I Never Knew I Need This WFH Essential—And Now I Can’t Live Without It

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A morning cup of coffee (or tea) is, for many, the best start to the day. But after three back-to-back Zoom meetings, your piping hot drip loses its pep, and there is nothing worse than halfway hot coffee. This is where mug warmers come to save the day.

To be honest, at first I was skeptical of yet another unnecessary device to add to my growing kitchen collection. But after two weeks of sipping perfectly hot coffee, my mug warmer has become my new, ever-reliable, best friend. The one work from home device that I don't know how I lived without. When looking for a mug warmer, the goal is to find one that is true to its name and will really keep your beverage toasty, as well as being compact enough to sit next to your laptop, aesthetically pleasing, and if you're a true aficionado, has temperature control options.

Put down your drinks (on your heaters, of course) and scroll to see the 5 best mug warmers that have kept us sipping all quarantine long.

1. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, $16

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With over 18,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this petite plate is a great, budget way to keep your favorite cup of joe, tea, or hot cocoa warm hours, so you can sip at your own speed. Bonus, the extended power cord means that you can use it just about anywhere.

Shop now: Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, $16

2. Muggo Temperature Control Mug, $130

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Always on the go? This leak-proof, warming travel mug has a super long lasting battery compared to others of its kind. One full charge gives you a three-hour battery life to enjoy your choice of hot drink at the perfect temperature. Not one to skimp on the high-tech trends, the temperature control buttons are all LED touch sensitive, making the exterior chic, minimalist, and sleek.

Shop now: Muggo Temperature Control Mug, $130

3. Ember Smart Mug 2, $100

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For an at-home option that still boasts serious battery life, the Ember Smart Mug 2 keeps your drink perfectly hot for up to 1.5 hours on a single charge, or all day on the charging coaster. The controls pair with an app on your smart phone and allow you to choose the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F and 145°F). And, to save energy, the mug will automatically go to "sleep" when empty.

Shop now: Ember Smart Mug 2, $100

4. OHOM Self-Heating Ceramic Mug, $75

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With 5 chic colorways, the OHOM Self-Heating Ceramic Mug is a functional work of art. The sturdy ceramic is dishwasher-friendly, making it the most low-maintenance of the lot. The sleek base that it sits on is compact and looks like an unobtrusive, high-tech coaster that keeps your drink just right at 130°F. The base also turns off on its own if you don’t pick up your mug for an hour, so there are no worries about overheating. And, for a creative bonus surprise, the base can even charge your wireless charging–compatible phone.

Shop now: OHOM Self-Heating Ceramic Mug, $75

5. Vobaga Coffee Mug Warmer, $25

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If you're not looking for a whole mug + warmer set, this heating plate is the perfect compromise. The warmer has three heating options, and just one button, making it a great, easy to use, option for beginners to the mug warmer game. The spill-proof design also makes cleaning a breeze.

Shop now: Vobaga Coffee Mug Warmer, $25

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