Whether your commitment to staying hydrated makes a reusable water bottle your constant accessory or your caffeine addiction means a travel mug of coffee is never out of reach, having a secure spot for your beverage the you’re on the go is basically a requirement for most moms, dads, and humans in general these days. Cars come equipped with cup holders, of course, and some of today’s strollers even boast one, but frequently, these one-size-fits-all options just don’t come standard — so you’ll need to buy one.
Frankly, regular-old car cup holders may not be up to the job, because travel mugs, reusable water bottles and fast food to-go cups comes in all shapes and sizes — and your one-size-(doesn’t)-fit-all car cup holder probably won’t hold your beverage securely enough to avoid sloshes and tip-overs while driving. Luckily, there are an assortment of adjustable cup holders on the market so you can customize the fit of your existing options to perfectly suit your usual drink vessels.
When shopping for the best cup holders, look for options that can adjust to fit snugly in your built-in cup holders and will accommodate the type of bottle, mug or cup you must commonly use. Some even have cut-outs for handled travel mugs. If you don’t have an existing built-in cup holder, look for one that can clamp on to your stroller (or bike or lawnmower!) handle bar. Some cup holders are made to hold large cups while others are designed to fit straight-sided bottles instead of tapered ones, so be sure to research and measure all of your requirements.
We’ve rounded up the best cup holders to help you stay spill-proof while on the go. Check out the options below, add one to your car, and get ready for convenience right at your fingertips.
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1. Swigzy Car Cup Holder
This car cup holder is an adapter with an adjustable base and rubber tabs to keep your bottle secure while driving. Designed to fit snugly in most car cup holders, it adjusts from 2.5” to 3.75” in diameter with a quick and easy turn of the cup portion of the adapter to expand or contract the base. The rubber tabs are firm enough to keep a full bottle secure even when making sharp turns, yet soft enough that your bottle is easy to remove when you want a drink. The adapter also works great with many large fast food cups and most popular brands of water bottles up to 40 ounces.
2. BottlePro Cup Holder
This cup holder adapter features an adjustable 3-ring base that securely fits the majority of cup holders — and the simple design has few moving parts, so it’s unlikely to break or jam up. The foam sleeve (included but not pictured) makes sure you get a great fit, even if your vehicle’s cup holders are between base sizes. Plus, it protects your vehicle’s cup holders from scratches and damage. Note that this was designed for bottles that are approximately 3.5″ to 3.8″ across and have straight-vertical walls and will not accommodate tapered tumbler-style bottles.
3. SMART KUP Car Cup Holder
Designed to hold the 32/40-ounce Hydro Flask, 40-ounce 50/50 Flask, and other larger bottles up to 3.8 inches in diameter, this cup holder has a 3 inch cup “upper” to hold your container and prevent it from falling out on turns or quick movements while driving. It also incorporates a one-inch cut out to also hold mugs and other cups with an external handle. Made from high strength ABS plastic with a glossy charcoal finish, it has a tapered base that goes from 3.2″ to 2.6″ to provide a snugger fit that works in most car cup holders.
4. Accmor Universal Cup Holder
Featuring flexible clamps with a rubber pad, this universal cup holder allows 360-degree rotation for multifunctional use on everything from strollers to bicycles to walkers to lawnmowers. Three automatic springs in the bottle cage keep your drink fixed inside, preventing tips and spills. The cup holder is adjustable and suitable for water bottles, baby bottles, coffee mugs and more — really, anything with a diameter less than 95mm. Plus, it’s lightweight and simple to install — no tools needed.
5. OFY Car Cup Holder Expander Adapter
When you have to charge your phone but you lost the power adapter cord, what will you do? Just wait for the battery to die, sadly. However — with this cup holder — you’ll be relieved to know that there is a wireless charging station attached to it. That’s the beauty of this cup holder, it’s completely adjustable to all-size bottles (as long as they’re not too heavy) and is super convenient. This holder comes in handy the most when you have a can of soda to put into the cup holder because it can shrink to its size or when you have a massive water bottle. It’s even super easy to install.
6. LITTLEMOLE Car Cup Holder
When you have a car filled with friends or family that just came from a restaurant you start to wonder how you’re going to fit your drink in the front seat. We have that problem solved for you. This holder doesn’t take up a front seat cup holder, it actually creates a new one from your car door. This holder clasps onto the radian of the car door and stays put. Plus, it even adjusts to most cup sizes and is sturdy enough to not have your drinks spill all over the place.
7. FAGUAN Car Headrest Seat Back Organizer
Out of all the cup holders on this list, this one is the most innovative and unique. Attached to the back of the driver’s headrest, this cup holder is great for anyone sitting in the backseat. The strap is super simple to attach — all you do is swing it around the headrest and attach it to the desired hole to lock it in. This cup holder is great not only to hold cups, but it’s perfect to hold snacks, phones, toys, and more.