Sure, you always mean to bring your own to-go cup on your Starbucks run. But when you’re already carrying a tote bag with your lunch, gym clothes, and water bottle, adding another thing to your haul can feel impossible.
But what if I told you that this tumbler was better than the plastic cups to-go coffee is served in? That it will actually keep your drink colder than a plastic cup would, without the messy condensation all over your desk? And, best of all, that the straw won’t bang against everything else in your bag or get dirty when you’re on the go?
All of that is true with the S’ip by Swell Takeaway Tumbler from Target. Yes, $24.99 may seem like a lot to pay for a to-go coffee tumbler, but trust us, it’s worth it.
What sets the S’well tumbler apart?
This tumbler will keep any drink cold for hours. If you’re someone whose iced coffee is never quite cold enough, it’s a dream come true. Plus, again, there’s no condensation on the outside of the cup.
What truly sets this container apart, though, is its genius straw design. It’s not a curved straw—it’s two separate, smaller straw pieces, with a rubber coating connecting them. That means you can fold the top down to fit inside your bag, without the top part getting dirty. You can even use a piece of tape to hold it down until you’re ready to use the cup. And the rubber part keeps the straw from moving around while you’re walking.
Like so many others, my husband and I ordered a pack of stainless steel straws from Amazon after seeing the photo of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose. They’re great, but they don’t fit perfectly with most reusable coffee cups. That means they’re often moving around in the drink opening and are difficult to use on the go.
Reusable tumblers with plastic straws, meanwhile, can be a challenge to carry. The plastic can break if something else hits it, which means they’re not the most packable items. This tumbler solves those issues and eliminates the excuses I might make about not bringing a reusable cup on my next Starbucks run. (It also holds 24 ounces of liquid, the size of a venti iced drink at the chain.)
For disabled people who need plastic straws, this isn’t an option, and I know I’m privileged to be able to afford and use a product like this one. But for the able-bodied, switching to reusable containers can help reduce plastic pollution. And, yes, it might help the sea turtles, too.
I’ve tried a number of plastic and metal travel mugs, and this one is by far the best. If you’re new to the reusable mug game, you can’t go wrong with this S’well tumbler. It’s sturdy, reliable, and easy to carry. And the fact that it comes in seriously cute patterns is just an added bonus.
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