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Best Coffee Thermos?

I'm looking to break my Starbucks habit, and am looking for a slim, tight-sealing thermos to tote on the subway every day. Does anyone have any favorites? Portability is key. Thanks for any suggestions!

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    1. re: UnConundrum

      Nissan backpack thermos.
      I own 2 of these !

    2. I sell a lot of Zojirushis. They are great and keep things hot for a long time.

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      1. re: Candy

        The thing I like about the nissan, is that the flip lid is easy *on/off* , and it never leaks. Spout is good so that it's no too much liquid nor not too little.

        Prior on deciding on the Nissan backpack model, we looked at Siggs and Zojirushis , but I think designwise, the Nissan is the perfect fit for a go getter.


      2. As the self-proclaimed Queen of commuter coffee (and I can claim this since I have lugged a coffee mug for over 25 years so that I didn't have to get to the train/car/ etc. earlier in order to buy coffee), I would suggest going right back to Starbucks and buying one of their mugs. The one you want has a metal lining, not plastic, and it has a lid that screws on and snaps closed so that you don't get leaks and it won't pop off. Get one with a narrow enough base to fit in your car's cup holder if you drive. This model cannot go in the dishwasher, but the lid can. It only takes a minute to wash and leave out for the next morning. I have tried nearly every kind of coffee mug, from the Bucks County coffee plastic kind (also found at Einstein bagels) to the cheap freebies given out at the football games, to the expensive Starbucks that have plastic liners and NONE of these beats the metal liner. About the only thing I wish I could do is put it in the dishwasher, but it really is not a big deal. If you have to, wash the lid in the dishwasher and handwash the mug.

        If you take the train, pack an extra plastic grocery bag with a paper towel, and simply put the mug in there when you are done (pour out extra coffee if any is leftover). Put the paper towel in the mug, and it will discourage little coffee drips while commuting. Once, when a woman saw me tucking my mug into a plastic bag, and then my travel bag, she nearly lept out of her seat to shout about what a great idea it was. I thought it was a little funny because it seems so obvious.

        My Starbucks mug can hold coffee or tea hot for at least a couple of hours if you leave the lid closed.

        1. i also like nissan, it's a good choice

          1. Nissan Thermoses are definitely top of the line and I have had mine for almost 10 years. I saw the whole line for sale at: www.thermosonline.com

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            1. Thermos Nissan Backpack really is the best out there. Not cheap, but it is the only one you'll need for years.

              True one-handed action - makes sense for the subway. When closed it is completely leakproof (as long as it's not overfilled to start with) - you can chuck it in your bag without worrying about it - no need for plastic bags or paper towels. Queen of Commuter Coffee should maybe check it out.

              I brew coffee around 6:30 am and sip from it until at least lunchtime without out it becoming tepid. If you don't open it in the morning then it is still HOT in the afternoon.

              (And no, I don't work for them...)

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              1. re: rumblefish

                Any idea where the Nissan can be purchased in Canada? I live in Toronto and have been searching for hours online to find a distributor or company that won't charge $15+ for shipping!


                1. re: sprite2479

                  I bought my Nissan Thermos at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Not sure if you have those up there, but its a great Thermos.

                  1. re: CharlieKilo

                    Is the inside of the Nissan -- the part that touches the coffee -- metal or plastic? I can't tell from the description.

                  2. re: sprite2479

                    Thermos Nissan Canada is based in Toronto. I assume they can point you at someone local to you. If not, storm their office. (j/k)

                    Canadian Thermos Products Inc.
                    370 King Street West, Suite 302, Box 11
                    Toronto, Ontario
                    M5V 1J9
                    Tel: 416.757.6231 Toll Free: 1.800.669.7065

                2. America's Test Kitchen tested travel mugs and selected the Thermos Travel Mug with TherMax.


                  They rated the Nissan NOT RECOMMENDED, and gave this reason (not my viewpoint) "This mug retained heat well but the seal was not sufficient; the cup leaked and coffee splattered even when the sipping hole latch was closed."

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                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    ATK's negative rating was for the Nissan Travel Tumbler, *not* the Nissan Backpack Thermos, which they didn't test. I don't own one, but have read many reviews of the Backpack Thermos where it was highly rated, especially for its failure to leak.

                    Amazon has it as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

                    If you don't mind the logo, Green Mountain sells it a little cheaper:

                    1. re: srgoodman

                      Good catch.

                      I'd also bet that in the 18 months since the ATK review, Thermos has revised their product to suit.

                  2. Bit of an old thread but I've got to recommend my new Zojirushi thermos. I filled it up with almost boiling water 4 hours ago and it's still steaming! I've been out running errands and I've got it upside down in my cup holder and not a drip to be seen. I also like the wide mouth- so many thermoses (like, ahem, the pile in my cupboard) have a tiny mouth and it seems like I have to suck my tea out. I'm pretty excited about this one and just wanted to pass my recommendation along.

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                    1. re: Hobbert

                      Hobbert, which Zojirushi thermos did you select? Can you find it on Amazon and post the link?

                      1. re: liu

                        Zojirushi SM-KHE48AG Stainless Steel Mug, 16-Ounce, Smoky Blue by Zojirushi http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005PO9T44/r...

                        I tossed the water after 9 hours but it was still painfully hot. It's a bit expensive but I think it was a good purchase. I really like the Zojirushi brand.

                        1. re: Hobbert

                          Hobbert, thank you for responding so quickly and with the requested information. That is a beautiful mug; I love the finish! In fact, there is nothing that I don't like about this mug. As well, I am impressed by all of the VERY positive reviews.

                          I have other mugs that work quite well, but we like Zojirushi products. Our rice cooker is still a fantastic appliance after many years of light use.

                          Now I will have trouble selecting a color!

                          1. re: liu

                            No problem. Hope you enjoy it. I've got a Zojirushi rice cooker too and absolutely love it. It's a great quality brand and I'm glad CH turned me on to it!

                    2. There are several different Nissan Backpack models. Specifically, which one are you raving about?