No one wants a room-temperature cup of coffee, especially on those cold winter mornings when it’s (almost) impossible to leave the house. Since disposable cups are wasteful and regular at-home mugs aren’t practical to take on the go, a travel coffee mug will make sure that your beverage is the perfect temperature (hot or cold!) — no matter how long ago you made it.
Since there are so many similar travel coffee mugs on the market, the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab evaluated the best of the best in order to find out which are actually worth buying. Our pros tested 45 different travel mugs for hot and cold temperature retention, durability, resistance to leakage, ease of use, and more.
How to find the right travel coffee mug for you
When shopping for the best travel coffee mugs, you’ll want to take note of a few things:
- Insulation: Whether it’s glass, plastic, and stainless steel, if you want your drink to stay either hot or cold, make sure it’s insulated so it can maintain temperature over time.
- Lid: Some lids are more spill-proof than others — our Lab experts particularly love the locking feature on the Contigo Luxe Autoseal Vacuum-Insulated Travel Coffee Mug and the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug, meaning you can just toss it in your bag and go. If you love to sip your coffee from a mug, other travel coffee mugs have more traditional lids.
- Washability: Check to see if the mug is dishwasher-safe. If it needs to be washed by hand, make sure you can thoroughly clean it with a sponge (or else you might need a bottle brush).
All considered, here are the best travel coffee mugs you can buy:
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Best Overall Travel Coffee Mug
16-Ounce Stainless Steel Mug
Zojirushi’s travel mug won’t leak or spill a drop and it keeps your coffee piping hot. The brand is so sure about that, that it comes with a five year (!) warranty on heat retention. This gorgeous rose gold version makes us want to carry it around all day long, and our editors love it, too.
- Slim, sleek style
Best Value Travel Coffee Mug
20-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
This stainless steel mug makes a terrific affordable option, especially for its larger size. It claims to retain the temperature of your coffee for up to six hours. Reviewers like that it fits easily into car holders and won’t sweat when filled with ice. The tumbler also comes with a tight seal flip lid that keeps your beverage safe, plus a reusable straw.
- 13,000+ reviews on Amazon
- Straw is a little short and inconvenient to use
Best Wide-Mouth Travel Coffee Mug
16-Ounce Travel Coffee Flask
Hydro Flasks have a huge following when it comes to water bottles, but the brand makes coffee mugs, (called coffee flasks) too! This travel coffee mug has an extra large opening for easy drinking. Plus, GH Lab tests found that its stainless steel, vacuum-insulated body kept drinks hot and cold for hours.
- Easy to carry
- Vacuum-insulated to keep drinks at temperature
Best Travel Mug for Iced Coffee
16-Ounce Stainless Steel Traveler Bottle
The trendy, beautiful water bottles from S’well that we love have been redesigned to fit more comfortably in your hand. And thanks to a wide mouth, this travel coffee mug is great for adding ice cubes to your favorite beverage or sipping broths on the go. It’ll keep your drinks hot or cold all day.
- Comes in various prints and designs
- Easy to clean
Best Travel Coffee Mug With Handle
Rambler 14-Ounce Mug With Lid
This popular Yeti mug looks just like a traditional coffee mug that you’d use at home, except it keeps your drinks hot or cold, and comes with a lid to prevent unnecessary spills. The handle was built to be big enough so that even wide hands can get a comfortable grip. It’s available in a dozen different colors, too. Just be sure to clean the lid regularly.
- Great cup-style option
- Lidded to prevent spills
Best No-Leak Travel Coffee Mug
16-Ounce Luxe Autoseal Vacuum-Insulated Mug
This new coffee mug from Contigo is super comfortable in your hands, and it has a unique locking feature that makes it leak- and spill-proof. When you want to sip (or chug) your coffee, just press the button to release the seal. During your commute, you can lock it so you don’t accidentally press the button while on the go. It’s also completely dishwasher-safe — even the lid!
- Includes a lock feature for extra security
- Top lid can feel too hot to handle
Best French Press Travel Coffee Mug
Stainless Steel Travel Coffee and Tea Press
This Bodum travel coffee mug doubles as an on-the-go French press. It comes in two versions: Plastic double wall and stainless steel. It’s also a favorite of Nicole Papantoniou, senior testing editor and producer in our Kitchen Appliances Lab. Just note that this type of travel coffee mug isn’t leakproof, so keep it in an upright position.
- Will keep drinks hot for hours
- On-the-go coffee maker
- Coffee grinds can escape if tipped over
- Not leak-proof
Best Cooling Travel Mug
11-Ounce Iced Coffee Maker
Even though most of the travel coffee mugs on our list work for both hot and cold drinks, this one’s perfect for anyone who swears by iced coffee (even in the winter!). All you have to do is keep the inner part of the mug in the freezer. Before you leave for work in the morning, pour hot coffee into the mug — it’ll chill your coffee in a few minutes without watering it down with ice cubes. P.S. The brand uses the same concept for its ice cream maker.
- Chills beverage in minutes
Best Ceramic Travel Coffee Mug
12-Ounce Butterfly Meadow Thermal Travel Mug
Another favorite of our kitchen appliance pros, this pretty porcelain cup feels just like a real coffee mug with its silicone lid. It’s microwave safe and easy to wash, according to Papantoniou, but the brand recommends hand washing it. If birds aren’t your style, it also comes in other designs — you can even get matching bowls and plates!
- Feels like a real mug
Best Glass Travel Coffee Mug
12-Ounce Glass Reusable Coffee Cup
This cute Joco mug has a clear glass body with a colorful silicone lid and matching thermal sleeve. It’s microwave (and dishwasher!) safe, which makes it a great option if you like to sip and reheat your coffee throughout the day. And since it’s clear, you can easily see how much coffee you have left (and your perfect amount of creamer).
- Compact size
- Glass finish won’t taint the taste of your coffee
- Can get a little hot to the touch
Best Slim Travel Coffee Mug
18-Ounce Perfect Seal Apex Tumbler
There’s lots to love about this sleek bottle from Built. Not only does it keep your coffee hot for hours, but it didn’t even dent when we drop-tested in the Lab! We really appreciate how the slim design fits easily into a car’s cupholder, making it perfect for commuters! It also comes in a pretty rose gold color.
- Solid, durable construction
- Keeps coffee hot for hours
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