Stanley Thermos Review

Stanley Thermos

UPDATE: Please read the update and the readers’ comments below. It seems the newer Stanley thermos does not hold up like the one in this review. Since moving their production over to China there seems to be a significant drop in quality.

Old Review:

After being disappointed with other brands of thermoses in the past, I really wasn’t expecting that much from the Stanley Thermos. I heard that they were tough, but I figured it was probably just a marketing gimmick. Boy, was I wrong!

I abuse pretty much all of my gear. From driving off with cameras on my back bumper to dropping gear down the side of a mountain, it was nice to finally have a product that could stand up to my abuse. I was really impressed with the strength of everything from the thermos handle to the handy little cup cap.

I brought a couple of Stanley Thermoses out to Sedona over the weekend, and after using them around the campground I am now a loyal fan! I was so impressed with them that I will be bringing them on all our future trips.

Why We Liked the Classic Stanley Thermos:

  1. Very tough – They stood up to all sorts of falls and even a few tumbles downs some rocks. I can see why people say that these things last a lifetime. The Classic Stanley Thermos stood up to pretty much any abuse that we could throw at it.
  2. Kept everything we put in them very hot. In fact, I filled the thermos up with boiling water at around 9pm and at 8am the next morning it was still hot enough to steep some tea. (The thermos was left out on a table in temperatures around 50 degrees)
  3. Very convenient. It was nice to have Hot water waiting in the morning without having to start the fire.
  4. The Lid is tough and doubles as a drinking cup.
  5. It was nice to see a company that still cares about quality. I have tried many cheap knock-off Thermoses in the past and I will tell you that none of them compared to the Stanley. We highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about adding thermoses to their camping gear. This is one product that you will not have to worry about replacing anytime soon.

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Update: We have had a number or people write in with their own reviews which you can see below. The thermos we reviewed was from a couple of years ago and worked great for us.  We will be reviewing this year’s model very soon and if we find that the new thermos does not reflect our review we will re-post our new findings. You can find more Gear Reviews in our Survival Gear Section and our Hiking Gear Section.


  1. i had a thermos and it wouldnt stay hot over 3 hrs. so they sent me a new one and its doing the same thing. 3 hrs. and coffee gets cold. is there something im doing wrong

    • Stephanie
      February 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Evidently, nothing has changed since this review! Bought this one for my husband yesterday. We were replacing a Stanley from about 10-12 years ago, which still works great, by the way! It just looks completely beat up, because it has been! The bottom is off, it’s dented and rusty but it still keeps things hot!
      You really can tell the quality is completely different when you first pick it up! The old Stanley feels weighty and substantial! The new one feels like a tin can! Needless to say, my husband texted me at 9:00am today and asked me to take the old one out of the recycling bin, because his coffee was cold! That was only 3 hrs.! I want to know if there are any made in the USA anymore? Sorry Stanley!…you’ve lost our business!

      • J.W.
        January 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

        I agree totally. We had our old “Aladdin” Stanley thermos for at least 25 yrs. and when I decided to go buy a new one, I could tell the difference immediately. It felt so flimsy and cheaply made. I decided my old one is still good enough and I’m taking that Chinese piece of junk back. I noticed the brand “Thermos” looked and felt more heavy duty, so I might consider that one. Why can’t we get quality products anymore. So disappointing. I figured I’d have the new Stanley for another 25 yrs. Not gonna happen.

        • Martha
          July 19, 2015 at 5:34 am

          We have a thermos that is over 40 years old. It’s one of the original greyish/greenish colored ones. Hubby wanted a new one because ours was so beat up looking. He bought one of the new ones, and took it back to WalMart 2 days later because it did not keep coffee hot.
          To this day, our coffee is still hot all day long. He has painted the outside a couple of times, but it still looks good and works; even with it’s dents and pings.

          • MikeEnter your name...
            January 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

            I gave up on Stanley after several failures / replacements in or about 2011. I went over to Thermos, which are equally as bad. We have two – in total, in around 5 years, we’ll have gone through 10 once the latest replacement arrives.

        • Travis
          January 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

          thermos brand sucks too, and the guarantee sucks, pay for the name

          • JP
            September 14, 2016 at 6:42 am

            Sorry sir but I’m gonna have to disagree with you. My Thermos brand King 40 oz is absolutely amazing! 190 degree coffee will still be around 140 degrees 24 hours later. Mine works even better than advertised. I can’t speak for all Thermos products, but this one definitely deserves a 9.5 out of 10.

      • Jon
        April 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        I agree. Bought 2 of them because I knew the name and thought is would keep hot things hot. I heated the interior with scalding hot water and put in coffee. Roughtly 3 hours later the coffee was warm. Called customer service to complain and they sent me a new one. Unfortunately the same thing happened. My feeling is that there really is no vacuum between the double walls, and they won’t even think about fixing the problem until both their reputation and sales are at the point of no return.

        • Bo
          March 21, 2016 at 12:03 am

          The same thing happened to me.
          Replaced my old one because it had a few dents and a broken lid and bought the Stanley because of the brand name and recommendations. I fill it at breakfast and he damn thing is cold by 1000am. Pre heating it doesn’t seem to help either.
          Not happy.

      • Kyle
        December 17, 2015 at 4:48 am

        Stanley used to have the best thermos. I have a few old ones that I’ve had. I look for the older ones that were made in the USA. All of the new ones I’ve had are junk. They are cold within hours. That’s what happens when you make a quality product and send production overseas to a sweatshop.

    • Tim Freebody
      August 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I have used these flask’s for years BUT not any more four year ago I returned 5 flasks back to Stanley ( Aust) they replaced them all three times in the one year great but the product is no longer any good they are lucky to last a month. I will never buy one again. Note the other models appear to be just as bad. If anyone could help me please do.

      Thanks Tim

      • Francis
        August 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Did they require you to submit a receipt for the warranty? I bought a used 1.1 qt. Made-In-USA bottle on ebay, and it doesn’t work. It keeps coffee hot for a couple of hours tops. I decided to try out the “Lifetime Warranty” but Stanley said the warranty only covers the original purchaser. They say they require a receipt but I can’t beleive that all of the people who had their bottles replaced had their receipts. Even one post admitted they weren’t the original owner. I was honest upfront to let them know I was not the original owner and I think they’re just asking me for something they know I don’t have. Thanks for any help.

        • emily
          October 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          Francis, buy a new stopper that was my problem.

          • Waterfront
            October 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

            Reading comments on the inability of the Stanley to not keep liquid hot. My experience has been the opposite . I boil water and put in thermos for 5 minutes and empty. Then I put my hot beverage in. I work on the waterfront and my beverage or soup stays HOT for up to 9 to 11 hours before the first pour.However, if you continue to pour your beverage over a period of time the liquid will become warm. The only problem is that the thermos is not American made!

          • bre
            November 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

            Did you buy one of the newer ones or is this an old model? I’m trying to decide whether or not to get one for my fiance. He’s a driller and works in some harsh conditions. I want him to be able to have hot soup at work. Any thoughts?

        • D-Bones
          December 3, 2013 at 4:13 am

          Never admit to anything when claiming a waranteed item – always say it was a gift and within the warrantee period and just now used for the very first time. It’s unfortunate that one must resort to such tactics, but it works better than being upfront. At least this has been my experience with such instances.

      • Nick Manley
        April 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

        I agree with you Tim. I bought my Stanley flask in South Africa having seen that they were widely used by Safari and Tour Companies there. It worke well for about a year and now it barely keeps things warm for more than a few hours. Apart from returning the product is there any other way it can be fixed?

    • chris
      December 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I have one still in the box and I bet it is from more than 10 years ago. Is it worth anything.

      • Svetlana
        December 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

        You can sell it on ebay, can check prices there also.

      • Svetlana
        December 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

        If it’s made in USA and new on ebay they $50-$60. I know because i’ve been looking for one.

      • Janni Smith Salés
        December 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Where do you plan to advertise it? If it is over ten years old, I might want to buy it from you. What shape is it in?

      • Carl
        December 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        I’d offer you $50 for it as long as it hasn’t been used at all..

    • tom j.
      February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      The best thermos are the old #N944 Stanley Super Vac thermos from the 1950s; you can buy them on ebay all the time; it has the cork; the #N943 is OK; the newer 1960s or 1970s or newer Stanleys are also junk; the old #N944 is not breakable; the cork really helps insulate the contents; we tested a #N944 to even the #N943 ; after 8 hours the #N944 was 20 deg warmer; after 22 hours, it was 40 degs warmer ; we’ve used it in 10 deg weather all day outside and for better than 20 hours it is too hot to drink from!

      • guido
        July 26, 2014 at 2:48 am

        LOL the best Thermos IS a Thermos the best Stanley vacuum flask is the 2L. honestly, a Thermos made by Stanley!

        • man
          February 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm

          “Thermos” is a brand name.
          “thermos” has become a term to describe flasks in the style of Thermos, Stanley, etc., much the way we here in the States the following:
          “coke” in the south covers many sodas
          “xerox” in years past came to mean copy.
          No doubt, some of the terms you use daily make others react the way you do.

    • kenny
      April 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      i have a stanly flask it was great but went down hill put hot warter in the morning and four hours later it was cold

      • Malcolm Smith
        May 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        I got a new Stanley Cold after 3 hours.
        Reverted to my old one probably 6 years old.
        I cant take it back Lost receipt.
        My how your standards have slipped

    • tom
      May 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

      whenever you are preparing a thermos try filling it with boiling hot water first and let it sit for about a half hour then dump i out and put your coffee in then it should stay hot alot longer

    • Matt
      November 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      I just bought a new Stanley and I’m here to say IT’s Not your Daddy’s Thermos. I own 4 older Stanley bottles all work well. New guy in Elk camp needed another bottle. Well he thought we didn’t like him after the second day. Complained we keep giving him cold coffee . The new Stanley would barely make it to noon and just be warm, not hot. A Big Disappointment on a cold mountain side.
      I should have listen to the people on this site before I bought this new made in China piece of poop!

      • F s
        December 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        Did you ever find a 19 stopper? I neee one.

    • Ronny Ferguson
      January 7, 2015 at 8:08 am

      I have an old 24oz big mouth thermos that after years of great service the seal on the bottom of the plug has deteriorated and leaks so bought a new one last year. The new one doesn’t keep my food hot for more than an hour. They no longer make the #19 plug so can’t buy a new plug but it still keeps my food hotter than my new one. Am going to be looking for another thermos to replace my stanley. Will not buy the new stanley thermos a waste of money

      • Tom
        January 31, 2015 at 5:54 am

        Work Series™ Beverage Bottle
        Thermos™ vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold
        Durable stainless steel interior and exterior
        Cool to the touch with hot liquids, sweat-proof with cold
        Large 40 ounce capacity
        Durable stainless steel cup
        Capacity: 1.2 L
        Dimensions: 4.3″ W x 4.3″ D x 14.5″
        24 hours hot-24 hours cold

      • F s
        December 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        Did u ever find a replacement 19 stopper? I need one.

      • F s
        December 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        Did you ever find a 19 stopper? I need one.

    • ross petitto
      February 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

      They’re only as good as the flimsy o ring on stopper. I paid $49 for the thermos and they want $9 for a .50 piece of rubber. I’m done with Stanley.

    • Dustin
      May 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I have had only the best results. There are rules however:
      If you leave your Stanley out in the bitter cold weather, obviously it will not stay boiling hot for 24 hours. If you leave the pour spout cracked all day, it will not stay hot. The less liquid in the Stanley, the less heat retention and the faster it will cool.

      But I usually sip one cup per hour at work and there are about 8 cups in the Stanley and the last one is usually about 100-120º. Which is normal.

      I love my ‘modern’ Stanley and its been beat up and still going strong after 5 years.

    • I purchased a new Stanly, took it on a diving trip. I filled it with boiling water before I filled it with hot chocolate. 4 hours later it was luke warm. Stanly sent me a new one, that one failed , they sent another, that failed too. I have the third one that I am going to try this week end. If it fails I am not going to have one
      I will stop at the local marina and have a hot chocolate and pitch this China crap.

    • Joey
      September 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Preheat (or pre-cool depending on your drink). I have 2 that were made down the road from me here in Nashville, and it says to put hot or cold water in them for 30 minutes before hand. Hot water for coffee, and cold water with some ice in it for cold drinks.

    • Ali Benallou
      October 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Before you fill it with your hot beverage, fill it with boiling water, put the lid on loosely and let it sit for 5 minutes. Pour out the water and directly poor in the beverage. I do this when I make hot tea every morning at about 10am. In the evening when I clean the kitchen around 9pm, I pour out any tea that’s left and it’s always still hot.

    • Av
      February 21, 2017 at 4:18 am

      Prime it .. fill with boiling water let sit while you make coffee or do whatever dump water out and fill with hot drink

  2. Bill
    February 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Dennis, I don’t think you did anything wrong. For the past eight years the Stanley bottles have been made in China and not the USA. When they were still made in the USA by Aladdin Stanley they had a layer of charcoal in between the two layers of stainless steel and they were heavier. The Chinese made bottles are lighter because they don’t have the charcoal layer and I don’t think the stainless steel is as thick. Sure, Stanley-PMI says that the bottles are made to the same rigid standards as before but I’m not convinced.

    • Mike
      November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I couldn’t find my old Stanley thermos from about ten years ago, so I bought a new one (same shape, size, and model number, but black instead of green). I had the same experience. Two to three hours max for keeping coffee hot with the new one. I then found the old one and it stayed hot for 6-8 hours. I thought the new one was defective or built wrong, so I cut it in half to see what was in it. Still charcoal like the old ones. Not sure what is different, but definitely disappointed with the newer Stanley thermoses.

    • Janni Smith Salés
      December 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Last year, I bought my husband and my brother the mug that looks like the bottom of the thermos. It won’t keep the coffee warm for over 3 hours. I’ve written to the company over the span of four months and finally got an answer that they would not exchange them – my tough, basically. I am incredibly sorry I bought them, thinking they would do the same as my 30 year old thermos. Very disappointing. The company is going to go broke if they keep this up. China just doesn’t make them the same as the originals.

      • Jeff
        March 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        I have a 25 year old 1.1 quart classic and a 20 year old 2 quart…both work great. I also own 5 year old (China)16 oz and 24 oz food classics..which work fine…as far as China goes..that in itself should not be a problem. These type of goods are manufactured in a highly mechanized a Chevy,Toyota or Kia. The Stanley Thermos still has a black powder between the inner and outer layer…look on YouTube for a 2qt. being sawed in half. The newer lighter weight models should work as well as far as temperature goes, but not for abuse and durability, but the Classics are still made. There are many of you quick to dismiss every thing made in China as “cheap trash /junk” but that is just China bashing…the same could be said for many US manufactured products.

        • Mike
          May 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

          Jeff, I have had the same problems – and I’m not China bashing. I had an older one for years and it worked great but I lost it. I have purchased 4 new ones in the last few years, and had 3 of them replaced. My last one lasted about 1 month – I give up.

          I purchased a Thermos brand bottle and it works great; Stanley better improve their quality or they will be out of business – their old reputation will not carry them for long.

      • Sue
        May 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

        These items are Mugs and the description on them says it will only keep hot for 1 hour. They are designed for Camping and they are perfect for use when in the garden when a drink will go cold in a normal mug or “cardboard” one

    • Rob
      December 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Is it possible to drill a hole in between the layers and add charcoal then weld a patch or plug it? I’m disgusted with my stanley thermoses! I have an older one out in the garage it is the bigger one but thinking of bringing it in and cleaning up for use. Nothing worse than luke warm coffee after 3 hrs. Send our jobs over seas and quality goes out the window. Greedy mistake by stanley IMHO

  3. Jason Wilcox
    February 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I believe the thermos weighs to much for back packing or hauling anywhere on foot! Car Camping yes or if your traveling with a mule!…Hey I really like your blog keep up the good work. I think it’s one of the best out there well put together!

  4. Arlene
    March 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I too have purchased 3 stanley thermos and had one replaced by the company. I thought I was doing something wrong, but I’m having the same problem as every else seems to. I don’t mind paying a low price for China junk, but these thermos were over $25 each. Now I’m paying high quality prices for China garbage.

    • GT66
      November 4, 2012 at 12:08 am

      “Now I’m paying high quality prices for China garbage.” That was ALWAYS the plan.

      • M Hurd
        December 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

        and the American company keeps the profit.

    • Rob
      December 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Is there an alternate brand that works? I’m willing to pay more for something that works. I will never buy another stanley thermos. I used to give them out as gifts but no longer, might as well be a lump of coal.

  5. Jerry Reich
    March 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I had the same problem with it keeping things hot for olny a few hours,then my freind told me to get rid of the stopper that has the holes for pouring and replace it with the old solid type that you have to remove to pour the coffee,and I did and now it keeps hot for 8-10 hours,also remember to pre-heat and the more times you open it the colder it gets.

    • Kay Johnston
      January 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Where did you find the old style stopper?

  6. Jerry Deschamps
    August 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I lost my old Stanley Thermos which was made in the 1970’s and worked great, it is buried somewhere in the road I was building. We picked up a new Thermos at Walmart in Okotoks Alberta, $29.99. I was thinking it was way lighter than my old one but its a Stanley so I went ahead and bought it. The next morning I poured hot coffee into the thermos as I have been doing for many many years and when I went to have my first cup 2 hrs later it was only warm. What the heck is up with that. I decided to try to warm up the thermos that night and poured boiling hot water into it over night and in the morning it was cold. I am not impressed, yes it was made in China and yes its a piece of junk. I will never recommend a new Stanley Thermos to anyone again. $30 down the drain and because I live in a isolated area I can’t even buy a real thermos which as far as I’m concerned will be anything but a stanley when I do get back to a city.

  7. Mike
    September 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Got my stanley in 1985 (great product). Called stanley to replace the old one cause something is rattling on the bottom of the thermos. The thermos still works fantastic keep my coffee hot for more than 3 hrs.

    Called stanley, they replace the thermos. The new thermos is a piece of junk. It’s is about half the weight of the old one. It only keeps my coffee hot approx 2-3 hrs. It is no where built to the same specs (material too) as the older stanley’s.

    Recommend consumers don’t spend your money on the new stanley thermos.

  8. Valerie Verchio
    September 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I couldn,t say it any better……Jerry Deschamps posting on August 31st is right on……it’s a piece of junk. I also had one back in the day……it did keep my coffee hot. With the new Stanley you’re lucky if it’s warm after about 3 hours…..don’t waste your money.

  9. October 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    My husband is a coal miner who takes a thermos of coffee to work with him. He noticed after a few hours, his coffee was barely warm. We had an old Aladdin thermos that we saved “just in case”; put hot coffee in and 24 hours later still hot. At the same time, added hot coffee to the newer thermos, not even warm. Definitely a difference in the US made version and even if a little more expensive to purchase, would gladly pay for quality.

  10. Wayne
    October 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I have a Stanley thermos that I bought new in 1992 and it still works great. I don’t like the pour through stoppers though because they always seem to leak, even the new replacements.

    For those of you that want the old “made in the USA” ones, go on eBay and they have tons of them. I just bought another one made in 1989 and its in mint condition.

    Does anyone have a source for the old solid #11 stoppers.?

    • James
      June 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      My father had stanley thermos’ when I was a growing up in the 50’s. They were great. I have several that were made in the 70’s and 80’s that I bought on ebay. Many people sell them. Have also seen stoppers, and caps listed as well. These work great. I have one wide mouth that will keep soup hot up to 6 hrs. The prices are usually right also, you only have to watch what u are buying and ask the seller questions if you need info. Anything before 1990 should be good.

    • diana taylor
      June 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      wish i could find a source too.need #11 too

  11. Logan
    October 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I bought a Stanley Bolt thermos about 2 months ago. It worked great up until about about a week ago. I followed the care and cleaning instructions to the letter. And my coffee only stays hot for a couple of hours. I thought that I had done something wrong, but it appears that I have not. Although I will add that I did drop it once, it fell all of two feet onto a concrete floor. They are supposed to be tougher that that I thought. I ordered a new stopper from Stanley ($12.00) to see if it takes care of the problem. I will post again when I get and test it. Thanks to everyone here for your input into this.

  12. Deanna Reihs
    October 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I purchased a 12 oz wide mouth food thermos about a year ago. Worked great for a couple months then my soup was at best warm after 3 hours. The tag on the thermos says ‘hot for 12 hours’. Took it back to Target and got an exchange. That one worked great for a couple months and then soup room temp after about 3 hours. Target will not replace. I am EXTREMELY dissapointed with what I thought was an excellent brand and expensive thermos!! I see I am not alone!!

  13. I bought a stanley thermos from Walmart & they won’t give me another one or refund my money. It will not keep my coffee hot –only a few hours. I turkey hunt & i end up with cold coffee in 3 hours—what is wrong? I am very upset about this problem. What should I do? I got to have my hot coffee when i go & hunt them wild TURKEY’S. Please help me stanley company. Alton Obrian

  14. wayne
    November 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Stanley Thermos Sucks as well as China

  15. D Sam
    November 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Hmmm, guess I am not alone. I have the same model (stamped 20-00077 on bottom – made in China). I have had it for over a year now, and it seemed to work fine for the about a year – kept liquids hot for 12 hrs — but now it is ineffective, going from steaming hot to cold in 6 hours. Not impressed, and by the sounds of it, I am stuck with a heavy water bottle now, despite the ‘Lifetime Warranty’ logo I see on their website beside the product. What the heck does the warranty mean???

  16. Logan
    November 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I recieved my new thermos from Stanley, and I am pleased to report that it works great. I strongly recommend that if you have a Stanley thermos that doesn’t work properly to e-mail them at their website. They responded to mine within 24 hours of me sending it. They sent me a brand new thermos and did not require that I send my old one back.

  17. Deb Hood
    December 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I absolutely hate this thermos. In the summer it did pretty good at keeping my coffee hot but now that the weather has gotten cold it is only lukewarm after 2 hours and I work inside, I am sure that if I worked outside it would be ice cold after 2 hours. I will never buy another Stanley thermos. I had a thermos I bought at Dollar General 10 years ago for $5 and it would keep coffee hot all day and would still be useing it but I dropped it and it broke. I won’t give Stanley another $30.

  18. Coldstone
    December 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I will never buy another Stanley thermos again, or while it’s made in china.
    I like the Stanley website talking about the blue collar toughness of this thermos.

    and from the review here it is china made a classic thermos into junk, just like I thought.

    I would have paid 10 more dollars for the old american standard that made this thermos great again in the USA!

  19. Logan
    December 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I see a few more people have posted since my last post. I would like to restate that if you have problems with your Stanley Thermos, THEY WILL REPLACE IT!!!! All you have to do is e-mail them.

  20. December 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    You have taken a classic Stanley thermos and turned it into
    classic junk. My old Stanley 1980’s kept me in hot coffee
    all day at work. My new China junk model gives me my first cup hot, and its all down hill from that point on.
    Can’t believe that I paid $30 for this worthless Chinese
    wonder, never again Stanley until you come back to Brentwood,
    TN where american quality was built in.

  21. Randy
    January 9, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I have always had a Stanley Thermos, because I don’t mind paying for quality and Stanley was alway a quality product. As a truck driver I drink alot of coffee and my new Stanley Thermos is a piece of poop! It will only keep my coffee warm for about 2-3 hours. Shame on you Stanley for taking jobs away from Americans and then charging the same Americans big bucks for such a useless product!!

  22. JWeland
    January 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    We have several of the different Stanley thermoses, and have never had a problem. My husband’s tall Classic thermos I can put coffee in it in the morning and when he comes home at night it is still hot. I bought him the 17oz classic food jar and it is the same way, it will stay hot all day long. 1 problem we had was on the food jar it has a rubber seal that had broke. I am not really sure on how this happened, but I wrote to the company and they were really helpful within in 10 days I had a brand new one. The company is all about keeping satisfied customers. I will never buy anything but a Stanley!

    • Stephanie
      March 6, 2014 at 8:59 am

      A year or two ago I bought a Stanley thermos (I own close to 20 for business purposes) new and when I got it home I found it had no rubber seal. When I contacted Stanley about it they said they did not replace the rubber seals (even though mine never had one to begin with) and reluctantly sent me another one after a lengthy email battle. I could really use a few replacements for the ones that have seen the greatest use. I’m glad you had a better experience with them but wish their customer service were more consistent.

  23. Jonathan
    January 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I bought a 17oz. Stanley thermos a few years ago and it stopped working. So I called them and they sent me a new one, no questions asked. I used it a few times and now this one doesn’t keep my soup cold after 5 hours. Like someone said above, the whole thing is hot and you can tell it’s losing heat. I even boiled water and put it in for 20 minutes before I put my soup in in the morning and it still doesn’t work!! SO I just called them and they are sending me another…….we’ll see! ):

  24. greg
    March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    such a waste…. another great american company turned into junk after being shipped to china!!!!

  25. greg
    March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    warning…..DO NOT BUY MADE IN CHINA stanley thermos….they are not what they use to be. they are about half the weight and do not have the charcoal liner in between the layers for the extra insulation.

  26. Lance
    March 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    The consensus here is the Stanley newer models made in China are junk. I had the same problem with a Target bought Stanley Thermos. It lasted less than a month.

    My question is, what’s the consensus here on why Stanley will continue to allow this to go on? I’m perplexed reading all these threads of the same problem. The reason I’m here today is, my wife captured an pre 2002 Vacuum bottle that appears to have the same problem. After reading this, I’m thinking I keep the bottle and try a new stopper. There is no sense in sending it in for a new Chinese made bottle. I hope Stanley gets their collective sh*t together before it’s to late.

    May everyone enjoy hot coffee again someday:)

  27. Gerard Brennan
    April 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I bought a Stanley Bolt thermos two weeks ago. It worked fine for a few days but then it just stopped keeping my coffee hot. By morning break it was lukewarm. I noticed the outside would get hot right after I filled it like it was no longer insulating. Called the company and they had me return it to the hardware store. I exchanged it for another model but all they carried was the Stanley brand so I kept the tags & receipt just in case. What a disappointment.

    • Gene
      February 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Thermos brand and Stanley are junk since they stopped making them in the U.S. I bought a Stanley Bolt food jar that’s supposed to keep food hot for 16 hours, and sitting on the counter in the house, it’s lukewarm by lunchtime. Same with the Thermos. I have an old food jar and coffee thermos,,Stanley brand, and they keep what’s in them hot for a long time. Save yourself the hassle and buy an old one off Ebay. These people that are saying how great the new ones work are full of crap. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if 99% of the reviews are bad, then so is the product.

  28. Hal
    April 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I had the same problems with the new stanleys. I finally found an older 1987 1 quart Stanley with the cooler that it attaches to. I got it from the flea market for 7 bucks for both. Yea they took a little cleaning but man there’s nothing like an old Stanley to keep the coffe hot. There slogan should be ” used to be built to last”

  29. Paul
    April 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    SAME THING! Darned thing is lukewarm in a couple hours. I knew there was a problem when the thermos was hot on the exterior within minutes of pouring in my coffee. LAME!!! I’ll take the extra weight, just make em better Stanley!

  30. joe mcclure
    May 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I had an old stanley thermos i bought in the 80s and was good until i ran over it with my truck ,so i bought a new one last year ,made in china of course ,and my coffe is cold in 2 hr tops im very dissapointed ,they uste to make a good product i will never buy another stanley

  31. meives
    May 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    my family and I have a older stanley thermos i put hot tea in it and used it in sub-zero tempatures and the tea was still hot i saw plumes of steam i love that thermos havent tried the new ones yet

  32. b mackinnon
    June 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I had a stanley thermos for years couldn’t have been happier but then it wouldn’t keep hot I returned it to a stanley thermos supplier,which gave us a brand new one, I was so happy to get another stanley thermos,BUT WHAT HAPPENED,this one wouldn’t keep hot either,,I was given a smaller one it kept hot for a few months but now it doesn’t keep hot either,tried to replace them with the warranty like I did before but I’m told to go directly to the manufacture,hit another brick wall,cant find one in Australia.Could someone please help me out here? Where do I go from here?

    • gene
      May 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I want to stay there thermos sucks I have and old one trying to get replaced it’s nothing but a big problem.they wanted to to sent them a the sale ticket where I bought it at with the price and date I done have that from thirty year ago .enjoy buying a product that was made in the USA and now made in China Ser where it’d cheaper to be made at. All I’m saying don’t buy Stanley products they sent all the jobs to China.

  33. JWB
    June 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I want to know what year China first product for Stanley Thermos ??

    • JBean
      September 21, 2014 at 9:58 am


  34. Off Grid Survival
    June 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Not sure when they switched over but PMI purchased the Stanley Brand back in 2002…. I think that’s when the problems may have started.

    • Uday Batra
      June 29, 2014 at 2:57 am

      The stanley flasks that were bought bout 35 years back were much better, the new ones that I got are so useless, that I’ve actually thrown them out,

  35. Ted
    June 21, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I have had my 2 qt. Stanley for about 5 years. It is the made in China one but it worked pretty well for the first few years. I broke the cap, got a replacement and it continued to work OK for about 6 months. Now, my coffee is cold in 3 hours. Could it be the cap??? I hate to get rid of the thermos. This thermos and I have done alot of work together but I can’t/won’t drink cold coffee. Judgeing by the comments on this site Stanley should do the research and fix the problem. I’ll try a new cap and see what happens.

  36. judy
    June 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I bought a Stanley 1.9ltr thermos flask while on holidays in Victoria in January this year and it worked well for a couple of months but has suddenly just stopped keeping the water hot within 2 hours of filling it. Can anyone tell me a South australian depot where i can send it to claim my warranty as i have searched the internet and can only find a USA contact.thanks

  37. bob
    June 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I can’t believe in 2002 they closed the usa plant…to bad they made a good product. Now they’re making them in china with a much lesser quality …Figures… The usa is putting it self in this economical downfall due to outsourcing! No jobs wonder why.. Kinda reminds me of craftsman tools they were going to be outsourced to china people complained and wrote to the company and the tools are still made in the usa… As far as I know.. Shouldn’t we write to whoever owns the stanley name now and provide jobs to needy americans! I’m tired of buying china let’s the little sticker say made in the usa

    • Dave
      December 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      My kid’s soup is cold by lunchtime. I warm up the thermos with boiling water,pour in very hot soup and 3 hrs. later he’s lucky if it is barely lukewarm. I could’ve bought a $3 cheapo to do that. Not like my old Stanley for sure. We need an internet protest and boycott of PMI to bring American jobs and our old quality Stanleys back home. Maybe a group civil lawsuit should be filed for fraud against PMI! 3 doesn’t equal 12.

  38. Ralph Liberatore
    July 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I thought I was crazy. Now I realize it wasn’t me, it was the product.I purchased a new stanley because I remember as a kid how great they were but couldn’t afford one then. It is absolutely worthless for keeping temperature. I have thrown it away along with the $30 I spent on it.

  39. Kath from Bendigo Australia
    July 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

    We also purchased one of these crappy thermos’, we paid $60 and the same thing happened. My husband works in contruction and many of his work mates have had the same problem. Typical Chinese crap (cheap and nasty) but you still pay the same price as before, what a rip off.

    July 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My husband also works construction and the same thing is happening to him. After a couple of hours coffee is only luke warm. I will be changing brands because this is the second one i bought for him thinking the first was a defected, but no i was wrong the product is just junk!


    Bring back the factory from china maybe you can save your line of products.

  41. Clint Doerfler
    July 16, 2011 at 7:51 am


    Yes, Stanley will replace, but what’s the point if the replacement is as worthless as the original. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER STANLEY. F*@!ing China lovin’ wh*?es.


  42. Silence
    July 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Bought a Stanley thermos back in the 1970s. It still works great! Coffee is still hot long after 12 hours. But I purchased a rather large one and so when I wanted to carry less liquid, I bought a new 20oz. What a waste! Coffee cold in less than 3 hours. I sent it back and Stanley sent me a new one. Same thing. Coffee cold in less than 3 hours. I figured that maybe it was the design of the 20oz, so I bought another large one 2L because old one had no handle and was a bit hard to pour. Same thing happened. I was sent another. In all, I was sent three replacement thermoses from Stanley. None of the replacements work and the originals are junk. I have 7 Stanley thermoses in all and only the 1970s model works. That is because it is lined with charcoal. Stanley thermoses will not work unless they start using insulation such as charcoal.
    Don’t waste money on these thermoses until they start making them in America again, using American technology and craftsmanship!
    This is a bad economy and those people who do have money to spend are being more careful. They are also beginning to be more patriotic and buying American. Stanley should get the message. But it may be too late. Maybe Stanley is a Chinese owned company, in which case, it won’t be coming home.

  43. bob
    July 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I have a previous comment on this post(jun 29) I say someone should start a petition(I’d sign it) and use good ole freedom of speech and send it to PMI (the company that now owns the stanley name)…and spread the word about the the poor quality thermos to our friends and neighbors.. Word of mouth still goes far… And hopefully it gets through their heads that we want a quality product made in the usa not a cheap chinese ripoff

  44. Ed.B
    August 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I have (2) Stanleys, both are NO. A-944DH quart size. One is stamped with a B and a 95, the other is stamped with a A and a 01. I assume that they were made in 1995 and 2001. I haven’t used them for years because they don’t keep coffee hot anymore. I think both worked great for about 3 months when new. I just tried both again last week and noticed the outside got hot immediately when filling. These were both made in Nashville, Tennessee.

  45. M
    August 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I have had 2 replaced and now the number 3 has given up. Bought German 14 years ago and continues to work great. Hot for near 24 hours.

    Guess what my next purchase will be?

  46. Dick
    September 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’ve got a Stanley classic stainless steel 1.1 quart thermos I bought a year or so ago. It’s worked fine until recently. The last three times I’ve used it, it’s not kept my coffee hot. This morning I put hot coffee in at 6:30am and by 9:00am it was room temperature. This has happen the last 3 times I’ve used it. At first I thought I’d left cold coffee in it when I filled it but today I put hot water in it for a while before I added coffee. What’s happen to my thermos?

  47. Kevin
    September 16, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Yes, the Stanley thermos is now junk. When it was made in the USA it was heavier, more insulated, and durable. I recently bought a travel size thermos and the seal was broke in a week and so was the handle due to the shotty spot weld which held together the PLASTIC handle. Complete junk! If you want decent products you have to begin by searching for the words coffee thermos made in the USA on google and then follow up by calling the company personally before making your order to make sure the product is not being DESIGNED in America but MANUFACTURED in China. Yes, its retarded, but this is where the current state of affairs lies. Do your homework before purchasing any product is my suggestion.

  48. Dk
    September 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I too have had issues with the new bottles. The customer service at pmi is fantastic but it does appear the quality of the physical asset since about y2k has diminished. Still, I would recommend contacting pmi if the bottle is not working to specs.

  49. A.C.
    September 26, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Sad truth is you gotta go vintage if you want a quality thermos anymore. I have a ’78 Aladdin Stanley thermos, model A-944C. It’s what Stanley referred to as a “Sportsmaster Outing Kit” back in the day, and came with a very nice faux leather carrying case.

    I put ice water into the thermos at 1:00 AM and left it on my kitchen counter. When I poured some out at 1:00 AM the next night (24 hours later), it was as cold as it would be coming straight from the refrigerator. Room temp was about 75 degrees.

    The old ones are worth the money. I got mine on Ebay for about $25, which is about what the cheapo Chinese ones cost new.

  50. Scott S.
    September 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    My Stanley is 17 years old and was made in the good ole USA. You do have to by older ones if you want them to work well. If people don’t start buying more things made in America and pay attention that the things they are getting are actually from here and not China, someday we won’t have a choice.

  51. Joanne Browne
    October 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Hi, Does anyone know the email address for Stanly Flask in Australia, as I have a stanly flask which is not keeping coffee hot. From what I can gather, there not worth the money we pay for them, made in china, junk. Thanks Joanne

  52. Will Niess
    October 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I had a classic U.S.A. made stanley 1 qt bottle for many years that worked great at keeping my favorite beverages hot or cold. It did have one nagging little problem. No matter what stopper I used with it, it always left a small puddle of my drink on the lid of my stanley lunchbox with a small amount running down the side leaving drip trails down the side of my box which had to be cleaned periodically (a small inconvenience). Rather than spend more money on stoppers I decided to replace the bottle instead.
    P.M.I. sent me a replacement after they had me send them my old bottle. WHAT A BIG MISTAKE!!!!! I must give them some credit, I have never had another leaky bottle but now after at least 8 bottles I have never had another sip of HOT coffee or tea since. 3 to 4 hours is all it takes to go from just under boiling to just a hint of warmth.
    I would gladly pay all the shipping I have spent for replacement bottles to have my old leaky U.S.A. made bottle back. The Chineese produced bottles are just slightly better than a plastic milk jug in that it will not crush if you stand on it. Both ultimately belong in the landfill!!!
    How can P.M.I. keep marketing this trash and stay in business?

  53. Eddie Creighton
    October 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I have two Stanley Thermos’s one from 1959 and the other from 1995 and both work great. Both made in USA. I always preheat for 15 minutes. Now I have to wonder if the bottle’s I bought as gifts for friends are working as they were bought since 2004. The company will honor the warranty but reading the above posts it does seem useless. Eddie

  54. Roger Nichols
    October 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    You lost your credibility with this review. No doubt the quality of your reviews is dependent on the amount of money the manufacturer gives you. Fact: Stanley Thermos USED to make a good product.
    Fact: Stanley Thermos does NOT make a quality product anymore.

    Here is a review for you. Yesterday I did a side by side comparison of two Stanley Thermoses. One was purchased 20 years ago, and one purchased last year from a large block retailer that will go nameless.

    The Thermoses were filled with the same coffee batch at the same time (5:00 am). At exactly 12:00 pm we opened the thermoses. The one purchased 20 years ago contained piping hot, steaming coffee. The one purchased last year from the major retailer contained cold, not luke warm but cold, coffee.

    If you would like a durable product that will last forever that is one thing. If it needs to keep a beverage hot then spend your money elsewhere. A styrofoam cup can keep a beverage hotter than a Stanley Thermos and it doesn’t cost 20 bucks.

    There is a REAL review.

  55. Off Grid Survival
    October 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Hey Roger,

    Just for your information we never received a dime from Stanley to do this review. The review we did was a couple of years ago and 100% accurate on the model that we reviewed. Since then it seems the company has went down hill which is reflected at the end of our article and in the numerous comments above.

    If we were trying to prop up Stanley it would have been pretty dumb of us to allow all these comments.

  56. Thomas Gross
    October 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My thermos stopped working. It doesn’t keep liquid any warmer than an normal coffee mug would. Very disappointing. I bought a replacement. Hope it works a little longer than the last one.

  57. Mark
    October 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I agree with all who say bring it back to the USA, or hold PMI accountable.

    My story starts with replacing my old 1978 Stanley that didn’t keep coffee hot any longer. Bought a replacement at a block store sale. REALLY disappointed to see it was made in China!

    To their credit, PMI sent a replacement for my original, and then also for the newer one I bought when after a week, it didn’t keep things hot!

    Long story short, PMI now has sent 3 to me, and will be sending another since only 1 ever kept things hot.

    I say to all…KEEP having them send replacements until they see on their own the need to make em right!

  58. Hal
    November 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Just found a vintage stanley made in 1994. Brand new in box. Was doing work for someone in there garage and was able to purchase it from them. I have my old 1987 model which works amazing I made add… Plus I now have a ( charcoal lined ) backup. Do not buy any Stanley that says made in china. It will definently not work. Shop eBay and flea markets and buy vintage. You will probably pay way less than current retAil price… And it will last u a lifetime.

  59. Bob
    November 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Same problem here. No hot coffee after a few hours. Does anyone know of a good thermos, perferably made in US?

  60. Rob
    November 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I have a 1985 bottle and a 2011. I use one for coffe and one for tea. I drink tea in the afternoon and coffe in the morning. Both bottles seem to hold temps about the same. I do notice the older once is heavier, but the new one seems to work just as well. I wish they were still made in the USA, but what can you do? I was a truck driver, now im a mechanic. Both bottles have been beat around, both have served me well. I can leave hot drinks in either one for 24 hours and still will be warm enough to drink. I am thinking I will buy a 2 liter bottle soon.

  61. Tom McKague
    November 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I purchased a Stanley Thermos for my wife last year for Christmas so she could make tea during the day. It worked great for several months, now it wont keep water warm for 3 hours.

  62. SHAYNE
    November 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    for those of you that had a thermos that worked well and now it does not.I would assume without any evidence to support my theory,that the seal for the internal air chamber has broken.You must prevent air transference.Dishwashers will pop the seal every time,due to dramatic air temp changes.If the bottle is dropped,it also breaks the seal.i have no advice on how to restore the seal,but i have 3 half gallon thermoses and they will not keep the coffee hot for an hour or two(even preheated)I am going to try to craft my own insulation.

  63. charlie
    November 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I too purchased a new stanley (made in china) and it will not keep my coffee hot. After about 2 hours it is only warm. I’m going to send it back to Stanley, but from the sound of it ,I will only get another POOR QUALITY THERMOS.

  64. Eric
    November 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Everyone in my PA family goes deer hunting with a pre 2002 Stanley thermos made in Nashville and none of us have any problem with keeping our coffee hot all day long. My dad lost his, so I bought him a new stanley thermos, not realizing that they are now made in China! It’s garbage just like everyone else is on here is saying. So, I did some research, went on ebay and found a new/old stock 1992 944-DH. Advertised as never used and when I received it, I believe the description is accurate. It looked brand new. I was thrilled until I tested it. No good after 3-4 hours. I tried a variety of vintage stoppers but can not get it to stay hot. What would cause one of the good old USA Stanley’s to not work? How do they break? I’ve seen an exact duplicate (1992 944-DH) smashed by a 3-point hitch on a farm tractor and still keep coffee hot all day long. It’s seriously deformed and still works! I don’t get it!

  65. John
    November 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I bought the liter size widemouth bottle and it never kept anything hot or cold so they sent me a brand new one. This thing sucks I put boiling water in and couldn’t even pick it up it was so hot on the outside of the bottle and walla an hour later coffee was cold as well. Never again Stanley

  66. bob
    November 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Once again worked well for a year now like warm at 10 o’clock cold lunch time.emailed them from uk still no reply 2 days later.Any suggestions for a good flask

  67. jeff
    November 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    hey everyone, great posts, lots of good info. i just recentely purchased a stanley new in the box from 1976. (ebay) i dont know when they started putting handels on them but this one doesnt have one. in the bottom of the box there is an order form for the handels from stanley, but no one answers the phone. does not show them either. anyone know where i can get one? thanks

  68. TK
    November 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I do had an 80’s model that landed in the bottom of the duck boat too many time to remember. But 24 hrs later, whatever was left in the thermos was very drinkable. Fast forward to today and my one year old 2 gt, won’t stay way for 3 hours and that is taking it from my car, to my work truck and placing it near the heater.
    This will be my last Stanley Aladdin!

  69. Stacy Sheets
    November 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    last year preheated all parts 17 oz thermos , boiled soup, wrapped thermos in neoprene, put in insulated lunch bag, put into insulated lunch box, all of which were pre heated & it worked. 3 layers of heated insulation. It’s not even winter yet & it fails now. Thermos web site, “#’s on base….” do not match. $5.00 gaskets! $6.00 lids, black or green, who knows if it’s your your model or not. What a waste of money, now off to the landfill with the rest of their low quality products. They sure look nice though, as if it worked. Guaranteed to keep the food inside the same temp as the outside. why bother!!!!!!!!

  70. John Brown
    December 1, 2011 at 4:43 am

    bought a stanley thermos in 1992 worked great un till a year ago called stanley they sent me a replacement it just dont keep coffee hot so i bought a thermos brand tells you it will keep hot 24 hrs i put 200 degree water in it at 12:00 am put it outside in 38 degree temp. with 200 degree water in it 18 hrs later the water was still 160 degrees

  71. Bill Winnett
    December 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    shame on stanley,ill never buy any thing again from them.We need to quit having everything we use made everywhere but in the great USofA.It truly saddens me that the only thing available to be able buy chinese JUNK

    December 3, 2011 at 10:53 am


  73. Ke'hley Lauer
    December 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I’m 58 yrs old and grew up with Stanley thermos products and was please in all ways. My new 2years old stainless steel thermos is made in China and coffee stay warm NOT hot for 1 hour after that ice cold!! I even boil 2 cups of water and prime it before each use. Worthless!!

  74. Steve
    December 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Believe me when I tell you that these 16 oz. thermos bottles are junk!! The first one kept my coffee hot for a few months. Then I noticed my coffee getting cold by 9 am. I filled it at 6 am after preheating the bottle twice. I even boiled my coffee in an attempt to keep my coffee hot. Called Stanley and they sent me a new bottle. That did the same thing right from the get go. Emailed them this time and was sent another bottle. Sameo,sameo. These are junk. My doc told me to cut down on the coffee, but I dug my old 32 oz. Thermos out and have used that again. It’s much heavier, but at least it keeps my coffee piping hot….it’s MADE IN THE USA!! ’nuff said.

  75. John Vos
    December 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I was looking for a thermos for my work with very good specifications and I found one the Classic Vacuum Bottle 2.0 Qt. – Hammertone.
    By first filling with boiled water the outside of the bottle became very warm what will say the isolation is not good. after 2 hours I good put my finger in the water without burning myself.
    They send me Junk and it is made in China it says on the bottom of the bottle. I have asked for a refund and send it back to the reseller
    So be warned do not buy a Stanley thermos…
    John Vos from the Netherlands

  76. anna lowe
    December 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

    It’s a shame that such a good old american made product went the way of most manufacturers—-to China. I bought a thermos for a gift, never thinking to look for a point of origin. I just took it for granted that Stanley did not abandon us, and continued to make quality products, employing American workers. I probably would not have bought the thermos, knowing it was made in China. Too bad—-another product going down the tubes.

  77. clyde roberts
    January 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

    In shopping for Stanley products, I learned that Stanley has moved manufacturing to china. Shame on you STANLEY! I WILL NEVER BUY Stanley again!!!

  78. H. McCallum
    January 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    We have owned nothing but Stanley thermoses for the past how many years – and yes – we have noticed such a HUGE difference with the last couple we purchased. NEVER again!!!! Recently the handle separated from the bottle itself and when washing it, I tipped the thermos up to drain the water and was literally sprayed with fine black dust that covered everything within a good foot and a half! The comments above state that China does not use charcoal for insulation, so WHAT do they use? This thermos clearly came from China and after reading the comments I am concerned about what my husband and I MAY have breathed in during this little episode and during cleaning. Does anybody have any idea what substance the Chinese factories use when putting THEIR product together?

  79. Billy Fitzsimons
    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Just read the above reviews and agree 100%.
    I bought one and had it replaced and the second flask is as bad as the first.
    I will never buy this crap again.

  80. Leo
    January 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I had to get one for my girlfriend. I make her coffee everyday- and she has this shitty thermos that came free with some order of coffee- maybe from starbucks. It was a terrible thing. It would leak, I have to tape it down to make sure it stays safe for her travel. I’ve been researching the best thermos to get her- and this is it.
    I found a mint condition one via ebay, made in Nashville in the 90s, I paid $70 for it.
    As I write, you can find another mint condition aladdin 1qt thermos for $79 + #12 shippin- oh wait- that’s still being bid on. And there are also two poor condition ones, sold at $29 a piece, and some good condition ones for about $34.

  81. Logan
    February 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I recently bought a 1923 stanley thermos. Yes it’s as heavy as a tank, even heavier than stanleys made during the 1970’s and 80’s. It has no external damage but will not hold temperature and gets warm on the outside when hot liquids are put into it.
    I just bought a new stanley thermos, preheated the bottle per the instructions, put boiling water in it, capped it, waited 24 hours, then poured it over a thermometer. The temperature of the water was 125 degrees! It was still very hot!

    Yes, the older thermoses were built heavier, but that still doesn’t mean you will always have a good one.
    American made products used to be the best in the world.
    By allowing cheap imports into our country, our manufacturing and our jobs have gone overseas, you can thank the people who passed NAFTA for that.

    There are better thermoses on the market, but you get what you pay for.

  82. Louise
    February 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I splurged on myself and bought a Stanley 16 oz. Have only used it around 5 times, every time it was cold in a few hours. I thought it was me, kept heating my coffee up hotter & putting boiling water in the thermos first, lid tighter each time….but still cold. Sorry to hear about the quality gone in what was a dependable product when it was made in US. I’ll try trading it in but don’t have much hope after reading everyone else’s experience.

  83. Mark
    February 9, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I FINALLY broke my habit of diet soda and started drinking tea and /or coffee – I am 54years young). I remembered the Stanley name for thermos’ and the quality they “had”. My brother, who works in construction, even talked about how good his was (older version as I see now). Well, I have exactly the same complaints as everyone else. I fill with boiling water, brew my coffee or tea, dump the boiling water out and refill the thermos with my coffee/tea. 3 hours later, sitting in the front seat of the pickup, it is lukewarm, 5 hours later – cold. DO NOT purchase this “new” p.o.s. You will be disappointed.

  84. Debra
    February 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    We will buy one when they are made in America! I’d rather pay more for American.

  85. dana enos
    February 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I have a plastic thermos and I can’t unscrew the leak proof lid. Can you tell me if there is a trick to opening it?

  86. Amanda
    February 17, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Ok I recently purchased a stanley aladdin quickstop bolt stainless steel drinks flask, and by no means was this cheap ! I purchased it as a gift for my dad whose old Stanley had become beaten & battered. I feel robbed ! this flask cost me an absolute fortune and 2 hrs after filling with tea it was stone cold. I’m disgusted with this and trying to sort out this mess ( no expectations though ) I mean… Stanley is supposed to be a reliable name. Guess i’m wrong these days. Won’t be buying any more Stanley products. Buyer beware !

  87. Lisa
    February 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I just wanted to put my review in with all the others. I am 50 years old and have used a Stanley thermos since a young age of at least 14, my dad carried one for as long as I can remember, so naturally seeing how well they worked, I purchased my own and was thrilled for about 30 years. That thermos lasted me for 30 years and I had purchased two. Finally after years and years of use the thing wore out but was well worth the purchase. About two years ago I purchased a new one, only to learn the thing wouldn’t keep my husbands coffee hot for 3 hours. I called the company and they sent a new one only after making me go through steps of filling with hot water waiting and checking again to see if it would work. Knowing that it wasn’t going to work because I had followed all directions. Then I had to call back in for them to send me a new one, they sent it right away and still the same thing. I say Stanley if you want to stay in business bring your company back to America or else before long the word will spread and everyone like me will quit purchasing these Stanley items. I always purchased Stanley from, coolers, to thermos, food storage thermos etc. you name I bought it, today no happening. I didn’t mind paying the price before because I received quality now since china has the product its worthless. Sorry, Stanley thought the this day would never come

  88. Linda Clymer
    February 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    We purchased three Stanley thermos’s in December . I put boiling water in them first and then the coffee . I could feel the outside of the thermos was very warm’.In half an hour the coffee had already cooled down . In another few minutes is was barely warm . What a piece of junk ! My husband used to take the old Stanley thermos to work and hours later he still had a hot cup of coffee . Why doesn’t the Stanley company value their name and product any longer . I guess it is all about the dollar . I will never purchase another Stanley Thermos ! Shut down the China Stanley Thermos’s and bring them back to the U.S.A and start making them with the same quality they once were . Another piece of China JUNK !!!

  89. Martha Low
    March 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I have used many brand of thermos flasks and all of them do not retain heat for longer than 6 hours. In 2009, I borrowed a 1990 Stanley Thermos and it retained sufficient heat to make a good cup of tea after 12 hours!I was so impressed that I went out and bought 1 Litre Stanley and after 5 uses, the water turned tepid after 3 hours! Why does Stanley continue to risk its good name by selling such rubbish that is made in China? I have lost all faith in this product!

  90. Bob Landis
    March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I feel that some things NEED to be “Made in the USA”. Tried and true classic items that need no improvement. The Stanley thermos is such an item.

    Here’s a free marketing tip for PMI. Keep selling the cheap Chinese manufactured crap that you currently have. But, also introduce an American made “Stanley Classic” made to the original specifications. Identify it with the vintage Stanley logo, and tack on an extra $10-$20 to the price of your Chinese made model. Let your customers decide. I think you’ll be surprised.

  91. Johan
    March 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I was as excited as others to find a new Stanley for sale locally, only to find it lost its capapcity to keep water hot afer a few months. I recenly dug my 30-yr old plastic and stainless Aladdin flask out of a cupboard, fixed the broken plastic outer skin with fibreglass and it is back to its old self, keeping water hot for 24 hours. I was sending my large new Stanley back, but after reading all the previous comments I will not bother as the manufacturers clearly do not have a solution to the problem, or do not care.Instead I’m going to drill a large hole in it and inject it with blow foam and see if that makes a difference. If not, I will use it as a flower vase in future in our safari lodge. At least it looks the part, being reminescent of a classic flask which did the job properly.

    • Robert
      March 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Yes I agree with you.

      My brother has the old model from America and it keeps the tea very hot. So I purchased the Stanly myself but must not be the same model because after an hour I find the tea becomes cold.

      I am very dissappointed as I had heard Stanly was a reliable brand.

      Did your idea to inject blow foam help?

  92. barbush
    April 4, 2012 at 6:11 am

    need water thermos 10 20 25 lit for tripoli libya

  93. Paul
    April 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I have bought two new Stanley thermos . One in phoenix one in washington state.
    Heated with hot water before filling with coffee this past week when going snow mobileing . After 5 hours in the thermos not even warm coffee. Very disappointed . Going to look elsewhere for some quality

  94. David Campbell
    April 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    As far as the Stanley Thermos is concerned, Stanley is pulling your leg if they say the new China made thermoses are as good as the old American made ones. I have two or three which my old Dad had from the 60s or 70s and they are a totally different beast. Far, far superior to the new junk Stanley is trying to pawn off. My son and I have a joke about Dad’s old thermoses. We say “sadly Dad’s been dead for ten years now. But the coffee’s still hot.” Don’t buy the cheap China made Stanleys. You’ll be really disappointed.

  95. Jay
    April 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I’ve never owned a U.S. made Stanley (I’m not old enough I guess) so I can’t say how “great” they were. However, I have owned a Chinese made Stanley food jar and it works fine. At first I too was disappointed that it only keeps my food warm for about 3 hours. Then I researched and learned about pre-heating the jar before using it. I did this and it kept my food from piping hot in the morning to still fairly hot at 4pm.

    I paid $20 for this jar and for the money it does a decent job. My coffee tumbler only keeps my coffee hot for 15 minutes and is just warm after an hour. I wanted to have hot coffee for at least a couple hours so I ordered a 1.1qt Stanley thermos bottle. I’m still waiting for it to be delivered. I paid $20 for it as well and we’ll see how it performs. With inflation in mind, I don’t think these sold for $6 30 years ago. That would be dirt cheap if you were to go back in time. I would gladly pay a little more if it means that an American built it and the quality was top notch. But I would have to have been able to compare my chinese made Stanley with a U.S. to form an opinion. Cost would play a factor as well. I’m willing to pay 50% more for it to be built in the U.S.A. if the quality came along with it.

  96. Donna
    April 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    This is my 3rd replacement I think in a year ,no problem they will send you a replacement free of charge,so I must be on my 4 I called they said to send it back so they could test it. Get this at my cost thats a bunch of crap.I told them to send me postage they said no.

  97. Alfie Knowkes
    April 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I bought this thermos two weeks ago on the basis of the old reputation. After reading these reviews I returned it for my money back; without waiting for it to fail over time, or even test it. I work just south of the Arctic circle so I don’t have time for BS products. Thankyou for your reviews and HEY STANLEY, the consumer communicates, think you saved a buck???

  98. Jim
    April 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I have two stanley thermos bottles one has some age on it the other is fairley newer. The older one is not keeping coffee warm at all. I started using the newer one. I put hot water in it before filling it. It did not stay hot either. Is there still a life time warrenty on them? If so how do I go about getting them replaced? Thanks.

  99. michelle
    May 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Ok, I know this has been asked before but PLEASE, anyone know who to contact if I want my stanley thermos replaced (coz its so wonderfully made =P )

  100. Terry
    May 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I had an Alladin flask for 15 years and used it every working day without any problems. When it finally gave up the ghost I bought a 1.9 litre Stanley flask which worked fine for about 9 months fefore it stopped keeping the water sufficiently hot. I discarded that one and bought another one of the same model, which only lasted about four uses. I took it back to Big W in Australia and exchanged it without any problems. Now this one has died on me. I emailed the contact address and they replied that I would be contacted from the Australian office. So far I have recieved nothing. Quite pissed off

  101. Bob
    May 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I bought A Stanley quart bottle in 1961 and am still using it. Keeps coffee hot for a day and a half and ice tea even longer. Has been dropped, fell off a fork lift and and had a tree fall on it and it is just as good to-day as when I bought it.The only problen is I can`t find the old tapered corks. Anyone have any ideas???

    • Sue
      May 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

      I have about 3 or 4 of these in our warehouse, tapered stoppers (new but old) if you get what I mean

  102. George
    June 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I had two Stanley thermoses: a 1 quart and a 2 quart. Both were losing heat. I contacted Stanley through their website and they sent me two new ones. I have not opened the 1 quart yet because I like the fact I can put a whole pot of coffee in my 2 quart. Now the new 2 quart is losing heat. I am getting ready to email Stanley again to let them know. The last time, I just had to tell them the lot numbers off of the bottom. If everyone in this thread would do that, and Stanley sends everyone a new Thermos, they would eventually discover it would be more cost effective to make them in the United States again.

    Consumer Inquiries and Warranty Support
    Toll free: 1-800-251-4535
    Monday – Friday (closed on public holidays)
    7am – 5pm PST

    • Night shift on the road
      December 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      just talked to customer service. These guys are nuts. A simple Postage to return to them was not authorized. RMA number not authorized. shipping will be half the value of the bottle I have 3 of them. Damn can someone help!!!!!!!!!!!! Had these since 07 but only filled twice each after finding out that this batch sucked. Code on bottom is C 07. If PMI is reading this please help me!!!!!!!!!

  103. Dave
    June 4, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I have returned at least ten (must be Mad) to shop.They will replace them, but then they last between a couple of days to a few weeks before the contents go cold.
    The latest problem is not the temperature loss but the screw caps. They just suddenly pop out when screwed down to close.My latest one lasted a week, and I had been careful not to over tighten the seal.
    How can this company continue to produce such absolute rubbish. As mentioned by others much earlier models were excellent. I will now contact the company.GLA

    • dave
      June 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Have to apologise re my above blog just realized stanley thermos is not thermos. Daft I am but still what I said is true but about Thermos another brand since 1904.They are also made in China,what is going on ? THE COMPANIES NEED TO SORT OUT THESE DESIGNS AND MANUFACTURING PROBLEMS

      • Mike
        January 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        Thermos brand is made in China but mine works good. Tried to use Stanley but the new bottles do not work. My old Stanley worked great but I lost it.

  104. June 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    True: the first impression of the new Stanley bottle without charcoal suggests it is inferior to its predecessor, based on the lower weight and ringing sound when empty.
    I love Stanley vacuum bottles and own many. I fell victim to the same hype about the reduced quality. I wanted to know exactly what’s going on, so I did a test. I put a 1 year old 0.5 Qt Stanley classic in green which was filled with charcoal powder in comparision with a brand new much lighter version of the same bottle, which I just bought for the test and kept the receipts with the intention to return the bottle after the test.

    Short test description:
    same test conditions; pre-warmed both units for 7 minutes with boiling water; emptied both and poured in boiling water till they overflow; insert the stopper, wiped them dry.

    Test results:
    After 10 hours I opened and measured the temperature with a thermometer. The new bottle read 147°F and the more solid bottle read 145°F.

    This surprised me a lot, but restored my trust in Stanley vacuum bottles.

    There is a lot of technology involved in such seemingly simple vacuum bottle. I did some read up on this topic and want to share a simplified summery with you:
    •Vacuum prevents heat convection and conduction
    •Polished nickel layer inside prevents heat radiation
    •Less polished special nickel layer prevent stainless steel from out gassing and reducing the vacuum effect
    •Fine grained graphite or charcoal powered reduced radiation and strengthen mechanical construction
    •Most heat get transferred by conduction through neck where both vessels meet.

    Harald Kanz

    • GT66
      November 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Yeah? They ALL work well when new but VERY easily lose vacuum and are then worthless.

  105. lance gearing
    June 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I am a farmer had to buy a new stanley because ran over old one with tractor.That was just 4 months ago. New stanley has already lost its ability to keep tea hot.Why? It has not been abused and looks new but is now usless. I would like to know why.Can you help.

    • GT66
      November 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

      There is a vacuum between the inner and outer shell. The vacuum means there is nothing available to transfer the heat from the inner shell to the outer shell. If the thermos develops a leak and allows air to enter between the shells, the thermos is ruined. Usually, shoddy manufacturing or a drop will cause a leak.

  106. Tom Lucachick
    July 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    If you want a real US made Stanley look at eBay. There is no reason to buy that Chinese crap when you can buy good old US made ones, sometimes unused and in their original box. We must revolt against the Chinese movement.

  107. Jesus
    July 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Well, I just got a replacement of two useless units that I bought almost a couple of years ago. From the first moment, they couldn’t keep any thing hot for more than one hour (made in China!). The other day my wife was cleaning up and asked me what to do with them, the first thing that came to my mind was: Throw them away!!! I was so dissapointed with them. But I had a second thought and came to the computer to check about Stanley’s and I got this website where I could read lots of opinnions, and also found out that if you ask them they will be sending replecements, so I did that and today I got them (really very fast, almost a week, they were fast!). That was 2:00 pm, before living home I boiled some water and without pre-heating the thermoses I filled both of them with very hot water. That was around 3:30 pm.
    I arrived home at 10:30 in the evening, and the first thing that I did was checking how was it after 7 hours…Hey people, believe me, water was almost boiling yet!!! I could not believe it…ok…I will start using them and I will write back to let you know what’s going on…So far…so good… Same models, made in China, and however, the ones that I just got, seem to be so good! Don’t know what to say, may they gave me the best stuff they have, may be this will work for a week and that’s it…But I just want to let you all know about my experience…

    • bill wilson
      August 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

      I have been using stanley thermos for almost 40 yrs. They got bad a few yrs ago and just keep getting worse. I replaced mine 5 yrs ago and the new one lasted about a yr. so did the next few. Finally I got mad and called Stanley. They sent me a free replacement about 8 weeks ago. Guess what? Today I fill it and u can feel the outside is hot which means the coffee will get cold so I will need a new one again. They have went to the hell.

  108. Rob
    August 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I am in the UK and a pal bought me a ‘Stanley Bolt’ flask for Christmas. I used it about 10 times and it was brilliant. Then suddenly the contents went cold within 3-4 hours and the external body became very hot. Am very disappointed because they cost approx. £25.00 sterling here.

  109. Ron
    September 2, 2012 at 4:47 am

    The new green Stanley Thermoses are very disappointing as their performance is way below that of the old grey sturdy ones built in the 80s and 90s.

  110. Omar
    September 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This problem is everywhere, im from Uruguay and I already changed my Stanley a couple of times with the same result. This guys (stanley) dosen´t want to keep there clients!

  111. Kathy Hutchinson
    September 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Very displeased with the Stanley Thermos. Our old one – probably 30 years old – finally broke enough of it that we bought a new one. Never again!!!!! It does not keep things hot. We have even put boiling water in it to preheat it before we put coffee in it – with in about 3-4 hours – barely warm. What has happened to the old great Stanley Thermoses!!!!!!!!!

  112. Ed Bosscher
    September 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Bought a 16oz. classic. Same result, coffee stonecold after e few hours. Made a complaint at PMI and to be honest, they responded very quick and accurate. They sended a new bottle within a few days. (the Netherlands).This new bottle however has exactly the same batch- and serialnr. Haven’t tried it yet, but i will post the results.

  113. Shane
    October 5, 2012 at 6:12 am

    my Stanley bolt thermos stopped working so i bought another one but this time it was lighter and the plastic had change from yellow to orange, the flask is lighter and it doesn’t feel right. i have sent my old one back and i am hoping the will fix it and send me it back as it was real quality. Before these big companies move production to China they should think of their customers and the quality of the goods they expect them to buy.

  114. Jerald
    October 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    was hoping to find a source for the add a handle for the older model stanley thermos. Many posted on ebay have these black plastic zip strip type add on handles and I was needing a source to purchase a few of them. Any information would be so much appreciated. Thanks………

  115. Emmett R
    October 24, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I was at the auction recently and saw a Stanley thermos. I purchased for a few $’s. feels pretty good, I had one a long time ago and remember adding hot water before putting in my coffee.

  116. Paul p.
    November 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Like most garbage that comes from china it’s time to stop buying, and let companies like Stanley know what a shame it is that they deprive American workers from making a living by making products in the u.s.a… I will never spend a dime on any product made by Stanley. Bring jobs back to united states!!!!!!!!

  117. Deborah
    November 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Our problem is that I always cleaned and took good care of the thermos. My husband takes coffee in it everyday. I use a baby bottle brush to clean it along with hot water. Well I noticed that there was this black stuff peeling from inside and it actually had been coming out of thermos and I thought it was dried coffee. Nope, we put it on a plate and it looks like black gunk!!! Then we took flashlight and looked inside the thermos and the lining was peeling out? What is this stuff and is anyone else had this problem? I called the company and they are sending a new one but I still worry what this is. Please check the inside of your thermos.

  118. rickey
    November 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm


  119. Erik McNeel
    November 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

    this is what i sent to stanley my family has been using stanley thermoses since ww2 my grandfather was the first the my mom then me in 2004 i had a 2 qt classic paint color thermos till 2006 when i was a logger it got crushed by a heavy piece of logging equpment in 2011 i finely replaced it but the product kept things hot for 1 maybe 2 hours and warm for the same time after 1 month of this i donated the piece of crap to goodwill inc i thought i just got a bad one so i tried again this year same modle as before and the same problem as before same end result i got rid of the waste of money on the 16 of this month i am not asking for my money back because i don’t have the product or the receipt any more and i know iwouldn’t get my money back even if i did but as a person who’s family has used your products for over 70 years i will never again buy use or recommind your product to anyone in fact i will in form them not to buy anything your company makes your products quality has gone down hill in a big way and for those that don’t get the down hill comment you will get this there products are crap, garbage, junk and not worth the money thay charge for them !!!!!!!! since thay started making there products in china the quality has gone to crap

  120. I was lucky
    November 24, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I was lucky. My mum-in-law passed away recently with very little to her name. She left a few things to her daughter (my wife) and her old Stanley thermos to me. It was possibly the best thing I could have inherited, because you just cannot get a F%#@*&! thermos that works anymore. I have bought and and had replaced under “lifetime warranty” many many thermos’s. I am a keen fisherman and love my coffee hot. The old one I inherited from ma-in-law now keeps my coffee hot all day/night long. The f#@%^& chinese built crap are pieces of sh@#$%

  121. Melody
    December 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My brother has a 2 quart Stanley Thermos, he tells me that it works great, keeps his tea/coffee hot for at least 24 hours… yep, it was made in the USA, pre 2002. Unfortunately he left it in camp at a rig site last spring… (he’s hoping his boss picked it up and is saving for him).

    Me, I wasn’t lucky enough to get a pre 2002 jug… I’ve been getting replacements several times throughout the year, every year… just got another new 2 quart in the mail today… filled it with boiling water, guess we’ll see how it fares over night…

    Long story short… if you can get your hands on and old pre 2002 made in the USA one, insure it cause it’ll last forever and just may dissappear on you someday… if you get a new one made in China, put Stanley PMI on speed dial cause you’ll be calling them for a replacement every week!

  122. Robert Greene
    December 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    This is the second one of these I bought it worked great for about a month thought I just got a bad one so I bought another one same thing worked great for a month but it wont keep coffee hot for more than an hour.I happen to like my coffee hot.I would boil water and pour into thermos and let it sit for five minutes before adding my coffee still cold coffee by lunch time. I even wraped my thermos up in a coat trying to keep my coffee hot what a pain in the ass. How can insulation go bad? But Never Again Will I Buy A STANLY Thermos What a piece of crap. This explains it all SOLD OUT TO CHINA

  123. Janni Smith Salés
    December 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I was going to buy my two brothers a 1.1 thermos like the one we’ve used for over 30 years and have always loved. It keeps our coffee hot for almost 24 hours, even after 30+ years of intense use. Reading that they have outsourced to China and all the negative reviews, I’m thinking about not getting them the thermoses. Sad.

  124. Sylvia Simmons
    December 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I need a classic Stanley, 48 ounce thermos. Can you tell me where I can buy one locally?

  125. David Abbott
    January 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I have a large stanely made in china $80:00 at Big W. (To replace a older 4 cup model from my timber cuuting days in the forest.)Hot water stayed very hot first time I used it them 6 months later we used it again and the water was only luke warm 3hrs later and outside of flask was hot. . All my grey nomad friends have had the same experience.
    May as well try the $10:00 made in china bottles they cant be be any worse and if they are well go gas and boil the billy.I WILL DEFINITELY NEVER BUY OR RECOMEND STANELY TO ANYONE, and as for the lifetime garantee it not worth the cardbooard its written on consdering the expense and trouble to have them honour it

  126. Original Stanlet No.11 thermos stopper
    January 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Seeking ANY information where I can purchase an original stanley No. 11 thermos stopper. Have tried unsuccessfully to purchase several over the net unfortunately I have been sent the replacement stopper No. 13. Desperate to have a hot cuppa at morning break. Gus.

    • Sue
      May 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

      I have an original No 11 Stopper here.

      • Harlan
        November 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        My family heirloom finally died, do you have one more stopper for a young man using the same thermos that his grandad and dad used for the last forty years

  127. John
    January 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I have a half gallon Stanley thermos that is made on U.S.A. Its like new. The reason is I’ve had it in storage for a very long time . The reason I shelved it , is that it never kept my coffee hot! Maybe a new stopper might help? Does Stanley even make this size anymore?

  128. Andy
    January 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I got my Stanley Food Jar for Christmas, 2012. My girlfriend and I follow the instructions that say to fill it with boling water and let it stand with the cap on for 5 minutes, then empty the water and put in whatever it is you’re eating already hot. In my case, soup. I work outdoors for the phone company and sometimes don’t get to eat lunch until 1 or 2 o’clock. Without exception, my soup has been steaming hot every time., with steam pouring out of the thermos. I highly recommend it.

  129. Brendan
    January 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Stanley LIES! When I bought their Thermos it came with a lifetime warranty. My Thermos has stopped keeping coffee warm so I called their customer service number and was told their policy is that in spite of the fact my Thermos came in a box that was clearly labelled lifetime warranty, they will not honor older model Thermos’. Tell all your friends not to buy from these liers!

  130. kKurt
    January 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    unacceptable. why advertise 12 hours if it doesn’t keep anything warm for pnver an hour. shitty outsourced company and a shitty product

  131. robert Morris
    January 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I have the same problem that everyone seems to be having. My old Stanley worked great.

    I have bought 3 new ones and exchanged them – all have failed to keep coffee hot longer than 3 hours. I found my dad’s old Stanley from the 70’s and it stays hot for over 12 hours in sub 30 degree temps.

    I will not buy another Stanley – I bought a Thermos brand from Wal-Mart and it works good, comparable to the old Stanleys. It was about $25.

  132. Michele
    February 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Does anyone know if it’s okay to actually ok to use an old thermos with a cork stopper? Does cork hold contaminants?

  133. Marco
    February 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Whats about the new limited edition bottles for the 100years anniversary ?
    They are also china garbage ? That would be a big joke then :/

    • Rob
      May 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Yup, made in China. Cheap marketing stunt to maximize profit. I really wish PMI would bring manufacturing back to the US or just get out of the thermos business and stop blighting the world with its crappy products.

  134. Tommy
    April 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I’m an American Thermos collector.You can still buy a solid American made thermos in the 20 dollar range on Ebay and I do that sometimes but….I find that going to local antique stores is the way to go..Still in the 20-30 buck range but you can give it the once over,which helps..I prefer the Thermos brand 2484.Ribbed aluminum with the red cap..Get the right one and it’ll last forever.

  135. cswype
    April 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Whoa is me. After buying a 1.1 Stanley for liquids and a 24oz food jar at Big 5 in LA yesterday, I decided to look on the internet. Now I realize I am going to have to be experimenting and vigilant for the next three months.

    Riddle me this: how can a stainless steel vacuum thermos STOP WORKING? What is degrading within the thermos that changes it’s effectiveness?

    Planned obsolesence after 3 months?

    How many old Stanley thermos’ were fought over after Grandpa died?

    • Rob
      May 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

      The cheap Chinese manufacturing process leads to air leaks into the vacuum chamber. Once the bottle loses vacuum it becomes no better at insulating than a Nalgene bottle.

  136. david
    May 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    If you drill a little hole on the top (1/16”) and a 3/8” hole on the bottom opposite the top hole, (top hole on the left and bottom hole on the right).

    Get a can of foam insulation, fill from the bottom hole until it comes out continuous on top. Then when you use hot kitchen faucet water and preheat it before pouring in the coffee or whatever liquid, it will hold the heat for at least 3 days. Mine do in very cold conditions.

    Oh, use some silicone or Dap shower chalk to seal the holes after the insulation sets to prevent water or moisture from getting in there. It’s a cheaper fix and less frustrating than buying a Thermos every few years. I did this with an old plastic thermos also but must have fill it too much because it split on the seam after a few uses. Uses= drops and rattling around in a bucket.

    Good luck

  137. Rob
    May 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I hold Rob Harris (CEO of Pacific Market International who bought Stanley in 2002) personally responsible for taking something simple, a vacuum flask, and combining it with low-quality Chinese manufacturing to produce a high-profit piece of junk. He took a good name and a good product and reduced it to nothing more than cheap crap for maximum profit.

    Rob Harris you are a dirty profiteer and you should be ashamed of yourself.

  138. Dave
    May 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    My plastic handled Stanley (entire middle including handle is solid plastic) worked great for 10 years. I’m thinking it was made in USA. Just quit working so I’ve been using my late ’90s USA wide mouth Stanley. Great, except you spill coffee all over. So, I just bought a 1.1 q Stanley and I noticed it’s half the weight, feel like a toy. Bugged me so much I found these reviews. I’m not even going to try it; going back to the store. What a shame. I HATE buying made in China. I will suffer with my wide mouth or get a USA made on ebay.

  139. Chris
    June 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I’m a little frustrated with my current situation. I have a vintage Stanley Thermos (A-944DH) with the regular pourer/stopper. My coffee is hot for approximately 6 hours. Anything after that, it’s lukewarm. I know people with the same one and they’re telling me it keeps hot (steaming) for an entire day. Should I look to replace the stopper first? There is moisture and condensation forming around the top after a couple hours. Any ideas why?

    The thermos is still in very good condition but for the amount of time it’s keeping liquids warm, it’s just not worth lugging around. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  140. Frank
    July 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I too, looked for a Stanley recently. I was a bit shocked to see they were at $25 and made in China. They looked like they were made cheap. I had an original ’55 Stanley with the cork that lasted me well over ten years and kept things hot.

    These China ones are just living off the brand name and at 25 bucks a piece must represent a huge profit margin for something that is really worth about $7.

    The irony is somewhat amusing. There are few items of Americana that are as blue collar as a Stanley Thermos.

    To Buy a new one would be like buying a Harley that was made in China.

    But no one would be able to afford a Harley made in China because, well, all the blue collar jobs were outsourced.

    So you have to wonder who the target market is, for a China made, Stanley Thermos: Someone that doesn’t check where it is made?

  141. Iwan Barata
    July 13, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Dear Stanley Distributor,

    hi, my name is Iwan Barata and my home at Indonesia.
    I was tried to searching on the Internet related to found a reliable, durable, and high quality of hot water thermos best quality and long term for use. I was read it about your product if this product is very sturdy material
    as you know that I really want to buy couple of unit Stanley thermos brand but I confused how to get it because i was in Indonesia, meanwhile Stanley Thermos can only be purchased abroad.
    how about the payment?, meanwhile I have no credit card to pay by online. usually if I bought something via online, I ask first to the trusted genuine distributor online in my country to send me their account number so I can transfer for payment via ATM then they send the unit that I bought from them or trusted genuine distributor to my home address
    just let me know if I any authorized distributor for hot water thermos brand Stanley in Indonesia and how do I get their address.

    many thanks for your help and email replies

    with Warm Regards,
    Iwan Barata

  142. LarryC
    July 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I have two old Aladdin Stanley A-944B bottles that are about 40 years old. I didn’t buy either one. I inherited one from my best friend when he died of cancer in 1974, and one from my dad. Both still work great. My buddy was a truck driver for years out of Tennessee, so his may have been 10 years old when I got it. Since all the blue collar jobs have gone away, I have seen plenty of the old bottles in 2nd hand stores. They may be scuffed and dented, but that’s the place to put your money.

    BTW, the US made bottles always had a high percentage (~5%)of defectives. If if didn’t work you just returned it and the next one would. It sounds like the Chinese have reversed the numbers and have ~95% defectives. Welding up a stainless steel vacuum bottle was never easy.

  143. sterling
    August 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I got an A 1978 Aladdin Stanley thermos no. A-944c 32 Oz made in usa. from a friend for free, I was incredibly impressed with the quality and capabilities. 12+ hrs and still piping hot without preheating. May consider sale for approx. 65-75$. If not I’ll be more than happy to keep such a high quality product.

  144. monkeyplanet
    August 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I have read a ton of reviews on this site and other sites and frankly I am baffled at how much people seems to hate the new Stanley models. I have been using Stanley bottles for years; I have the old USA ones and the new China-made ones. The only one I ever had a problem with was one of the Tennessee-made ones I had that lost vaccuum and was promptly replaced with a new one under warranty. Sure, the new ones are made in China, and that’s sad for US manufacturing. But those China-made bottles work as well or better than the old ones. My coffee that I make at 7 AM is still steaming hot when I pour out the extra the next morning…whether the bottle is a new one or the old USA-made ones. One thing I prefer on the new ones is the cap. The old green pour-through cap can be kind of a mess, but the new bigger cap that you just loosen and pour is superior. Plus, the larger mouth of the new bottles is much easier to pour my hot coffee into. Overall I am a fan of these Stanley thermoses…well-made, and really not much more expensive than they were 30 years ago.

  145. dp
    September 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my seems like many people have complaints but i love the stanley products i have an 8oz flask a newer stanley thermos and a new stanley locking mug all work amazing. I purchased them from a store called Eddie Bauer and all are wonderful seeing as the store is an outdoors man/ womans style store, i expected great things and wasnt let down , thanks Eddie and Stanley i can now enjoy my tea and coffee for hours without having to re-heat!

  146. PD
    September 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I purchased my first Stanley 1.9ltr thermos back in 2000. Like many other contributors to this site, I had problems with it retaining heat for any longer than 4 hours. I only use the thermos a couple of times a year so was horrified when failed. I contacted the Stanley agent here in Australia and had it replaced under warranty. Since then I have had 4 replaced with the same problem. I am about to contact them again to replace yet another one.
    I guess I should give up and buy a different brand, but it is the principle of the matter. The product comes with a liftime guarantee! Hopefully one day I may get a replacement that lives up to the reputation of the original Stanley that my Dad had.

  147. Dan Cameron
    September 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I contacted Stanley at 1-800-251-4535 three times about getting my 89 thermos replaced because it no longer keeps anything hot. As soon as I mentioned using (1st call) dish soap, (2nd call)1tsp bleach w/1qt water and (3rd call)a soft bottle brush w/hot water to clean it they (all three) said I voided the warranty by using unauthorized cleaning materials. When I asked what an “authorized” cleaning method was none of them would give an answer. I also emailed them 4 times and never received an answer. It seems obvious they are dodging honoring warranties. I won’t recommend nor spend a cent on another stanley product. Another example of an old reputable american company going down the drain by going chinese.

  148. Mark Boys
    October 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Same problems as everyone else. Coffee cold in a couple of hours. I thought I had a defective thermos but apparently not. Just poor quality. Not like the old Thermos use to be. Lost receipt so I’ll have to chock this one up to experience. Never buy Thermos brand again.

  149. Lori
    November 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I have an old stanley N944 from early 70’s it still works great! In those days they did not come with handles so I bought one of those strap on handles to carry it. Well the handle finally broke and now I cannot find the handles anywhere. I find plenty of bottles with the handles online but not just the handle. Any help finding just the handle would be appreciated.

  150. Lori
    November 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Junk! Absolute and complete junk! Stanley should be ashamed of what they have done to the quality of their product. I won’t get into my feelings about companies that hurt the US economy by sending their manufacturing to China. The bottom line is that quality is decreased anytime production is sent to China by any company and Stanley is just more proof. After 20+ years of loyal fantastic service our thermos lid finally gave up and no longer vacuum sealed properly and things would not stay hot. I contacted Stanley to replace the lid and was told that because of new design they had to send me a whole new thermos. I sadly placed me loyal companion in the recycling bin and awaited the arrival of my new thermos. As others stated when I received it I noticed it was substantially lighter. After the first time using it I realized what a mistake I had made throwing away my old one. Even filling the new one with hot water first does not help. After only 2 hrs the contents are luke warm at best. Stanley you have lost a once loyal customer.

  151. Henry
    November 11, 2013 at 5:44 am

    FYI, if you wrap a small cotton towel (like a kitchen oven handle type towel) around the outside of your thermos (does not have to cover the top) you should get an extra 5-8 hours out of it, easily. This works with cheap thermos type coffee pots, taking them from 1 hour to 8 hours (that I’ve seen). Don’t actually do this with cheap pots tho. I think the plastic they use in them isn’t really safe as advertised. The water tastes funny after keeping them hot for long hours!

  152. joanie
    December 17, 2013 at 5:19 am

    This thermos is a joke. We primed it with boiling water and within half an hour our hot drink was luke warm. Do not buy a Stanley thermos.

  153. Max R
    December 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The new Stanley Thermos is a waste of time, Lasted a week. Very disapointed when I found out that Stanley is no longer a American brand.

  154. I think I may know what is going on with the heat loss. My “classic” Stanley vacuum bottle has a rubber gasket at the bottom of the plastic stopper. When these vacuum bottles begin to let off too much heat it is most likely because they need a new rubber gasket. That part would be a few pennies, at most, and Stanley ought to make them readily available.

    Think about it: If the metal construction of the flask hasn’t cracked the only place for the heat to escape is through the plastic stopper. From a public relations point of view, Stanley should offer replacement gaskets/stoppers as opposed to sending out entirely new products. It’s one thing to have a part wear out — people expect that with other “consumables” on the market (printer inks, etc.). It’s a poorer impression, on the other hand, for the manufacturer to respond to complaints of heat loss by sending out an entirely new product. Sending out a new flask implies that the entire product was faulty when in reality it is likely a case of wear-and-tear to the gasket (I would suspect gasket failure first, and the inner lid or “stopper” second).

    In comparing my recently purchased Stanley vacuum bottle to an older product of this type (a Thermos of over 20 years), the difference I see is that the older Thermos did not have an “O” ring to complete the seal. Another change is that many of the best thermoses in years past were glass lined. Glass liners present a safety hazard when they break, and more products of this type that are glass-lined probably break in shipping to the store, too. To spare the inconvenience these modern vacuum flasks don’t keep things quite as hot for as long as the older glass-lined variety did — but they break less, too.

    I want the ability to buy products that are US-made as much as anybody else, but I think that in making these “thermoses” with rubber gaskets that can wear out, the company stands to make more money. Why? Because instead of having your trusty flask last for 20+ years, the presence of wear-and-tear parts in the newer vacuum bottle designs boosts the sale of replacements. Selling more replacement vacuum bottles, meanwhile, means more business not just for Stanley but for Stanley’s competitors, too. You might say it is a sort of collusion. By in large, after all, they are all using flawed “thermos” designs and/or manufacturing in China!

    It’s paradoxical but telling that in years past a simpler design reduced the odds of vacuum (heat) loss over time. The only reason I can think of to “fix” a design that was not broke to begin with is to increase sales volume for the vacuum bottle industry as a whole. Stanley, Thermos and others know that if their product fails to keep your coffee, tea or soup hot you will either chalk it up to a fluke, or you will replace it. It is the rare customer who puts two-and-two together and exercises the warranty enough to find that the product design inherently flawed. These companies are willing to take that gamble all the time. And yet they underestimate the power of the Internet to let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

    The Chinese will manufacture to whatever tolerance levels the customer wants. If the product is bad, it’s because the shareholders are putting pressure on the company to increase sales volume and they can’t exactly sell us more new “thermoses” if the old one’s keep taking a licking and still doing their job. American companies, under pressure from shareholders, want old, trusted name brands to carry product sales and for customers to blame China when the product fails. All too often, however, the design is flawed and therefore lends itself to “planned obsolescence”.

    While it is true that Stanley products carry a lifetime warranty, it is probably a minority of customers who jump through the warranty hurdles whereas the rest simply go out and buy a new flask. Stanley, meanwhile, doesn’t have to worry too much because they know their competitors are using the same flawed designs for the same reasons they are. What the customer doesn’t know, meanwhile, is that turning to a different brand in the same product category rarely solves the problem because they’re all selling designs that work similarly and are themselves Chinese-made. So rather than blaming China, scratch the surface of any product quality/performance problem and you will find shareholders who are pushing for more and more profit. After all, whether you are Stanley or the THERMOS brand, you can’t sell a new product to someone who already has a perfectly good 20-year-old flask at home. Cheapening products are not a function of Chinese manufacturing but a shareholder-driven pursuit of higher sales volume. The faster your product breaks, the faster you replace it. It’s that simple.

    Having said all that, to those of you who have vacuum bottles that are losing heat at a ridiculous rate, try seeing if you can get the manufacturer to replace just the rubber gasket vs. the entire bottle. At most, you might need a new stopper to re-establish the seal. It should not be necessary for Stanley to replace your entire “thermos” when the source of the problem is wear to the gasket and/or stopper.

    • Tom
      January 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      I had a Chinese 1.1qt Stanley that wouldn’t keep things warm like most of your other posters. It’s not the stopper or o-ring. The whole bottle gets hot. I called Stanley & they said it shouldn’t get hot & sent me a new one. I haven’t tried that one & may just sell it.

    • Mike
      January 29, 2014 at 4:56 am

      THe stopper is exactly what I was thinking was the problem on mine. At the time not knowing there was a lifetime warranty I purchased the same model and tried an experiment and put the old stopper on the new bottle and the new. no matter how many times I switched the stoppers the old bottle seems to be the problem so I called Stanley up and they’re sending me a new one out as we speak..

    • Y. Lofton
      April 12, 2015 at 11:20 am

      So you think it’s those “greedy old American shareholders” are pressuring the company to manufacture junk so they can line their pockets with cash? I am a shareholder in numerous. companies. and I have no desire to see the companies I own stock in rob people in order to enrich myself…and I don’t believe I’m alone. As we can see from comments here, the Stanley name is losing value with every defective item sold and, in the longrun, that just doesn’t make the company more valuable. Don’t blame the shareholders for these problems, blame the top executives. If the shareholders have any blame, it’s from not causing a “stink” when their companies’ value is being eroded for a short term bump in profits so a few execs can earn some obscene bonuses and then bail out…to the expense of those “shareholders” you like to blame. Americans have always liked to build quality products, but the recent economic and political climate is unfriendly to business and has made it harder to compete. CEO’s get scared and run to cheaper manufacturing for the solution when maybe they need to look to their customers instead. Hey, tell them the truth and explain WHY prices must increase if they want quality and I think most would opt for quality.

  155. Raymond
    January 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Stanley Thermos,
    Wow, what a surprise. This is my first purchase of a Stanley product. At first, I thought I was buying a true, American – made item as it’s displayed on the sticker: ” STANLEY since 1913.” It wasn’t until this product failed to provide a safe means of maintaining my coffee free from contaminates from the inner surface as it started to peel away and mix with my drink. When I looked inside, I noticed what was happening to the interior layer of the thermos. That’s when I started reading the bottom info which is engraved on the bottom of the bottle: “Made in china-s patent pending hand wash only Built for life.” Really,now I wonder if my life has been placed at risk from this product because I don’t know what was used in China to manufacture this product, which used to be an American product.
    P.S. I should have noticed it wasn’t made here based on how cheap the label looked.

  156. Randolph Slater
    January 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Sirs,
    why did you ship your manufacturing to China? Quality is gone I have a Stanley thermos that is about 15 years old. It works wonderfully, which is why I purchased another one. A Two quart but I dropped it and as a result it quit keeping things cold. It had to have lost its vacuum seal. then I noticed it was made ion china. this is just another example of lousy workmanship, I have reactivated its use. I will use it until It dies its owm death.

  157. AD Brown
    January 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

    have had a Stanley thermos for the past 7 years quite keeping my coffee hot after less than 1 hour e-mailed Stanley thermos explained my problem and was asked for my shipping info and told that a replacement was on it’s way at no cost ,and no questions asked THANK YOU Stanley Thermos a loyal user.

  158. Robert Gibbs
    January 27, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I got the 1.1 qt model several years ago and it has never functioned like the old Thermos we used for years. I thought I was getting something better and we gave the old glass thermos away. Here is the study I did on this one yesterday, before it goes to the garbage bin.

  159. Robert Gibbs
    January 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Sorry, did not get the study in which shows that the Stanley lost17 degrees F. in 3 hrs despite being in an ambient temp of 72-74 degrees. And this was starting at a prewarmed 122 degrees F. At 6 hours it would have probably been another 10 degrees lower. A terrible product.

  160. Lori
    February 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Wow! I thought I would share my experience and opinion of the newer Stanley Thermos, but it seems many others share it! I have one that is over 30 years old that still looks and works great! I received a wide-mouth one for soups and it is horrible! What happened to craftsmanship and manufacturer pride! :(

    • Roger Wolfe
      February 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

      I have a Thermos Sportsman 40 stainless which claims to keep hot or cold for 24 hours. I always pre heat or cool before use, but only lasts 2 to 3 hours. It is stated that this is a vacuum seal between the double wall, but there is a seam in the wall which I think leaks air which fills the vacuum rendering it pretty useless. I know the insulation is bad because the whole thermos feels warm with hot liquids in it showing the heat is escaping through the side walls.

  161. bill brown
    March 8, 2014 at 7:22 am

    When did stanley become such crap using my new thermos it wouldn’t hold fresh out of the pot hot coffee for 5 hrs in 85 degree heat tried it 3 more times pouring boiling water in it first letting it stand 10 mins 5 hrs all I could get I threw in the dumpster at the job site stanley lost another customer p.s. stanley has big balls to for doubling the price on crap

  162. Mary
    March 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I have a quart size Stanley Sportsmaster Outing Kit. It has a vinyl carrying case. Brand new, never used. Box says 1976 Aladdin industries Inc. Nashville Tennessee. Will sell for $50 plus shipping.

  163. Ben
    March 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I bought a replacement in the form of a Nissan Thermos for about $25 (1L) off ebay. I love it and will put it up against any of the older Stanleys. 160+ degrees F even after 10 hours (using my 190 degree French Press coffee).

  164. PETE
    March 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I bought a stannley 1.8ltr for fishing, first time i used it it was tepid after 3 hrs , bought off flea blag ,have just e mailed the UK company [Stannley] will let you know the reply, oh and i did a test in the kitchen and noticed when boiling water was in the outside of flask gets warm [not good]

  165. Roger
    April 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Very dissapointed when I bought the thermos took it home and noticed on the bottom ” MADE IN CHINA”.
    I took it right back to the store for my money back.

  166. Gavin Viljoen
    May 31, 2014 at 3:21 am

    How can such a good product go to hell. I have wanted a Stanley flask for over 30 years and when I finally got one it performed beautifully for the first half dozen times I used it then would not keep the water hot for more than a few hours. I saw the made in China label when I got home and was worried but allowed myself to believe that Stanley would have ensured that the quality would be to the reputed Stanley standard. There is a quality problem and it is only a matter of time before you loose your business.

  167. Movie Guy
    June 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Hi, everyone,

    I once had an insider relationship with Stanley, and utilizing that, I literally just got off the phone with a higher up(6-9-14) speaking in regards to their failing quality.

    I will preface by stating that despite the fact that there are more important issues to allocate time to, it angers me when consumers are taken advantage of by a company that misrepresents its products via the milking of a prior reputation.

    Here’s the sad truth. In 2010 Stanley stopped putting charcoal into their products as an insulator. This has resulted in an inferior product that they refuse to acknowledge.

    Their reasoning is that they “discovered” that by increasing the thickness of the steel (which he claims they have done) and using a double-wall (empty space)cavity, that it provides a superior product -according to their testing.

    I suggested that he look at the countless complaints all over the internet from real consumers, offering real world testing (at their own expense, by the way!) that all resulted with the same inferior results.

    His reply: “We produce so much product, that a few complaints are insignificant because there’ll always be a few defective ones. Furthermore sales are up 60% this year over last.”

    I pressed further, trying to convince him that this is more than a “few”, and that maybe sales are up because new consumers are unaware of the quality difference. I explained that perhaps these new consumers of their product just simply think that’s the way it’s always been.

    His reply: “Probably.” I’m glad he at least acknowledged some reasonable logic. But next, he attempted to pacify me by resorting to the old insane liberal excuse (yes, I’m saying it’s insane) that “charcoal was bad for the environment -and the consumer if it got out.”

    Wait a minute. So now he’s saying that for 100+ years they thought that the charcoal lining could be breached and be a hazard to the consumer?! Golly, maybe they should’ve stopped with the evil charcoal from the get go, or at least put a warning on their product. I wonder why they didn’t… Oh, that’s right -the bottom line.

    That’s really what this is all about, my friends, the bottom line -and it should be.

    Companies should make a profit, no doubt. However, as I stated previously, not at the expense of an unsuspecting consumer, and not by using old testimonial from their product before their cost-cutting change.

    What it really boils down to is this:

    If you recall a few years ago, this “double wall” craze started and now a multitude of stores want you to pay $7.99 for a plastic cup. Well it doesn’t work. Period. That’s why home builders put insulation in the cavity between the walls of your home.

    “Double Wall” is just a marketing gimmick. It may keep things a little cooler or a little warmer for a little longer than single, but that’s it, and Stanley knows it.

    But if Stanley can save millions by producing an inferior product to unsuspecting consumers that rely on slick, pseudo-wholesome marketing and outdated testimonials -they’ll do it. At least for a while.

    This higher up indicated to me that they have no plans whatsoever of returning to the scary charcoal.

    In the long run; however, I predict that smart business will prevail after profits drop sharply.

    Then again, perhaps consumers will become accustomed to paying premium prices for their inferior product. We do it all the time -houses, electronics, refrigerators, clothes washers etc.

    In closing, don’t fret. If the latter scenario comes to fruition over the next couple of years, I will make the smart business decision and produce a new thermal bottle as a new brand from my company. We will utilize that dastardly charcoal, and it will be made in America.

    • Rick
      June 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I like your solution. I was thinking the same way but I’m no longer in that position. I left the comment, two or three below yours, re: degengerate thieves.

  168. vrkelley
    June 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    >>a new brand from my company

    Please post the “future” brand or company name so I can get one when it is available. From the posts that I’m reading, new customers are simply lowering expectations about what is “hot”. Hot/Cold used to be a degree value necessary keep something at a food-safe temperature for X number of hours (ex 140F). Being new to thermoses…it looks like 9hrs WAS the gold standard…then 8…now 3.

    Also posting this on your other thread.

  169. C.Hencke
    June 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Though not made in America (I haven’t found a thermal bottle that is), both the Nissan bottles mentioned way up above, and the even-better Zojirushi that I personally use are made in Japan and legitimately do keep things temperature stable for a seemingly endless period of time. My coffee is still uncomfortable to drink straight from the mug by the end of the day as it was when I brewed it at 6:30. With that being said, my very old (and still effective) Stanley 944 very prominently displays instructions for use with hot or cold liquids on the bottom, and both it and the Zojirushi are very dependent on pre-filling with appropriately hot/cold water before use–if you bring your mug in from the car where its spent the night and then fill it with hot coffee, don’t be surprised that a lot of that thermal energy gets wasted in overcoming all the cold that’s worked its way into the mug…

    On the double-wall controversy, I’m pretty sure that Zojirushi doesn’t have any supplemental insulation in play other than a double wall design, and if it does, it is extremely light–ie. not charcoal. Unlike literature from some companies, the data sheet from Zojirushi undersells heat retention (at least based on my experience). I’ve left hot coffee in the car overnight in the deep mountain winter and hiked out in the morning to find it still pleasantly hot.

  170. Rick
    June 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The company is now run by degenerate thieves. The “Lifetime” warrantee doesn’t mean spit. When I called to tell them that the SECOND of the two Stanley thermos bottles that I purchased approx. 30 yrs. ago had begun to leak, the girl started asking a bunch of wierd questions, which were NOT asked, when they replaced the FIRST bottle that failed. Sure enough, she gave me the b.s. story that ‘they don’t recommend that I use bleach with hot water to clean the interior of their #18 STAINLESS STEEL bottle.’ What an outright crock of dog excrement!! Meanwhile, I have a #18 Stainless Steel kitchen sink that’s been installed for over twenty years and had gallons of straight bleach sitting in it, in addition to having been scrubbed innumerable times with scouring powders (with bleach in them)… and the sink STILL doesn’t leak… nor do its rubber gaskets. … What we have here, folks, is a company that has forfeited its honor… a company that is cashing in on the good name it once deserved… but NO LONGER DOES.


    • guido
      July 26, 2014 at 2:55 am

      strange, i bought a 2013 2L flask for £10(stayed hot for 10hrs) a boxed 1994 2L for £12(instant handwarmer) a Bolt 1L for £1(instant handwarmer) sent them all back to stanley(freepost) and they sent £95 of new flasks back the only difference was i got a classic 1L instead of a bolt since then i got a 1978 flask in a vintage leatherette carrier(only wanted the carrier) and that stayed warm for 4 hrs so sent it back and recieved a new classic…….viva la stanley.

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  172. Albertus
    August 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I bought a Stanley food flask (24oz, 700ml) new about a week ago. I tested it at home with a frying thermometer. With 95 degrees Celsius boiled water, after 7 hours, it was at 82 degrees Celsius. After 13 and a half hours it was at 65 degrees Celsius. The bottle is rated at 15 hours, and given that the food danger zone is 2 hours at below 60 degrees Celsius, it seems to live up to its promise. Also the local distributor in South Africa says that they had a bad batch of bottles from 2010-2012, and the quality problem is apparently sorted out. Here you just mail them your bottle through the post, and they will replace/fix it.

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  174. Jay
    September 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I bought my first Stanley thermos back in the early ’70s and had it for years, it went everywhere with me when I traveled. Kept my coffee hot for hours. When we moved I couldn’t find it so decided to purchase another…it was a lot lighter than my older one. Then found out it didn’t work very well, thinking it was defective, went back to the store, replaced it with another…still didn’t keep my coffee hot for more than 3 hours. Then I figured it out – the insulation is not as thick in the newer ones as the older ones. New American policy, pay more and get less for your money. Too bad for Stanley lost my business and I will never, ever buy another nor will I recommend them. It is sad that they diminished their own product.

  175. Edward Hannan
    October 6, 2014 at 2:53 am

    While on holiday in Australia (I live in South Africa)my daughter gave me a Stanley flask for Xmas. 2 years later I go on a fishing trip, go to pour a cup of coffee and it is cold. As I have had Stanley flasks before that lasted forever this was a big disappointment. how can I have this replaced

  176. Daniel de denus
    October 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    My thermos after 3 years don’t keep my coffee hot its almost cold after a few hours and its not even cold houtside.its no quality anymore

  177. Reinier Kanis
    October 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I purchased one (so sad to see the old Aladdin is gone)and was worried if the new lightweight version would do the job. it was good the first year, the second year it was a piece of junk in mint condition. It could not hold heat.

    I did a bit of research and there is a phone number at the bottom of the thermos, dial it (1-800-251-4335) they ask you for the serial number, if it has not already been claimed by someone else, they will ask for your shipping address and send you a new replacement free of charge, you don’t even have to send in the old one. They do ask you to put an X under the old one with a permanent marker to remind you or anyone else that it has been claimed.

    So if they will replace mine every time it stops working, I cannot complain. I do agree with those who say that you can’t drive a CAT over the new one and have it still working whereas the original Aladdin I know its been done.

    Good to see everyone’s thoughts, I will update if I have to replace mine again.

  178. MeMe
    December 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I bought a 2 quart and heat it with boiling water. Then discover there is so much heat loss and transfer of heat to outer surface that you can get burned on the outside of the thermos.
    I have emailed the company. We will see what they do about it. I purchased 6 months ago thinking that I would use the thermos when the weather got cold. We just got our first cold rainy weather in California this year. Thermos failed miserably.

  179. carol
    December 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

    OKAY! I read about the first 40 or 50 posts and I agree with all of you! The new thermos’s are CRAP! So my question is: WHAT CAN WE BUY NOW THAT WORKS???? because it ain’t a Stanley anymore!
    Thanks :)

  180. Rudy
    December 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Worked as a welder for Long Island Lighting Company for 21 years and had an awesome original MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Stanley awesome thermos. You know the rest.I dented it and thought I would get one of the New all stainless ( no green paint) Made in China P.O.S. thermos OK to make a long story short, Just found one on EBay that is awesome. I emailed PMI for a new double gasket stopper and to see if I could get touch up paint. I never got an answer. I am a machinist and made a neoprene gasket to fit the bottom of the stopper and mixed some green One Shot paint for touch up. Good as new, no leaks and keeps everything hot, no thanks to Stanley.

  181. Tony
    February 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve had my Stanley thermos for 29 years. When I first bought it, it didn’t keep my coffee very hot. Then, I broke the pour-through stopper and replaced it with a regular stopper my brother had. The coffee stayed scalding hot for a much longer time. Also, keeping the cup on the bottle adds further insulation and helps keep drinks hot longer.
    To recap, ditch the pour-through stopper and keep the cup on.

  182. Carter
    April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I am a collecter of 15 vintage Stanley Thermos from 1913 to 1990’s. As it has already been mentioned, The present day Stanley Thermos that can be found at Walmart or Target are pure CHINA junk. Ebay has many sellers of American made Stanley Thermos of various pre-CHina years. I wish the current Corporation that owns Stanley would reclaim American made production.

  183. Brian
    May 2, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I recently bought the 40 ounce Stanley Thermos. My wife and I go hiking, and I wanted cold water when we returned to the car. She thought I was wasting money. Well, after a four hour hike, the water was ICE COLD! Like another reviewer mentioned, I filled the thermos with cold water, closed it and let it sit about 5 or so minutes. Then I emptied it and poured in the water from the fridge with some ice. It worked out so well, my wife gave it an A+. Its 12 hours after the hike today, and the ice in the thermos is still solid! I paid $25 at Target, worth every penny.

  184. Bob Bruton
    July 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I have an old Stanley Thermos that I took on a fishing trip last week. The cork broke off at the stem and I pushed the remainder inside to get to the coffee (I had no corkscrew available). Is there any way to remove it?

  185. Eric Bivins
    November 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Ditch the Stanley ,and buy an old UNO-VAC. I bought one from the 1960’s the otherday. Far superior to even an old Stanley. Atfer 10 hrs the water was 20° hotter than My 3 other old Stanleys. UNO-VAC was made in Meriden Ct by Union Mfg Co.

  186. Jr. Jean
    December 5, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I would like to brag for a minute. I use my Stanley thermos every day and it will keep my coffee hot for more than 8 hours that is if I get too busy to drink it. I purchased this thermos when I was 12 years old to take hunting with me. After I got to adult hood I take it with me every morning no matter where I go. I am now 44 years old so I have been carrying this thermos with me for 32 years. It has been through a lot. It has fell of my truck going down the highway several times and had to go back and find it. I think this thermos will last my lifetime. Just wanted to say thank you for a product that can actually last a lifetime. Thanks again.

  187. Chilly
    December 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I bought my Stanley 100 years ago in 1915 and damn that thing kept my coffee hot for six days at a time. Bought one of the last American-made versions in 1995 and it worked just like that first one 80 years before. I bought a Chinese-made version in 2010 and it only kept my coffee hot of 10 seconds and it ended up killing my dog, my wife and I lost my job because of it. Even though I’m now 120 years old myself, that was my last Stanley…I’m buying the Chinese-made Thermos.

  188. Sparky750
    January 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    After much disappointment with Stanley I finally threw in the towel and looked elsewhere, I’ve solved it for us coffee drinkers thermos ultimate or the thermos rock both seem to manage a full 18 hours of hot coffee, the Rock is the bigger one but both keep my drinks hot thank god the coffee is sorted. Now I just need to find a decent food jar for chilli etc the search begins again

  189. Mike the Limey
    February 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I’m a retailer selling Stanley flasks & I agree 100% with those who say the Chinese made ones are rubbish compared with the originals.
    The price is outrageous for a product that is in many instances poorer quality than the “no make” stainless steel flasks on the market.
    The Stanley flask I personally use dumps heat through the neck fast enough for it to feel distinctly warm – until the contents go cold…

  190. L K Menon
    February 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hi. I am not a US citizen. I am from India. I came across this site while looking up Stanley. I grew up with 2 Stanley Aladdins which my dad brought home for our use. He had projects in different parts of the world as an Engineer with a British company and was used to the Stanley brand. We had them for ages till mom decided they did not look good enough and wanted replacement. At first we could not find Stanley in this country and I ended up buying other options. But the other day I spotted the same brand at the Amazon India site at more than 3 times the price of a top class Indian brand. Amazed at how it could be so expensive, I searched online and found this site. Thank God for that. I really dont want to spend around 75 dollars in US currency to buy a piece of junk. The 2 stanleys are a puece of my childhood and I would rather keep them that way. They served my family through 3 major hospitalizations and several illnesses not to mention the hot coffees on rainy and cold evenings. All I can say is I am shocked at such compromise in quality from a reputed US brand. Looks like I can use this as a case study for my MBA students in their Marketing or Brand Management class.

  191. L K Menon
    February 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Continuing from the previous post: Well as an Engineer and an MBA mmyself I clearly understand why US companies send their manufacturing to China and other countries. The primary reason is to reduce costs and bring in more profits to USA. So even if their US customers are not benefitting someone else in US is surely raking in big bucks. So ultimately USA gains one way or other. Simple. It is the quest for profits that govern US companies that is driving jobs away from USA to other countries. Your minimum wage of 8dollars translates to almost a week’s pay for an unskilled labourer in some of the poorer areas of my country. Even in my state which has some of the highest labour rates, your one hour pay equals almost a day’s wages for a manual labourer with no skills. And our people have zero benefits unlike you. So there. If US wants quality and employment then US companies must be taught to be less greedy by the US people themselves. Sorry if I offended you but I cannot help wondering how your own companies do this to you. I can understand you hating China but dont you realize it is for your company to decide the level of quality?? Anyway most of the high quality products from your country are also made in that country and you still buy it. Heard of Apple?? Even your Levis and Tommy Hilfiger and Arrow and Gap – all are made by India or China or Bangladesh. So it is not the country. It is your companies. Blame them.

  192. margarita sanchez
    April 3, 2016 at 9:11 am


    • Nicolas
      November 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Margarita, soy de Argentina, compré un Stanley de 1,3 lt y me pasa exactamente lo mismo,el agua apenas llega a las 8 horas. También se calienta la tapa ¿pudiste solucionar?¿me decís como?

  193. Vicki
    April 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Stanley brand has always been a staple for my family. Long lasting & durable.
    A couple of months ago we bought 2 of these and have only, I repeat only kept ice water in them and no matter how I clean them or let them air out they smell horrible. Basically have to hold your breath pouring out the ice water. Irritating. Especially for spending over $100 but the never ending stitch

  194. Joe
    May 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Must agree with the “Update” comment at the top of the Page. Bought my first Stanley in 1974, (Dad gave me my first one as a loaner, he “loaned” it two me for 12 years) had to replace it in ’88 as I drove over the bugger with my dozer(even at that I was able to salvage the cup as it was outside the tread and it kind of got popped off the threads as the thermos smashed flat). So the next replacement was in ’96, son left the thing in the woods. Whined and cried about knowing where it was and would go back and get it when the weekend came. Told him B.S. that doesn’t cover me for the week. Had him march his ass down to the store and buy two (his money) one to replace mine and now he had is own to loose. Proud to say he still has that thermos.. NOW, bought one last year to introduce my nephew to the “Legendary Stanley Thermos” these new CHINA rigs aint for sh*t. Told me it did not keep his coffee hot, so he’ll just go through them drive throughs..I preheat my rig before using it always and this step doesn’t help. Coffee goes cold before I pour the first cup, and I pour about an hour out from the house. Brought it back to the store and was told as there was nothing wrong with it physically or it’s function so I was stuck with it. So… as you might guess, I drove down to the site, hopped into one of my newer dozers (its good to be the boss) and flattened that rig cup and all, brought it back to the store and told them to keep it as they would not have a decent one to replace it with any way….

  195. Chuck
    May 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I got my thermos & lunch box combo for Christmas last year and I have used it almost every day since, not a complaint to make… I make coffee at 6:30 it is still pretty hot by 1 or 2. Hot soup same thing, maybe I got lucky, but I fill it almost to the top and it has stayed hot even on those sub zero days when I left the lunch box in the car all morning. My wife just got me another used Stanley from a garage sale, and if does half as good as the first I’ll be a happy camper.

  196. Kim
    August 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Just bought some old stanley thermos bottles , they look great but both are missing the old tile corks. One is a 2 quart and one is a 1 quart. Does anybody know what size corks they would take? Or how to figure it out?
    Stanley no longer makes the corks so I will have to find elsewhere?

  197. I had a meeting in Daytona, the night before I boiled hot water on the stove and put it into the thermos, the next morning I made coffee in my coffee maker, pour the coffee in a pot and took it up to boil and then pour into the thermos. From Jacksonville to Daytona about an hour and a half, before the meeting at 9:30am I pour a cup of coffee and it was Luke warm, terrible, horrible…. will never buy another one.

  198. Henry
    October 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Just bought mine last week and it’s been keeping boiling hot tea scalding from 9am to 8pm. Works great for me.

  199. C
    January 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    From my experiences and reading the comments here I would say stanley have become very inconsistent in quality and I am glad I restored my fathers old stanley from 1979. Btw they are easy to repaint if needed.

  200. Michael N.
    January 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    My dad had an old Stanley when I was growing up… the kind with a cork in the top. So when I wanted one of my own I too got a Stanley. This was back in 1991 and while I loved the new pourable twist-cap… it didn’t keep things hot for long. I just went to a thrift store and found a Japanese-made Thermos brand… and it’s amazing. The new ones made in China seem to be nothing more than junk. It’s 1.6 liters too! No more Stanley for me.

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