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Dec 14, 2008 03:54 PM

Dishwasher safe travel coffee mug?

I'm looking for a dishwasher safe travel coffee mug (that is also leak/spill proof) but am having trouble finding one. I don't want a ceramic or porcelain mug. I was hoping to buy an Oxo mug but they either say that they are not dishwasher safe or they recommend washing by hand. Any ideas of which brands sell dishwasher safe travel mugs?

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  1. I also have been searching high and low for this one.... Please any ideas?

    5 Replies
    1. re: vagabundo

      LOL!!! Isn't the concept of a travel mug to be kind of rinse, fill, and run thingie? Besides, the better the insulation the mug has, the quicker the dishwasher will likely destroy it.

      1. re: RShea78

        I hope you do more than rinse your travel mug. Lots of bacteria can build up in there, especially if it sits closed on your desk all day with residual moisture. I don't know about you, but I like my morning coffee without a side of microbacteria.

        1. re: AnjLM

          If you are drinking coffee right away that is very hot 170 degrees F., you should never have a problem. On the other hand once coffee cools below 140 degree F., bacteria is multiplying like a trillion roaches. At that point, not even a sterilized mug will prevent such rapid bacteria count. Nursing cooled down coffee for over 30 minutes is crucial element to getting ill or sick. Doctored up coffee makes matters even worse.

          BTW- I despise coffee as a beverage, however I drink colas with a cap.

          1. re: RShea78

            BTW- if you are not even a coffee drinker your reply here is spam. If you've only ever tried it at 170F, that might be the reason you despise it so much; ow!

            1. re: rasmith71

              And what temperature do you think your drip coffee is when it's in the cup? The proper brewing temperature is around 200*. Only a couple of machines get that hot. Once it's in the cup it loses a lot of heat. Even without adding milk, the coffee will drop to about 165*.
              If you are drinking good coffee, brewed at the correct temperature you will get diferent tastes as it cools.

              From your post it is somewhat confusing. Did you consider 170* to hot or too cool?
              I do agree however, a person should not post on a subject they don't like nor know.

    2. I had high hopes when I bought one that was supposedly dishwasher safe, but it leaked immediately. I think that's pretty much the tradeoff. If you want it not to leak, it's not going to go in the dishwasher.

      1. I must be missing something here. I always machine-wash my travel mugs and their tops, and they never leak. Are we talking about the same thing? Tall, narrow at the bottom to fit into the holder in the car? These are like gimme caps, the sort of stuff we've gotten at meetings and in goodie bags, not expensive things.

        1. Hi AnjLM,

          I'm not sure how "leak/spill proof" you want your mug, but I have the Tupperware Commuter Mug, and it has far exceeded my expectations. I've had it for about 2 years now, use it every single day, wash it in the dishwasher 2-3 times per week, top-shelf or bottom, and it STILL insulates so well that I can't even sip the hot contents until I arrive at work (35 minutes after pouring) and, in summer, there are still ice cubes in it after 2 hours. It's also really easy to clean - a personal pet peeve of mine is those travel mugs with complicated lids that never seem to get clean. I used to have a completely spillproof mug that had rubbery threads and a closing clasp mechanism that needed to be scrubbed with q-tips in order to clean...ick!

          The only downside to the Tupperware mug is that it is not completely spillproof. If it tips over, there is a little dribble out of the closed "sip seal". But otherwise, no complaints. You can find them on sale at

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          1. re: RosemaryHoney

            This is the problem with the one I have now- the sip seal is not sealed. I want one that can tip over and isn't going to get any coffee on my bag or in my car.

            1. re: queencru

              Always point an open sip seal toward the front/engine of your car, never the back seat.


              It won't save anything if it tips over but will avoid all that splashing within the car for now.

              1. re: Cathy

                The Mister just emailed me that His company has given everyone a new travel mug to use in the cafeteria. It is dishwasher and microwave safe...yet will degrade in a landfill in 1-5 years. it doesn't degrade at all when in the dishwasher and microwave...

                How does that work?

            2. re: RosemaryHoney

              I'll look into this on Amazon, thanks. I am hoping for something that is relatively spillproof but sounds like I'll have to make compromises somewhere.

            3. I have found that the cheaper plastic ones work best for the dishwasher. They usually have the name of the restaurant on them, or at least the local HS football team. Can't keep coffee as hot as a good thermos mug, but I tossed one of those in the dishwasher every night for years without issues.