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Pura Kiki Infant Review

   
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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: March 28, 2014
Price:  $14 list | Available for $8 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.
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Manufacturer:   Pura
Review by: ⋅ Mom-in-Chief, BabyGearLab ⋅ December 26, 2012  
Bottom Line
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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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

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!

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Using the soft silicone cap from the Pura Kiki as a teether. It's virtually indestructible!
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
There is much to like about the Pura Kiki. First at foremost, there is NO PLASTIC. The stainless steel construction is a refreshing change from all of that plastic out there! The Pura's modern, sleek design is utilitarian yet safe.

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.

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Pura Kiki nipple in the stainless steel screw-top. This is the first and only bottle we've come across that uses a worry-free material here. Most are plastic.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
The stainless components are covered under a lifetime warranty.

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.

Dislikes
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.

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The Pura system is available in 5oz and 11oz sizes. Though the Pura silicone sleeves (sold separately) take a bit of muscle to get onto the containers, they work great for slippery hands and in helping cushion falls. The silicone sleeves come in 4 vibrant colors.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
The stainless steel gives these bottles a sleek, modern appearance, but we do feel that the addition of the silicone sleeve is a must-have addition. Not only does it lend a more comfortable in-hand feel for parent and baby, but these bottles are so conductive to temperature that a cold bottle feels really cold, and, although they shouldn't be exposed to temperatures higher than 50C (see our article, 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.

Conclusion
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.
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Self feeding with the Pura Kiki.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis

Juliet Spurrier, MD

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Most recent user review: March 28, 2014
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   Mar 28, 2014 - 08:08pm
I bought two of the 11oz bottles three years ago when my little girl was about 10 months old. I got one natural stainless and one painted,both with sleeves. They have been used as bottles with various teats,[mainly mam,but the ones that came with then are good to] ,sippy cups,with avent spouts and the pura spouts, and now are used as water bottles with the addition of the silicone sealing disks the company have brought out. They are still in exellent codition. The painted one still looks new when the cover is taken off. The natural stainless has a few rusted spots where its been scrubbed so i would sugest the painted with the cover. The rings have a couple of small dents from being dropped but still work perfect. I never used the travel cover,i would have prefered one that "snapped" on and off. Otherwise they were my best baby investment and would be fine to use if i ever have another. In the meantime they are great little water bottles. A sports type pop-top lid would be a perfect addition to the range!!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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The 5oz Pura Kiki is a 100% plastic-free feeding system for your infant that converts easily into a sippy with the change of just a spout.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
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