Tea drinkers who want to brew their drink on the go should check out the stainless-steel Highwave JoeMo TC Tea (Est. $19) . Reviewers say the built-in infuser has fine mesh that keeps most tea leaves out of the body of the mug. The JoeMo also wins raves for its leak-proof design and admirable temperature retention, with reviewers saying their drinks stay hot or cold for much of the day. However, some say the lid can be hard to get squeaky clean, and the mug is not dishwasher-safe. While the mug fits in cup holders, the push button can be tricky to operate, some say.
The stainless-steel Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser (Est. $22 for a 12-ounce mug) is also top-notch at keeping drinks hot or cold, reviewers say. The mug wins praise for durability and a simple, easy-to-wash design that is comfortable to hold and fits in most cup holders. Like the JoeMo, the mug comes with a built-in infuser, but some owners complain the mesh isn't fine enough to keep tea leaves out of their drink. Experts say this mug also isn't a good pick for commuters, since it requires two hands to use and there are several parts to keep track of.
If you want an alternative to stainless steel and plastic, Sun's Tea Ultra Clear Double-Wall Glass Travel Mug (Est. $17) is made of borosilicate glass, which can stand up to very hot or cold temperatures. Experts praise the mug's elegant look and leak-proof design, and owners love the large capacity and easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe body. The built-in tea strainer gets mixed reviews: Most say it keeps tea leaves out of the mug's body, but others complain it doesn't stay in place while drinking. Experts also note that heat retention could be much better and caution that glass isn't as durable as plastic or stainless steel.