Owing to the AUTOSEAL technology, even if you turn the mug upside down, your drink won't leak out from it until you press the button to sip. Just release the button, and the lid will seal.
Models with the painted body are suitable for manual cleaning only.
If you can't imagine your mornings without a hot cup of tea or coffee but you don't always have time to have it at home, the Contigo 2095832 Travel Mug will get you covered. With this cup, you will be able to enjoy your drink everywhere you are. A tea infuser is additionally available for sale.
20.5 x 8 x 9 cm, 340 g
Hot for 5 hours
Cold for 12 hours
Stainless steel interior and exterior
Double-wall vacuum-insulated technology, Autoseal technology (One-handed operation), Button lock for added security on the go, 100% BPA-free, Dishwasher safe lid
Lifetime limited warranty
The 1-click lid ensures incredibly quick opening/closing of the mug. You can open the lid with one hand only, which is especially useful when you want to drink on-the-go.
It's a bit too tall for cars' cup holders.
The 720°DGREE Travel cup seems to be well-constructed and sturdy enough to take day-to-day commuting knocks. Comfortable drinking and effortless cleaning are guaranteed.
21 x 7 x 7 cm, 282 g
Hot up to 5 hours
Cold up to 9 hours
Stainless steel interior and exterior
1-click closable lid, Dishwasher safe, Double wall for heat insulation
60-day money-back warranty
Hot ~ up to 4 hours
Cold ~ up to 4 hours
Hot up to 7 hours
Cold up to 18 hours
The THERMOS superior vacuum insulation creates an airless space between two walls, which eliminates the convection process and slows down the temperature change.
The lid might be difficult to take off.
The Thermos Stainless King travel tumbler is made of premium materials and uses the unique vacuum insulation technology for the maximum temperature retention. An excellent choice for hikers and campers.
21 x 9.8 x 8 cm, 354 g
Hot up to 7 hours
Cold up to 18 hours
Stainless steel interior and exterior
Thermos vacuum insulation technology, DrinkLock sealing lid, Traditional containers
Contigo 2095832 Autoseal West Loop
Our best overall travel mug is the one from Contigo. Though it has a higher price tag than competitive models, we think it's more than worth it. This travel mug has a stainless steel design with a smart one-handed operation so you can comfortably use it on the go. You simply need to press its lid to make a sip and release it to auto seal the drink. The Autoseal technology and the leak-proof design make it a sound choice for trips.
It's also provided with a big capacity and available in 9 colours. The mouth opening on the mug is quite wide which makes it easy to drink the beverage on the go. That, however, comes at a price. Compared to mugs with narrower openings, this one keeps drinks hot for only 5 hours. Still, we think this time is more than enough for normal use. Besides, if you pour coffee or tea with above normal drinking temperature, the mug will keep it hot for at least one more hour.
The thing all non-fussy consumers will like about this travel mug is that it's got a dishwasher-safe lid. That and the fact that the mouth opening is quite wide make its cleaning a real breeze. Also, it includes a plastic cap which ensures better protection of the main body keeping it from the ill effects of transportation.
As a nice addition, the manufacturer offers a stainless steel tea infuser designed specifically for this mug. The strainer can be easily clamped into the lid for brewing tea on-the-go. The tea infuser has fine-pored holes and can accept loose tea or any tea bags. Nothing will leak through!
|Last updated price||£25.27|
The 720°DGREE Travel Mug can become an ideal companion for either daily commuters or avid hikers. It has an elegant, minimalistic design and is made only from 100% BPA-free materials.
To specify, the mug in question is manufactured from food-safe stainless steel that leaves no residual taste or smells. The cup boasts a durable, matte finish that really shines when the light falls on it.
Speaking about the interior, the mug has a double-wall design with extra copper layer to keep your drinks hot for up to 5 hours and cold for up to 9 hours. So, no matter whether you prefer your beverages super hot or icy-cold, this mug will get you covered.
The only part that is made without the use of metal is the lid - it's constructed from durable plastic and silicone. You can effortlessly open it with just 1 click, which is particularly handy for those individuals who often drink on-the-go. On top of that, the lid is completely leakproof and the mug can be safely thrown into your hiking backpack without worrying about the leakage.
Overall, the 720°DGREE Travel cup seems to be well-constructed and sturdy enough to take day-to-day commuting knocks. Comfortable drinking and effortless cleaning are guaranteed.
|Last updated price||£20.97|
BODUM Vacuum Travel Mug
Most travel mugs have stainless steel interior and exterior, which is quite good because it is one of the most hygienic materials to use with food products. The only downside of stainless steel is that it's rather slippery in hands. To prevent the above-mentioned mishap and ensure more comfortable use, especially when on-the-go, the manufacturer has equipped the Bodum travel mug with an ergonomic slip-proof silicone band. It will help you securely hold the portable coffee mug under any conditions. Aesthetically, the mug looks very nice with the stylish rubber band. What is great, you can choose the preferable colour of the band and lid from numerous vibrant designs. Besides, this tea/coffee mug is totally dishwasher-safe, which allows you to easily clean it.
It's worth mentioning that the seal is quite good but the mug is not completely leak-proof. This means you'll need to make sure to keep it upright and try not tip over, never mind tossing it into a bag or backpack. That said, it's still a great travel mug to use in an office or elsewhere if you need to keep you drink hot for several hours in a row. So if you need a quality and stylish mug to enjoy a cup of hot coffee and tea at work, this one will be right for you.
|Last updated price||£16.03|
Thermos King Travel Mug
Superior Vacuum Insulation
Although this Thermos travel mug has a hefty price tag, it is definitely worth the money! It is truly one of the best insulated tumblers that can keep your tea or coffee piping hot for ages. The secret lies in its innovative design and fine materials used for its production. The Thermos King coffee mug has a high-quality stainless steel housing and interior. And the vacuum insulation between these two layers and a sealing lid allows retaining the temperature of the contents for incredibly long time. Owing to this kind of insulation, your tea or coffee will remain perfectly hot for up to 7 hours. Also, we have good news for those who appreciate chilled drinks - this travel mug will keep your favourite beverages as cool as you like them for up to 18 hours. Besides, this awesome model is equipped with an ergonomic tea hook. It was designed to hold a tea bag or a loose tea infuser and then easily remove it after your tea is ready.
The mug holds a decent amount of liquids (470 ml) and, most importantly, it's completely leak proof! It has a sturdy handle and a convenient open/closed marking with two openings. With this neat design, excellent build quality, and amazing temperature retention, it's a perfect choice for any traveller.
|Last updated price||£24.72|
Thermos Stainless King
The Best Temperature Retention Guaranteed
Meet another high-quality mug from the leading manufacturer of insulated products, THERMOS. This mug doesn't leak at all and can keep your drinks very hot for up to 7 hours or icy cold for up to incredible 18 hours. The trick is that it's packed with premium THERMOS vacuum insulation. There is an airless space between two stainless steel walls, thus, the convection process won't take place and the temperature will drop or raise very slowly. Plus, the DrinkLock lid provides an extremely tight seal, so neither liquid nor warmth will be able to escape from the top either. However, some users note that the lid might be a bit difficult to take off. Other than that, it's a superior mug you can rely on in any situation no matter the weather.
|Last updated price||£22.99|
What Is a Travel Mug?
We all love waking up to a hot cup of tea or coffee, but, unfortunately, sometimes we simply have no time or possibility to have a cuppa. Being on a trip, rushing to work, et cetera can make us face the necessity of using an insulated travel mug. Owing to double-wall insulation, a travel mug can keep your drink hot for several hours in a row easily, the exterior staying cold and safe to the touch. If you haven’t got a travel mug yet, it’s time to purchase one right now and pamper yourself with your favourite hot drinks being away from home.
By purchasing a mug and decreasing the use of disposable plastic cups, you also do our environment a favour. That is to say, you minimise the pollution of our landfills and oceans from plastic waste. Moreover, many coffee shops including Starbucks and Costa now offer BYO cup discounts up to 50 pennies. So, a travel mug will pay for itself.
For longer trips, you may also be interested in thermoses that offer bigger capacity and a longer temperature retention time. We'd also recommend you to take a look at our picks of best travel hair dryers and travel pillows so you can travel with greater comfort.
Useful Tips for Travellers
Try not to open your thermos or cooler too frequently if it’s possible
Once you open a travel mug or a cooler, the cold/hot air will escape and promote the temperature change consequently. Therefore, try to minimise opening your mug or cooler.
Prepare your travel mug
If you're going to fill your mug with a hot tea or coffee, it's better to scald it with warm water first. And vice versa, rinse the mug under the cold water if you need to keep drinks icy cold as long as possible. You can also throw some ice cubes inside. As for the cooler, you can pre-chill it in your fridge to get the best performance out of your cooler. But in case it’s too large to put inside your fridge, you can just leave it in any cool environment such as a garage or basement for 10-12 hours. Another suggestion is to toss a few ice packs inside the cooler bag in advance. Also, it's better to cool down everything you’re going to put inside beforehand. Just leave perishables in your refrigerator for 4-5 hours before loading them inside your cooler. During long trips and hiking tours, this tip is a must.
Store your mug wisely
Want your tumbler to keep your beverages cool for a longer time? Try not to leave it in the direct sun. In case your office desk is near the window, store your mug inside a drawer and if you're staying at a campsite, find a shade and place it there. If there are no spots with shade at all, you can cover your mug with some towels. The same goes for other cooling equipment. Even the best coolers won’t perform as expected if they're left in the boiling sun or stuffy car trunk.
How to clean a travel mug properly
To enjoy your travel mug for the long years and drink your coffee tasting great all the time, follow these basic cleaning tricks. They will help you keep your mug hygienic and prevent picking up foul odours.
Rinse it after each use. This is an essential procedure but many people skip it. Just rinse out your travel tumbler with tap water after every use. Do the same with the lid or cap.
Wash it daily. If you can, give your mug a daily wash. It’ll keep your mug odour- and bacteria-free.
Solid cleaning. Of course, you won’t need to spend a half cleaning your mug every day. However, it’s recommended to give your mug a thorough cleaning once in a while, especially if bad odours begin to appear.
If for some reasons, you haven’t cleaned your mug for a few days and odd odours have got stubbornly hard to remove, you can use baking soda and white vinegar. Drop the baking soda inside the mug and add white vinegar. Let it react and then scrub the mug with a toothbrush. Also, scrub all the little nooks and crannies in the lid.
Dry it correctly. As most of the travel mugs are leak-proof, they might keep a lot of humidity and odours if dried with their lids sealed on. So, it’s better to remove the lid and dry all the parts separately.
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