I love mugs. I love mugs of hot tea. I'm always looking for mugs that look good and do the job.
ON a previous trip to Ikea I had bought some lovely mugs with some pattern on them to match the rest of the series I had at home. As I was making my way to the exit, I happened to notice the Dinera mugs. I loved the look of them, as Ikea rightly so describes them: rustic.
However, I only saw them in white and brown, neither one of which spoke to me, so I let it go. They did however, take place in my mind and I kept wondering if perhaps I had a mistake. So, going back to Ikea, I made my way to where they are displayed, and to my pleasant surprise saw exactly the colour I was looking for: grey.
Now, these mugs are really great. As big as any other with a 35 cl capacity, it has an attractive shape to it, with a wide top, slightly narrowing as it gets to the base. The handle is big enough and set far away enough from the cup to make holding one comfortable, without burning your hands in the process.
It's microwave and dishwasher safe, as you would expect from a good quality mug. It's priced at £1.25, but looks more expensive than that.
If I had to find something not as perfect with it, it would be the fact that it does stain from the ta slightly. If you're handwashing it, you'd need to use a good brush and use a bit of elbow grease. It's not a big problem, but it's the only thing I could possibly complain about.
I did for a second wish it came in brighter colours, but I think that would take away from its charm.
We recently had a trip to Ikea, where we ended up stocking up on bits and bobs for the house, and as usual came away with lots of random stuff we hadn't planned to buy. One of those items was this mug, which we bought four of in total. Although we have lots of mugs, none of them match and they all have silly slogans on them, so we thought now the kitchen is finished, it would be nice to have matching mugs when people come to visit.
The mugs are much nicer than they appear on the photo, being brown on the outside and cream on the inside. This is important to me because for some reason, I hate drinking out of mugs which are dark on the inside, it spoils the experience for me and I honestly couldn't pinpoint why! It also helps when making tea or coffee, because you can see how strong or weak your drink is, whereas if the inside is dark you don't find out the strength of your drink until you've poured the milk in.
The mugs are very plain, they don't even have a shiny finish but instead are a dull matt finish. They match our kitchen perfectly as we have lots of creams and browns going on, and they are dishwasher safe which is another bonus. Although we have only been using them a short while, I wouldn't expect the colour to fade on these mugs because they're a dull finish. Sometimes, mugs with shiny finishes fade in the dishwasher over time.
I don't want to wax lyrical about a mug, but I must say these mugs are now my favourite to drink from. The handle is wide enough for fat fingers, and is positioned in a sensible and comfortable place. I also like the way the mug tapers towards the bottom rather than being the same width all the way down. This makes it comfortable to hold if you like to warm your hands on a mug as you're drinking your brew. They are sturdy enough to feel like they're going to last a while, but without being too heavy or cumbersome for holding for long periods.
The mugs cost £2 each and are also available in other colours, including cream and blue. I would definitely recommend them as they are a cheap way of updating your kitchen, with matching crockery also available.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)