Help me find a leakproof, microwave and dishwasher safe mug?
November 4, 2012 10:32 PM   Subscribe

Help me find the perfect travel mug: microwave and dishwasher safe, and leakproof (I want to be able to stick it in my bag and not worry about it dribbling beverages all over my everything). I'm starting to believe this doesn't exist, hope I'm wrong!
posted by arnicae to Shopping (11 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I swear by this vacuum-sealed Contigo mug. I literally chuck this in my handbag every day and it does not leak a drop. Sometimes I test fate by shaking it whilst holding it upside-down - so far fate hasn't troubled me as so far as leaking coffee mugs go.

Here's the catch: while these contigo mugs are dishwasher safe, they aren't microwave safe. BUT I've never found the need to microwave them because they keep your coffee hot for over four hours!
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 10:42 PM on November 4, 2012 [2 favorites]

I came to recommend the same Contigo mug. Mine hasn't leaked yet and I walk 1.5 miles to work each morning. I worried initially about the little button getting pressed inadvertently while the mug was in my backpack, but it hasn't been an issue so far.

Note that according to the packaging, the lids of all the mugs are dishwasher safe, but only the stainless steel mug body is, not the colored ones. I chose the stainless and mine has gone through the dishwasher several times without incident.

Edited to add that I picked mine up in the kitchen section at Target rather than ordering off Amazon, if that's an easier option for you.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 11:18 PM on November 4, 2012

I have never had any luck with travel mugs. I generally just use a mason jar + cuppow. Easy to clean, fine in the microwave, totally leakproof with a standard lid.
posted by judith at 11:48 PM on November 4, 2012 [4 favorites]

Based on the advice in this thread:

I bought a Stanley - it's fantastic but metal so not microwavable. Is the microwavability crucial?
posted by *becca* at 1:00 AM on November 5, 2012

I've got this travel mug from Home Presence as well as a Contigo.

I use the HP one more often, the Contigo will occasionally leak just a bit and I find the lid doesn't always clean properly. But it's pretty banged up and I only have it because a friend left it here this past summer, so a new one should work fine. I got the HP new for like 15$ and it works perfectly, I think they might only sell in Canada though.
posted by mannequito at 1:01 AM on November 5, 2012

I have a Contigo mug (which is sold in Costco under the Avex brand) and it's brilliant. It's not microwaveable but it keeps the coffee really hot.
posted by essexjan at 2:00 AM on November 5, 2012

I worried initially about the little button getting pressed inadvertently while the mug was in my backpack, but it hasn't been an issue so far.

Nor for me, but for added peace of mind, Contigo (and Avex) mugs now come with a little button lock.
posted by essexjan at 2:03 AM on November 5, 2012

I have the Thermos Nissan travel mug, which is roughly the best mug ever. It definitely fails on microwavability and even on dishwasher safeness, at least according to the instructions. (There's an Amazon reviewer saying they put theirs in the dishwasher with no problems and I believe my mom does, but I'm not certain.)

I've done that annoying thing of giving you a non-answer. But the mug really is that good and that leakproof. I don't have a dishwasher, but I own a box of dishwasher powder for the sole purpose of cleaning my travel mug (and getting tea stains out of mugs)--dump a little dishwasher detergent in and then fill with boiling water. Let it sit long enough for the boiling water to cool to a reasonable temperature (or just leave it until it cools completely) and then rinse it out.

My suspicion is that you'll sacrifice insulation for microwavability, which may or may not be worth it.
posted by hoyland at 5:34 AM on November 5, 2012

Yeah, the Nissan is the most leakproof mug I know. Leakproof, bombproof, keeps things so hot you won't need to microwave.

I can't vouch for the leakproofness of the keepcup, but maybe somebody else can. It is not insulated, but definitely microwave and dishwasher safe.
posted by clavicle at 6:40 AM on November 5, 2012

Unfortunately the KeepCup isn't leakproof. Mine has leaked in my bag enough times that I don't use it as a travel cup anymore.
posted by neushoorn at 9:50 AM on November 5, 2012

Zojirushi makes mugs, not just amazing rice cookers. My mug (most similar to this one keeps liquids hot forever -- it has a little pitcher-spout-type opening for drinking, and I like the lack of handle as it makes it more compact and easy to pack into a crowded bag.
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:44 PM on November 6, 2012

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