Product Type: Croydex Crockery
Newest Review: ... a rather funky soft rubber lid with a convenient hole for sipping. The lid itself fits on securely, though it takes a couple of try to... more
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Keep Calm and Carry On Thermal Travel Mug
Member Name: thehonesttruth
Keep Calm and Carry On Thermal Travel Mug
Advantages: Eco friendly, attractive design, keeps drink warm
Disadvantages: Only really useful if your hands are not already full.
I'd like to start my review by saying that my mug is different from the one pictured above. Mine has a white lid, a mainly red body, and the text is all in white. Other than that, it is identical in design.
I used to work in insurance sales until I recently gave it up to become a student once again. One of the downsides of the job was the early morning starts, which resulted in me feeling pretty tired and rushed. By the time I was up, groomed, and dressed, there simple wasn't time for a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Initially I used a Thermos, which did perform very well, but was rather large for my coffee consumption needs and soon became used for carrying my lunch (soup). I only really drink coffee first thing in the day, so I needed something suitable for that single use.
Enter the travel mug, made of double walled ceramic that will keep your hot drinks hotter for longer, and topped of with a rather funky soft rubber lid with a convenient hole for sipping. The lid itself fits on securely, though it takes a couple of try to get the hang of it, and the mug has a comforting amount of weight to it. I do like a mug that feels heavy ans substantial in the hands - I've no idea why, it's just a personal preference.
The mug has that 'Keep calm and carry on' design that appears to be everywhere at the moment in multiple variations. As stated at the start, my design is a different colourway from the one pictured above, having a white lid, a red body, and white text. This design is everywhere at the moment - which doesn't;t stop me liking it. It is dishwasher proof.
It also has a 280ml capacity. Now, I like to take my own coffee from home to drink on the bus, but for those who would perhaps like to fill this with a drink from your favourite local beverage shop, that translates to a Short in Starbucks, a Regular at Cafe Nero, and a Primo at Costa. Essentially, the smallest of whatever you'd buy at a big chain, but still, to my mind, a decent amount of Java.
So, we've covered the design, and the size, what of the practicalities. Ah. Well, you see, at first glance this cup looks ideal for taking a cup of coffee from home to work. Until you realise that the little sippy hole means you do have to keep the cup upright at all times. You can not, for instance, sling this into your backpack as you do with a Thermos. This is itself is not an issue. I'm relatively coordinated, and can just about manage to keep a cup the right way up when it is full. But, add in additional factors such as needing to carry extra bags, running for a bus when you're that few minutes late, or wearing mittens, and it becomes something of a danger. It's smooth sides render it ungraspable when wearing gloves, and the slightest jogging motion causes hot coffee to come jumping out of the sippy hole. And sometimes, I just don't have the hands free to hold it.
Would I recommend this mug? Well, I do really like it. It's very attractive, has a nice feel in the hands, and if you DO use it to carry your chain store coffee (I never drink in those places) it could also be potentially very environmentally friendly. However, if you're in a rush, dragging along a suitcase, and wearing mittens, or any one of those three, it just isn't that practical. It also takes up a fair amount of room in a handbag when lugging it home empty.
I've seen versions of this mug everywhere, with prices ranging from £5 to £9. I paid around £6 for mine in my local supermarket.
I'm going to give it three stars. Whilst it's not suitable for every scenario, it is perfect for filling up for a short walk to the supermarket to keep me warm, for carrying on the bus (provided I've no baggage), or indeed for using at home without the lid. I do like the design too. It's just a shame that, in winter when it is coldest, I can't use this and gloves at the same time. And gloves win.
Summary: Good, just not good enough
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