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The 10 Best Travel Mugs of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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The Spruce Eats / Derek Rose

A trusty travel mug is a must-have for those who are always on the go. Not having to stop for a drink, whether it's coffee, iced tea , or water, saves you time and money, and it cuts down on paper and plastic waste. We tested some of the best options on the market right now, putting them through a series of trials over several days—carrying them around in a bag, seeing if they fit in car cupholders, assessing their temperature retention—before rating each one on size, design, insulation, and overall value.

How We Tested

  • What to Look For

Types of Travel Mugs

Why trust the spruce eats, best overall, contigo autoseal west loop vacuum insulated travel mug.

  • Effectiveness 5 /5
  • Functionality 5 /5

Effective autolock and anti-spill lid

Can be locked and unlocked with one hand

Keeps drinks hot/cold for hours

A little wide for smaller hands

Plastic lid seems prone to breakage

If you’re looking for a solid, leak-proof travel mug that will keep your coffee hot for up to seven hours, look no further. The Contigo mug is my number one pick for many reasons, the first of which is the “Autoseal” lid. Unlike other travel mugs that have a sliding lid, which is prone to leaks, the Contigo lid has a push button that opens the vacuum seal when you’re ready to drink and closes again when you release the button. (This means you can also use it with one hand.) I was able to carry it around in a bag all day without any leakage. Just keep in mind that this means the lid isn’t interchangeable with any of your other travel mugs.

In addition to hot drinks like coffee or tea , this vacuum-insulated stainless steel mug will keep drinks cold for up to 18 hours depending on whether you buy the 12- or 20-ounce version. You can also choose between seven different colors, so everyone in the family can keep their mug straight.

One of the few drawbacks is that the mug is fairly difficult to clean. If you’re washing the Contigo by hand, be prepared for a bit of an inconvenience as it comes with very specific washing instructions. The lid is dishwasher-safe, but the bottle itself is hand wash only.

Price at time of publish: $30

The Spruce Eats / Suzie Dundas

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 10, 16, 20, or 24 ounces | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Dimensions: 3 x 9 inches (20-ounce model)

Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug

  • Design 4 /5
  • Insulation 3 /5

Highly durable

Great for commuters

Body is hand wash only

Faint plastic smell first few uses

Stanley is a century-old name known for its array of durable mugs, thermoses, and more. In fact, the company patented all-steel vacuum flasks in 1913. That top-grade technology is bottled into the sleek and simple design of the Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug today. You can purchase the item in three sizes—12, 16, and 20 ounces—as well as five different colors.

I tested the 16-ounce model firsthand and confirmed that it lives up to the brand's claims about temperature retention. Hot coffee stayed warm and drinkable for seven hours, cold coffee lasted 10 hours without ice, and ice water remained refreshing for more than 30 hours. With that in mind, temperature retention varies slightly depending on the size of the mug you buy.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the trigger-action lid is completely leakproof. No water escaped even after I shook it upside down over my sink. It's rare to find a mug with a lid as convenient as this one that is also safe to throw in a bag or backpack. It's excellent for hiking, and because it fits in cupholders, it's viable for commuters, too.

The item is backed by Stanley's lifetime guarantee. The company claims the bottle can withstand everything from a 4,000-foot drop to a -70 degree windchill. The best part? This lifelong companion is affordably priced, making it one of the top value-for-money options on the market.

Price at time of publish: $25

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 12, 16, or 20 ounces | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Dimensions: 2.9 x 8.9 inches (16-ounce model)

Best for Hot or Cold

Zojirushi 12-oz. stainless steel mug.

  • Design 5 /5
  • Insulation 5 /5

Easy-to-hold design

Fits in most cupholders

Excellent heat retention

Locking mechanism prevents leaks

Plastic parts feel breakable

Hand wash only, many pieces to clean

While most of the mugs on our list work well for hot or cold beverages, they are generally better at one or the other—but that’s not the case with this mug from Zojirushi. It retains drink temperature for at least six hours, no matter if you take your coffee hot or iced. Our experience with the mug was even better than the company advertises: Coffee was warm enough to drink nearly 12 hours after brewing.

Available in 12 and 16 ounces, the Zojirushi mug also wins points for design and easy drinking. The flip-top cap not only helps keep the mug from leaking, but it also keeps the drinking spout protected and clean. The cap includes a lock to keep it from coming undone in your bag, as well.

Cleaning this model is a bit harder than some of the others (a specially designed bottle-cleaning brush is recommended). Several different pieces need to be cleaned thoroughly to avoid staining and mildew buildup. The plastic sipping piece and rubber gasket on the lid can be popped out easily and cleaned separately, though.

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 12 or 16 ounces | Weight: 0.56 pounds | Dimensions: 2.625 x 2.875 x 9.125 inches (16-ounce model)

Best High-Tech

Ember travel mug 2.

Touchscreen display 

Battery lasts up to three hours

360-degree leak-proof lid

Extremely expensive

Only 12-ounce capacity

Just like many other travel mugs, the sleek Ember Travel Mug² will keep your drink hot throughout your morning commute, but it stands out by using smart technology and a high-tech design. This second iteration of the Ember Travel Mug is lighter and more streamlined than its predecessor, mainly because instead of a manual dial, it features a touch-sensitive control panel.

The mug is "smart" because you can use the panel to control and set its temperature or link the mug to the Ember app via your smartphone. The app essentially serves as a temperature gauge for the mug, notifying you when the set temperature has been reached. This is a nice feature because it eliminates the possibility of burning your mouth.

The Ember Travel Mug²'s best design feature is the lid: It only needs a push to open, is leak-proof, and lets you sip from any side of the mug. Furthermore, the mug's design is ergonomic. It's wider at the top than the bottom and is coated with a matte finish, making it easy to grip and comfortable to hold.

Price at time of publish: $192

The Spruce Eats / Russell Kilgore

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 12 ounces | Weight: 0.9 pounds | Dimensions: 3.14 x 7.9 inches

Best Budget

Copco acadia travel mug.


Safe in both microwave and dishwasher

Colorful grip

Fits in cupholders

Can stack inside each other

Can't put in bags

Prone to staining

Hole in lid can't be closed

This 16-ounce travel mug works for both hot coffee, iced coffee, and cold brew , and it comes at a budget price. It's designed with a double-wall construction to keeps drinks at their temperature for longer than a non-insulated cup; however, it’s not made for all-day temperature regulation like some stainless steel mugs. I found hot coffee to be lukewarm just two hours after brewing. The good news is that the mug is microwave-safe, so you can easily reheat drinks should they cool off.

Another advantage of this mug is how easy it is to clean. It's dishwasher-safe, and the lid opening is large enough to clean the inside by hand should you choose to do so. The lid seals closed with a simple quarter-turn. There’s a small opening for drinking, but there’s no cover for the hole, so you can’t toss the filled cup in your bag. The cup portion is white, but you can choose from a variety of colored bands, so you always know which one is yours. The bands also serve as coffee collars to protect your hands from scorching temperatures while adding extra grip. There's nothing fancy to this mug, but it's dependable.

Price at time of publish: $15

Material: BPA-free plastic | Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 0.4 pounds | Dimensions: 3.66 x 6.78 inches

Best With Straw

Bubba envy insulated stainless steel tumbler with straw.

  • Design 3.5 /5
  • Insulation 4.5 /5

No sweating

Lid seals tightly

Fits in car cupholders

Keeps drinks cold or hot

Can't close hole on lid

Hand wash only

Prefer iced coffee ? Then a travel mug that has a straw might suit your palette more. This model fits in most cup holders and can keep your drink cold for up to 12 hours. You can use the removable plastic straw with the Tritan lid or not, depending on your preference. The one design flaw, however, is that there is no way to completely seal the lid since the hole doesn't include a cover or flap.

The cup is made of stainless steel, so it will repel stains and odors, meaning your lemonade won't taste like yesterday's coffee. The mug even has a lifetime guarantee, so you know it will last. If you’re looking for a durable travel mug that’s designed to hold both hot and cold beverages, the 24-ounce Bubba Envy Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler is a solid option at a price you can afford. While the mug is large and doesn't have a handle, it's surprisingly easy to hold because of indents that circle the cup.

Price at time of publish: $18

The Spruce Eats / Rebekah Joan

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 18, 24, or 32 ounces | Weight: 0.8 pounds | Dimensions: 3.62 x 3.93 x 10.54 inches (24-ounce model)

Best Handled

Thermos stainless king travel mug.

Comfortable to hold

Lid is hard to clean

Doesn’t fit in all car cup holders

Thanks to the vacuum insulation of most travel mugs, a handle is no longer really a necessity to keep your hand dry from condensation or to prevent it from getting burned, but if you prefer to drink from a handled mug, this version from Thermos is the right pick for you.

Available in five different colors, this 16-ounce mug will keep beverages hot for up to five hours or cold for up to nine hours thanks to the double-wall stainless steel construction. The lid has a “DrinkLock” seal, which opens when you press the lever to the left or right. During testing, there were no spills and coffee stayed hot for longer (even on chilly days). The one drawback (if you even consider it one) is that this mug must be washed by hand.

Tea drinkers will also want to consider this mug since it has a built-in tea hook that accommodates most tea infusers and makes it easy to remove them from the mug. It comes with a five-year limited warranty in case there is an issue.

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.9 x 7.8 inches

Best Design

S'well vacuum insulated stainless steel traveler mug.

Multiple sizes and many colors

Great temperature retention

Price varies, can be expensive

Lid isn't ideal for commuting

The S’well Stainless Steel Traveler Mug is inarguably one of the best-designed travel mugs on the market today. Thanks to S’well’s high-end, triple-wall technology, you can rest assured that your drinks will maintain their ideal temperature for hours on end. I found that it performed exceedingly well. Coffee stayed hot for 12 hours and, after adding refrigerated coffee without ice, it was still cold 30 hours later.

This mug topped others in the design category because it is cupholder-friendly and available in 17 different color options as well as three sizes: 12, 16, and 20 ounces. The Traveler is completely leakproof and can be trusted in your bag or backpack. Just keep in mind that the lid can't be unscrewed with one hand, so you'll need both hands free if sipping on the go. Also, it's not dishwasher-safe, so to clean it, you can either put a drop of dish soap in and rinse with hot water or use a long bottle brush.

Price at time of publish: $35

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 12, 16, or 20 ounces | Weight: 0.8 pounds | Dimensions: 3.3 x 9.3 inches

Best for Easy Cleaning

Yeti rambler 20 oz stainless steel tumbler.

  • Size 4.5 /5
  • Design 4.5 /5

Dishwasher safe

Magnetic lid slides easily

Multiple color options

Not leakproof

The Yeti Rambler comes in three sizes—10, 20, and 30 ounces—and each option is stylish, durable, and easy to clean. I own the 20-ounce model and appreciate that I can nearly get my hand to the bottom of the tumbler thanks to its wide rim. With a sponge or bottle brush in hand, I'm able to clean every nook and cranny. The Rambler is also dishwasher safe if you're not in the mood to wash it by hand.

I take this travel mug in the car a lot because it fits in my cupholders and can be sipped with one hand. There's a toggle on the lid, which Yeti calls a Magslider, that's effortless to open with your thumb. One of the only downsides is that the lid isn't leakproof, so I don't throw it in my hiking backpack or messenger bag.

Like most Yeti products, the Rambler effectively keeps drinks hot for around 10 hours or cold for close to 20. It's also sold in more than 10 colors from neutrals to vibrant hues, so you can find one that suits your style.

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 10, 20, or 30 ounces | Weight: 0.9 pounds | Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.6 inches

Best Large Capacity

Bubba classic insulated desk mug 52 oz.

Budget price

Lightweight despite size

Too big for cupholders

Lid has a hole you can't close

This 52-ounce mug is what you'll want to take to the pool, beach, or camping since it holds enough water for several hours. It’s also great for office workers who don’t want to keep running to the water cooler to refill smaller bottles. Of course, the drawback with a mug of this size is that it won’t fit in your cupholder, so this pick is better for non-drive time.

For those who intend to drink hot beverages out of this mug, it doesn't quite have the heat retention that the brand claims. When filled more than halfway full with hot coffee, it was lukewarm less than three hours later. The mug did perform better when tested with cold drinks, however. With refrigerated coffee poured into the mug without ice (as the amount of ice may vary for customers), the coffee was still cold 12 hours later. Another testing observation to note is that the lid opening seemed a little wide, and it was easy to spill when drinking.

As an added bonus, the Bubba 52-Ounce Desk Mug is incredibly durable and can handle being dropped or tossed around in the trunk of your car. The wide, comfort-grip handle feels very sturdy, too.

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 34 or 52 ounces | Weight: 1.2 pounds | Dimensions: 7 x 10 inches (52-ounce model)

We highly recommend the Contigo Autoseal West Loop because its sleek, durable, and easy to sip on the go thanks to its button-activated lid. As an alternative, the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug is similar in price and quality, and it performed well in our testing process. You can't go wrong with either one.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we tested some of the most popular travel mugs on the market right now. We evaluated key areas, including size, design, insulation, and value, and then provided additional insights about what we liked and disliked about each mug. Our testing process helps us stand behind and recommend all the travel mugs to appear on this list.

Other Options We Tested

  • Yeti Rambler Mug : Yeti makes a number of reliable travel mugs—not to mention the brand's beloved coolers—but the Rambler mug has too many shortcomings for us to recommend it, starting with its poor insulative properties. The hot coffee we brewed lost temperature rapidly in the mug and, because it's made with stainless steel, it couldn't be reheated in the microwave. Additionally, the lid is not leakproof, which is a feature that's easy to find in a number of other travel mugs out there.
  • Ello Campy Travel Mug : The Ello Campy Mug is a stylish, large-capacity option that many customers may enjoy, especially those into the outdoors. While it doesn't have any major defects, it didn't quite make the cut for this list. We found that the paint can chip easily and that it's tricky to clean. On top of that, it's too large to fit in many car cupholders.

What to Look for in a Travel Mug

It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking coffee , tea, or water—every sip from your travel mug should be smooth and easy. That’s why it’s important to figure out the lid style that best suits you. Some of the top options include flip lids, thumb-sliding lids, push-button lids, twist lids, and straw lids. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Customers who prioritize durability or preventing spills, for instance, should choose a more secure style, like a twist lid. Others who want to seamlessly drink from their mug while on the move may prefer a lid that can be opened with one hand. Luckily, lid style does not affect price, so every option should be on the table when you start looking for a travel mug. Many brands also sell lids individually so that users can have multiple options at their disposal.

Temperature Retention

All too often we take a sip of coffee and find it’s gone lukewarm. A reliable travel mug can thwart that dreaded, flavorless middle zone and keep your coffee at the ideal temperature for hours, no matter if it’s hot or iced. Vacuum-insulated mugs, which are typically made from stainless steel, offer the best performance when it comes to temperature retention, while plastic and silicone are the least effective materials. When buying, think about the type of coffee you drink most often (hot or iced) as some mugs are better designed for one or the other.

The length of time that a mug keeps drinks hot or cold is often listed in its product details, but keep in mind that this figure is often based on the item being preheated or precooled before use. We also asked Graham Nearn of the Stanley brand what temperature range the company defines as "hot" and "cold." He told us that when Stanley says a drink stays hot for a certain amount of time, the liquid must be between 140 to 203 degrees; for a drink to be considered cold, it has to fall between 39 and 50 degrees.

 The Spruce Eats / Cheyenne Elwell

Travel coffee mugs come in a variety of sizes. The average capacity is around 16 ounces, though the range extends far on either side of that. Some are no bigger than a regular at-home coffee mug; others are large enough to keep you caffeinated the entire day. Brands often manufacture the same mug in multiple sizes, so if a specific one catches your eye, you can likely find it in a size you love. Customers interested in larger mugs should see if it is microwave-safe or able to retain heat well; otherwise, they may be sipping a lot of cold coffee. Finally, for those who plan on taking their mug in the car, check out customer reviews or product details to ascertain if a mug can fit in your cupholders.

While most travel mugs are made from stainless steel, options are far from limited when it comes to material. Other possibilities include plastic, glass, silicone, ceramic, and bamboo. This choice naturally affects a mug’s aesthetic, as well as larger factors like price, durability, how the item is cleaned, how long it retains heat, and whether condensation appears on the outside. What factors are most important to you? If you want a budget-priced mug that can go in the microwave, plastic is likely the best material for you. If durability and heat retention are higher priorities, you may want to stick with the stainless steel route. Also keep in mind the downsides that certain materials have. Plastic mugs, for instance, can stain and retain coffee odors, while some stainless steel mugs may unfavorably alter the flavor of your coffee.

If you sift through a list of travel mugs, you will likely come across the phrase "18/8 stainless steel." This denotes a type of stainless steel made from 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel.  Graham Nearn  of the Stanley brand says 18/8 stainless steel is often used for drinkware because it's "food-grade, durable, and resistant to corrosion."

Leak-Proof vs. Spill-Proof

Whether walking to class, embarking on a long hike, or heading out for the daily commute, it’s easier to transport a mug if it can be kept inside a bag; that’s where leak-proof travel mugs come in handy. They prevent even the slightest drop from escaping into your bag, no matter what. Make sure to read customer reviews beforehand, however, as some items advertised as leak-proof may not actually be up to the task. There is also a difference between leak-proof and spill-proof. Mugs labeled as spill-proof only prevent major spills from occurring; they are not safe to store in bags since they can still leak.

Taking a travel mug’s design into consideration involves two different paths. First, you can think about the item’s shape or silhouette. Do you want a mug with a handle? Or one thin enough to slide into a bag or backpack? Second, design also involves the many colors and patterns found on the outside of a mug. There is an array of options, from fun and playful to chic and striking, that can convey your personality with every sip.

Not only are most travel mugs affordable, they also help customers save money by cutting down on daily trips to the coffee shop. The only type likely to break the bank are electric travel mugs. Other than that, budget picks are widely available both in-store and online. Some mugs cost as little as a bag of coffee beans. Size does generally impact price, however, as larger mugs tend to cost more than smaller ones, even if they are the same model. Expect plastic mugs to be the cheapest option, while glass, stainless steel, and ceramic are all slightly more expensive. 

When picturing a travel coffee mug, most envision a tall, tapered item similar to a reusable water bottle, but there are actually many options designed to look exactly like the mugs we use every day at home. Items in this category provide the feel and comfort of a regular coffee mug but with added heat retention and the luxury to take your joe on the go. Because they are smaller in capacity than most travel mugs (usually around 12 ounces), they are also slightly more affordable. Unfortunately, coffee-mug-style travel mugs aren’t leak-proof and don’t fit in cupholders because of their handles.

Portable Coffee Maker

Truly defining on-the-go coffee, there is a category for travel mugs that additionally function as portable brewing devices. They allow users to make coffee and drink it all from the same bottle. This is certainly a less common variety, but it’s still worth consideration, especially for frequent travelers and campers. The majority of portable coffee makers work like French presses. Aptly named “travel presses,” they immerse coffee grounds in water and then push them to the bottom of the mug via a built-in plunger. The second most common type of portable coffee maker utilizes a pour-over brewing method instead.

Well known for their smooth exterior, tumblers are the most popular subcategory of travel mugs. They never have a handle and the body usually tapers to a narrow base, both of which make them cupholder friendly. Tumblers can be used for both hot and cold beverages, but they are especially popular for iced coffee. Many have straw lids for easy sipping. Customers may be familiar with tumblers in other types of drinkware, as they are also used for cocktails, iced tea, lemonade, and general home use.

The Spruce Eats / Suzie Dundas 

What is a vacuum-insulated mug?

The phrase “vacuum-insulated” pops up all over the place when searching for travel mugs. It’s also commonly used with another phrase: “double-walled.” Both labels denote that a travel mug is built with two different layers, an inner wall and outer wall, and that the space between the layers is partially evacuated of air, creating a vacuum. This design allows drinks to retain their temperature for a longer period of time because they are less exposed to outside air.

Can I make my travel mug retain temperature longer?

We all want the most out of our products, and this one small tip goes a long way: preheat or pre-cool your travel mug before use. Taking a few extra minutes to let hot or cold water sit in your mug will prime the material for better temperature retention. You can pour hot water from the tap or even boil it for an added boost of heat, all while your coffee is brewing.

How do I clean my travel mug?

Before cleaning, consult the product details or instruction guide to see if the item is dishwasher-safe. This is a common benefit of glass and plastic travel mugs but not stainless steel. If your mug isn’t dishwasher-safe, don’t worry. Cleaning is still quite easy. A simple daily cleaning only requires scrubbing with dish soap and a sponge or gentle brush. Avoid using steel wool brushes and harsh household cleaners on stainless steel mugs. For a more thorough job, allow a solution of vinegar and baking soda to soak inside the mug for several minutes, then rinse and clean with dish soap before using.

Can I add milk to my coffee if it’s in a travel mug?

Most brands advise against putting milk or creamer in thermoses unless it's for a brief amount of time. Bacteria can develop when dairy products are stored at warm temperatures, especially if the travel mug isn't properly cleaned. Graham Nearn of the Stanley brand echoed this thought, telling us: "We don’t recommend putting milk or dairy products in Stanley vacuum bottles or food jars for extended periods of time, as bacteria growth can occur at certain temperatures."

This piece was written by  Derek Rose , the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He has owned or tested a number of the items on this list, including the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug , the Copco Insulated Travel Mug , the S'Well Traveler Mug , and the Bubba 52-Ounce Insulated Desk Mug .

Graham Nearn , the Senior Vice President of Product Creation & Design for PMI Worldwide, was interviewed for this piece. He oversees the Stanley brand, which has manufactured vacuum flasks and more since 1913.

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6 Best Heated Mugs, According to Expert Testing

We have the technology to prevent lukewarm coffee.

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Our top picks:

Create Heated Coffee Mug

Best Overall Heated Mug

Smrtmugg create heated coffee mug.

Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set

Best Value Heated Mug

Cosori coffee mug warmer & mug set.

14-oz Temperature Control Smart Mug

Best App-Controlled Mug

Ember 14-oz temperature control smart mug.

Heated Travel Mug

Best Self-Heating Travel Mug

Smrtmugg heated travel mug.

Ui Self Heating Mug

Best Warming Plate Heated Mug

Ohom ui self heating mug.

Temperature Control Travel Mug 2

Best App-Controlled Travel Mug

Ember temperature control travel mug 2.

The pros in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen and Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab tested 10 heated mugs to find the best. We chose the models based on market research, user reviews, product information and industry expertise. Of the 10 tested, half were self-heating, meaning they have a built-in battery that heats the mug, and half were warming plates, which plug in and act as a gentle "burner" to heat the mug. We tracked their ability to keep coffee warm and tasting good.

Read on to learn more about how we tested heated coffee mugs and what to consider when shopping for one. And if you're not a coffee drinker, no worries! These are great for warming cocoa, broth and healthy teas as well.

Based on the results from the SmrtMugg Pro — it was the top performer in our tests but is currently unavailable — we feel confident recommending this SmrtMugg model. It's a great option for people who want a self-heating mug with a traditional mug style. It has a large handle for a comfortable grip, and we appreciate the 14-oz size.

The mug displays the temperature of the liquid inside on an easy-to-read interface, so users can set and adjust the temperature. The cup also includes a lid, and the charging base has a dedicated spot for charging your phone. Though we have not tested this model, some reviewers noted that the charging base seemed slow.

Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set

The Cosori kept coffee the hottest in our tests thanks to an effective warming plate and a simple lid . The warming plate is unique in that it lets you set the temperature of the plate itself (in one-degree intervals). The owner's manual shares the correlation between the plate's temp and the beverage's temp for added precision. Cosori also offered the largest capacity mug in our test at 17 ounces.

Our caveat is that the mug is stainless steel, and it got dangerously hot when the plate was set to its maximum temperature, so use caution when drinking from it. We found the mug was more usable when we dialed down the plate's temperature. We also noted that the plate also worked well — even at the hottest setting — with a flat-bottomed ceramic mug.

The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen liked the Ember products in their testing, and this 14-oz mug is a great addition, as many coffee connoisseurs enjoy their brew in a mug larger than Ember's 10-ounce mug ). It's easy to use — simply push the large button on the bottom — then pair it with the Ember app to set your temperature preference, which defaults to a drinkable 135˚F. Take note: For much of the claimed 90-minute battery life, this cup was just shy of that 135˚F target.

We also liked the size and feel of the smallest Ember cup , a 6-oz mug that works well for espresso. It fits under espresso machines with portafilters as well as single-serve and fully automatic machines.

The control panel for SmrtMuggs's travel mug lives solely on the mug, making it an easy grab-and-go choice. The large battery on the bottom — the manufacturer claims a 10-hour battery life — enabled the cup to hold coffee above our target temp of 135˚F for the full four hours of testing .

That hefty battery did make the cup feel heavy for its size, but we found it comfortable to hold overall. Our caveat is that while the push-button lid is easy to use, the edge of the bottom button can bump your lip when you're drinking, which is distracting. We also found that there's a bit of a learning curve with the tap vs. press-and-hold menu on the controls, but the clear digital readout was helpful in setting the temperature and turning off the mug.

Ohom's Ui Mug earns its place on your desk or counter by offering multifunctionality: Not only did it keep coffee warm for 90 minutes when the lid was in place during our testing, the Qi warming plate can also be used to charge your cell phone and even some wireless earbuds.

The sleek mug is available in a range of colors, and we found it comfortable to drink from (though the lid does become hot and condensation can drip from it as you lift and replace it). Like all the warming plates in our test, the Ohom plate gets hot during use, but because it doesn't have the same protective housing as others on our list, you'll want to use extra caution when moving it.

This self-heating mug lets you set your desired temperature with controls on the mug itself. Simply press the large button on the bottom to turn it on and then tap the Ember icon for a menu. It also pairs easily with Ember's smart app , which lets you control multiple Ember devices remotely .

It held coffee at a nice, hot temperature for most of its three-hour claimed battery life, and it only fell slightly below the target temperature of 135˚F in the last 15 minutes. We appreciated that the design of the lid allows you to drink from any side (you depress a disk in the center of the lid to open it). This friendly mug will even tell you hello and goodbye, so there's no confusion about whether it's on or off. As a bonus, it did not leak during our tests. But with a battery life of three hours, it's not the longest-lasting mug in our tests.

READ MORE : Is the Ember Mug Worth It? An Honest Review

How we test heated mugs


The experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab test heated mugs for heat retention, impact on taste and ease of use. To test heat retention, a thermocouple (a thin, wire-like thermometer) is inserted into each mug. The thermocouple relays the temperature of the coffee in the mug to software that tracks the heat level over a four-hour period. This helps us determine whether users can actually have their drinking time interrupted and then come back to a warm cup of coffee. Some of the self-heating mugs gave a stated battery life of fewer than four hours, which we factored in when making our picks.

three mugs on warming plates with two showing a binder clip holding a thermocouple in place as part of the heat retention testing

To determine how the coffee tasted over a two-hour period, our testers tasted a control cup and then coffee from each mug every 30 minutes, making notes about the bitterness, acidity, mouth feel and temperature sensation. Unsurprisingly, we found the coldest coffee the least appealing. We also felt that — compared with freshly brewed coffee — the mugs kept the coffee warm but negatively affected the taste over time.

When assessing ease of use, our Lab pros considered the helpfulness of the owner's manual, the type and readability of any controls, the feel of the mug, the comfort of drinking from it and the cleanability. They also evaluated the ease of opening and closing the mug and its leak resistance, if applicable.

What to look for when shopping for a heated mug


✔️ Type of heated mug: The biggest consideration is whether you want to warm a regular mug on a heating plate or to use a battery-powered mug that is portable once charged.

  • Warming plate: A point in favor of a warming plate is that you may be able to use your own favorite mug. If the warming plate comes with a mug, it is generally a traditional-style ceramic mug (though the Cosori on our list did have a less-common stainless steel mug). The con is that you are tethered to the plate, so you have to come back to it to place the mug down if you want the beverage to stay warm. If you choose a warming plate, be sure to check the cord length; you want it to be long enough for the spot where you'll use the device most.
  • Self-heating mug: A self-heating mug gives you the freedom to roam your home or commute to work with coffee that stays hot. Another pro is that you can set your preferred temperature either on the mug or via an app. The downside is that you have to remember to charge the mug between uses.

✔️ Lid: We found that whether you opt for a warming plate or a self-heating style, a lid goes a long way. It helps to trap heat from the start, which helps even weaker mug warmers perform better. It also keeps liquid from evaporating, which can make the coffee taste more concentrated over time.

✔️ Capacity: For warming plates that come with a mug and for self-heating styles, check the capacity of the mug. The largest mug capacities we tested were 17 ounces for a warming plate and 14 ounces for a self-heating mug. If you know you need a big cup in the morning, you might want to be able to use your own mug.

Do heated mugs actually work?


In a word, yes. Many will, indeed, keep your coffee hot — some will even do so for hours. People who prefer a piping hot cup and choose to reheat their coffee may appreciate the more hands-off solution of a heated mug. By and large in our testing, the self-heating mugs performed better than the warming plates, but much of that also came down to whether the mug had a lid.

The caveat of our learnings is that the taste of the coffee can change if it's held at a hot temperature over a long period — this was true across the board, no matter which mug style was used. Each cup tasted more bitter or more acidic (or, in some cases, both!) as it continued to "cook," but we found that for shorter periods, heated mugs did keep coffee hot and that warmer coffee was more palatable than cooler coffee.

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Sarah Wharton lead the testing for these heated mugs, helping to develop the testing methodology with Kitchen Appliances Lab Director Nicole Papantoniou , who oversees all testing of kitchen gear for the Good Housekeeping Institute, including products like coffee grinders , coffee makers , espresso machines and Nespresso machines . Sarah and Nicole are both judges for the Good Housekeeping Institute's Coffee Awards .

Becca Miller is the associate food editor in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, where she researches and writes about food all day. She is a coffee connoisseur and appreciates a hot cup of joe at all hours of the day. Becca did extensive research and has knowledge of other self-heating kitchen tools, like hot pots .

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Best 12v Travel Heated Mug For A Car

Who does not love to have a hot coffee during a long commute or a road trip? It gives a better driving experience and also makes it interesting. 

But will you be waiting for a long time to get your coffee ready? The answer is obvious; you need to get ready soon and stay hot until you drink. For this, you need an especially designed and well-structured reliable 12v travel heated mug for the car to keep enjoying traveling.

Having the best-heated cup makes commuting easier and also helps in enjoying hiking, long drives, and traveling. Therefore, traveling mugs are becoming the trend these days among car lovers especially traveling lovers. In this blog, we have gathered the five best 12v travel heated cups for a car that will give you an extreme level of enjoyment when you drink your delicious coffee. We selected these after considering many aspects, including handling, dishwasher safety, leakage, and other vital factors. 

Why a 12v Travel Heated Mug?

If you are a travel companion and prefer to keep enjoying your commuting, you should buy a 12v travel heated mug. The reason being it keeps you warm and energetic by providing healthy and tasty coffee. With the help of travel mugs , you can drink your coffee, tea, or other beverage when you think fit. It ensures to keep the taste of the drink is natural and does not add on different flavors. These are durable compared to other similar products and affordable as well. The best thing about the travel mugs is that you can clean them easily because most of them are dishwasher friendly and you will not have to worry about cleaning. 

What To Check On a 12v Travel Heated Mug?

People want to buy the travel heated mug but may not know the key things to look at while getting the best-heated mug. So, here are some tips that you can look for and obtain a reliable, great, and trendy product.

  • Check The Lid Style

Whether you drink coffee, tea, or water, you do not allow any whole spill sipping from your travel mug. Therefore, you must ensure that it gives a smooth and easy sipping facility and checks out which lid style matches your requirements, such as flip lids, thumb-sliding lids, push-button lids, and straw lids. Each of these has some benefits and detriments. If you are a customer who prefers to use a durable thing or prevent spills, you can opt for a twist lid or any other desired model. The best thing about checking lid style is it will not affect the cost.

  • Temperature Retention

Most of the time, people drink their favorite coffee slowly, so your travel mug must retain a stable temperature for a long time. A reliable mug will ensure no additional flavor. The temperature is stable and kept for a long time, whether cold or hot. These days vacuum insulated mugs are there, which are made with stainless steel and offer the best performance in terms of temperature retention. 

  • Look At The Size 

Nowadays, there are tons of travel mugs out there, and all come in different sizes. The average capacity of these mugs is approx 16 ounces, although you can find other variants as well. Some are bigger that can fulfill the entire day’s need, and some are compact to serve you for a short time only. When the customer looks at a bigger size travel mug, they must ensure that their mug is microwave-proof or contains maximum heat retention. You should also check out the customer review as it will help you to get the right amount of your coffee at the right time. 

  • Read About Material 

While most travel mugs are made up of stainless steel material, you can get limited options if you look for other similar materials. Or you can get plastic, glass , silicone, or bamboo travel mugs that will affect other things as well. It can create differences in price, durability, cleaning process , and other vital elements. If you want a durable product for your commuting, then you should get a stainless material mug. Plastic mugs are great for retaining standard coffee flavors.

Best 12v Travel Heated Mug For A Car 

Tech tool smart travel mug 16 ounce.

The Tech Tools Heated Smart Travel mug comes with complete temperature control. It allows you to keep the hot beverages warm at the right temperature during the journey. The 12-volt plug can be placed into the charger in your car and will keep warming your drink. The capacity of this mug is 16 ounces with a leakproof and stainless steel build. It heats your liquid to 85 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and alerts you when the ideal temperature is reached. 

  • There are LED light indicators.
  • It comes with a 12V auto adapter.
  • Stainless steel material
  • Capacity is 16 oz 
  • The build quality is not durable.
  • PLEASE NOTE: the smart mug is intended to keep your beverage warm at your desired temperature...
  • PLUGS INTO YOUR CAR CHARGER Take this self heating travel mug along with you anywhere and use...

Wagan Heated Travel Mug 12V Stainless Steel

Wagan’s EL6100 is a 12v stainless steel travel mug that offers an anti-spill lid, therefore best suited for those who are serious about having a secure sip. The excellent design, double-wall construction, and BPA-free feature make it an attractive and hot mug to have for the trip. It can maintain the desired heat for two hours and has a capacity of 16 oz. With this insulated travel mug, you can warm your coffee within 30 minutes, depending upon the temperature. If you want an easy-to-use product for your simple journey, this is the best thing you need. 

  • Hold your hot drink for 2 hours.
  • The cord is detachable
  • You can use it easily 
  • great for water warming.
  • It is an insulated mug and BPA free
  • Material quality need to improve
  • The Bpa Free, Stainless Steel, Double Walled Construction Ensures Your Drink Stays Hot And...
  • Heats Cold Beverages To About 145 Degree F In Less Than 30 Minutes

Hoyootech 450ml Stainless Steel Car Heated Mug 12V 

Do you want a heated mug that gets fit into your car’s cup holder? Then this 12v heating cup can be the best deal for this because it is designed to fit most of the car cup holders. It can help maintain 65 degrees Celsius temperature and also does not require any batteries. You can plug, and it will start heating your beverage. You can heat milk, coffee, tea, water, or any other drink you want at 65 degrees Celcius with this cup. The power cable to charge this device is handy and supports all car power supplies. The anti-leak and slip facility is there, so you will not struggle with leakage problems and not see the heat from outside. 

  • It is leak and slip-proof.
  • The capacity is 450 ml.
  • You can heat milk, coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.
  • It comes with a 12v adapter
  • It does not maintain a stable heat level
  • Ergonomically designed, fit most vehicle cup holders. 12V stainless steel car heating cap sits...
  • Heat function and practical, maintains a temperature of 65°C. No batteries required, just...

OBALY Electric Travel Mug 12V Smart Temperature

Obaly’s bright travel mug can be set from 86 degrees Fahrenheit to 194 Fahrenheit. One of the great travel cups that offer you warmth or heat your coffee effectively without missing any different taste. The company has used Tritan material that is usually used in baby products, so it is safe to use. Aside from this, if you are a new user of such a kind of mugs, you will get familiar with it a few times because it has an LCD to show you the temperature level. It is also a great thing to give someone as a gift on a special occasion, whether it is a birthday or any other celebration. 

  • It includes an LCD.
  • We can set the temperature from 86 F to 194 F
  • It is straightforward to employ and safe as well.
  • Also, a giftable item
  • It can leak sometimes
  • 🍵 Intelligent temperature control - Smart thermous can be set from (86 °F ) to (194 °F),...
  • 🍵 Safe material - The car coffee travel mug body is made of "Tritan" material developed for...

Car Kettle Boiler with DC 12V Charger Sunsbell 750ml

Many people want a larger kettle boiler to heat their coffee and other beverages. It can heat your drink to 100 degrees Celsius within 45 minutes. It is not for the cold drinks to heat up and the best 750 ml travel mug for the car. You can use and clean it quickly because it comes with a cigarette lighter cable. The indicator turns red when the temperature goes down. It also offers an anti-leak and anti-slip water heating facility. That means you will not have to worry about any leakage issue and can hold a too-hot coffee in your hand. 

  • It has a capacity of 750 ML 
  • The BPA free technology used
  • You get 12 months warranty with 100% money back
  • Best for traveling purpose
  • The quality of the wiring should be better.
  • [650ml large capacity & water boiler in 45 minutes] : Kettle designed to heat up your water on...
  • [Easy to use & clean] : Just pour the travel kettle with water then connect it to the car with...

We hope you have liked this information gathered after analyzing available travel mugs and coming up with these five travel mugs for your needs. If you are also looking for such kind of brilliant travel accessories, you can freely add one. And it will give you tasty and warm coffee or other hot drinks during the commuting via car. 

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The 8 best travel mugs: Does anything beat Yeti?


If you're a coffee drinker, then you know it's important to have the right coffee mug. And for people who are regularly on the go, a dependable travel mug is an eco-friendly, money-saving necessity. Luckily for you, we've researched dozens of the top travel mugs on the market to find our favorites. Keep reading to see the eight best travel mugs, what we like about them, and how you can choose the right one for you.

YETI Rambler

Best travel mug overall.


Features : 20 ounces | 35 color options | 18/8 stainless steel body

YETI is one of the most recognizable names in the world of travel mugs, and for good reason. Their products are known for their durability, which you can see as soon as you hold this product in your hand. This 20-ounce tumbler has excellent double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks hot or cold. The lid includes a MagSlider, which is designed to further insulate the mug and prevent leaking. You can also trade out the magnetic slider for a straw and enjoy your beverages that way. 

This mug has nearly 140,000 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Customers say that it's easy to drink from, easy to clean, and durable. It's no surprise it ranks first. 

  • Double-wall vacuum insulation
  • Durable design
  • Versatile -- use with magnetic sliding closure or a straw for hot and cold drinks
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Pricier than some competitors
  • Lid may not be leak-proof

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Best on-the-go travel mug.


Features: 15 color options | 20-64 ounces | Keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours

If you want a travel mug that's easy to take with you on the go, check out the Hydro Flask. The handle makes this bottle easy to carry, and it has an attractive design. With its wide flex sip lid, this mug is still leak-proof according to Hydro Flask, and will keep your coffee hot for hours. As an added bonus, the company supports more than 100 environmental non-profit organizations and has donated $1.9 billion and more than 55,000 bottles.

When it comes to reviews, customers have plenty of good things to say. The product has more than 21,000 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Customers like that it makes a great gift, is easy to drink from, and is leak-proof.

  • A portion of proceeds goes to charity
  • Easy to take with you on the go
  • Compatible with other Hydro Flask lids
  • Some reviews complain of leaks
  • Difficult to disassemble to clean

Zojirushi Stainless Mug

Best travel mug for heat retention.


Features: 8 color options | Vacuum insulated | BPA-free plastic

If you're looking for a travel mug that's going to keep your coffee hot, look no further than the Zojirushi Stainless Mug. It consistently ranks among the best mugs for heat retention, thanks to vacuum insulation. The company promises this mug will keep your beverages hot or cold for six hours. Additionally, it has a sleek design that fits in cup holders and can accommodate full-size ice cubes.

This product comes highly-rated by customers. With more than 19,000 reviews on Amazon, the mug has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customers like that it's leak-proof, easy to drink from, and made of quality material.

  • Leak-proof lid
  • Excellent heat retention
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Sized for cupholders and ice cubes
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Stains and scratches easily

Miir Travel Tumbler

Best travel mug for commuters.


Features: 12-20 ounces | 6 color options | Insulated Travel Lid

Anytime you have a conversation about the best travel mugs, MiiR will be one of the first names to come up. The MiiR Travel Tumbler keeps your drinks either hot or cold with double-wall vacuum insulation technology. It comes with a leak-free design, meaning you don't have to worry about spills when you're on the go. People also love the design of this travel tumbler, and it's compatible with your standard cup holder and regular ice cubes.

As far as customer reviews go, MiiR is a fan favorite. It has more than 300 reviews on the company's website, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

  • Double-wall insulation keeps your drinks hot and cold
  • Attractive design
  • Spill-proof lid
  • A portion of your purchase goes to charity
  • Lid can be difficult to open
  • Exterior scratches easily

Contigo West Loop Travel Mug with Autoseal® Lid

Best leakproof travel mug.


Features: 38 color options | 10-24 ounces | Push button for drinking

Contigo is practically a household name when it comes to travel mugs. This mug in particular is famous for its Autoseal® lid, which keeps your coffee hot for hours and ensures the lid is leak- and spill-proof. Pair the auto-seal with the vacuum insulation, and you can trust that your coffee will stay hot. It's designed to fit in your car's cup holder and under your home's single-serve brewer.

If we judge this mug simply by its reviews, then it's easy to see why Contigo is a household name. The mug has more than 110,000 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customers like that it's leak-proof, easy to drink from, and durable.

  • Affordable price
  • Leak- and spill-proof lid
  • Auto-seal lid
  • Keeps drinks hot for 5 hours and cold for 12
  • Difficult to clean, according to reviews

Ello Campy Water Bottle with Slider Lid

Best travel mug for camping.


Features: 8 color options | 18 ounces | Leak-proof slider lid

The Ello Campy Water Bottle is perfect for anyone who prefers a camp-style travel mug. It has a long handle, which makes it easy to carry no matter your hand size. It claims to keep drinks hot for 5 hours and cold for 10 hours. Its patented sealing slider is designed to prevent leaks and to make it easy to open or close one-handed.

This mug has more than 5,000 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Customers liked its lock feature, its easy-to-hold design, and its leak-proof lid.

  • Keeps drinks hot for 5 hours or cold for 10 hours
  • Handle makes it easy to carry
  • Attractive and classic camp aesthetic
  • Less convenient to cart around

KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup

Best for replacing paper cups.


Features: 12 ounces | Tempered glass | BPA-free

Anyone looking for a glass travel mug will love the aesthetic of the KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup. It's made of toughened glass and has a natural cork band. However, this mug won't keep your drink hot as long as many of the other products on this list. After all, it's designed to replace disposable cups you'd find at coffee shops (and for people who like the glass mug look). KeepCup is an environmentally-friendly mug, and the company donates revenue each year to help the environment.

This mug has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon, earning it a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Customers like its beautiful design and the fact that it's the same size as coffee shop paper cups.

  • Aesthetically-pleasing design
  • A portion of proceeds go to environmental causes
  • Excellent disposable cup replacement
  • Not leak-proof
  • Doesn't keep drinks hot for long

Fellow Carter Move Travel Mug

Best travel mug for preventing spills.


Features: 8 color options | 12-16 ounces | Ceramic interior coating

The Fellow Carter Move Travel Mug has an eye-catching design. It will definitely keep your drinks hot or cold thanks to its vacuum insulation; Fellow claims the mug will retain heat for up to 12 hours and retain cold for up to 24 hours. Its unique design is made to prevent spills and leaks. In fact, it even has a snap-in splash guard for that very purpose, and its lid design does the rest.

This product has roughly 2,100 reviews on Amazon, earning an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. While it hasn't proven itself to as many people as the other brands on our list, customers love its sturdiness, the fact that it's leak-proof, and that it makes a great gift.

  • Great for using while on the go
  • Leak-proof lid and splash guard
  • Retains heat for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours
  • More expensive than other competitors
  • Inconvenient to open on the go

What is the best travel mug?

The YETI Rambler is the best travel mug based on durability, design, insulation, and versatility.

Which travel mug is right for you?

Even though we've narrowed down the field, you still may have a challenging time choosing a mug. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you weigh your options:

  • What sort of heat retention do you need? You might be someone who drinks your coffee first thing in the morning, and heat retention isn't as important to you. On the other hand, you may travel in the cold weather or drink your coffee later in the day, and then you might want a mug that has excellent heat retention.
  • Where will you be bringing your coffee mug? Some people have their coffee mugs sitting safely in a cup holder or on their desk, while others like to throw it in their backpack to drink later. If you're going to be bringing your mug on the go, you'll want one that's leak-proof.
  • Are you okay with hand washing your mug? Several mugs on our list aren't dishwasher-safe, meaning you'll be hand washing them after each use. If you can't stand the idea of hand washing your coffee mug, be sure to choose one that can go in the dishwasher.
  • How important is design? Some people are only concerned with function, while others want something that's also nice to look at. There's no right answer, but knowing which is important to you can help you narrow down your choices even more.

How did we choose these travel mugs?

With so many travel mugs on the market, you may be wondering how we narrowed our list down to these options. First, we started by rounding up the most frequently purchased travel mugs on the market. 

From there, we compared them based on factors like heat retention, design, whether they leak, and more. We also aimed to find products that brought something new to an already-crowded market. Did they have a unique selling point, or were they simply a knock-off of another popular brand?

Ultimately, we aimed to find products that provide excellent quality with few downsides at a price point that's accessible to everyone.

Are travel mugs dishwasher safe?

Some of the travel mugs on our list can go in the dishwasher, but some must be hand washed in order to maintain their heat retention or leak-proof features.

Do ceramic travel mugs keep coffee hot?

Travel mugs that are made of ceramic material are excellent at heat retention and keeping your coffee hotter for longer.

Are there alternative travel mugs worth considering?

There are hundreds of travel mugs on the market, so the right mug for you may not be on this list. Here are a few alternatives to consider:


Ello Magnet Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug


THERMOS Stainless King Vacuum-Insulated Travel Tumbler


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This double-wall, vacuum-insulated option holds up to 20 ounces of liquid for all-day usage.

Comes fitted with a welded handle for use on the go. Outer body is made from a dent- and scratch-resistant stainless steel. Lid remains securely in place with the twist on/off design and features a sliding closure. Dishwasher-safe. Available in a few colors.

The handle is pretty small, and according to some customers, there isn’t room for their whole hand to grip it.

Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug

With its Autoseal design, this travel mug prevents leakage and spills.

Comes in a 10-ounce bottle. Has an automatic lid closure and a button lock. Made with a double-wall stainless steel material that keeps the drink insulated and at the desired temperature. Hot liquid is kept warm for up to 3 hours, and cold drinks are maintained for 11 hours.

The lid is difficult to clean, and the body of the mug is hand-wash only.

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Travel Mug with Handle

A state-of-the-art travel mug that has every convenient feature covered.

Features vacuum insulation for hours of hot or cold beverages. Built-in tea hook makes brewing on the go a breeze. The narrow bottom fits into most cupholders. BPA-free.

The handle doesn't feel sturdy and is awkward to hold. Slightly more expensive.

HydroFlask Coffee Travel Mug

Holds up to 12 fluid ounces, and is BPA- and phthalate-free for peace of mind.

Made with a non-porous material that prevents any residue or smell from a previous drink to remain in the mug. Insulated thermos keeps hot drinks warm for up to 6 hours. Is dishwasher-safe and fits into most car cup holders.

This lid leaks easily, and if the gasket is removed during cleaning, it is difficult to get it back on.

RTIC 20oz Tumbler

This option works great for on-the-go outdoor use with its durable body and splash-proof lid.

Has a flip top that works well with straws. Keeps ice from melting for up to 24 hours. Made with a double-wall vacuum insulation and the outside doesn’t sweat to keep hands dry. Holds up to 20 ounces. Available in multiple colors and designs.

Customers reported having several issues with the lid such as it not staying closed, leaking, and difficulty drinking out of it.

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Buying guide for best travel mugs.

If you like to drink your morning coffee on the go, a travel mug is an excellent investment. You can make your own hot or cold drinks just how you like them. And you can carry them with you to work, school, the gym, or wherever else your day may take you.

The market boasts hundreds, if not thousands, of different travel mug makes and models. If this is your first time buying a travel mug, you may feel overwhelmed by your number of choices.

That’s where we come in!

We've done the research so you don't have to. In our BestReviews lab, we poured the drinks, sipped the coffee, measured the temperatures, and analyzed the existing data, all to bring you the most accurate reviews out there. What's more, we never accept free products from manufacturers. We buy them from the store just like you, so you can rest assured our reviews are honest and unbiased.

If you need more info on how to choose the right travel mug for your needs, please continue reading this shopping guide. And when you’re ready to make a purchase, please check out the product list above for our top five picks.

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Why buy a travel mug?

The first thing to consider is why you should buy a travel mug. Here are some of the top reasons why you might want one:

  • It's environmentally friendly. Paper cups from the coffee shop pile up after a while. It’s far kinder to the environment to reuse the same cup over and over again. Most coffee shops will happily refill your reusable travel mug rather than give you one of their disposable cups.
  • It's convenient. If you like to make your morning drink at home but don't have time to consume it before you leave the house, a travel mug offers great “on the go” convenience.
  • It could save you money. Considering the fact that a single beverage from a coffee shop could run you $5 or more, it makes economical sense to prepare your drinks at home instead of purchasing them while out and about.
  • It helps maintain your beverage temperature. An insulated travel mug helps prevent your hot beverage from growing cold before you reach the bottom. The insulation also helps preserve the chill in your cold drinks.

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Travel mug features

You might think that all travel mugs are more or less the same. It's not quite as simple as that! Here are some features to consider:

The two most common travel mug materials are plastic and stainless steel.

  • Plastic travel mugs tend to be more affordable, and most can be safely placed in a microwave.
  • Stainless steel travel mugs look great, and coffee connoisseurs claim that a good cup of joe tastes much better out of stainless steel. Why? Some say that a plastic travel mug can give your coffee an unpleasant flavor.

Although less common, you’ll sometimes see a person with an all-glass or ceramic travel mug. However, these aren't usually insulated.

All the travel mugs featured in our product list are insulated, which means they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. However, some cheaper travel mugs you’ll see in stores and online may not be insulated.

If insulation is important to you, take a look at how long your chosen mug keeps drinks hot or cold. For example, Thermos specifies in its product description that the Stainless King keeps hot drinks hot for five hours and cold drinks cold for nine hours.

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Many modern travel mugs don't have a handle. In fact, the only one of our top picks that has a built-in handle is the Thermos Stainless King.

Whether or not you want a handle comes down to personal preference. A well-insulated travel mug won't get hot on the outside when it has a hot liquid inside (or cold when it has a cold liquid inside), so a handle isn't needed to protect your hand. Even so, many people prefer to grip a handle when they sip from their mug.

With most tumbler-style travel mugs, you have the option of buying a handle/holder separately. For example, if you opt for the 30-ounce RTIC mug on our shortlist, you can buy a handle that will fit it from Aoocan .

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Leak-proof seal

If you don't want your drink to leak or dribble all over the place, look for a travel mug with a leak-proof seal. This will allow you to carry it in a bag, rucksack, or briefcase with the knowledge that the contents won't spill all over your belongings.

The RTIC travel mug comes with a lid, but some customers complain that it’s not splash-proof. If you purchase a mug with a seal that isn’t leak-proof, you may end up needing to purchase another lid separately. GetiGrip makes a replacement lid that some RTIC owners have found satisfactory.

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Ease of use

Some travel mugs require you to unscrew the lid every time you want to take a sip of your drink. Others have a button you can press to serve yourself, and still others remain open at the top for easy access.

We recommend one of the latter, as it can get extremely frustrating and inconvenient needing both hands whenever you want to take a drink. For example, the Contigo AUTOSEAL includes a button which you press to seal and unseal the lid. The Thermos King includes a lever that you can easily slide open to serve yourself.

Manufacturers make travel mugs of all sizes, from the petite to the enormous. The size you choose obviously depends on how much liquid you want to carry. However, it may also depend on how bulky the mug feels in your hand and whether you’re going to want to carry it around.

Travel mugs like the Contigo AUTOSEAL are purported to fit most cup holders. If this is an important feature for you, make sure the diameter of the mug you choose isn’t too large.

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As well as the physical size of the travel mug, you want to think about how much liquid it can hold.

Sixteen-ounce mugs are quite popular, but our top picks range from 10 to 30 ounces. Conveniently, some travel mug manufacturers give you the option of selecting from a number of sizes. For example, the RTIC Tumbler featured in our product list holds 30 ounces, but the company also offers this model in 10-, 12-, and 20-ounce capacities.

The size you choose depends on what you plan to carry in your travel mug, how much of it you drink, and how long you want it to last. A 10-ounce mug would be perfect for someone who just wants a single cup of coffee. A 30-ounce mug would be more suitable for someone who fills their travel mug in the morning and enjoys sipping from it all day. (This is where a cup with good insulation comes in handy!)

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Do you prefer basic black or neon pink? Fortunately, most makes and models come in a range of colors so you can choose the shade you love.

However, some mugs offer more variety than others. For instance, the Simple Modern Tumbler comes in 16 different colors, whereas the Thermos Stainless King only gives you five color selections.

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Price and durability

Travel mugs are one of those products where paying a bit more will get you a more durable item from a brand you know and trust. That said, the pricier travel mugs you see in stores and online aren’t likely to break your bank account.

The best Thermos varieties cost around $25 and are probably the most reliable and long-lasting travel mugs on the market today. The Thermos Stainless King even comes with a five-year warranty.

However, you can get a perfectly good travel mug for around $15 , though it may come from a brand you've never heard of before.

We wouldn't recommend spending below $10 on a travel mug. It probably wouldn’t be insulated or designed very well, and you'd likely need to replace it sooner than if you'd shelled out an extra five or ten bucks in the first place.

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Q. Are all travel mugs BPA-free?

A. All of the top picks in our product list, above are BPA-free. However, not all travel mugs on the market are BPA-free.

Q. What capacity will I need?

A. This is something you'll have to work out for yourself. Try measuring the capacity of your favorite mug or tumbler and going from there. Of course, if you want it to hold multiple cups of drink, you’ll need to factor that in. Some people like to sip from their travel mug all day long without having to refill it.

Q. How long does a travel mug keep its contents hot or cold?

A. On average, a travel mug keeps hot liquids hot for somewhere between 6 and 12 hours and cold liquids cold for between 8 and 24 hours. Even the lower end of these ranges would be more than sufficient for most people. If you want a travel mug that retains temperature for as long as possible, shop around for those with the best insulation.

Q. Is my travel mug dishwasher safe?

A. Not every travel mug is dishwasher safe, but some are. If the ability to clean your mug in the dishwasher is important, check the manufacturer's specifications to make sure you can do so.


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