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My partner is the main user of this flask even though I do help myself to some tea from it sometimes and get the joy of washing it up which by the way washes up easily clean each time. We started out with a £3 Asda flask identical to this Thermos one but within a week the seal had completely broken on it so as they had none of that one left they allowed us this Thermos one priced at £10 instead. This is a stainless steel vacuum insulated flask. It is quite lightweight even when full. There is no handle to carry it but is is easily carried in one hand. It gets used here for tea or coffee at home as my partner drinks quite a lot of it so sometimes he'll just make the flask up to save keep going back and forth to kitchen boiling the kettle up. The first time he had used it there was still some left in it the following morning and not realising I poured it out into the sink and on top of my hand! It was very nearly scolding hot still, I was so surprised at it had been at least 12 hours since had been made. The lid on top of it becomes a cup also with no handle, and then there is just a screw top lid to undo and remove to release the beverage. I prefer to remove the lid completely but I notice sometimes he will unscrew it so far and leave it on and pour from there but I worry the lid will fall off or it will dribble everywhere you know like a teapot often does. This is a perfect flask for shift workers that work long shifts or even a 9-5 job if you'd rather not have the works coffee. Also a day trip out. It is quite a solid flask even though it is stainless steel as has survived a fall or two already. This is a 1litre size but I'm not sure how many cups you can get out of it, I will check it out tomorrow and update this... I'd like to think that if you needed to take an iced drink out for a day it would keep the beverage just as cold as it keeps a hot one hot. 5 stars on this from me as it really does the job it is meant to.
When it comes to having lunch at work there are so many decisions to make as there are so many options in the market. At work we have recently just relocated to a nice new property, so we have a nice new kitchen with all of the mod cons that you need. Unfortunately the old place was quite run down and dirty and had a really small kitchen and no space for a microwave, so when it came to lunchtime we did not have any facility to be able to heat up any food. But what more would you want on those cold winter days than something warm. I was shopping in Robert Dyas and looking around one day when I came across a Thermos Thermocafe Stainless Steel flask, I opted to make the purchase so that I could heat some nice fresh soup up in the morning before I leave for work and place it into my thermos flask and have it for lunch so that it's kept me warm throughout the cold day. I opted for the 500 ml flask and this was a lot smaller that other flasks on the market that hold the same amount, it also did not have a large handle which meant that it was not as bulky and was easy to fit into my handbag. It came in stainless steel and had a vacuum and was insulated to make sure that the liquids inside are either staying hot or cold. The flask is light weight which is great especially as it is made stainless steel, which also means that it is strong and unlikely to break, worst case scenario is that the steel would probably dent. It has a twist and pour stopper which makes it easy to pour the liquid out whilst you are on the move. It says the flask keeps your soup or tea or coffee warm for up to eight hours and if you are keeping a cold liquid in the flask it will stay cold for up to twenty four hours. The 500ml flask is approximately 25cm in height, but they do have various sizes so that you can find a Thermos Flask to suit your individual needs. The thermos flask is not only there to store drinks it also comes complete with a cup which it has been built into the top of the flask as a lid too, so that you can use it to also drink the liquid out of the flask. I paid £7.99 for this flask, which I think is fabulous price especially as I have been using it for over a year and it still looks as good as new and I use it regularly so it was definitely worth every penny. By my lunchtime at 12:30 my soup is still red hot, I once had a meeting and didn't eat my lunch until late at around three o'clock and is was still boiling hot, I was highly impressed with the product as I was worried that it would be luke warm and not as enjoyable. I have also used it for trips with tea in and I find that it holds two good size hot drinks. If I regularly needed a larger flask I would definitely invest in the larger model. My one recommendation is that you make sure that you boil the kettle and fill you flask with hot water to warm it up before use, then just before you are about to pour you hot soup or drink into it you empty the water. This makes sure that you flask keeps your contents warm for as long as possible. This is a great product and it is well worth it for the small price tag that it has, I cannot find one single flaw with the product its definitely something that I will continue to use over the coming years. If I has to pick something to be critical it is that the cup/lid of the flask is not big enough I need to fill it a few times to get my cuppa tea thirst quenched. Overall the Thermos Thermocafe Stainless Steel Flask is definitely one great flask and would be a welcome product to your kitchen cupboard.
I am in a job which requires me to travel from school to school, so I cant just nip along to a staff canteen to get a hot drink. I fill my thermos up in the morning before I leave with tea, coffee or hot chocolate and it stays hot for the next 5 hours. It can be put in my rucksack which gets thrown around and doesnt leak at all. It does get shaken up and the drink becomes a bit bubbly but that cant be helped. Its very clever as the top screws off which becomes a cup, then you press down the next layer which clicks into place. You can then pour the drink out into the cup then click it again and it keeps the heat in. It can also keep cold things cold and so in the summer sometimes I take a drink with one ice cube in and when it comes to lunchtime I have a refreshing drink. My sister in law also has one of these and uses it to keep hot water for her baby's formula, she can go out all day and know that there is water to feed my niece. If you are out and about all day or just fancy a hot or cold drink at a picnic then invest in one of these. They will save you thousands of pounds in starbucks coffees throughout the day. It cost me around £10 and its worth every penny as I stroll past people queuing for drinks. Its portable, not too heavy
I bought the 0.5 L version about 3 years ago when my son was first born. I used it frequently to take hot water around with me for heating my son's milk bottle when I was out and about. Before this I bought the larger 1L version which I've had for years and years. I`m very pleased with both. The Thermos Thermocafe is a fairly classic stainless steel flask. It has a polished steel exterior and a stainless steel interior so is pretty much unbreakable - which is perfect for me as I am very clumsy and often forget I have it in my bag. It has a plastic stopper with a rubber seal. You can either take the stopper off completely to pour, or open it a little to restrict the flow of liquid. It also has a plastic lined lid which doubles as a small mug. HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR THERMOCAFE: HOT LIQUIDS: you can preheat the flask by filling it with hot water for a few minutes. Empty it out and then you can put your preferred hot drink in it. I find this really helps keep your drinks _really_ hot. For example, for work I usually preheat and then fill my flask with hot water at around 7.15am. I can still make a pretty decent cup of tea from it 6 hours later and the water remains fairly hot for around 8 hours in total. COLD LIQUIDS: you can also keep drinks cool in the flask. I've never tried it myself but I understand that you can also pre-chill the flask by putting iced water into it for a few minutes before pouring it out and refilling with your preferred chilled drink. I really rate the Thermocafe and use it most days. It's now a little dented (I told you I'm clumsy!) but this does not affect its' operation. As the flask itself won't break, I expect this will last a very long time. Replacement stoppers are also available as this the only bit of the flask which is likely to fail TIP: I find that you can also descale it with 10g of citric acid granules and some hot water. Don't forget to give a good rinse afterwards.
~~Product Description~~ Keeping drinks hot and cold for everyday use, ideal for transportation of drinks, comes complete with cup. Stainless steel vacuum insulation virtually eliminates temperature change by creating an airless vacuum space between two stainless steel walls. The result is an insulation layer that performs better than any other. A superior insulated container you can depend on to keep your beverages hotter, or colder. By using your Thermos brand product instead of disposable containers to carry food and beverages, you can help reduce the food and packaging waste that is sent to landfills each year. Small changes can make a difference. ~~Current Price & Additional Information~~ Amazon prices: £9.87 for the 1Litre; £8.99 for the 0.5Litre; £6.99 for the 0.35Litre. Heights: 1 litre - 31cm tall; 0.5 litre - 25cm tall; 0.35 litre - 19cm tall. ~~My Thoughts~~ I purchased a 0.5 litre flask and a 1 litre flask both from the same brand at the end of 2009. Back then I paid £5.09 for the 0.5 litre one and £9.99 for the 1 litre flask from Amazon since I became incredibly fond of tea then. I bought two because I was carrying around the 1 litre flask a lot and sometimes this was a bit of a hassle in terms of weight and space in my bag. The 0.5 litre one is much smaller and compact for me to carry. I don't have the smaller one in front of me, but the 1 litre one is around 3 inches in diameter. I've used them pretty much for hot drinks and soups, so I can't speak for cold substances (although I assume most people will be using the thermos flask for hot fluids!) Even for the big one, it's kept my tea quite hot for over 24 hours! Really! I know that the information says 8 hours, but it's been that effective! I tend to put some tea leaves inside, pour boiling water over it and then close it soon afterwards. When you open up the lid slightly sometime later, you can filter out the tea leaves and pour yourself a nice cup using the cap of the flask! With soups it's a bit messier since it's chunky so when you put the cap on you transfer the mess. I always carry napkins with me to wipe the inside first. I thought that the flasks might be tricky to clean, but I found that filling it up with warm, soapy water and giving the opening in particular a really good scrubbing did the trick. My flask is in really good condition and there hasn't been any staining or smells from the inside. For the tea leaves, they are also really easy to clean out. Just put some water in and tip the flask upside down with your hand as a drainer. This way all the tea leaves end up in your hand and you can just throw them away without any fuss! I've dropped my big one twice so far, but I've never dropped the smaller one. I remember it being exactly twice because each time it left a dent in the cap. The first time wasn't my fault...and that was unfortunately where the biggest dent came from... :( It's pretty durable overall and I try to keep it upright in whatever bag I'm using, but occasionally it does topple over. This hasn't been much concern since even when I turn the full flask upside down it's been absolutely fine. Overall I would definitely recommend it! :)
It has been a while since I last owned something like this... Usually I only pack large quantities of water when going "into the wild". I could say that I almost forgotten how packing hot beverages feels like. One day on a hill far, far away there was a group of hikers. Most of them were not that experienced in their trade, or were just practising it occasionally. But amongst them was a hiking master with a secret artefact, that was capable of delivering bliss. Once the group conquered the hill and it's dangers, they had their well deserved feast the master hiker brought out the artefact that shined in all it's silver glory and delivered hot coffee... The end... I naturally needed to get my hands on this one, nothing better than hot coffee (or any other beverage) in the middle of a hike. I am not sure if the flask in the "story" was from this manufacturer, but this is the one I bought. I am familiar with Thermos and know they have quality products, that is why I must say I was a little bit surprised when in the shop I saw that these were amongst the cheapest ones - might be just because of the simple design. They had this model in 3 different sizes: 0,35l, 0,5l and 1l. I chose the 0,5l one since it is still small enough for carrying around in my backpack and large enough to fill it with tea or coffee - I thought the 0,35l one is a bit small for tee - just my opinion. I paid Euro9.99 for it, it is sold for £7.82 on Amazon.co.uk at time of writing. It is not exactly an eye catcher with it being stainless steel and well looking like stainless steel with some black added to it but considering the ones with flowers (etc) were twice or more the price of this one I would have to say it is gorgeous. The flask is easy to hold and is quite lightweight (some others I tried at the store were lighter though). The lid also serves as a cup - it feels OK to drink out of it - not as comfy as a regular cup but it is satisfactory. Pouring the liquid out of the flask is simple you just need to twist the "other lid" and start pouring. Now to the important part - how long does it keep the beverages warm (or cold, but I have not tested that jet)? Well I had multiple test runs with coffee and the results are - a few hours (1-3) after it has been poured into the coffee is really hot - hot enough that I had to wait a bit before drinking. After that there are several hours of normally hot coffee - if we started our hike in the morning the coffee would be still hot enough to enjoy in the afternoon. In the evening the coffee would be warm(ish). The same goes with tea. I imagine this also depends on how many times you open it or how much liquid you have inside. Cleaning is not hard - mostly I just rinse the parts with water (if I use it two or more days in a row and for the same liquid), when more demanding cleaning is about I use detergent for washing the dishes and some cocktail shaking techniques. On an odd occasion I also use the bottle brush. I think this one is great, it might not look the best compared to the nice colourful ones but considering the price and all other atributes I really can't rate this one anything less than 5 stars.
The king of thermos flasks I purchased this for a week-long hiking trip, where a warming drink doesn't go amiss when you've been trudging along for several hours in the cold. The flask holds enough for around 3 small cups of tea/coffee. -So how does it work?- Very simply, unscrew the lid (can be used as a cup), then the seal, and pour in your hot drink of choice! Few words of advice though: - It is recommended that you 'pre-heat' the flask by pouring in hot water and leaving for a few minutes, then emptying and pouring in your drink. - You are not meant to use dairy products with the flask, as I imagine if left for a long period of time, the liquid will start to attract bacteria as it cools. If you intend to drink the contents within a couple of hours, adding milk to coffee/tea should be ok. - When brewing tea, I found if you stuck the bag in to the hot water in the flask, sealed the flask and left for a few minutes, the tea bag will float to the top and can be easily removed. Don't leave the bag in all day, unless you like ultra-strong tea! Once the flask has been filled, firmly screw the seal back on, and then the lid. Your flask is now leak-proof and the exterior will not be hot to touch. -And does it work?- Yes! Even after a 9-hour hike, the contents were still warm, which was incredibly impressive. I was drinking black tea with sugar, which remained close to boiling hot for about 6 hours, then started to cool. It takes around 12 hours for it to cool to the point of being undrinkable. Even opening the flask during the day to have a drink didn't seem to increase the cooling process. -Quality- After a week of bashing the flask around the Swiss Alps, there isn't even the tiniest scratch mark on the bottle. This is definitely a top quality product, and cheaper imitations should be ignored.
Thermos is a clear brand leader in vacuum flasks and this was one of the main reasons behind my purchase. I enjoy the outdoors and living in Scotland there is plenty of oppertunity to get outdoors. The one downside of living in Scotland is that it's cold a lot of the year round and a hot cup of tea or some soup is essential for me when out on a walk on a cold day. I decided to invest in a vacuum flask so that I could take tea, coffee or soup out with me. The flask itself is a stainless steal vacuum flask. It has a cap on the top which twists into place to keep the liquid in the flask hot or cold. It also has an outer cap which doubles up as a cup. I have this flask that has a 1 litre capacity and I paid £9.99 for it on Amazon. However, I believe that it is also available in 0.35 litres and 0.5 litres also. The smaller the flask the cheaper it gets. The manufacturer claims that it keeps liquids hot for up to 8 hours and cold for up to 24 hours. I haven't actually tried to keep any liquids cold in the flask so I am unable to comment on it's effectiveness. The longest I have kept liquid in the flask is around 6 hours and it was still was nice and hot. I have used this flask on more than a dozen occasions and it's never let me down. The 1litre flask is quite large at 31cm tall, but it is light weight and doesn't add any noticeable weight to my back pack when I'm out and about. I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommended this product.
I recently purchased this flask for a few long journeys I knew were coming up. Spending money on tea on a train journey costs about £2.50 a go, and sometimes it won't come milky enough, strong enough, sugary enough.. so I would rather just make my own! The product --> This is a stainless steel, quite professional looking flask. It is vacumm insulated, which is how it manages to keep drinks so hot or cold - whatever you want. It has a twist and pull stopper, so that there isn't a great danger of spilling the liquid. It is 25 cm. The lid inside is black. It has the logo on the front of the bottle. It is a virtually unbreakable because it is made out of stainless steel, which is also another perk of it. Especially if you are near young children and there might be a danger of it falling. It can keep drinks hot for 8 hours, which is fab throughout the day. It gives like 5-6 cups of tea from the mug it provides you with. For cold drink it keeps them cold for 24 hours. It also comes with one years manufacturers guarantee. It also leaves your hands feeling nice and warm too, but not burning hot either. The cost --> I would recommend this one, because I like the brand, and it has many good reviews on. From amazon this costs £7.99, which is not bad value. Most cost like £4-5 anyway, and because this one lasts so long to keep drinks fresh I would recommend it.
This is another goody recently received from Dooyoo as part of the Christmas contests. My first thoughts were "Oh another tin flask". I did not expect too much from this because I own two similar flasks, although the other two are not brand name. So - would the brand name one be better? Is a flask just a flask, or is it worth paying for a known brand like Thermos? I decided if I were going to review this properly, i would have to find out. They all look pretty similar. Tall, thin and metal with a cup that sits on the top. This flask holds 1 litre which is the same as my old ones, but what really counts is, how hot will this keep my tea? I started off by heating the kettle, filling this with hot water, letting it stand 5 minutes and dumping it before refilling the flask. This takes the initial chill from the metal, and is something I would always do before filling a flask for a journey. I only filled this with water as I didn't care to waste a whole flask of lukewarm tea, and while I will drink tea like this in a pinch - I won't with a kettle handy. I then let the flask sit for 4 hours, or about as long as I would have with the old flasks, and poured out a bit of steaming hot water. This was still completely hot enough for a cup of tea - and handy because the water had once again gone off, so I helped myself. Now with my old flask I would have just made the tea when filling the flask. Four hours would have left the tea warm enough to drink - but barely, it would not have been warm enough to pour a good strong cuppa. A couple of days later, water service again restored, at least for the time being I decided, if this works for four hours, lets try it for more. Same test, but this time the flask sat for 7 hours. My husband was present when I opened it, and on noticing the puff of steam rising from the kettle, immediately declared "That one's mine", meaning he wants it for his fishing kit. The water was still hot enough to brew a proper cuppa. So my opinion is that yes, in this case, it is worth paying extra for the branded item, but just how much extra would it cost. I think we bought the old flasks for about £6- £7, so what would this one cost? Well not as much as I thought, £9.99 from amazon with free delivery. For a product that works so much better, I find that a small price to pay. Any drawbacks? Well it appears the cup dents easily, as this arrived with a small dent from being posted. I have found this to be true with my other flasks as well though, and it does not affect the function of the item. I also used to love to hold the old flasks on a cold day to warm my hands. That does not work with this as the outside never gets hot, but of course it is the fact that it is better insulated that means the water or tea stays hot, so I can not complain.