This is a post for all the running-out-the-door, tugging-on-sneaks, “Do you have your backpack?”-“Where are the keys?”-“Put on a jacket!” moms. Now that I’m doing the same thing every morning (admittedly sans children), having a cup of heaven to cuddle on the bus ride into the city is a treasure. What is not a treasure, is hitting one of the thousand potholes and getting heaven all down the front of my sweater.
Not the cool, collected look I’m going for walking into the office. SO, we rounded up some travel coffee mugs and put them to the test.
Insulated Travel Coffee Mugs: Our 6 Favorites, Reviewed
We wanted to find travel mugs good enough to use (and last) for years. I don’t know if you guys are like me, but once I find something that works, I cling to it forever (or until it gets discontinued and replaced by its less-than-good “upgraded version”). Shana ordered about 100 mugs (JK, more like 20), and as they trickled in, we judged each by look, feel, durability, spill-proofing, and…y’know…how well they actually worked. We eliminated quite a few and found our favorites of the bunch. The goal was to find one to use every day to help limit our environmental impact.
This article S found explains how many times you have to use your chosen travel mugs to make up for a paper to-go cup. It’s not super straightforward, because travel mugs take so many more resources to make than a paper cup, so to make these truly better for the environment, you have to use them 20 to over 100 times. Otherwise, you’re better off with a paper cup. So choose carefully.
Travel Mug Co-Champions!
For When You Want A Handle – We’ll start with our favorite (specifically Shana’s favorite). It’s a nice weight, comes in multiple sizes (S likes the smaller one), and has a comfortable handle. These babies are BPA-free, and keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. S has tossed this into her bag with a little coffee left and avoided spills, but she’d be a bit hesitant to place a full cup in her bag. You should hand-wash the body, but can toss the lid into the dishwasher.
Travel Mug Co-Champion #2
Perfect For Tossing In A Bag – Our second place spot is claimed by the Contigo travel mug. Linzi swears by this one (and we see it around the office all the time). This is definitely meant for travel; the kinda mug you can seal, toss in your bag, and run out the door with. They’ve also updated the lid design to make it much easier to clean thoroughly. The lid can be tossed in the dishwasher, but the body is hand-wash only. Shana (somehow) had trouble holding this mug…I won’t comment because she’s proofreading this post. I will say: Linzi was confused.
A Few Other Insulated Mugs We Considered
The Yeti Rambler mug is the last of our top 3 for a few reasons. No matter how sturdy and hard-working it is, this thing is heavy as all get out. It’ll keep your bev hot for a good long while, BUT….the lid. Just an open hole to drink from with no sliding mechanism to keep it from going everywhere. In order to make this travel friendly, you’ll have to order an entirely separate lid (the MagSlider Lid). Still, a good option for a campsite stay. And it’s dishwasher safe, be still my beating heart.
Okay, so the Corkcicle didn’t make our top three, BUT it’s still a very cute travel mug with great reviews. The flat sides give you a better grip, and it comes in a few colors that are easy on the eyes (like Unicorn Magic). This also has a spill-resistant lid, and from what I’ve read in the reviews, the only issues people have had with it leaking are when they fill it too full.
The shape of this bottle is super-cute and lends to preventing spills from being knocked over (not to mention the whole stained wood aesthetic). Like all the others on this list, it keeps the hot stuff hot and the cold stuff cold for a good long time. An important note I saw in the reviews though was that this bottle may not fit in all vehicle cup-holders. Kind of an important thing if you’re planning on using this on your commute.
This travel mug is made of insulated stainless steel and has a 360 degree cap that lets you drink from any side. The cap twists open to help prevent leaks and is also dishwasher safe (win), but the body should be hand-washed for longevity (not so much a win, but I get it). It definitely does its job and keeps things hot or cold for hours, plus it’s a pretty sturdy bottle. It’ll survive a few drops and falls for sure, maybe a good one to use for hikes and mountain trips.
Do you guys have a favorite travel mug you swear by? I feel like I’ll always be on the hunt for The One; nothing too heavy, nothing too breakable, stays warm for a million years (because yes, that is how long it takes me to drink a cup of coffee). If you have any suggestions feel free to leave a comment!
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