Good appliances are great for preparing and serving meals and drinks in the home kitchen. But sometimes people just have to carry their drinks when they’re on the go. And likely the most popular portable appliance for this is the travel mug.
Travel mugs come in many sizes ranging from 8 up to a giant 24 ounces. The majority hold their contents within double-walls and other insulating linings to better maintain temperatures inside. Tumblers made of plastic can usually go right into the microwave for reheating, but to be sure users must check the instructions. But plastic models normally can’t keep temperatures as steady for as long as stainless steel types.
There are a few made of ceramic and tempered glass, but most models sold are either stainless steel or else plastic types, while a few specialty tea mugs beckon to tea lovers.
Stainless-steel mugs of double-wall construction are nicely insulated and great at keeping drinks enjoyably hot or cold over long hours. These types can be very sturdy and long-lasting, and usually survive falls or spills that would break tumblers made of weaker or more brittle materials. Stainless steel also doesn’t infuse much if any “off” flavor to the contents, but are also somewhat heavier to carry and less handy to use. They also can’t be microwaved and the majority can’t be put in the dishwasher, so they are not as convenient to clean. Continue reading