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The Best Travel Mug

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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After close to 78 hours of research and testing over the past four years, we still believe that the Zojirushi SM-SC48 Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for keeping your drinks hot, preventing leaks, and accompanying you on any commute. In our latest round of testing, the Zojirushi kept liquids significantly hotter than any other mug we tried, even after 8 hours in the harsh environment of a freezer—and that’s important if you want to enjoy your drink for longer.

Zojirushi Stainless Mug (20 ounces), the best travel mug

Zojirushi Stainless Mug (20 ounces)

The best travel mug
The Zojirushi SM-SC (or SM-SD or SM-SA in certain colors) offers amazing heat retention, one-handed usability, and a locking, leakproof lid.
We recommend
Contigo Autoseal Transit Mug, a wider, simpler mug

Contigo Autoseal Transit Mug

A wider, simpler mug
Contigo’s Autoseal Transit is a wider mug that may fit better in cup holders than our top pick. It doesn’t retain heat as well as the Zojirushi, but some may find the flat lid easier to drink from and clean.
Another good choice
Contigo SnapSeal Byron Travel Mug (16 ounces), a less secure lid but half the price

Contigo SnapSeal Byron Travel Mug (16 ounces)

A less secure lid but half the price
At half the price of most mugs we tested, the Contigo SnapSeal Byron Mug is a great budget option if you don’t plan to throw around your mug.
Budget friendly
OXO Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set, for cleaning your mug

OXO Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set

For cleaning your mug
The OXO bottle-cleaning set has a skinny straw brush and a looped detail-cleaning brush, which are all you need to keep your travel mug squeaky clean.
Another good choice

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