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11 Best Travel Coffee Mugs, According to Kitchen Experts

They keep your drinks hot or cold without leaking.

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No one wants a room-temperature cup of coffee, especially on those cold winter mornings when it's (almost) impossible to leave the house. Since disposable cups are wasteful and regular at-home mugs aren't practical to take on the go, a travel coffee mug will make sure that your beverage is the perfect temperature (hot or cold!) — no matter how long ago you made it.

Since there are so many similar travel coffee mugs on the market, the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab evaluated the best of the best in order to find out which are actually worth buying. Our pros tested 45 different travel mugs for hot and cold temperature retention, durability, resistance to leakage, ease of use, and more.

How to find the right travel coffee mug for you

When shopping for the best travel coffee mugs, you'll want to take note of a few things:

  • Insulation: Whether it's glass, plastic, and stainless steel, if you want your drink to stay either hot or cold, make sure it's insulated so it can maintain temperature over time.
  • Lid: Some lids are more spill-proof than others — our Lab experts particularly love the locking feature on the Contigo Luxe Autoseal Vacuum-Insulated Travel Coffee Mug and the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug, meaning you can just toss it in your bag and go. If you love to sip your coffee from a mug, other travel coffee mugs have more traditional lids.
  • Washability: Check to see if the mug is dishwasher-safe. If it needs to be washed by hand, make sure you can thoroughly clean it with a sponge (or else you might need a bottle brush).

    All considered, here are the best travel coffee mugs you can buy:

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    Best Overall Travel Coffee Mug
    16-Ounce Stainless Steel Mug
    Zojirushi
    Zojirushi
    Now 14% off

    • Spill-proof
    • Slim, sleek style

    Zojirushi's travel mug won't leak or spill a drop and it keeps your coffee piping hot. The brand is so sure about that, that it comes with a five year (!) warranty on heat retention.  This gorgeous rose gold version makes us want to carry it around all day long, and our editors love it, too.

    Best Value Travel Coffee Mug
    20-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
    juro
    Juro

    • Budget-friendly
    • 13,000+ reviews on Amazon

    • Straw is a little short and inconvenient to use

    This stainless steel mug makes a terrific affordable option, especially for its larger size. It claims to retain the temperature of your coffee for up to six hours. Reviewers like that it fits easily into car holders and won't sweat when filled with ice. The tumbler also comes with a tight seal flip lid that keeps your beverage safe, plus a reusable straw.

    Best Travel Mug for Gifting
    16-Ounce Triple-Insulated Stainless Steel Cup
    corkcicle
    Corkcicle

    • Comes in several designs
    • Includes handle

    The shatterproof lid with included built-in slider keeps whatever drink you have in tact. The brand claims that it keeps drinks hot for up to three hours, thanks to its triple-insulated design. These cups come in a few different colors and patterns, including this cute holiday fairisle design. We can see why it's one of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2020.

    Best Wide-Mouth Travel Coffee Mug
    16-Ounce Travel Coffee Flask
    Hydro Flask

    • Easy to carry
    • Vacuum-insulated to keep drinks at temperature

    • Pricey

    Hydro Flasks have a huge following when it comes to water bottles, but the brand makes coffee mugs, (called coffee flasks) too! This travel coffee mug has an extra large opening for easy drinking. Plus, GH Lab tests found that its stainless steel, vacuum-insulated body kept drinks hot and cold for hours. 

    Best Travel Mug for Iced Coffee
    16-Ounce Stainless Steel Traveler Bottle
    s'well
    S'well

    • Comes in various prints and designs
    • Easy to clean

    The trendy, beautiful water bottles from S'well that we love have been redesigned to fit more comfortably in your hand. And thanks to a wide mouth, this travel coffee mug is great for adding ice cubes to your favorite beverage or sipping broths on the go. It'll keep your drinks hot or cold all day. 

    Best Travel Coffee Mug With Handle
    Rambler 14-Ounce Mug With Lid
    YETI
    YETI

    • Great cup-style option
    • Lidded to prevent spills

    This popular Yeti mug looks just like a traditional coffee mug that you'd use at home, except it keeps your drinks hot or cold, and comes with a lid to prevent unnecessary spills. The handle was built to be big enough so that even wide hands can get a comfortable grip. It's available in a dozen different colors, too. Just be sure to clean the lid regularly. 

    Best No-Leak Travel Coffee Mug
    16-Ounce Luxe Autoseal Vacuum-Insulated Mug
    Contigo
    Contigo

    • Includes a lock feature for extra security

    • Top lid can feel too hot to handle

    This new coffee mug from Contigo is super comfortable in your hands, and it has a unique locking feature that makes it leak- and spill-proof. When you want to sip (or chug) your coffee, just press the button to release the seal. During your commute, you can lock it so you don't accidentally press the button while on the go. It's also completely dishwasher-safe — even the lid!

    Best French Press Travel Coffee Mug
    Stainless Steel Travel Coffee and Tea Press
    bodum
    Bodum
    Now 27% off

    • Will keep drinks hot for hours
    • On-the-go coffee maker

    • Coffee grinds can escape if tipped over
    • Not leak-proof

    This Bodum travel coffee mug doubles as an on-the-go French press. It comes in two versions: plastic double wall and stainless steel. Just note that this type of travel coffee mug isn't leakproof, so keep it in an upright position. For a similar option that doesn’t include the French press attachment, consider the Bodum 3.5 L Travel Mug. It’s one of Kitchen Appliance Lab Director Nicole Papantoniou's favorites. 

    Best Cooling Travel Mug
    11-Ounce Iced Coffee Maker
    Zoku
    Zoku

    • Chills beverage in minutes

    Even though most of the travel coffee mugs on our list work for both hot and cold drinks, this one's perfect for anyone who swears by iced coffee (even in the winter!). All you have to do is keep the inner part of the mug in the freezer. Before you leave for work in the morning, pour hot coffee into the mug — it'll chill your coffee in a few minutes without watering it down with ice cubes. P.S. The brand uses the same concept for its ice cream maker.

    Best Porcelain Travel Coffee Mug
    12-Ounce Butterfly Meadow Thermal Travel Mug
    lenox
    Lenox
    Now 31% off

    • Microwave-safe
    • Feels like a real mug

    • Lid slightly stains over time

    Another favorite of our kitchen appliance pros, this pretty porcelain cup feels just like a real coffee mug with its silicone lid. It's microwave safe and easy to wash, according to Papantoniou, but the brand recommends hand washing it. If birds aren't your style, it also comes in other designs — you can even get matching bowls and plates!

    Best Glass Travel Coffee Mug
    12-Ounce Glass Reusable Coffee Cup
    Joco
    Joco

    • Compact size
    • Glass finish won't taint the taste of your coffee

    • Can get a little hot to the touch

    This cute Joco mug has a clear glass body with a colorful silicone lid and matching thermal sleeve. It's microwave (and dishwasher!) safe, which makes it a great option if you like to sip and reheat your coffee throughout the day. And since it's clear, you can easily see how much coffee you have left (and your perfect amount of creamer).

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