<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/contigogiveaway.jpg” />We’ll be taking a look at 2 different travel mugs from Contigo today. The first is called the AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug, which is able to hold 16 oz. (473 ml) and keep drinks hot for 4 hours or cold for up to 12 hours. The second travel mug is called the AUTOSEAL Elle Double Wall Insulated Mug, which is made of plastic and can hold 14 oz. (414 ml) — keeping drinks hot for 1 hour and cold for 4 hours.
Both mugs are available from Contigo in several colours and isn’t very expensive. We’ll take you through both the mugs and a short field test to see if the numbers hold true. We’ll also be giving away 2 West Loop mugs and 2 Elle mugs this week. So find out how you can win them after the jump.
First up, the West Loop. This mug is made out of stainless steel and comes in a variety of colours: silver, blue, green, black, red, purple and one in red stripes. Regardless of their colour, all West Loop mugs feature Contigo’s AUTOSEAL self-sealing lid, which is 100% spill- and leak-proof. To sip, one only needs to push the release button and let go to seal the lid. This makes drinking from the mug very accessible. No uncapping and pouring required — which is quite convenient.
The double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel body is stylishly attractive and functional in providing temperature retention. The lid screws on to the body very tightly and so far, I’ve never encountered any leaking. The body is also contoured so that it’s much easier to hold.
I ran a couple of tests to see if the West Loop managed to keep my drinks hot or cold close to Contigo’s claim of 4 and 12 hours respectively. The test was carried out in a room with no wind and both the mugs were kept stationary throughout the entire period.
By the end of the 4th hour, what started out as hot coffee was more luke-warm. I’d say that optimally, the West Loop would be able to hold hot drinks for a maximum of 3 hours, for your drinking pleasure. In reality, most of us would actually require a mug to carry hot drinks over short distances for a short period of time, but it’s good to know that after 3 hours, your coffee would still be drinkable.
For cold drinks, things actually looked better. My chilled orange juice was still coldish when sipped after 12 hours. And it continued to remain that way up to the 14th hour.
The thing I liked most about the West Loop is its body. It’s shaped very nicely and is quite light. It also looks very stylish. However, its strength is also its weakness. Since it’s made out of steel, it’s pretty malleable. Dropping a fluid-filled West Loop would mean dents and scratches all over.
Next up is the Elle mug. This one features the same AUTOSEAL lid that automatically opens when the button is pressed and seals shut when released. Over time, I’ve gotten to be really confident in the lid, assuring myself that it will never leak. The only difference between this lid and the one used in the West Loop is that little bit of rubber trim around the side.
Its double-walled body, being made from plastic is taller and slimmer than the West Loop. However, it doesn’t feature the vacuum insulation technology used in the West Loop and as a result, it holds drinks hot/cold for a shorter period of time; specifically, hot for 1 hour and cold for up to 4 hours. So the Elle would probably be better suited for people who drink quickly.
The Elle also comes in a variety of colours: pink, black and red. And since it’s made out of plastic, it’s more durable than the West Loop in certain instances; falling, for example.
I’m pretty happy to endorse Contigo’s West Loop and Elle travel mugs. They’re both stylish and functional, not to mention very impressive mugs. The one thing that you must keep in mind when using a Contigo mug that has an AUTOSEAL lid is that it may unlock itself if kept in a bag, which may result in an accidental spill. So these mugs are best used when held in your hand.
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