Whether it’s on the campsite, on the trail, or even at your workplace, a good thermos is an essential companion that will look after your drinks. You want one that makes your life easier and prevents your drink from reaching that dreaded lukewarm state.
Thermoses can be lifesavers when you’ve had one too many cups of cold office coffee or one too many bottles of warm water after a strenuous hike. We’ve put together a list of ten of the best thermoses to help you get started.
Our first thermos is a classic design that keeps your beverages hot or cold for 24 hours. It has a stainless-steel interior and exterior. The double wall keeps the outer material the same temperature regardless of the temperature of the liquid inside.
The cap protects the opening and mouthpiece but also transforms into a cup. If you hate drinking coffee directly from the thermos, you’ve got a second option. Vacuum insulation prevents heat or cold from leaving the interior of the cup, so temperature transfer is much slower (24 hours slower).
It’s top rack dishwasher safe, but to prolong the life of the thermos, you should hand wash it so that it’s thoroughly cleaned. It’s leak proof, but it can be a pain to secure the twisting top and cup feature fully.
The Stanley classic is a vacuum bottle that keeps liquids cold or hot for up to 20 hours. If you add ice, your drink can stay iced for up to 90 hours. Stainless steel is rust resistant and naturally BPA free.
The insulated lid doubles as a lid and a protector for the mouthpiece and closure. It’s leak proof and simple to hand wash. Thick outer steel is durable, and a double wall construction keeps the outside of the bottle a consistent temperature regardless of the temperature inside.
You have to prime the inside by getting the temperature just right. Pour hot water into the bottle and let it sit for five minutes before pouring it out and adding your hot liquid. Do the same with ice water and cold liquids. If you skip this step, the amount of temperature control lessens significantly.
Who it’s for: People in hot climates.
CamelBak’s vacuum stainless steel bottle keeps your liquids hot for six hours and cold for 20 hours. The small spout makes it much easier to drink directly from the thermos without spillage. It stores the cap on the magnetic handle, so you don’t lose it while you’re drinking.
The spout is angled for ergonomic drinking, and the cap is a half turn style that allows you to access your drink easier. It’s also more comfortable because the cap threads internally. Double walls keep the exterior from taking on the temperature of your drink, and the exterior is powder coated with a long-lasting paint.
Who it’s for: People who travel throughout the day.
Zojirushi’s mug is a sleek, all stainless design with a bullet style cap that turns into a drinking cup. The top spout is BPA free plastic, but everything else is rust resistant stainless steel.
The spout is a one-touch button for a smooth pour. A twist off top makes filling the bottle easy. The mouth is extra wide, so you won’t have any trouble fitting in ice cubes or fruit. It has a slim body, so it fits most anywhere. The bottle’s double walls also reduce condensation and prevent the outside from taking on the same temperature as the interior liquid.
Who it’s for: People who add ice, fruit, or other ingredients to their drinks.
Klean Kanteen’s coffee mug keeps liquids hot for up to 14 hours and iced liquids up to 48 hours. It has a wide mouth for sipping and for allowing hot liquids to cool to your required temperature. The exterior is decorated with a durable powder coat that won’t peel or flake.
The mouth is leak proof and disassembles for easy cleaning. It’s rust resistant and scratch proof, but it isn’t dishwasher safe; you’ll have to hand wash it. It’s durable and comes in a variety of colors depending on your preference.
Another plus point for the Klean is that it uses fewer chemicals in the decoration and materials, making it a better choice for environmentally conscious consumers.
Contigo’s snapping seal mug makes it easy to sip your drink directly from the thermos. Double walled design keeps hot for up to seven hours and 18 hours cold. It fits most single-serve brewing machines, and you shouldn’t have any trouble fitting into the cupholders of most cars.
It’s ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The middle is a rubberized grip that helps you hold on to it, and double walls prevent the exterior from becoming the same temperature as the interior. It has an auto-seal to help prevent leaks and leaking temperatures.
The lid uses a BPA-free plastic, and it’s easy to disassemble and clean. The lid is top rack dishwasher safe, but the body is hand wash only. The cap doesn’t thread easily, so be careful that you line the threads up completely when you’re putting it on.
The Yeti Tumbler comes in a variety of colors, and the lid has a magnetized closure for easy access to your drink. They have a double wall design that prevents condensation and keeps the exterior comfortable to hold.
The design has a durable coating that won’t peel or flake. The colors are designed to last the life of the bottle. It’s not leak proof, but it will prevent minor leaks as you’re tipping the cup up to drink.
It keeps your drink warm for at least 12 hours and cold for 24 hours. It tapers towards the bottom so that it fits in most cup holders and is comfortable in your hand. Yeti tumblers are dishwasher safe, and the lids are BPA free.
Who it’s for: People who hate hand-washing dishes.
This oversized thermos holds a whopping 61oz and is a double-walled design that prevents temperature loss. It keeps condensation down and makes the surface of the exterior comfortable.
It uses a twist and pour stopper for easy serving. The stainless-steel cup protects the top and makes it easier for you to drink your hot beverage. It also has a detachable shoulder strap. The handle is retractable for better grip while you’re pouring.
It’s got a basic thermos style design that should fit in cupholders, but it may be too tall for some standard cup holders. The lid is lined with plastic, but it resists scratches, and the stainless-steel design is rust resistant.
Who it’s for: Coffee addicts and anyone who needs more large storage.
The EcoVessel is made from stainless steel and BPA free plastic. It has a one button push top for easier operation when you’re in the car or on your bike. It keeps your drink from spilling with an integrated lock on the top.
It keeps your drinks cold for up to 36 hours and warm for up to eight. It uses food grade stainless steel and BPA free plastic for the lid. Double walls keep condensation down and prevent the outside temperature from changing with what’s on the inside.
The hinge tends to rest on your nose when you drink, which isn’t the most comfortable. The ease of use overrides that little detail, however, and the long-lasting color on the outside resists scratches and keeps things looking new.
Who it’s for: multitaskers
Our final insulated mug is a bottle style with a twist top and a smaller mouth for easier drinking. It has a double walled, vacuum design to prevent any condensation. It should keep your drinks cold or hot for up to 12 hours.
The body is slim, so it fits into a lot of places including cupholders and pockets. It’s great for the side pocket in a backpack. The bottle fits well into your hand, but it does require twisting to remove. It’s an excellent size for a bike or one-handed operation, but the top will require both hands.
It’s lightweight, making it a good option for packs. The exterior is scratch-resistant, and the entire thing is recyclable, should you ever decide to dispose of it.
Who it’s for: Backpack wearers