Stanley Nineteen13 One-Hand Vacuum Mug
I have been using the Stanley One-Hand Mug all winter for my commute to work and back. We have had mornings in the low single digits, so a slug of hot coffee on the way to work is a very welcome thing. I tried a different bottle a couple of years ago, and was totally dissatisfied with it. It did not seal well and was hard to drink from. I find the Stanley to be everything I would like in a vacuum bottle.
The first thing to note is the indentation on the barrel of the mug. It fits a standard bottle cage perfectly. When I tried using it on a carbon cage, it seemed a little loose. It definitely benefits from having the restraint of a standard cage. The button to drink is large enough that I can depress it with even thick gloves on. That was a real weakness in the other bottle I tried, which had a recessed button on the top. The Stanley mug comes with a removable “grit guard” that keeps debris from getting in the drinking hole. For me, it is more trouble than it is worth, simply because I am riding on snow and ice most of the time, and I don’t care for the extra step of moving the guard out of the way. Happily, it is truly removable and is not a problem. I guess that if my ride were in a more dirty or dusty environment, I might be more inclined to use it.
Does it keep the coffee hot? Yes. Stanley has not been in business for 100 years without getting a lot of things right. This is right. On the coldest mornings of the year, my coffee has reached a comfortable drinking temperature about 40 minutes into my ride. I know that if I preheated the bottle before starting the ride, it would last longer. As it is, I want to be able to drink on the bike, so keeping it too hot would be counter-productive. Once I get to work and go into a warm environment, it keeps warm/hot for as long as it takes me to drink. I can’t complain about the temperature at all.
Cleaning the bottle is easy. The lid disassemble in seconds and goes together just as well.
After using the bottle 4–5 mornings a week for four months, it is starting to get a little bit of character (scratching) around the indentation and the bottom. These are the points of contact with the cage. This may be a point about the cheap cage I use, or it might just be expected with regular use.
Stanley says on their website that it fits a car’s cup holder. While this is true for diameter, I find that it is a little tall for the center console of my car. The same is true of many bottles, so I don’t blame Stanley. When you work with the limited diameter of a cup holder, the only way to add volume is in the height. If I were looking for a vacuum mug just for the car, this would not be my first choice. For the bike though, it is my only choice.
- Keeps coffee warm.
- Doesn’t leak.
- Easy to drink, even with gloves.
- Fits bike cage.
- Scratching that may not be Stanley’s fault.