Taking your favorite brew on your journey to work has become commonplace and is far cheaper than buying a coffee or tea on route. Insulated travel mugs keep our drinks hot or cold for hours, and enable us to sip as we go.

In this article, we look at five travel tumblers to see what they have to offer, from the budget end to the best, to ultimately pick the Yeti Rambler Tumbler as our HowToHome pick.

  • 20 oz capacity
  • Double-walled vacuum insulated
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Magnetic Magslide lid
  • Shatter-proof

  • 32 oz capacity
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free
  • Stain, impact, and odor resistant
  • Lifetime guarantee

  • 14 oz capacity
  • Leak-free
  • Hand blown borosilicate glass
  • Glass lid
  • Microwave and freezer friendly

  • 13 oz capacity
  • Coffee/tea brewer and tumbler in one
  • 3-wall insulation
  • Brews fresh coffee in 3 minutes
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stainless steel construction


This Yeti Rambler travel tumbler is very robust, and the magnetic lid ensures that the liquid stays inside the mug. It comes in a variety of bright colors to satisfy any taste, and its Duracoat covering (a two-part paint and hardener mix) will keep it looking as good as the day you bought it.

This tumbler is BPA-free, so your beverage will not contain any contaminants; when you have finished using it, you can place it in the dishwasher. Yeti has been generous with the capacity, so at 30 ounces there should be enough to quench the biggest thirst. 

On the downside, some have complained that the magnet connection can be tricky to get right, leading to some leaks. In addition, others have noted that, even though it’s dishwasher safe, the lid is prone to becoming stained over time. That said, the capacity, durability, and the Magslide lid all combine to make this tumbler our favorite pick and worthy of your attention.

Pros

  • Great color options
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Magnetic lid
  • BPA-free

Cons

  • Magnetic lid sometimes fails
  • The lid is challenging to get clean

This Bubba Envy tumbler looks pretty basic, but it has the best capacity of the cups listed in the review. Thirty-two ounces is more than enough liquid to keep you hydrated (although, if you crave a higher capacity, you can buy this tumbler in a 48 oz size). It is also constructed of Eastman Tritan BPA-free plastic, so you can rest assured that no contaminants will leak into your beverage.

The lid has a comfort lip, and it comes with a silicone straw for easy, one-handed operation when you are on the go. The tumbler and straw are top-rack dishwasher safe, so keeping it clean should be a breeze. Plus, Bubba is so confident you’ll love their product that they have given you a lifetime guarantee. This means you can buy it, happy in the knowledge that whatever happens you will have an insulated travel tumbler for years to come.

This tumbler does look a little plain, though, which might deter some people from buying it. The silicone straw also left some people complaining of an aftertaste, and the lid creates such a good seal that it can be hard to get it off when you want to clean it. On the plus side, though, you know your drink is sealed in and won’t leak. Really, for capacity capacity alone, this tumbler is worth owning. 

Pros

  • Durable and leak-free
  • Comes with a silicone straw
  • Tight lid seal
  • Large carry handle

Cons

  • Lid can be difficult to remove
  • Looks a little plain
  • Silicone straw may leave an aftertaste

What makes this Tupkee different from the rest in the review is its entire glass construction. It means that it is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, so if your coffee is lacking heat, zap it in the microwave and you’ll have a piping hot drink in no time. 

The glass is hand-blown borosilicate, which means it is robust and will stay looking its best for a long time. In addition, the double-wall insulation means that while you have a steaming hot tea inside the cup, the outside is always cool to the touch. 

It doesn’t have the capacity of the Bubba Envy Insulated Tumbler or the Yeti Rambler Tumbler, but what it lacks in size, it gains in style and beauty. 

As you would expect from something so well made, the silicone seal is FDA food-grade certified, so you can rest easy about any nasty contaminants seeping into your beverage. The other advantage of having an entirely glass insulated tumbler is that there is no chemical aftertaste that may be present on some plastic or metal containers.

While it is robust, it is glass and prone to damage if you drop it. Also be aware that should the lid crack, the manufacturer doesn’t supply replacements which means you’ll be shelling out for an entirely new tumbler. We like this model nevertheless for the style and material and the ability to microwave your beverage is a huge bonus too.

Pros

  • No nasty aftertaste
  • Looks stylish
  • Dishwasher safe
  • FDA approved plastic elements

Cons

  • Not as robust as others in its class
  • No replacement options for the lid should it crack

What sets this Presse by Bobble apart is the fact that you can use it as a coffee press while on the go for the best fresh flavor possible. Simply add your preferred grind, pour in the hot water from the kettle, and, when you are ready, press down the filter for stunning coffee freshness. 

Unlike the others featured, this has three-wall insulation, which means it will keep your beverage hot. The construction is food-grade stainless steel and silicone, and there are no wasteful pods or paper filters to dispose of, which is good for the environment. The Presse by Bobble is also dishwasher safe, so getting it clean will be hassle-free.

Less attractive is the capacity, which is a little sparse compared to others on the list. Some have also mentioned that the lid has a strange chemical aftertaste and the color peels away over time, leaving the tumbler looking far from its best. That said, having the ability to brew on the go is wonderful, especially if fresh coffee is your particular craving. 

Pros

  • Brew fresh tea and coffee on the go
  • No pods or paper waste
  • Three-wall insulation

Cons

  • Smaller capacity
  • The lid has a chemical aftertaste
  • Paint peels away

Comparison Chart

Yeti Rambler TumblerBubba Envy Insulated TumblerTupkee Insulated Glass TumblerPresse By Bobble Tea and Coffee Tumbler
Capacity 30 oz32 oz14 oz13 oz
Material Stainless steelPlasticGlassStainless steel
Microwave friendlyXXX
Freezer friendlyXXX
Cup holder size
Dishwasher friendly
StrawXXX
Weight12.8 oz11.2 oz2.08 oz12.8 oz
Dimensions3.5 x 3.5 x 75.9 x 4.2 x 8.88 x 4 x 43.2 x 3.2 x 7.2

Buyer’s Guide:

Insulated Tumblers

If you’re the sort of person who likes to be on the move, an insulated tumbler is going to be the ideal vessel to take your favorite coffee along for the journey. Those driving long distances should take along a beverage to keep them alert and hydrated, which is why insulated tumblers are almost universally cup holder size.Insulated tumblers are super-efficient at keeping your drink at the desired temperature, so if you are at the gym and need something refreshing after a tough workout or want your coffee to stay hot while you ride to work they are a great option to consider.

If you take the time to read the reviews of the insulated tumblers on Amazon, you will find that the majority of gripes are about the quality of the lids. Some leak, others don’t stay on and some tend to dribble down your chin when you pour them. There are screw-on lids, push-on tops, clip-on lids, and then there are magnetic spouts, spring-loaded spouts, and open spouts. Whichever is the right one for you is something you will have to determine. The spout should have a cover that fits snugly, enabling you to carry the tumbler without the fear of fluid leaking everywhere.

By far the most common material used in insulated tumblers is stainless steel. It is the ideal material because it is easy to work with and performs when it comes to keeping your beverage hot or cold.

Stainless steel is also robust, which means cup makers can manufacture an insulated tumbler to be virtually indestructible. The possibility of dropping or knocking your cup is high, so you want a material that can withstand the abuse. When choosing which stainless steel tumbler you want, decide if you want it to be dishwasher safe or not because not all stainless steel tumblers are. The main disadvantage of stainless steel is that they can be expensive to purchase.

Plastic is a less-commonly used material, even though it can be useful at insulating the liquid inside the vessel, it doesn’t compare to stainless steel. Plastic isn’t as hard-wearing as stainless steel, but on the plus side it should be lighter to carry. The disadvantage of plastic is that it feels cheaply made and will not last as long as stainless steel or glass insulated tumblers. Plus, it can’t be placed in the freezer as the plastic goes brittle and is prone to cracking.

Glass can withstand a microwave, and a freezer. Glass is also guaranteed never to contaminate your drink and won’t leave any nasty chemical aftertastes. The disadvantage with glass is that it is less robust as a material and prone to cracks and breakage, so if you opt for this type of insulated tumbler be sure to treat it with care.

PROSCONS
Stainless steel
  • Robust
  • Better at insulating
  • Long-lasting
  • More expensive
  • Plastic elements
  • Heavier than plastic tumblers
Glass
  • No aftertaste
  • No chemical seepage into drink
  • Microwave friendly
  • Heavier
  • Prone to breaking
  • Expensive
Plastic
  • Cheaper to buy
  • Robust
  • Lighter to carry
  • Feels cheaply made
  • Won’t last as long as stainless steel
  • Less insulating

Final Thoughts

Our favorite insulated tumbler was the Yeti Rambler Tumbler, which is why we made it our HowToHome pick. It is robust, has a fantastic capacity, fits almost every cup holder, and has a magnetic slider that covers the drinking spout to give a better seal.

If capacity is what you want, then the Bubba Envy Insulated Tumbler is the one for you. It doesn’t look as stylish as the others on the list, but it holds 32 oz to quench even the biggest thirst.

In terms of style, this Tupkee Insulated Glass Tumbler is our favorite because it is entirely made from glass, including the lid. It may not be as robust as some of our choices but it will look good on your desk at the office.

For something a little different, how about this Presse By Bobble Tea and Coffee Tumbler for the freshest brew on the go. It’s why we chose this as our top flavor insulated tumbler.

Whichever tumbler you choose, getting your daily fix of tea or coffee on the go beats arriving for work gasping for a drink. So, whether you’re looking for style, capacity, budget, or freshness, there’s an insulated tumbler out there waiting to be discovered.

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