Not all travel mugs are created equal. We put dozens lid-to-lid, testing them for heat retention, portability, and, yes, cuteness to find the ones that are worth your cash.
Collection of travel mugs
Photography by Caitlin Bensel
| Credit: Photography by Caitlin Bensel

For the Tea-Lover

A removable tea strainer makes this bottle ideal for steeping tea bags. In warmer weather, it can help keep pesky ice cubes away from your teeth. EcoVessel Boulder Trimax Insulated Water Bottle with Strainer (20 ounces) ($30).

For the Hip Sipper

True to the Simple Modern name, this mug has a sleek, no-frills design. It got top marks for its heat retention, roomy handle, and 23 different color options. Simple Modern Scout Coffee Mug (12 ounces) (from $15).

For a Crowd

Stanley is the granddaddy of camping thermoses: This supersize model can hold half a pot of coffee (or lots of hot cocoa), making it great for all your winter adventures. Stanley Classic Legendary Bottle (one quart) ($35).

For the Planner

The vacuum seal on this one is no joke: Brew coffee tonight and sip it at the perfect temp in the A.M. We also loved its featherlight design and lockable flip lid. Zojirushi Ichimatsu Collection Stainless Mug (16 ounces) ($50).

For the Commuter

Bumpy drives and long rides don't faze this mug. A secure lid keeps warm liquids in, and its compact size won't weigh you down during your hustle. Hydro Flask Coffee Flask (16 ounces) ($25).