Evenflo Vented + Glass Review
Pros: Glass, Affordable, Easy to Use
Cons: Not as Strong as Borosilicate Glass, Narrow Mouth, No Sleeve
Our Analysis and Test Results
Evenflo Inc. was started back in 1995 and is perhaps best known for its car seats and strollers, although they make a wide range of baby products, including bottles. The Vented + Glass bottle is a classic and made it into our review, earning a Best Value award for it's combined practicality and affordability.
Our favorite part of this Evenflo bottle is the glass body, which is a healthy material you can feel good about while feeding baby. It is easy to clean and will not retain any odors or discolor. The nipple has a single vent that works well to funnel air into the bottle, relieving the pressure that could cause nipple collapse and allowing milk to flow freely from the nipple opening. Some parents also find that the funky twisted shape of the body makes it easier to keep a firm grip.
With a total of three parts, it is a breeze to clean, although you will need a bottle brush to fit in the narrow opening. We did not experience any leaks from this bottle, but the nipple cover fits on tightly with a satisfying snap to let you know it's secure. If, by chance, there are any leaks, we feel confident they won't make it past the cap.
When looking at the price per bottle, the Vented + Glass is the most inexpensive bottle in the roundup. This price break is potentially the most attractive thing about this bottle for the budget-minded parent, possibly making up for the increased chance of breakage.
Even though we like the material, it is only tempered glass, which is much weaker than the borosilicate type found in the other glass bottles we reviewed. So, while it is stronger than your average water glass, it is still more prone to breakage than other glass bottles and should be handled with care. There is also no sleeve for this bottle (even as an accessory), removing any opportunity for extra protection. The silicone and plastic components reflect the price, and users report that it does not take long for them to discolor or warp. However, replacement parts are readily available and not very expensive.
The nipple on the Evenflo has a narrow mound, which our tiny tester didn't mind but is something to consider for breastfed babies. It is not as breastlike as a bottle with a wide nipple mound, and some babies may struggle with the shape. The narrow mouth opening also means that a bottle brush is necessary, and transferring liquids could be tricky.
The nipple cover is extra tight, which is useful when you want to catch leaks, but it is so tight that you may end up unscrewing the nipple by accident, so you need to double-check before feeding to avoid any spills. Last, the volume markings are raised glass numbers on the exterior of the bottle, which can be challenging to read, especially in low light.
The Evenflo Vented + Glass is a bottle that checks all the necessary boxes without adding any of the complicated features that many bottles have. We appreciate that there is a glass bottle available for parents who want to make better health and environmental decisions but would also like to stay on budget. Although it is more fragile, we think that with a little extra caution, this can be a great bottle that could last for years.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD, Abriah Wofford