Are you ordering custom wholesale coffee mugs? You probably have a lot of questions as to the best way to choose the company to buy from. With so many things to consider, from quality to affordability, you can really get lost in all the noise.
Deneen Pottery is here to help! Here are five tips on choosing the best wholesale custom coffee mugs.
The primary factor you should consider when ordering wholesale coffee mugs is the overall quality and craftsmanship of the final product. You don’t want a cheap mug that quickly breaks in the microwave or dishwasher – you want something that’s durable, feels comfortable in-hand and provides an overall stellar drinking experience.
To understand the quality of a mug company, take a look at their website and find their design process. How many pairs of hands touch the piece before it’s delivered to your door? How many quality assurance checks does each individual mug go through before it’s fired in the kiln? Additionally, you can judge mug quality on the length of time the company has been in business. If it’s only been a few months, you should probably pass. If it’s been a few decades, well, you know that they provide value to their customers that have kept them in business for so long.
While quality is key, affordability is most likely your other main consideration when purchasing wholesale coffee mugs. While you pay for what you get, some custom coffee mug companies need to markup their prices to pay for expensive buildings in high-end locations, a large sales team, and other pricey overhead costs.
A customer-focused company won’t charge you outrageous prices just because they can. The best coffee mug companies are those that are family-run and serve their local community. Take a look at the wholesaler’s blog before you purchase to see whether or not they’re focused on the things that matter, and then browse their products page to see if the prices align with their competitors.
Style & Attractiveness
Stylish and attractive wholesale mugs are sometimes tough to come by. A company that offers custom options may be your best bet to avoid any cluttered or misappropriated designs. Submit your logo to the wholesaler to be branded across the front of your mug.
With hand-thrown ceramic mugs, you can get personalized mugs finished in specific glazes, colors, and shapes. Whether you want your brand colors, logo and tagline in a particular font, or if you’re looking for a more traditional look, stoneware will give you an impressive and impactful design.
Branching off of the colors, choosing a wholesaler that has a wide range of options is not only important because you’ll be able to find the right color for your brand, but it also lends credence to the quality of the manufacturer. If they can pull off the versatile nature that comes with having so many color options, you know you’re in good hands.
If you’re unsure of which colors to go with and are torn between a few, you can always go off seasonality. Here at Deneen, we can help you find the perfect color for whatever season you’re planning on selling your mugs.
For example, our Burgundy with Dijon White is a fantastic option for the fall.
Then, in the Spring, our Light Teal with Rose White is the perfect choice for when the trees start budding once again.
You can’t forget about what kind of surface you’d like on your mugs as well.
Some wholesalers will offer a few different styles, while others may have just one or two.
Here are some common styles you may see, as well as the four we offer. If you like a particular surface, make sure the wholesaler you’re looking at has it!
Marble – the marble surface creates a very fun, colorful mug as it allows you to mix together a couple of different color combinations. You’ll be able to create a really unique mug with a marble surface.
Solid – For a more simple, refined-looking mug, solid may be a good choice for you. Sometimes keeping things simple is the way to go.
Trim – A Trim surface works great to add a little flare to a neutral-colored mug.
Satin & Matte – Some folks love the feel of satin and matte mugs. They also look great!
Determine how many mugs you think you’ll need to order. This may be tough to lock-in at first, but try to scratch something down. If you’re a business, not only will you want to give them away to clients, your employees may appreciate one as well, so consider that. If you’re a restaurateur, you may want to offer custom mugs on your merchandise shelf, while also serving them up, providing warm beverages to thirsty patrons.
Any custom mug wholesale company worth your money should define the turnaround time upfront. This way, you know that your mugs will be delivered in a time that fits within your schedule. If your wholesaler is waffling on the amount of time it will take to finish your project, it may be a sign that your mug order is a low priority to that company.
You may be ordering for an upcoming restaurant opening, or just want to have a cool gift for office visitors – whatever you’re preparing for, make sure the production timeline is set before your wholesaler starts work.
Why Customs Mugs Are a Great For Your Business
Restaurants, campus stores, coffee shops, and all sorts of small businesses can take advantage of brand merchandise in the form of mugs.
But not only do they make for a great product to sell, but handing them out to prospects or to potential customers for free can help expand your brand awareness. When it comes to brand merchandise — free or otherwise — people often associate the product’s quality with that of the business.
So, don’t give away tacky pens or branded phone chargers that don’t work — instead, invest in some high-quality mugs!
Believe us when we say you’ll be glad you did.
Best of Luck with Your Wholesale Order!
Now that you know these five tips on choosing the best custom wholesale coffee mugs, get out there and make an order with confidence.
If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional, made in China, wholesale coffee mugs, try Deneen Pottery’s custom and hand-crafted ceramic mugs, perfect for a variety of applications. As a company that’s been offering personalized stoneware since 1972, it’s our goal to partner with businesses and provide them with high-quality pottery products.
Ready to get started? Get in touch with our dedicated team of craftsmen today.