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It all started a few years ago when Allen returned from a fishing trip in northern Georgia with souvenirs in tow. Our first Tervis Tumblerbecame the coveted cup from which to drink. It was never out of the dish washer for more than a day before one of us scooped it up and temporarily claimed it as our own. In the way that an old man has “his chair” or a child finds comfort in “her bankie”, this is “my cup”. So much so that I began to add to our collection little by little (the tumblers aren’t cheap) and have received them as gifts several times. An accidental meeting with a spilled bottle of liquid meant for glow-in-the-dark fishing tackle permanently stained the bottom of our first cup and scratches are starting to show, but I still love it just the same.

The awesome thing about Tervis is that they have double insulation which keeps your drink hot or cold. Cold drinks don’t condensate, and it takes ice forever to melt. Hot drinks stay hot, and Allen has actually foregone coffee cups altogether, drinking his morning cup in a Tervis Tumbler instead.

It isn’t out of the ordinary for me to pack my own cup for a trip. I even hauled one (lid and all) down to Mexico two years ago so I didn’t have to deal with melting ice in the hot Mexico sun. It was a stroke of genius on my part, really and was totally worth the extra bulk in my suitcase. I am a drink dropper and spiller in every sense of the word. I’ll miss my mouth and poor water down my shirt in broad daylight, so the discovery of Tervis lids pretty much changed my life and became my true customer testimonial. I’ll tell anyone who will listen about the time that I dropped my drink at the beach and literally picked it up out of the sand, dusted it off, replaced my straw and went on my merry way. Not a drop of liquid was missing. It was a beautiful moment.

Can you tell I love these things? Some people collect tiny spoons or cookie jars, but based on the looks above, I’m starting to think I collect Tervis Tumblers.

It is a strange secret dream of mine to clean out all of the cheapie plastic cups in our drink cabinet and have shelf upon shelf of just tumblers. And maybe some nice glassware in case a guest drops by. So, I’m curious… does anyone else out there use and love these cups as much as me? Anyone…? Anyone…? Bueller…? *crickets chirpping* If so, I’d love to know that I’m not alone in my plight for total Tervis domination. The end.


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Rachel I’m a little late to the party. But YES I share in your love and affection. I have about 25-30 cups. Don’t judge me. I’d take pictures but 10 of them are on their way back for replacement. I love them. I covet them also each and every one of them. Everyday before leaving for work I stand in front of my cups (stored in a mess shoe organizer behind the pantry door) and pick according to my mood or the season. I have Christmas cups, Halloween cups, Thanksgiving cups, fall cups, flower cups, dragonfly cups, I even have and moose cups, well you get the picture!December 3, 2016 – 9:02 am

joan groat By the way was reading some old comments…you do know that Tervis now has an insulated stemmed wine glass..keeps that white wine nice and cool while ssitting around pool, or on the beach, or outside lanai or balcony!!!June 9, 2014 – 12:58 pm

joan groat I have been using Tervis since the eighties. I live in Fl., and I hate when a glass sweats..everytime I pick it up I get water drops all over me….I have several of each size, I use the regular sized one for hot coffee and tea, or on the rocks cocktails, then I use the largesst one for my iced tea during the day. The second best thing about Tervis is the unconditional guarantee. If you have any problem whatsoever they will replace it, it’s UNCONDITIONAL! Living here on the West coast of the state I have a factory outlet not too far from me….if it’s scratched, gets an air hole along the rim or too stained, they replace it with no
questions. They don’t last forever, but I would be lost without miine. Had full sets on the boat (had lots of guests), Then in the motorhome, besides my full sets at home…… ..

The only thing that I’ve had success with on the stains is bleach..I put a couple capfuls in dishwasher and it helps, but they stain pretty quickly. But then again whats a few capfuls of bleach? Doesn’t hurt anything, everything sparkles and stains are gone for awhile!!June 9, 2014 – 12:51 pm

mitzi So I am absolutely a Tervis groupie! I have at least a dozen and no one better walk out of the house with my personalized horse or mermaid mugs! I’ve also given personalized Tervis as wedding and anniversary gifts. However, my husband’s Army mug is so badly stained from tea and coffee and I’ve tried the baking soda trick and soaking it in dawn dishwashing detergent but it’s still colored. Also, I purchased the water bottle last Feb. and pack it each day in my car but it is leaking where the lid screws on and was wondering if they’ve had this problem with this new item?
MitziSeptember 22, 2012 – 12:42 pm

Nancy Who knew that when I googled “Tervis tumbler” cleaning I would find people love them as much (or more, if that’s possible) than me?!!!! I only have two – the big 24 oz clear ones and everyday they are filled with coffee and/or tea with cream and then cool drinks later on in the day. My daughter lost my only tervis mug and I almost killed her! (Just kiddin’)……..Every time I use them I think of my aunt (now deceased) who introduced me to them in Florida – at a factory outlet! Only need these two in my life right now but the new colored ones have me hankering for more……….September 12, 2012 – 3:46 pm

Tara I love my Tervis Tumblers!! We have some with our club logo and one for each member of the family including kids and DIL’s that don’t even live in the country. I count them before everyone I just got a new one from my gf in Louisanna and I’m hoping I won’t have to fight my daughter for it. I remember my in laws usig them back in the late 80’s early 90’s back then I only remember fishing logo’s. How times have changed.February 27, 2012 – 5:09 pm

Peggy Do you have a solution for cleaning coffee stains out of Tervis Tumblers? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you.
PeggyAugust 4, 2011 – 6:29 pm

margo kenney Hi, Amanda.
Know this is in reply to an old post, but had to chime in. I grew up in Nashville, and the Tervis is imperative for iced drinks, because of the way glasses sweat in the heat. Since moving to Santa Barbara, that’s not such a problem. I did order a set of four with my monogram (What is it with our monograms? Reese Witherspoon said we must think guests might steal our bath and hand towels). Love, love, love them. I drink iced tea, without ice, all day long from them.
Here’s a problem you might be able to solve: My Tervis’ have brown tea stains, and it bothers me. It doesn’t affect the taste or smell, just the beauty of it when it’s empty. I called Tervis, and the customer service lady (VERY nice) told me to try baking soda and vinegar. No joy. I even scrubbed, and I worried it would abrade the inside, making it more prone to staining. They seemed a little more clear, not totally, but they stain again right away.
Anybody had this problem and solved it?
Thanks!March 19, 2011 – 5:43 pm

Gail Hi Amanda, you may want to suggest that your friends and family check out my web site the next time that want Tervis Tumblers. I sell them at my web site – at discounted prices. It is always wonderful when you can get a great product at a great discounted price! I am located in Georgia, so orders shipped to an address outside the state of GA do not have to pay sales tax.January 31, 2010 – 6:00 pm

robin i am sad to say i have never tried one. maybe next time i come over you could serve me up a captain in one…January 28, 2010 – 10:10 pm

Holland I love those tumblers!! I put some on my wedding registry! I got Dallas Cowboys ones and UNT where I went to school previously. Zach and I use them everyday, they are def. the best!January 22, 2010 – 4:15 pm

Jill I never knew you had SO many!! And yes, your other dragonfly one that you left over here is still in the cabinet. If I had known it was your favorite, I would have shipped it to you sooner.January 20, 2010 – 7:05 pm

paige LOVE Them….give them for gifts and try to sneak one in for myself. If someone has one at my house and trys to play “I am going to just walk out the door with this cup” Oh no!! I make them poor it in a cheap plastic cup….Not my Tervis’ I am very protective = )January 20, 2010 – 11:41 am

Ravyn Stadick PS, I just checked the Tervis custom devision … You could totally order custom Amanda Pair Tervis Tumblers. :)January 20, 2010 – 11:26 am

Jordan I saw your post on Facebook and just had to check it out. I get these for everyone… even my Auburn friends and family, and I believe I’ve bought more Auburn than Bama! I have 4 Alabama ones, including the new 2009 National Champions 24oz Tumbler (sorry, had to throw that one in there). Matt and I have decided that we are only registering for Tervis Tumblers as our everyday cups. I love them!! They don’t sweat, and they’re great for adult beverages!!!January 20, 2010 – 11:12 am

Kim Dick OK…you have me sold! I think I tried one of these at a friends house and liked it so in honor of the MN Vikings this year I am going to get myself one! We currently have 2 favorite drinking tumblers but the ice melts way too fast! Thanks for the suggestion!
KimJanuary 20, 2010 – 10:22 am

Allen Ha! I am drinking some coffee out of my Upper Hi Fly Tervis (with the chartreuse spike it stain) as I type. I have had this baby since 2005 (or maybe 04)?? Anyway, once my coffee is gone, I will rinse it out and switch to cold water for the rest of the day. Wow, it is becoming like my cell phone- can’t live without it. The only substitute that would work in the same regards is styro-foam (my spelling is off today, sorry), but it only lasts a couple of days before the coffee stains are permanent. I hope someone from Tervis reads this because I need some more of these.January 20, 2010 – 9:42 am

Amanda I am LOVING the Tervis love out there! @Jenn, I was shocked when I read “your” first comment and am glad to know that wasn’t really you. Silly Big Lee. That wasn’t a nice trick. @Coe, she bought me an AU ornament (wasn’t that sweet!?). I’m seeing a trend – think we could swing her over to our side?January 20, 2010 – 9:22 am

Kari Yes, I, too, love the Tervis tumblers. I keep trying to tell Steve he should drink his bourbon out of one on football days, but he refuses, saying, “But, it’s PLASTIC!” You just don’t understand until you try it!January 20, 2010 – 9:12 am

Maggie Love the tervis tumblers! Got my mom from Christmas and she can’t stop talking about it!January 20, 2010 – 8:39 am

Ravyn Stadick My husband and I got a Bride & Groom set of Tervis Tumblers for our wedding … I LOVE them. They make the best glasses for iced tea.January 20, 2010 – 8:33 am

Kelly I, too, love the Tervis tumbler. You do know that they are guaranteed for life – as in no questions asked full replacement if you mail yours in – right?? They also make an adorable 10 oz one that is perfect for kids and a sippy cup for tots! I share your dream of having nothing but tervis tumblers in my cabinet (along with a few wine glasses, of course) and am slowly working my way there!January 20, 2010 – 8:04 am

jennrob To clarify, that was a faux jennrob post!!!! My lovely father posted that, not me. :) BTW, I love, love, love these cups as well. I got sucked into buying 8 ($9.99 a piece) w/ my own blow money. (4) Auburn & (4) packers! I threw out all of my other glasses (w/ the exception of 2) and only have tumblers! I love seeing my bama family drink out of my auburn cups! :)January 20, 2010 – 7:56 am

jennrob Amanda Those Pink “A’s” in your collection look so much like a “RollTider” has their national championship turned you into a closet Alabama fan? I must admit I am leaning that way myself.January 20, 2010 – 7:19 am

Melissa i love learning new things about you amanda! I may have to invest in one of these. I think the need for a sippy cup runs in the family! I spill my coffee all the time at work. hmmm… i might have to try one!January 19, 2010 – 9:06 pm

Coe I have my own personal love affair with them. It’s nice to know there’s someone out there who cares enough to blog about them. Is there a Facebook group yet?! My Tervis Tumbler story is a funny one…mind if I share? Of course, you don’t. My sister, the UA grad bought Scott and I our first set…the 16 oz for me, the 32 for him. Oh, and they’re Auburn, I might add! Then I bought him the lids for Father’s Day and went back to get mine…TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH ALL ASPECTS! We always watch football with some great couple friends – she’s AU; he’s UA. I always feel as if he’s a little out-of-place so I (the AU grad) bought him his own Bama Tumbler to keep here (although no coffee goes in his – trust me!). So, Scott and I have four from the UA grad and the only one I’ve purchased is a Bama one. Am I a weird-o or what?!?! At least it runs in the family, right Jordan?!January 19, 2010 – 8:34 pm

Rachel B. LOL about the Tervis Tumblers. I had never heard of them until now, but they seem to be the kind of product that I have been longing for. I can’t stand wet glasses and I need something that has a lid and can hold hot tea as well. Amanda, you’ve got me sold on them!January 19, 2010 – 8:16 pm

Katie I am not sold on the tervis tumblers. I expected something more magical? I guess? 5 hours of unmelted ice apparently isn’t enough for me. but Nate’s dad ALWAYS has one with him so there are others like you out there….January 19, 2010 – 6:47 pm

Melina Since most of our kitchen is packed, waiting for moving day (whenever that may happen), I’ve been drinking out of our set of Tervis Tumblers. Unfortunately, mine have giant red and black G’s on them. Other than that, I like them and can’t wait to unpack my AU set!January 19, 2010 – 6:32 pm

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