Need a new go-to coffee mug? We spent hours researching and testing coffee mugs from the most popular home goods and dishware brands, evaluating quality, durability, and price.
Our top pick is the Target Threshold Porcelain Coffee Mug because it's affordable, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and has an easy-to-grip handle.
Here are the best mugs for every budget.
Target Threshold Coffee Mug 15oz - Porcelain White
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 as singles, but as they’re so easy on your wallet, you may just decide to buy a full set.
Price at time of publish: $5
Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug
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.
Price at time of publish: $31
JoyJolt Cadus Double-Wall Insulated Mug
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.
Price at time of publish: $35
Williams-Sonoma Double-Wall Glass Coffee Mugs
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.
Price at time of publish: $17 for a Single
Sweese Stackable Mugs, Set of 6
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 glaze that’s lead-free and chip-proof. In addition to the colors shown, this set of six mugs also comes in white.
Gossby Personalized Mug
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.
Price at time of publish: $28
overandback Farmhouse-Style Mugs, Set of 4
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.
Price at time of publish: $19
What to Look for in Coffee Mugs
Weight and Size
The size of mugs you purchase is typically influenced by the types of beverages or coffee-based drinks you make and how much storage space you have. The standard coffee mug size is eight to 12 ounces, espresso cups can hold two to three ounces, and larger mugs can handle 16 or more ounces of fluid. Different sizes and weights have their respective pros and cons. Lightweight mugs are easy to lift and have a daintier appearance. Heavier mugs on the other hand—and those that aren’t top-heavy—are less likely to get knocked over and can hold more coffee.
Dishwasher and Microwave Safe
Not every coffee mug can go in the dishwasher or the microwave. This may be completely fine for some people, but if you value convenience these two features might be important. Beautiful handmade mugs look lovely sitting on shelves and in-hand but often need to be hand washed. Having a blend of handmade or artisan mugs for aesthetics and standard coffee cups for easy cleaning and microwavable treats or beverages will help you tick all the boxes.
Tiny espresso cups are perfect for a shot or two but won’t have the capacity to hold a large cappuccino or handles big enough for a hand. Consider the types of hot drinks you and guests tend to opt for and buy mugs accordingly. A mix of different types is the best way to cover your bases, but for small kitchens or minimalists, a set of sturdy eight to 12-ounce mugs are perfect for a variety of drink options. Thinking about the colors, shapes, and patterns never hurts either as these little details can really add to the look of a kitchen.
What are coffee mugs made of?
The most popular materials coffee mugs are made out of are glass, porcelain, and ceramic. Travel mugs and outdoor mugs may be constructed out of insulated metal or plastic.
How do you pack coffee mugs for moving?
Wrapping and carefully packaging coffee mugs is essential for a successful, damage-free move. Unlike glasses and other drinkware, most mugs typically won’t stack evenly, so they’ll need to be individually wrapped in packing paper or newspaper, then bubble wrapped and placed in boxes. Then fill the box with more protective packaging to ensure they won’t roll around when they’re transported.
How do you display coffee mugs?
Coffee mug displays depend on the amount of storage space available, where you want them to be stored, and the overall look. Mug racks are a useful tool for countertop storage and create layers of mugs hung up by their handles. Cup display shelves, coffee bars, and even glass-paneled cabinets are other visual storage ideas. Looking to keep them hidden? Store them in cabinets but sort by color, size, or style for a pleasant display when the doors are opened.
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