Brewing liquid gold then pouring it into a foam cup is like painting the Mona Lisa and hanging it in your bathroom. The best coffee deserves the best coffee mug—no matter how you take your beans. But just like choosing the perfect roast, your ideal mug is a matter of preference. Maybe you find something soothing about drinking out of
adult sippy-cups travel mugs; maybe you want the cup to look as good as it smells, or maybe you don’t care about aesthetics and just want something that won’t require a trip to the microwave every five minutes. The hunt for the best coffee mugs is one of the biggest internet rabbit holes to fall down, but we went there for you. From double-walled glass to speckled ceramic, here are 25 of the best coffee (or tea!) mugs you can order right now.
Best Stoneware Coffee Mug
If you’re here to find a sturdy, reliable mug that will be with you for years to come, invest in stoneware. It’s a ceramic that’s fired at high temps and can be mixed with vitreous (glass) for extra durability. Our top two stoneware picks are a tried-and-true from Le Creuset and a new classic from East Fork. You’ve likely seen the traditional Le Creuset Mug before, but the new Heritage Mug is an updated shape that gives off major French countryside vibes. Plus it’s encased in enamel for staying power. The perfectly imperfect East Fork mugs are regulars in Bon Appétit videos and Instagram feeds; they’re handmade, wonderfully ergonomic, and sure to quickly become the mug you reach for daily.
$18.00, Le Creuset
$36.00, East Fork Pottery
Best Ceramic Coffee Mugs
The other two main ceramic groups are earthenware and porcelain. These are standard everyday drinking materials because they tend to stay hotter for longer without picking up any weird smells or tastes and can usually be found for less than their stoneware counterparts.
Heath Ceramics, out of California, has been making trusted pottery since the late 1940s, but its Large Mug hits different for a few reasons. It’s tall—not wide—for optimal heat retention, and its handle is large enough to get all four fingers in when you’re tilting the behemoth into your mouth. On the other hand, NotNeutral makes the perfect stout coffee mug for latte drinkers; it’s a favorite among baristas because the handle is brought all the way up to the top to give your thumb extra leverage when making latte art (also good news for anyone who just dropped a pretty penny on an espresso machine and needs an excuse to justify it).
$37.00, Heath Ceramics
If those aren’t your type, there are plenty of talented artists to keep your ceramic coffee mug search going for days. Start with Brian Giniewski, who makes drippy mugs that look like honey pots, and the people at Hawkins New York, who can’t seem to make a bad mold.
Best Glass Coffee Mugs
Dishwasher safe, heat resistant, and effortlessly elegant, glass coffee mugs are little pieces of art waiting to house your dalgona coffee or hot toddy. A double-walled glass mug is your best bet for primo insulation (and Bodum is the best in the business), but amber and Mosser glass will give your tableau a retro ’70s vibe. (Word to the wise: Be careful gripping enthusiastically—glass can be a bit too good at conducting heat.)
Best Espresso Coffee Cups
No self-respecting coffee snob would drink their espresso out of a giant vessel. While typical coffee mugs carry 10 to 12 ounces, an espresso cup hovers between two and three. These are our top picks, with and without tiny handles.
Best Smart Coffee Mug
For some, coffee isn’t about romance, it’s about productivity. The smart, or self-heating, coffee mug is perfect for the person who can’t seem to peel themselves away from their work but doesn’t want their coffee to go cold either.
The sleek Ember Mug (that you’ve likely come across during the days Starbucks runs were a thing) is the gold standard for features like setting ideal temps from your smartphone and an LED light that warns you when your coffee’s too hot—but at $130, it’ll cost you. Shell out far less for Ohom’s option, which isn’t as advanced but gets the job done with some bonus features: The charging pad is magnetized to the bottom of the mug (spills who?) and can boot up your phone when it’s off coffee duty.
$130.00, Urban Outfitters
Best Travel Mugs for Coffee
Taking your coffee on the go may seem impossible—what with face masks in your way. But as social distancing restrictions are lifted, some people will be back to their normal commute (and some of us essential folks are still driving to work). This category could use its own list, but we’ve pulled four of the best travel mugs—two classic options, and two newcomers.
Stanley has been making reliable gear since 1913, and this hipster-friendly steel tumbler is affordable and fully functional. Another great option is the Otterbox, which gives you the classic coffee mug experience without the reheating.
Frank Green, a newer entrant into the space, was created to help solve the single-use-cup problem. Its cups are made of recyclable materials, can be customized and monogrammed, and even have a one-of-a-kind feature that lets you pay at registers with your mug. Yes, really. The Stojo is your hack for large, clunky travel mugs. Reviewers love the BPA-free silicone option because it’s collapsible, making it lightweight and easy to clean.
$30.00, Frank Green
Most-Giftable Coffee Mugs
Buying coffee mugs is an addiction, and sometimes your eyes are bigger than your cupboards. Share the love by gifting a friend who’s celebrating their birthday in quarantine, or a hardworking nurse who could use a pick-me-up.
$15.00, MoMA Design Store
$10.00, Urban Outfitters
$25.00, Urban Outfitters
Best Oversized Coffee Mugs
There’s no such thing as too much coffee. Go forth and Gilmore.
$5.00, Pottery Barn
Shanna Shipin is the commerce editor at Glamour. Follow her @shannashipin.
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