My Favorite Gadget Gift This Christmas: The Thermos Sipp
Knowing how much I love gadgets, my family members always try to find a gadget I've never seen or used before. No offense to the others, whose Christmas gifts were thoughtful and novel, but there was one gift from my sister that I have searched for, for years, I'd like to tell you about... a travel thermos that keeps my coffee hot for a few hours and that doesn't spill all over my car if I make a quick turn.
Look, I'm a coffee drinker and I like my coffee hot. I've tried nearly every to-go cup on the shelves of your favorite coffee house; they all end up at the local thrift shops. But this one, the Thermos Sipp 16-ounce Travel Tumbler, keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for several hours: hot drinks for 5 hours and cold drinks for 9 hours, according to Thermos.
Hammacher Schlemmer, which named the Sipp 'The Best Commuter Cup,' conducted tests that found the Sipp lost only 11° F after two hours, while other travel cups lost up to 41° F in the same time. Even more impressive, HS found that the Sipp kept ice cubes frozen for 24 hours, while ice thawed in other commuter cups in just a few hours.
Having tested the cup myself, I would suggest that the length of time a drink stays hot or cold depends on how hot or cold it was when it was poured into the Sipp and how many times you sip from it. The longer you keep the drinking mechanism open, the more heat or cold escapes from the container. Also the more liquid you drink, the more temperature is lost.
But the Sipp does about the best job a thermal cup can, and the best job I have found. The cup is double-walled stainless steel, and its unique lid affords the best vacuum seal in travel mug design - the top of which contains the open-close button and the bottom of which affords a tiny hook for your teabag! And when this baby is closed (red button up), it won't spill even if you hold it upside down and shake it.
Now, drinking successfully from the cup requires a bit of skill, one acquired only through experience, I'm afraid. If you don't get the tilt of the cup just right, you will either spill the liquid on yourself or you won't get any drink at all. Don't wear your best clothes while you are experimenting with the Sipp, but once you get the knack you won't need to worry.
I can't wait to get to my desk in the morning with my hot cuppa' joe in my favorite Christmas gadget. You can get yours here.