There are a lot of contenders out there for the best travel coffee mug of 2019. And no wonder— coffee consumption is at an all time high, with 64% of Americans drinking at least a cup a day. A lot of that caffeine is enjoyed on the go, and with more and more shoppers becoming eco-conscious or switching to home brewing methods, reusable coffee containers are growing in popularity, too.
So how does a conscientious consumer distinguish between run-of-the-mill thermoses and something tougher that can go the distance? There’s a few qualities out there you should look for if you’re shopping for 2019’s best travel coffee mug.
One is temperature retention— how well your mug can keep contents hot or cool and for how long a period of time. Another is ease of use. Is your mug easy to drink out of? Does it fit well in your hand? Is it the right size to fit in the standard cupholders in your car or at the gym? Is it easy to clean? Is it durable? And last but not least, is it visually appealing?
How to Pick the Best Travel Coffee Mug of 2019
With those qualities in mind, we’ve rounded up several features that any beverage holder claiming to be the best travel coffee mug of 2019 should have to truly earn the title. Whether you’re fixing up a pot of cowboy coffee at your campsite, are trying your hand at roasting your own coffee beans, or just need a reliable mug to get you from your kitchen to your office, these features will definitely come in handy:
1. Double walls
The first feature anyone is looking for in 2019’s best travel coffee mug is whether it will keep contents hot for a long time. A vacuum mug reduces heat loss by creating an empty space between two layers of material (the double walls of your thermos) with no air in it.A double walled mug will also help retain heat by designing the walls of the vacuum feature in such a way that at least one is reflective, which points escaping heat rays back towards the interior of the mug. That radiant reflection is yet another way that a good double-walled mug will help keep your contents hot or cold for hours and hours— or even a whole day.
2. Smart stopper
The best travel coffee mug of 2019, or any year, will have a stopper that’s as smart as the rest of the design. If the lid of your mug isn’t as good at keeping heat in as the rest of the thermos, then there isn’t much point to fancy features like double walls or vacuum gaps. You want a lid that will also help retain heat, but is still easy to open, drink from, and clean.
This is where personal preference comes into play. Some people prefer a lid that absolutely maximizes insulation when it’s screwed in tightly. Others want to be able to easily sip from their mug even if it means missing out on some of the lid’s insulating properties. And pretty much everyone wants a lid that’s easy to clean, without too many crevices for dirt, bacteria, or funky old creamer to get clogged.
Look for a mug that has the right kind of lid for your needs, or best of all, both. We like to think the Primus TrailBreak EX is a contender for the best travel coffee mug of 2019 in part because is comes with two stoppers. One is an ultra-insulated screw top, and the other is a ClickClose-stopper that lets you drink on the go.
Which one you use depends on the occasion, letting you switch between the two depending on whether you’re heading out for a day of fishing, hunting, or hiking or if you’re trying to get the kids dropped off quickly before heading to a big presentation.
Gripability is another important factor. We all want a hot beverage or we wouldn’t be looking for 2019’s best coffee mug for travel. But you don’t want a hot beverage to translate to burnt fingers or a slippery mess the leaves you, your car, or your laptop soaked.
A textured exterior, ergonomic shape, or handle can all take a good mug to the next level. You get to keep your beverage in hand without your fingers getting too hot or too cold, and you don’t have to worry about all those cardboard cup sleeves winding up in the landfill. Win, win.
4. Disassemblable or dishwasher safe
A reusable mug that gets hopelessly gross doesn’t do anyone much good. We’ve all accidentally left a mug in the car for too long until the creamer curdles, or wondered how a new kind of tea could get quite so weird after a few days of camping. Everyone’s had a thermos that eventually acquired a musty, funky smell or disconcerting stain, and we all know how quickly that thermos gets cut out of the regular rotation.
That’s why finding a mug that is durable and easy to clean is a must. The best travel coffee mugs of 2019 are dishwasher safe or can be completely disassembled for a good scrub and soak. That way even when it’s been a little longer between washings than we’d care to admit, your favorite thermos can bounce back and really live up to that reusable name.
We designed the Primus TrailBreak EX with all those features in mind to make a simple, easy to use travel coffee mug for 2019 and beyond. With a silicone exterior, a double-walled stainless steel interior, two types of lids that are easy to thoroughly clean, and a tapered shape that fits in cup holders and young hand, this mug is ready to go.
The Primus TrailBreak will keep drinks hot or cold for up to a day, comes in several sizes and colors, and doesn’t stick you with a lot of bells and whistles you don’t need. The TrailBreak is simple, well thought out, and gets the job done. That’s great news if you’re one of the caffeine fiends who helps America drink 400 million cups of coffee per day!