CamelBak eddy Kids Review
Pros: Lightweight, leak-proof, easy to use
Cons: Plastic, not insulated, multiple parts
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.
We like this water bottle 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.
The bite valve allows easy sucking and at a regular flow rate. This valve is removable for easier cleaning. The valve folds in on itself to keep it free of debris, and when in this position, we think the water bottle is pretty much spill-proof.
We also appreciate this bottle for being 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.
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.
The bottle requires a straw brush to effectively clean, and it has a few pieces (valve, straw, cap, etc.) to assemble and disassemble when cleaning. However, considering this product is decently leak-proof, we think the extra steps is 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. In our opinion, if you know your child is chewer, this may not be a water bottle for you.
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