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One of the hottest gifts this season is hands down the most innovative (and pricey) way to get the perfect cup of coffee.
This year the Ember Temperature-Control Smart Mug has taken the internet by storm and has been selling out in stores across the country, despite its hefty price tag. For $160, this electronic travel coffee tumbler warms your drink to your perfect temperature, and is controlled by an app on your phone.
It’s also available in a mug version that retails for $60 - more affordable, but still a high price for many to pay for a coffee cup. While its sleek design and innovative technology is definitely a huge draw, there are other options out there if you’re looking to get the same effect at a much lower cost.
The Salton SMW12 Mug Warmer is one affordable alternative to the Ember mugs, and rings in at just $11. Though inexpensive, this mini warmer is still effective at heating your drinks, as its 4.4-star rating and 450+ reviews will attest.
“I bought one of these for myself, and one for my co-worker for Christmas, and it was such a huge hit!” one Amazon shopper shared. “I like my coffee really hot, and this keeps it just as hot as when it's first poured.”
“I didn’t expect much, given the low price, but it’s great!” added another. “It keeps my tea hot until the last sip which means a lot because I often get distracted with work and, all too often, ended up with cold tea. Definitely recommend!”
In addition to keeping cups of coffee, tea and hot chocolate warm, you can also use the Salton SMW12 Mug Warmer for warming gravy boats at the dinner table, or to release scent by warming candles without any smoke.
Ideal for a stocking stuffer or white elephant gift, this inexpensive gadget is sure to be a hit this holiday season.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $11
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.