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Small Travel Mugs

Updated on August 22, 2014

These Short Tumblers Are Best For Single Cup Coffee

There are plenty of small travel mugs out there but for some reason they are a bit hard to find. I've selected many of the best short travel mugs and featured them lower on this page.

In most cases small and/or short insulated mugs are best used for single cups of coffee. Many single serve coffee makers only brew between 6-12 ounces at a time so large coffee tumblers are unnecessary and in most cases don't fit.

Other reasons to get a small travel mug may include a love for piping hot espresso. If you've ever pulled a shot yourself or purchased a double shot from a coffee house you've certainly noticed how quickly the temperature drops.

Again, a normal insulated travel mug will keep these small volumes of coffee or espresso hot but they are huge compared to what you actually need them for.

In recent months I've started making a lot of stovetop espresso. My usual output is approximately 4oz. I typically put this into a pre-heated ceramic cup to gulp down fairly quickly but I've started to look to dedicated small-size travel mugs instead because I don't like drinking my coffee so fast.

Another option are double wall espresso cups that range in size from 3-6 ounces. You can see some of those here or wait for me to post a full page on them.

See below for my thoughts on a sampling of my most favorite small travel coffee mugs.

The Shortest Travel Mugs - These Mugs Are Great For Espresso Or Single Serve Coffee Makers

If you have a Keurig or a single serve coffee maker from another brand then you know all to well that the cup openings are small and most high end travel mugs don't fit. In fact some compact mugs don't fit either.

The mugs I feature below are all really short, they are small enough to fit in most single cup coffee makers. Obviously to get a travel mug in this size you will be losing out on some function. These won't hold 12 ounces of coffee and they won't be keeping your coffee hot all day long either but they do the job just fine for a commute or a lazy weekend morning.

KeepCup 12oz Reusable Coffee Cup. Lightweight BPA BPS-Free Plastic & Non-Slip Silicone Band. 12-Ounce/Medium, Lunar Eclipse
KeepCup 12oz Reusable Coffee Cup. Lightweight BPA BPS-Free Plastic & Non-Slip Silicone Band. 12-Ounce/Medium, Lunar Eclipse

Take the lid off this mug and a barista could pull a shot of espresso into it directly - it's that short! It won't keep your coffee hot for an hour but it will keep it hotter longer than an ordinary coffee cup.


Best Small Insulated Travel Mugs - Insulated Tumblers That Hold Less And Take Up Less Space

Sometimes you just want a smaller mug - simple as that. I for one use insulated mugs all the time to limit the amount of coffee I drink. Others drink only a little bit of coffee and don't want it getting cold on them. Whatever the reasons there are lots of people out there who don't want to use huge mugs for 8-10 ounces of coffee.

If you don't drink huge amounts of coffee and don't want to only fill a tumbler up halfway then check out the hand selected options listed below. In most cases these are some of the best mugs made today and they are all a bit smaller than the best sellers.

Oxo Good Grips Mini LiquiSeal Travel Mug - Silver
Oxo Good Grips Mini LiquiSeal Travel Mug - Silver

The Oxo Mini LiquiSeal is only 5 inches tall and it holds 9 1/2 ounces - about the size of a large coffee cup.


Small Starbucks Travel Mugs

Starbucks has a long history of releasing various specialty mugs, tumblers, and cups and then discontinuing them. Some run their course, others were designed to be limited time products.

In any event there are lots of old Starbucks mugs to be found on eBay in new and used conditions. Below you'll see some of the current listings for small mugs ranging mostly sized in the 6 ounce to 8 ounce range with a few others sized all the way up to 10 ounces.

Small Insulated Mugs Don't Stay Hot As Long As Larger Options

One thing that you should know about smaller sized travel mugs is that even the best one's out there will not keep your hot coffee hot nearly as long as the larger varieties. Bigger mugs when filled to the top with hot drinks will always stay warmer longer than smaller one's even if it's not insulated. The volume of the hot liquid is the main reason.

In other cases some larger mugs may also be manufactured with stronger (and sometimes bulkier) materials adding weight and size and because the bigger mugs are more popular less engineering goes into the smaller mugs for many manufacturers.

When buying smaller mugs keep in mind heat retention is not comparable to the larger varieties. You are buying for size and convenience and in all honesty any mug with a lid will be better than one without. If you are tired of your ceramic coffee cup leaving you with cold coffee then any of these will do. Drink espresso? It's amazing how fast 3 ounces of espresso gets cold if you let it sit in a plain old mug. Small insulated stainless steel mugs make a world of difference.

If You Liked This Then Check Out These Related Pages

I've written a lot about insulated coffee containers, mostly mugs, but carafes and coffee makers make the list too. If you are buying something for yourself or for someone else as a gift then you may want to see the following (popular) pages I've published prior to this one.

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