The exact products shown below [OR similar products from the same brand] have been repeatedly tested by Lead Safe Mama, LLC (using XRF technology) and have been consistently found to be Lead-free. In our opinion the companies featured on these pages have behaved ethically and responsibly when it comes to toxicant concerns and considerations in manufacturing.
Mugs Note: The products below have been expressly chosen because they do not have any decorations (logos or otherwise) that might be made of Leaded paint. If you order one of these products and it comes with a painted design or logo, please let us know so we can remove the selection from this page. As you would with any purchase, please read the full product description (and product reviews) when you click through BEFORE making your purchase decision.
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Lead-Free Selections from Duralex
Lead-Free Selections from Libbey
Lead-Free Selections from Anchor Hocking
Lead-Free Selections from Bormioli Rocco
Other Lead-Free Mug Selections
Disclaimer: As we are not manufacturing these products (just recommending products made by other companies based on our experience with and knowledge of these products) we have no control over potential changes that may impact the toxicant profile of a product or product-line. As soon as we are made aware of any formulation changes that could negatively impact the toxicant profile of products linked on this website, we will remove the products from the website. If at any time you purchase a product that was recommended on this website and you feel it is not a quality product for any reason, please let us know and we will review your concerns and remove any products we do not stand by.
How about stainless steel mugs? There are lots of bad reviews about some of these glass mugs breaking when hot water is poured into them. It seems stainless steel is a more durable and safer choice. I have two Coyote brand ones that I have used for years, but I haven’t been able to find more in the same simple style.
I do not think stainless mugs are an appropriate and safer choice for hot acidic beverages (like coffee, tea and cocoa). I have written about that here:
I have used the Duralex and Libbey mugs. I have NEVER (not once) had a glass mug break when hot water was poured it… but if you have that concern… pour a teaspoon or two of hot water in to warm up the mug first OR fill the mug with hot water from the tap to warm it up before you pour your coffee in it.
You have not listed them here, but I believe you said the THRESHOLD porcelain coffee cups from Target were lead free. I called Target and they said it was 3rd party guaranteed. I am hoping this is true because I bought 8 of them which I love. If I am incorrect they are definitely going back! Thank you for all the good work you do! It is so appreciated
Hi Vivienne –
This “Shop Lead Safe Mama” website is only for products that I am 100% certain will definitely be Lead-free in all components every time.
On my main website I have tested lots of examples of products that have tested negative for Lead (products readers have sent me in most cases) – but just because I have tested them (and one or more examples might have been Lead-free or Lead-safe) does not mean I recommend them.
I will never recommend any mass-manufactured ceramic mugs because there is too much potential for variation in materials and there is a possibility that one batch might be Lead-free and another batch might not be.
That said – plain white Threshold from Target with no decorative markings of any kind (in glaze / paint) tend to test either Lead-free or Lead-safe and are a good choice in general… just not a choice I would make for my family and not a choice I am confident recommending as definitely Lead-free all the time.
Vivienne – here’s an example of a plain white Threshold pieces that is in the Lead-safe range, not Lead-free: https://tamararubin.com/2020/06/square-coupe-target-threshold-white-porcelain-appetizer-plate-47-ppm-lead-on-the-food-surface-safe-by-all-standards/
Here’s a white Target Threshold piece that is high Lead: https://tamararubin.com/2019/06/threshold-by-target-made-in-portugal-white-glazed-terracotta-appetizer-dish-4000-ppm-lead-when-tested-with-an-xrf-instrument-90-is-unsafe-for-kids/