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You’ve taste-tested hundreds of different beans and nailed down your favorite brewing technique—now the only thing standing between you and the perfect cup of morning coffee is finding the right mug. With so many options ranging from decorative ceramic mugs to more utilitarian options, it can be hard to pick the right one.
Here, the best mugs on the market.
These porcelain white coffee mugs are a top-seller at Target and it’s easy to see why: They’re made of porcelain, which coffee-aficionados swear makes java taste better and keeps liquids hot for longer. But unlike some daintier styles, these hold a hefty 15 ounces and are dishwasher safe, plus they can go in the microwave too if you need to quickly warm up your beverage. They have a traditional white glaze finish and slender handle that matches just about any style of kitchen decor. The mugs are sold singly, but as they’re so easy on your wallet, you may just decide to buy a full set.
Take your coffee on the road and keep it hot in this top-rated stainless steel Contigo travel mug. (Parents will recognize the Contingo name from their sippy cup days.) It’s spill-proof and leak-proof—that second part comes in super handy if you ever toss what you think is an empty mug in a purse or gym bag. With Thermalock Vacuum Insulation it keeps your hot drinks hot for up to seven hours and your cold drinks cold for 18. It comes in three different sizes and 20 different colors so you're sure to find one that coordinates with your kitchen, your car, or your outfit of the day. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.
If you’re the type who sips on the same mug of coffee all morning long, these Joy Jolt insulated mugs will be your new best friend. The double-wall insulated borosilicate glassware was specifically designed to keep your coffee or tea at the perfect drinking temperature for hours. And if you’re the person who drinks the same cup of joe all day long, you’ll be happy to hear these are microwavable, too, plus they can go in the dishwasher. They’re also freezer and oven safe, so it’s safe to go ahead and concoct an ice cream parfait or mug brownie in one.
Glass coffee mugs look pretty, but they can be impractical as they can get too hot to handle. Not so with these Williams Sonoma mugs that have the ingenious solution of having a double wall of borosilicate glass that creates an insulating layer of air that keeps your beverage hot and the exterior of the cup safe and cool to the touch. Drinking a cold beverage? These won’t sweat and leave a ring on your coffee table. The double layer of glass also makes your drink look like it’s floating—a fun effect. The mugs are crafted of mouth-blown glass. Their only downside is that they’re not dishwasher safe.
Some mornings call for coffee cups so big that you could practically swim in them. At 21-ounces, these fit the bill: These are easy to hold with an equally oversized user-friendly handle that you can fit your hand through for a comfortable warming grasp. And don’t worry—though at 4-inches high, these are undeniably large, they stack on top of each other so they won’t take up too much room in your cupboard. They are made of pro-grade porcelain that’s dishwasher and microwave-safe and that can even go in the freezer or the oven. They’re coated in a non-toxic glaze that’s lead-free and chip-proof. In addition to the colors shown, this set of six mugs also comes in white.
Nothing says I care like a mug that has been personalized for your bestie, your significant other, your parent, or even your furbaby. At Gossby, you select the image and message that resonate most with you (i.e. “Besties Forever,” “You had me at meow,” etc.) then you can customize a mug for just about anyone. Select the skin tone, hair color, hairstyle, body type and more, then add names for the finishing touch. The mug styles include ceramic, insulated, and enamel in various sizes. There are choices for LGBTQ, dog and cat parents, groups of friends, grandparents, and more.
Stoneware is famous for its ability to retain heat and that’s exactly what these rustic-style coffee mugs are made to do. In fact, you’ll be able to drink down all 17-ounces of your morning coffee or tea before it gets cold. The textured mugs are chip-proof and will stay brightly-colored even after daily washings in the dishwasher. They can go in the microwave and freezer, too. Reviewers say that these cups are heavy and feel substantial in their hands—a plus. These farmhouse style mugs also come in yellow, white and blue and are destined to become your favorite morning go-to.