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Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

mike2401 Jul 1, 2013 08:09 PM

I presently use the cups which came with my magic bullet blender to transport my raw milk smoothies to work.

I'm looking for a solution which is bpa free, easy to clean, dishwasher safe, doesn't leak, not too tall (under 5.5 inches so it can fit in the fridge at work), and one that doesn't have handles so it can fit in the found cup holder in my car should I want to consume it on the go.

Because the milk is not homogenized, I need to shake it before drinking. The magic bullet lids don't have any gaskets and leak when shaken).

I recently got a double-hulled stainless steel water bottle which I love! Unfortunately, it's too tall, the mouth isn't big enough to clean out for liquids other than water, and it has a foam base which is great to protect furniture, but renders it not dishwasher safe. BTW, generally speaking, are double-hulled mugs ever dishwasher safe due to the high temperatures of the dishwasher?

So, with all those constraints, any suggestions?


PS if this isn't the correct section of chow hound, please accept my apologies (cookware, drink-ware: it all gets confusing to me!)

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    mike2401 RE: mike2401 Jul 3, 2013 06:46 AM

    No answers :-(

    I guess I'm being too fussy :-(

    1. leanneabe RE: mike2401 Jul 3, 2013 09:44 AM

      I've been using a glass pint-size mason jar for my smoothies. It's not as insulating as a double-walled thermos, but it's leakproof, sturdy, and dishwasher safe. You can also buy plastic lids for mason jars, but I find they aren't quite leakproof if you shake the jar.

      1. rmarisco RE: mike2401 Jul 3, 2013 01:50 PM

        i have been looking for the same thing for a while.. good luck.

        i was in starbucks recently and found a mug that was partial ceramic and partial stainless. it looked like it might be a contender. I'd say swing by a starbucks and check it out - i haven't seen another like it (without the logo) and i went online to look but can't find a picture. I keep thinking about maybe getting it.. but a mason jar is so much cheaper!

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          rasputina RE: mike2401 Jul 3, 2013 02:40 PM

          The 5 inch height is a killer

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            mike2401 RE: rasputina Jul 3, 2013 08:35 PM

            I think you're right about the 5" being a problem.

            I'm just sick of my magic bullet containers leaking when I shake my milk !!!

            I just purchased this for my water drinking (arrived today):


            Sadly, I forgot to check if it's BPA free; I just emailed the mfg. If not (it may become a gift ! ) I really like the spill proof'ness

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              vstock RE: mike2401 Jul 4, 2013 03:52 AM

              Weirdly the kid version of that same cup is BPA free and top rack dishwasher safe. Might be a reasonable option at 12 ounces and stays cold 7 hours.


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                mike2401 RE: vstock Jul 4, 2013 06:44 AM

                I really hope the adult version is BPA free too. I will call them tomorrow (they are closed today for the 4th holiday)

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                paulj RE: mike2401 Jul 4, 2013 08:35 AM

                This is a stainless steel mug. Where would you find BPA in it?

                BPA was mainly present in hard clear plastics (Lexan, polycarbonate). The kid's mugs are labeled as BPA free because they are plastic. The Magic Bullet is the kind of container that might have had BPA in it (though apparently now it is BPA free).

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                  mike2401 RE: paulj Jul 5, 2013 07:50 AM

                  I was concerned about the rubber/plastic lid that you sip the water through.

                  Their customer service indicated that it is bpa free. (Odd they don't say it on the amazon description of that product, but they do on others.


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                    paulj RE: mike2401 Jul 5, 2013 08:19 AM

                    Lids are made from a more flexible kind of plastic, one that never has had BPA.

                    The kid's cups are a hard plastic, which might had BPA in the past. From the start there has been more concern about BPA in children's items (e.g. baby bottles) than adult items.

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                      mike2401 RE: paulj Jul 5, 2013 08:32 AM

                      I don't have any babies so I'm looking out for #1 :-)


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                  mike2401 RE: mike2401 Jul 6, 2013 04:28 PM

                  Just as an update: the company says it's bpa free on the lid.

                  I used it for the first time today on a car ride:

                  it fit in my cup holder, and I really liked the auto-sealing feature.

                  I see why it was top rated on amazon.


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                jbsiegel RE: mike2401 Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM

                I use a couple of mugs from these guys for coffee. They are dishwasher and microwave safe, and I **love** them. They might have something that would work for you:


                P.S. I use these: http://www.shopaladdin-pmi.com/produc...

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                  autumm RE: mike2401 Jul 4, 2013 01:03 PM

                  I use the double hulled contigo stainless steel mugs, and they keep my smoothies cold all day on my desk at work. I blend up some home made kefir and frozen fruit, and pour it on in. Some days I put an ice cube in, others not, but if I do there is usually part of the cube left at the end of the day when I rinse it out at home.

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                    mike2401 RE: autumm Jul 5, 2013 08:27 AM

                    I'm always too anxious to have spoil-able beverages in an insulated mug all day long (even though the ice-cube remains).

                    I got an infrared thermometer gun, and though I didn't take any readings yet, I'm sure it's not in the safety temperature zone (especially in & around the lid and rim).

                    (Not trying to gross you out, but it seems like a fertile place for bacteria to multiply throughout the day).


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                      foodieX2 RE: mike2401 Jul 5, 2013 08:34 AM

                      That is the most paranoid post I have ever read. You take temp readings of your food? Don't ever come to my house where the eggs and butter sit out on the counter and the steaks defrost on there too! <grin>

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                        mike2401 RE: foodieX2 Jul 6, 2013 04:24 PM

                        Let me tell you how much it took to get me drinking raw milk!

                        Nonetheless, and in the spirit of paranoia loves company, the Contigo company also suggests not using spoil-able bevs in their mugs for all day sipping.


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                          mike2401 RE: foodieX2 Jul 6, 2013 04:26 PM

                          But in all seriousness, best practices for food safety (or other types of safety) should not be dismissed because failure to adhere doesn't always result in harm.

                          It's like boasting that you smoke cigarettes while pumping gas, and you've never exploded. Failure to explode doesn't mean that it's advisable to smoke while fueling!


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                            foodieX2 RE: mike2401 Jul 10, 2013 10:51 AM

                            There are "best practices" and then there is "I carry a thermometer around to measure the temp of my food". To me that is extreme.

                            Do I leave a perishable food/drink in my blazingly hot car all day and drink it? No.

                            Do I enjoy my smoothie/coffee/perishable food over a period of time in my air conditioned/heated office? Yes

                            Do I often throw a sandwich in my bag when I leave the house at 7 and then eat it at 1:00? Yes
                            Would I eat it if I forgot and left it in car in August? No
                            December? Yes

                            I also don’t follow FDA regulations for “safe” meat temps and like I said I leave my eggs and butter on the counter and don’t defrost in the fridge. Do I eat chicken sushi? No but I do eat steak tartare.

                    2. foodieX2 RE: mike2401 Jul 5, 2013 08:29 AM

                      Check out tervis tumblers new line. I use the regular ones with snap on lids for mine but I don't have to shake them. They have recently added water bottles, cocktail shakers and covered mugs. I bet they would have something that would work. You can see them on line or in person at BBB.

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