If you demand that your morning macchiato, latte, or cold brew stay fresh until well after lunchtime, step up your coffee game with a legit commuter mug that’s insulated and won’t spill on your fresh button-down. We tested a mass of mugs, drank plenty of lukewarm coffee, and suffered a couple lap burns to determine the seven best travel mugs on the market. You can thank us later with a double shot (of espresso).
Ember Travel Mug
Best for: Tech lovers who like it hot
The Ember Travel Mug is touted as “The World’s First Temperature Controlled Mug.” Time magazine recognized it as one of “the best inventions of the year” and, as far we’re concerned, it should win a Nobel Prize. It looks like any other traditional travel mug. But, the ace up its sleeve is a built-in dial in the base allowing coffee drinkers to fine-tune their beverage to just the right temperature (between 120 – 145 degrees Fahrenheit). The Bluetooth-connected Ember App even allows drinkers to name their mugs and remotely adjust the temperature setting. The embedded battery will maintain the desired temp for up to two hours or all day with the included charging coaster.
Goat Story Goat Mug
Best for: Modern-day vikings
The Kickstarter-born Goat Mug from Goat Story taps a certain primal chord. Sure, it’s a mug that’s practical (you can easily bike to work and not worry about spillage), sustainable (it’s made of BPA-free polypropylene), and easy to use (remove the leather holder and use as a stand to keep your cup level on your desk). More importantly, it’s a bad-ass, Viking-inspired fashion accessory and conversation piece. Pick between four colors: brown, hemp, marsala, or jet black, plus a real or faux leather strap.
Yeti Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler
Best for: No-nonsense coffee drinkers
Yes, the king of extreme coolers makes equally extreme travel coffee mugs. The Yeti Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler will keep your morning java piping hot from the moment you drudge out of bed all the way through the end of your day. It’s over-engineered with double-wall vacuum insulation and kitchen-grade stainless steel. These mugs are dishwasher safe and come with the Yeti MagSlider lid that uses magnets to keep your beverage on lock-down. Plus, it’s available in nine sizes, from 10-oz to 1-gallon, so take that, trentas.
Contigo Autoseal Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Best for: Clumsy caffeinated commuters
Insulated stainless steel is perfect for keeping hot things hot and cold things cold. But, it’s less than ideal for anyone prone to dropping things. For clumsy commuters, the Autoseal Transit is here to help. Contigo takes the basic stainless steel mug, wraps it in an ultra-grippy, rubberized sleeve, then adds a spout cover that automatically locks to prevent spillage. Plus it’ll keep your beverage piping hot for up to five hours or your iced coffee icy for up to 12.
S’well Bottle Traveler
Best for: Java-loving s’ophisticates
For coffee drinkers who appreciate thoughtful design in everything they own, including their lowly commuter mug, S’well has you covered. Their Teakwood Traveler features a handsome, curvy teak exterior that’s perfectly contoured to fit your hand. The wide mouth means its versatile enough to accommodate hot beverages or a chilled cold brew with ice.
Ello Campy Stainless Travel Mug
Best for: Daydreaming desk jockeys
If your mind drifts toward the outdoors no matter where you are, Ello’s Campy Travel Mug promises to add a bit of campfire chic to your desktop. The stainless steel travel mug features a backcountry-inspired, blue-and-white flecked ceramic design and a soft, comfortable cork-inlaid handle. The vacuum-insulated shell promises to keep your joe hot for six hours and your cold drinks chilled for a full 24 hours. Bonus: it’s also one of the most affordable travel mugs on this list.
Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Coffee Mug 2.0
Best for: Flavorful fellows
Last, but not least, is the environmentally-conscious Klean Kanteen. Their Insulated Wide 16-ounce coffee thermos is the definition of solid. The rigorously tested, double-wall vacuum insulation boasts a 10-hour heating timeline. If iced coffee is your jam, this thermos keeps it cool for 30 hours, and the wide mouth makes it easy to fill with ice. A leakproof Café Cap 2.0 comes with the mug, and although it requires hand-washing, the electropolished interior doesn’t retain or impart flavors. So get wild with the vanilla! Or an Irish Coffee, if it’s that kind of day.
Article originally published by Jahla Seppanen on October 16, 2017. Last update by Mike Richard on February 26, 2019.
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