The Stanley outdoor travel mug. It meets just about every requirement I have- namely, thermos-like temperature, sealable, and ability to drink from like a regular mug:
I'm looking for a thermos that I can easily drink from (without pouring) and get access to coffee with one hand, or at least that doesn't require "unscrewing" the lid to get access. Or, if we go the other way, a standard travel mug that I cant put in a bag and not worry about spilling and doesn't have the goofy handle.
This Stanley mug is the only one that I actually use on a daily basis. The Bruno mug I reviewed a while back? It's on my "close but no cigar" shelf of failed coffee mugs.
...but there are a few catches. First, the lid assembly requires the prowess normally reserved for US Marine's piecing together their rifle:
My fiancee had a hard time figuring out how the whole thing went together when she pulled it from the dishwasher.
Second, the first mug I received had a poor rubber seal somewhere in this assembly and it leaked coffee at inopportune times (ie- all over my white work shirt). I'm happy to report however, that when I notified Stanley PMI about the leaky cup, they promptly shipped me a brand new one, free of charge, no questions asked. It turns out this one leaks as well, but diligent "reseating" of the rubber seals seems to (literally) stem the flow.
But these minor problems don't take away from the fact that thing keeps my coffee freakin' scalding throughout the day. You know that tepid first sip you take of a hot cup of coffee? I roll like that all the way until 2:00 in the afternoon! (even if I leave the lid in "drink mode") That also means I drink significantly less coffee as I'm nursing this single cup all day long.
Operation is simple once you figure out the moving parts, you just twist the ring as you would on any regular mug and you have a small opening, twist it back to seal it up and throw in a bag. Of course, there's likely a small amount of coffee still caught up in all those rings, seals, and compartments, so use caution when tossing into a bag. It's metal inside and well insulated, and you can tell the lid has insulation -it looks like a bank vault.
Two (spoon) thumbs up. And thanks to Dan for the gift- you know me well. Granted I've had this mug for a year and a half now, but I like to really give'er a go before I write a review
- Pros: Easy travel mug, fits in most cup holders, WELL insulated, easy to drink from
- Cons: A bit tall and lean, rubber grommets and rings are prone to slight leaks, requires basic training to figure outthe assembly of the lid.