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Let’s be real, how often do you have time to sit down and enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning? Maybe you take a few hot sips and then you have to head out the door with the cup still nearly full. Or maybe you finish your first cup, but also want to take one on the go. You can bring your mug with you and risk a spill or you can invest in a tumbler.
Even though it’s a small investment, finding the best tumbler can be hard. You need something that’ll keep your beverage at the temperature you enjoy it at (whether hot or cold) and you need something that stays in perfect shape while you’re out and about (I.e. it won’t collapse or spill).
What Makes a Good Tumbler?
Durability: Tumblers are made for traveling, but you’d be surprised to see how easily some break after one accidental drop (not that you should be throwing your tumbler all over the place). While plastic or glass tumblers might have prettier designs or are more lightweight, stainless steel tumblers are a better bet and will last you a long time.
Insulation: This is the big thing to look for when purchasing a tumbler. Vacuum insulation helps keep your beverage at the temperature you want it at. This means that there’s an insulating layer between the inner and outer stainless steel or glass of your tumbler. If you’re just looking for a tumbler to bring your iced coffee around, then this might not be as important.
No-Drip Lid: The whole point of traveling with a tumbler is to make sure your drink stays with you throughout the day. If drops keep spilling out while you’re moving and grooving, then you might unintentionally end up with an empty cup. Some tumblers will have screw-on lids with straws, others will have sliding barriers.
1. YETI Rambler 20 oz. Tumbler
YETI has built a name for itself by producing drink ware that can sustain even the toughest conditions, so you know purchasing a tumbler from the outdoor goods manufacturer is a great choice. Their 20 oz. Rambler is made with stainless steel and has double-wall vacuum insulation — perfect for hot and cold drinks. The MagSlider Lid provides a barrier for keeping drinks from spilling and prevents heat or cold from escaping.
The tumbler comes in a bunch of fun colors and has a “No Sweat Design” to make sure your hands stay dry from precipitation.
2. Juro Tumbler
The 20 oz. Juro tumbler is another versatile option since it’s for both cold and hot beverages. The stainless steel cup is vacuum-insulated and promises to hold a hot beverage’s temperature up to six hours and a cold beverage’s temperature up to 24 hours. What’s great about this choice is that it comes with two interchangeable lids — a slider lid that promises to prevent spilling and a lid with a steel straw to sip easily.
3. Strata Skinny Tumblers
A colorful bulk option, the Strata Skinny Tumblers come in a pack of 12 so everyone in your family can have a fun tumbler (or more than one, since you might not have a family of 12) to hold their drink. The acrylic, 16 oz. tumblers are double walled and thermo-regulated so your beverages keep their temperature for a while. Their colored screw top lids come with a straw and seal tight to minimize spillage. The downside is that choice is hand wash only, but to make up for it they come with reusable vinyl name tags and a straw cleaner.
4. CHILLOUT LIFE Stainless Steel Tumbler
Who says there can’t be tumblers for adult beverages? Chillout Life’s 12 oz. stainless steel wine tumbler glass is made with double wall vacuum insulation plus has extra thermal copper-lining to make sure your wine stays exactly the temperature you need it to be. The company promises that the tumbler is unbreakable, sweat-free and made for lifelong use.
It also comes in a ton of color options from aqua blue to rainbow. Plus, if 12 oz. is too little, they have 20 oz. and 30 oz. options.