The Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks describes a tumbler as a cup with a thick, rounded base, popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its weighty bottom kept the cup steady to prevent it from being knocked over easily. Today the term "tumbler" usually applies to travel mugs made from stainless steel and designed to keep a beverage hot while not tipping over or spilling. Some people also prefer to use tumblers at the office to eliminate the chance of damaging computer hardware or valuable paperwork by spilling coffee.
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Contigo AutoSeal Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Contigo AutoSeal stainless steel travel mug gets all-around good reviews from magazines such as Car and Driver, Automobile, Budget Travel and Real Simple. Consumersearch.com rates the Contigo AutoSeal as one of the best travel mugs, after combining user and expert reviews. The Contigo AutoSeal is a double-walled stainless-steel tumbler that is vacuum insulated. User reviews claim that the mug keeps beverages hot for between three and four hours. The Contigo AutoSeal works with a release button, which you should press when sipping your coffee. As soon as you take your finger off the button, the lid will seal automatically, preventing spills and leaks. This tumbler carries two cups of coffee. According to Consumersearch.com, some users say the lid is quite hard to clean. In 2010, the Contigo AutoSeal's price ranged between £9 and £13, and is available from online stores such as Sears and Amazon.
Thermos Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
This tumbler is rated as the best insulated travel mug by Real Simple magazine. Consumersearch.com claims that this mug gets excellent reviews all over, as it keeps drinks warm or cool for up to six hours. Men's Journal rates the mug an 8 out of 10, yet cautions that the rugged design does not fit very well in a car's cup holder, but that its sip lip works well and prevents spills. Due to its stable design and wide rubberised base, this mug is hard to accidentally tip over. It also features a clip attached to the handle, to allow for easy attachment to your backpack. In 2010 the Thermos Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug sold for between £12.90 and £20. It is available from Amazon.com and Shopthermos.com.
Oxo Good Grips LiquiSeal Travel Mug
Good Housekeeping rates the Oxo Good Grips LiquiSeal Travel Mug as one of the best travel mugs in an evaluation where 28 travel mugs were tested. This mug works with a release button on top of the mug and is easy to handle with one hand. According to Good Housekeeping, the Oxo Good Grip LiquiSeal Travel Mug will keep your coffee hot for a long while, and is also good at keeping iced drinks cold. Nileguide.com also gave the Oxo a good review, stating that the rubber grip makes it easy to hold and its design prevents spills, featuring a max-line to prevent you from overfilling the mug. Oxo Good Grips is available from Amazon.com and Oxo.com. Prices for 2010 range between £9 and £14.
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