This has been updated since 2020, there are now more Smart Mugs we’ve tested!
Not everything needs to be Smart Home related which stays only at home, as a coffee lover (Check my Instagram!), I am constantly drinking Milk Coffees in cans or coffees from my Tassimo pod coffee maker (Highly recommend). However, room temperature or cold coffee just isn’t my thing, I need it piping hot.
This is where Smart Mugs come in handy, they can regulate and control the temperature of your coffee whenever you need without getting up to go to the microwave again.
This is my Top 8 Best Smart Mugs with Temperature Control. I’ll be giving my favourite pros for each of these and these are in order of what I deem as the best on the market.
Without a doubt, the #1 winner is the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 (Ember Mug²), this is much better than the prior model with an auto-sleep feature and a longer-lasting battery, you simply can’t go wrong.
If you’re a real coffee or tea fan, this is the perfect mug for you, it has a temperature range of 120°F – 145°F (50°C – 62.5°C) which can be controlled on the mug or via the Ember App if you had to leave it on your desk for a bit.
It’s most definitely worth the price, even if it is on the upper end of Smart Thermal Mugs.
This is the mug I see my colleagues talking about all the time, It’s expensive, but is worth every penny. This is made out of ‘bone china’ and charges wirelessly, it monitors the temperature of the drink so that it is constantly between 60°C to 65°C.
The capacity for the mug is 370ml, no different to your standard cuppa, the only issue is that if you’re using a dishwasher you need to place it upside down.
All your charging is done via a wireless coaster, a very similar design to a wireless phone charger. Very lightweight but it does take 5 hours to fully charge your mug.
For the price of this device, it’s surprisingly good. It’s not quite Smart but does have some Smart Features.
The top of the device has a Touch Screen OLED display with a few basic features from viewing the temperature, starting a timer and if you can find it, playing a game.
If you’re looking for a Travel Mug, this is my favourite on a budget.
This one is a little fancier, it’s app-controlled and has an LED (I think) display which shows the temperature of your drink!
It’s a fantastic size and the shape makes it super easy to carry about, one issue is that the battery life is only 2 hours.
This will be a considerably short time for anyone who walks around with their coffee.
Deciding whether it’s worth the price or not comes down to whether you want form over function.
There are better, not as sleek options out there.
Pros & Features:
Don’t let the name fool you, HomeAlexa isn’t associated with Amazon, but this is a fantastic product for its price bracket.
It boasts being leakproof and the reviews for it are amazing, it has a great LCD display which is extremely clear and for its price, you really can’t go wrong.
If you’re looking for a Smart Mug Gift for a secret Santa, this could be perfect for you!
This will set you back £12.99 (about $18) with free prime delivery. So, not really worth passing this one up!
Pros & Features:
This is the top tier thermal mug, it’s worth the money if you can afford it.
Only hand wash the mug, don’t lend it to your friends and enjoy a constant warm brew.
If you purchase the Ember Thermal mug, you’ll be able to use the same charging coaster with the Ember Travel Mug.
Back to the ember brand! But this time it’s a little different, this is the Smart Mug 2, it’s copper and is their newer generation of models. There are some big differences but nothing stupidly out there and nothing that seems like it’s a big jump
This is one I think you’ll need to weigh up if the new features are worth the price bracket.
Pros & Features:
This is quite possibly one of my favourite smart mugs, Ember is a fantastic brand for temperature control mugs and I personally find this one better than the Travel Mug they offer as it does fit my needs on the desk.
I do also mention this mug in my Best Techie Gifts for Women guide 😉
This mug is available in two colours, white and black and is ten-ounces. The ceramic material and basic colours make this great for any desk minimalist, I’m looking at you Apple users.
It has a customisable LED in the bottom which can be changed/reprogrammed to meet your personal preferences.
It takes into consideration if you’re using Celsius or Fahrenheit and with the app, you can actually set and choose your own different presets so you can control the temperature based on your needs remotely.
Pros & Features:
It really is the basic budget coffee warmer, nothing really “Smart” about it, but it works perfectly fine for someone looking to try it long term.
Before we go into the amazing Smart Mugs, let’s talk about your USB desk coffee warmer and why it’s not as good!
For under $20, this really isn’t that bad, but, it’s definitely not as good as a self-heating mug.
It takes around 30 minutes before your coffee will even start to warm up if cold, so it’s not as good as simply putting it in the microwave or remaking your coffee.
There’s a few 1 star reviews saying it doesn’t heat up your coffee, but honestly, if your coffee is pre-hot this shouldn’t be a problem.
My big issue with this is that most of the mugs in our home don’t sit neatly on the silver plate that heats up.
Each Smart Mug will have different technology, however, the basis is the same as other technology you’ve actually had for years!
Essentially, the inside of the coaster part is a collection of coils which generate heat in specific areas. The mug itself has very high thermal conductivity which allows the heat to transfer from the bottom up and keep your mug heated for longer.
With this essentially being a miniature kettle, it’s easy to see how far we’ve come in terms of making components smaller. This allows your Smart Mug and the self-heating coaster to have extra utilities such as a thermometer and low power consumption.