The Aladdin Transform Recycled and Recyclable Travel Mug (Est. $10) is a good value if you want a low-maintenance plastic travel mug. Convenience is the name of the game here: The mug is dishwasher-safe and can be popped in the microwave to rewarm drinks. It's also eco-friendly, made of lightweight recycled polypropylene (and the mug is recyclable). But the Aladdin won't keep your drinks hot or cold very long, reviewers note. It also leaked and cracked in expert tests, and some say the flip-top lid pokes them in the face while sipping. Another annoyance? It's too tall to fit in some single-serve coffee makers.
If potential leaks are a deal-breaker, the durable, shatterproof OXO Good Grips Plastic LiquiSeal Travel Mug (Est. $10 for a 13.5-ounce mug) is also worth a look. A triple-seal design keeps drinks where they're supposed to be, and reviewers say the push-button spout is easy to operate with one hand. The mug also fits well in cup holders. However, like most plastic mugs, it won't keep drinks hot and cold long. And unlike the Aladdin, it lacks two major perks of many plastic mugs: It can't be cleaned in the dishwasher or reheated in the microwave.
The eye-catching, budget-friendly Copco Acadia (Est. $6) is designed to look like a paper or Styrofoam coffee cup, but it's made from double-walled plastic. Reviewers praise the simple, familiar shape and easy-to-grip textured sleeve. They also love being able to wash the mug in the dishwasher and reheat it in the microwave. But reviewers say temperature retention is poor, and leaks or spills are common since the drinking spout is always open, unlike those of the Aladdin and OXO mugs. Others say the plastic starts to retain tastes and smells over time.
Great ease-of-use features, combined with good performance and an eco-friendly vibe, makes the Aladdin our top choice in plastic travel mugs.