It’s not rocket science: you want your water (and iced coffee) to stay cold. And sure, it seems like a logical progression from that would be to stash your water bottle or travel mug in the freezer, just to ensure that your drink stays extra-extra cold. That’s fine, right?
Stop. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. We do not recommend putting Contigo travel mugs and water bottles in your freezer. Here’s why.
What Happens When Water Bottles and Travel Mugs Go in the Freezer
When liquids freeze, they expand and take up more space. As the liquid freezes and expands, it can cause your water bottle or travel mug to become deformed and misshapen.
Even worse, the expanding liquid might break the welds and seals holding your water bottle together. If you place a stainless steel water bottle in a freezer, you might unintentionally and up damaging the vacuum seal, causing it to lose its insulating properties and not keep your water cold for as long. Ironic, right?
Instead of Freezing Your Water Bottles and Travel Mugs, Try This
If you’re dedicated to ice cold drinks, we salute you — and we think you’ll love our stainless steel vacuum insulated water bottles and travel mugs. With our THERMALOCK™ vacuum insulation, you’ll never feel the need to stash your drinks in the freezer, because the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold for hours (and hours) on its own.
Here’s a quick look at how long some of our most popular water bottles and travel mugs keep your drink cold:
- The AUTOSEAL® Chill Water Bottle (20 oz.) keeps drinks cold for up to 18 hours (and is spill-proof to boot!)
- The THERMALOCK™ Matterhorn Water Bottle (20 oz.) keeps drinks cold up to 18 hours (it also keeps drinks hot for up to 10 hours)
- The AUTOSPOUT® Sheffield Water Bottle (20 oz.) keeps drinks cold up to 18 hours and is perfect if you prefer drinking out of a straw
- The AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug (16 oz.) keeps drinks cold for up to 12 hours and hot up to 5 hours, while the 24 oz. version keeps drinks cold up to 20 hours and hot up to 7 hours
You’ve got all the options. Now, you just have to choose your stainless steel style, and leave the vacuum insulation to us.Back to Blog Home