Whether you’re trying to save money, be more eco-friendly or streamline your morning routine, skipping the coffee shop and toting your own cup can make a big difference. The best travel mugs keep your drink piping hot or ice cold for hours and are easier to sip from than disposable styles.
1. Zojirushi SM-SA60-BA Stainless Steel Mug
The Zojirushi offers state of the art vacuum insulation performance in a sleek, compact package. It’s cupholder-compatible, fits single-brew coffee machines, and is dishwasher safe.
It’s also one of the most affordable options in our test, even with the optional add-ons. It may not be as durable as some of the other mugs in our test, but it’s a good option for people who drink mostly hot drinks and want something simple to carry around in their bags or backpacks.
The Contigo mug is another solid choice for car commuters thanks to its tall, cup-holder-friendly design and spill-proof lids. It also performs well in our tests, keeping coffee hot for six hours or more.
2. Thermos – Sipp
This mug is going viral for its design, which reduces the use of single-use sleeves at cafes. This cup is also a green option, made of recycled starches and bamboo!
This is a similar insulated travel mug to the Contigo, and both are very good at keeping drinks hot or cold for hours. However, the Thermos Sipp is cheaper and offers a better spill-resistant topper with a drink-securing lid that is easy to operate with one hand.
The best travel coffee mug keep your beverage steaming hot and provide you with the confidence to gesticulate while driving or meeting friends without fear of your coffee spilling everywhere. Beyond temperature retention, there are other factors that may influence your choice such as size, aesthetics, and ease of cleaning and one-handed operation.
3. Ello Aspen
This double wall vacuum insulated travel coffee mug is a real beauty. It keeps your drink hot and your hands warm for a good long time and has an airtight leak and spill proof lid on top.
It has a real wood bamboo base and comes in a beautiful speckled finish, as well. The convenient slider lid opens with a single push, and it closes to prevent your coffee from losing heat or spilling.
All in all, this is a pretty good ceramic travel mug that will look great in your car and fit most cup holders. It also is BPA and BPS free and has a very durable construction.
4. S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Traveler is made of professional-grade, 18/8 stainless steel with a double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. The sleek and spill-proof Magslider lid makes this one a breeze to use on the go.
It isn’t the most lightweight option in our test, but its design and build are worthy of a spot in your bag or cup holder. This is a great choice for anyone who wants to avoid that lukewarm zone, especially on a long trek or hike.
In fact, GSI also makes a larger version for those who want to keep hydrated all day.
5. S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug – Teakwood
Made from durable 18/8 premium food-grade stainless steel, The Teakwood Traveler is designed to keep you hydrated all day. With our Therma-S’well Technology, triple-layered vacuum-insulated construction and wide mouth design, the 40oz bottle keeps your drinks colder or hotter, longer. Its soft-touch silicone handle and sleek, contoured shape are comfortable to hold, and it fits securely in backpack side pockets or cup holders. The condensation-free exterior won’t sweat in your hand or bag, and it is BPA/BPS-free and comply with California’s Prop 65 regulations. Sustainability without compromise. Every S’well purchase helps to displace millions of single-use plastic bottles.
6. Keurig K20 Single Serve Travel Mug
This is a great little mug that is not as thermally insulated as other models but will still keep your coffee hot for an hour or so. It’s also super short so it will fit under the newer Keurig Mini machines and older K15 Mini machines when you remove the drip tray.
The opening on these machines is very small so many normal insulated mugs and tumblers will not fit. However if you have one of the newer K-Mini or K-Mini Plus machines then you will find that most mugs less than five inches tall will work just fine.
7. S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug – Teakwood
The 40oz Traveler is ideal for day-long hydration, long excursions and intense workouts. Made of durable 18/8 stainless steel with triple-layered, vacuum insulated construction and Therma-S’well Technology to keep drinks colder, longer. Convenient wide-mouth opening for easy filling, stirring and adding ice cubes. Soft-touch, easy-carry handle fits securely in the hand and a snug fit into most cup holders. Exterior stays condensation-free, doesn’t sweat in your bag or hands. BPA-free and meets California Prop 65 requirements. Composed of premium food-grade stainless steel. Certified by B Corp, a rigorous standard for social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.