Rishi Sunak set up his mini-budget last week and had many admiring looks. Not for his tax abilities, but for the stylish "intelligent" travel mug at his side.
The £ 180 Ember is considered the "world's first temperature control cup" and ensures that lukewarm cups are a thing of the past. High-tech magic ensures that your tea or coffee reaches your preferred temperature for hours and then stays at it.
It has a spill-proof 360 degree lid, a chic charging mat and can be controlled via a smartphone app that also tracks your caffeine intake and tells you how long you have to brew your tea. The only thing it doesn't do is wash off yourself.
Jenny Wood tested a selection of intelligent travel mugs after Rishi Sunak (pictured) was discovered with an Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug 2
Supposedly a gift from Rishi's wife, the billionaire's daughter, Akshata Murthy, chic Ember is the latest in a new generation of intelligent mugs and bottles that do everything from the perfect temperature of your coffee to the memory of drinking to disinfection Your water's UV light.
But are these "smug cups" worth hot and concerned at prices over £ 100 or are we all mistaken for cups?
We put the best of them through their paces. . .
RISHIS CHIC CHOICE
Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug 2, £ 179.99 (next.co.uk)
Jenny was impressed by Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug 2 (picture), which keeps your drink at the perfect temperature
This comes in reassuringly expensive looking packaging, is slim and leak proof; and while it took me a while to figure out how hot it is to drink my tea, it's easy to use once you get the hang of it.
You control the temperature of the content by touching the plus and minus symbols on the cup itself (from 120 to 145 f) or by linking it to the Ember app, which allows you to set the temperature by swiping the phone screen.
It also has tea steeping timers and temperature presets for certain beverages like cappuccino. Seven sensors in the cup measure the temperature and amount of liquid inside, while a lithium-ion battery, which is built into the bottom by a tiny microprocessor – like a mini-computer – warms the contents.
As soon as your drink has reached the perfect temperature, the mug holds it this way – either on the go or on a coaster that charges the battery – by circulating a convection current from top to bottom. It's a crazy amount to spend on a warm cup, but as someone who leaves half drunk cold cups of tea all over the house, it was a revelation.
Hot or not: 5/5
Burnout Temperature Regulating Smart Mug, £ 69.05 (amazon.de)
Jenny said the Burnout Temperature Regulating Smart Mug (pictured) looks chic, but the drinking spout is weak
This large cup was developed by rocket scientists who are tired of burning their mouths while scalding coffee. It uses technology that was designed to cool space shuttle systems. The three-layer walls contain a special gel-like material called Heatzorb, which dissipates excess heat from the boiling hot tea or coffee and brings it to a drinkable temperature. The stored heat then stores your drink warm for hours.
It looks smart; However, the spout is disappointingly thin. Maybe one for your desk, not your backpack.
Hot or not: 4/5
Flintronic travel mug with LED display, £ 11.99 (amazon.co.uk)
Jenny claims that the Flintronic travel mug with LED display (in the picture) is an absolute bargain compared to other intelligent mugs
This sleek, state-of-the-art double walled stainless steel vacuum flask is an absolute bargain compared to other intelligent mugs and comes with a removable neoprene protective cover that keeps the liquid warm or cold for several hours. To avoid burns while drinking tea or coffee, you can check the temperature of the contents by tapping the waterproof LED indicator at the top. Since there is no spout, drink straight from the bottle and the battery is not rechargeable – although the display only flashes for a few seconds, it should take a while.
Hot or not: 3/5
Noerden LIZ Smart Bottle, £ 65 (noerden.eu or amazon.co.uk)
Jenny revealed that the Noerden LIZ smart bottle (pictured) has built-in UV light that kills all viruses and bacteria in your drink
Tap the lid of this next generation insulated bottle. A colored light indicates the temperature of the content (blue for cold, yellow for warm and red for hot). Double tap and over five minutes, the built-in UVC light kills all viruses and bacteria in your drink. or sterilize the bottle when it is empty.
UV light is widely used by hospitals and public transportation to kill germs because it breaks down their DNA. If you haven't touched the battery for two hours, a light flashes to remind you to keep hydrated. It is available in different colors and sizes, stylish and the anti-leak cover does what it says on the tin.
Hot or not: 5/5
Tech Tools Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug, £ 29.99 (amazon.co.uk)
Jenny said Tech Tools Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug (pictured) doesn't contain much
This cheerful mug looks like an American diner from the 1950s and keeps your drink warm all the time. It shows you the temperature on an old-fashioned analog temperature display on the front. The supplied plug was only suitable for the cigarette lighter of my car, the thick walls made drinking difficult and didn't hold much. The instructions also warn against getting the meter or switch wet – a bit unfortunate for something that is supposed to hold liquid.
Hot or not: 1/5
Ember Mug 2 Temperature Mug Smart Mug, £ 99.99 (firebox.com)
Jenny said that Ember Mug 2 Temperature Control Smart Mug (pictured) is a pleasure to work from home
This black ceramic mug looks humble; However, it hides a secret. Like Rishi's travel mug, you can connect to the Ember app to set your preferred beverage temperature. Then receive phone notifications when this temperature is reached.
Thanks to the rechargeable internal battery, the cup keeps its contents perfectly warm for more than an hour. or you can place it on the matching ceramic bed to keep it warm longer.
It is not dishwasher safe – but it is a pleasure to work from home.
Hot or not: 5/5
BREW YOUR OWN
Kiss Kiss Fish Travel Mug Smart Coffee Tumbler, £ 35.99 (amazon.co.uk)
Jenny claims it is a problem to have to remove the filter once your drink is ready. Use the Kiss Kiss Fish Travel Mug Smart Coffee Tumbler (see illustration).
A steel travel mug and a tea / coffee pot in one. Inside is an optional filter capsule, into which you can add ground coffee or loose tea for brewing. It is powered by a replaceable battery and the lid contains a touch screen. Swipe in one direction to show the temperature and in the other to start a brew timer.
The leakproof lid turns and the whole thing disintegrates for cleaning. Enjoying a fresh brew on the go is a good idea, but removing the filter once your drink is ready is a bit of a hassle.
Hot or not: 2/5
Cauldryn Temperature Control Mug, £ 178.42 (amazon.de)
Jenny said that Cauldryn Temperature Control Mug (picture) can heat the contents to any temperature until it boils
Like the Ember, this can be controlled via an optional app. The vacuum-insulated sides keep cold drinks cool and hot drinks hot thanks to a rechargeable battery with a long service life in the base, which can also remain connected. An LED screen shows the temperature inside, but the biggest party trick is that it can heat the contents to any temperature until it boils. Even though it takes a while, you can even use it to heat your lunch soup. On the other hand, it's big and it can be difficult to keep the intricate design clean in the long run.
Hot or not: 3/5
WATER GOOD IDEA
H20Pal Smart Bottle Hydration Tracker, £ 75 (amazon.de)
Jenny said the H20Pal Smart Bottle Hydration Tracker (pictured) is more suitable for indoor use than on the go
This futuristic style bottle is designed for those who need help to stay hydrated. On the bottom there is a removable tracker that is linked to an app on your smartphone. It logs your fluid intake each time you drink and reminds you when to drink more. It is powered by a large button battery that needs to be replaced from time to time. Since the bottle is made of glass with a wide base, it is more suitable for indoor use than when traveling. It doesn't keep your water cool, but it does encourage you to drink. I found it all a little too much after hard work.
Hot or not: 2/5
Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso machine, £ 70 (with Nanovessel attachment, £ 27.50) (divertimenti.co.uk)
Jenny said that the Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso machine (pictured) is ideal for camping or vacationing
With this portable device, the most compact espresso machine in the world, you can enjoy fresh coffee on the go. Fill it with reasons before you leave home; If you want caffeine fixation, pour hot water from the screw-top flask (sold separately), press the special pump on the side, and a perfectly brewed espresso is pressed into the lid, which also serves as a cup.
It's a great idea for camping or vacationing – and you can buy an attachment to use with Nespresso pads. But when you're in town, it's easier to stop by Starbucks.
Hot or not: 2/5
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