The 8 Best Mug Warmers of 2022

Don't let your coffee or tea get cold

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You carry your coffee or tea from the break room to your desk, then work happens. E-mails roll in, co-workers need to speak with you, or a project that was supposed to be finished yesterday didn’t quite make the deadline. An hour or so ​later, you reach for your coffee next to your clock, and it tastes like cold, congealed mud.

Nuking it is an option, but microwaving tends to leach the flavor right out of your brew. Why not invest in a mug warmer to keep your preferred beverage from getting cold in the first place? These have some fun, interesting, and helpful features, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and style.

Below, take a look at the best mug warmers available now.

Best Overall: Norpro Decorative Mug Warmer

Norpro makes a mug warmer that’s perfect for those who prefer a tidy, attractive desk. The white surface is marble-like and aesthetically pleasing. It’s made of serviceable, utilitarian plastic, yet looks expensive.

The Norpro Decorative Mug Warmer doesn’t sacrifice anything in functionality in exchange for its appearance. At 3.75 inches, it’s a bit wider than some other mug warmers, so it can hold larger mugs and it comes with a long 60-inch power cord. The element is non-stick. And if you happen to spill any liquid, don't worry—it won’t cake on from the heat if you can’t get around to wiping it clean for a little while.

Heating temperature: Not listed | Power source: Corded | Auto-shutoff: No

Best for Durability: Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer

Made of high-quality, brushed stainless steel, the durable Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer is designed to last longer than other plastic mug warmers. Its construction also means it's easy to clean and can work with glass, ceramic, iron, and steel mugs. Additionally, you can easily adjust the hot plate's temperature via the warmer's LCD touch screen to up to 230 F. You can also switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. The 24-watt mug warmer measures 5.3 x 4.3 inches, while the hot plate is 3.55 inches wide. Note that the company suggests using mugs with flat bottoms for better results.

Heating temperature: 77 to 230 F, 25 to 110 C | Power source: Corded | Auto-shutoff: No

Best for Versatility: Home-X Mug Warmer

Home-X Mug Warmer

Courtesy of amazon

This mug warmer by Home-X is compact and unobtrusive, but it still has all the usual must-have features: it's made of durable, easily cleanable plastic, and it has a non-slip base. It runs on 24 watts and has a bright red “on” light to warn you against touching it when you’re busy or distracted. The Home-X is said to be the best for ceramic mugs and cups.

It comes in white or black and you can power it with either a USB plug or an adapter. The warmer can heat small plates, as well as beverages. And if you don’t work in an office, this versatile model will even melt wax and candles for you if you’re into arts and crafts, and you can also take it camping with you.

Heating temperature: Not listed | Power source: Corded (USB or adaptor) | Auto-shutoff: No

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Best Budget: Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
 Bed Bath & Beyond

Mr. Coffee knows a thing or two about hot beverages, and the popularity of its mug warmer reflects that. This coffee cup warmer can adequately hold just about any size mug or even a small bowl of soup. The power cord is long enough to reach an outlet without stretching tautly across your desk or sneaking around behind your keyboard, potentially interfering with business. Not only will the warmer keep your beverage up to temperature if you place a warm mug on it, but it will heat it up for you if your beverage has already gone cold.

This coffee cup warmer is user-friendly, and its surface is easy to wipe clean. The only potential downside is that it doesn’t work very well in cold temperatures. A little red light warns you that it’s on, so you can be sure to switch it off before you head home for the night.

Heating temperature: Not listed | Power source: Corded | Auto-shutoff: No

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Runner-Up, Best Budget: Salton Mug Warmer

Salton Mug Warmer

Amazon

The Salton mug warmer is small and simple. It won’t hold bowls or larger mugs, but it does share most of the other features of top mug warmers. It has little rubber feet, so it won’t slip and make a mess, and it will maintain the temperature of your cup’s contents just as well as any of the other fancier warmers. It’s one of the least expensive mug warmers out there if you just want to get the job done without fuss.

Heating temperature: Not listed | Power source: Corded | Auto-shutoff: No

Best for Travel: Muggo Temperature Control Mug

This self-warming, 12-ounce mug was made for people who are constantly on the go. Modeled after disposable cups, its rechargeable, battery-powered heater lets you keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you want, which is anywhere between 95 to 150 F. You can set the temperature through the LED display on the front of the mug, and a single charge lasts up to three hours.

For the travel-weary, fret not. Each mug comes with a portable coaster that you recharge with a USB-C or wall socket. The coaster even lets you warm your beverage directly while simultaneously recharging the battery. Even more, its leak-resistant rubber seal means you don’t have to worry about hot tea or coffee spilling out.

Heating temperature: 95 to 150 F | Power source: Rechargeable battery | Auto-shutoff: No

Best Features: Ember Mug 2

: Ember Self Warming Mug

courtesy of bed bath and beyond

If you prefer more control over your drink's temperature, opt for Ember's 10-ounce smart mug. Not only does it keep your beverage warm, but it can also heat your drink up. Charge the mug on its accompanying coaster and set the temperature via the Ember app. Once the desired temperature has been reached, the app sends you a notification. 

The mug maintains its temperature for up to an hour and a half. You can even specify the type of beverage you're drinking and the app will recommend the ideal temperature for each.

Heating temperature: 120 to 145 F, 50 to 62.5 C | Power source: Rechargeable battery | Auto-shutoff: Yes

Best Set: OHOM Kopi Mug & Warmer

OHOM Kopi Mug & Warmer Set

Courtesy of Nordstrom

We’ve all been there where we’ve gotten down to the last dregs of our morning coffee (or tea) only for it to go cold. To solve this problem, OHOM's 12-ounce smart mug and warming base will keep your beverages at an optimal 130 degrees.

The bottom of each mug features metallic particles that are heated up through electromagnetic energy. All you need to do is fully charge the base, and the mug will heat itself. You don’t have to worry about accidentally overheating your drink as it'll automatically shut off after an hour.

Even better, the warming base doubles as a wireless charger so you can power your phone in between sips. Every mug is also dishwasher safe and comes with a power adapter and USB cable. To top it all off, there’s a matching lid so you can keep all that warm goodness locked in. This stylish set comes in colors like Black, Navy, White, and more.

Heating temperature: Around 135 F/55 C | Power source: Corded | Auto-shutoff: Yes

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Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Norpro Decorative Mug Warmer (view at Amazon) for its attractive design, non-stick surface, and larger size. It accommodates larger mugs and has a generously long power cord, so you can set it where you need it. Looking for a mug warmer with an auto-shutoff feature? Try the Ember Mug 2 (view at Bed Bath & Beyond).

What to Look for in a Mug Warmer

Heating Temperature

A 2008 study found that the optimal hot beverage temperature was 136 F. Many mug warmers will keep your beverages hot in a range between 120 F to 150 F, give or take. If you are very particular about your coffee temperature, look for an option that allows you to set a precise temperature.

Power Source

Many mug warmers are corded and will either come with an adaptor to plug into a wall outlet or a USB plug. This type of power source is ideal if you plan to use one in a specific place like your office desk. However, there are cordless options available, which will allow you to heat up your coffee anywhere, whether you are by an outlet or not. Keep in mind, however, that these options will need to be recharged, and you will need a wall outlet or USB port to do so.

Auto-shutoff

Similar to a hot stove, you don't want to leave a mug warmer on and unattended. So auto-shutoff is a great safety feature to have. This will not only prevent your drink from overheating but will also help prevent an accidental fire from starting.

Meet the Expert

Beverly Bird has over three decades of writing and editing experience, including eight years of financial reporting. Her work has appeared on GOBankingRates, PocketSense, Zack's, Autoblog, and other publications.