If you’re like us, then your morning coffee is an essential part of your day. And if you’re like the majority of people these days, then it’s likely that you take your coffee with you on the go. That means a travel mug needs to be at the top of your list when shopping for kitchen gadgets!

But with so many options out there, finding the right travel mug for your needs can be a bit tricky. To assist you with your buying decision we’ve created a list of the 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ!

If you read to the end of the article you can also find a travel mug buyer’s guide so you know what questions you need to ask and what you need to consider before buying a travel mug.

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The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

Eva Solo: Nordic Thermo Tea Mug

Price: $110
Capacity: 1l

The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

With the Nordic thermo teacup from Eva Solo, you’ll get that same satisfyingly hot beverage at any given time in any given place no matter what.

Unlike most cups out there, this double-walled vacuum insulated cup keeps the temperature inside steady and consistent – perfect for your taste buds!

It’s also dishwasher safe and fits in most car cup holders too.

When it comes to convenience, reliability, and design details like built-in filters that make brewing easy with one hand, this is one product that will not disappoint.

Kambukka Etna 3-in-1

Price: $65
Capacity: 500ml

The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

Whether you’re at the office, in your car, or just on-the-go, the Kambukka Etna is always there for you.

With its interchangeable lids and iconic designs that look great no matter where you go, Kambukka has it all. Make smart decisions about your sustainability with this stylish 3-in-1 travel mug!

The Snapclean Feature allows you to forget about struggling to take apart parts of the lid to get every last speck of dirt out before washing up–all it takes is a gentle push of one button for an easy deep clean time after time!

Contigo: Luxe

Price: $60
Capacity: 473ml

The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

Stand out in the workplace with the Contigo: Luxe.

Made for modern on-the-go lifestyles, this sleek design assures that your drink stays hot for up to 5 hours and cold for up to 12 hours.

Featuring AUTOSEAL® technology, it is a leak, spillproof travel mug with easy one-handed drinking capabilities.

With the press of a button lock, you can enjoy peace of mind too!

Its easy-clean lid completely opens for a quick squeaky clean every time without any separate pieces or parts so cleaning has never been easier than before! With its slim design perfect fit in most car cup holders, this is the thermos designed just for you.

Bodum: Travel Vacuum Mug

Price: $60
Capacity: 350ml

The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

The Bodum Travel Mug is perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle, in all its curious forms.

Put your morning coffee in it before you leave home, hot green tea while commuting to work, or spicy red wine when you finally arrive at that classy party.

This mug is made of stainless steel with plastic, rubber and silicone components – pleasing to see no matter where they go.

Twist the lid slightly if you want a drink but don’t need an entire cupful; turn it more if you want a bigger gulp.

Eva Solo: Ceramic Thermo Mug

Price: $60
Capacity: 280ml

The 5 BEST Travel Mugs NZ

You’ll feel like you’re holding a piece of art with the Eva Solo Ceramic Thermo Mug.

This mug can be held comfortably even when hot thanks to its light yet sturdy ceramic construction and ergonomic handle.

The lid flips up and seals in order to keep beverages warm and prevents any spills on the way from the cafe or coffee machine. 

It also has a drip-proof lid that helps protect both your bag as well as hands against possible drips.

Travel Mug Buyer’s Guide

If you’re thinking about buying a travel mug, it’s important to know what you should be looking for. There are many different types of mugs on the market and while some people might think they all do the same thing, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This article will provide some tips on how to find a great travel mug for your needs.

How big does the travel mug need to be?

First, you need to think about how much liquid your travel mug will need to hold. If you know that the amount of liquid is definitely going to be in a range and not fluctuate too often, then it’s ok if the size of the mug varies between brands or models. However, if there is no specific average volume for what you want your mug to carry at one time, then we would suggest looking into mugs with an adjustable capacity.

If you get a cup without adjustable capacity and find out later on down the road that its maximum holding limit isn’t enough for whatever reason (maybe someone else started using it), any future purchases will have limits set by what was already purchased beforehand. This means you may need to get a whole new mug. If you had an adjustable capacity, however, it would be easy enough to make the adjustments needed and find yourself with one less problem later on down the road.

What travel mug material suits you?

There are three main materials that travel mugs can come in: plastic, metal, or glass.


Plastic is usually cheaper than other options which might seem like a good deal at first but they’re not very durable and if forgotten about could melt into whatever liquid was left inside of them after hours of sitting still (ever try cleaning up melted plastic?).


Metal will keep your drink hot/cold longer than any other option by dispersing heat slowly so this means no burned tongues while sipping coffee in the morning, no need to drink fast so your iced tea doesn’t melt and you can enjoy it just how you like it. Stainless steel is great because of its durability but if dropped too many times this will weaken the metal’s integrity which could lead to cracks or breaks in your mug later down the road.


When buying glass travel mugs, quality should be the main concern especially when thinking about heat retention since there isn’t any insulation within them (no air space). If something happens and they break then not only does that mean whatever liquid was leftover inside is now going to go bad much faster without anything protecting it from outside elements but also means anyone who may have been handling that container afterward has the potential for being burned by hot/cold liquid.

Is the travel mug easy to clean?

Some mugs are easier to clean than others which can be a big deal for those who are low on time or just forgetful. We all know how much of a hassle it is when you have to scrub food particles out from nooks and crannies that should’ve been cleaned earlier but got pushed back because something else came up at the last minute (we also know this isn’t always our fault).

This might not sound like an important factor in deciding what travel mug will work best for us, especially if we’re only looking into getting one so whatever company’s product seems most convenient right now will suffice until later down the road when another problem arises with it where there could’ve really used some avoiding beforehand.

Does the travel mug handle get too hot or cold?

Most travel mugs come with a handle that can be made of the same material as what’s used for its main body. If it is, then you should think about how this might affect your ability to hold onto it and/or whether or not any condensation will form on either part when drinking something hot (metal) or holding something icy cold (plastic), glass won’t cause problems in these areas so if you go with plastic make sure there isn’t anything else within touching distance such as foam grips lining around where someone would grip it from which could lead to soggy fingers even though they’re insulated.

How durable does the travel mug need to be?

Some people just want their new purchase to work at its basic functions for as long as possible before it starts to wear out which is why this question might be at the front of their minds. If you tend to break things then maybe something more durable isn’t what’s needed to fit your needs but if everything else on this list is fine and there are no issues with how often it will get used, durability should come second since most problems develop over time rather than all at once when they happen right away (unless caused by mishandling).

Reece Bates, is an outdoors journalist with a knack for capturing the heart of every adventure. Whether he's weaving tales from hidden trails or offering insights into the beauty of the natural world.