The 7 Best Travel Mugs of 2023

Our top picks are Stanley Adventure Shortstack and Kleen Kanteen.

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If you enjoy hot drinks on the go, it's a good idea to invest in a reusable option that cuts back on all the countless paper cups, cardboard sleeves, and plastic lids that end up in landfills every day — as long as that reusable option has a long lifespan. (Remember, reusable bottles and mugs are not a perfect solution.)

Whether you go with a ceramic, glass, or metal container, think about how you’re going to use it: Most mugs fit in car cup holders, but not all will. If you’re on the road a lot, it’s inconvenient if you have nowhere to set your mug down safely. If it gets knocked over accidentally, you want a canteen that’s not going to dump the contents all over you (or your car). Double-wall construction provides insulating power to keep drinks hot or cold, and a carrying handle is great if you’re taking it on walks or camping.

Ahead are the best travel mugs for the environment.

Best Overall, Small

Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug

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Stanley Short-Stack Mug

Stanley

There are so many reasons we love this mug. Its petite, 8-ounce size makes it lightweight and easy to pack. It holds just a single cup of coffee, but that's plenty for most people and an advantage over some other massive canteens on the market. The innovative screw-top system ensures no leaks, combining both a drink-through lid and a second lid with a handle. The heavy-duty stainless steel body is durable, rust-proof, and BPA-free—not to mention it keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. 

The company has a 100+ year history and supports many environmental programs including The Conservation Alliance, which unites companies for a day of environmental work, and Big City Mountaineers, which mentors underserved youth through wilderness expeditions.

"Maybe if everyone had a 'short-stack' mug like mine, a one-cup stainless steel mug that's light and portable and fully sealed with a screw-top lid and handle, they wouldn't leave it at home." ~ Katherine Martinko, Treehugger Senior Editor
Price at time of publish: $20

Best Overall, Large

Klean Kanteen Insulated Mug with Leak Proof Café Cap 2.0

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Klean Kanteen Insulated Mug

Kleen Kanteen

Available in 16 and 20 ounces, this mug's double-wall construction keeps drinks hot for 14 hours and cold up to 40 hours, making it ideal for larger portions of everything from hot coffee to iced tea. The slim profile fits nicely in most car cup holders, and the cap is designed to be leakproof.

Klean Kanteen is a member of 1% for the Planet. Its headquarters is 100% solar-powered and 100% carbon-neutral, as certified by Climate Neutral, a nonprofit organization that evaluates companies on the basis of their output in the manufacture and delivery of products.

Best Ceramic

Ello Jane 18oz Ceramic Travel Mug with Slide Lid

Ello Ceramic Travel Mug

Courtesy of Amazon 

If you feel like plastic or metal transfers an unpleasant flavor to your coffee, this ceramic mug is the answer. The mug comes with either a wood or silicone base, which serves as a coaster, and the lid is dishwasher safe. (Generally, we are cautious about silicone use, but in this case, it's less concerning since the material is not in constant contact with the beverage.)

The friction-fit slider lid sits in place and doesn’t require threading like many other mugs. Plus, the ceramic material is stylish and offers the same feel and heat of cradling a mug at home. The company has partnered with H2OpenDoors, which installs solar-powered water filtration systems in communities with the least access to a safe water source.

Price at time of publish: $34

Best Glass

Joco 8oz Reusable Joco Cup

JOCO Reusable Coffee Cup

 Courtesy of Amazon

This stylish travel mug is made from sturdy borosilicate glass, like those clear baking dishes your grandma used to use. It’s artisan-blown, not made by machines, so it’s rather like drinking from your own piece of art. It’s splash-proof, not spill-proof, but they prefer glass over other materials because it doesn’t transfer flavors.

Available in 8-ounces, the smaller cup is a great option if you’re a sipper, not a gulper, and like to warm up your coffee throughout the morning. It comes with a silicone lid and a silicone sleeve, which provides a firm grip. The company supports Take 3 for the Sea and a pilot program, Seabins, to clean up the world’s oceans.

Price at time of publish: $20

Best-Extra Large

Yeti Rambler 24 oz Mug with Magslider Lid

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Yeti Rambler mug with lid

Courtesy of Yeti 

Do you drink ... a lot of coffee? This gigantic, 24-ounce double-wall mug will let you take along several cups of coffee for all-day sipping. Big plus: Both the stainless-steel mug and its lid are dishwasher safe. It comes with a standard lid, but you can purchase a magnetic slider lid to keep out debris. While it won’t fit in a standard car cup holder (the handle is too long) and it’s not leak-proof, we like its heft and durability.

YETI supports many organizations that celebrate the outdoors, including American Rivers, Ducks Unlimited, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Price at time of publish: $35

Best With Handle

MiiR Camp Cup

Mug

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This is the perfect sturdy steel cup for your workstation or to use when sitting around the campfire. It’s reminiscent of the old-school speckled enamel camp cups (there are even a few colors that resemble those vintage cups!), and it comes in every color of the rainbow. Four sizes are available in the double-wall construction, which keeps drinks hot for six hours or cold for 12 hours.

Its exterior hard-shell powder coating makes it easy to grip. Since Miir was founded in 2010, the company has donated more than $1 million to projects that support clean water and a healthy environment. Each purchase comes with a trackable code so you can see how your dollars are being used to better communities around the world.

Price at time of publish: $33

Best Customizable

Hydro Flask My Hydro

hydro flask

Hydro Flask lets you design a one-of-a-kind bottle with either a standard or wide mouth in sizes ranging from 12 ounces to 20 ounces. Pair the stainless steel flask portion, which comes in tons of bright colors, with different colors of bases, caps, and flexible carrying strap. It’s designed for beverages to stay hot for 12 hours. The flexible sip lid option has lots of parts to clean, but it’s leakproof.

The company created Parks for All, a charitable program that has donated more than $1.5 million to building, maintaining, and restoring public parks through 92 nonprofits.

Price at time of publish: $33 for 20 oz. All Around Tumbler

Final Verdict

Our top pick for a compact reusable travel mug is the 8-ounce Stanley Shortstack Travel Mug. However, if you need a bigger beverage to get you through the day, check out the 24-ounces Yeti Rambler.

Good to Know

Don’t forget your mug should be cleaned after each use, so make sure it’s dishwasher safe if you don’t want to hand wash every part. 

What to Look For

Material

Most mugs are made from metal, although a few are made of glass or ceramic. If you're someone who often drops your mug, metal is the way to go. But if you don't like the feel (or taste) of metal, which some users say transfers flavors to the beverage, you may prefer glass or ceramic.

Dishwasher-Safe

Most mugs have some--though not all-- parts that are dishwasher safe. Lids often are not dishwasher safe. If you don't like handwashing (and you'll need to clean it after every single use!), look for mugs that allow you to use the top rack of your dishwasher to keep it squeaky clean.

Size

Think about how much coffee you like to sip on: Are you a one-cup-a-day person, so that a small mug is fine? Or do you want coffee you can sip on all day? Then choose the size accordingly. Most travel mugs range in size from 8 to 24 ounces.

Fit

How a mug feels in your hand is almost as important as how well it keeps beverages hot or cold. If you don't like the feel of it, you may not use it. Also, check the beverage holders where you'll be using your mug; not all car holders are the same size and an extra-wide base that doesn't fit into your car's holder is frustrating.

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Treehugger is dedicated to helping readers reduce waste and reliance on single-use items, like disposable coffee cups. Author Arricca SanSone researched products based on reviews and sustainability, while Treehugger editors tested many of these mugs in the real world.