By November 12, 2007

ThinkGeek stainless steel insulated caffeine molecule travel mug review

I liked the ThinkGeek caffeine molecule shirt so much I’ve bought it twice — my first one literally wore thin. As such, I was excited to get the same design on a travel mug. The mug was $12.99 before shipping, so I gave it a shot.

Unfortunately I don’t love the mug as much as I do the shirts.

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The biggest problem with the mug is that it’s cheap. The walls are too thin and don’t hold the heat in as well as some of my other tumblers — some of which are thick plastic. Major bummer. I took the mug out of the packaging and was instantly disappointed. Sure, it looks nice, but even a friend of mine at Starbucks remarked at how cheap it felt when I handed it over for a refill. Considering that we sell a LOT of cheap-ass insulated tumblers there, that’s saying a lot.

The next problem is that the handle is just fucking … weird. Granted, the actual cannister fits just fine in my Mazda’s cupholder, but the handle makes it impossible to fit anything else in the other cup slot. The handle sticks out so far I am not sure if I’m drinking coffee or using a paint sprayer. I guess if you have OMG huge Mickey Mouse gloves on this mug is for you. On a positive note (sorta), the handle is well anchored to the mug. I say “sorta” because I wanted to rip the handle off so I could actually fit more than one travel mug in my cupholders.

The lid is a mixed bag. It’s a screw-on, which is great. The pop-on lids warp slightly over time and wind up leaking along the seam. The problem with the ThinkGeek lid is that the mouth piece is covered by your typical slider — which ALWAYS loosens over time. It’s one of the reasons I sought to replace my current stainless steel mug. The slider drops down mid-sip and cuts off the flow of coffee. Fucking annoying, it’s like trying to have sex in high school: you might get shot down at any second.

As usual, service from ThinkGeek was outstanding and shipping was super fast. I have already gotten a number of comments on the molecule design. I just wish the mug itself was of better quality. For $13, the caffeine molecule mug might be a great holiday gift, especially for someone who isn’t as picky as me.

ThinkGeek stainless steel insulated caffeine molecule travel mug, I cry enough tears to fill:
Two and a half out of five STFU mugs!

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  1. drfaulken says:

    I am going to do a multi-mug shootout after I, uh, “borrow” a thermometer from Starbucks. What is the mouth piece like on your older version? Also, does yours have a handle? For some reason I remember them not having handles at one point.

  2. Ben says:

    I have their older version with the black plastic screw-on top that i’ve been very happy with. It doesn’t insulate super-great but the size is nice and it feels a little heavier than what your’s sounds like.

    I love the molecule though. It makes me happy whenever i use mine.

  3. Ben says:

    the mouthpiece is constantly open (which i tend to prefer). sort of an oval-ish shape. and it’s got a handle. i’ll try to remember to get some pics perhaps.

  4. drfaulken says:

    Since doing conducting my multi-mug shootout, I learned a few things about the ThinkGeek mug in particular, and insulated mugs in general. I have to admit I was wrong about the ThinkGeek mug, and it turned out to be the top performer out of all the mugs in my home.

    I am revising my original rating and assessment for the ThinkGeek caffeine molecule mug, and recommending it as a holiday gift item.

    Four STFU mugs, and an apology:
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  5. I’d rather have a caffeine molecule t-shirt than one of these coffee mugs.

  6. Francis M says:

    I got the lid that goes down at every sip …

    I received it today so I must admit that it’s a bit disappointing.

    :S