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October 3, 2012
8:28 pm

Can anyone recommend a good insulated stainless steel travel mug that won't cost a fortune? I was looking at the Klean Kanteen, but at $30 it got bad reviews for design (dribbles when you drink). THANKS!

October 3, 2012
8:53 pm
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This is the one I use:

Drawbacks: It does have a plastic cap and plastic handle. Pluses: It's double-walled stainless steel, has a handle, has smooth stainless steel rim so you can comfortably drink from side of cup if you don't want to drink from plastic lid. My co-worker bought it for me for my birthday several years ago.

October 6, 2012
11:26 am
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Visit and check out the store.  I've bought their travel mug and water bottle, both stainless steel.  The mug has no handle but a rubbery grip (probably plastic) around the middle.  The water bottle has a double cap, partly plastic, so you can drink from a spout or take the whole top off for filling with ice.  The insulating quality of both these products is very good.  Not perfect -- I wish the water bottle had an hour-glass shape so it would be easier to carry on a walk; a handle on the mug would be nice.  But they are reasonably priced and ALMOST plastic free.  It's a fun site for a lot of other reasons, too.  (Housecleaning and clutter-busting ideas.)

October 8, 2012
2:57 am
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Unfortunately, I think it's a matter of trial and error to find one that suits you. I find that reviews aren't always helpful, since they are so oriented toward each person's experience and you can get range from 1 to 5 stars on the same product.  You might try a local thrift shop, if you're looking for very reasonable prices and willing to buy secondhand. (gross factor for some, but a good boiling water, soap, scrub should sterilize well).  Good luck!

Eve Stavros
November 1, 2012
3:28 pm
Melissa Brown

I have a Klean kanteen thermos and I love it. I've had it for several years now. If I drink it without the plastic cafe cap then I might splash if I took too big a swig. You might get around that with a glass dharma or steel straw. I can't imagine where they are getting bad reviews.

November 14, 2012
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The travel mug that I currently use for drinking hot tea is very good and keeps tea hot.  It is not good at keeping stuff cold and sweats when I put something cold in it.  I bought it either at Walgreens.  It was only about $10. 

My looks similar to this one at, but mine has a rubber grip, not a handle.  It is stainless steel inside and out.

I have also seen some porcelain mugs at Big Lots that are made to kind of resemble the Starbucks type coffee cup.  They have rubber/plastic lids, though.  Here is a link to what they look like.

I really like a mug with some way to close it.  It is dangerous to leave an open cup on my desk.

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