Within this column, I sometimes have the opportunity to recap testers’ product reviews on products from my childhood. It’s not often someone fondly remembers a thermos in great detail unless it’s the iconic Stanley® green thermos. For me, it was Little League football and our coach took his thermos to every practice and game. Even my father carried the green icon on all our fishing and camping trips throughout the years. I can even recall a Stanley print ad showing the thermos frozen in a block of ice dispensing hot liquid into the cap that also served as the cup.
Stanley was founded in 1913 and is much more than just a thermos company. They offer full lines of drink ware, food storage, coolers/jugs and camping cookware. We received a range of products from a few of their collection including hydration, travel essentials and camping gear. We elected to focus on the hydration and travel essentials to cover the widest group of stores.
First up was the 20 oz. Trigger-Action Travel Mug followed by the 24 oz. Quick-Flip GO Bottle. Both feature 18/8 stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulation and unlike many stainless tumblers/cups they are dishwasher safe. The trigger-action push button also means they are leakproof and packable for travel. All Stanley products carry the “Built For Life®” tagline backed by a lifetime warranty.
Normally our reviews are for specific uses and require specific testers. However, since both products are forms of drinkware our options were limitless. Our testers ranged from tradesmen to soccer moms. Each wanted a simple product that kept drinks cold/hot for hours and were easy to clean after a day’s use. Stanley bottles have survived bullets, 4,000-foot drops, Category 5 hurricanes and according to our soccer mom, the most difficult challenge—a child’s class field trip to the zoo.
All our reviews reported outstanding thermal properties keeping beverages cold/hot for hours on end. One tester reported accidentally leaving the mug on the kitchen counter overnight with the top off, only to find it the next morning with ice still remaining. Our soccer moms reported the thermos survived the field trip to the zoo, albeit with a few new battle scars.
There are numerous companies in the stainless steel tumbler/cups category. Stanley is still the benchmark after more than 100 years. The product line from Stanley is wide-ranging and sure to fit any hardware store’s product mix.