Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

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Stainless steel tumblers have become a big thing in recent years. Whether it’s one of the popular Stanley tumblers or a generic one from the store, chances are that you’ve seen people carrying them while out and about. Tumblers are particularly versatile because, in most cases, they are suitable for hot and cold drinks. If you need cold water, a tumbler can do that. If you need hot coffee, a tumbler can do that, too. Your mileage may vary, but good tumblers can keep drinks at a decent high or low temperature for several hours.

I frequently take a tumbler to work. I’m a tea drinker, so I’ll heat up water in my electric kettle before pouring the hot water over a tea bag and steeping it in my tumbler. The tumblers I use can keep the tea hot for at least a few hours, and even after a day of work it’s still reasonably warm, especially if I keep the sip hole closed.

Most Aldi shoppers know that Aldi is all over the trendy stuff. For that reason, the prospect of Aldi selling a tumbler is about as unsurprising as it gets. The grocer’s track record in this area hasn’t been stellar, though: we had a pretty disastrous experience with Aldi’s dupe of a Stanley tumbler. For that reason, we were admittedly uncertain when Aldi stocked a more conventional tumbler.

We tried it out anyway.

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

The Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler (Product Code: 828203) is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Once it’s gone, you won’t be able to find it in stores until it comes back, whenever — or if ever — that might be. If you can’t find it in your local store, you’re out of luck. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products you can’t find at your local store.

At the time of this post, the tumbler costs $6.99. While there are tumblers out there around this price point, most of them are more expensive. I was only able to find cheaper ones in bulk. As prices go, this is as cheap as anything I can find.

Aldi sold this round of tumblers in four colors: orchid petal, deep peacock blue, gunmetal, and splish splash. We picked up the gunmetal.

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

The cup.

The packaging doesn’t give much indication as to who manufactured the tumbler, other than the fact that it is made in China and is “imported and sold exclusively by Aldi.” There is no warranty or after-sales support.

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

The lid.

The tag lists the following “use and care” information:

  • wash before first use
  • dishwasher safe
  • double wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages hot or cold for longer
  • capacity: 20 oz. (600 ml)

Thoughts on Build:

This a slightly taller and slimmer tumbler than the other ones I own. I wasn’t sure what I would think about that. Fortunately, it has a good center of gravity, so I don’t think it’s more likely to tip than my other tumblers. I also think it has a good profile for a lot of cup holders, including smaller ones, and it is easy to grip.

I also really like the lid. The open / close mechanism is easy to use and I found the hole easy to drink out of. With some tumblers, I have trouble getting a drink without risking a spill down my shirt, but that seems less of an issue with this design.

On paper, everything looked good, which meant it was time now for the road test.

The Cold Test:

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

Our first test was straightforward: ice water for 12 hours.

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

When we checked on it after 12 hours, the ice was gone, but the water was still cold. In addition, the outside was a little cool to the touch but not overly cold. That’s comparable to the other tumblers I use.

Mission accomplished.

The Hot Test:

Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

Our second test was equally straightforward: hot tea for 8 hours.

I was especially curious about this one because I use other tumblers for hot tea frequently, and I wanted to see how the tumbler held up.

The answer? Pretty well. My tea wasn’t piping hot after 8 hours, but it was warm … at least as warm as my other tumblers. It also was perfectly fine to the touch on the outside, a sign that it was holding the heat in well.

The Verdict:

The Crofton 20-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler is an inexpensive tumbler compared to the competition. It also is, for me, a good tumbler: I am impressed with the build, the grip, and, most importantly, the way it keeps liquids near the desired temperature. If you’re in the market for a tumbler, this is definitely one to look at.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at joshuaajohnston.com.

2 Comments

  1. These cups are awesome! I bought 3!

  2. The lid design is horrible. I can’t drink without beverage spilling down my chin.

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