About Steel Force Mug
Featuring super durable 18/8 stainless steel and dual wall vacuum construction, the Steel Force Mug is designed to keep its contents hot or cold for longer. The manufacturer tells us its stainless steel shell also makes it virtually indestructible.
Based on what we've learned from the website, Steel Force Mug can hold up to 15oz of your favorite beverages, features an oversized handle that always remains at room temperature, contains no BPA, and is guaranteed never to sweat or leave behind moisture rings on your surfaces.
After visiting the website, you might be wondering if mugan live up to all these claims, or if they amount to little more than marketing hype. What about the competition? Could they provide a better value?
Since one major component of value is price, let’s start there.
How Much Does the Steel Force Mug Cost?
Available in black or silver, two Steel Force Mugs are priced at $19.99, plus free S&H. Each mug also includes a free no-spill lid.
All units come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H. Note: According to the Return Policy page on the Steel Force Mug website, returns must include “original packaging along with all accessories, parts, and instructions manuals that were shipped with your original order.”
In order to request one, you’ll need to call Telebrands’ customer support at 855-668-1655.
Steel Force vs. Other Stainless Steel Mugs
According to Wikipedia, the vacuum flask was originally “invented by Sir James Dewar in 1892 [and] consists of two flasks, placed one within the other and joined at the neck. The gap between the two flasks is partially evacuated of air, creating a near-vacuum which significantly reduces heat transfer by conduction or convection.”
As a result, cold and hot beverages can remain colder or hotter for longer periods of time. This also means that condensation won’t form on the exterior or leave behind rings on surfaces.
However, Steel Force Mug isn’t the only vacuum flask on the marketplace. Far from it.
To find out how many competitors Steel Force Mug has, you only need to type the phrase "double walled stainless mug" into the nearest search engine. There are hundreds available in all shapes, sizes, and configurations, ranging in price from $6 to $30+.
If you also search for “double walled stainless tumbler,” you’ll encounter hundreds more options that could provide more volume (anywhere from 20-30oz), but priced similarly as Steel Force. You’ll also run into extraordinarily popular (but sometimes more expensive) brands like Yeti and RTIC.
Comparatively, is there anything that makes the Steel Force Mug a better value for your money?
While we didn’t test it firsthand to provide any feedback about construction or feel, you’ll be able to receive two Steel Force Mugs for the price of one of some of the competition.
As far as function, Outside Magazine tested six of the top travel mugs (including several stainless models) and found that most lost 24-50 degrees after two hours, and 60-97 after eight hours.
While they didn’t test Steel Force directly, you might experience something relatively similar, considering it features the same dual walled construction as several of these competitors.
But considering that you can also find double walled glass mugs for sale elsewhere online, is a stainless steel mug like Steel Force necessarily the best options for your needs?
Stainless Steel Mugs vs. Ceramic vs. Glass: What Are the Pros & Cons?
Compared to plastic mugs, you won’t have to worry about any bisphenol-a with stainless, ceramic, or glass options, which can change the taste of beverages—and may even present some health concerns. But what are the pros and cons of each material?
|Double Walled Stainless||Retains hot and cold (sometimes much) longer than other materials, Very durable, Can be recycled||Can’t reheat your drink in the microwave, Can sometimes create a metallic taste, Can dent if dropped|
|Ceramic||Porous material that retains heat better than glass, lighter weight than glass, Can handle extreme changes in temperature||Breakable, Cannot be recycled|
|Glass||Can be recycled (especially important since it basically lasts forever)||Greatest amount of temperature loss, Heavy, Can break with extreme temperature changes|
As you can see, a double walled stainless steel mug like Steel Force can come with many advantages, although it might not be your first choice if you’re worried about denting, reheating in the microwave, or (potentially) if you’re especially sensitive to any metallic taste in your beverage.
What Can We Learn From Reviews For Steel Force Mug’s Manufacturer?
As the top manufacturer in the ASOTV industry, Telebrands has brought hundreds of products to market over their 30+ years in business, including recent hits like Atomic Beam USA, the Red Copper line of cookware (in fact, the Red Copper Mug features the same dual wall construction as Steel Force), and Smart Swab.
Among HighYa readers, their products had an average rating of about 2.5 stars at the time of our research. While many customers claimed to have had positive experiences, common complaints seemed to reference lower quality or less longevity than expected, as well as less-than-stellar customer support experiences.
Important note: We’re simply reporting the facts here—not insinuating that you’ll necessarily experience any of the same with Steel Force Mug.
What Are Our Final Thoughts About Steel Force Mug?
As we outlined above, the core idea behind the dual walled construction featured in Steel Force Mug has been helping keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold for well over 100 years—so it’s up against some hefty competition.
And combined with the fact that Outside Magazine's testing revealed most double-walled mugs maintain relatively similar temperatures over 2-8 hours, it's reasonable to believe that you could experience much of the same with Steel Force.
But since you’ll be able to get two Steel Force Mugs for the price of one of some of the competition, it could also deliver a better overall value.
If it doesn’t, Telebrands seems to stand behind Steel Force (as with all of their products) with a 30-day refund policy. Just remember that you’ll lose a few bucks in return shipping.