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design flaw ruined it for me
on July 19, 2005
It's too bad, because OXO clearly put a lot of thought into the design of this travel mug. It really keeps things hot for a long time [5+ hours]. It doesn't leak, at all. It's sculpted to fit nicely into cup holders. It's nice looking.
However, it's impossible to ever really clean this thing. The lid has a complex spout and airhole which lead to an area that is off-limits to any sponges or washcloths. The result? Well, whatever you are drinking will, over time, become trapped in there and ... well, you can imagine the rest. I drank coffee with lots of milk from this mug. So I found myself using the ultra-hot tap at work to try to clean it out. I would do this with the lid clicked shut so the water could pool in the lid and the resulting stuff that oozed out while the hot water was going to work was pretty gross. Even if I did this once a week it wouldn't really be enough. What can I say? It skeeved me out.
After a while, some sort of liquid actually got trapped in there and I could hear it sloshing around, even when I had just cleaned it and let it dry for hours. Again: really, really gross. To me, anyway.
This may not bother you at all. If so, more power to you and you should get this mug. You'll probably love it. I just couldn't get past it.