Top & Best Thermal cup: How to choose the best model in 2020
Hello, welcome to mypricsaving.com. Today we’re going to talk about the thermal cup, a container that keeps your drink hot or cold for a few hours, so you can enjoy it for longer.
The thermal cup is also an excellent option for those looking for an alternative to reduce the production of waste, as the container is made of washable, reusable materials, which do not take on smell, flavor or color.
Another advantage is that you can take the thermal cup to work and college, as it has a lid. Are you interested? Then continue reading this article, as we will cover all the advantages of the product, which features change from one model to another, how to choose the ideal and give some purchase suggestions.
First, the most important
- The thermos cup is usually made of stainless steel (but there are plastic, acrylic, ceramic and aluminum models), it comes with a sealing cap, which maintains the temperature (hot or cold) for a period of three to twelve hours and has the capacity to 200 to 500 ml.
- The thermal cup can have a smooth, colorful, printed finish, with fun or motivational messages. You can also find models with straw, filter, handles for easy transport, suction cup to be fixed to the table, digital panel and much more.
- In addition to the traditional thermal cup for coffee, you will also find a version suitable for beer. But in general, any model of thermos cup serves to maintain the temperature of the drink, whether hot or cold.
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Best thermal cup models: Our favorites
The thermal cup is a very nice accessory, as it keeps the drink with the flavor, aroma and temperature of when it was made for a few hours, making it possible for you to enjoy your favorite drink inside and outside the home.
In addition, this object is decorative, the design is different and there are models for all tastes. But do you know which thermal cup to choose? Below, we list some of the best on the market.
- UnyHome thermal cup
- MOR thermal cup
- Metalnox thermal cup
UnyHome thermal cup
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The UnyHome thermal cup keeps the temperature of the drink longer, due to the vacuum insulation system. The container is made of stainless steel, the sealing lid is made of silicone, with a fast click system (quick to open and close) and safety lock against leaks.
Because of the wider mouth, you can put ice cubes to keep the drink cold longer. This model is 20 cm tall, 7.8 cm in diameter, weighs 280 grams (when empty) and has a capacity of 480 ml.
There is nothing more pleasant than taking a break in the afternoon to enjoy a warm coffee, with aroma and fresh flavor. With a thermal cup you will be able to have that moment of pleasure even when you are away from home, at college, work or on a trip.
What is a thermal cup?
The thermos cup uses the same technology as the thermos (created in 1892, by Scottish physicist James Dewar), which consists of isolating the liquid in a container with the aim of preventing the heat exchange between the drink and the environment and keep the temperature constant for a longer period of time.
Of course, there have been some advances such as ensuring temperature maintenance, special sealing and interesting features like straw, filter, handles and different designs, but the essence remains the same.
What are the advantages of having a thermal cup?
Of course, the big advantage is having the drink at the desired temperature for longer. But it doesn’t end there. There are a multitude of models and the thermal cup can be made of plastic, acrylic, aluminum, ceramic and stainless steel, the latter being the most efficient material. The capacity ranges from 200 to 500 ml and the cups can have different shapes.
The thermal cup is ideal for drinks of different temperatures: hot, such as tea, milk and coffee; fresh, like water and juice; and ice cream, like refreshment and even beer.
In order for the thermos cup to maintain its preserved function and last longer, some handling precautions must be taken, such as avoiding falls, washing with the soft side of the sponge so as not to scratch the container and not placing the thermos cup in the refrigerator (especially in the freezer) or in the microwave.
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Bottle, mug or thermos: What is the ideal model for my needs?
When buying a thermal cup, you will come across an object very similar in functionality, minimum and maximum capacity, format and composition material: the thermal mug. The difference between the two is that the thermal mug has a handle on the side.
The thermos is also very similar, with the exception of the maximum maximum capacity, the presence of an ampoule that isolates the drink from the outer coating of the bottle and pressure cap. We compare the models in the table below, check it out.
The thermal cup has very varied price ranges. What makes one model cost more or less than the other is the piece’s composition material, the cheapest plastic container and the most expensive stainless steel container, brand, design and extra features.
You can find models starting at R $ 15. There are excellent quality options between R $ 30 and R $ 65, and more expensive models, which can cost up to R $ 200.
Did you know that coffee has numerous health benefits?
It has antioxidant, mineral properties, low calorie content (when consumed with little or no sugar), combats headaches and gains in energy. But it is important that the drink is consumed in moderation.
Where to buy?
The thermal cup is a giftable item, so you will find several options in gift stores like Imaginarium, in bookstores like Saraiva e Cultura, home goods stores like Camicado and Americanas and even in clothing stores like Renner and Marisa.
If you prefer to buy over the internet, you will also find many store options. We suggest you take a look at Amazon, Mercado Livre and Ludi.
Oh, and if you liked any of the models we selected in the Ranking, just click on the link that precedes the description of the product, and you will be redirected to the purchase site.
Purchasing criteria: Factors for comparing thermal cup models
With so many options available on the market, you may find it difficult to choose the ideal thermal cup model. However, with the exception of the design that depends exclusively on personal taste, some aspects are essential in this accessory:
- Closing systems
- Extra features
We will explain each of the items in detail throughout this section.
The material used in the manufacture of the thermal cup makes a big difference in the efficiency (or inefficiency) of the product. The plastic and acrylic models are heat resistant, but they cannot maintain the temperature for a long time and transfer it to the outside of the container.
Aluminum, on the other hand, keeps the temperature of the drink for much longer, however the heat transfer is very high and you can even burn your hands if the drink inside the glass is too hot.
If you are buying an aluminum thermal cup, choose a model with a double layer of the material or a version with a rubber finish, which insulates the heat a little.
You can also find some models made of ceramics, which despite keeping the heat for longer, leaves the container with a very high temperature (the secret is to opt for a model with double wall).
But, the ideal material for a thermal cup is stainless steel, which keeps the drink warm without you noticing it when touching the bottle, does not pick up smell, color or flavor, does not rust, is very resistant to drops (although the lid of plastic is not) and has excellent durability.
When choosing a thermal cup, prioritize the size of the container. If you usually drink a lot of coffee (or any other beverage of your choice) throughout the day, look for a model with a capacity of 500 ml.
However, if you usually drink only at a time of day and a smaller amount satisfies you, the 350 ml capacity model will do the job. In this case, you can also choose a thermal mug.
When choosing a thermal cup, take into account that the cap has a function as important as the material of the bottle, as this part is responsible for sealing the bottle (keeps the ideal temperature for longer).
For this reason, it must have a good closing system (thread or fitting) to prevent the drink from leaking into your bag or backpack. Some models come with a security lock, it is worth buying one with this feature.
The thermal cups can have four closure systems (they can be complementary): airtight, vacuum, fast click and threaded.
The airtight and vacuum models are very similar: the glass is completely sealed, preventing air from entering. This style of closure helps to conserve the properties, flavor and aroma of the drink. In addition, hot liquids do not condense in the cup.
The thermal cup closed by screw must have rubber sealing inside the bottle, because this style of closure is the one that presents more risk of leakage.
The models with fast click closure are the simplest to open and close, simply by pressing a button. Generally, thermal cups with fast click have a lid locking system, which is also easy to handle.
Nowadays, companies are investing heavily in the design of thermal cups. There are models with floral, geometric, ethnic, polka dot prints, fun, motivational messages, with flags from football teams, countries and characters.
For children, the thermos cups have superhero prints, princesses and popular designs in the children’s universe. You can also find personalized templates with your child’s name.
Your thermal cup can come with some extra features, they are:
- Double opening: larger for cold liquids and smaller for hot liquids
- Bottle opener attached to the cup lid
- Suction cup or magnet on the bottom of the glass (outside), to prevent falls
- Smart cup that shows the drink temperature on an LED screen on the lid
- With tea infuser inside the container
- With press to prepare coffee inside the cup.