Which Contigo Travel Mug Is Best
And What's The Difference Between Them All Anyway?
Contigo has a large lineup of insulated travel coffee mugs and tumblers. They come in many different styles and colors but if you are anything like me then it's hard to tell much of a difference between them all. They are all just so similar.
The first travel mug I bought from Contigo was their West Loop 16oz mug. It's the upgraded (new and improved) version of the stainless steel autoseal tumbler and at a passing glace looks basically identical.
In fact my uncle owns both the older version and the newer version and even he mixes them up. I personally do not own the older model but having inspected his I can say that it's super easy to tell the difference - that is if you remove the lid and look underneath. The newer model has a lid that opens up to allow for better and more thourough cleaning. A nice upgrade in my opinion.
Is the West Loop the best mug made by Contigo? It sure is for some people but in my experience it's not best for everybody.
Read on to see the main lineup of mugs made by Contigo with my thoughts on which one is best for various types of people.
All Contigo Mugs Are Great
Each Is Best For Certain People However
Before I start talking about each individual Contigo mug it's important to understand that each is best for certain types of people. Some people drink tons of coffee and need a larger mug. Some sit at a desk and have acess to refills all day long. Still other people (myself included) like to drink coffee very slowly.
Whatever your unique needs are there is a Contigo designed for you. I personally own and use the 16oz West Loop. My wife actually uses it more than me though because I'm not a huge fan of the flagship Contigo autoseal function. I am however looking forward to ordering the 100z Aria in the very near future. It's the smallest one Contigo makes which is exactly why I like it.
I'm not a biker but if I were I'd like the Aria also for it's push-button locking feature. The west loop won't open when you tip it but if the button is accidentally pushed, say by a book binding in a backpack, the coffee can escape. With a lock on the Aria this is far less likely to happen.
As is the case with Contigo, all their mugs are going top last a long time and they are all going to have excellent thermal insulation. They feature double wall vacuum insulation resulting in coffee that stays hot for hours and warm for the better part of a full work day.
See below for my thoughts on each mug and who I think it's best for.
The Contigo West Loop Travel Mug - Best For People Who Want Their Coffee To Stay Hot For A Long Time
This is the workhorse of the Contigo line. It's nothing fancy and has no gimmicks. It's just a well made mug that keeps drinks hot or cold for a long time. It doesn't leak, won't spill, and it's super easy to clean ever since the lid redesign.
This is the standard size in travel coffee mugs. It fits most standard cup holders and comes in many different colors.
Like the 16oz model this comes in many different colors and is bigger meaning people who drink tons of coffee won't have to refill as often.
This is the older model that has a lid that is tougher to clean well. It's great for people who value super hot coffee. According to my uncle who owns both he swears this one keeps coffee hotter longer than the newer West Loop. If you don't use creamer then the cleaning issue is far less significant. This mug also comes in a 20 ounce size.
Contigo Aria Autoseal Travel Mugs - Best For People Who Travel A Lot Or Those With Single Serve Coffee Makers
Do you ride a bike to work or school? Maybe you go camping or hiking a lot. I work from home so these don't really apply but I do have a single serve coffee maker and not ever mug fits in the coffee mug space. For me the Aria is best when I use my single cup coffee maker because it actually fits in the space provided without even having to remove a drip tray. These mugs may not necessarily last as long as the West Loop but they perform just as good and they are my top choice.
Again, this is for the person who drinks a lot of coffee or tea.
For those with moderate appetites for coffee the regular 16-oz size is best. The 10-oz size mug can also be found here. It's best for those that use single serve (one cup) coffee makers in the home.
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Have you any experience with Contigo mugs? What are your favorite aspects of them and who would you recommend them to most.