Personalized Tumblers

There are many things that might seem the same, but they are different. One of those things is travel mugs and tumblers. Especially because you can get a basic tumbler or Custom Tumblers from LoTec. Even if you use these types of drinkware every day, you may not really know the difference between the two. 

Personalized Tumblers

Travel Mug vs. Tumbler

A travel mug is typically something that you bring on the go. They are usually made from metal and have a lid that slides to open for drinking. Sometimes it may have a handle as well. Most often they are used for hot drinks, like coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Insulated coffee mugs are ideal for commuting, and also for zero-waste travel. In many cases, they are also a good option for outdoor adventure sports because they keep drinks hot or cold for longer than tumbler cups. High-quality metal coffee mugs are often condensation-free and leak-proof.

On the alternative, a tumbler is a piece of drinkware that can be for hot or cold drinks. Most often it is used for cold drinks and is hopefully made from BPA-free plastic. They always come with a lid and straw and generally are completely handle-less. This might include lemonade, soda, coffee, or tea. You can even drink water.

Reusable tumbler cups aren’t just more sustainable than disposable tumblers, but they are trendy. Many people love to use tumblers for outdoor events. Especially when it is a custom tumbler. You will want to use a stainless steel tumbler for a summer picnic, or even to the beach. You can fill an insulated cup with ice and then not even bring the cooler bag! You can even give a personalized tumbler as a gift to friends and family. This is a wonderful idea and can be used for years to come.

The Difference Between a Travel Mug and Tumbler

Travel mugs and tumblers are pretty similar, but there is one big difference and that is the handle. The travel mug often has one, while a tumbler doesn’t. 

Travel Mugs

  • Good for cold or hot drinks, better for hot
  • Many different lid types
  • Typically lid pushes open or slides open
  • May have a handle
  • Made from stainless steel or aluminum
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Keeps drinks at a specific temperature


  • Good for cold or hot drinks, but typically used for cold
  • Lid screws on with a straw attachment
  • No handle
  • Made from BPA-free plastic
  • Often dishwasher safe
  • Keeps drinks at one temperature


Understanding the difference may be hard, but generally, a plastic cup with a straw is a tumbler, and a metal mug with a press-on lid is a travel mug. Although it is not a huge problem if you mess it up, it is best to know what you are purchasing and what you are using. Especially if you are looking for custom tumblers as a gift.

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