Tea or coffee drinkers who are finicky about the temperature of their morning brew may want to check out the Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser, a travel mug that keeps liquids "lawsuit hot," according to one reviewer. An included strainer can help tea lovers brew their drink on the go, but some reviewers say the mesh lets leaves slip into the body of the mug. Others complain the mug has too many parts for on-the-go use.
Keeps drinks very hot. Reviewers say the Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler does an excellent job keeping liquids hot or cold for several hours. According to the company, the mug keeps liquids hot for six hours and cold for 10, a claim owners confirm. One reviewer says he makes tea at 7:30 a.m. and it's still hot at 3 p.m. The mug earns mixed reviews for leakage. While most reviewers say they've had no problems, others say it can be tricky to close the mug correctly to form a complete seal. Some users complain that the mesh tea infuser's holes are too big, letting tea leaves escape into the body of the mug. While there are no reports of condensation, some owners say the lid can leave a plastic taste. The mug holds 12 ounces.
Too many parts for commuters to juggle. The Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler has a screw-on outer lid, a drinking lid and a separate tea infuser. Though they like the contoured, easy-to-hold design, experts note the mug isn't the best for on-the-go drinking since unscrewing the lid requires two hands. Some owners also complain they have to keep track of the outer lid and infuser while drinking. The mug is not dishwasher-safe, but most say it is fairly easy to disassemble and clean, especially with a bottle brush. Like all stainless-steel mugs, it is not microwave-safe. The mug is slim enough to fit in most cup holders. It does not have a carry handle.
Stainless-steel body lasts, but seals may not. Reviewers say the Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler's stainless-steel body is very durable, standing up to daily wear and tear with few scratches or dents. A few complain that the silicone seal wore out after a few months, leading to leaks and spills from the drinking lid. One reviewer says the plastic lid sheared off after normal use. Thermos backs the mug with a limited five-year warranty.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser earns praise from reviewers for retaining temperatures for hours and including a mesh infuser for steeping tea. But they say the mug has a screw-on lid that requires two hands to operate, a potential inconvenience for some.
Review: Best Travel Coffee (and Tea) Mugs, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
The Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser earns 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 500 reviews. Reviewers like the slim profile and temperature retention. Some reviewers complain the strainer mesh allows tea leaves into the mug, and others report leaks. There are also reports of a plastic taste, and complaints about too many parts.
Review: Thermos Nissan 12-Ounce Stainless-Steel Tea Tumbler with Infuser, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014
Martinowich praises the Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser for being well insulated, leak-proof and customized for tea drinkers. But he notes that the mug's tea tumbler is hand-wash only and a the strainer is the wrong size for some teas with large leaves.
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