Tuesday, December 1, 2009

No spill travel mug for on the go - Contigo

Contigo autoseal stainless steel travel mug (http://www.gocontigo.com/autoseal-stainless-steel-travel-mug.html)

I am a travel bottle/mug collector.  I didn't set out to be one, but I've always been in search of the perfect vehicle to tote my liquids to and fro.  I've been down the Nalgene road, Sigg, Kleen Kanteen and so on.  My friend, Chris, had a "no-spill" mug in plastic that she used for her kids' milk and such.  Once I moved past Nalgene, I really haven't gone back to plastic, but I loved the no-spill idea.

On a semi-regular trip to Costco, I came upon a 16 oz. stainless steel no-spill travel mug.  It was a 2-pack for $20.  This is an amazing deal for an insulated travel mug and it said, "no spill"!  I'm a sucker and decided to try it.  Thank goodness I did, these were the same mugs my friend was using, but in stainless!  Woo hoo.  No more spilled tea in my bike or car or me for that matter.

You might ask, do they really not spill?  The answer is YES they do not leak or spill.  My travel bottles often end up sideways.  This is not my intention, but the reality of what happens.  If Sigg tops aren't closed, they leak, same with Kleen Kanteen and so on.  The Contigo closes automatically and at the same time is easy to drink from.

The insulated stainless steel keeps drinks cold or your hand from burning if hot drinks are your thing.  The only issue I've had is that it keeps my hot drinks too hot.  I'm used to paper cups or open mugs when I can drink within a few minutes.  If left closed, it's at least a 1/2 hour before I can drink a sip.  I now leave my mug open for a few minutes to let some of the hotness escape.  My tea is then perfect to drink.

Lastly, these mugs are easy to clean.  The mug has a 3" opening, so any brush can get down in there.  I have 2 and am thinking of switching more of my collection out.  They are a bit too big for my kids' lunches, so I'd love to see a kids stainless version.  I just saw a notification that Kleen Kanteen has an insulated version now.  Maybe I'll try it too, but I'm hesitant because these really keep me from wearing my beverage or making a mess.  We'll see....

I'm not sure if Costco still has them.  They were not available on-line, but at one time were in stores.  It's worth checking.  Target and many on line retailers have them for $17-$20 EACH.