Lightweight (thermos) drinker
September 4, 2017 4:25 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for recommendations for a small, lightweight thermos (capacity ~12 oz). I'm a coffee nut and have accumulated a bunch of fancy thermos gear, but I'm really trying to minimize how much I carry around on a daily basis. As a result, I'm currently using a plastic bottle. Surely there must be a better way. Perhaps you know what it is?
posted by ferret branca to Shopping (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Hydro flask sells a 12 oz model.
posted by quaking fajita at 4:31 PM on September 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

I have something similar to this.

Mine came from the kitchen section in the Kroger store, where they're currently on sale half off or something, so if you have a Kroger nearby, maybe check to see if yours has that too.
posted by ernielundquist at 4:35 PM on September 4, 2017

The Zojirushi is the standard recommendation. I love it for hot or cold. I think mine is 16 but it comes in 12 oz as well.
posted by supercres at 4:42 PM on September 4, 2017 [13 favorites]

I agree with the Zojirushi. I have the 12 and 16 ounce configurations, and both keep hot-hot and cold-cold far longer than other thermos style mugs I've seen.
posted by blob at 4:50 PM on September 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Contigo is the best coffee mug I've ever had. Totally spill proof and keeps stuff warm for hours without being fiddly. And fits in cupholders!
posted by fshgrl at 5:04 PM on September 4, 2017 [2 favorites]

The Zojirushi lid twists apart into three pieces to clean. I cannot overstate how amazing this feature is after multiple thermoses I had to pry apart and eventually chuck because of gunk and black mould.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 5:12 PM on September 4, 2017 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks all! I realize I may not have been clear in my question: the primary thing I want is an especially lightweight thermos. Are the recommendations above, or any subsequent recommendations, notably light to carry compared to other thermoses you have used?
posted by ferret branca at 5:16 PM on September 4, 2017

If you have a moment to do so, you might stop by your local outdoor supply company, REI or whatever. Gear for backpacking is generally made to be as light as possible (rather than, say, keep your coffee hot for 3 hours longer) and I've certainly found it best to hold something in your hand before you buy it, especially if it's going to be an everyday use kind of thing. I don't have any specific recommendations, though!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:44 PM on September 4, 2017

The Zojirushi is the lightest thermos that I have. It's 2 thin layers of aluminum and the cap is plastic. Definitely weighs less than the liquid you'd put in it. Amazon says 7 oz.
posted by supercres at 5:46 PM on September 4, 2017 [2 favorites]

The Zojirushi is light, easy to clean, and durable. I love mine.
posted by Lexica at 8:14 PM on September 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I know you ask for 12 oz, but could you experiment with a smaller flask too? - I have a small (7.0 oz) Grunwerg drinkpod. It does not come with a cup. It's small, but hey, you could switch to moka pot or espresso, which is what I use mine for.
posted by carter at 8:49 PM on September 4, 2017

Best answer: Linky.. I have an older Zojirushi too btw, great flasks. The Drinkpod's size is an attractive feature though.
posted by carter at 8:54 PM on September 4, 2017

Another vote for the Zojirushi - but I also noticed that IKEA has a few types as well.
posted by mumimor at 4:51 AM on September 5, 2017

The Zojirushi is light as a feather and will keep your coffee at face-burning temps longer than you can wait.

I gave one to my dad, whose gifts usually end up unused, and he unbidden raved about it to me this summer.

posted by wenestvedt at 10:00 AM on September 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I am so stubborn that I went with the Drinkpod. I got a nice neon green one. It turns out something even smaller than I originally asked for is a better fit for my needs. I'm sure the Zojirushi is great though!
posted by ferret branca at 1:00 PM on October 5, 2017

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