Tips for Buying a Thermos for the Cold Weather Ahead
A thermos is a great idea for anyone that doesn’t work in an office and needs to keep their beverages hot or cold while on the road or working onsite. Unlike a thermal coffee mug, a thermos is larger and may hold several cups of your beverage, and they work for hot and cold beverages alike and can also be used for soups and stews.
The word ‘thermos’ actually started as a brand name several decades ago but today it’s used to describe this insulated beverage holder of any brand, and since they can be expensive, deciding on the right one to buy is important.
The best thermos will be a double-walled, stainless steel construction. The double wall allows heat or cold air to settle between the walls so your food or beverage is more protected. Stainless steel will last longer than any other material and is more durable than glass. Plastic may release BPAs, which are dangerous chemicals, into your food or drink. When you use a stainless steel thermos, you cannot heat it in the microwave before using but its safety and durability are key factors.
The type of thermos you choose and its size are also important. For those on the go, a thermos with a long shoulder strap is good so you don’t need to carry it in your hands. If you have a lunchbox or lunch bucket you take with you such as to a job-site, you may want a thermos that fits in the box, in the top. If you don’t want one that small, a shoulder strap can keep your thermos from being lost or misplaced.
Be sure to invest in a thermos that is large enough for your needs. You may assume you’ll only carry a cup of coffee or two with you to the job-site but once you realize how nice it is to have fresh brewed coffee or to be able to enjoy hot soup while out on the road, you’ll realize the importance of a thermos that is large enough for you. A nice cup on the top is also good, and you may also want a separate handle on the side or top for easy carrying when you don’t use the shoulder strap.
Some thermoses have additional elements such as a small hole in the lid you can open for a quick sip without unscrewing the thermos, and others even have a built-in tea strainer! Take the time to shop all these additional elements for your thermos so you can find what works best for you. This will keep you toasty warm on the job-site this winter.