Buyer Tips: Vacuum Insulated vs Double-Walled Tumblers

Good Gravy, What’s It All Mean? What to Buy so Your Drink Stays Hot

We’ve all been there. You want a tumbler for your morning commute or walking through campus: double-walled tumbler, anyone? You’re going for a walk and want ice water to stay iced: which insulated water bottle’s gonna do the trick? There’s a never-ending Zoom call in your future that requires a never-ending supply of steaming hot coffee: insulated stainless steel tumbler, don’t fail me now. And just say you’re the one providing said tumbler to a team of employees, a trade show full of prospects, or a conference room full of customers eagerly awaiting their appreciation gift? Your choice of custom insulated tumbler could be the difference between recipients catching heartfelt vibes with every sip or feeling their tea, and your effort, are only lukewarm. Below we break down the key components of a custom insulated tumbler so you can make sure the double-walled tumbler sporting your brand is the one they bring to the conference room, the car, and the kids’ soccer game.  

Ready? Set? Let’s insulate! 

Deliver Hot Drinks and Dry Hands with Double-Walled Tumblers

A double-walled tumbler keeps condensation from forming on your hand and on your desk, and will keep your beverage at temperature longer than a single-wall option. Check out these bestsellers: 

Stainless Steel Exterior, Plastic Interior Wall:

16 oz. Grande Big Sur Double-Wall Tumbler: This one has a plastic interior wall for a pop of color and a lower price. Great for wide distribution and everyday use.  

16 oz. Valhalla Tumbler with Plastic Lining: Faux cork bottom, trendy powder finish, and a sleek black interior liner threaten to make this tumbler a focal point in any hand and a centerpiece on any table.  

Plastic Exterior and Interior Wall:

Grande 16 oz. Ace Double Wall Tumbler: Double walls can mean icy cold as well. This insulated water bottle tumbler comes with two plastic walls and a straw for poolside sipping and ice that lasts longer.


Hoover Your Way to Heat with Vacuum-Insulated Tumblers

Your drinkware isn’t dirty but a good vacuum (vacuum insulation, that is) will put your tumbler ahead of the competition. Why does vacuum insulation keeps beverages at temperature longer? The vacuum removes air between the inner and outer walls of the tumbler, so heat can’t escape and cold can’t come in. Here’s some “Science Guy” nitty gritty: If heat can’t leave a hot beverage, or come in contact with a cold one, the drink inside will stay at temperature longer. And one of the ways heat travels is through the air, so no air means less heat transfer. Vacuum insulation is created in a tumbler when an external and internal wall are sealed at the top after all the air has been sucked out. Tip: Because vacuum insulation is inefficient unless you’re working with stainless steel, a vacuum-insulated tumbler should have both stainless steel interior and exterior walls. 

We like these: 

16 oz. Ree Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler: Drinks cold or hot for up to six hours: We like that math. 

17 oz. Firth Stainless Steel Vacuum-Insulated Bottle: With liquids staying cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, this insulated water bottle is ready for any workout. 

22 oz. Eli Stainless Steel Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug: Gorgeous exterior finish and double walls for liquid that lasts at temperature, this travel mug is ready to go on the road! 

Copper-Lined Tumblers

Can anything top a double-walled, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel tumbler? Well, actually, yes. Add copper lining! The copper lining has superior heat and cold retention properties—it responds to the temperature of the drink inside, holding the temperature (either hot or cold) steady for longer. It also helps distribute the hot or cold of your beverage more evenly. You won’t see the copper lining when you look inside your tumbler. The copper layers are incorporated into the tumbler’s double walls.  

Custom Tumblers with All the Trimmings

Put all the bells and whistles, vacuums and walls, metals and alloys together and what do you have, folks? A double-walled, stainless steel, copper-lined, vacuum-insulated tumbler that will keep iced water iced through a 90-minute hot yoga class, and hot coffee piping hot through the coldest winter camping trip.

If you’re customizing a tumbler and want to go top notch, check out the 22 oz. Thor Vacuum-Insulated Tumbler. This is the perfect tumbler when you need lasting temperature and a generous pour—sometimes hot, sometimes cold, and sometimes with a straw. (Long commutes, long Zoom calls come to mind.)

Keep Your Brand Cool and Sales Hot with Custom Insulated Tumblers

Single-walled, double-walled, copper insulated or plastic lined, a tumbler of any kind is always welcome, and when it’s got your name on it, you see returns on your investment long after your gift is presented. Pick the style that suits your occasion, budget, and target customer, and feel good about the iced tea, hot coffee, and all around warm feelings ahead.  

Karleen Wise Andersen

From marketing tips to product recommendations, I’m here to help small businesses be their best.

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