What's The Difference Between A Travel Mug And A Tumbler?


It's easy to tell the difference between an insulated water bottle and a reusable coffee mug, but what's the difference between a travel mug, a reusable cup, and a tumbler. 

These zero waste containers often get mixed up. So, are travel mugs, cups and tumblers the same or is one better than the other for certain beverages?

Let's take a look under the lids.

What is a Travel Mug?

A reusable travel mug is an insulated drinks container that's designed for use on the go. Most come with leak-proof lids that screw-on or push-on, and some have with handles. The best travel mugs are made from double-walled stainless steel that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. Travel mugs help you reduce waste and still enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages at the right temperature. There are several good reasons to buy a reusable coffee mug

What's the difference between a travel mug and a reusable coffee cup?

Travel mugs and cups are almost identical. Often the words are interchangeable. Both have wide openings with a push-on or screw-on lid. Both insulate hot beverages, although the FLASKE Coffee Mug can also keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours. The main difference is that travel coffee mugs sometimes have a handle, whereas travel cups do not. Mugs also tend to have a larger capacity than cups. Travel mugs are therefore better for commuting, hiking, and camping trips.   

When do you use a travel mug?

Insulated coffee mugs are ideal for commuting, zero-waste travel, and outdoor adventure sports because they keep drinks hot or cold for longer than coffee cups and tumblers. High-quality metal coffee mugs are also condensation-free and leak-proof, which makes them safe to throw inside your bag while running errands. 

What is a Tumbler?

Tumbler cups are traditionally used for cold drinks like lemonade, iced teas, smoothies, and summer cocktails. They are usually made from plastic or metal. A double-walled stainless steel tumbler, like the FLASKE Tumbler, will insulate both hot and cold beverages. Tumblers have a wide opening - perfect for adding ice and easy to clean – and a narrower base. Travel tumblers also feature a leak-proof lid and a space for a straw.  

When do you use a tumbler cup?

Reusable tumbler cups aren't just more sustainable than disposable tumblers; they're also very trendy and useful for outdoor events. You'll want to take a stainless steel tumbler to your next summer picnic, beach day, or corporate outing. Fill an insulated tumbler cup with ice and homemade iced tea or a refreshing cocktail, and you can leave the cooler bag at home! 

A personalised tumbler can also be a stylish and long-lasting gift for your friends, family, or colleagues. Company owners can even think about giving branded metal bottles and tumblers as corporate gifts.

What's the difference between a travel mug and a tumbler?

Stainless steel tumbler cups and reusable travel mugs are very similar. The key differences are:

  • The handle – a travel mug might have a handle but a tumbler cup won't. The FLASKE Coffee Mug does not feature a handle. Instead, it has straight sides making it fit easily into any bag without snagging or any cup holder
  • The lid – a travel tumbler can be used with a straw.
  • The shape – a tumbler should be narrower at the bottom while a travel coffee mug may be straight.
  • Insulation – a travel mug can keep drinks hot or cold for longer than a travel tumbler. 
Whether you prefer a travel coffee mug or a stylish tumbler cup, a reusable drinks container will help you stay hydrated this summer and reduce your plastic waste.
Take a look at FLASKE's selection of colourful bottles, mugs, and tumblers at our eco-friendly online store!