There's nothing worse than getting a mouthful of tepid coffee, and if you've swallowed one too many, a coffee mug warmer will be a welcome desktop accessory.
While there are many coffee warmer manufacturers, each producing a slightly different design, most resemble a slightly thickened, extra-wide drink coaster. Though they're designed to nestle mugs, these warmers will also maintain the temperature of soups, stews, and other hot refreshments.
Coffee warmers either plug into an electrical outlet or are equipped with a USB cable that lets you plug directly into your laptop or desktop computer for power, similar to charging an MP3 player, camera, cell phone, or other electronic gadget. Cord length varies widely, so be sure to measure the distance you'll need to span before purchasing.
Before choosing a coffee warmer, it's a great idea to read through owner reviews, being especially mindful of comments regarding safety issues or concerns. As with any electrical device, use coffee warmers with caution. On average, they produce as much warming energy as a 250-degree oven, so always keep them out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a coffee mug warmer unattended, and if you're forgetful when it comes to turning off appliances, seek a model with an auto shut-off feature or a brightly lit LED display.
Great for personal use, coffee warmers also make a practical and economical gift for all of the coffee, tea, or hot cocoa drinkers on your gift list. Sure to make sipping more enjoyable, especially on blustery winter days, yours will quickly become a permanent fixture of your workday.