The 12 Best Coffee Thermoses
The 12 Best Coffee Thermoses
The morning commute is simply not the same without the same old, timeless drudge of the traffic, the car horns blaring, and the tip-of-iceberg. You know it well: you reach for that trusty coffee mug you bought on impulse in a grocery store checkout line three years ago. The outside is still warm. You bring it to your lips. Blow. Sip. Drip, slip, dribble, down your white clothes on the all-important day ahead of you. The dreaded coffee stain, again.
If the insult of wearing your coffee is only matched by the lukewarm coffee you’re forced to either gag down or pour out by the time you arrive–fashionably–to your destination, allow me to fill you in on a secret: coffee mugs are just not what they used to be. You no longer have to settle for the plastic, faux-aluminum, leaves-a-ring-behind-on-the-table coffee “mug.” For the record, neither should your friends.
Best Coffee Thermoses
Stanley Classic Trigger Action Travel Mug 20 oz.
This classic 20 oz mug is at the top of its class for a couple of reasons. Stanley is committed to making the thirsty person’s life easier, more comfortable, and more convenient. From coolers to soup cups to thermos’, they’ve got it all. So when it comes to a coffee mug, they’ve hit the niche. Why? One simply can not have a journey without their frothy brew, for one. For two, that frothy brew had better not be sloshing around making a filthy hot mess, conjuring ants and who-knows-whats.
Enter the Trigger-Action Travel Mug. This bad boy keeps your coffee hot for 9 hours, and if cold is what you wish, you’ve got it! 40 hours of ice-cold drinks ahead. It has a nicely-shaped top, perfectly contoured for one hand while walking, typing, driving, or reading through product reviews.
The big seller on this, though, is the trigger action. Gone are the days of your coffee splashing out of the mouthpiece, even when you’re not leaning in for a sip! Gone are the days of thick, dried coffee slurps from coffee slurps past. And when you’re finished for the day, the lid disassembles completely for a nice, thorough cleaning for tomorrow’s adventure.
Contigo Luxe AUTOSEAL® Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug
For the germaphobe, spill-a-phobe, leak-a-phobe, not a thing is getting in or out of this fashionista of a travel mug. Contigo has been successfully making high-quality coffee mugs and water bottles that sell everywhere for years, and have now entered this spill-proof beauty to the list. The one-handed nature of this mug warrants ease of use, but the lid is specially crafted to keep your drink in, and the nasties out.
Bug fly in your window?
Kid sneeze in the elevator?
Mouth-breather at the office?
Do your pesky elbows knock over your coffee mug?
Never a problem with the AUTOSEAL® lid. Just press the button to allow the coffee to flow when you want it to–into your lips–and release to slam it shut to any mocha miscreants. There is even a lock feature for the AUTOSEAL® button, which is a nice touch to keep the “oopsies” at bay.
The Contigo Luxe AUTOSEAL® Coffee Mug is manufactured with THERMALOCK™ double-wall, vacuum insulation to keep your hot drinks pipin’ for up to five hours, so no more drinking horrible, cold coffee, pouring it out for a new one, or giving up your precious caffeine for the day altogether. For icy beverages, you can put your bet on twelve hours.
YETI Rambler 14 Oz. Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid
When most people think “YETI,” the brand brings to mind those amazingly durable and long-lasting ice chests they make. But standing stage left is the cooler’s little brother, the YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug. Get rid of your old camping mugs; this one’s for you! The lid is clear, so you can see every last drop of your delicious concoction, and the mug has a double wall of vacuum-insulated stainless steel.
YETI has a whole series of mugs and tumblers of various sizes to choose from, and in many different colors. Uncle Dave can have his camouflage, and Aunt Marge can have her seafoam. Of course, locking horns–or talons, or claws–with the BEAST, and in the interest of oceanic preservation, YETI has its own stainless steel drinking straws, as well, if you’re more of an iced coffee drinker.
When it comes down to YETI and the BEAST, you absolutely can’t go wrong. It’s a matter of style: thermos, mug, tumbler, travel mug, 20 oz., 30 oz.? How thirsty are you?
Otterbox Elevation Tumbler with Closed Lid, 20 Oz
It seems that it’s a common theme to have pesky problems with coffee mug lids–nevermind human lips, or human mindlessness causing spills and morning coffee blunders. Otterbox, defender of all things precious, has also released a line of beverageware. What would a coffee mug be, however, without a host of lids to choose from? One can not be too careful!
Otterbox has a lid for any occasion. The Elevation Tumbler comes with the Closed Lid, which presses down into the mug and has a port that flips open to reveal the mouth. Also available is a hydration lid, a coffee press, and reusable straws.
The inside of this Otterbox Elevation Tumbler is lined with copper, ensuring perfection when it comes to temperature, and the outside is that beautiful stainless steel that just looks completely indestructible. Oh, and if you do manage to smash it to oblivion? The Elevation is backed by Otterbox’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, so you’re covered!
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 12 Oz.
If you’re like many people, you don’t want your coffee mug’s mouthpiece left open to any hazards that may befall it. There are travel mugs, and then there are coffee mugs. This mug has a screw-top lid to hide a wide-mouth drinking arena large enough to drop ice cubes in, if that’s your thing.
The Zijirushi Mug comes in Black, Rose, and Stainless, and features a plastic lip for ease of sipping. The size is just right for all cupholders and closes tight to fit in bags, bikes, backpacks, or for a gentle toss to a loved one. Also available in 16 oz., this mug is a must-have.
Finally, you know everyone is happy when you can pull the thing apart to clean it easily. Nobody likes days, weeks, months-old yuck in their coffee lid. Overall, the design is excellent and the screw-top lid is ideal for keeping away any mishaps. This is a two-hander, though, so don’t go drinking and driving with this masterpiece of a mug.
BURNOUT Temperature Regulating Travel Mug, 16 Oz.
Aside from the pile of tee shirts in your closet designated for painting because of the caramel-colored stains, and also aside from the too-quick cool-down of your perfect latte, what is the worst thing about coffee? That’s right, when it scalds your lips and tongue to the point of melting flesh. The BURNOUT has solved this problem for the world!
Within a few minutes of pouring your brew into this mug, your friendly, neighborhood rocket scientists have engineered it to absorb the coffee’s heat into the mug and release it back over time, allowing the beverage to stay hot for a maximum length of time. This means you’ve reached your optimum sipping temperature without waiting the typical thirty minutes for cooling, and maintained the optimum temperature without forgetting about your coffee and allowing it to slip into a dreadfully cold oblivion.
Essentially, the technology is a dual vacuum chamber instead of a single chamber like many travel mugs. Locked securely between the two stainless steel walls is a layer of “HeatZorb,” which, you guessed it, absorbs heat, melts into a liquid, and passes the heat from the coffee back and forth so that the ideal temperature is maintained (roughly 140º F).
S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 16 Oz.
Not only is this little fella cute, but the stainless steel S’well is supposed to be able to keep your coffee hot for 17 hours–and cold for 24! They sell in any color you can think of, as well as in a multitude of sizes, textures, and designs, so they truly can speak to your needs and, perhaps more importantly, your personality.
The S’well is an Amazon Exclusive that is triple-walled with 18/8 stainless steel insulation to keep that temperature right where you want it. That almost hourglass shape makes it an easy fit for your hand, and you won’t find any toxins lurking in this little guy, which is also BPA free.
As far as leaks and spills go, the S’well does really well against the tests. It comes with a screw-top lid, which grabs an A+ for dodging disasters. The wide mouth on the S’well allows for easy sipping and ice cube slipping when it’s time to switch to those cold beverages! So I suppose you could say these mugs are swell…
BEAST 20 oz Tumbler Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Cup with Lid
This coffee mug, ladies and gentlemen, is not for the faint of heart. Made from 18/8 Stainless Steel inside and out, double-walled with vacuum insulation, air-tight lid with a slider spout, sweat-free, BPA-free, toxin-free, what else could you ask for, besides stainless steel straws, a brush, and a decorative gift box? (well, the BEAST delivers on that one, too, just look!)
Vying for top-of-the-trends with the YETI mug, the BEAST roars that it can keep your hot beverages steaming for longer. Its lightweight design is also dishwasher safe, which is a plus for all busy coffee- and tea drinkers alike. The BEAST’S “armor” is super durable, the bright colors won’t fade, and it’s grippable and non-slip.
To be trendy, you must accessorize. In addition to indestructible straws, clear lid, and eleven colors ranging from black to pink to neon green, you can purchase straps, handles, or upgrade to a 30 oz. mug to burst that thirst before it begins.
Ello Ogden BPA-Free Ceramic Travel Mug with Lid, 16 oz
‘Ello, all you coffee drinkers! Why, I bet you’re wondering where the ceramics are in this list? Well, here’s a clear winner! Benefits of ceramic coffee mugs are clear: they’re dishwasher safe, they’re microwave safe, they’re free of harmful chemicals you typically find in plastics, and they are always very nice looking. Who doesn’t like to look like they’ve got it all together?
Ello Ogden’s 16 oz. Ceramic Travel Mug is no exception. It comes with a built-in silicone “boot,” which both protects your hands and furniture while also working to keep those hot drinks hot much longer than the average ceramic mug would allow! The silicone comes in seven colors, for your personalization desires.
The slider-lid is splash-resistant, and the whole shebang–the lid, the mug, and the “boot”–can go in the dishwasher with no need to disassemble. Although, Ello recommends removing the lid before washing. Finally, a company that offers a lifetime guarantee on its products is always a reassuring prospect. Say ‘ello to Ello!
Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask
There is something about the Hydro Flask that is nostalgic, which brings about the sweet reminiscence of childhood. Maybe it’s the cute little dude on the side, nobody can be sure. In any case, the Hydro Flask is not only making the mark for the cuteness of its little mascot, but because it packs a punch when it comes to keeping things at the temperature you need and want–and for a long time.
Hydro Flask’s TempShield insulation allows for 6 hours of heat and 24 hours of cold. The Coffee Flask comes in 12, 16, and 20 oz., and unlike the Hydro Flask, which is typically a twist-off lid, it has a wide, snap-lid mouth they’ve coined the Hydro Flip Lid–although they warn that it is not exactly fully leakproof.
The TempShield insulation, coupled with the Coffee Flask’s external powder coating, allows for a no-slip grip and eliminates a buildup of condensation on the outside of the mug, which would otherwise be cause for embarrassingly sweaty hands–we’ve all been there when we’ve been faced with an unexpected handshake while holding a perspiring coffee beverage. So thumbs up for the Hydro Flask Coffee Flask!
MiiR Insulated Travel Tumbler with Locking Flip Lid
This one is not only a climate-controlling monster, clocking in at 12 hours for hot liquids and 24 for cold ones; but it is also a coffee mug I’d be proud to bring home to mom! No, really, this thing is so nice looking! If you’re in the business of trying to find a coffee mug that is both practical and appealing to the eye, look no further than this travel tumbler by Miir.
With that 18/8 stainless steel composition, we know it’s foodsafe. It also has a locking flip lid, which is leakproof-hello! Beautiful, leakproof, functional, there is no way this could get better. Well. It comes in black. And it comes in white. It doesn’t need to go all out because it simply is fancy.
Each travel tumbler is marked with a unique code related specifically to a single Give Project. Every purchase directly funds these give projects and owners of a Miir Insulated Travel Tumbler can check their code to find out precisely what the story is behind where their tumbler’s funds were disbursed and what happened behind the scenes!
Simple Modern 20oz Classic Tumbler with Straw Lid & Flip Lid
If you haven’t seen these yet, you haven’t been looking–the Simple Modern coffee mug is appealing for a lot of different reasons. For one, there are forty-five different color and design variations, just in the 20 oz. Journey mug, another 45 in the Classic, another in the 10 oz. mug, and so on.
Each variation comes with both a straw- and a flip lid, so you can easily switch between hot and cold beverages. Both lids are splash- and leakproof, which is a must, we’ve determined. You can take these to the beach, to float the river, to the campfire, to work, to the ski hill in the winter. They are super trendy and versatile.
While you might catch all the trendsetters drinking from these ultra-cool, powder-coated, stainless steel tumblers, you might want to know how they stand up to some of the other power-punchers on this list in terms of climate control: Simple Modern doesn’t do too bad, with the 20 oz. Journey clocking 4 hours for hot drinks and 16 for cold beverages!