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Where to get Nissan or Zojirushi coffee thermos in Toronto?

ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 09:46 AM

Hey. I'm looking for a really good 16-oz thermos for coffee. Some looking online suggests that really good ones are the Thermos Nissan model, or the Zojorushi Tuff Slim.

But I haven't been able to find either of these anywhere inToronto. Anyone have suggestions of places that might carry them?

I'm mostly around downtown and Parkdale, but glad to go elsewhere if needed.

(Alternately - if anyone can recommend another really good 16 oz coffee thermos that you *can* find in town, let me know...)

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  1. Kagemusha RE: ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 10:01 AM

    Check the Zojirushi website then see what Mika's Japanese Gifts can do for you. They're in MIssissauga--not close--but their prices are good. They also carry Tiger ss thermos models.

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      ManInSuit RE: Kagemusha Mar 28, 2009 12:17 PM

      I checked the Zojirushi site and checked the local stores they list that are close(ish) to me, but no luck.

    2. gregclow RE: ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 10:01 AM

      Sasmart in Kensington Mkt is known for having a great selection of replacement parts for the old glass-lined Thermoses, so they might have some newer ones as well. Worth checking out.

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        ManInSuit RE: gregclow Mar 28, 2009 12:17 PM

        Thanks! I'll try.

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        sbug206 RE: ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 12:12 PM

        You can find Thermos Nissan at T&T.

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          ManInSuit RE: sbug206 Mar 28, 2009 12:20 PM

          Maybe I'll try them. A bit out of my way, but not too bad....

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            ManInSuit RE: ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 12:23 PM

            (Oh - I just checked the map. Not as far out of my way as I'd thought. Plus I've never been, and is sounds like a fun place to see!)

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              tinybites RE: ManInSuit Mar 30, 2009 07:22 PM

              You might want to try Tap Phong on Spadina, they probably have a similar selection to T&T.

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                ManInSuit RE: tinybites Mar 30, 2009 09:00 PM

                I tried Tap phong. They don't have the Zojorushi Tuff Slim. They do have a 16 oz Termos-brand thermos, but not the Nissan line. (I think the one they have is called the everyday 570)

        2. Paulustrious RE: ManInSuit Mar 28, 2009 03:22 PM

          Mountain Equipment Coop sell the smaller Thermos Pop-Top (same as the Nissan) for $27. I have both the of them. I can confirm it is the best flask I have ever had. It is especially useful when driving as with one hand you can pick it up, open it, drink from it, close it and throw it down on the seat beside you without taking your eyes from the road or having it drip. Keeps drinks hot for at least 4 hours, warm for 12.

          MEC has the best collection of flasks in the city. (At least I think so). They are all there as you walk in the door ready for the new season. But they do not ahve the two cup size. I know this because I was there last week looking for just that item.

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            Apple RE: ManInSuit Mar 29, 2009 06:54 AM

            Have you checked Sanko on Queen Street? I am quite sure they would have something. You can first too..

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              ManInSuit RE: Apple Mar 30, 2009 12:30 PM

              I tried Sanko. They carry a number of Zojirushi products, but didn't have the Tuff Slim Thermos.

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                Apple RE: ManInSuit Mar 30, 2009 05:50 PM

                Dang - sorry Man in Suit - I thought I saw them there... I bought a thermos ms.bento from sanko - pretty sure they had it there :(

            2. gnuf RE: ManInSuit Mar 31, 2009 09:52 AM

              Cayne's Housewares sells a Thermos 14 oz model for $15; the picture has "Thermos Nissan" on it:


              They are up in Thornhill, off Yonge, north of Steeles.

              Cayne's Super Housewares
              112 Doncaster Ave, Markham, ON L3T, CA

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                sbug206 RE: gnuf Mar 31, 2009 11:08 AM

                Did you get to T&T? I'm guessing Cherry St if you're downtown. I was there on the weekend and saw a Thermos Nissan. It was beige though. I'm sure it's still stainless steel underneath as you can't have a plastic vacuum bottle. It has a fliptop similar to the MEC Urban Elements one. A bit pricey at $35.

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                  Paulustrious RE: sbug206 Mar 31, 2009 12:10 PM

                  That's the one I want - thank you for telling me where to get another. Mine is brown, but that's purely a paint coat. And I'm afraid that's about the right price. Still you get what you pay for.

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                    ManInSuit RE: Paulustrious Apr 4, 2009 04:26 PM

                    I went to the Cherry St T&T - It's a cool place! They had some Thermos Nissan products, but not the one I want. (http://www.thermos.com/Product_detail...) Ah well. Maybe I will order it online from somewhere in the US (I can't even find anyone in Canad who sells it online...)

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                      sbug206 RE: ManInSuit Apr 4, 2009 06:00 PM

                      I don't understand why you're fixated on the Nissan variant. Although it's a japanese brand, it's still made in Malaysia just like the regular Thermos. Just go down to MEC or you can browse the Thermos website and contact them yourself. They can tell you specifically which store in Toronto has stock of it. I assume they look up whoever got the latest shipment.

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                        ManInSuit RE: sbug206 Apr 5, 2009 07:13 AM

                        I read around a bunch about these thermoses online. From everything I've read, it seems like the Nissan line is a different set of products, generally better built etc than the regular Thermos line.

                        I did buy a regular thermos-line 16-oz bottle (at Canadian TIre). It didn't seem to hold the heat super-well, and leaked a bit. (It also broke after a couple days use, so it's definitely possible that the one I got was just a lemon, and not indiciative of the quality of the product in general....)

                        Your suggestion to contact Thermos makes sense. I tried that before posting here, but got no response from them.

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                basileater RE: ManInSuit Mar 31, 2009 11:14 AM

                I have a Thermos Nissan and love it. It's the only travel mug I've ever been able to throw into my bike basket without the faintest fear of leakage.

                Anyway, I never managed to locate it in Toronto so I purchased it from an online retailer in the US. I hope you have better luck than I did so you can avoid the shipping costs.

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                  ManInSuit RE: ManInSuit Apr 16, 2009 03:02 PM

                  In the end: I ordered a Zojorushi Tuff Slim flask from an ebay store in Hong Kong. Shipping was reasonably priced, and it arrived quickly. I'm just trying it out now...

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