Stanley has been making insulated drink products since 1913. Clearly, they've learned a thing or two over the past 98 years, as their new One Handed Vac Mug is simply the best to-go mug we've ever tested. Like dozens of other fancy to-go mugs, this 16-ounce, vacuum-insulated thermos/mug hybrid is 100% spillproof, allowing you to confidently throw it in your bag (along with your computer, fancy gadgets, or documents) when it's time to head out the door. Then, when it's time to drink, a press of a button allows you to do so. Along the way, it will keep your drink hot for at least six hours, even in cold temperatures.
But a few things set it apart. Unlike all the lesser thermos/mug hybrids, it isn't made out of cheap plastic, the moving pieces won't break after a few months, and the exterior coating won't start delaminating after a dozen or so trips through the washing machine. Plus, it's designed to fit in a standard bike cage. And it has a nifty little feature we've come to love: a retracting lip cover / grit guard keeps dirt, dog hair, weird lint in your messenger bag, and road grime off of the drinking surface. Best of all, the thing is guaranteed for life. Over the past few weeks, I've been driving, biking, and generally abusing the Vac Mug, and I couldn't be happier. It's simply the most streamlined, smartly-designed, and (so far at least) sturdily-constructed mug around. Available September 2011, $24, stanley-pmi.com.
—Berne Broudy; @berneb