The 6 Best Double-Walled Coffee Mugs I’ve Found


I have a bit of an obsession. It’s with double-walled glass. Especially double-walled glass cups for coffee. I love the way it looks. I find it attractive, uncluttered, functional, and just really cool (literally).

I am almost as excited about it as I am about YouTube, civic tech, board games, WordPress, and podcasts. (I’m a bit of an excitably interested person, it turns out).

Keep reading to hear my take on the best double walled coffee mugs after months of testing multiple options!

Things to Know About Double Glass Coffee Mugs

What is a Double Walled Coffee Mug?

For the uninitiated, double-walled glass mugs are clear-looking and glass. What you might not expect is that they’re significantly thicker than a simple glass mug. The big problem I have with both glass mugs, and normal ceramic ones, is that they get hot (when holding coffee). Sometimes (too often) uncomfortable to hold because the hot moves so seamlessly from the outside to the handle area.

best double walled coffee mugs
Photo credit: Williams & Sonoma

Double glass walls (almost always with air in between) fixes that problem. Super well. Double wall glasses look great, feel great, and never sweat (when holding cold beverages) nor make your hand uncomfortably hot (while still keeping your coffee very hot, which is important to us).

There is a big thing to know about double-walled glasses: their thickness is both more and less. The actual glass layer compared to a conventional glass mug or pint glass, is actually much thinner. The overall wall is almost always thicker, but each of the two walls of glass is actually narrower. That does make them likely to be bit more fragile in a drop test or under a compressive force.

The Major Benefits of a Double Wall Glass Coffee Mug

I love double walled coffee mugs for a whole bunch of reasons I already started to say, but let’s get specific and bullet-pointed about their good qualities. Double-walled glass mugs have these benefits:

  1. They’re often significantly lighter than their ceramic counterparts. I just weighed some mugs from my kitchen. All are about the same volume and quality of construction: the ceramic one was 370 grams, the (thick, single-walled) glass one was 320g. The double walled glass one was 200 grams. That’s just over half the weight. You notice that if you’re holding your cup a lot.
  2. While you hold a lighter coffee cup, you get great thermal isolation. I’ve never compared double-walled glass to the increasingly ubiquitous-in-America Yeti cups. But both of them are much better insulators than we’re use to, and will keep your hots hot and your colds cold better than most mugs.
  3. Double-walled glass cups are clear. This is kind of “duh” for most, but because it’s glass (not ceramic), I always know exactly how much coffee I left in the mug I left across the room.
  4. Double-walled mugs are beautiful. This is the most subjective, but also the one I feel most strongly: clear, double-walled glasses (on average) look better than comparable single-walled glass or ceramic vessels.
  5. They’re often comfortably handle-less. This relates to the above points: because of the thermal qualities of it, a handle-less double-walled glass mug is both possible and common. And no, unlike that old mug you didn’t throw away after you lost its handle, you won’t feel your hand getting uncomfortably hot from the hot beverage inside.

See? Double-walled mugs are great. But this wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t highlight some downsides.

The Downsides

Those good sides of double-walled coffee cups are real. But there are a few downsides to double wall glass coffee mugs, too:

  1. Durability. I don’t drop many glasses, and I don’t do drop tests professionally (yet), but intuition and a little experience does make me think that double-walled glasses are a little more fragile. I had one the developed a hairline crack on the lip (and later fell on the floor 😝). I don’t love AeroPressing into double-walled glass mugs any more, because I fear that caused the lip fracture.
  2. They’re ugly (maybe?). This is a counterpoint to a point I listed on these mugs “good” side, but I’m sure as much as I find clear double-walled mugs to be aesthetically pleasing, someone finds them the opposite. 

That’s all I’ve got. If I missed something please tell me in the comments.

What Qualities to Look for in Double-Wall Glass Mugs

For me, I’m looking for these things:

  • A pleasing shape
  • No weird collecting points for water/etc to intrude into the air-gap.
  • Durability (MUST be dishwasher safe)

Realistically, that’s it. And I’ve already told you that I find most double-walled mugs pretty handsome. So you shouldn’t expect my to tell you these are yucky.

The Best Double-Wall Glass Mugs I’ve Used, Ranked

To be clear: I’ve not owned every double-walled glass coffee mug in the world, nor have I even exhaustively browsed the internet to make sure I’ve laid my eyes on (photos of) all of them. These are simply the mugs that I own and like. I photographed them myself, for better or worse.

1. Bodum 8-oz (240mL) Handle-less Pavina

These are cutest little double glass coffee mugs. Their shape is novel. And they’re not actually big enough for the amount of coffee I like to drink in the morning (which is at least 12 fl oz, or 350mL). But they look so damn good that I’ve adapted a strategy of holding hot brewed coffee in a different container just so I can drink out of these.

These—being handle-less—also make a reasonable stand-in for stemless wine glasses. I’d not do it on a date or anything, but I do it a lot in my real life.

These (silly) reasons are why the Bodum 8oz Pavina Double-Walled Mug is my favorite for coffee.

2. Saint Anthony Industries Plum Bottom Snifter

Like the Bodum double wall glass mug above, these (which were a gift from Meggie after we’d been served them at cute little coffee shop in Salt Lake City) are way too small for me to put a full cup of coffee into them.

But I still use them. All the time. And what’s great: They’re also very good whiskey glasses. They have the same basic shape and size internally as the ubiquitous (among whiskey nerds) Glencairn glass.

3. Artisan Glassworks 12oz Handled Mugs

This mug is the right size. And unlike the Hudson Essentials one I’ve given position #6, it’s got the right handle shape. This is purely a subjective and personal thing, but I enjoy the wider, broader outward sweep of the handle on these mugs to the Hudson one. It’s completely subjective, and a minor preference on my double-walled glass coffee mugs. But I can’t deny its presence.

4. Bodum 12 Oz Handle-less Pavina

This one is made by the same manufacturer as my #1. It’s even sold on the same Amazon page, and is part of the same line. But I find it much less appealing than the smaller 8oz one. The shape is quite different: much more narrow like a closed lily head than the smaller one. Some may like it (and I think it makes this an even better wine glass stand-in), but it’s not my favorite.

5. Sun’s Tea Rocks Glass

This is really just a rocks glass (the kind you’ll often have an “old fashioned” or other cocktails served in). It is included because of the other qualities of double-walled glass (thermal insulation, beauty, etc) that I sometimes reach a bit and put coffee in it.

It’s actually too small (like the Bodum 8oz and the St Anthony Industries in position 1 and 2), so I tend to reach for it less than others. But, it’s significantly thicker glass than the rest, which makes me trust it more (for things like pressing an AeroPress coffee down into it).

6. Hudson Essentials 12oz Handled Mugs

This mug is solid and still deserves a spot on our list of the best double walled coffee mugs. It’s a totally adequate double-walled glass coffee mug. If it was the only one I knew to exist in the world, I’d use it and still find it vastly superior to ceramic in 90% of circumstances. That said, nothing about it makes me excited. It’s solid, but it’s handle is a little too small and confined for my taste.

I’m Still On the Lookout for More Double Glass Coffee Mugs!

If you’ve come across a double-walled coffee mug you love and want me to see, please get in touch. I’ll admit to feeling a little more cash-strapped than I’d like right now, but even with that, if you send me an Amazon link for a double wall glass mug, you know I’m smashing that “Buy” button the instant the page presents one I like!

I hope, if you haven’t already, you try a double-walled coffee mug. They’re tons of fun and so, so pretty. You really must try them at least once in your life! :)

TL;DR summary of the best double glass coffee mugs:

  1. Bodum 8-oz (240mL) Handle-less Pavina
  2. Saint Anthony Industries Plum Bottom Snifter  
  3. Artisan Glassworks 12oz Handled Mugs 
  4. Bodum 12 Oz Handle-less Pavina 
  5. Sun’s Tea Rocks Glass 
  6. Hudson Essentials 12oz Handled Mugs

Is there another double wall glass mug that we missed? Add it in the comments!

13 Replies to “The 6 Best Double-Walled Coffee Mugs I’ve Found”

  1. I like your review. I prefer the Sun’s Tea product because it doesn’t have the little pinhole at the bottom and the glass is a little thicker. I wish they would make a version that looked like their glass but had a handle on it. I dislike the pinhole found on most double walled glasses…
    Thanks for the review.

  2. I read this with interest, but nothing fit the bill. The Sun’s Tea one came closest in that it has a wide bottom – mine (the Bodum) tips over very easily, and my husband got a terrible burn on his chest when I handed it to him on a tray. The Sun’s Tea, however, obviously not intended for coffee or tea – no handle, and maybe not large enough. Any ideas?

    1. If you’re looking for hard-to-tip and sturdy, the Sun’s Tea is by far the best. It’s heavy, flat-bottomed, and wide in a way that none of the others are. I’m not sure what your objection is on the the “not intended for coffee or tea” front. Is it aesthetic, or practical? It is a double walled glass, so if you have practical (too hot, etc) concerns, I’d disagree. If your concerns are aesthetic, then absolutely it doesn’t work. Nothing I’ve got or see really does.

  3. I stumbled on this site because I just dropped my favourite glass ever and they no longer seem to stock them or make them in Australia.

    Look for the T2 Now Tea Now double walled glass tumbler on the T2 website.

    That is a small one – they used to lave a large one. It was superb. A bit larger than the Sun’s Tea equivalent. Maybe you’ll be able to locate them. If you do, please let me know!

  4. The one thing that I care about most is not mentioned anywhere. The fact that most of these mugs have a plastic gasket or seal on the bottom of them which degrades over time. I can’t seem to find a double walled mug that is a larger size that is totally glass and has a sealed bottom of glass (no epoxy or rubber gasket). I have found some small ones but nothing near 12oz.

    Any suggestions? I just want something totally glass with no plastic sealed opening on the bottom. Water always gets between the double wall sadly.

  5. Hello… I was wondering if you can lite liquor on fire in the bottom of the glass for like 10 seconds before adding your espresso without damaging the glass?
    Thank you,

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