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Price: $14 list | Available for $51 from Amazon
Pros: Health concious, eco-friendly, durable, stylish, simple design, interchangeable spouts
Cons: Expensive (add $7-$9 for the optional silicone sleeve, which we consider a must), hard-to-read measuring indicators
Bottom line: Functionality combined with the best eco and health conscious options out there, make this bottle a real winner in our opinion.
The Pura Kiki Infant Bottle is one you can hands-down feel good about using with your baby. It is our Top Pick for Green Baby Bottle. They really thought of everything here. The 100% plastic-free feeding system solidly shines on the points that truly matter: health, environment, ease-of-use, ease-of-cleaning, and a modular lid system that is compatible with other popular brand wide-mouth nipples in the event that baby has a strong preference. It will also accommodate a sippy spout when your child is ready to move on. However, be aware of a hidden cost; we feel the optional $7-$9 silicone sleeve is a must, which makes the full list price over $20: the most expensive in our test. That said, we feel that this thoughtful, healthy, and durable bottle will provide you use for many years and is well worth your investment.
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The Pura Kiki Infant Bottle delivers the best in eco-health when it comes to bottle feeding your infant. 100% free of all plastic and much lighter than its glass competitors, Pura is manufactured from safe, anti-bacterial, #304 stainless steel (the same steel used in milk pasteurization to inhibit bacterial growth), is top-rack dishwasher safe, and comes in 5oz and 11oz sizes. Accompanied with a wide neck, slow flow, 100% silicone nipple, Pura bottles are also compatible with many popular wide-neck nipples, like Dr. Brown's and Born Free. Best of all, this bottle converts to a sippy by just changing the nipple to a spout. It is a breeze to clean and assemble with 4 easy fitting parts (including the silicone travel cap). You'll be hard-pressed to find a bottle as sleek, simple, and health-conscious as the Pura.
The Pura Kiki scored very well in our hands-on testing. We felt it actually washed "cleaner" than glass or plastic, with no residue or film left on the inside surface whatsoever. We did not experience any problems with leaking, whether in use or in travel. The soft silicone travel cap is a little tricky to get on just right, but once in place it served it's purpose, and one of our little testers even enjoyed using it as a teether!
No potential for leaching chemicals or heavy metals and no risk of breaking or chipping glass.
The body and neck are fabricated from safe #304 stainless steel, the same kind of steel used in milk pasteurization because of its anti-bacterial qualities. This is a high quality, thicker stainless steel making it less prone to dents, as well as resisting corrosion and staining.
The container has a wide opening and an internal surface that is electropolished with smooth edges, all for easy cleaning.
The fact that it accepts interchangeable, wide-mouth nipples and sippy spouts is a huge plus. One of the pit-falls of the Pura's top competitor in our tests, the Lifefactory Glass, was it's small, narrow nipple. This is not be an issue with the Pura.
The bottles come in your choice of natural stainless steel or painted colors. We recommend using the natural stainless with the optional silicone sleeve rather than a painted bottle. Paint may chip over time, and we much prefer the clean simplicity of natural stainless, combined with the cushy comfort of the silicone sleeve.
While there is much to like about the Pura Kiki, one drawback is its hefty price tag. The 5oz system costs $13.99 and the 11oz $15.99. Unlike Lifefactory's set up, this price does not include the silicone sleeve which is $6.99 and $8.99, respectively. We feel you should consider the combined price of $21 for the 5 oz system with the sleeve, which makes it the most expensive bottle system in our review.
Best Practices For Handling Breast Milk), the bottle could get pretty warm to the touch as well. Always, always check the temperature before giving to baby.
We found the silicone sleeve to be very hard to put on, but once on it can be left on; Pura describes the sleeve as a "semi-permanent" addition. Pura notes that the sleeve is "designed to fit tightly so that it will stay on the bottle even through repeated dishwashing." We'd encourage the folks at Pura to take a close look at the Lifefactory Glass bottle's similar silicone sleeve for inspiration: a) it comes standard with the bottle, not as an optional $7-$9 cost, and b) is much easier to take on/off while still staying tight to the bottle in use.
We also had several problems with the volume measurements being on the inside of the bottle. The 5 oz. bottle only shows the 2 oz. and 3 oz. marks. Their instruction manual shows that 4 oz. would be about where the neck of the bottle starts and 5 oz. should be about where the thread for the cap begins. They do claim that those measures should be "within 10% accurate" but we feel that is a lot when trying to measure formula correctly. Also, since you can't see through the bottle, it also involves taking off the top to see how much your baby has consumed.
Overall, we had a great experience with this bottle. It's eco-health concepts are better than any we've tried, and we feel very little was sacrificed to meet those high health and safety standards. For this, it is our Top Pick for Best Green Baby Bottle. While pricey, we feel both it's durability and ability to convert to a sippy cup makes this a great long-term investment.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD
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