Which commuter coffee cup should you rock on the way to work?
Plastic LiquiSeal Travel Mug, $10
Equipped with three silicone seals to prevent spillage, this polycarbonate mug offers liquid delight at the push of a button. Click to sip, click to seal.
Cooling test: Two walls of insulation can’t change the fact that it’s made of plastic. Average loss per hour: 19.52 degrees.
Daily grind: Despite hitting the pavement, the Oxo came out dry and unharmed.
Commuter crush: Survived. Oxo claims this mug is virtually unbreakable—and it is.
Stainless-Steel Travel Mug, $25
Think size matters? Then this 16-ounce stainless-steel fortress of fortified fluid is for you. You’ll feel like you’re drinking
from a can of motor oil!
Cooling test: Just better than the plastic mugs. Average loss per hour: 18.5 degrees.
Daily grind: Leakage!
A little light jostling is all it took to produce embarrassing drips.
Commuter crush: Demolished. This big boy literally folded under the pressure of our pickup, like the big dude at the gym who cries when he pops a back pimple.
Travel Mug, $20
Brugo makes only travel mugs, and its geekiness shows: This one’s “Tip & Cool” design lets you pour a small amount of joe into a separate two-ounce chamber so it’ll cool down while the rest stays hot.
Cooling test: Lost 50 degrees in the first 60 minutes. Average loss per hour: 19.52 degrees.
Daily grind: A simple fall from the ticket counter at Grand Central cracked it, yet nothing spilled. Still, you might want something more durable.
Commuter crush: Demolished. If getting run over by trucks is a recurring problem, this mug is a bad choice.
Autoseal West Loop Stainless-Steel Travel Mug, $20
You may find yourself getting aroused by its subtle feminine contours. Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal. And thanks to its Autoseal feature, this mug has complete control over your leaks and spills (just like a talented woman).
Cooling test: Totally dominated the competition. Average loss per hour: 13.3 degrees.
Daily grind: We could not make it spill a drop.
Commuter crush: Survived. When nuclear war breaks out, we’re building a giant Contigo mug as a bomb shelter.