When your coffee or tea cools off before you get a chance to take a sip, you need an insulated mug. Tervis offers a thick-walled tumbler that can keep your beverage either hot or cold. Here, we’ll look at the company behind Tervis Mugs, plus discuss what we love and don’t necessarily like about the product.
About Tervis Mugs
In 1946, the first Tervis mug was born, along with the company itself. The two co-founders created the first insulated tumbler, and business hasn’t changed much since. With its main factory based in Florida, Tervis centers on plastic products that cater to consumers’ unique hydration needs and styles.
Though plastic isn’t the most desirable material for household goods, Tervis recognizes its responsibility to keep the planet clean. Its original tumbler replaced single-use plastics, which was an excellent start. These days, the brand focuses on cleanup and recycling efforts to protect the ocean and the local landscape.
Products that come out of the Florida factory feature sustainable packing materials. Eventually, the company hopes to go zero-waste, even recycling every product in their lineup when consumers finish with them.
With the company’s background and motivation in mind, let’s look at what we like—and don’t—about Tervis mugs, specifically.
What We Like Best
Tervis Mugs are highly durable since they use plastic construction. The BPA-free materials help insulate your drink, whether it starts out hot or cold. Thick insulation prevents heat transfer without making the mug too bulky.
The construction also helps prevent condensation, meaning your cup won’t become slippery no matter how long your drink sits. So, if you prefer iced coffee or subzero tea, this mug can accommodate.
Durable materials mean your cup can likely survive a few drops. A large handle and lightweight design make your mug ultra-portable. Although, you may want a tumbler-style cup when you’re on the go. Or, at the very least, you may decide on adding a lid to your mug.
Though you might not expect a lot of style from a plastic mug, we like the attractive appearance of Tervis’ design. It doesn’t look like plastic from afar—instead resembling a clear glass mug. The rounded edges also help with its stylish look.
If you want a more customized look, you can also order a more colorful, clear-plastic mug or customize one. After all, Tervis became popular decades ago for customization options (and even glitter tumblers).
Many of the mugs come with tumbler lids (or you can add one for a few dollars). This means you can take your favorite mug on the go, without resorting to a tumbler that lacks a handle.
The product options also include different solid-color tumblers, such as amethyst purple or black quartz. Lid colors also complement the design on your cup if you skip the crystal-clear option.
At 16 ounces, the size is ideal for most serious coffee and tea drinkers. Of course, the capacity is more like 12 or 13 ounces, which is still adequate for most consumers, especially if you’re at home enjoying a beverage.
At the same time, the company’s efforts toward cleaning up the planet are impressive. Though some folks prefer ceramic or glass mugs, if you want a plastic option, Tervis is an excellent choice. We also like that they have zero-waste goals and use sustainable packaging when shipping their products out.
What We Don't Like
While we appreciate Tervis’ commitment to producing consumer- and planet-friendly plastic, the fact remains that plastic tends to hold flavors. Especially if you let your coffee or tea sit around, your Tervis mug might start smelling or tasting like your favorite beverage. For some customers, that might be a sticking point that nixes Tervis from their shopping list.
For optimal insulation, whether your drink is hot or cold, Tervis Mugs are a worthwhile investment. Anyone who sets down their mug and forgets it knows how crucial a bit of extra insulation can be for their sipping experience.
Plastic makes for a comfortable and reliable beverage container that won’t degrade or wind up in a landfill—since Tervis is conscious about recycling their products and preventing waste.
With Tervis Mugs, you can take your cup nearly anywhere and know that your drink will stay at the right temperature. Different color options and styles also mean the cups can be personalized to suit any taste or need, whether you drink your coffee at home or take your tea on the go in the car.