Whether you’re trying to stay warm in an arena watching a game or need a comforting cup of joe on your morning drive to work, a cold-weather thermos can be the difference between suffering through freezing temperatures or making the best out of the conditions. But looking forward to a piping hot cup of tea and finding a lukewarm drink instead isn’t going to help endure the cold weather. That’s why you need a thermos that is designed to keep drinks hot, whatever the weather.
A cold-weather thermos features two to three walls of insulation that are designed to retain heat and keep liquids hot for hours. They often come with a lid that doubles as a cup, making it easy to share your drink. These thermoses won’t heat up on the outside, making them comfortable to carry even when they’re holding hot liquids. We also like that most cold-weather thermoses are also adept at keeping liquids cold, making them great for use year-round.
For a thermos that will keep drinks hot in cold weather and keep your hand comfortable, check out our top picks below.
1. Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle
Keep drinks hot up to 24 hours in the durable Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle. The classic thermos has been around for years because of its commitment to quality. Made from rust-proof 18/8 stainless steel and BPA-free materials, the Stanley keeps drinks either hot or cold for up to 24 hours. The lid doubles as an eight-ounce cup and acts as a leak-resistant lid. Durable enough to withstand use everywhere from a campsite to a construction site, the vacuum-sealed thermos has a collapsible handle for convenient carrying.
Pros: The Stanley has the largest size options, ranging from 1.1 quarts (shown here) to 2-quart options.
Cons: The Stanley comes with a big price tag. The thermos keeps liquids warm for an extended period, but not as hot as when they’re first poured.
Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle
2. Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask
If you’re looking for a thermos that is designed like a travel mug and offers a variety of lids and colors, try the Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask. The flask is available in several colors and sizes, including 12 ounce, which fits under most coffee brewing systems. The wide-mouth design makes it easy to drink straight from the Hydro Flask and they can also choose to purchase the wide straw lid or wide flex cap from Hydro Flask (the model shown here comes with a wide flip lid that is designed for drinking hot beverages). The Hydro Flask keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to six hours when using the wide flip lid. Made with 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, the Hydro Flask is BPA and phthalate-free.
Pros: 13 bright and bold color options.
Cons: The hydro flask doesn’t come with a carrying handle unless purchased with the wide flex cap. The hydro flask also doesn’t keep beverages hot for as long a period as the other thermoses on our list. The wide flip lid is not leakproof.
3. Fijoo Stainless Steel Thermos
The Fijoo Stainless Steel Thermos is a large and durable thermos that keeps liquids warm for hours. The Fijoo is vacuum-sealed and has a double-wall design that features an extra copper lining between the two walls for added heat retention. The leak-proof, sweat-proof thermos comes in 17-ounce and 34-ounce options and has no metallic aftertaste. Made with food-grade stainless steel, the cap of the Fijoo can be used as a drinking cup.
Pros: The Fijoo is dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
Cons: The Fijoo doesn’t have any type of handle and it’s only available in silver. It can dent when dropped and isn’t as durable as the Stanley.