Last Updated: 30-06-20

10 Best Coffee Mugs 2020

If you love drinking coffee, then a good old coffee mug is a must.

They are larger than espresso cups, for a more homely serving of the brew. They can not only hold just the right amount of coffee you need to wake you up, but can also look decorative and match other accents in your home.

A mug should hold around 350ml of liquid, and be a bit less formal than tea and coffee cups, making them the perfect everyday go-to.

For this reason, it is a big decision to make. You want to ensure you buy something which is reliable, so check out or reviews of the best coffee mugs below…

Our Top Picks

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Le Creuset Stoneware Grand Mug
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9.2 x 11.6 cm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Material: Stoneware
  • Capacity: 400 ml
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Ello Jane Ceramic Mug
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Material: Ceramic, Silicone
  • Capacity: 511 ml
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Sabichi Sketch Mugs
  • Dimensions: 23.9 x 22.1 x 13.2 cm
  • Weight: 495 g x 4
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Capacity: 568 ml x 4
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The Best Coffee Mugs

1.
Le Creuset Stoneware Grand Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7 x 9.2 x 11.6 cm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Material: Stoneware
  • Capacity: 400 ml

The definitive stoneware coffee mug, Le Creuset’s Grand Mug, offers a fantastically durable material in a unique and fashionable shape and design.

Available in ten dazzling gradient colours, this mug has a large capacity of 400 ml without appearing chunky or obstacle-like, with a sleek, tapering shape and easy-grip handle making it striking and stylish in look and feel.

The stoneware surface is also not only durable and chip-resistant, but also non-porous, meaning it will never absorb smells or flavours.

With versatile use in an oven, microwave or dishwasher, it’s the modern mug for the modern mocha drinker.

Reasons to Buy

  • Scratch & chipping resistant
  • 10 colours available
  • Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not part of a set

2.
Ello Jane Ceramic Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Material: Ceramic, Silicone
  • Capacity: 511 ml

Don’t you just hate it when someone in the office uses your personal mug?

If so, it’s about time you got yourself a truly unique little utensil, which both stands out from the riff raff and makes you the envy of the rest of the workplace.

The Ello Jane Ceramic Mug is that utensil, with an unmistakable appearance and so many extra features that a colleague would have to be a borderline thief to even risk pouring their own brew in there.

A giant 500 ml + size ensures that you can stay replenished for long periods of time, meaning less trips to the tea room and more focus while at your desk. A comfy carry handle means it’s also a dream companion on the commute in, with a friction fit slider lid to prevent spills while on the move.

It’s also got all your health and safety fears covered, with a silicone boot that provides protection to the ceramic on impact and acts as a built-in coaster to desk countertops.

And when it comes to clearing up before hometime, it’s a dishwasher safe option too!

At home or away, it’s sure to become your coffee mug mainstay!

Reasons to Buy

  • Microwave & dishwasher safe
  • Splash-resistant lid
  • Built-in coaster

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not completely leak-proof

3.
Le Creuset Stoneware Mugs

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.2 x 12.3cm
  • Weight: 680 g
  • Material: Stoneware
  • Capacity: 350 ml x 2

Le Creuset is undeniably one of the most respected, revered and requested crockery brands on the market, making this set of 2 a sensitive and special gift for the coffee lover in your life.

Coming in a unique cerise colour of dark red, these mugs are gift boxed and exclusive to John Lewis.

Each mug is artisan-made and beautifully proportioned before being embossed with Le Creuset branding, making them a perfect addition to any collectors crockery set!

Made from specialist clays and fired at the highest temperatures, their stoneware material also provides exceptional thermal resistance to maintain a heart-warmingly hot coffee and scratch-resistant durability.

It’s rare a set of mugs can be so strong and so sleek in style!

Reasons to Buy

  • Gift-boxed
  • Easy to clean
  • Corrosion and wear-resistant

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

4.
Royal Doulton Coffee Studio 4 Set

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13.3 x 10.3 x 11 cm
  • Weight: 467 g
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Capacity: 265 ml x 4, 560 ml x 4

Royal Doulton Coffee Studio is a very popular tableware brand and is famous for their signature, half-dipped salt-glazed pieces, giving crockery a Mark Rothko-esque vibe.

This mixed mug set of 4 offers up a quadrant of their classy coffee cups, with brown, blue, silver and grey dip designs and a choice of a Small or Grande capacity collection.

Constructed from handmade porcelain, a lot of love goes into each individual mug and the design evokes a sophisticated style just waiting to be filled to the brim with your favourite roast!

Our favourite thing about this set though is that it comes gift-boxed, meaning this is one of the few mug sets we’ve chosen that is a ready-made present for the cappuccino connoisseur in your life!

Reasons to Buy

  • Gift-boxed
  • Microwave & oven safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • No medium/standard size mug

5.
Bloomingville Carla Mugs 4 Set

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 8.5 cm
  • Weight: 250 g x 4
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Capacity: 300 ml

We’re not sure why, but Bloomingville mugs seem to carry a subtle class and eminence about them that other ceramic goods makers just cannot compete with.

Their modus operandi is simple, yet effective, priding themselves on using fine quality ceramics adorned with scaled back (but still appealing) hand-painted patterns.

Our favourite of their mugs is this set of 4 named Carla, featuring designs based on old-fashioned Japanese china with blue, green, orange and red patterns, all floral in nature.

After being hand-painted, the ceramics are then glazed to ensure the delicate mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe, locking in their beauty for as long as possible.

Although not the biggest mugs out there, they certainly beat out most others in terms of their attractiveness!

Reasons to Buy

  • 4 unique patterned designs
  • Dishwasher & Microwave Safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Less insulation

6.
La Cafetière Brights Aqua Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 12 x 9 cm
  • Weight: 313 g
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Capacity: 400 ml

Adding a dash of colour to your kitchen, this sturdy ceramic mug from La Cafetiere combines rustic style with a modern shade of brilliant aqua.

Providing you with a generous 400ml serving of coffee, the mug features an unusual ribbed finish to add extra grip, while a smooth, curvaceous shape allows for a more primitive cupping technique for those cold winter nights.

With a textured handle for comfortable handling, it’s a durable, glossy mug that’s designed to make groggy mornings that little bit brighter!

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Ribbed finish for comfy, secure handling
  • Dishwasher & Microwave Safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not part of a set

7.
Sabichi Sketch Mugs

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 23.9 x 22.1 x 13.2 cm
  • Weight: 495 g x 4
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Capacity: 568 ml x 4

Sometimes the only things you need when looking for a mug are durability, reliability and value for money. But unfortunately in the world of crockery and coffee mugs, that can often be hard to come by.

Thankfully, this set from Sabichi allows coffee cravers to get their claws on four mugs for the price of one, in a set that doesn’t skimp on quality and still manages to boast an appetising aesthetic.

Available in blue, red or grey sketch patterns, this collection does not hold back on capacity, providing a satisfyingly humongous 568ml per mug, perfect for those who prefer their coffee in pints!

Dishwasher and microwave safe they’re a fantastic option for everyday use.

Reasons to Buy

  • 3 colours available
  • Very large capacity

Reasons to Avoid

  • May be too large for some

8.
Portobello Bone China Mugs

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 9.8 cm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Material: China
  • Capacity: 400 ml

If you like your coffee utensils a little more delicate and pretty as opposed to strong and clunky, these eye-catching floral china cups from Portobello may be just to your fancy.

Coming in eight unique designs, Portobello’s fine bone china is of the highest quality, featuring a footed base for stability and an aesthetically pleasing glossy finish. The high quality bone mineral content ensures increased hardness and light transmission compared to porcelain, resulting in a thinner but higher intensity material with long lasting shine.

Despite their delicacy, these mugs are also dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean and practical for everyday use.

They’re the simplest way to bring effortless elegance to your coffee break.

Reasons to Buy

  • 8 floral designs available
  • Microwave & dishwasher safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • More fragile than others

9.
Alice in Wonderland Alice Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 12 cm
  • Weight: 398 g
  • Material: Bone China
  • Capacity: 300 ml

A piece designed exclusively for Whittards, this bone china structure is the perfect coffee mug to help spoil a mad hatter’s tea party.

Part of a gorgeous set of mugs, teapots and other crockery, it features a stunning illustration lifted from right out of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice In Wonderland publication, in a quaint blue colour.

Although Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts mugs are available too, our favourite is this quirky cup of Alice and a Flamingo in a neat 300ml size.

Nicely balanced and comfortable to hold, it’s sure to have you and your guests grinning like a Cheshire cat!

Reasons to Buy

  • Original Alice In Wonderland illustration
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Fine china material

Reasons to Avoid

  • Smaller capacity

10.
Contigo West LoopAutoseal Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 9 x 19.8 cm
  • Weight: 327 g
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 473 ml, 568 ml

Travelling without a leak-proof coffee cup is a mug’s game, as no one likes to leave a trail of java stains behind them wherever they go.

So if you’re a caffeine-addicted commuter who always has your cappuccino on the move, we’d recommend the Contigo autoseal mug, an ingenious and innovative new travel option.

Designed to eliminate spills by sealing the mug between sips, Contigo’s patented autoseal technology utilises a leak and spill-proof lid with a button-activated lid-lock system.

Simply push the button to open up the vacuum insulated mug and replenish your coffee stores, while a thermalock double-wall provides up to 5 hours of heat.

Fitting most car cup holders and single-serve coffee machines, it’s the perfect mug for the fast modern lifestyle.

Reasons to Buy

  • 20 colours available
  • Leak and spill proof
  • Keeps drinks hot for 5 hours

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not dishwasher safe

Coffee Mug Buying Guide

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COFFEE MUG

Ceramics

The vast majority of coffee mugs are ceramics, meaning they are constructed from clay and heated in a kiln-fire for added durability.

Although a lot of mugs will have their material merely described as ceramic, higher quality items tend to boast a more detailed description of the material, as different clays and kiln-methods can create pottery that vastly differs in its properties, colour and strength.

Here are some of the many you may see when browsing, and how they differ from one another.

Earthenware

Created at low temperatures, Earthenware creates a strong and practical ceramic, perfect for everyday use. Its cream colour and low firing temperatures allow for more heavily designed pieces.

Stoneware

One of the strongest ceramics, it’s very popular due to its wear and tear resistant durability. Can also withstand intense heat making it oven and microwave proof.

Porcelain

Slightly more delicate than other ceramics but still displaying good strength and durability. It is often white or translucent in colour.

Fine china

Unlike bone china, fine china uses a synthetic bone ash to make it a more affordable option whilst still boasting strength and delicacy.

Bone china

Made from 40% bone ash, bone china is thin yet durable material which is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It’s often more expensive than other ceramics and is traditionally seen as a formal tableware material.

Non-ceramic

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular option for mugs which are designed to retain high levels of heat. Although not the nicest in appearance, they’re certainly the best value for money, as they are much more durable than ceramics and are also usually more portable.

Silicone

Often used as a malleable, foldable travel mug material, silicone is microwave safe and a great leak-proof container.

Features To Look Out For

Material

Especially if ceramic, try and find out what specific type of material a mug is, as some will be better than others for your specific needs.

Stoneware is the most durable material, but the most clunky in appearance, whereas bone china is the most delicate but a lot more appealing in appearance.

Dishwasher, Oven & Microwave Safe

We are people of the 21st century and so having a mug which you can quickly zap with a few microwaves or chuck in your dishwasher without a thought are huge bonuses!

Otherwise, you’re coffee can never be rescued if cold and your mug is going to be tougher to clean!

Comfort

Think about things like weight, ergonomic handles and shape when looking at a mug as the act of drinking coffee should never be an actual struggle!

Design

Remember these mugs are going to be seen around your home and perhaps even displayed, so make sure to pick one that goes with the colours of your home or existing china and tableware sets to avoid creating eyesores and colour clashes!

FAQs

What size mug do I need?

In general, we would recommend 300 – 400 ml as the standard mug size which should cover the preferences of most coffee drinkers.

Below 300 ml is probably only suitable for espresso servings and larger than 400ml is going to be a seriously large brew, with anything over 500ml approaching a pints worth!

What is the best mug material?

We believe the best material to be stoneware if used at home, as the ceramic quality is easily the strongest and can withstand dishwashers, ovens and microwaves as well as prevent chips and scratches that other materials often suffer.

If purchasing a travel mug, we suggest stainless steel options which will retain heat better.

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