Best Travel Mug Review

After testing 13 mugs for leaks, spills, heat retention, and usability, we’ve determined that the CamelBak – Forge is the Best Travel Mug.

We recommend it for its easy-to-drink-from, spill-proof design, ease of cleaning, and durability.

Here’s a list of the top four best travel


  • #1 CamelBak – Forge
  • #2 Thermos – Sipp
  • #3 Zojirushi – SM-SA48
  • #4 Klean Kanteen – Wide

So, how did we test?

We put each mug through a series of trials, starting with throwing them in an industrial dryer to put their leak-free claims to the test.

After subjecting them to the spin cycle for 30 minutes we measured how much each mug had leaked.

After that, we filled each mug halfway with liquid then knocked it over to measure how much spilled out.

Next, we tested how easy each mug was to clean, using fluorescent paint to stain, then a UV light to identify any remnants of our drink that weren’t easily scrubbed away.

From there, we measured the temperature at which the mugs kept our drinks over time.

And finally, our most entertaining test, we dropped all the mugs from varying heights to see how they’d fare.

CamelBak - Forge Best Travel Mug

The CamelBack takes the crown for the best travel mug in our tests.

It lost just one drop-of water in our spin-cycle test, and its easy-to-drink-from design ensures that no drops end up dripping down your neck.

It’s easy to clean (though it cannot go in the dishwasher) and it easily survives a 10-foot drop.

The best part?

It won’t spill in your bag.

CamelBak - Forge Best Travel Mug 

And though it did not retain heat as well as our runner-up, we felt both the convenience of cleaning the mug as well as its well-thought-out design trumped this result.

  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 4.2 x 3 inches ; 11.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 57014
  • Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars1,437 customer ratings
 Thermos - Sipp Best Travel Mug

If your main concern is keeping drinks really hot, then the Thermos is perfect for you.

This mug keeps your drinks toasty all day, and 15 degrees hotter than the CamelBak.

Not to mention, it’s easy to clean given its slightly smaller mouth and it’s machine washable as well.

Plus, it was a flawless performer in our leak test.

Now, it didn’t quite reach our top spot due to its inferior durability.

 Thermos - Sipp Best Travel Mug detail

However, you can still drop the Thermos from a desk with no problem.

Product information


Product Dimensions9.75 x 2.9 x 9.75 inches
Item Weight8 ounces
ManufacturerThermos, L.L.C.
Domestic ShippingItem can be shipped within U.S.
International ShippingThis item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Item model numberNS402BK4
Customer Reviews4.5 out of 5 stars    1,626 ratings
4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#65,523 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#214 in Thermoses
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo
Date First AvailableApril 6, 2011
Zojirushi - SM-SA48 Best Travel Mug

The Zojirushi comes from a company with a long history of designing great food and drink containers.

It not only stood out to us due to its high-volume of positive remarks from consumers, but for its state of the art vacuum-sealed insulation as well.

Zojirushi - SM-SA48 Best Travel Mug 

Although it did fare well in our leak-proof tests it disappointed us with its lack of durability and clean ability.

Product information

Size:16-Ounce  |  Color:Black

Product Dimensions2.75 x 2.75 x 8.63 inches
Item Weight8 ounces
Item model numberSM-SA48BA
Customer Reviews4.7 out of 5 stars    13,260 ratings
4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#4,370 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#17 in Travel Mugs & Tumblers
#36 in Thermoses
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo
Date First AvailableApril 3, 2014
Klean Kanteen - Wide Best Travel Mug

The Klean Kanteen – Wide-Mouth had zero leaks in our test and it looks great, but we found it surprisingly difficult to open and close on a consistent basis.

Plus, cleaning it requires disassembling more parts than any other mug in our test.

But, in the end, the Klean Kanteen has a great reputation and reliable insulation in this mug was no issue.

Klean Kanteen - Wide Best Travel Mug 

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