The 8 Best Travel Coffee Mugs to Buy in 2018

Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
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Intended for those that like their caffeine fix to be portable, travel coffee mugs come in a wide range of different styles. Most are made from stainless steel, although silicone and even ceramic options exist. When choosing the right one for you, you need to consider the mug’s insulation (how long it will keep your latte hot, or your frappé coffee cold). You also need to think about whether you want a handle, if additional features like an in-built French press are important to you, as well as how much money you want to spend. In this article, we look at the best options to suit every taste.

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    One of the most popular options on Amazon, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug is made from 100 percent BPA-free stainless steel. Thermalock vacuum insulation keeps your coffee hot for up to five hours (and cool drinks cold for up to 12 hours). The mug’s most unique feature is its patented Autoseal technology, which allows you to release liquid with a push of a button - making it ideal for one-handed operation while driving, hiking or chatting on your cell phone. The lid is also fully lockable and 100 percent leak and spill-proof.

    Because the lid is one connected piece, you don’t need to worry about losing or breaking individual parts - and when you’re finished, you can run it through the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The mug itself is hand-wash only. Amazon reviewers love its sleek shape, which is designed to fit snugly into most cup holders. Opt for the 16- or 20-ounce version, then choose from a range of glossy and matte colors including black, radiant orchid and polar white....MORE This product includes a limited lifetime guarantee.

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    Made from premium-grade 18/8 stainless steel, the Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug is BPA and phthalate-free. It comes in three sizes - 12-, 16-, and 20-ounce - with the smallest fitting neatly under most coffee brewing systems. This means you can use it to fill up from gas station vending machines or from your trusty Keurig back home. Double wall vacuum insulation keeps liquids hot for up to six hours, and cold for up to 24 hours.

    Iced coffee fans need not worry about the mug sweating in hot weather. There’s no flavor or odor transfer either, so you can switch between coffee blends with impunity. The flip lid has a wide mouth, while Amazon reviewers state that the leakproof technology is sufficient to allow you to carry the mug in your backpack or purse without incident. The powder-coated matte finish comes in 10 bright colors ranging from traditional Stainless to playful Kiwi or Mango.

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    A simple yet effective option, the Copco Acadia Travel Mug is the perfect choice for those on a budget. Amazon reviewers are particularly enamored of the mug’s clever design, which uses durable, BPA-free plastic to replicate a standard disposable coffee cup. With a capacity of 16 ounces, the mug fits in most cup holders and features double wall insulation to keep your coffee hot and your cold drinks cold.

    The lid withstands leaks thanks to a simple quarter-turn sealing design. Unlike most travel coffee mugs, which are typically made of stainless steel, this cup is microwave safe. You can also run it through the dishwasher for easy cleaning, although Amazon reviewers state that over time, some staining of the interior can be expected. All versions are white, with a choice of several different colors for the textured non-slip sleeve (including blue, lilac and plum).

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    With a maximum capacity of 30 ounces, the Atlin Travel Mug is the ideal purchase for caffeine addicts who require more than a single cup to get their day started. It’s made from BPA-free 100 percent stainless steel and features a molded design that fits comfortably in your hand and reduces the likelihood of slipping. Despite its large size, the mug’s slim base is compatible with most standard cup holders.

    Double wall insulation maintains the temperature of hot liquids for up to six hours and cold liquids for up to 24 hours. The lid locks in place to minimize spillage and is made from clear plastic so you can see how much coffee you have left. Use the included metal straw to enjoy iced coffees, then employ the straw cleaner to keep things hygienic. The mug itself is dishwasher safe.

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    Those that enjoy the added grip afforded by a proper mug handle should purchase the Thermos Stainless Travel Mug. In addition to its ergonomic handle, the mug features double wall insulation, which helps to keep its contents hot for up to seven hours or cold for up to 18 hours. Whichever kind of beverage you go for, the outer wall of the mug remains cool to the touch and free from condensation.

    Other perks include a leak-proof Drinklock sealing lid and an integrated hook that allows you to hang stringed tea bags and some loose leaf tea infusers inside the mug. It has a 16-ounce capacity and comes in six bold colors ranging from matte black to cranberry and midnight blue. Hand-washing is recommended for increased longevity.

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    With the Bodum Travel Tea and Coffee Press, fans of French press coffee can brew their favorite blend on the go and then drink from the same container. Simply add fresh grounds and hot water, then use the in-built plunger to yield 15 ounces of perfectly filtered coffee. The double wall vacuum insulation keeps your beverage hot (or cold) while maintaining the cool feel of the mug’s outer wall.

    In addition to its silicone and mesh filter, the mug features a spill-resistant lid, a non-skid rubber base and a silicone non-slip grip. The shade of the lid matches the grip, with color options including black, green, red or white. At the end of the day, run your mug through the dishwasher for simple, stress-free cleaning.

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    Available in 16 ounces or 20 ounces, the Stanley Adventure Travel Mug is inspired by generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Its navy blue exterior is made from 18/8 stainless steel and designed to withstand the rigors of your next camping or hiking trip. The leak-resistant flip lid allows the mug to be packed inside your rucksack without spilling. Alternatively, attach it to the outside of your pack using the integrated D-ring. Vacuum insulation keeps hot drinks hot for up to 3.5 hours or cold for up to 4 hours. Other highlights include the sturdy handle and the fact that it’s compatible with most car cup holders and dishwasher-safe.

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    The ideal purchase for those with limited space in their luggage, the Jerrybox Travel Coffee Mug is made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone. It carries 12 ounces of hot or cold liquid when fully extended, and collapses down to just 3.5” in height. It boasts an airtight silicone seal to prevent leaks, while the fluted slide lid helps to protect your mouth from scalding coffee. The cup also features a non-slip grip. The drawback? This cup isn't insulated, so you’ll need to drink your coffee quickly to prevent it from getting cold.

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