Travel mugs are one of those banal items that, because of sheer frequency of use, necessitate a little more consideration than the common purchase. One might be tempted to grab whatever mug one sees on sale without thinking too much about the fact that they’ll have to bring it along with them every day. It’s only on repeated use that flaws begin to stick out and you begin to say to yourself, ‘oh, it’s not actually insulated that well’, ‘the cap is leaky’ or simply ‘this looks bad’.
To save you time (and money) in your search for the best travel mugs, we’ve pulled together a list of what we think are the ten best. And it almost goes without saying that these all pair best with the coffee made by the twenty-five best coffee roasters.
RTIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
RTIC makes top of the line coolers, so it’s no surprise that they also crush in the insulated beverage game. This deep green thermos also comes in 13 other colors. The double wall vacuum insulation keeps each sip hot, so he’ll be sure to think of you in a good light.
S’well Bottle Traveler
The sleek look of teakwood will fit in quite nicely in the office. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle that will keep a latte steaming for up to twelve hours thanks to stainless steel and triple-walled insulation. If the wood is too dark, check out the upscale marble, metallic or deep navy colors instead.
Contigo Autoseal Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug
This 16-ounce jet black travel mug will keep any beverage hot for up to five hours, and a cold brew good for 12 hours. The non-slip grip prevents drops, and the lifetime warranty is certainly something to consider.
Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug
There’s a reason coffee mugs have handles — the body of the cup gets just as hot as the boiling water you pour in it, so a handle is the best way to combat that. This Thermos is made of all stainless steel (both inside and out), so the handle is a necessity. The vacuum insulation will keep tea hot for up to four hours.
Yeti Rambler 14-Ounce Mug
If you are trying to cut back or limit how much coffee you are drinking, this 14-ounce mug is a great way to help keep on track. It’s practically a single serving (even though it’s several ounces over one cup), but as long as he leaves room for milk, it’s all fair game. Be sure to grab a lid with a Magslider ($10), so you can take it in the car.
Zojirushi SM-SD48AM Stainless Steel Mug
Offered in 12 colors, the Zojirushi is one of the best-rated travel mugs on the market. It also comes in a variety of sizes — pick from 12-, 16- or 20-ounces. It’ll maintain hot beverages for up to six hours, and by that time, you’ll likely on be on your third or fourth cup of joe. There’s a five-year warranty on the heat retention, so you’re essentially getting five years of hot coffee in one purchase.
Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
If you loves to get outdoors, this backcountry-inspired travel mug looks just like the ceramic mugs that used to be everyone’s go-to for camping. The leak-proof lid keeps things hot and secure for up to five hours. We recommend you pair this with some easy-to-make camp coffee like Kuju’s single serving pourovers or Alpine Start’s instant coffee.
Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug
Hydro Flask’s double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel water bottles are known to keep beverages cold or hot all day long, and the same goes for its coffee mugs. What we love about this one is that the wide mouth lid is extremely easy to clean. The variety of colors Hydro Flask offers is unparalleled, and the lifetime warranty is ideal to have. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle.
Klean Kanteen Insulated Cup
In a perfectly measured eight-ounce cup, this Klean Kanteen single serve mug comes with double-walled vacuum insulation to keep macchiatos hot for up to two hours. If you switch to cold brew in the summer, this will keep it cold for up to 10 hours. Shop now, while it’s on sale!
Aladdin Insulated Coffee Travel Mug
Keep it simple with Aladdin’s stainless steel insulated travel mug in a solid black color. The best part of this mug (aside from keeping your cortado hot) is that when you are done for the day, you can pop it in the dishwasher to clean. No hand-scrubbing with this one.
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