A great travel coffee mug is hard to find. It must keep your coffee warm, yes, but it must also be able to endure getting from A-to-B without spilling you precious liquid (that you made with the finest coffee beans) in your car (or bag) or causing it to geyser up every time you go to take a sip in motion. It must also hold a decent amount of coffee and be comfortable to hold. Such a mug is hard to find, but Zojirushi coffee mugs nail all of this criteria. And they’re on sale at Amazon today.
Zojirushi mugs have inspired a cult following for a lot of reasons, but first and foremost is their heat retention. The vacuum-sealed mugs, the company claims, can keep a liquid at 190 degrees for one hour and 163 degrees for six hours. While we haven’t precisely tested these claims, our Zojirushi mugs keep coffee hot well into the afternoon.
Beyond just their excellent insulation, Zojirushi mugs are well-designed and easy to operate. The cap features button that you push to flip up the lid, revealing a spout that’s easy to pour from or drink from directly. There’s also an easy-to-use lock that really works: When engaged, the lock keeps the lid sealed tightly (One Fatherly staffer has endured a very bumpy commute with a mug in his bag for over a year and never had a drip off coffee leak from a locked mug)
The Zojirushi mug is shockingly lightweight, featuring stainless steel and BPA-free plastic construction. It’s also easy to clean: the interior has a nonstick coating and the cap disassembles so you can get into every crevice. It even looks good: the sleek, matte finish complemented by a slender profile that won’t be too big for any cupholder or backpack bottle sleeve.
Amazon has two models on sale today: a 16-ounce smoky blue version for $17 and, our favorite, a 20-ounce slate gray option for $19. As far as we’re concerned, you can’t go wrong with either one.