Reviewers prefer stainless-steel travel mugs to plastic ones because they do a better job of insulating liquids, but the Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug earns a number of recommendations. This mug, which holds 16 ounces, is made from recycled water bottles, and the whole mug can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life. The interior of the bottle is made from BPA-free polypropylene. It fits in standard car cup holders and is available either with or without a handle. Reviewers like that the Aladdin travel mug is safe for the dishwasher and microwave, and its eco-friendly credentials are another plus among users. However, like most plastic travel mugs, the Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug won't keep your coffee or tea hot for very long -- most reviewers report that their brew stays hot for about an hour. If you prefer something with better insulation, the top-rated Contigo AutoSeal Stainless Steel Travel Mug (*Est. $20) keeps beverages hot for up to four hours, but it can't be microwaved.
Stainless-steel travel mugs seem to attract the most attention from reviewers, but the Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug is covered by a few sources. Good Housekeeping includes it in a comparative test of 28 travel mugs, and GreenThinkers.org has a detailed single-product review. Owner-written reviews at Amazon.com are also highly valuable, especially for determining where this mug falls short.
1. Good Housekeeping
Editors at Good Housekeeping like that the Aladdin travel mug is recycled and dishwasher- and microwave-safe, but the mug falls behind many others because it doesn't keep drinks hot for very long.
Review: Best Travel Coffee (and Tea) Mugs, Editors of Good Housekeeping
"Nathan" of GreenThinkers.org acknowledges that the Aladdin Travel Mug is not totally spill-proof, but he loves that it's BPA-free and fits easily in a car cup holder.
Review: BPA-Free: Aladdin's Recycled and Recyclable Tumbler, "Nathan", March 3, 2009
The green version of the Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug earns an average of 4.5 stars in over 20 reviews. Reviewers love that the mug can be washed in the dishwasher, although they acknowledge that it's not totally leak- or spill-proof.
Review: Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable 16-Ounce Mug, Green, Contributors to Amazon.com
The blue version of this mug gets 4 stars out of 5 in just approximately 20 reviews. One user mentions that the blue color looks different than it does in the product pictures. Other versions of this mug receive fewer reviews.
Review: Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable 16-Ounc Mug, Blue, Contributors to Amazon.com
5. Real Simple
The Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Mug is chosen as one of Real Simple's 10 favorite travel mugs. Though the review lacks a lot of detail, Carter and ten Have like that this mug is fully recyclable.
Review: 10 Spill-Proof Travel Mugs, Kelley Carter and Mieke ten Have
6. Shape magazine
Shape magazine recommends the Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug for environmentalists, saying, "you won't find a more eco-friendly choice."
Review: Shape Tested: Go-Anywhere Travel Mugs, Editors of Shape magazine, May 2009