- Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 23.2 cm ; 254 g
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Item model number: SM-KB48TM
- ASIN: B00B1KVCEQ
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 28 2013
- Average Customer Review: 287 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,288 in Home (See Top 100 in Home)
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Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 16-Ounce/0.48-Liter, Dark Cocoa
- Stopper disassembles for thorough cleaning
- Wide mouth accommodates full-size ice cubes
- 5 year warranty on heat retention
- 16 Ounce
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Color Name: Dark Cocoa | Size : 16-Ounce/0.48-Liter
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Zojirushi's stainless steel vacuum insulation mug will keep your beverages hot or cold for hours. The compact design takes minimal space while maximizing capacity. Each flip lid is tightly fitted for excellent heat retention and features a safety lock to prevent accidental opening. Durable and sanitary these mugs have a stainless steel interior with non stick coating for easy clean up.
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Okay, this is a review for the best all-rounder. A bottle I can carry from day to day. I demand a lot from my bottles and here is where it delivers.
What I Love:
1. Keeps things Hot or Cold for a Long Time
If I have an insulated vacuum bottle this is an absolute must. I want my coffee and hot chocolate hot and my ice tea iced. Nothing in between. This keeps things at temperature for hours. Hot stays piping hot for a least 4 hours and very hot 6-8 hours. Beyond that range you are may venture into acceptably warm. Cold drinks, in my opinion, don't stay cold as long, but then I also drink cold drinks faster.
2. Completely Sealed and Locks Down
This thing does not spill. Period. An absolutely must. I can toss it into a bag willy-nilly and the liquid stays in. I have a lot of great bottles that give easy access but usually have to be kept upright or, if they have a button, there is not lock on it. The Zojiroushi locks so it is rock solid.
3. One Handed - Quick Drinking Access
My completely sealed bottles are mainly screw tops. This means taking a few seconds to undo it and it takes two hands. My one handers usually have a button, but do not have button locks so an errant bump or push will soak your stuff. The Zojiroushi has a flip top and lock that can be operated one handed. Even with gloves on!
4. Easy to Clean
Some bottles I love have mechanisms for sealing and delivery but what I hate about them is that they do not allow you to take it apart to clean. I don't want my ice tea to taste like coffee and vice versa. While this is a necessary reality unless you can splurge on dedicated bottles, the ability to clean every component allows you to remove taste profiles better. It is also, frankly, more hygienic. The Zojiroushi allows every component to be taken apart including the o-rings. Marvelous!
5. Espresso is the New Black
I'm a guy, so although there were hot pink, champagne and powder blue options, I went with espresso. Frankly, it looks black and only on close examination and bright light can you tell it is a very deep dark brown. It looks very elegant.
6. Solid Materials and Construction
The body (including the bottom) is made of aluminum an the screw-top is quality textured plastic with a metal button. The hinge on the pop top is solid and does not wobble when fully opened. Someone put a lot of time in designing this thing and it shows. It can probably take a beating, but putting a dent in it may make you cry because it's just too pretty.
It is 16 oz. In Starbucksspeak, a Grande. So unless you need a venti (20oz) or trente (30oz), this is perfect. I do drink ventis but I shouldn't. In normal terms, it's 2.5 cups.
I wish the world was a perfect place, but sometimes there are a few niggling things.
1. You Pay for Perfection
This will set you back a pretty penny. Imported from Japan, designed like the race car of drink bottles, I guess this is expected. Is it worth it? In my mind, yes. One bottle to rule them all (almost). I will be putting up a lot of my collection for adoption.
2. Too Big, Too Small
If you want something dainty, despite its elegant good looks, it is 23cm (9") in height. This will not fit in your purse. If you prefer expressos, this bottle is overkill. On the flipside, if you are on a 20k hike and need a 4.5L camelbak, this is going to fall far short. This bottle is designed for urban survival, not the woods, hardcourt, or pitch. It matches the size of a sportdrink and you can keep it ice cold, but it is built for pleasure, not heavy hydration. Despite that fact that it can't fill those narrow niche needs, it fits nicely into the middle or Goldilocks zone - not too big, not too small.
3. Go With the Flow
Some reviews are concerned about flow. This really is personal preference. I sip my coffee so it is fine as a sipper o even a drinker. What this bottle does not allow, however, is guzzling. This is due to the airflow balance it maintains as a sealed bottle. So if you need to down your cold drink in a jiffy, this isn't for you. I find the flow for cold drinks fine, but at a lower volume than a regular can or bottle.
4. Does it's Job Too Well
Because it can keep things scalding hot for a long while, there is a learning curve, otherwise you will scald yourself. My hot drinks are usually at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's perfect for sipping, but for those who bottle at higher temperatures, beware.
This bottle is the best I have found to date and given my obsession with drinking vessels, I will still continue to scan the horizon for contenders. For now, however, this seems like the total package and king of the hill.
One cautionary word is the insulation is super good. So be careful when drinking boiling hot water from it. Take a small sip first to test out the temperature.
You do need to plan accordingly - sometimes the liquid can be TOO hot hours later; keeping the lid open for a bit to let some residual heat out before drinking is sometimes a good idea.
It also doesn't leak. There is an open-lock on the lid that you can set so that pressing the button doesn't pop open the lid. I find that even on the days that I forget to set the lid-lock (which is labelled in the most bizarre and confusing way possible), it still doesn't pop open on its own in my bag, which is a huge plus.
You can see other people's review, those mugs are really good.
Just be careful when you are using them for hot drink like coffee or tea, those mugs can keep the drink hot from morning to the end of the day (not like other mug, then only keep them warm after several hours), so before you put your drink into the mug, cooling them a little bit or drink with carefully.
Very good for cold drink in Summer !
As another reviewer commented you really need to watch Amazon's description of the product when choosing your colour. I bought myself a black one which has a bare stainless interior. When I bought my wife's light blue one the interior had a light gray rubbery coating. The coating however does not seem to affect the taste or insulating properties of the mug.
I put a hot chocolate from Tim Hortons in this bad boy 30 minutes after ordering it. Left it overnight - still hot. Left it a full 24 hours - still warm. I waited even longer and it took nearly two days for this to START getting cold.
In a rush one morning I put boiling hot water in with my hot chocolate mix, forgetting to add some cold water. I had to wait, with the lid off, for 5 hours until it cooled down enough that I could actually drink it without burning my insides.
If you prepare your beverage, slightly hotter than you're comfortable with, it will remain satisfying for a solid 9 hour shift.
Definitely be buying a few as holiday gifts this year.
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It will keep your coffee hot for hours, I totally recommend it!