Best Travel Mugs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 2018
Take your favourite drink away wherever you go and enjoy it just as hot (or cold) as you love it! These wonderful travel mugs will retain temperature and prevent beverage from spilling. Choose the one that suits you the most! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
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OUR VERDICT
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Temperature retention
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PROS
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!
CONS
You need to hold the button to clean the lid.
OUR VERDICT
If you can't imagine your morning without a hot cup of tea or coffee but you don't always have time to have it at home, take this awesome travel mug to work and have it there instead. Plenty of colours to choose from (13 options).
detailed parameters
Capacity
470 ml
Size
20 х 7 x 7 cm, 330 g
Temperature retention

Hot up to 5 hours

Cold up to 12 hours

Material
Stainless steel interior and exterior
Extras
Double-wall vacuum-insulated technology, Autoseal technology, 100% BPA-free, Dishwasher safe lid
Warranty
Lifetime limited warranty
PROS
If you are looking for a high-quality travel mug with a handle, this model is for you! An ergonomic tea-bag holder allows easy removing of a tea bag after your tea's been brewed.
CONS
The paint might start flaking off after a long use.
OUR VERDICT
This wonderful travel mug retains drink's temperature yet the housing never gets too hot or too cold. You can put this reliable and handy dishware in your backpack. There are two more colours available.
detailed parameters
Capacity
470 ml
Size
20 х 12 х 8.3 cm, 449 g
Temperature retention

Hot up to 7 hours

Cold up to 18 hours

Material
Stainless steel interior and exterior
Extras
Double-wall Thermos™ vacuum insulation technology, DrinkLock™ sealing lid, Ergonomic handle, Built-in tea hook
Warranty
50-year guarantee
PROS
When you are on the go, Bodum travel mug's slip-proof rubber band will certainly come in handy. In addition, this coffee mug is dishwasher-safe, which makes its cleaning a breeze.
CONS
If not kept upright, the mug might leak a bit.
OUR VERDICT
Retaining beverages' temperature, this travel mug is a wonderful dishware to enjoy your favourite drinks on a picknick or a fishing trip. You can choose one of 10 colour options.
detailed parameters
Capacity
350 ml
Size
18.5 х 9.5 х 8.2 cm, 331 g
Temperature retention

Hot ~ up to 4 hours

Cold ~ up to 4 hours

Material
Stainless steel with a slip-proof rubber band
Extras
Closable lid with a stopper, Double wall for heat insulation, Dishwasher safe
Warranty
14-day return policy
PROS

The THERMOS superior vacuum insulation creates an airless space between two walls, which eliminates the convection process and slows down the temperature change.

CONS

The lid might be difficult to take off.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Capacity

470 ml

Size

21 x 9.8 x 8 cm, 354 g

Temperature retention

Hot up to 7 hours

Cold up to 18 hours

Material

Stainless steel interior and exterior

Extras

Thermos vacuum insulation technology, DrinkLock sealing lid, Traditional containers

Warranty

50-year guarantee

PROS
To withstand high and low temperatures and preserve your beverage's original taste and fragrance, the travel mug's interior is made of premium quality stainless steel.
CONS
It may take some time to get used to the locking mechanism.
OUR VERDICT
Enjoy your favourite hot or cold drinks wherever you go, whenever you like. Invigorating coffee or refreshing chilled drinks, it all depends on your taste and mood! Two more colour options are available.
detailed parameters
Capacity
460 ml
Size
23.9 х 7.9 х 7.6 cm, 340 g
Temperature retention

Hot up to 12 hours

Cold up to 12 hours

Material
Premium 304 stainless steel interior, 201 stainless steel exterior
Extras
Easy-flip press button lid, BPA-free, Fits most car cup holders
Warranty
30-day money back guarantee

Contigo Autoseal West Loop

Stop Leaks

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 12 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.

So if you're looking for a high-quality travel mug with double insulation that will stop leaks and keep drinks cold for long trips, the one from Contigo in stainless steel is a worth buy!

Review of Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug

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AUTOSEAL® West Loop Stainless Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid
 

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.

Review of Thermos King Travel Mug

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BODUM Vacuum Travel Mug

Super Comfortable

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.

Review of BODUM Vacuum Travel Mug

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BODUM TRAVEL MUG 11044
 

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.

The build quality of this item is excellent. The open and close sipping mechanism works very well, delivering the liquid in a way that doesn't scald your mouth at all. The thermos can hold 470ml of fluid and has an ideal size for backpack pockets. It's offered in a wide range of vibrant colours: Midnight Blue, Gun Metal, Matt Black, Metallic Blue, Red, Copper, and Raspberry. So, you can choose the matching colour for your hiking gear. Summing up, we can say that it's a very stylish solution for campers and hikers who need the best temperature retention ever.
Review of Thermos Stainless King Travel Tumbler

 

Kooyi Vacuum Insulated Travel Coffee Mug

Reliable and Durable

Choosing a travel tea/coffee mug for everyday use two things that should be paid attention to are materials it's made of and convenience of use. With regards to the Kooyi travel coffee mug, the manufacturer has made their best to produce a high-quality product that would excel in both departments. Let's start with the design. Unlike many cheaper travel mugs you can find on the market, this mug boasts two layers of high-quality stainless steel with vacuum insulation in-between. The interior of the mug is made of odourless and BPA-free premium 304 stainless steel which makes it absolutely safe for adults and kids. Plus, the mug has a durable 201 stainless steel exterior that is corrosion- and rust-resistant, making it easy to clean and maintain.

The Kooyi flask comes with a flip lid that features a lock button, which makes it totally spill-proof. The safety locking mechanism prevents the flip button from accidental pressing when the mug is being carried in a bag. This way, you can pop it into your backpack or put into a car cup holder and rest assured knowing that it won't open up accidentally. The mug has a quality insulation barrier which allows it to keep beverages cold or hot for up to 24 hours. And thanks to the "sippy cup", it's very easy to drink from. All this makes the flask convenient and safe even for kids. So, if you need a versatile mug to take to school, gym, work, camping, or travelling, this one will fit the bill.

Review of Kooyi Vacuum Insulated Travel Coffee Mug

 

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, etc. 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.

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 could 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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1. How to Choose the Perfect Travel Mug, wikiHow

2. Ami Livingston How to Buy a Travel MugConsumerSearch. April 27, 2016.

3. Gary Gresham Tips For Choosing The Perfect Travel MugStreetdirectory.

4. Travel Mug and Utensil Buying Guide, eBay. March 7, 2016.

5. Stainless steel, Wikipedia. November 27, 2016.

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