What's the best travel coffee mug to use?

By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Where can I buy the best travel mug? 

No matter if you're on your way to work, preparing for a summertime adventure, or simply just lounging by the pool, you always need a cup of strong joe by your side. But when you're on the go, regular coffee mugs just don't cut it — and disposable cups? No way

You need a durable, protective travel mug. One that will keep your coffee hot all day — or icy cold if you're into that. Enter our Klean Kanteen.

Sitting woman holding a Death Wish travel mug

No matter if you like your coffee piping hot or served over ice, our Klean Kanteen is the perfect travel companion. With a powder coating exterior to protect it from cracking and peeling, this battle-ready coffee bottle comes with double-walled construction and vacuum insulation. 

When you're looking for a durable travel mug, these are the kind of factors you want to consider. Here's what you need to ask yourself when you're looking to upgrade your travel coffee game. 

Top down view of person holding a travel mug filled with coffee

1. Does it retain heat? 

One of the most important factors for a travel mug is the ability to retain heat. No one wants to sip on cold coffee an hour into their trip. This means you need to look for mugs that are vacuum insulated and double-walled. Vacuum insulation keeps heat from transferring out of the mug, meaning your coffee will stay steaming for hours on end. 

Iced cold brew in a travel mug

2. And does it keep cold drinks cold? 

On the opposite end of this spectrum, for iced coffee lovers, you want something that keeps your drink cold. Insulation is key, just as it is for hot drinks — and a stainless steel interior will help keep your coffee icy cold, too. Basically, when it comes to temperature — whether it's hot or  old — you want strong insulation and a double-walled construction. 

Travel mug with label: "I won't leak!"

3. What kind of lid does it have? 

The worst part of disposable coffee cups? When the coffee spills — or shoots — out of the lid. Nothing will put a damper on your day faster than spilling coffee all over your shirt or in your car. So when you're looking for a travel mug, look for something with a leak-proof lid. Trust me, it saves lives. 

Coffee foam in a travel mug

4. How do I clean it? 

Make sure to pay attention to how you clean travel mugs. Each is different and comes with a different set of instructions — do you have to hand wash it? Is it dishwasher safe? Following these directions will keep your mug durable and protective for years on end. If it has a powder coating, that's an extra bonus — that'll protect your bottle from cracking and peeling. 


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