It can be embarrassing and frustrating in equal measures, for anyone who has muscular issues, a disability or the unfortunate effects of old age, There are various reasons why you might be looking to invest in special non-spill drinking cups for the elderly person or people in your care or a sippy cup for someone who is not elderly but has a disability of some kind.
Because of this, there are a lot of different products out there to choose from. While it may seem like there isn’t a huge amount of difference between different drinking cups, most are designed to fulfil the needs of those with specific problems.
It’s worth remembering that when you are trying to pick the right mug, glass or drinking cups for the relative, marital partner or friend that’s in your care.
Top 10 Non-Spill Sippy Cups
Adult Care Feeding Beaker for Hot and Cold Drinks
The first in the list is the 260ml capacity handled mug from Safe and Sound. This cup is equipped with a screw-on lid and drinking spout that helps avoid spillages to make it easier to take small sips at both cold and hot drinks.
Not only is this cup designed to hold cold and hot drinks, but it can be used in the microwave to warm liquids up and when its cleaning time it can be just placed into the dishwasher. When you are responsible for the care of someone else, it can be reassuring to know that the products you invest in are approved as medical devices. This Safe and Sound sippy mug has been given the CE mark meaning it is a recognised medical device.
- 260ml capacity for hot and cold drinks
- Screw-on lid with drinking spout
- Two generous sized, comfortable handles
- Microwave and dishwasher safe
- CE Marked Medical Device
Life Healthcare Drinking Cup for Disabled Adults
Next up we have two handled mug for disabled people designed and manufactured by the highly regarded and popular brand of Life Healthcare. The large cup that is a similar size to the product above has been made from durable and tough plastic that will stand the test of time, as well as the potential use and abuse it may face by accidental bashes and drops. With two moulded and secure handles, it offers those with disabilities a great solution to the problem of staying hydrated.
As everyone, whether they have a disability, are infirm and elderly or are young and in rude health, loves drinking hot and cold drinks, this cup has been made to safely manage both. The lid is easy to remove if a straw is required or you don’t need to use the beaker-style top and there is even a cup cover that’s ideal for travelling with.
As well as being dishwasher safe, its durable plastic construction means it can be fully submerged into a sterilising solution to make sure it is hygienically clean.
- Robust and durable plastic construction
- Suitable for dishwasher
- Can hold large quantities of hot or cold drink
- Includes cup cover, ideal for travelling and drinking on the go
Homecraft Clear Non-Spill Cup, Aperture, Large
From the popular Homecraft brand, we have this large and stylish, non-spill mug with 200ml capacity and a ribbed body to make it easier for people that struggle to hold regular cups. We really like the design of the top, with its angled spout that resembles a straw.
Although it looks like plastic sports bottles you might buy at the supermarket, this has been designed to be safe to use with a maximum of 130-degrees Celsius and will be perfectly fine in the microwave and the dishwasher. It does not have the child-like look and feel of some of the beakers and non-spill cups you get out there, so is good for relatives who are maybe feeling a little reluctant to drink from something for drinking that looks patronising.
This is just a cool and refreshingly laidback design.
- 200ml capacity
- Ribbed-style body design
- Angled drinking spout with straw lid built-in
- Microwave safe and capable of holding 130-degrees Celsius
- Safe for dishwasher
- Available in a variety of colours
NRS Healthcare Feeder Cup With Handle With Wide Spout
At HomeCareHelp we appreciate good quality products designed by reputable brands and one of the best in the health care aids products sector is undoubtedly NRS Healthcare. Available through NRS Healthcare and made by Warwick Sasco, this drinking cup has been constructed with high-quality and very sturdy materials and features generously wide and contoured handles that makes the cup more comfortable to hold during drinking. This is especially great for people who have poor grip.
It is not just the contoured handles that are wide on this cup, as the spout is 8mm wide it allows the liquids to flow out nicely. It is larger than some of the other products we have featured so far in our guide at 250ml. As it is transparent it is easy to keep track of how much is currently in the cup.
- 8mm wide spout
- 250ml capacity
- Wide handled for comfortable use
- Safe for dishwasher use (apart from the top)
- Lightweight at 15g
Medisure Adult Drinking Cup
Medisure is another respected brand in the healthcare and home care aids products sector and they are responsible for the design and construction of this practical and comfortable drinking cup. In terms of the size, this is a lot larger than the other products in our list, with a generous 300ml capacity.
What we really appreciated about this cup when researching the items for this list is the fact that it is made from durable and robust polypropylene and is free of latex, PVC and BPA that you may find in solutions made by less reputable, unknown brands.
The handles are themselves quite narrow, but the gap between them and the side of the cup is wide and spacious. This makes it easy to hold and as it comes with an anti-splash top, accidental spillages and accidents are more or less a thing of the past.
Like the others in our list, it has been designed to be safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher. One thing that stands it out from the others is the fact that it is steam steriliser safe. It is fully backed by the CE stamp that shows it as being a proper medical device.
- 300ml capacity
- Spill proof top and wide spout
- Suitable for hot and cold drinks
- Suitable for use in the microwave and dishwasher
- Also, steam steriliser safe
- CE marking
- Latex, PVC and BPA free polypropylene construction
White Hinge Adult Cup with Anti-Spill Lids
Another generously large capacity non-spill cup for adults, this model from White Hinge can hold a total of 300ml. Rather than just giving you the option of either/or a spout or cap with straw hole, this comes with both.
Those lids are also designed to be anti-spill so no accidental spills can happen, and it is constructed with narrow, large handled grips with comfortably wide gaps for your hands.
To be honest, there is not much else to be said about it, as it does exactly what it says on the tin…or in this case box. White Hinge may not be as well known a manufacturer as Medisure or NRS Healthcare, but don’t let that make you think it is not worth considering or spending your hard-earned money on if your relative or the person in your care needs a nice and handy cup to drink from.
- 300ml capacity
- 2 lids (cap with a hole for straws with a straw hole and a cap with a spout)
- Spill proof lid
- Wider than the usual base to stop accidental spillages and drops
- Two large and easy to hold handles
Bayliss Mobility Plastic Drinking Cups, Both with 2 Lids
Do you care for someone that specifically has problems related to Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis or suffers from tremors or poor motor control? The next non-slip mug on our list, this time from Bayliss Mobility, might be just what you need to help give them a sense of freedom. In this pack of two drinking cups, you get two lids for each, one with a generously wide spout and another with a narrower spout.
The cups themselves have a reasonable 250ml capacity and thanks to 50ml graduation markings on the side, it is very easy to monitor at all times how much is in them.
Construction-wise, they are both made from high quality and robust polypropylene that is free from all toxic materials and chemicals. Dishwasher friendly, it can be cleaned to a sterile and hygienic standard in heats of up to 70-degrees Celsius.
- High quality and robust polypropylene construction
- 250ml capacity with easy to read 50ml graduation markings up the side
- Comes with two spill proof lids, a narrow spouted lid and a wide spouted lid
- Safe to use in the dishwasher set to as high a temperature as 70-degrees Celsius
HHUK Ceramic Adult Drinking Mug
To complete our list we wanted to end with a two handled mug that is a little different from the other drinking cups we’ve featured up until now. Marketed as a “dignity mug”, this is from the brand HHUK is made from ceramic to provide people with weak grips, arthritis, a lack of co-ordination, Parkinson’s and other motor control and muscular issues that make it hard for them to hold a mug of their favourite beverage, without making them feel like a child.
To provide reassurance, control and an enhanced grip handle it is equipped with two generously wide. In addition to the standards, this is not just safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher, but freezer too, making it incredibly versatile.
Easy to fill, easy to hold, easy to use and easy to clean, although it does not come with a lid, it is made from smooth, genuine ceramic that makes it the perfect cup for adults with various ailments and disabilities.
- Robust and durable high-quality ceramic construction
- Suitable for hot and cold drinks
- Two handled with generous spaces for hands
- Freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe
Best Non-Spill Cups for Adults and the Elderly – Buying Guide and FAQ
We hope the list above proves to be helpful when it comes to choosing the best non-spill cup for adults in your care. We specifically tried to cover all bases, so that noone felt left out. So, whether it is a disability, the effects of old agree or a specific degenerative disease like Parkinson’s that makes it hard for the person to hold and use a regular cup, there are products that will meet their needs.
How though do you know that a non-spill cup is good? How do you decide which is right for you or, indeed, the person in your care will be using? That’s what we are going to look at in the following buying guide.
Although plastic can make non-spill cups for elderly and adults with disabilities and other issues feel child-like and unpleasant to handle, plastic is a very lightweight material. A ceramic cup provides a better drinking experience but is much heavier than plastic. In the end, you will need to decide what is more important – the materials used in its construction and how heavy it is.
Moving on somewhat, but highlighting the same basic bone of contention, the design is another important consideration to make. Many elderly people who suddenly find themselves losing a lot of their independence, find it difficult to accept that they may need to drink their cold and hot beverages out of what is essentially a drinking mug.
This is why you need to be a bit savvy and sly when choosing a non-spill and non-slip cup, especially if you know the old man or woman that is going to use it is very proud and stubborn. Look for a cup with a handle similar to that of a Starbucks or Costa Coffee cup to prevent them from suffering from low self-esteem and self-confidence.
Although it may seem strange, and perhaps you thought that when you looked at the list of mugs we picked out for this guide, that there would be cups with more than one handle, just like a kid’s beaker, there is a lot of practical sense to it. These drinking cups make the whole activity of drinking hot and cold beverages easier, and crucially, safer for the user. If they have poor motor skills or a weak grip, having just one handle makes the whole experience a lot more difficult.
Robust and Durable Construction
Again, many older folks would much rather prefer to use a bone china or ceramic sippy cup, it is not very practical for people or those with tremors co-ordination difficulties or other issues that may result in them breaking more cups than normal. Look for a strong break proof plastic mug that will last a long time.
As the lid on a sippy cup is the part that connects with the user’s mouth, it is obviously a very important component to consider when choosing the right product for the person in your care. You will find that many drinking cups for disabled adults and the elderly that come with lids offer the choice of using them with or without the lid.
Aside from this, you need to also think about the different uses they will get out of a particular mug. Some products come with a couple of different lids, with straws and the choice of wide or narrow spouts.
FAQ – Who Might Need a No-Spill Cup for Adults?
It is not just the really young and the really old that need non-spill cups, there are a wide variety of different people with different infirmities and disabilities and who are young and old that need them, including:
- Individuals with poor motor skills control in their fingers and hands
- People who have problems raising their arms
- Bedbound individuals
- People who have difficulty moving their neck and head
- Those who struggle with uncontrollable movements like tremors and shaking
- Individuals with very limited coordination.
Everyone needs to drink, including the elderly, disabled people and anyone else with issues that make it harder for them to use traditional cups and mugs. That is why we were passionate about producing this guide on our website. We know we have picked out some of the best spill proof and easy to hold cups available right now and we hope you will be able to find the right mug for or the person you are caring for.
Although it can be difficult to get used to using a spill proof mug, due to pride and stubbornness, it is better to have a plastic one with two handles and a non-spill lid with a beaker-style spout, than it is to make a mess of yourself!