The 8 Best Travel Coffee Mugs to Buy in 2018

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Intended for those that like their caffeine fix to be portable, travel coffee mugs come in a wide range of 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 cold). You also need to think about whether you want a handle and if additional features like a built-in 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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    Insulated coffee mugs will keep your beverages hot for hours longer than most, and the Death Wish Insulated Mug is versatile and built to last. The double-insulated walls keep drinks piping hot for up to six hours or nice and chilly for up to 24 hours. Made from stainless steel, the 16-ounce mug won’t rust if you bring it kayaking, camping or fishing, and the leak-proof top means you can toss it in your bag without having to worry about your belongings. The sleek black mug is stylish and able to withstand regular day-to-day use. Amazon buyers note that it is easy to wash and a worthwhile investment. 

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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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    A travel mug with a built-in press can save you a lot of cash in the long run — especially while you’re on the go. Instead of shelling out for pricey airport coffee, why not bring your own? Or, i­­­f you’re a camper, rather than packing a large coffee percolator, you can opt instead for the space-efficient Planetary Design “Double Shot” coffee mug.

    The rugged mug has a scratch-resistant finish on the outside and a double-walled, stainless steel interior. It is designed to fit in car cup holders, and also comes with a handy stash container so you can tuck backup tea, sugar and coffee inside. Other features include a carabiner-friendly handle (for attaching to a backpack) and a spill-proof lid. 

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    For hikers, backpackers and other adventure travelers who carry their luggage everywhere, keeping items lightweight is a necessity — and that includes your coffee mug. Available in bright blue, neon yellow, orange and red, the GSI Outdoors mug is easy to spot in the bottom of a backpack, but can also be attached to the outside of your bag using a carabiner. The mug holds 17 ounces of liquid and is topped with a sip-friendly lid and cloth cover to keep the heat in, but keep in mind that this is not an insulated mug and won’t stay warm as long as those with double-walled insulation. On the plus side, the handle is made of cloth, so it won't take up any added space and it weighs less than an ounce.  

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    If you’re trying to squeeze a lot of gear into your luggage or just don’t have much space at home, consider the MoKo Collapsible coffee mug. Made from medical-grade silicone that’s BPA-free, the cup has a thermal insulation sleeve that is non-slip. There’s also a leak-proof lid that locks into place, but the most important feature is that it can hold 12 ounces of liquid and collapse down to just 2.1 inches when not in use. The cup weighs 3.7 ounces and can easily fit into the cup holder of a car. Amazon buyers note that it is easy to fold, easy to clean and the small storage compartment on the top comes in handy.