How to Choose an Iced Coffee Holder
A good iced coffee holder is essential for keeping cold beverages at the right temperature and your hands protected from condensation. We’ve gathered our favorite double- and triple-walled vacuum-sealed cups made of materials like stainless steel and ceramic that will keep your coffee iced for hours—and some even promise to keep your drink cold for 30 hours or more! These insulated coffee cups come with lids in a variety of styles, including flip, trigger-action, and twist, as well as options that include straws. Some are dishwasher-safe and others can be easily cleaned with a damp sponge or brush.
Before choosing a cup, consider what size will be best for you. Some insulated coffee mugs come in large 40-oz sizes that are great for sharing, while others feature a smaller 16-oz capacity that fits neatly into your bag or backpack. Also, consider how much you drink in a day. For example, if you are a heavy caffeine drinker, you may want to go with a larger bottle that holds more liquid.
Another important factor is how easy it is to hold and drink from your iced coffee holder. Some of the models in our selection have easy-to-grip handles that make them comfortable to hold. Some are designed with a wide mouth to easily fit a straw or a lid that snaps tightly to prevent spills. Additionally, many of the cups can fit in standard cup holders in your car, and they are also easy to set down without worrying about them leaking or breaking.
Some insulated iced coffee cups are designed with inner slopes to help your barista pour a perfect cup of joe. Samya Said, former manager of barista training at Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea, says that this is an especially helpful feature for people who are new to brewing at home. She also points out that these slopes allow for a smoother, faster flow, which can help cut down on the amount of time you spend preparing your coffee.
Another consideration is whether you plan to add milk or creamer to your iced coffee. If you will be storing dairy products in your insulated coffee mug, you should ensure that it’s properly ventilated to reduce the risk of contamination. It’s a good idea to check your mug’s manual or website for recommendations on how to safely store these types of ingredients in your insulated coffee mug. Additionally, you should always clean your reusable coffee mug after each use to avoid bacteria buildup. Most insulated iced coffee cups are safe to wash in your dishwasher, but be sure to read the instructions carefully to see what materials are recommended.