What's The Point Of Cup/Mug Handles..

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
March 12, 2011 7:51pm CST
..if we don't use them? Hmmmm? I see it all the time and it makes my blood boil, it really does. The biggest culprits are the soap stars on television. Usually, at some point there's a breakfast scene (which also annoys me as breakfast isn't a family event anymore) and you can guarantee that the whole sodding family will hold a tea or coffee cup and not use the handle. So, my question is this..if most people are too lazy to hold the handle why don't the manufacturers save a bit of money and not bother putting them on? Does this annoy anyone else? I was brought up to hold the handle of any cups I was drinking my tea out of..it's safer that way!
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Mar 11
Hiya Janey, Us too we were brought up that way as well. It makes me wonder how many of them do not get scalded in some way by the hot liquid holding the cup the wrong way. It´s true that you can have Cups without handles on example (the ones they have found on historical Sites) but that is about it I would think. Even as Babies we had a Cup with two handles on not one. Do you reckon we ought to have two instead and it might get to be a Fashion. If we did´nt have Cups we had those Baby Bottle things. But me I discarded them ever since I could walk I was using a Cup with a handle. I suppose I wanted to seem grown up already.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
You don't see those anymore do you? Cups and bottles with handles on either side. Weren't they cute?
• Pamplona, Spain
13 Mar 11
Hiya Janey, Too right you don´t see them any more. They also came in handy for People who were ill and could´nt get to drink things properly on their own. I don´t know what on earth they are thinking about not making any more of them really. One was bought for my Mom so she could drink her tea in it because it was the safest way she could drink anything while I was not there to help her you see otherwise I would help her out with the ordinary Cup. It was a Godsend for me as I had to do so many other things at the same time too and when she was drinking out of that I knew she would not spill it and hurt herself.xxx
@derek_a (10902)
13 Mar 11
I wonder that sometimes myself. If I am outside and my hands are freezing and I get a mug of tea, then I would be tempted to warm my hands, but I wouldn't thinking of making myself warmer indoors, so I tend to use the handle. Mind you, he handle did come off in my hands from my favourite mug.. Hot tea all over my clean jeans! _Derek
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
OUCH! I have these Herdy Mugs (Herdwick Sheep faces on them) and I love them because they were made in England, which makes a change. I was gutted when one of the handles came off of one of the earlier ones. The buyer changed supplier (also English) and I've had no problems with the latest two, sent to me free of charge from Keswick. They do stain with tea though as they're made of china. My two Denby ones (latest editions that are coffee cups) are sturdier and also made in England. We have loads of cups/mugs that were past birthday presents for John. If I had my way they'd go on Ebay lol.
@BarBaraPrz (21365)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Mar 11
Actually, if you have problems with your fingers, it's safer to hold the cup with your hands... Sometimes I use the handle, and sometimes, like when my arthritis is bothering me, I'll just "cup" the cup in my hands, especially if it's a large mug. As for our soap stars, they probably don't want to damage their manicures...
@BarBaraPrz (21365)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Mar 11
That should be "your soap stars"... I don't watch soaps and my "y" finger is particularly sore this morning and went temporarily on strike.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I'd not thought about people with arthritis so thanks for bringing the subject up. Sorry to hear about yout "y" finger, I hope it's feeling better now.
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@BarBaraPrz (21365)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Mar 11
Thamks. It's not so sore now, but it's terribly bent. Looks like a witch's finger...
@p1kef1sh (45640)
13 Mar 11
Hang on Janey if they don't make mugs with handles what are we going to be left holding when mug and handle part company in the washing up? I've only just got used to mugs after cups and saucers. I always drank my tea from the saucer and now they "supersize" me by putting my brew in a mug!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I hope you don't buy stuff from Sports Direct online because they send out HUGE free mugs with each order. Thankfully, we've only got one!
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@Masihi (4227)
• Canada
13 Mar 11
LOL I love my huge mugs, tee hee, maybe it's because I'm a big tea drinker! :-D
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I'm not sure how big the Sports Direct mugs are but I reckon they hold at least a pint. I take it you can drink a pint of tea at one sitting Masihi?
@psyches (59)
• United States
13 Mar 11
Why on earth is this upsetting. If the mug is well insulated they can choose to use the handle or not. Not using the handle can be more comfortable, especially is you habe arthritis. I figure that is totally up to the individual and no business of mine.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I agree, it's no business of yours. So, why isn't there a choice between cups with handles and cups without?
• United States
14 Mar 11
There are. I gave my sister a Japaense tea mug with no hande for Xmas, and it's her favorite now.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
13 Mar 11
I'd have a couple of mugs with no handles (that were designed that way!) They'd be insulated and double walled types,designed as travel mugs,and practically unbreakable,as they're of steel construction. I would use a mug handle when holding a regular mug,but sometimes,especially when it's cold,I might hold a larger mug so as to warm my hands on the outer surface of it..I haven't drank from a teacup at home in a long time..I like my mugs!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Oh yes, mugs are great for warming the hands, especially if you put something really hot in there like cocoa. I got through a lot of that in December when it was very cold here.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Mar 11
Winter hasn't gone on its way here Yet..My car windscreen is still getting frosty at night,and is sometimes still that way in the mornings..the mugs as handwarmers still have their uses yet!
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
13 Mar 11
they are supposed to pick up the cup/mug and if the handle isn't there, pick it up ANYWAY, they aren't HOT! They may well be empty!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I'm on about those who pick the mug/cup up that has a handle but they choose not to use it. Why is that?
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
13 Mar 11
they have to pick it up, they will actually turn the handle away so they don't fumble with it, its all props anyway
• United States
29 Mar 11
blame travel mugs. they're so well insulated you really don't need to use the handle..and people forget using "real" china.of course,some remember real fast when they pick up a hot one..
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
29 Mar 11
I'd never thought about travel mugs. Good point!
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Very interesting discussion, hehe. Just goes to show you, that you can have a discussion about anything. Answer to your question, (inquiring minds want to know). I use the handle, duh thats what it is there for. If you have hot liquids in it and hold it by the sides, its hot-another duh.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 11
Oh well, each to their own.
@Hunter24 (90)
• United States
13 Mar 11
Haha this is an interesting discussion! I don't think I've ever heard anyone talk about this before. I agree though, hardly anybody uses it! But, occasionally I use it if whatever is in the mug is too hot or too cold. So, i guess in a way they can be useful.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Handles there to stop our hands from being scalded and, in the case of mugs..well, they look plain daft without handles on lol.
@AutumnGold (1062)
13 Mar 11
The handle is needed when the drink is very hot, when it cools down it's more comfortable and convenient to hold the actual mug or cup.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I guess I'm old-fashioned because I use the handle all the time..cold or hot.
@maximax8 (28925)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 11
I think that a mug is meant to have handles to appear sweet looking. The same could be said about a cup. I know most people using a mug or a cup hold it and not the handle. I have a mug tree with six mugs hanging on it by their handle. When there is a very hot drink made from boiling water it is sensible to hold the handle. This is for the sake of safety.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
The more this discussion is ongoing the more I've been thinking the same was as you..I often see rows of cups/mugs in Debenhams, etc and think to myself, "Oh, they look nice!" Then I spot how pointy the handles are and walk past them to buy something more sensible lol. I think you're right..some handles are there for aesthetic reasons and I'd not thought about this before I started the discussion. Isn't it strange how we think about things differently from when we started? I've thought about the safety side of things a lot more as well.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
13 Mar 11
I've got to confess that I'm guilty of doing this from time to time. Though it really depends on how hot the contents are. If it's hot, then you have to hold the cup by the handle, but when it's cooled down it's easier to hold the thing by wrapping my mitt around it especially if it's a big mug. I'd not dream of holding one of those dainty tea cups that way though! Not being very dainty myself, I always drink my tea out of a 1/2 pint mug and coffee out of a bigger one. I don't know what it's capacity is as it's an American mug and not of a standard size. It's probably about 3/4 of a pint or maybe a bit less. There's my fathers old pint mug in the kitchen cupboard as well. Wrapping one's hands around it is the safest way to go when it's filled with hot tea! And then there's the pleasure on a cold morning of wrapping your hands around a hot mug to warm them up!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Wow, those are big mugs my friend, no wonder you wrap your hands around them!
• Philippines
13 Mar 11
It's because other people bother holding the handles that's why the manufacturers bother making those.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
That's a very good point!
• China
13 Mar 11
I am certain that the director of soap doesn't use the handle as a rule when he holds a tea or coffee cup .Once one forms a habit ,it comes natural to he.I am sure to use the handle if I do it, lest they slip from my hand,besides the handle isn't the ears of deaf person-ornament(here,it is a saying.).
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
13 Mar 11
I usually hold coffee (not much of a tea drinker) cups by the handle. It's easier to hold. But sometimes I've been known to wrap my hands around the cup...usually when my hands are cold and I'm trying to warm them up. So I do both, but I'm glad they have handles.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Oh yes, warming up the hands..I'm all for that but when people don't hold the handle when their hands aren't cold..it's they who get on my nerves lol.
@gerald_lian (2192)
• Australia
13 Mar 11
Oh well, I guess the handles are there for a reason and it is really up to the person using the cup/mug to use them or not...... Just as an illustration, we know in supermarkets there are trolleys and baskets, but still there are people who walk around the supermarket carrying stuff using their hands and not using any of those amenities provided! But for me, I always use the cup/mug handle regardless of whether I am drinking a hot or cold drink. If someone else chooses not to use the handle, I won't get annoyed because ultimately, that is their choice and if anything happens, that is their problem......
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
It's easier for me to hold the cup by the handle than not. I guess I'm weird that way lol. I reckon it's been a recent thing not holding the handles, especially in soaps which I avoid at all costs unless I'm at Mum's house. If the kids on those shows weren't so lazy the kids watching them wouldn't be either. It's amazing what they pick up..or don't if they're not using the handles!
@Masihi (4227)
• Canada
13 Mar 11
lol, I guess I'm half-strange (perhaps half-annoying to you!) I drink by the handle if my drink is hot, but as my drink cools down I find I'm holding it by the *gulp!* soap star way! They should have handles else we'd burn our hands if they didn't! :-p
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
I find it uncomfortable if I don't use the handle...it has nothing to do with the cup being hot either. It's more awkward for me to hold a cup without using the handle lol. However, I always have cups/mugs with handles that I can actually hold without any trouble as I do know they vary wildly. Some of them are a complete waste of time and are there for "show" in my opinion.
@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
13 Mar 11
haha funny i tried to imagine the same thing.. if i saw some soap stars holding their mugs not at the handle. i myself is sometimes guilty of this, like i hold the mug's body instead of the handle when i give the mug to my mom so she can hold the mug at the handle... well... i guess sometimes its easier to hold in the body than in the handle because some handles are not very comfortable to the fingers, making you feel uneasy really that thhe mug might slip or something like that...
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Do you think the handles are there for "show" to look nice displayed in a shop, maybe? I suppose seeing cups in a row with their cute little handles makes us want to buy them more than cups without. It may be a marketing strategy, who knows? It's just a shame that the handles aren't thought about that well. Personally, I hate those pointy handles..bit of a waste of time if you ask me!
@mrgpk63 (444)
• United States
13 Mar 11
Nope to the Holding of the Mug/Cup Handle Thing on the Television. I just Worry about myself and Those around Me. Not to interested on TV and What Fictional Characters do. The Cup or Mug maybe Empty so it is Grabbed in that Manner on the Tubes Shows that We Watch. Who wants to Burn Their Hands on Something Hot.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
13 Mar 11
Well I think they should pretend the cup is hot even if it isn't..just so they're setting a good example. I know it's only a little thing but if it stops people from burning themselves all well and good.