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CamelBak eddy Kids Review

Although it requires an extra minute to clean and assemble, this attractive plastic water bottle is worth considering if weight matters
CamelBak eddy Kids
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Price:   $14 List | $13.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, easy to flip and drink, adorable graphics
Cons:  Material, non-insulated, multiple parts to clean
Manufacturer:   CamelBak
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 5
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The Skinny

The CamelBak eddy Kids is designed for children 3 years of age and up, and with an array of eye-catching colors and designs to select from, we are sure there's one that appeals to your child. The CamelBak is lightweight and exhibits exceptional leak-proof capabilities when the bite valve is folded, making it suitable for your child's backpack or lunchbox. Overall, this water bottle is not eco-healthy as it is mostly plastic, except for its silicone bite valve, and the lack of insulation may not appeal to everyone. But, if weight is of importance, and you don't mind plastic, you may be satisfied with this kid-friendly water bottle.

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Pros Lightweight, easy to flip and drink, adorable graphicsSlender design, user-friendly straw accessLightweight, minimal parts to clean, bike-friendlyInexpensive, lightweight, minimal parts to cleanLeak-proof/spill-proof, lightweight
Cons Material, non-insulated, multiple parts to cleanParts can wear out, multiple parts makes hand-washing more involvedPlasticChallenge to replace silicone mouthpiece inside lidChallenging button, durability
Bottom Line Although it requires an extra minute to clean and assemble, this attractive plastic water bottle is worth considering if weight mattersA double-walled steel insulated bottle with a sleek design and convenienceA plastic option that is lightweight and ready for biking cupholders, but the plastic body gives us pauseAlthough this plastic option has an attractive price, the challenging mouthpiece attachment is not worth the savingsA lightweight plastic bottle with a lid designed to prevent leaks and spills but requires more coordination than the competition
Rating Categories CamelBak eddy Kids Thermos FUNtainer S... Polar Bottle Sport... Pogo Plastic Water... Contigo AUTOSEAL Tr...
Ease Of Use (40%)
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Specs CamelBak eddy Kids Thermos FUNtainer S... Polar Bottle Sport... Pogo Plastic Water... Contigo AUTOSEAL Tr...
Material Plastic Stainless Steel Plastic Plastic Plastic
Volume Tested 12 oz 12 oz 20 oz 18 oz 14 oz
Empty Weight 0.3 lbs 0.5 lbs 0.3 lbs 0.3 lbs 0.2 lbs
Insulation No Double-Wall Vacuum Insulated Heat Reflective Technology No No
Sleeve No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Fueled by the idea of creating hands-free hydration, CamelBak came into fruition in 1989 and has grown into a manufacturer of various drinkware styles and sizes to meet the needs of everyday life and sport and outdoor enthusiasts.

Performance Comparison


Besides being lightweight and essentially spill-proof, we appreciate...
Besides being lightweight and essentially spill-proof, we appreciate that the bottle is clear, making it easier to assess how much liquid your little one is drinking.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


This water bottle is likable for multiple reasons. It is lightweight compared to insulated steel options, making it easy for little ones to lift, carry, and transport, even when full. It has a nice loop for attaching to backpacks and strollers, plus we believe it easily fits in hiking backpacks, school bags, or a lunch box.

It is easy to use, and the bite valve allows easy sucking at a regular flow rate. This valve is removable for cleaning, and the valve folds in on itself to keep it free of debris. When in this position, we think the water bottle is pretty much spill-proof.

We also appreciate that the bottle is translucent, making it easier for parents to assess how much liquid is left inside. While we recognize this is an attribute related to being plastic and that we don't like plastic in general, it is at least the brighter side of using plastic in kids' drinkware.

The loveable designs on the CamelBak eddy Kids may appeal to your...
The loveable designs on the CamelBak eddy Kids may appeal to your child, and there are various colors and patterns to choose from.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


One of our biggest dislikes of this bottle is that it is mostly plastic, except for the silicone bite valve. The material is BPA-free, but we consider plastic less desirable than other materials, like stainless steel, given the potential concerns regarding plastic leaching chemicals.

You will need a straw brush to effectively clean the bottle's multiple parts (valve, straw, lid, etc.), and it takes an extra minute to assemble and disassemble. However, considering this product is decently leak-proof, we think the extra steps are a good trade-off.

Also, the bottle is not insulated. While insulation isn't necessary, it is a nice feature, especially for those who prefer to hydrate with cold liquids.

With a silicone bite valve, a child can chew through this mouthpiece, causing breaks. We encourage parents to keep an eye out for valve damage and replace it when necessary. And, if you know your child is a chewer, this may not be a water bottle for you.

The water bottle sports a nice loop for attaching to backpacks and...
The water bottle sports a nice loop for attaching to backpacks and strollers, plus it makes it easy to carry.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


While this water bottle is mostly plastic, it lacks insulation, and it has a few parts to assemble and dissemble. Yet, it is lightweight, easy to drink from, and mostly leak-proof, which are good attributes in a kid's water bottle, and may appeal to families who seek a water bottle for backpacks, lunch bags, and travel.

Juliet Spurrier, MD, Wendy Schmitz & Molly Bradac