12 Best Smoothie Containers (Travel Smoothie Cups / Mugs/Bottles)



12 Best Smoothie Containers for travel - never have to leave your smoothie at home again

12 Best Smoothie Containers (Travel Smoothie Cups/ Mugs/Bottles)

12 Best Smoothie Cups for Travelling

I have been getting a lot of people asking me what are the best smoothie containers for taking your smoothies out of the house to work or school or travelling with them. I own quite a few smoothie cups myself so I’m going to provide an honest review of these letting you know the pros and cons so you can make up your own mind. I will also highlight some other popular travel smoothie cups that you may like.

1 Blender Bottle with Wire Ball (Large 28 Oz)

12 Best Smoothie Cups for travel: Blender Bottle with Wire BallThis is a large blender bottle perfect for holding one serving of a Green Thickie.  It has a wire ball inside that can shake up your smoothie. It works well with powders that need to be whisked up with water, but it also does a good job of shaking up pre-blended smoothies if they have solidified a bit in the fridge.

Pros

These are nice and large but still fit very well in your hand. I haven’t experienced any leaks with this cup but the catch looks like it might be easily knocked open. This smoothie cup is nice and slim so fits well in your fridge door. The drinking hole is nice and wide so a thick smoothie easily slides out making it nice and easy to drink. They are dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Cons

As it doesn’t have a handle, it can be a bit slippy to hold especially if it’s been in the fridge. If you don’t lick excess smoothie off the inside of the catch once it’s open it can drip off on to you. It can have quite a strong plastic smell when you first buy it.

Marks: 8/10

You can read more about what others think of these Blender Bottles and buy one here.

2 Back to Basics SE3000 Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie Maker

Back to Basics SE3000 Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie MakerOK so this is actually a travel blender but I use the smoothie cup from this smoothie maker all the time. I blend up my Green Thickies in this high speed blender and then pour it into this smoothie mug. This blender has 3 speed settings and is good for blending frozen ingredients too. The smoothie mug is insulated and doubled as a travel mug.

Pros

This is a nice large container so perfect for a filling meal replacement smoothie. It has a handle so it’s really easy to drink and carry around with you while you are walking. It is easy to clean as the blade can be removed. A bonus is that the smoothie mug is insulated so your smoothie will stay nice and cool when you’re out and about. It’s perfect for travelling as it is a personal blender too. It is dishwasher safe. The thing I like best about this smoothie cup is it’s non spill. That’s one of the most important things for me in a container so that’s why this why I have awarded this the highest marks. It’s the cup I choose to use first over any of my other cups as I know I can put it in my bag or lying on it’s side in the fridge and it won’t leak. It comes with a 1 year warranty.

Cons

The drinking hole is a bit on the small side so it’s harder to drink Green Thickies out of it. I end up doing a bit of a shaking action as it goes into my mouth or watering down my smoothie a bit so it’s not too thick to come out of the hole. I have tried taking the lid off to drink the smoothie but the grooves don’t make for a very comfortable drinking experience. Despite this it’s still my smoothie mug of choice. This is a more expensive option as you’re buying a blender as well as a cup, but I believe it’s well worth it as you can easily fit this blender in your suitcase if you’re travelling.

Marks: 9/10

Need to make Green Thickies on the go?  Read more about the Back to Basics Blender and buy one here.

3 Bubba 52 oz Travel Mug

bubba 52 oz travel mugBubba kegs come in a range of sizes to completely suit your needs. Bubbas have dual wall insulation that keep hot food hot for up to 3 hours and cold food cold for up to 12 hours. There is also a bottle opener in the handle.

Pros

I love the large sized bubba mug that I can get my entire blender’s worth of smoothie inside if I want to take a large amount with me. The mug handle makes it very easy to drink despite the size. The drinking hole is just large enough for a thick smoothie to go through. The clasp attaches to the other side of the mug when it’s open so it doesn’t spring back in your face. It’s lovely to be able to take my smoothie with me on a hot day and leave it out in the sun knowing it’s going to stay cool.

Cons

The bubba mug is very thick so it adds a lot of bulk to the mug making it feel quite cumbersome and not so comfortable to handle. The major drawback of bubba mug is that it leaks if it’s laying on it’s side. There is an air hole that always remains open to let steam escape so it can never be fully leak proof. This is a major stumbling block for me as my massive bubba mug won’t fit in my fridge unless it’s lying on it’s side so I don’t end up using it. The bubba mug isn’t dishwasher safe.

Marks: 5/10

Looking to buy a Bubba?  Check out more reviews and get your hands on one here.

4 Thermos Hydro Active Sports Bottle, 450ml

Thermos Hydro Active Sports Bottle, 450mlThis water bottle is great for smoothies as it has a very large drinking hole. It has a removable ice tube which keeps your smoothie cool. Made with BPA free materials.

Pros

I love using this sports bottle for my smoothies as it’s so easy to drink my green thickies from due to the rapid flow designed for easy drinking. It’s very easy to hold and best of all the top is very easy to close and open by just pulling it, but yet it feels extremely secure and I’ve never had any leaks with it. It’s small enough to fit easily in your pocket and easy to hold and carry around. You can also keep this cool so it really does have everything going for it.

Cons

I think this smoothie bottle would win hands down if it was just a bit bigger. I can’t fit one serving of my meal replacement smoothie inside this so I always have to use it in combination with another smoothie container. I may get another one so I can get more use out of them as I really do love this container, it’s just a shame it doesn’t get much use.

Marks: 8/10

Have to have a Thermos Hydro?  Read what others think about it and buy one here.

5 Bormioli Rocco Fido Round Clear Mason Jar, 67 Ounce

Bormioli Rocco Fido Round Clear Mason Jar, 67 OunceIf you want to avoid plastics, you may want to consider keeping your smoothies in a mason jar. Mason jars have become extremely popular as smoothie storage solutions as they are completely air tight and BPA free.

Pros

I always feel better about storing my food in glass jars rather than plastic. These are so large I can get my whole blender’s worth of smoothie in one of these jars. They are air tight so I don’t have to worry about them leaking even if they are stored on their side.

Cons

They are so wide that I find it hard to find a place for them in my small fridge. I also find it hard to drink out of these so I end up pouring them into another container. They are fine for storing smoothies in the fridge but not so practical for travelling as they are breakable.

Marks: 5/10

You can find more reviews of the Bormioli Rocco Fido or buy one here.

I haven’t tried the following smoothie containers so I can’t give them a review, but you can read all the reviews that other people have left on Amazon if you click the links.

6 Camelbak Better Bottle

Camelbak Better BottleThese bottles can be bought in a variety of sizes and are deemed to be no spill as are like sippy cups for adults. You just bite and sip! The lid has a quick flip close and is easy to clean. They come in a variety of colour and are BPA free.

Check out what others think of the Camelbak or buy one here.

 

 

7 Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Travel Cup

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Travel CupThis blender cup will keep your smoothie nice and cold and has a mug which makes it easy to hold. It has a 12oz capacity so it’s on the small side. It is dishwasher safe.

You can find reviews of the Hamilton and buy one here.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Boston Warehouse Insulated Tumbler

Boston Warehouse Insulated TumblerThis 16 oz smoothie container is perfect for either hot or cold drinks. It has a built in straw for easy drinking. It has a very funky design so you can drink your smoothie in style! It has a double wall insulation so your smoothie will stay cooler longer. It is perfect for walking around with and is BPA free. It has to be hand washed.

Want to buy a Boston?  Read more reviews and grab one here.

 

 

 

9 Klean Kanteen Coffee Set Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle w/ 2 Caps (Stainless Loop Cap and Cafe Cap) – Brushed Stainless 12 oz

Klean Kanteen Coffee Set Wide Mouth Insulated BottleThis isn’t the biggest smoothie cup but it is made of stainless steel so it’s BPA free and smells don’t linger on it. It’s insulated so your smoothie will stay cold and it has a leak free design.

Check out what others think of the Klean Kanteen or buy one here.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Smart Shake bottle 20oz pink

Smart Shake bottle 20oz pinkThis blender bottle has compartments on the top where you can store powders if you use them before you mix it all together. It also has a clip for your keys at the gym. If you’re a fan of bright pink, then this bottle is the ultimate fashion accessory.

Need to take you Green Thickies to the gym?  Read more about the Smart Shake or buy one here.

 

 

 

 

 

11 Libbey Country Fair 16-Ounce Drinking Jar with Handle, Set of 12

Libbey Country Fair 16-Ounce Drinking Jar with Handle, Set of 12This mason jar solves the problem I have of finding it hard to drink from as it has a handle and the option of adding a lid. So you’ll be able to drink from a trendy glass mug which is also BPA free. The price for a set of 12 mugs seems almost too good to be true.

Love the look of the Libbey?  Read why others love this too and buy one here.

 

 

 

 

12 Rednek Sipper Jar Set: Hillbilly Home Drinking Collection with Lid and Straw

12 Rednek Sipper Jar Set Hillbilly Home Drinking Collection with Lid and StrawThese mason jars have a screw on lid with a reusable straw. They are 16 oz containers so should be easy to hold. These are very trendy looking and perfect for those avoiding plastics.

Read more reviews of the Rednek and buy it here.

 

 

 

 

 

Extra: Bebe Dubon Bottle Brush

Bebe Dubon Bottle BrushWith all those little nooks and crannies to clean on your smoothie cups, you may find a bottle brush handy. Your smoothie cups will probably be OK if you rinse them out immediately after use but if you leave smoothie to harder it may be harder to get off. However with this bottle brush you’ll have no problem cleaning all those hard to reach places on your smoothie container.

Buy a Bebe Dubon here.  Mine is invaluable!

Bonus Smoothie Cups

UPDATE: It’s been a while since I wrote this post and plenty more great smoothie cups and accessories have come on to the market, so here are a few extras for you!

Chalkboard Mason Jar Beverage Cups

Chalkboard Mason Jars

Pewter Daisy Jelly Lid for Mason Jars

Pewter Daisy Jelly Lid for Mason Jars

 Biodegradable Paper Straws

 Biodegradable Paper Straws

Mason Jar Camouflage Pink Camo Insulated Lid Straw

Mason Jar Camouflage Pink Camo Insulated Lid Straw

What do you use to store your smoothies in for storing in the fridge and taking out of the house? Do you have any good tips to share?

12 Best Smoothie Containers for travel

 



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  1. Such a great post Katherine! It’s so difficult to find a smoothie container that meets all your needs. I usually end up going with a thermal coffee mug, because at least that keeps it cold, even if drinking it’s a little tricky! I have a couple of those mason jar cups though, and that is my cup of choice when I’m enjoying them at home, they are just so cute how can you NOT use them!

    I actually have one of those smoothie things with the shaker ball but I forgot it at home when I moved and I regret it!

    • Thank you Gabby. Yes I still haven’t found the perfect smoothie container. I’ll have to invent one myself! What brand is your thermal coffee mug? I think that’s what a lot of people do too. The whole has to be big enough for green thickies though as they don’t slip through small holes so easily.
      I adore the mason jars with straws but can’t get hold of them in this country. They are so cute aren’t they. We also have small fridges here so the containers have to be tall and thin to fit in the door or be leak proof if I lay them on their sides.

      • I use a Starbucks one, yay for staff discounts! It’s double-walled so it keeps things cold. The only down side is, the opening isn’t big enough for a straw- I just take the lid off and drink it that way. Not ideal and not for bumpy roads, but it mostly does the trick!

  2. I have the klean kanteen insulated 20oz and it is AWESOME! It is big enough to hold exactly the amount of serving I make and it really does stay cold! As long as your smoothie is cold to begin with or I will prep it with ice and cold water even just 10 minutes before. It is so convienent as a grad student to keep making healthy choices. The only thing I would prefer is to have the cap a little wider but it is really a good thing because you can’t inhale it. (I am spoonable smoothie girl not straw) So really the only downside is convincing your (american diet) friends that green smoothies are delicious :)

  3. Actually I just checked and I have the 16oz but I think I will get the 20oz for water because when I do use kanteen for water I drink it so fast- but it’s great because it doesn’t give an off flavor. So obviously I recommend this lol

  4. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your life and info!
    Just thought I’d share: I found your fav bottle in 700ml/23oz!
    http://back-to-school-essentials-uk.blogspot.com/2012/08/thermos-hydro-active-sports-bottle_30.html

  5. Valerie Priser says:

    I read your post in the hopes of finding a smoothie cup like Starbucks used to make. You flip open the lid and then pull up on the lid handle and it has a built in little mixer that spins as you pull it up so you can keep it mixed up when it begins to separate or thicken. I still cannot find one. The closest thing I have come across is the wire ball, but I don’t see that cutting through a thick smoothie somehow.

    • Oh that sounds like a great smoothie cup although I’ve never actually seen those before. The ones with the wire balls do work well though for mixing them up, in fact just giving my container a good shake seems to get it moving well. If it’s too thick I just add a bit of water and then give it a good shake.

  6. Courtney says:

    Thank you for this post, Katherine.

    I ordered my Vitamix 2 days ago and it should be here within a week.
    I have the klean kanteen but wouldn’t mind having a mason jar. I love the Klean Kanteen-it really does keep things cold. I’ve had ice last in it for about 16 hours. The only con is that I can’t put it in the freezer. I have a habit of putting my drinks in the freezer and I am not risking damaging my Klean Kanteen. I’m hoping to invest in some mason jars soon. Thank you for the links.

  7. I always use a tall tumbler for my smoothies because I typically drink them on the go. No spilling and I’ve never had a problem drinking them through the straw. I make pretty thick smoothies too! The only con is cleaning the straw if I don’t rinse it out right away. I have found replacement straws pretty cheap though. :)

  8. Thanks for this – what a great set of options! I’m going to be having about 2 smoothies a day for a while to improve my health. Your post was such a help as I looked for how to do this efficiently and on the go!

  9. Hello,
    A woman at my work has this amazing smoothie maker , let me explain it :

    At first sight it looks like a regular smoothie glass/cup, but what is unique with it is that it has a thin blade on the bottom. So basically in the mornings she fills the cup in with whatever smoothie ingredients (berries honey milk etc) and when she feels like having a smoothie she twists the blade which is built in the cup and voilà she has a smoothie without any smoothie machine hassle.

    unfortunately this smoothie cup/maker was gifted to her by relative in america, and she has used that a lot so the logo has disappeared. Do you have any idea where I can buy such a smoothie miracle? .

    Best regards,

    Natasha

  10. Peter C says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the breakdown on these travel mugs for green smoothies. It is really helpful. I was close to choosing the Thermos, but ended up purchasing the Contigo Autoseal West Loop 20 Oz, heard of it? It looks ideal, but my only concern is the mouth hole being slightly too small. I will let you guys know how it is.

    Keep up the good work and thanks again.

  11. Hi Peter

    Please tell us how did the Contigo perform with smoothies – is the mouth hole big enough for smoothies ?

    Thanks, Jack

  12. I take mine to work and put in fridge, so staying cold isn’t a problem. I’m super cheap so I reuse glass mason jars. We used to buy a lot of 32 oz (I think) pasta sauce in those glass jars – they are perfect. I’d like to replace the lids with something better, but 1 thing at a time.

  13. Natalie Black says:

    I’m looking for a pitcher or sealable carafe for smoothies. I found one by Martha Stewart that is pretty good, but thicker smoothies have a hard time pouring out. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

  14. One of the factors you don’t consider in your smoothie jars is ease of cleaning – your Blender bottle with little wire ball looks like a witch to clean!

    I’ve always preferred wide mouthed Nalgene camping containers – wide mouthed for making dehydrated meals in while camping. http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Water-Bottle-Reviews/Nalgene I lost my original one, and tried to replace it after moving to Australia – impossible! I got a camping jar, but the mouth isn’t as wide. :-(

    It seems like manufacturers don’t always know what the people want.

    The reason I’ve preferred these jars to any you have here (except maybe the mason jars) is that I can stick my whole hand into the jar and scrub any fruit & veg fibres that have become stuck to the jar.

    Most of the jars you show here, you would have to use a brush to get to the bottoms, and I’m sorry, but that’s not clean. There is no brush which will clean every surface of the bottom of a jar.

  15. I have a few of the Camelbak bottles and while they are WONDERFUL for water-type liquids and are my favorite drinking containers since they don’t spill and I’m always knocking things over, they are TERRIBLE for smoothies. The hole the drink exits the cap through, under the silicone mouthpiece, is very narrow (I would say about half the diameter of a typical disposable drinking straw) and clogs up easily with any bits of pulp or fiber.

    I don’t find the Blender Bottle difficult to clean at all – the secret is to rinse it _as soon as possible_ after you finish your smoothie. Take it to a restroom or something. Fill it about halfway with water, shake the living daylights out of it, pour out the water. Repeat if necessary. That cleans off the little wire wossname so stuff doesn’t get stuck to it. Then I just toss all three pieces in the dishwasher. (I have several as they are quite popular promotional-giveaway items where I live.) However, I usually prefer a container I don’t have to tip to drink from, especially since my breakfast smoothies are often consumed whilst driving – yes, I can just stick a straw in the opening, but I prefer something that doesn’t spill as easily – so most often I use the tumblers with lids and straws similar to the “Boston Warehouse Tumbler” pictured. I generally pick them up in thrift shops (usually missing the straw) for less than US$1, and I bought a set of acrylic reusable straws very cheaply on Amazon. Fridge storage usually isn’t an issue as I’m more likely to make a single serving at a time – I don’t think smoothies taste as good after they’ve sat around a while, but if I’m going to store it I usually use one of my Blender Bottles so I can shake it back together after it almost-inevitably separates. I find mason jars unpleasant to hold as they get very cold and slippery, and if it’s humid they sweat and drip, although I recently saw a knitted “mason jar cozy” on Pinterest!

    Not all my drinking containers are dishwasher safe and my (plastic) blender container doesn’t fit in the top rack, so I use a gadget that looks like a cylindrical sponge on a stick to get down into the bottom. It’s a slightly abrasive sort of sponge so it scrubs effectively, although nothing beats rinsing the gunk off while it’s fresh or a good soak if it has dried on.

    Also, BE CAREFUL with the metal straws, I don’t know if they’re common over there yet. I chipped an upper canine with one and the dentist estimated about US$1500 for it to be fixed! Luckily it’s just cosmetic and the dentist did file off the sharp bits for no additional charge, but I still gave away those “eco-friendly” stainless-steel straws and went back to the softer reusable acrylic ones (which, as a bonus, are translucent, so I can see if I missed any spots with my skinny straw-brush).

  16. My favourite is from Contigo. A BPA free Shake & Go tumbler which comes in 2 sizes, 16 and 20oz. I got mine from Costco last summer for a really good price on 3 in a box. I am hoping they bring them back again. Where the straw goes in is a patent-pending auto close hinge so your drink/smoothie stays freshest and no spill. I make my smoothie then put in the frig until I am ready to go. Like any container that you use a straw with, the straw obviously needs some care in cleaning. The lid is easy to clean despite the hinge. They also have them on Amazon and a few other web sites if you do a search for them.

    http://www.gocontigo.com/water-bottles/shake-go-tumbler.html

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