The 10 Best Travel Mugs, So You Never Have to Be Without Coffee

Because life without coffee, well, isn't.

July 16, 2019

To know coffee is to love her.

But to drink coffee on the go—be it in the car, on the subway, or while walking down the street—is to play a never-ending game of: Will I spill this on my freshly laundered shirt or pants? (If you're me, then the answer to both is...yes.)

Unless you have a quality travel coffee mug. I did not. So I started poking around the internet to find the very best vessel for my morning (and occasionally, post-work) coffee and discovered dozens of options, of which I've narrowed down to 10 of my favorites.

The mugs on this list feature special insulation (meaning they retain the temperature of liquids well, hot or cold), durable materials (though you don't want to drop the ceramic), leak- and spill-proof designs, and all-around good looks. Check them out for yourself:

The 10 Best Travel Coffee Mugs

1. Hydro Flask 16-Ounce Coffee Flask, $24.95

I've always been a fan of Hydro Flask's stainless-steel tumblers, jugs, and travel cups of all shapes and sizes for a while now—they'll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24, and the hardy matte finish is as durable as it gets. Bonus: There are a ton of colors to choose from, so you can pick your favorite.

Hydro Flask 16-Ounce Coffee Flask Photo by Amazon

2. Yeti Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler, $29.99

You might know Yeti for their indestructible coolers and travel gear, but they also make a quality travel coffee mug, like this 20-ounce tumbler (yeah, that's a lot of coffee), perfect for the everyday.

Yeti Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler Photo by Yeti

3. OXO Good Grips 12-Ounce Thermal Travel Mug, $19.99

This travel mug's no-spill technology includes a leakproof seal, plus a lid that's wide enough to let you make your pour-over coffee directly over top—that way, when you get to work you can pour a hot brew right into your favorite mug.

OXO Good Grips 12-Ounce Thermal Travel Mug Photo by OXO Good Grips

4. Double-Walled Ceramic To-Go Tumbler, $64

This ceramic tumbler is pretty on the outside—just catch a glimpse of those nifty colors and designs—but it's also double-walled so it'll keep your coffee (or tea!) warm (or cold!) for up to 90 minutes.

5. Zojirushi Stainless Mug, $20-$32

The price on this stainless mug by Zojirushi fluctuates depending on which color you like best. But no matter which one you choose, you'll get an easy-to-sip lid, BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, and a five-year warranty on heat retention.

Zojirushi Stainless Mug Photo by Amazon

Watch: Fill Up Your New Travel Mug With Magical Coffee

6. Soma Ceramic To-Go Tumbler, $30

You won't get any metallic taste with this ceramic tumbler (the material keeps the taste pure), but you will get a snug, spill-proof bamboo lid and temperature-retaining double-walled design.

7. Contigo Vacuum-Insulated 16-Ounce Stainless-Steel Travel Mug, Prices Vary Depending on Color

With over 15,600 five-star reviews on Amazon, it's hard not to consider this leak- and spill-proof Contigo travel mug a top contender. Bonus: The slender design makes it an easy fit for most car cupholders.

Contigo Vacuum-Insulated 16-Ounce Stainless-Steel Travel Mug Photo by Amazon

8. Simple Modern 12-Ounce Scout Coffee Mug Tumbler, $14.99

Our favorite thing about this Simple Modern travel tumbler, aside from its copper-coated insulation layer and handy flip lid? It comes in almost 30 different color options, including marble, rainbow, and wood grain.

Simple Modern 12-Ounce Scout Coffee Mug Tumbler Photo by Amazon

9. Thermos Stainless 16-Ounce Travel Mug with Handle, Prices Vary Depending on Color

This Thermos travel mug's handle makes it perfect for grabbing on the go, and its tough-as-stainless-steel exterior and interior means you can drop it left and right without worrying about breaking it.

Thermos Stainless 16-Ounce Travel Mug with Handle Photo by Amazon

10. Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel Mug, $13-$18

Bring those summer camping vibes to your daily commute with this speckled, 16-ounce travel mug that's designed to keep drinks cold up to 10 hours and hot for five.

Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel Mug Photo by Amazon

Do you have a favorite travel coffee mug? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Carolyn G. April 12, 2020
Thank you so much for sharing The 10 Best Travel Coffee Mugs. I was looking for Best Travel Coffee Mugs and now I think I can best ever mug for me and my family too.

kdila001 October 30, 2019
I love this article! Very helpful for me. Thank goodness I did find the best one yet. Very affordable and I use everywhere I go. If interested please check it out!
Henry70 October 24, 2019
There's nothing more disappointing than a luke warm beverage when it should either be hot or cold! I like to drink on the spot but if you really can't do without having a cup with you why not try this?
deandv October 11, 2019
The problem with the mugs that keep your drink hot for 6 hours is that you can't actually drink that drink comfortably for an hour after pouring. I invented a mug to solve that problem: it lets you enjoy your coffee or tea right away, and doesn't let it get cold--the Joeveo Temperfect. I think it should be in this list ;-) !
Liz C. October 6, 2019
I don't like these mugs the keep your drink hot for 6 hours. I want to drink it on the way to work! I also would never throw a travel mug of any kind into my bag. That is an invitation to disaster. I have a basic travel mug that I got for free at a conference and it keeps my tea hot for about an hour which is perfect for my commute. It will leak if you turn it upside down but it's fine in the outside pocket of my back sack.
deandv October 11, 2019
Exactly Liz! People talk a lot about mugs keeping your drink hot for hours, but the flip side of that is that you can't actually enjoy it for an hour while it cools from blazing hot to sippable.
Jade D. July 21, 2019
How did S’Well’s triple-walled traveler not make the list. It is the bomb. Also have banged that thing around for a couple years (and it still keeps stuff hot for 6 hours or more and cold for 24 hours or more). It also looks quite nice.

Beware the Yeti. It has been known to leak. In your bag and everywhere.

Also, in a fix...Kleen Kanteen’s are good but only double-walled.
Winter July 17, 2019
The Stanley Classic One Hand Mug Vacuum! I could write poetry on how perfect this mug is - I bought it years ago, and it has been dropped and thrown into countless bags and never once has it leaked. Also keeps hot coffee and cold coffee at their perfect temperatures for 7 hours, and iced for 30. No better vessel for the magical bean brew.
Erica M. July 16, 2019
I love my OtterBox tumbler! Keeps my java hot for hours, and cold all day.
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Erin A. July 16, 2019
Oh that's a good addition!