April 27, 2010 10:53 AM   Subscribe

Looking for the ultimate thermos/liquid container. Can't seem to find anything satisfactory. Simple requirements: Airtight, glass insert, can hold ~30+ ounces. There are plenty of these on the market, but many of them leak. Anyone have experiences with a good one?

There are plenty of these on the market, but many of them leak. Anyone have experiences with a good one?
posted by parallax7d to Shopping (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
any particular reason you want a glass insert? i've had nissan vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottles my entire life and never had any leakage problems, they are super durable and keep temperature really well.
posted by lia at 10:58 AM on April 27, 2010

I have 2 Nissan thermoses as well--great results. If you want to ensure piping hot cups o' joe, you can preheat the bottle with hot water for a few minutes. And as with all thermoses, they keep the contents hotter if they are full.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:11 AM on April 27, 2010

Sorry to hijack the thread, but if these same containers can keep drinks super hot, would they also keep them super cold?
posted by HeyAllie at 11:21 AM on April 27, 2010

I have a stainless steel one, marked "Thermos" #2595 US Patent 5153977 (made in China) keeps really hot (not tried cold), does not leak, no glass to shatter, and sturdy.
Bought from Walmart.
posted by lungtaworld at 11:34 AM on April 27, 2010

One of these lab grade varieties should work.
posted by caddis at 11:53 AM on April 27, 2010

I don't know if it's glass, but my 1 liter Zojirushi thermos is the best I have ever used (as good at keeping things hot, if not better, than the old-style glass Thermii). They come in other sizes too. The pouring system, built into the stopper, keeps things extra well insulated.

Here are the 51 ounce and 34 ounce versions.

Leakproof too. I'd throw mine in my messenger bag all the time.
posted by zippy at 12:10 PM on April 27, 2010

Response by poster: I prefer glass since it doesn't react with the liquid.
posted by parallax7d at 12:44 PM on April 27, 2010

I was just on the Kleen Kanteen website, and they have an insulated version now. I'm assuming stainless steel would be roughly as non-reactive as glass, but I don't really know that. Haven't used them, just saw that they exist. I've got a regular bottle and I can attest to it's leak-proofed-ness. I would assume the same would be true of the insulated version.

HeyAllie, yes, anything that is insulated will help warm things retain their warmth and cold things retain their chill.
posted by specialnobodie at 12:59 PM on April 27, 2010

The classic Stanley vacuum bottle is still manufactured and sold. It'll leaklessly keep 32 ounces of coffee warm for 18-24 hours, no problem.
posted by toxic at 1:52 PM on April 27, 2010

I use a Stanley Vacuum Bottle every election day. I fill it up with hot coffee, drink from it all day, come home exhausted, and go to bed without remembering to empty it out. Invariably, the coffee in it the next morning is still as hot as ever.
posted by advicepig at 1:57 PM on April 27, 2010

Well, this is the most incredible coffee mug I've ever owned -- hot beverages lose virtually no heat, even for hours, and it is leakproof. So this is probably your best bet. Note the extraordinarily positive reviews. Sorry it doesn't seem to have glass insert but I don't think you need to worry about leaching from stainless steel.
posted by bearwife at 2:00 PM on April 27, 2010

And yes, heyallie, reportedly they keep beverages extremely cold too.
posted by bearwife at 2:03 PM on April 27, 2010

Of course, right after I post about my love for the Stanley, bearwife had to go and post a link to my every day thermos, the Nissan Backpack (the first link). It's great and keeps my coffee warm until well after lunchtime, but doesn't keep it nearly as hot for nearly as long as the Stanley.
posted by advicepig at 2:13 PM on April 27, 2010

Best answer: As you can see from your other answers, the Zeitgeist has moved beyond glass thermos bottles.

However, I think your concerns about stainless steel reacting with the liquid are very legitimate (coffee is so much worse after two hours in stainless than it is after an equal period in glass, for example).

I believe your best chance is to go to a thrift store and look for Thermos brand products from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, such as the 2nd and 4th from your left as you look shown on this page.

Only buy the ones with screw-down plastic stoppers; you'd have a hard time finding decent replacement corks, and the red poly-top snap-on stoppers are not leak-proof in my experience. I think the aluminum bodies are the most elegant. You shouldn't have to pay more than ~$5.

I have three bottles made by Pope (caddis's link). One arrived broken, and the two which weren't turned out not to be as efficient as equal capacity conventional bottles of similar geometry, possibly because the glass of the Popes is, by necessity, much thicker.

You might also find some glass Tigers and Zojriushis from Japan out there. These are excellent and may actually be more efficient than the Thermoses.

The very best glass thermoses I have been able to acquire are Iso brand, made by a Dutch company I can find no trace of on the web; they feature beautiful pink glass fillers of amazing thermal efficiency.
posted by jamjam at 2:24 PM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

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