To make grabbing your favorite beverage on the way out the door better, the best stainless steel tumbler for you will depend on your drinking preferences. But no matter which you choose, they're all incredibly durable and resistant to picking up smells. Most will also be able to keep your drink at the perfect temperature for hours.
When you’re sifting through the choices, consider the following:
Hot Or Cold
While all of these containers can handle both hot and cold beverages, some are better than others for different situations. If hot drinks are your preference, look for slider lids that let you test the waters before taking a gulp. Tumblers with lid openings can also work well for cold drinks, but if you prefer your beverages icy and easy to drink, consider one with a straw. However, drinking a steaming cup of coffee from a straw can be a dicey proposition.
Insulated (Or Not)
If you want to take sips throughout the day, no matter if you prefer your drinks hot or cold, you'll want a vacuum-insulated tumbler which can keep it at the right temperature for hours, not minutes. With vacuum insulation, the air between the layers of the tumbler gets sucked out, and the airless space reduces temperature changes and heat transfer. This type of construction also eliminates sweating and condensation. However, if you just need a simple set of cups and not an all-day thermos, uninsulated tumblers will save you a lot of space and money.
Aesthetics, Size & Maintenance
This boils down to your preference in colors, capacity, and whether you want the convenience of tossing your tumbler into the dishwasher — or a cupholder.