I'm in search of a good travel mug for hot coffee and teas. I'd like to avoid plastic and so am seeking recommendations/brands.
Bonus points if:
I got a Bodum travel stainless French press and it's one of the best travel mugs/container I've ever bought. It's double wall, very nicely constructed, has a perfect grip, and I get to have my sediment and drink it too :) ... actually, the mesh is fine enough that I don't get any sediment. It took a few tries to figure out how high I could fill it (without getting grounds in it) but it's terrific. Slender so fits in a cup holder and very solid. No drip, seals nicely, comfortable mouth. The lid is plastic, but doesn't strike me as the kind that is going to leach chemicals (since that would cause it to break down easily). Macy's doesn't seem to carry them anymore, but there are plenty on ebay
I wouldn't pay more than $30-33 for one. It was $30 at Macy's without shipping.
I'm not a fan of steel, so I searched forever for a ceramic travel mug that was at least 12 ounces. I love the plain white ceramic mug that Starbucks carries. It is a great hand feel, substantial and just perfectly heavy enough. Great cupholder size as well. For me ceramic is heaven! There are lots of ceramic choices on amazon but Starbucks was the only one I could find that was 16 ounces.
I use contigo travel mugs. They are steel double wall insulated with a plastic top that has a button on it to drink, making it spill proof. It has a small bottom so it fits easily in a cupholder. It keeps drinks hot for hours! They say hand wash only. But I put mine in the dishwasher regularly and they have lasted years so far. I definitely recommend them to friends.
If you like Klean Kanteen (and don't mind spending a pretty penny) they have an insulated steel bottle. You can get it with a regular cap or a "cafe cap". They come in 12, 16 and 20 ounce sizes.
Klean Kanteen makes good stuff but I don't have one of these, yet, so this is more of a notification than a recommendation.
If there's a World Market in your area, check out these mugs: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10982593
Ceramic mugs with a silicon lid and sleeve, completely dishwasher and microwave safe. Less than $10!
It was a great day when I discovered these :-)
I got a great one from a Caribou Coffee shop- it's metal, with a plastic lid and a rubbery grippy band around the middle; not microwaveable of course, but it's so well-insulated, you probably won't need to reheat your drink. The lid is pretty leak-resistant. It cost maybe $22 and was worth every penny! I think it's supposed to be hand washed, but I put it in the dishwasher once or twice a week, and haven't seen any ill effects.
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