What's your favorite double-walled portable thermos bottle / travel mug?

These day’s it’s so ridiculous, the huge number of brands on the market for double-walled steel travel mugs / portable thermos bottles. While there are some well established brands you can rely upon, there’s also so many off-brand clones and strangely named ones from China that appear to be “hit or miss.”

There are insulated drinking mugs, then thermos bottles in sizes ranging from small (10 oz) to enormous jugs (gallon). Some brands seem to do well on the small end or on the larger end, but few do it well across the board. And of course, prices are all over the place… so there’s plenty of homework to be done if you’re looking to buy something you really like and not have to belabor another research round with a replacement.

Over the years I’ve bought a few different double-walled mugs and bottles that appeared to be well made, instead of going with a well established brand (like Stanley, Thermos, Igloo, Yeti, etc.). Most of them ended up with flaws… and in the end, I probably should’ve gone with a well known brand.

One of my favorite brands so far is YETI. They are a little pricier than other brands, but they’re worth it. Everything is very well made and just lasts. I also like their magnetic seal lid for the insulated mugs. Another brand that is similar is Hydro Flask. They differentiate themselves with a slightly different design and screw cap, but pretty much just as rugged as YETI.

I’ve also had the chance to try out Stanley and Thermos (don’t own them). A friend of mine has a 1 liter Stanley vacuum thermos and swears by it. Their designs are a bit dated, but they work. And frankly the one with the steel cup that screws on as a protective cap keeps liquids hot or cold longer than the trendy higher cost brands. I just wish they’d make their 1 liter design in a 20 oz (600 ml) version. Thermos (from the 1960’s) is still around and their recent offerings have a little more modern flair than Stanley.

A while back I bought a double-walled steel travel mug called Corkcicle, on discount from TJMaxx. It’s distinctive design is that it’s not a perfect tapered cylinder shape. It has two flat sides to it. At the base there’s an indentation where a rubber pad is glued on, to help keep from marking up surfaces and creating a “non-slip” effect. It’s actually not a bad idea, but the metal edge of the mug is prone to denting. Also the applied color is a gloss finish that’s prone to scratching.

A Japanese brand called Takeya (though made in Thailand) has a really cool cap offering on their larger travel thermos bottles. There’s a hinged screw cap that is also accompanied by a hinged handle that comes in very handy. The cap design is a little different in the smaller ones and reviews overall haven’t been stellar, but the cap/lid on my 40 oz double-walled steel bottle has been terrific. No leaks and it does a terrific job of staying cold for very long periods.

I did take a chance on a Zojirushi insulated thermos bottle recently, as I like this Japanese brand for their rice cookers. It was decently made, but there were a few design choices/flaws that bugged me enough that I returned it (thanks to a good Amazon return policy on them). The strong point for them is a very modest design, lightweight, and a good locking cap. But the bottle didn’t feel rugged enough for my purposes and I didn’t like the fact that the bottom isn’t completely smooth (there’s a raised circular segment that makes no sense to me).

I did manage to spot a brand I’d not seen before called “FineDine.” Amazon ratings are really very good. They make a double-walled steel travel thermos with a copper liner. They have a very wide range of colors and designs. One thing very innovative is that they provide you with 3 screw caps. One is spring clip lid, another has a collapsible straw, and the other is a flip top lid. The prices fluctuate a lot by color selection and some periodically go on discounted prices. Cheapest I’ve seen is $16 for the smallest size (25 oz). They also offer 32, 40, and 64 oz sizes.

Anyone else here into double-walled insulated drinking mugs/bottles and willing to share experiences? Please do!

Subscribing to this, interested to hear others experiences.

I’ve two travel mugs in use, a ?370ml flip lid one which I bought in Canadian tyre when I was in Canada, I’ll find the brand because it’s been excellent.

Other is a ?490ml Klean canteen, it’s alright, I’m annoyed the base gets dented so easily and the cafe cup twist lid thin is a bit of a pain in the ass. It’s got to be tight enough so that it doesn’t leak and loose enough to undo easily with one hand. Also, I’m often working with unclean hands and don’t like messing with the mouthpiece with dirty hands.

Flip lid on other hand, I can undo on back of my arm or something else cleanish

Edit to add: I don’t use Amazon any more because of various reasons, mostly it’s turned into English AliExpress and the search function is garbage, so non-amazon recommendations appreciated.

Have a Contigo 20 oz.
Paid like $22, they vary in price by color and inventory.
Second one from this co., 1st one was 16oz. and lasted 2 years, then it became hard to get liquid out like the vent was clogged or something.

Autoseal and is spill proof at least with cold beverages. People claim in doesn’t hold back real hot coffee so beware there.

I use Iced tea in it and it works well but the cap/valve mechanism is a PIA to clean.
Dishwasher only does so much.
Have to put 1/3 amt water in it and shake it then pour out water with chunks in it from lid deal, do this till no more comes out. I get after it with a pipe cleaner once a month and get all the nooks out.
May have to try boiling water or soak in vinegar.
Still happy with it overall, with just water would probably be clean longer.

Wife has Yeti and she loves it.
Anyway HTH

Iron flask with optional scew on top. It’s fantastic and comes in many sizes.

Thanks, good to know. The cost is very close to the 21 oz Hydro Flask (as low as $25 for some colors). A good friend of mine has the Hydro Flash in 18 oz and 21 oz. Average pricing by color is around the same for both +/- a few dollars. The 21 oz is just 0.75” taller, same width. I don’t think it comes with a quick sip cap (you have to rotate the cap several revolutions to get it off).

My gal and I have about 6 of the Ozark Trails Walmart version of the 30oz. Yeti tumblers.

But for their embossed logo, they’re identical.

$9.88 vs. $30-$40, so a no brainer.


Check out Hydro Flask. I just bought the 24 oz medium mouth container and I put ice(4 regular sized) ice cubes and water in it last night around 6:00p.m. and left it on my kitchen counter over night and it still ice in it after almost 12 hours,but ice was totally gone after 15 hours.When they (HF)say there coolers have ice after 24 hours,I wonder “how much’ ice they start with,(full up?)
I bought this because,from one review I read,it beat out the YETI brand,which I always thought was #1.
Buy once cry once.HB

My wife has the Hydra Flask 20 oz wide mouth bottle, this is her second Hydra Flask.
Her first one she had was left behind in a hotel room during a short vacation. So I had to replace it.
Hydra Flask makes a good product. I recommend - however it is pricey. Well I got stuck paying full retail :person_facepalming:

Myself I buy what is on sale, just last week I purchased a GSI Microlite wide mouth. It works for me. Being “Microlite” (thin wall) it will dent easy.
It fits my water bottle cage on my bicycle.
I have another GSI microlite which I use for coffe, the coffe has permently stained / flavored the gasket - so any beverage other
than coffe gets a hint of coffe flavor.

The GSI website offers replacement parts , I will stock up gaskets before they are discountined

My wife recieved as a gift a corkcicle bottle, with the small narrow mouth we don’t really use it, it is hard to fill and add ice.

The wide mouth bottles are the way to go IMO easy to fill and clean. I use denture cleaning tablets to clean all my bottles,

YETI makes good products as well - If I were to recieve one as a gift I would be very happy.

sip cap seals completely: https://www.hydroflask.com/wide-mouth-straw-lid
unlike most mugs such as Yeti, which will leak in a backpack and must be kept upright, such as in a car, or must be carried empty in a pack.

Yeah…before I started my searching,I thought that YETI was the ‘top dog’ in coolers,although ENGEL is supposed to be ‘right up there’ and I almost bought one of YETI’s large picnic coolers,but the price kinda turned me off.
Don’t expect a speedy reply from Hydro Flask if you happen to ask them a product question or whatever on their web-site.HB

Thanks, I wasn’t aware that Hydro Flask has optional tops to include a flex straw. However, on their own site the reviews are lackluster (3.7 out of 5) and they state “Please note that the Wide Mouth Straw Lid is not leakproof and is not intended for use with hot liquids.”

About YETI, have you seen the Rambler? That seals up completely and doesn’t leak. It has a small screw cap on top of the lid where rotation is short, versus the main cap. There’s also an optional cap with magnetic holder. They also offer a collapsible straw cap that does not leak, HERE.

Frankly, for these sport-cap collapsible straw type lids, I don’t think it’s a wise approach for these heavy steel bottles. If you’re doing an active sport like cycling, jogging, etc., you’ll want a plastic bottle with sport cap for minimal weight. Plus, you don’t need serious thermal properties because it’s not wise to drink very cold water to hydrate during rigorous exercise (you want room temperature water).

Wow… $10 for essentially a rebranded YETI? That’s a steal alright! Will have to check it out. Thanks!

I did an ice test on both Hydro Flask and YETI thermos bottles (totally sealed caps)… and they were very comparable. It wasn’t a scientific test, but after 12 hours they both still had ice floating inside. By 20 hours, the ice had melted but the water will still very cold.

I highly recommend RTIC https://rticoutdoors.com/ I have coffee mugs and water bottles, I live in Texas (Hot) lol…and take a water bottle with me everyday in the car and at work.

“Leak Resistant” according to the link… thanks for doing the research…

This is the room temp drinking 25oz water bottle I currently use, it seals completely. does not leak in a backpack:

it fits a car cup holder and a half twist creates a sipping lid (but not like a straw, bottle must be tilted up, not ideal when driving)

In winter, for hot tea, and as a source of warmth I use 32oz Nalgene. Seals completely, no leaks in a backpack:

does not fit a car cup holder, is not suitable for drinking while driving (splashes in your face), unless using this sip cap accessory Amazon.com that fits into the bottle, under the sealed lid.

I use these 16oz soft flasks as pocket warmers with hot tea inside, when snowboarding:

they also do not leak in a pocket or pack.

Yeah, their prices are really very good. They’d got a steep sale going on.

I like how for most sizes they include 3 cap types—no extra accessory to buy. 4.8 rating on Amazon too. Competitively priced. And some really terrific color options. The labels are laser etched too, which is a nice touch.

+1 on ozark trail…

i recently got their 1.1 liter thermos… for 10$ the quality was hard to beat…

and i’ve got a few of their regular 18oz bottles / cups too. they’re pretty good. from what i saw they’ve even been updating the caps and style of their bottles…

anyway, for the price it’s hard to match, imo.

Ozark Trails aren’t ‘rebranded’ Yeti, they’re the same thing at 25% the cost.

‘Rich isn’t making money, it’s holding onto it.’

Check out the YouTube videos where guys cut both in half and compare them.

And for the record, I have a Yeti Tundra 65 cooler, so I’m a fan…to a degree.


Alright before I say this, I will say I do not have this brand. But this applies to all metal mugs.
That being said the Big Stanley thermos says you need to “pre chill” the device before putting in your drink.
This allows the thermos to do it’s job of “keeping the drink cold” and it does make a big difference.
Your ice isn’t being wasted on chilling the liner now as it is already cold.
Just put water and a fair amount of ice in it for like 10 min., then drain that out and add ice and your drink and it will stay cold for a long time.

I do this with all my travel mugs now for hot weather and the results are worth the effort.


According to the Hydro Flask literature,they say no freezer.I usually do that also,chill for a bit then add ice and water,but kinda afraid now,don’t want to wreck the powdered coating and maybe that’s why they say no freezer?
I sent them an e-mail regarding the ‘no freezer’ bit,but I am thinking that maybe they were talking about people filling it up with water,putting the lid on and freezing it solid,which would split it open…I dunno,they don’t seem too ‘fast’ with their replies.HB

My fave is the Contigo. Easy to drink from yet does not leak. Carry in my motorcycle luggage and everywhere else without worry. Truly a great product.

Have had several of these over many years