment floor. At the last stop I filled it with cold water and threw it into the trunk while getting my car cleaned inside and out.
Well, frankly, I forgot about it and it bounced around my car trunk for a couple of months and when I went to salvage it and drain the water out, I observed that not one drop had leaked out.
Not only did the seal hold the liquid in and keep the crud out, but when I was actively using it the beverages stayed hot or cold for most of the day.”
– Food Prep Fanatic “Foodie” (Port Madison, WA)
This 12 ounce BPA-free thermos plastic mug is light, yet it has all the qualities a coffee mug should have. It doesn’t leak, is dishwasher safe and its insulation will keep the coffee warm for hours. A word of caution though, the manufacturer says it will keep liquids warm for 6 to 8 hours, but if this is a key characteristic for you, aim more for 5 hours instead.
What makes this mug stand out is it’s simple design à la Apple, especially in pearl white or black (it comes in 6 different colors).
It has no handle, it fits well in car cup holders and it holds well even in smaller hands. The main drawback, according to some Baristas, is the plastic interior. They argue that, over time, it affects the taste of coffee. On the other hand, the fact that its made of a single material makes it recyclable.
This is what you need to do before you buy a travel mug
There are a few things you should do before you make your purchase decision:
- Make sure you do need a new mug!
How many mugs do you already own? If you answer more than 3, then ask yourself why you are not satisfied with the mugs you have.If they are crappy, poorly design and cheaply built mugs, then don’t feel guilty: give them away or recycle them and invest in a mug that is both functional and well designed that will last!
- Try them out!
If you are to really spend some dough on a mug, make sure it fits your needs. We’ve outlined some of the questions you should ask yourself at the beginning of the post. Don’t hesitate to return it if it doesn’t meet your expectations.
- Do your research
We’ve posted only partial reviews here. Go to Amazon and find out for yourself all the pros and cons from other reviewers.
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Best Travel Mugs Comparison GuideWant More Travel Mugs To Choose From?
Here is a sample of our Complete Travel Mugs Comparison Guide. To find out which travel mug is best suited for you, click on the arrows in the columns to sort the list.
To view your final choices in details, click on the link for each one. It will open a new tab in your browser so you can evaluate them separately.
|Contigo Autoseal |
Stainless Steel 16-Ounce
Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
|Thermos 16-Ounce |
|Thermos Stainless King |
Travel Mug with Handle
|Thermos Work Series |
|Copco 24-Ounce |
Big Joe Thermal
| Stanley Adventure |
Clip Grip Coffee Mug
|Starbucks Double Wall |
|Takeya Double |
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About The Author
Brian Martinowich is a freelance writer for EarnMBADegree.com, a comprehensive resource guide for individuals who are interested in an mba degree. As the Community Manager of the global social good campaign, Tweet Drive, Brian enjoys helping others through his experiences and expertise with social media.
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