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My Favorite Thermos
on December 16, 2014
I can't say enough how much I love this thing but I acknowledge it might not be perfect for everyone. I own two and have had them for a few years now. Performance is excellent and it will keep your drinks hot for hours if you don't open it. I've tested this out over a 5-hour drive when I knew I would want a drink around hour 4. My coffee was still close to scalding hot and stayed pleasantly hot for about 30 minutes after but drinkably warm for the full hour. Clean-up is wonderful. I've own several mugs before that have a button to press or a switch or something. These devices often end up getting coated in gunk and I often worry about how sanitary they are after a few months. I'm an espresso/latte drinker and this is of particular concern because of milk gunk. This tumbler lacks those extra, hard to clean parts and instead has a depression in the lid with holes in it. If you're driving or walking, this means that the part you drink from stays covered until you open the top lid and also means that it's difficult to spill liquid on yourself. Think the difference between drinking from an open mug or drinking from a sippy cup. This also reduces the contact your drink has with the air which helps keep your drink hotter for longer. Once fully closed, the drink is also COMPLETELY leak proof, so long as you DON'T fill past the interior line. These instructions come with the tumbler and should be adhered to for proper leak proofing. I've tossed this thermos in a messenger bag before and had no problems with low volumes of liquid. As soon as I fill past that line however, there's drink everywhere, but that is, admittedly, my fault.
I mentioned this might not be a perfect tumbler for everyone. This is for the following reasons:
-Volume. The title says it's a 12 ounce tumbler. It's more like a 10 ounce. There's an interior mark that you shouldn't fill the mug above or else it may no longer be spill proof-especially for hot drinks. I typically don't go for a high volume of coffee or espresso so this generally isn't a problem for me.
-The tea thing is awkward. If you drink true loose leaf teas (black, green, white, oolong) then no worries about the mesh size. If you're a big rooibois/herbal fan then the size of the mesh might be a little too large to prevent bits from getting in the drink. Again, I use this for lattes most often and so the tea part was just a bonus. Also note that the tea strainer lid is different from the drinking lid and switching between these two adds an extra step and could be messy if you say, want to steep your tea during class or a meeting.
-Cleaning rubber parts. there are a few rubber seals that keep the tumbler water-tight. I like to clean these every so often but I lost a rubber seal once and that was so long water-tightness. Without these seals, your drink will leak EVERYWHERE. This will also happen if you put them back on the lid incorrectly. The lack of seal just eliminates the spill-proofing however. I use the "broken" one in my car now since it works just fine upright and still keeps drinks hot.
Overall, highly recommended if insulation and leak-proofing are your primary goals and if you don't care too much about the tea steeping or drinking large volumes of liquid at a time.