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From commuting to hiking, a reliable travel mug makes it easier to enjoy your favorite beverages on the go, while also saving money and reducing waste. There are many factors worth consideration when searching for your perfect mug—handle or no handle, dishwasher safe or microwavable, does it fit in a cupholder.
This list simplifies the process, breaking down a variety of options in detail. We include leakproof picks you can rely upon in your bag, insulated options for nature lovers caught in the coldest environments, and fun designs that showcase your personality with every sip.
No situation should come between you and your coffee. Here are the best travel mugs to buy.
Multiple sizes and colorways
Great temperature retention
Convenient button-activated lid
Doesn't fit in many cupholders
Body is hand-wash only
Possible to dent
If you’re looking for a solid, leakproof travel mug that will keep your coffee hot for up to seven hours, look no further. The Contigo mug is our number one pick for many reasons. The first of which being the “AUTOSEAL” lid. Unlike other travel mugs that have a sliding lid, which is prone to leaks, the Contigo lid has a push button that opens the vacuum seal when you’re ready to drink and closes again when you release the button. After testing the product, our reviewer said she was able to "carry it around in a bag all day without any leakage." Just keep in mind this means that the lid isn’t interchangeable with any of your other travel mugs.
In addition to hot drinks like coffee or tea, this vacuum-insulated stainless steel mug will keep drinks cold for up to 18 hours depending on whether you buy the 12- or 20-ounce version. You can also choose between seven different colors, so everyone in the family can keep their mug straight.
One of the few drawbacks is that the mug is fairly difficult to clean. "If you’re washing the Contigo by hand," our product tester wrote, "be prepared for a bit of an inconvenience as it comes with very specific washing instructions." The lid is dishwasher safe, but the bottle itself is hand-wash only.
"With a leakproof design, superior insulation, and one-hand operation, it’s well worth the $20 it goes for." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
Great for commuters
Temperature retention varies depending on size
Body is hand-wash only
Faint plastic smell first few uses
Stanley is a century-old name known for its array of durable mugs, cups, and more. In fact, the company patented all-steel vacuum flasks way back in 1913. That top-grade technology is bottled into the sleek and simple design of the Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug. Depending on what size you buy, the item maintains the temperature of hot beverages for up to nine hours, cold drinks for 12, and iced ones for a full 40 hours. There are Stanley products that insulate temperatures for even longer, but we selected this model because of its convenient trigger-action lid—perfect for seamless sipping during a commute or hike.
The item is backed by Stanley's lifetime guarantee. The company claims the bottle can withstand everything from a 4,000-foot drop to a -70 degree windchill (overly intense marketing, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless). You can purchase this travel mug in three sizes—12, 16, and 20 ounces—as well as five different colorways. The best part? This lifelong companion is affordably priced, making it one of the best value-for-money options on the market.
Can withstand drops
Modern design and fun color options
Very easy to clean
Poor heat retention
Lid can’t fully close
Doesn’t fit in vehicle cupholders
This mug can take a tumble and survive unscathed. Made by Yeti, a Texas-based manufacturer of outdoor products, this stainless steel mug is designed to go long distances—on rafts, camping trips, and other treks. But it works well for people at home or in the office too, especially because of its convenient handle.
We tested the Yeti Rambler ourselves and, while its durability is excellent, the item "underperformed when it came to temperature retention." Our reviewer wrote that it "keeps liquids hot for about an hour, and warm for maybe an hour after that." To make matters worse, the mug can't be microwaved because it has steel parts.
There are still plenty of benefits to the Yeti Rambler, however. It comes in a wide array of vibrant colors, and its clear, tight-fitting lid prevents most spills. Note that the lid has an opening for easy drinking (and does not have a “close” function)—so it’s not spill-proof. A big handle makes it easy to pick up, even for larger hands. Just be aware that the mug’s large size may mean it won’t fit into many car cup holders.
Fits in most cupholders
Excellent heat retention
Locking mechanism prevents leaks
Plastic parts feel breakable
Hand-wash only, many pieces to clean
While most of the mugs on our list work well for hot or cold beverages, they are generally better at one or the other. That’s not the case with this mug from Zojirushi. It retains drink temperature for at least six hours, no matter if you take your coffee hot or iced. And our product tester added that her experience with the mug was even better than the company advertises, as her coffee was warm enough to drink nearly twelve hours after brewing. "All results considered," she wrote, "we're confident saying the Zojirushi can’t be beat when it comes to insulation."
Available in 12 and 16 ounces, the Zojirushi mug also wins points for design and easy drinking. The flip-top cap not only helps keep the mug from leaking but also keeps the drinking spout protected and clean. The cap also includes a lock to keep it from coming undone in your bag.
Cleaning this model is a bit harder than some of the others, a specially designed bottle cleaning brush is recommended, but it’s worth it to avoid coffee buildup in the drinking spout.
"We can’t say enough good things about the insulative properties of this mug." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
Safe in both microwave and dishwasher
Fits in cupholders
Can't put in bags
Prone to staining
Hole in lid can't be closed
This 16-ounce travel mug is safe for hot or cold drinks on the go. It looks like a standard to-go coffee cup with a protective sleeve, but in this case the sleeve is an integrated soft-grip band and the cup is reusable. It has double-wall construction that keeps drinks at their temperature for longer than a non-insulated cup, but it’s not designed for all-day temperature regulation. If the coffee gets cold, the mug is microwave safe, so you can reheat or warm your drinks easily.
The lid seals closed with a simple quarter-turn and helps prevent leaks and spills. There’s a small opening for drinking, but there’s no cover for the hole so you can’t toss the filled cup in your bag. However, the hole is small enough to avoid spills in your car’s cup holder. The cup portion is white, but you can choose from a variety of cups with different colored bands, so you always know which one is yours. This mug is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Keeps drinks hot/cold for hours
Comfortable to hold
Lid seals tightly
Lid is hard to clean
Doesn’t fit in all car cup holders
Thanks to the vacuum insulation of most travel mugs, a handle is no longer really a necessity to keep your hand dry from condensation or to prevent it from getting burned. But if you prefer to drink from a handled mug this version from Thermos is the right pick for you.
Available in five different colors, this 16-ounce mug will keep beverages hot for up to five hours or cold for up to nine hours thanks to the double-walled stainless steel construction. The lid has a “DrinkLock” seal which opens when you press the lever to the left or right. Our product tester called the lid "pure genius," saying there are "no spills and your morning coffee [stays] hot for longer." The one drawback is that this mug must be hand washed, which can be a hassle.
Tea drinkers will also want to consider this mug since it has a built-in tea hook that accommodates most tea infusers and makes it easy to remove them from the mug. The mug also comes with a five-year limited warranty in case there is an issue.
"We’re happy to say that this travel mug will keep your coffee hot for most (if not all) of your shift, even on a cold day." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Multiple sizes and colorways
Too big for cupholders
Lid has a hole you can't close
For big drinkers, there is the Bubba Brands mug that holds a whopping 52 ounces of your favorite beverage. It's probably better for sipping caffeine-free iced tea or water, rather than 52 ounces of coffee, but it's good to know the barrel-shaped mug will keep drinks hot or cold for several hours.
This is the mug you want to take to the pool, beach, or camping since it will hold enough water for several hours and keep it cool the entire time you’re out and about. It’s also great for office workers who don’t want to have to keep getting up to run to the water cooler to refill smaller bottles. This mug is also incredibly durable and can handle being dropped or tossed around in the trunk of your car. The wide, comfort-grip handle also makes it easy to drink from.
The Bubba Tumbler is also a great budget option. After undergoing our testing process, the reviewer wrote: "Considering how well it maintains temperatures, this is a steal."
Of course, the drawback with a mug of this size is that it won’t fit in your cup holder in your car, so this pick is better for non-drive time. You can choose your favorite color from a range of bright shades.
Cute vintage-inspired design
Comfortable cork-lined handle
Good temperature regulation
Doesn’t fit well in car cup holders
Hard to clean lid
Paint scratches easily
Not dishwasher safe
Want something a little more vintage-inspired? Then the Ello Campy travel mug is just the thing. With a nod to classic enamel mugs that often go hand in hand with outdoor adventures, this 16-ounce travel mug will keep drinks hot for five hours and cold for ten with its vacuum insulation. Plus, it is 100 percent leakproof. The handle is lined with cork composite so it is is easy to grasp and hold onto. And the material is BPA-free.
In some ways, however, this item is more style than substance. Our product tester called the mug "ridiculously cute," but added that its lid is a bit of a hassle, especially when it comes to cleaning. "The slider tab doesn’t seem to come off, making it difficult to fully clean dried-on coffee stains," she wrote.
"While it’s not the best we’ve seen, it’s definitely adequate for a commute or for a day at the office." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Lid seals tightly
Fits in car cupholders
Keeps drinks cold or hot
Can't close hole on lid
Prefer iced coffee? Then a travel mug that has a straw might suit your palette more. This model fits in most cup holders and can keep your drink cold for up to 12 hours. You can use the removable plastic straw with the Tritan lid or not, depending on your preference. The cup is made of stainless steel so it will repel stains and odors—meaning your lemonade won't taste like yesterday's coffee. The mug even has a lifetime guarantee, so you know it will last.
Multiple sizes and many colorways
Great temperature retention
Price varies, can be expensive
Lid isn't ideal for commuting
The S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug is inarguably the most well-designed travel mug on the market today. Thanks to S’well’s high-end, triple-walled technology, you can rest assured that your drinks will stay cool or hot for up to 24 hours, while your hands and bag remain completely dry. Rounding out this mug’s upscale design is its ergonomic grip and thick rim. Users report that its compact size and stylish design have to be seen to be believed. This mug is available in three different sizes (12 ounces, 16 ounces, and 20 ounces) and 17 different color options.
Our top two picks are quite similar in price and performance, and deciding between them might simply come down to which style lid you prefer. The Contigo Autoseal West Loop is sleek, durable, and easy to sip on the go thanks to its button-activated lid. The Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug is especially great at preventing leaks but has a slightly more cumbersome flip-top lid.
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Anthony Irizarry is a New York City-based freelancer who writes about home and kitchen products for The Spruce. He previously worked as an appliance reviews editor covering new releases, reviews, and roundups. He earned his bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State University.
This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. Of the items on this list, he has used the Copco Insulated Travel Mug—a solid budget option for the coffee drinker on the go.
What to Look for in a Travel Mug
Hot vs. cold: Will you be using your mug for hot coffee every morning, or do you prefer iced tea? Some mugs can keep beverages cold for hours upon hours but lack in the heat department, and vice versa. No matter the type of drink you plan to store, there’s an option on our list that will suit your needs.
Size: A huge mug is great for the office, but if you’re going to bring yours on a walk or a bike ride, a smaller, lighter mug may make more sense. Also, some larger mugs might not fit in your car’s cupholder, so it’s wise to check those dimensions if you’re going to be taking your mug on road trips.
Sip vs. straw: One differentiating factor between mugs is the way you drink out of them. Those designed for cold beverages are likely to have a hole that can fit a straw, while those geared toward hot drinks might have a small hole for safe sipping. Of course, if you’re sitting at your desk, you can always remove the lid if you prefer.