Shoppers Say This $12 Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer Is Better Than a $150 Alternative

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If you love coffee, then you'll LOVE The Mr. Coffee mug warmer. Here's why it's going viral on Amazon.

We’re all about coffee products that let you be your own barista. After all, making coffee at home is a big budget saver! Among the most genius coffee ideas is the high-tech Ember mug, which promises to keep a cup of coffee at the perfect temperature for hours. But let’s face it—the $150 price tag is a little hard to swallow. Luckily, Amazon shoppers have discovered a far more budget-friendly alternative—the Mr. Coffee mug warmer.

With over 45,000 reviews and 4.2 stars, it’s safe to say that coffee enthusiasts can’t get over this genius Amazon kitchen gadget, and neither can we. The best part? It’s only 12 bucks!

What is the Mr. Coffee mug warmer?

For remote workers, stay-at-home parents and anyone who likes to linger over a warm cup straight from the French press, the Mr. Coffee is a total game-changer for staying caffeinated. Here’s how it works: plug it into the wall, and leave it to rest just about anywhere you want to keep beverages warm—whether that’s on your desk for marathon Zoom calls or on the kitchen table while you meal prep. It works as a sort of mini-hot plate, keeping coffee and tea hot without multiple trips to the microwave to zap your mug.

Mr. Coffee mug warmer product specs:

  • Made from black plastic
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds
  • Dimensions: 1.3-by-5.2-by-8.6 inches
  • 17 watts of power
  • Wipe or spot clean—don’t place it in the dishwasher

How to Use a Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

After brewing coffee with your best coffee maker, pour a cup of liquid gold into your favorite cute coffee mug and take it to the desired drinking spot. The Mr. Coffee mug warmer was designed to suit mugs of different shapes and sizes so there shouldn’t be much difficulty in sizing—but don’t use it with a travel mug. You’ll get the hottest results with flat-bottomed mugs, as the heating unit covers more surface area.

Place the warmer on a flat surface and plug in the power cord. The light indicator alerts you when it’s on and ready to use or turned off. With just those two steps, keep your favorite coffee shop drinks warm and delicious—it’s that simple.

Why is the Mr. Coffee mug warmer trending?

With remote work as the new normal, people are spending more time at their desks. Finding a way to keep their hot beverages warmer for longer is on the rise.

Unlike other mug warmers, the Mr. Coffee mug warmer keeps beverages at just the right temperature. As the name suggests, your beverage will stay warm. The extended-length cord makes it easy to use when at a distance from an outlet.

It’s also extremely versatile. Yes, it’ll keep your coffee warm, but also tea, hot cocoa and matcha. (If you opt for cold brew, no judgment here.) Oh, and compared to its competitors, it’s nearly half the price.

The Best Amazon User Reviews

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Shoppers on Amazon love this mug warmer. Here’s what a few of them have to say.

Verified Amazon purchaser Christin Fern attests to the ease of the long cord and size of the warmer. “The 60-inch cord is long enough to go across my large desk and the hot plate is 3.25 inches in diameter, making it the right size for even my large bottomed coffee mug,” she writes.

Another verified purchaser, Lisa, found a simple trick to keep the beverage at hand even warmer than what the gadget can do on its own. Top your mug with an aluminum foil cover. “Not only does the foil cover keep a film from forming, it prevents heat from rising out of the mug. My coffee stays nice and hot for as long as it takes me to finish it, which can take an hour or more,” she says.

Where to Buy the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Ready to try it yourself? The Mr. Coffee mug warmer is available on Amazon, as well as at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target for $11.99.

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Casey Clark
Casey is a reviews and shopping expert for TasteofHome.com covering the latest in kitchen and household products. When she’s not on deadline, you can find her out to brunch with friends or exploring New York City's latest Broadway shows.