It’s about time we started to take control of our own destiny. Our planet is in big trouble for a whole range of reasons. But there’s also many ways we can individually make an effort to turn the tide.
Waste is one of the major problems we are facing globally, and single-use plastic is arguably the biggest culprit. We’ve all seen the images of plastics polluting the oceans and damaging the habitats of species around the world. It really needs to stop.
Thankfully, there are actions we can take to reduce the use of this non-recyclable material. One of these is by switching from using takeaway coffee cups to using a reusable cup. Despite what you may think, the majority of takeaway coffee cups are not recyclable as they contain a thin plastic lining. So switching to a reusable cup can make a significant impact on the amount of single-use plastic entering the environment.
It’s one thing deciding to switch over to a reusable coffee cup, but it’s an entirely different challenge to actually pick one to use. Reusable cups come in different shapes, sizes, and colours, and all use different technologies to ensure each cup is the best it can be. To help you make the decision, we have selected the best cups on the market for you to consider.
These are the 10 best reusable coffee cups from across the internet:
Eye-catching design • Made from recycled cups • Innovative drinking design • Leak-proof • Dishwasher safe • Good value
Limited colour options
Difficult to find something negative about this excellent recycled and reusable cup
1. rCupNot only can you use this cup again and again but it’s made from recycled cups.
With an innovative 360-degree drinking design, the cup can be opened with one hand by simply pressing down. This makes drinking on the go hassle-free. It also eradicates the need to drink through a less than convenient small hole.
It’s completely BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and has been made to last at least 10 years. It’s also 100% leak-proof, meaning you can enjoy your cup without any fear of spillage.
The rCup is also fully insulated to keep your brew hotter for longer. This means it’s more comfortable to hold too, and you shouldn’t be scolded by your hot drink.
The rCup costs £12, so it won’t break the bank and offers great value for money, especially with all the clever features you are getting. You’ll also have the knowledge that your cup has come from recycled cups, meaning you really are doing your bit for the environment.
This Amazon customer wrote:
Superior quality and definitely a cut above all other green reusable mugs. I’ve had several and this one is the easiest to drink from and the most secure! It is really 100% spill free. When closed, you can turn it upside down and shake it without spilling a drop. Unlike some, the lid cannot come off by accident and so I feel perfectly confident leaving it inside my backpack without fear.
Shatter-proof • Vacuum insulated • Cheaper than other stainless steel options
A little bulky • Only three colour options
Offers a slightly cheaper alternative to other stainless steel options but retains the excellent insulating properties
2. bruIf you are always dropping your cup then look no further than the bru cup, which can survive pretty much anything.
Whether you’re on the commute, at your desk, or in the middle of a long meeting, this cup will keep your drink hot or cold, as you like it. Not only is it well-insulated, but it also doesn’t ‘sweat’, so you’ll never have to deal with condensation on the outside or a small puddle underneath it. It even stays cool to the touch immediately after boiling water is poured into it.
It has a slick design and has the perfect (340ml) capacity for your standard brew. It will easily slide under your local coffee shop machine. It even has a large opening so you can fully appreciate that freshly brewed smells coming from your favourite drink.
The bru cup costs £15.99 which is more expensive than some of the other cups in this list, but is cheaper than other stainless steel options.
Amazon user Sarah Clarke commented:
I’ve only been using the cup for a few days but I’ve already had loads of compliments from strangers asking where I bought it! It’s also really light and ideal an size to fit in my bag nicely. The colour is beautiful exactly like in the product photos. I also bought ‘bru mini stainless steel straws’ which slide into the cup perfectly too. Great design, highly recommend.
Uses food grade silicone • Microwave safe • Money-back guarantee
More expensive than other glass options • Some comments relate to fragility
If you care about quality then this glass cup should be top of your wish list
3. EcobruThe Ecobru cup has a premium feel as it’s made of durable, high-quality glass, and food grade silicone.
It’s made of durable, high-quality glass, and food grade silicone. Ecobru is so confident you’ll rate this product highly that they offer a full refund if returned within 30 days of purchase. Ecobru bet that you won’t.
This premium cup is very easy to clean and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It includes a stylish easy grip food grade silicone sleeve to keep your hands safe and keep your drink hot. It also comes with a splash proof lid.
Much like a lot of the other cups in this category, it’s the perfect size to use in coffee shops or at home. The 340ml cup is perfect for your cappuccino, latte, or hot tea, wherever you are.
At £15.99, this cup costs slightly more than some other glass options but the difference can be put down to the high-quality nature of the materials used. If you care about quality then you should be happy to pay slightly more.
Amazon user LKHill says:
A practical, high quality and sleek product that will make my mornings just that bit better. You can really tell the quality of this coffee mug when compared to others I have used in the past. No leaking, easy cleaning and good instillation; a great product for coffee lovers like me.
Collapsible • Dishwasher proof • Expands into three sizes • Lightweight
Not safe for the microwave • Amazon reviews warn about the plasticky smell
If you don’t have much space in your bag then this collapsible model should be something to consider
4. PokitoIf you don’t have a lot of space to carry your cup, the Pokito collapsible cup is the perfect option.
The Pokito cup has a clip-down, spill-proof lid, a sturdy polypropylene base, and a non-slip centre band that’s comfortable to grip but never hot to the touch.
It’s dishwasher proof for easy cleaning but is not safe to use in the microwave.
The Pokito expands into three sizes so you can enjoy your coffee just the way you like it and change the size to suit any coffee shop machine you are using.
Costing £14.97, the Pokito is not the cheapest in this list but offers plenty for the price and may be worth it for the collapsibility alone.
Amazon user Amy Martin says:
This is definitely the best reusable coffee cup I’ve used and I’ve tried a few. My main reason for trying the Pokito is coveniece and portability, as most reusable cups are bulky and leaky. Not very convenient for on the go!
Nice design • No-drip lid • Dishwasher safe
Not suitable for the microwave • Not the cheapest
Other than the fact that this cup can’t be microwaved, it’s a really solid option that looks great too
5. EcoffeeThe Ecoffee cup comes with some clever features and is sure to impress with its quirky design.
By using a resealable ‘no-drip’ lid and naturally sterile material for untainted flavour, a pleasant coffee drinking experience should be guaranteed every time.
The Ecoffee cup is fully dishwasher safe but it should be noted that it’s not suitable for the microwave. So there’s no reheating your drink if you opt for this reuasable cup.
It’s made with natural bamboo fibre and is reusable over and over again, helping to cut daily consumer waste.
You can pick up the Ecoffee cup for £11.95 which is fairly average for this type of product. Not the cheapest but also not the priciest.
Amazon user Dame Wombat commented:
This is a nicer colour in real life, more green than blue. It’s sturdy, and every time I use it I get a 10p discount — so by about September it will have paid for itself!
Barista friendly • High quality glass for better taste • 100% recyclable • Microwavable • Choice of colours
Not the cheapest • Plain design
There’s not much wrong with the Neon Kactus cup, and it’s perfect for coffee shop enthusiasts
6. Neon KactusThis cup is simple, stylish, and it just works, particularly is you are a coffee shop regular.
At 340ml, this cup is Barista friendly for the perfect coffee shop experience. The cup fits perfectly under all coffee machines and will be happily received by your barista.
The Neon Kactus cup is 100% recyclable and plastic/BPA free. It’s also super easy to clean, safe to microwave, and comes in a range of colours.
At £12.99, there are slightly cheaper reusable cups on the market but this is a top-quality product that doesn’t have any real weaknesses.
Amazon user Dfect commented:
After a lot of looking around, this is a great reusable coffee cup. The range of colours available are far more than others on offer. The rubber grip around the glass is secure, and protects your hands from burning. The rubber lid is very secure, no leaks and no spills from the drinking hole. The hole at the back allows change in air pressure and to let heat out. The glass I find is the best to keep the coffee at the right temperature. With many coffee shops offering discounts for reusable cups, this will pay for itself in a few months of regular usage, and is great for the environment!
Classy look • Range of colours available • Excellent heat retention
Expensive • Not leak-proof
A fantastic reusable cup in every department (apart from leaking) but you should expect that for the cost
7. BodumThe Bodum cup is made from stainless steel for maximum heat retention, so you should never have to sip on tepid coffee again.
It also has a closable lid with a stopper for the opening and a slip-proof rubber silicone band. This means the Bodum cup should be great for the commute, although it’s not leak-proof due to the possibility of pressure build-up.
It’s dishwasher safe but obviously shouldn’t go anywhere near a microwave. Hopefully this shouldn’t be an issue though due to it’s heat retaining qualities.
This cup comes in loads of colours but the design is pretty basic. Basic or understated and elegant? The choice is yours.
The Bodum cup is going to cost you £20 which is one the highest prices in this round up, but that’s down to the stainless steel, which has its advantages.
Amazon user D. says:
I bought this mug for use in the car as my previous one had a habit of dripping whilst I was drinking out of it. This fits my cup holder well and is easy to open, close and drink from whilst driving. It keeps the drink very hot, to the degree that I sometimes need to leave the spout open so the drink actually cools down. The plug for the drinking hole is on a hinge and locks all the way back when open. I’m not sure how well that mechanism will last with repeated dishwashing, but it’s still going strong after a couple of weeks now. As stated by other reviewers, this mug is not suitable for transport inside a backpack. It should only be carried upright, but does not spill when moving rapidly.
Cheap • Doesn’t affect taste • Coffee shop compatible
Doesn’t offer great heat protection • Only one design option
A strong cheaper option that should keep your coffee tasting like coffee
8. Chugg MugThis cup is perfect for coffee, a variety of teas, soft drinks, and even water.
You shouldn’t get the taste of plastic or metal with this cup, as it’s made from the same material as Pyrex, which is lightweight, strong, and BPA free. This allows you to enjoy your drink as intended.
This cup is 350ml which is standard Barista size, meaning your local coffee shop will be able to fill the mug up for you with ease, which is nice.
There’s only one design to choose from, and it’s pretty basic, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, you just want your coffee to taste like coffee.
The Chugg Mug cup only costs £11.99 so it’s a great budget option if you just want something simple to carry around with you.
Amazon user R_J_L says:
Great item but comes with a slight warning – it gets incredibly warm when you carry it and the rubber strip doesn’t offer your hand much protection. It can make carrying the item over long distances quite difficult if you can’t swap hand readily. However, a really well made item and pleasant to drink from. As sad as this sounds, i’ve received compliments for it from several people and even have had a couple of free drinks from coffee shops.
Easy cleaning • Dishwasher safe • Steady flow design • Spill protection • Buy-back guarantee
Pricey • Only two colour options
Removable sleeve makes cleaning this cup incredibly easy, but it does come at a cost
9. COCOSUEPerfect for anyone that loaths washing up, as this model has a sleeve that’s easily removed and replaced for painless cleaning.
There are two holes in the lid which allow the drink to steadily flow while you are sipping on it (or guzzling it). This little design feature shows that the manufacturer has taken the time to really think about what is going to work best for the user.
Likewise, the lid fits snugly onto the cup and the sleeve is easily removed and replaced. This makes cleaning as painless as possible. It’s also dishwasher safe.
At £17.99, this cup is one of the pricier options, but if you don’t like it, COCOSUE will buy it back from you, no questions asked. So even though it’s slightly more expensive, you have a guarantee with this product.
Amazon user Lauren Marie Burgeno commented:
I like that the cup is made of glass rather than plastic, It’s easy to remove the silicon sleeve to clean. And most of all It’s nice to be able to drink out of the cup comfortably with or without the lid on.
Robust stainless stell design • One handed opening • Easy cleaning • Good value
Not really coffee shop friendly • No colour choices
If you want something that you can throw in your bag and not worry about, the Wilford & Sons cup is a good bet
10. Wilford & SonsThis cup isn’t fussy and sticks to the basics — leak-proof and heat retention.
Due to the push-button closure, this cup can be opened and closed with just one hand. This is particularly handy when you are on the move or stuck on a busy train. The grooved rubber cuff ensures a great grip, so that you always have everything firmly under control.
Cleaning the Wilford & Sons cup is pretty easily as you can disassemble the lid into its individual parts, meaning you can get into every pesky nook.
This dishwasher-proof options costs £15.99 which is pretty good value for a stainless steel option.
Amazon user BSR writes:
Overall an excellent travel mug. I was looking for a flask that you could throw into a bag and it didn’t matter whether or not it was upright. This flask does not leak. As far as keeping drinks hot I filled it up with boiling water, screwed the lid on, and left it on the kitchen worktop. Three hours later the water was still hot enough to make an acceptable cup of instant coffee. Meets my requirements. Comfortable to hold and easy to drink from without the coffee running down your face!