Nobody wants lukewarm coffee or any other beverage for that matter (but especially coffee.) A well-designed insulated thermos will keep your beverage at the desired temperature for hours. Some thermoses like the Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle have lids that double as cups for sipping, while others can be popped open with the press of a button for drinking with one hand. A wide-mouthed thermos is great for soup or other hot foods when you’re packing a lunch. Here are some of the best thermoses you can buy.
Best for most:
Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle
This massively popular bottle comes in three sizes ranging from the generous 1.1-quart to the 2-quart size, which holds an entire pot of coffee. Vacuum insulation keeps your beverages hot or cold for a whopping 32 hours. The lid doubles as an insulated cup.
Thermos Stainless King
The classic Thermos can keep 40 ounces of hot coffee or your beverage of choice hot — or cold — for 24 hours, so you have an entire day before your drink gets tepid. The handle makes it easy to carry, and the lid doubles as an insulated serving cup.
Zojirushi Travel Mug
You can drink directly from this stainless steel vacuum-insulated mug without unscrewing the lid. The lid flips open and locks closed to prevent spills or leaks. The interior has a non-stick coating, and the lid disassembles for thorough cleaning.
Soups and more:
Simple Modern Provision Food Jar
Pack a hot lunch with this stainless steel vacuum-insulated container. The lid has a handle to make it easier to screw on and off. Choose from dozens of colors and a wide range of sizes.
S’well Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The fashionable S’well brand is known for its gorgeous colors and patterns. The triple-layered construction, stainless steel, vacuum-insulated mug keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. Choose from a wide range of sizes and styles.
Hekins 16.9 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Thermos
Keep your hot drinks hot for eight hours, and your cold drinks cold for up to 10 hours. The lid can be used conveniently as a cup. You won’t break the bank with this well-priced thermos-style bottle.
Fun for kids:
Thermos Funtainer 12 Ounce Bottle
Encourage your kids to stay hydrated with this fun-sized Thermos featuring a favorite character. Choose from nearly three dozen colorful and fun designs. The push-button lid reveals a pop-up straw. This is not designed for hot beverages, but cold drinks stay cold for 12 hours.
Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
With its minimalist look, this travel mug can easily be mistaken for a smart speaker, but it’s actually beautifully designed with thoughtful details. The interior is lined with ceramic so you don’t get that lingering “old penny” taste that coffee can leave on stainless steel. The thin lip is tapered for a delightful mouthfeel when sipping your beverage. Hot stays hot for 12 hours, and cold stays cold for 24.
Which one should you choose?
The word “thermos,” while initially a brand name, has come into popular accepted use as any insulated beverage container. Regardless of the name, the purpose of this type of container is to keep your hot beverages hot and your cold ones cold. All of the containers on this list have two or more layers of stainless steel and are vacuum insulated to keep your food or drink at a consistent temperature. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but if you want a reliable classic, the Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is a safe bet. Stanley promises to keep your hot or cold beverage at right temperature for a crazy 32 hours. That’s nearly a day and a half! The 18/8 stainless steel won’t rust, and the hammertone powder-coat on the outside of the bottle is quite durable. The outer lid doubles as an insulated cup, so your drink can still stay warm or cool as you drink. The bottle is leak-proof for carefree packing. You can easily put ice into the bottle since the mouth is wide. Stanley has been making containers like this since 1913 and offers a lifetime warranty on their products.
However, if you’re looking to sip your coffee or other beverage while you drive, you’ll want something you can operate with a push-button rather than having to unscrew a lid. In that case, go for the Zojirushi Travel Mug. Go to any coffee forum online and ask people about their favorite travel mug, and this one comes up every time. Zojirushi has been making vacuum bottles, starting with hand-blown glass, since 1918. The lid of this mug forms a tight, leak-proof seal; you can toss it in your bag or purse and go. Press the button to drink on the go, or lock the button closed to avoid any liquid escaping unintentionally. The lid can be fully disassembled for thorough cleaning. Choose from two sizes, 12 or 16 ounces, and a handful of colors in each size.
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