We normally deal with the coffee brewing process, but what good is the best coffee if you don’t have anything to drink it out of? Depending on your personal schedule, it may be difficult to drink your coffee entirely from the comfort of your own home. Travel mugs are great, but if you’ll be sipping on your coffee for more than a couple hours, you’ll want an insulated coffee thermos to keep it hot (or iced) for longer. Which is the best coffee thermos for you?
In short, that largely depends on your personal preferences, as well as how much coffee you drink. For those who only go through a small amount of coffee each day, it might be best to find one that fits under your single-cup coffee maker’s brew group. For those who need to keep a larger amount of coffee steamy for a longer period of time, it’s worth it to invest in a larger or higher-end thermos. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite insulated travel mugs and thermoses to help you decide which works best with your lifestyle.
Start off by considering what size coffee thermos you need
Espresso Cappuccino Maker
- Auto seal lid
- Multiple colours
- 2 styles
Filtron Cold brewer
Classic Espresso Machine
- Huge capacity
- Hot for up to 24hrs
- 1 gallon
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy Clean Lid
The Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug is a highly personal cup for on-the-go coffee lovers. Available in over 20 different color combinations and two different sizes – perfect to fit all lifestyles. The Thermalock double-wall insulation keeps your coffee hot for up to 7 hours (when preheated) and iced drinks cold up to 20 hours (when chilled).
We love this mug because it fits into most single-serve coffee makers and cup holders – including in cars, strollers, and bicycles. The auto-seal lid and lid lock work together to make sure you don’t waste a drop. The lid pivots open to make cleaning even easier. You can even buy an optional tea infuser basket to enjoy your loose-leaf teas on the go, too. The Contigo Autoseal West Loop offers all this with a fair price and an attractive design – what more could you ask for?
Zojirushi SJ-SHE10 Stainless Steel Tuff Sports Bottle
If you’re looking for a larger travel thermos for your hot coffee, the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Tuff Sports Bottle comes from one of the leaders in premium home coffee makers. The Tuff Sports Bottle holds 32 ounces of hot or cold liquid and keeps them the perfect temperature for hours. The lid is even a full standard-sized coffee cup – perfect for taking your high-quality coffee with you.
The wide inner mouth is big enough to accommodate full-size ice cubes, and the smaller dispensing mouth helps keep spills to a minimum. We recommend you use the included cup for drinking coffee from the Zojirushi Tuff Sports Bottle, as drinking from the dispensing mouth can be a messy experience.
Thermos 16 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
There’s a reason the name “Thermos” has become synonymous with “thermal container” – they are one of the leaders in liquid insulation technology. This particular travel mug boasts the ability to keep hot drinks hot for up to 5 hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 9 hours. There’s even a built-in tea hook so you can use your Thermos with tea bags and tea infusers (not included).
This vacuum-insulated travel mug doesn’t offer as many color options as the Contigo, but it does offer the full reputation that comes with the Thermos name, as well as an easy-to-understand push-button design. If you’re looking for the leader in single-serve thermal beverage containers, there’s no doubt that the Thermos Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug is the industry standard.
Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press
For those who enjoy French press coffee, but are looking for something more portable, the Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press is an amazing choice that allows you to make your coffee on the go, without having to pour it into a separate container to drink. This is perfect for short mornings – just fill your mug before you head out the door, and plunge it four minutes later.
Double-wall vacuum-sealed stainless steel keeps your coffee hot for hours, and the spill-resistant lid prevents accidents on the go. A silicone band across the middle of the cup keeps your hand comfortable and comes in four bold colors to tell yours apart from the others in your home or office. The plunger presses flat into the lid, so drinking is comfortable, even when you’re not using it for pressed coffee. All in all, this is an absolute must for French press lovers on the go.
Thermos Stainless King 68 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Beverage Bottle
If you need to carry large amounts of coffee and keep it piping hot for up to 24 hours, the Thermos Stainless King is the undisputed champion. The King holds over a half-gallon of liquid, and will keep it just the right temperature for a full day. The price is significantly higher than the other thermal containers on our list, but this price is well justified when compared to lower-end products.
Customers should be advised that this container is about 14 ½ inches (approximately 37 cm) tall, and 5 inches (approximately 13 cm) across. In most cases, this will be far too much coffee for a single person, in a single day. It is a great size for taking coffee on family road trips, however, as it will hold almost an entire carafe from most standard drip coffee makers.
Our Pick for Best Coffee Thermos Overall: Thermos 16 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
When choosing the best coffee thermos, we’ve got to hand it to the leader and eponym of the insulation industry. This 16-ounce travel mug keeps beverages hot for hours with a fair price tag. This mug delivers a great experience whether you’re drinking coffee, tea, or even plain water. The sleek design looks attractive in your hands, and the built-in tea hook makes it easy to retrieve tea bags or infusers after steeping. Once you throw in Thermos’s incredible five-year warranty, it’s hard to find a product better suited to your everyday hot and cold beverage needs.