I came here to leave a most enthusiastic review of these soup mugs but I've been kind of stopped in my tracks on seeing the current price of this item. The price has absolutely rocketed since my order for three of these mugs on 20 Dec 2012. I ordered three mugs and paid a total of £11.97 for them, including delivery. The exact same order now would cost me £19.80 !!! Just what is going on? I have heard of inflation but this is ridiculous! (Incidentally, I had already bought a single mug previously and now I own four, so they must be good.)
So, to continue, even though I now feel "down" to say the least concerning the prices, these are very handy soup mugs to own and yes, the product is excellent and does everything I expect of it.
I now live alone and yet I've bought four of these mugs. Why? Because I *love* home made soup!
I'm getting on a bit and the main hassle with making a batch of home made soup is eventually decanting it from the cooking pot into a large container to sit in the fridge, then decanting a (large) portion from said container into a microwave bowl or small saucepan to reheat each day over the next few days. These days I often eat soup as a "main meal" with home made bread, so a decent portion is called for. These mugs hold over 650 ml which equals about a can and a half of standard Heinz soup tins, to give you some idea of capacity.
I now make my home made soup with approx 2 litres stock, then when cooked I instantly eat one portion while quickly cooling the rest - by a fan blowing on the pot - and I then ladle the remaining four large portions into the soup mugs. They sit very comfortably in my fridge, 2 x 2 sat on top of each other. As anyone who makes home made soups/stews etc., knows, they always taste better the following days after making, providing they are safely stored. They store perfectly in the fridge with no odour leakage when the button on the lid is in the closed position. To get the soup ready for eating it is simply a question of carrying it from the fridge to the microwave, opening the steam vent, then reheating.
So far I have used them for Split Pea & Ham Soup, Irish Stew, Scotch Broth and Corned Beef Stovies and the containers have been ideal in every instance.
All in all, a great gadget and if you can find it at a better price than presently offered on Amazon, you should grab some. A well known supermarket beginning with A*** seems to stock them in my area!