Travel mugs are one of those banal items that, because of sheer frequency of use, necessitate a little more consideration than the common purchase. You might be tempted to grab whatever mug you see on sale without thinking too much about the fact that you’ll be using it all the time. It’s only on repeated use that flaws begin to stick out and you begin to say to yourself, ‘oh, it’s not actually insulated that well’, ‘the cap is leaky’ or simply ‘this looks bad.’
To save you time (and money) in your search for the best travel mugs, we’ve pulled together a list of what we think are the very finest. It almost goes without saying that these all pair well with a brew from one of the world’s 10 best coffee roasters.
1. OtterBox Elevation 14 Mug
Irritated by how quickly our office coffee was cooling in standard mugs, we tried this stainless steel offering form OtterBox and it has rocked our world. Thanks in part to an internal copper lining, the Elevation Mug will keep your coffee hot all day long, and it comes in four other colors if the natural metal look isn’t your jam.
2. RTIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
RTIC makes top-of-the-line coolers, so it’s understandable that the brand also crushes in the insulated beverage game. This well-crafted cuppa comes in 18 colors. The double wall vacuum insulation keeps each sip hot, and the 20-ounce capacity ensures there will be plenty such sips.
3. S’well Bottle Traveler
The sleek look of teakwood will fit in quite nicely in the office. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle that will keep a latte steaming for up to twelve hours thanks to stainless steel and triple-walled insulation. If the wood finish isn’t your style, check out the upscale marble, metallic or deep navy colors instead.
4. Contigo Autoseal Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug
This 16-ounce travel mug will keep any beverage hot for up to five hours, and a cold brew cool for 12 hours. The non-slip grip prevents drops, and the lifetime warranty prevents regret if you still manage to let it fall.
5. Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug
6. Yeti Rambler 14-Ounce Mug
Yeti is pretty firmly ensconced as the cooler king. No big surprise then that the company makes some pretty damn good mugs as well. This double-wall vacuum-insulated option keeps your beverage as hot or cold as you like while also looking good and standing up to the elements. Grab a no-muss Magslider lid ($10) to make it even more travel friendly.
7. Zojirushi SM-SD48AM Stainless Steel Mug
Offered in 12 colors, the Zojirushi is one of the best-rated travel mugs on the market. It also comes in a variety of sizes — pick from 12-, 16- or 20 ounces. It’ll keep beverages hot for up to six hours, and there’s a five-year warranty on the heat retention, so you’re essentially getting five years of steaming java in one purchase.
8. Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
If you love to get outdoors, this backcountry-inspired travel mug looks just like the ceramic mugs that used to be everyone’s go-to for camping. The leak-proof lid keeps things hot and secure for up to five hours. We recommend pairing this mug with some easy-to-make camp coffee like Kuju’s single serving pourovers or Alpine Start’s instant coffee.
9. Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug
Hydro Flask’s double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel water bottles are known to keep beverages cold or hot all day long, and the same goes for its coffee mugs. What we love about this one is that the wide-mouth opening makes it extremely easy to clean. The variety of colors Hydro Flask offers is unparalleled, and the lifetime warranty is sweet. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle.
10. Klean Kanteen Insulated Tumbler
In a perfectly measured eight-ounce cup, this Klean Kanteen single-serve mug comes with double-walled vacuum insulation to keep macchiatos hot for up to two hours. If you switch to cold brew in the summer, it’ll stay cold for up to 10 hours — and you can’t beat the price.
11. Aladdin Insulated Coffee Travel Mug
Keep it simple with Aladdin’s stainless steel insulated travel mug in a solid black color. The best part of this mug (aside from keeping your cortado hot) is that when you are done for the day, you can pop it in the dishwasher to clean. No hand scrubbing with this one.