Last month I published a series of posts on various small travel coffee mugs. In the sub-12 ounce group of insulated tumblers there isn’t a lot of options available but in the 20+ ounce area there are actually a lot of options. Pickin’s only start slimming out when you get over 24-30 ounces and event then there is a lot of options available to you if you are willing to use a thermal bottle.
This month I wanted to start looking at some of the larger travel mugs. For this post and the following posts I’ll be focusing only on my favorites and the better mugs available because there’s enough options out there to do so but as I get into the much larger sizes I’ll give my thoughts on all the main options available simply due to the fact that there is less options to choose from.
As always I tend to value a few main things in travel mugs. They should:
- offer good thermal retention,
- they should not spill easily,
- and they should be comfortable to drink from.
I don’t tend to put a huge amount of value in things like mugs being leak-proof, or microwave safe, etc. but I know some people are looking for these things specifically so I will note these features for those who care.
So without further ado let me list some of the best 20 ounce travel mugs out there. In almost all cases those on this list I like a lot, some for different reasons than others. I hope this list helps.
20 Ounce Coffee Tumblers
For driving around or traveling a tumbler is the way to go. They take up less space, fit in cup holders better, and they store easily while not in use. Here are my favorites with commentary.
This is probably the best travel mug / tumbler made today. It is the largest one made by Contigo and it not only is leak-proof and spill proof due to it’s ingenious lid design but it is also capable of keeping your drink hot for the better part of an entire day. Reportedly the best travel mug of all by hundreds of reviewers over on Amazon this is easily the best mug in the 20-oz category and one of the best mugs made of all types and kinds.
20 Ounce Travel Mugs With Handles
For use around the home or in the office I much prefer mugs with handles. I find it much more comfortable to use a mug with a handle when I don’t need to worry about the size of the mug or the shape of it. Here are my favorites in this category.
I am almost always partial to the Thermos brand and in the 20oz travel mug category the Work Series travel mug with handle by Thermos is a winner. It’s not going to keep drinks hot for quite as long as the Stainless King mugs or the Contigo Autoseal mugs but they are priced accordingly and will still keep your coffee hot for hours at a time.
The difference is a double wall stainless steel exterior with foam insulation between the walls rather than an airless vacuum. Some might not care for the look of this mug but I find it very attractive and it’s as durable as they come. At a price that’s significantly lower than the best of the best this mug is worth it in my opinion.
More Good 20 Ounce Insulated Mugs
In addition to the aforementioned coffee mugs there are a number of excellent alternatives that come in different styles and are priced differently. They are all good options that will work well for the avid coffee drinker.
This page is now a part of my series on large travel mugs.