Now that travel restrictions are slowly being lifted around the world and offices are starting to reopen, it’s time to start thinking about on-the-go essentials. Whether you plan on taking a vacation as soon as you’re fully vaccinated or your job recently announced a return to the office, a travel mug is a useful accessory that can help you stay hydrated (or caffeinated) on the road. Investing in a reusable cup can also help you use fewer single-use coffee cups, which is generally better for the environment. Buying the right reusable cup could also mean the difference between having a hot drink for hours and settling for lukewarm coffee after just 30 minutes.
Best insulated travel mugs
There are endless travel mugs on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to buy. To help inform your decision, we consulted data and recommendations from Consumer Reports. To make its recommendations, the Consumer Reports team tested how well the mugs retained temperature, how easy they were to clean and how leakproof the lids were. It gave each mug a rating (out of 5 stars) for temperature retention, top leaning, gasket removal and gasket replacement. To give you some more options, we also included top-rated travel mugs from popular retailers like Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond.
The best travel mugs to shop
Consumer Reports noted that this travel mug is “in a league of its own.” During the tests, this stainless steel mug kept drinks hot for 13.5 hours — 6 hours longer than the next-best travel mug included in the testing. The mug features a screw-on cap that can be removed with the push of a button. Though it holds up to 16 ounces of liquid, it features a “slender” design that should fit into most cup holders. This travel mug is not dishwasher safe, but Consumer Reports said that the cap can be cleaned relatively easily.
Though Thermos’ Stainless King Tumbler only kept liquids hot for 7.5 hours — 6 hours less than Zojirushi — Consumer Reports still gave it a 5-star rating for temperature retention, noting that that’s realistically “probably all anyone would need.” The team added that the twistable leak-proof lid is easy to clean, though one of the three gaskets can’t be replaced, which means you’ll have to throw the mug away when it starts to weaken or smell. The rest of the tumbler is dishwasher safe.
The TAKEYA Stainless Steel Travel Mug has a flip-lock lid designed to make it easy to open and to prevent spills. In Consumer Reports’ test, the stylish 17-ounce mug kept drinks hot for 6 ½ hours, earning it a 5-star rating for temperature retention. This stainless steel is designed to be hand washed, but the Consumer Reports team noted that the lid is both easy to remove and easy to clean.
S’well’s 16-Ounce Stainless Steel Commuter Bottle kept liquids hot for 6 hours during Consumer Reports’ testing, which earned it a