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Oct 4, 2010 01:46 PM

Best travel coffee mug

I'm currently in the market for a travel coffee mug and am having trouble finding the "perfect" one. My requirements are:

1. Vacuum insulated, double walled. I would like to be able to keep my coffee hot for as long as possible.

2. Lid should be easy to clean and not have any crevices that are difficult to clean inside or can trap liquid which will mold.

3. Leakproof is nice but not essential. I don't plan on putting the cup inside a bag or anywhere where it won't be sitting upright.

I tried this Thermos mug out:

It meets almost all of my needs except the lid is very tedious to clean as you need to disassemble it into five different pieces each time you clean it in order for it to dry out all the way. Something like this but with a simpler lid would be perfect.

Unfortunately its hard to shop on Amazon for these cups as most of them don't show pictures of the underside of the lids.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great! Thanks.

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  1. This one has been working out pretty well for me. I'm not sure how long it really keeps coffee warm as I usually finish it off in under an hour. I've been washing it in the top rack of the dishwasher. The lid screws on and then has a simple flip up piece to cover the drinking hole.

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    1. re: Jeri L

      Thanks for the suggestion. I remember looking at that one on Amazon but was concerned some reviewers said that the insulation was not that great. Perhaps I'll see if I can buy it locally so I can check it out before I buy.

    2. Contigo vacuum insulated AUTOSEAL travel mug.

      You can get two in a package at Costco for $19.99

      12 oz double wall insulated 18/8 stainless steel
      Keeps beverages hot for 4 hours and cold for 12 hours.
      Does not leak if you turn it upside down, sideways or shake it upside down....whatever.
      Easy to clean. Had it a year using it everyday and still doesn't leak. The other is still new in the package.

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      1. re: monku

        I loved my Contigo mug but I found the lid hard to get really clean, I washed it in the dishwasher too until the paint/coating came off the mug. I see the ones they have now at Costco are plain stainless...I've been tempted to get them, but the Bodum is doing the job for now.

        1. re: Jeri L

          Bodum $24.95
          Contigo 2 for $19.99

          This link is more representative of the Contigo Travel mugs they sell at Costco.

          They are not colored stainless steel. Only the tops are different colored.
          Actually on the package it now says the lid and bodies are dishwasher safe, with a notation that previous mugs with "colored bodies" ....the lid is dishwasher safe, but the body is hand wash only.

          1. re: monku

            If they are now officially dishwasher safe, I'd say it's the Contigo in a landslide. Even if you had to pay the Bodum price for it.

      2. I have this one:

        Not precisely a "mug," but the contents stay hot for a long time, the lid design is simple and the parts are easy to clean, it's virtually leakproof, and the narrow shape works with all cupholders (or the mesh side pocket of a backpack).

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        1. re: Miss Priss

          Nissan is the name I always hear for longest heat retention, didn't know it was made by Thermos. I'd like a nice one but keep getting cheap free ones given to me!