The domestic vacuum flask has been around for more than 100 years, and for most of that time it has only been considered an item for carrying hot or cold drinks.

 

In the last 20 years competition by manufacturers and the development of new materials and technologies, has led to a range of thermos containers for every possible use. The traditional thermos bottle for keeping coffee hot has been joined by thermos food jars for carrying hot food,  insulated water bottles that keep drinks cold and can be used one-handed, and thermos travel mugs that allow you to brew your coffee at home and drink it on the subway.

By searching through the top selling and top reviewed vacuum containers on Amazon, and reading technical product descriptions, comments and reviews, (with special attention to the 6 Things To Look For When Buying A Vacuum Flask) Best Thermos has created a shortlist of the best thermoses.

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The Thermos Nissan Stainless Steel Flask is a traditional large thermos and keeps up to 10 cups of coffee or soup hot and fresh for up to 24 hours.

The only criticism is that it is bulky, and with dimensions of 14.1 x 5 x 4.6  inches and weighing in at  2.8 pounds that is a fair comment, but it does the job and it does it well.

The  Foogo Thermos Food Jar was specifically designed to keep food safe with babies and kids in mind and is top of the class. The jar itself is stainless steel and a wide mouth means it is easy to fill and eat from. All plastics are BPA free and FDA approved. To top it all, the Foogo comes in a variety of bright colors.

 

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Best Vacuum Water Bottle

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Thermos 24-Oz (709ml) Water Bottle

 

The Thermos Hydration Bottle is the best of it's type on the market. Where the object  is to keep a beverage cold, this bottle will keep your drink frosty for up to 12 hours, 10 times longer than an ordinary water bottle. It's wide neck means you can toss in a few ice blocks and the flip top lid means that it can be opened and used one-handed.

 

 

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Best Travel Coffee Mug

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 Zojirushi SM-KHE48NL 16-Oz (473ml) Travel Mug

 

Zojirushi SM-KHE48NL 16-Oz (473ml) Travel Mug

It used to be easy to define what a travel mug was, but the increased popularity of commuting with your morning coffee, or having the coffee shop fill your mug, has led to a variety of insulated flasks/mugs/containers that go by that name.

The Zojirushi SM-KHE48NL Stainless Steel Mug has a flask body, but in reality it is the Rolls Royce of insulated travel mugs. Not only does it keep coffee hot for hours but it is easy to clean and good looking. Another thing that makes it  an best choice is that it can be opened and used with just one hand. This makes it the ultimate travel mug.