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I really do believe that having the right gear for whatever job, helps you enjoy it that much more. Having great hiking boots helps you regain that energy you need to get up the hill, having the right vehicle can mean the difference between a bland drive or having the driving experience of a lifetime. Having the right coffee mug can help you enjoy your coffee, and help you enjoy your morning to the fullest.
In this article, I am going to be going over all of my favorite mugs in different categories, so you that you can choose the one that works best for you! This includes smart mugs, stainless steel mugs, travel mugs, glass mugs and more. Stay tuned to see which one is right for your morning!
1. Yeti 14oz Rambler Coffee Mug
Best Stainless Steel Mug + Best Overall Coffee Mug
Let’s get this out of the way, yes I know that stainless steel is not the most ideal way to drink coffee (for those that worry about this, there are some other options below such as glass or ceramic), however, for those that want an awesome all around mug, and aren’t too worried about the downsides of stainless steel mugs, then this is my very best top pick.
This mug is made from durable stainless steel, so it can handle being dropped or knocked around without getting damaged. It can be thrown around, dropped, left out in the cold, taken with you camping, and more without any concerns. Its 14oz capacity is a perfect size, and the Yeti quality is top-notch.
Plus, it keeps your coffee hot for hours (when you keep the included, so you can enjoy a steaming cup of joe even when you’re out camping or hiking. The Yeti mug also comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that best fits your style.
This coffee mug is one of my go-to mugs, and I even purchased a 2nd one when I gave away my first to someone that liked it just like me.
2. Ember Mug 2
Best Smart Mug
This is the mug that will change your mornings forever! The Ember Mug 2 keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last, so you can enjoy it at your leisure. No more microwave breaks or burnt tongues – just pure, delicious coffee exactly how you like it.
The Ember Mug 2 connects directly to your phone so you can control the temperature of your coffee and comes with a handy charging coaster.
It also has an LED light that lets you know when your drink is ready (or it will let your phone tell you). With a 14oz capacity, this mug is perfect for those who want to enjoy a large cup of coffee or tea.
Give the gift of perfectly heated drinks with the Ember Mug 2. Your friends (and their taste buds) will thank you!
While this product may seem ridiculous to some, if you are someone that likes to either have your coffee at the right temperature every time, or if you take some time drinking your coffee, this mug will be your friend.
3. Fellow Products Carter Everywhere Mug
Best Styled Travel Mug
Looking for a versatile and good-looking mug that can go with you anywhere? Check out the Carter Everywhere Mug! This 16-ounce mug is made of stainless steel with a ceramic inner lining, meaning it’s built to last, but still has the benefits around taste.
Plus, it comes with an airtight lid to prevent spills and keep your beverage hot or cold for hours. Whether you’re headed out the door for your morning commute or packing a picnic lunch, this mug is the perfect way to take your favorite drinks with you on the go.
And with its handsome good looks, it also makes a great desk companion or gift for the coffee or tea lover in your life.
That said, the major downside of this coffee mug, is that, while it is a to-go mug, it is not ideal for driving, as it takes two hands to open the lid. That said, this Fellow Products mug might be a better option for you if you need that!
So why not add the Carter Everywhere Mug to your collection today (or read my complete review here if you can’t decide)? You’ll be glad you did!
4. Bodum Bistro 15oz Glass Latte Mug
Best Glass Coffee Mug
The Bodum Bistro Glass Latte Cup is a fantastic way to enjoy your favorite hot (or cold) beverages. The double wall construction, which is made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass and individually mouth-blown by skilled artisans, offers a highly efficient layer of insulation that keeps hot drinks warm and cold drinks chilly.
A vent at the base of each glass balances the pressure between the two layers of glass. This makes for durable glass that won’t allow any liquid to enter between the walls.
Whether you’re enjoying a refreshing iced coffee on a hot day or savoring a rich cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night, the Bodum Bistro double wall glasses are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite beverages.
You really can’t go wrong with a good double-wall glass coffee mug, and Bodum is extremely well-known for its great products at an awesome price.
6. Ember Travel Mug
Best Smart Travel Mug
Looking for a mug that will keep your coffee at the perfect temperature, no matter where you go? Ember has you covered with their Travel Mug.
This mug comes with all of the features you loved from the original Ember Mug (that we talked about earlier in this article), like app integration, LED light, and more. Plus, it can keep your drink warm for up to three hours. And if you’re worried about spills, don’t be!
The 360-degree leak-proof lid will keep everything exactly where it should be. Not to mention, you can adjust the heat of your coffee without even opening the app.
So whether you’re headed to the office or out on a long hike, Ember’s Travel Mug is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite drink at just the right temperature.
7. Yeti Rambler 20 oz
It is no real big secret that I am a huge fan of Yeti products. Yes, I know that people make fun of people like me, but let’s be honest, they make great, over-engineered products that just work.
The 20oz Rambler is my go-to mug (full review here) whenever I am going for a drive! While my Carter Everywhere Mug is awesome when not driving, this is my solution to needing a good-to-go mug while in the vehicle.
With its mag slide lid, you can close up your mug and open it quickly when you need it with one hand. It is also incredibly easy to clean, unlike most other travel tumblers, as it is all dishwasher safe, and easy to disassemble.
It should be mentioned, it does a fantastic job of keeping your coffee warm, as you can see in the video!
If you want an awesome all-around tumbler, you can’t go wrong with this one.
8. De’Longhi Double Walled Espresso Glasses
Best Espresso Cups
If you are looking for a great set up of espresso glasses, you can stop here! Double Walled glasses are by far one of my favorite types of coffee cups, and these espresso glasses by one of the biggest names in coffee (De’Longhi) are my favorites.
Double walled glasses allow you to be able to see all of the elements that go into a shot of espresso, yet the cup is cool to the touch, even until the last drop of the shot.
Each of these glasses has a capacity of 2 ounces, which is perfect for that great shot of espresso in the morning! They are machine washable so you don’t have to worry about having to wash them by hand.
9. Famiware 12oz Coffee Mugs
Best Stoneware Coffee Mugs
Farmhouse style is all the rage these days, and these Famiware stoneware coffee mugs are the perfect way to get the look in your own home. The mugs have a rustic charm that will make your guests feel right at home, and their sturdy construction means they can withstand plenty of use.
Heat retention is also important when it comes to coffee mugs, and these mugs will keep your beverage hot for quite a while due to their stoneware design.
Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or winding down with a glass of tea in the evening, these mugs will become your new go-to.
At 12 ounces, they have plenty of capacity to satisfy even the most hearty appetite. So why not give them a try? You’re sure to be impressed.
10. W&P Porter Ceramic Mug
Best Ceramic Coffee Mug
Yes I know, when you think of a ceramic mug, you think of a more normal mug styling! However, I really like this W&P Porter Ceramic mug, as it can be used as a to-go mug, an at home mug and more.
The W&P Porter Ceramic Mug is a great everyday mug. It is made from food-grade materials and is BPA free. The mug has a matte silicone wrap and a press-fit lid. The mug is available in a variety of colors. The mug is also dishwasher-safe.
I mean, who doesn’t want a ceramic coffee mug that you can throw in your backpack?
So what do I look for in a good coffee mug?
What do you need the mug for?
Before jumping on the bandwagon of a specific mug, make sure to think through what you are going to be using it for. If you are using it at home or in the office, you probably want a normal-style mug. Using it in the car? A travel mug that can be opened with one hand, and fit in a cup holder is going to be your best bet.
Don’t expect to buy a travel mug, and be happy using it daily in an office that it never leaves. Its too top-heavy, and will be spilling all over your keyboard in no time.
The capacity of the mug
I use a coffee maker that makes a decent-sized cup of coffee, so I have to have a 14-ounce mug to hold what it makes! If I use a smaller mug, it tends to fill it too much, to the point I can’t add my milk to it.
I also use coffee makers like this Aeropress Go, which makes less coffee, but is still delicious! That is where I like my smaller mugs to be used.
Regardless, make sure you are getting the capacity mug that works for you.
Quality of the build
Nothing is worse (okay there are plenty of things worse) than getting a low-quality mug. That is why I put high-quality mugs on this list. Drinking from a cheap to-go mug doesn’t give you nearly the same amount of joy as drinking out of a glass, or a high-quality mug.
Yes, you can get inexpensive mugs that work well, however that is different than “cheap”.
Length of time mug keeps coffee warm
This is important for most people! Drinking coffee is something that most people tend to do over time, and they don’t want to just drink their coffee all at once. So you have to make sure you have a coffee mug that keeps your coffee warm long enough for you to enjoy every last bit.
I tried to only keep mugs on this list that met that.
Coffee mugs can get expensive, like really expensive. So make sure you are keeping an eye on your budget for sure! Don’t have $100 to spend on a smart mug? There are plenty of others on this list that is far less expensive.
However, if you do have that large budget, I do recommend spending a good chunk to get the mug you want.
Character and styling
Nobody wants to have a bland coffee mug. This is something that you will be carrying around with you, and like a watch or a hat, it needs to have some kind of a story behind it. This is something that Yeti has capitalized on by building a culture around their mugs.
So this has been a list of some of my favorite mugs. Coming from someone who enjoys mugs (and has considered making a website just for mugs) these are some of the best out there, and highly recommend looking into each for your office or kitchen.