10 Travel Mugs That Keep Coffee Hot or Cold (With or Without the Travel)

For on the go—or just on the couch.

August  6, 2021
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Even though many of us are still in limbo due to the pandemic, one thing that remains constant is our need for coffee. It’s a non-negotiable for us, the fuel to start the day, boost our productivity, and keep us going—that is, until it runs cold.

Here’s where travel mugs come in. Yes, we know they’ve got “travel” in the name but they’ll still keep your coffee at the perfect temperature whether you’re working at home or commuting. No more room temperature coffee, or worse—microwaving your mug.

Ahead, the 10 best travel mugs you need when you’re on the go—or just on the couch.

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1. Contigo AutoSeal Insulated Travel Mug, $16.46-$24.99

With some mugs, you need to close a small mouthpiece or lid in between sips unless you like coffee down your shirt. But with Contigo’s AutoSeal mug, the lid automatically closes, and opens with just a push of a button.

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2. Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug, $22.09-$45

The super-popular Zojirushi travel mug has a 5-year warranty on heat retention, so you can trust that it'll keep your coffee extremely hot. There's a lock on the top that keeps your drinks safe and makes it impossible to spill even if you shake, rattle, or roll the mug.

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3. Fellow Carter Move Travel Mug, $30-$35

If you're the clumsy type, this mug's snap-in splash guard will keep you from dribbling between your commute from your kitchen to your home office. What’s even better is that it keeps your coffee hot for up to 12 hours.

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4. Bodum Bistro Travel Mug, $26.43

Known for its iconic French press, it only makes sense that Bodum would develop a great travel mug. The no-frills stainless steel mug has a silicone sleeve for grip and safety, while the ergonomic lid makes it easy to drink without spilling.

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5. Hydro Flask Travel Mug, $19.99-$65.96

The lid’s leak-proof design has a strap that makes this bottle easy to carry even while on the go, and keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24.

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6. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Tumbler Cup, $17.40-$41.95

With its vacuum-insulated stainless steel build, you can drop this cup a hundred times without worrying about breaks or cracks. It'll also help keep your drink hot for up to six hours, or if you prefer iced coffee, your cup will be cold for up to 20 hours. Plus, with its wide mouth, it’s easy to clean.

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7. Reduce 32 oz Mug Tumbler, $29.99

If you drink a lot of coffee, you might want a larger-than-life 32-ounce tumbler complete with its own straw and handle.

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8. S'well Stainless Steel Takeaway Mug, $19.99

This mug looks like any other coffee mug you’d have at home, but with a wide opening for ice cubes if you like to drink iced coffee.

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9. Eftersträva Travel Mug, $9.99

If you’re looking for a glass mug, especially if you prefer tea, this one comes with a stainless steel infusion filter to brew loose-leaf tea.

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10. Zoku Instant Iced Coffee Maker, $30.99

Swear by iced coffee? Use this mug to make your own in less than five minutes and without ice, too. All you have to do is put the inner sleeve in the freezer overnight, place it in the mug the next morning, and pour your coffee. The mug cools your freshly brewed beans in less time than it takes to make breakfast.

This post was updated in August 2021 with new travel coffee mug recommendations.

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Kev October 12, 2021
Zojurishi is by far the best container- keeps coffee hot for hours and is secure and lightweight!
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.
Erin A. July 16, 2019
Oh that's a good addition!