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When enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in the morning, it’s nice to sip it while it’s still warm.
However, if you’re getting ready in the morning or you get distracted easily, it doesn’t take long for your coffee to slowly get freezing cold–and nobody likes that.
The great news is that you don’t have to keep drinking cold coffee. We’ve collected a list of some of the most effective mug warmers to keep your cup of coffee warm for as long as possible.
What is a Mug Warmer?
A mug warmer is a device that works similar to the way electric kettles do. It has heating coils and elements that gradually heat and maintain a steady temperature. Therefore, not only does it warm up your coffee after it has cooled down some, but it keeps it warm for hours.
Most mug warmers are electric, allowing you to plug them into a wall socket or a USB port. They are also flat and disc-like in shape, making a platform for you to place your cup on for it to be heated.
Why Do I Need a Mug Warmer?
First off, because they’re simple yet nifty little tools that won’t only make you feel fancy when you use them, but will also make sipping your coffee a lot more relaxed. And (if we’re being honest here) they’re just plain fun.
However, chances are, a nice mug warmer will make sipping your hot coffee a more enjoyable experience. If you’re a person who likes to slowly sip their coffee as they get ready in the mornings, or if you need a way to keep your coffee warm while working at the office, a good mug warmer may just become your new best friend.
Mug warmers allow you to go about your business without having to worry about your cup of coffee turning cold. Furthermore, they give you much more freedom and permission to get distracted from drinking your coffee without losing your coffee’s temperature or freshness.
Different Kinds of Warmers
There are many different kinds of mug warmers out there for you to compare and contrast. The great news with this is that there’s likely to be a style that fits everything you need in a mug warmer. Here are just a few varieties for you to consider.
Traveling thermoses have been the companions of many road-runners for several years now. One of the most classic ways to keep your coffee warm, the thermos is an insulated mug or container that allows you to sip on a serving of brewed coffee, hours after you’ve already brewed it.
Electric Hot Plate
Hot plates are normally what many envision when they think of a mug warmer. Typically, these consist of a flat, disc-like platform that you can connect to a power outlet. This tool is one of the most simple ways to keep your mug warm while multitasking with other things you have to accomplish throughout the day.
Another common, more modern way to keep your coffee warm is through electric cups. These magnificent mugs are chargeable, and they can keep your coffee warm for a few hours at a time without being directly connected to a power source. A lot of them are also heavily insulated, made out of materials like metal or ceramic.
USB Port Mug Warmers
Perhaps one of the more modern innovations in the mug warming industry, USB port mug warmers are able to be connected to devices like your computer in order to keep your coffee warm. This is ideal for those who find themselves working on their computers and simultaneously sipping coffee while working.
We’ve scoured high and low, and we’ve gathered a list of some of the best mug warmers on the market right now.
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
Efficient and affordable, the Mr. Coffee mug warmer is perfect for those who don’t need anything super fancy, but just need something to get the job done. This Mr. Coffee machine is simple to use and easily portable as well.
The cord is about 60 inches long, making it able to function in a variety of places. You can also leave it on for several hours at a time and it will still continue to keep your coffee warm for long amounts of time. It has about 17 watts of power, and it packs quite a punch for its small size.
Ember Temperature Control Mug
The Ember goes above and beyond in performance, durability, and complexity. Not only does this handy-dandy innovation keep your coffee warm, but its sturdy in structure and sleek in its appearance. So, it won’t only look great, but its designed for long term usage too.
Made of stainless steel with an outer ceramic coat, the Ember is strong enough to handle up to 10 ounces of coffee when heating. As if its appearance wasn’t impressive already, the Ember is also extremely efficient. It doesn’t completely rely on electricity, the battery life on this little machine lasts about 1.5 hours, making sure your coffee is heated for as long as you need.
Furthermore, the Ember also comes with a smartphone app that allows you to control temperature, receive notifications, and edit your presets. Moreover, even with all of these technological features, the Ember is also safe to hand wash and can be submerged in water up to 1 meter.
VOBAGA Coffee Mug Warmer
The VOBAGA is elegant and simple in design2 but is even more impressive in performance. It has a smooth and flat heating/insulation area that is an efficient method of keeping your coffee warm.
It has three temperature settings: 104, 131, and 149 degrees F. Instead of keeping your coffee at one temperature for a continuous amount of time, it decreases the temperature in intervals. Shutting off automatically after 4 hours, this steady decrease in temperature corresponds with the steady decrease in the amount of coffee in your mug as you sip it.
Made with metal that’s waterproof, the VOBAGA is safe from the risk of any accidental mess or spillage. It’s also sturdy in structure due to the four non-skid feet underneath the plate that keeps it steady when in use. Furthermore, the plate is also covered with a high tech polyimide film that keeps it both heat resistant and fire resistant.
Smart Mug Car Bottle Warmer
Wanna hit the road? Well then make sure your coffee stays warm for as long as you’re traveling. The Smart Mug uses the automobile outlet in your vehicle to power itself, making a constant source of energy. As far as material is concerned, it’s sturdy and safe in design, made from stainless steel.
Likewise, the Smart Mug can be programmed to different temperatures, from 86 to 194 degrees F. After reaching the designated temperature, the temperature will be maintained for as long as you desire it to be.
And if that wasn’t enough, it also has an LCD screen that changes colors to notify you as to what process is occurring. There are two modes of color: the red indicates when the Smart Mug is heating up, and the blue indicates when the heating process has been completed. All in all, it’s a dependable, extremely portable, and reasonably affordable.
COSORI CO194 Coffee Mug Warmer
Made from smooth solid stainless steel, the COSORI mug warmer is elegant and sophisticated in appearance. However, it’s performance is equally as impressive. Designed with a clear LCD screen display, to begin warming all you need to do is use the up and down arrow keys to adjust your temperature settings.
Everything about the COSORI is centered around dependability and durability. Since it’s primarily made with stainless steel, it’s able to handle any sudden drops, bangs, or accidental spillage. Furthermore, steel can hold heat well, so your cup of coffee stays as toasty as can be.
Where temperature control is concerned, this powerful machine is able to continuously maintain around 131 degrees F. And if Fahrenheit isn’t your forte, there’s also an option to measure your temperature in Celsius.
Nomodo Wireless Fast Charger with Mug Warmer
Arguably the fanciest and most unique on our list, the Nomodo allows you to do a variety of things. One impressive feature is the ability to enjoy your coffee at any temperature you desire because the Nomodo has both warming AND cooling abilities.
The Nomodo can accomplish both heating and cooling features through its versatile plate. In addition, the Nomodo also comes with a complementary mug that has a metal plate on the bottom to better influence temperature control. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also able to wirelessly charge your phone.
Nope, you didn’t misread that. It can ACTUALLY charge your phone. This makes the Nomodo a perfect accessory for anyone who isn’t just busy, but finds themselves moving at 90mph all day, every day. The Nomodo goes above and beyond as far as versatility is concerned, and it’s one of the most creative innovations we’ve seen so far. Here’s a quick review of this quirky gadget by Unbox Therapy:
YEOSEN Coffee Mug Warmer
For those not needed a lot of extra tricks and tools with their coffee mug warmer, the YEOSEN should suffice just fine. Made with a sleek and simple design, the YEOSEN is easy to use, easy to clean and easy on your wallet. The warmer itself waterproof, making it less of a hassle to clean after any spillage.
It has three main options for warming your coffee: 131, 149, and 167 degrees F. You can select any of these temperatures to warm your coffee with. This can be super helpful for those who aren’t looking for super intense of hands-on mug warmers and want to press as few buttons as possible.
Perhaps the most important feature of the YEOSEN is its automatic shut off after 4 hours of heating time. Furthermore, it also has a gravity sensor that will pause heating when you remove the cup from the surface of the warmer. All in all, this little machine is efficient, affordable, and will get the job done over time.
Before You Buy…
For any avid coffee lover, purchasing a mug warmer can be both an exciting, but also slightly overwhelming experience. Due to this, we recommend you keep these following characteristics in mind when deciding which mug warmer “style” would be the best fit for you.
The material that your warmer is made out of is automatically going to define how well it is going to perform. Obviously, warmers made of plastic and lower quality materials aren’t going to last you as long as warmers made out of solid, sturdier material like stainless steel.
Likewise, the material of the warmer will also determine how well it does its job. Stainless steel warmers will heat your coffee better because metal is a better conductor of heat in comparison to materials like glass or plastic.
Depending on how much you’d like to splurge, you can either purchase a warmer that gets the basic job of warming done, or you can purchase one that does a multitude of things. However, our best advice is to get a machine that works well without breaking the bank. Thankfully, there are many mug warmers out there that typically range anywhere from $10-$40 that perform well and get the job done every time.
Since mug warmers are mainly designed to maintain efficiency, they should be compact to maintain physical efficiency. If you’re trying to warm your coffee without having to pay too much attention to it, you’ll probably want to be able to accomplish this in an area that doesn’t take up too much space.
Wanting to take your warming capabilities on the road? Then you’ll need to take portability into account. You can easily purchase warmers that are compact enough to be packed in a suitcase or a backpack, but there are options out there to not only take your warmers on the go, but use them in the middle of travel as well.
The fluctuation of temperature is also important to see how quickly and how effectively your machine is able to perform. Most warmers function but increasing and decreasing their temperature in intervals, and this controls how well your coffee is heated. Likewise, different warmers offer different temperatures and how effectively those temperatures can be reached.
If you’re considering purchasing a mug warmer, you should try and make sure that the length of the cord will suffice in the area where you plan to store it. Cord lengths vary from inches to several feet long, and some warmers may not even require electrical cords at all.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Even if you’ve taken all of the characteristics you need to consider before purchasing a mug warmer into account beforehand, you can still have some remaining questions. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions that you may be asking yourself.
How hot do mug warmers get?
When it comes to brewing temperatures, the ideal range Is around 195-205 degrees F. For drinking temperature, the sweet spot is around 136 degrees F. This is important to keep in mind when searching for warmers because some offer temperatures significantly cooler and hotter than this median temperature.
How long do mug warmers stay warm for?
Just as warmers offer a variety of temperature ranges, they also have different warming times and automatic shut-off times. Some shut off after an hour of heating, and others shut off after 4-5 hours. Really it just depends on how long you think you’ll be sipping on one (or multiple) cups of coffee throughout the day.
What size cups do mug warmers hold?
Most mug warmers have enough area space to support the size of an average coffee mug. Pretty much any regular looking coffee mug will fit just fine on the surface of the warmer, the average diameter of a mug base being around 80 mm. Though some mugs may be smaller or larger than the average, it shouldn’t really be that much of a hassle to accommodate.
At the end of the day, with so many options out there to choose from, the best way to decide which mug warmer would work best for you is to consider what you need out of your mug warmer. Do you care more about automatic warming temperatures or selecting your own temperature? Questions like this are going to determine which option will fit best for your needs.
So do some research, look around, and you’ll quickly be able to find one that best suits you.
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