The Best Coffee Mugs Our Editors Love
Most daily coffee drinkers have a very particular morning routine. Whether you're pouring the maximum volume of coffee as soon as possible or brewing a carefully calculated espresso with premium grounds, the right coffee vessel is essential to complete the process. To take full advantage of whichever pour-over, carafe, or percolator you use, we recommend getting the right mug to complement (or even level up) your coffee-sipping style.
There are more options than ever for coffee enthusiasts, but it takes a great deal of digging to find the right fit. Above all, a coffee mug should be comfortable for the user. It should hold the right amount of coffee and be easy to grasp. We researched and tested a variety of coffee mugs by using them regularly. Our editors considered different materials, including stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, stoneware, and glass, and evaluated each option for weight, durability, and ease of cleaning. In addition, coffee mugs with different features like insulation and self–heating smart mugs, were also considered. Our favorite is Crate & Barrel's Hue mug. This classic mug is lightweight, comes in four color variations, holds 11 ounces of liquid, and has a comfortable handle.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are the best coffee mugs currently on the market.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Crate & Barrel Hue
- Best Insulated: Yeti Rambler Stronghold
- Best with Lid: W&P Porter Mug
- Best for Travel: Miir Travel Tumbler
- Best Large: Sweese Stackable Mugs
- Best Stoneware: Le Creuset
- Best Smart Mug: Ember Smart Mug 2
- Best Glass: Joco Reusable Coffee Cup
- Best Artisan: East Fork "The Mug"
Best Overall: Crate & Barrel Hue Mug
Best Insulated Mug: Yeti Rambler Stronghold Mug
Best Mug with Lid: W&P Porter Mug
Best Travel Mug: Miir Travel Mug
Best Large Mug: Sweese Stackable Mug Set
Best Stoneware Mug: Le Creuset
Best Smart Mug: Ember Mug2
Best Glass Mug: Joco
Best Artisan Mug: East Fork
Factors to Consider
The best material to use for coffee cups depends on the situation. Insulated stainless steel mugs will perform the best in the way of heat retention and won't shatter when dropped or crack while being transported. Ceramic and porcelain coffee mugs won't retain flavors or smells. Stoneware and bone china have the most longevity when properly cared for, and glass looks sleek in any setting. Silicone sleeves or double-walled construction will help with both gripping and insulation. Some coffee drinkers are happy with stainless steel interiors, while others would rather avoid the metallic taste for their favorite brew.
How much coffee do you drink in one sitting? Typically coffee cups are around 12 ounces, with variable options of up to 30 ounces for the large travel mugs. If you tend to drink half and leave the rest while running around getting things done in the morning, opt for a smaller 10 or 11-ounce size. If you're a regular two-cup drinker and know you'll be pouring a third before you're out the door, try an oversized mug or large travel tumbler. If you drink iced coffee, odds are you'll need a bigger cup to hold both the ice and the coffee itself.
Pay attention to how the mug is constructed, including both the width and the handle size if you'll be holding on to it for a long period of time (watching sports or waiting for the bus to arrive). Any nifty add-ons can be nice if you want a lid or an airtight travel option. Also, keep a lookout for the washing instructions; some great mugs require more care for keeping them clean, while others are dishwasher-safe.