Every morning I inevitably fall into the same trap where I’ll make a cup of coffee and completely forget about it as I get swept into back-to-back Zoom meetings. It’s a shame because I go through all the motions: grinding the beans, heating up the water in a gooseneck kettle, and using my trusty Chemex. But actually drinking it when it’s the perfect temperature? Almost never happens.
Depending on what cups are clean in my cabinets, some are better at keeping my coffee hot for when I do get around to drinking it. I found, through trial-and-error, that my double-walled thermos or my hefty ceramic mug from Farmhouse Pottery are best at heat retention. But if you don’t like those options, there are others that’ll keep your beverage toasty, for when you get around to actually taking a sip. Read on to see our top picks.
The Top-Rated Favorite
With over 2,000 ratings, this double-walled stainless steel set of mugs is praised by reviewers for how long they keep coffee hot for hours. They feature plastic lids that seal tight so you can also bring your coffee on the go and come in fun colors, should classic silver not be your thing.
If You Hate Using Coasters
These double-walled glass mugs not only retain heat but also feature a silicone vent at the base, which lets your drink breathe and prevents condensation from forming. You won’t need to put a coaster on the base or worry about water seeping into the two layers of glass.
The High-Tech One
Made from stainless steel and ceramic, this mug has several features that make it the most expensive of the bunch. There’s an app so you can choose the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F - 145°F). The battery on the mug itself will keep things warm for 90 minutes but if you set it on a charging dock, it’ll stay hot all day. If you’re worried about leaving it on with nothing inside, it also has a sensor that turns everything off when not in use. The only downside? You’ll need to hand wash the mug.
If You Want An Affordable Mug Warmer
For those who want a less expensive version of the Ember, this is another highly rated option that has a lot of the same functions. Besides having temperature control settings, it also can melt chocolate and cheese, should you feel like turning your mug into a fondue set.
If You Like Both Hot And Cold Coffee, Depending On The Season
This highly rated mug will keep your hot beverages warm for at least three hours and cold drinks chilly for up to nine hours. It also claims to be sweat-proof so you won’t have to deal with rings on the coffee table, when you inevitably forget about your iced coffee.
If You Want A Commuter-Friendly Option
As far as thermoses go, the Zojirushi has a cult following for being the perfect vessel for everything from coffee to wine. It’s sleek and spill-proof so you can toss it into your bag when inevitably, we all resume our commutes back to the office.
If You Want An Outdoors-Friendly Mug
Yes, at $43 this is a pretty high price for a mug but people love Yeti and trust the brand’s products to be very well insulated. While you can use the cup for both hot and cold drinks, if you’re a fan of camping this mug also doubles as a bowl for chili, oatmeal, and more.
If You Like A Well-Designed Gadget
As far as self-heating mugs go, this one is by far the most attractive of the bunch. In colors like pale pink, yellow, and sky blue, they don’t have the tech-y vibe of other similar products. Like others it also has a charging pad that’ll keep your drink at 130°F and is also spill-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about knocking over your cup and shorting out the battery.
If You Prefer A Classic, No Frills Mug
Unlike similar stainless steel mugs, this one has a sleeker design that’s straight up and down, versus rounded. You’ll be able to keep hot drinks warm and cold drinks cold, but the only catch is that it doesn’t hold quite as much liquid as the others on this list.
If You Love Beautiful Ceramics
Heath ceramics have a huge following for their heavy duty, elegant ceramic pieces in various neutral shades. Their sturdy mug is a low-tech yet stylish way to keep your coffee warm, albeit for less of a time than others on this list.
I’m a huge fan of this mug as my preferred morning cup. It’ll keep my coffee warm enough that when I finally get around to drinking it an hour later, it’s not lukewarm. The contrast between the rough bottom and sleek glaze is a nice design touch that makes it feel special.
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