Vacuum flasks have come a long way since the thick plastic mugs of your childhood. Easy-to-clean materials and impenetrable insulation are now standard features of the
best vacuum flasks. But, despite all of the cool new features out there, not all vacuum flasks are created equal.
When you're looking for your ideal vacuum flask, you need to consider which features you need the most. If you usually carry cold drinks, look for a double-walled bottle. The extra insulation keeps the bottle from sweating, so you won't end up getting drips of water all over the place.
If you use a
travel mug mostly for coffee, a tight seal is your best bet. Vacuum seals prevent the lid from popping open and spilling hot coffee everywhere, and they also trap the heat inside the bottle — so your coffee will stay hot for hours. You can even carry some homemade soup that'll stay warm till lunchtime.
If you like to have different drinks in your travel mug every day, that's fine, too! Most of these
vacuum flasks can deal with hot or cold. The insulated walls leave them cool to the touch, so you'd hardly know if you were carrying around ice cold water or boiling hot tea.
These vacuum flasks make daily hydration hydration (and caffeination) a million times easier — and many of them are
BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
A Stainless Steel Thermos Designed For Cupholders
Thermos Stainless King Travel 16 Oz Tumbler, $20, Amazon
Carry coffee in your car with no worries about spills with this BPA-free
16-ounce thermos. The stainless steel cup has a vacuum seal to keep drinks warm, while the cup itself tapers to fit perfectly into any cupholder — and it can even be cleaned in the dishwasher. One reviewer exclaims: "Best travel mug I've used," and "It keeps coffee hot for hours, is easy to operate one-handed, and the tapering base means it fits in the tiny cupholders in my tiny car."
A Travel Mug With Over 13,000 Glowing Reviews
Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug, $15, Amazon
With over 13,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this 16-ounce
travel mug is a huge hit. The autoseal lid gives you a vacuum tight seal that can't be accidentally opened. Even between sips, the lid prevents any spills. The mug is also dishwasher safe and BPA-free. One enthusiastic reviewer wrote: "This is the best coffee mug I have ever owned. bottom line: lives up to its promise. I actually forgot this mug in my office before a meeting and when I came back for it six hours later the coffee was still STEAMING."
A Thermos That's Super Slim But Still Hold 32 Ounces Of Liquid
Thermos Vacuum Insulated 32 Oz Beverage Bottle, $29, Amazon
You'd never guess
this bottle holds 32 ounces from it's slim, compact design, but it does! The stainless steel exterior makes the thermos practically indestructible while the vacuum insulation keeps your beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours. Plus, the lid twists off and you can use it as a cup.
A Travel Cup That Turns Hot Coffee Into Iced Coffee In Five Minutes
Zoku Grey Iced Coffee Maker, $31, Amazon
Make iced coffee on your way to work with this 10-ounce BPA-free
travel mug. Just put the mug in the freezer, pour in any hot beverage, and it becomes icy cool in under five minutes. The built-in straw is leak resistant, so you can enjoy your instant iced drink anywhere.
A Thermos With A Hook For Your Tea Bag Or Diffuser
Thermos Vacuum Insulated 16 Oz Travel Tumbler, $24, Amazon
If you're a tea fanatic, this 16-ounce
travel mug is for you. The vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot for five hours, it's BPA-free (despite having a plastic lid, and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. It has a special hook to hang your tea bag or diffuser, so you'll always have a perfect cup of tea at the ready.
A Vacuum Flasks That Keeps Drinks Cold For Two Days
CamelBack Chute Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $28, Amazon
Nothing keeps drinks cold like this
20-ounce bottle. Though most vacuum flasks offer insulation to keep drinks hot or cold, this is the only bottle that'll keep your beverage cold for a full 48 hours! The cap is made from BPA-free plastic, and the entire thing can be put in the dishwasher. This is the perfect bottle for camping.
A Thermos That Lets You Measure How Much You Drink
Thermos Intak 24 Oz Hydration Bottle with Meter, $10, Amazon
Find out how much water you're really drinking with this
24-ounce bottle. The BPA-free bottle includes a meter that lets you document how much H2O you've taken in over the course of the day. Plus, the simple push button lid gives you easy access, then closes for a tight, hygienic seal.
A Huge Vacuum Flask That Holds 64 Ounces
Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle, $29, Amazon
Whether you need a ton of coffee or want to make sure you're hydrated,
this mug will do the trick. It holds 64 ounces giving you your daily recommendation of water in one bottle. Plus, it'll keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours or keep your coffee steaming for eight. This flask is BPA-free, but it does need to be washed in the sink.
An Insulated Mug With A Built-In Coaster
Ello Cole Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug, $16, Amazon
Keep your furniture safe with this 16-ounce
stainless steel mug. The cork-composite bottom acts like a coaster, so it won't leave rings on any table. The entire thing is dishwasher safe, and the BPA-free plastic lid slides open for leak-free sipping. "Love this. It keeps my coffee hot for hours," says one reviewer.
A 30-Ounce Travel Mug With A Clear Lid & A Stainless Steel Straw
Atlin Tumbler with Clear Lid, $13, Amazon
Your cup will never be empty with this BPA-free
30-ounce travel mug. The clear lid lets you see exactly how much of your beverage is left over, so you won't be caught off guard without coffee. Plus, it comes with a stainless steel straw and special cleaning brush to make drinking even easier. And, when you're not camping, it can be washed in the dishwasher. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.