This bottle is the top scoring bottle in our review, by a fairly wide gap. It has so many wonderful attributes and features to go with exceptional performance that it is hard to find fault with such a thoughtful design and execution. This stainless steel bottle is insulated, easy to clean, durable, and leak proof. The drinking spout is cup like compared to the others in our review, and while the button mechanism is somewhat difficult to use for younger children, it is a unique concept and works well once mastered. This bottle won our Editors' Choice award and is definitely a bottle we recommend.
Contigo AUTOSEAL Kids Scout Review
Pros: Stainless steel, insulated, leak-proof
Cons: Heavier, push button hard to use for younger children
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Contigo Auto Seal Kids Scout bottle is a 12 ounce insulated bottle made out of stainless steel. It is a vacuum insulated bottle that can keep drinks cold for up to 7 hours. The bottle is easy to grip, is made with BPA free materials, phthalates and PVC free. It features a one touch lid that automatically seals between sips for an easy leak free drinking bottle; just press the button to sip, release to seal the lid closed. This bottle and parts are top rack dishwasher safe, and it sports a non-skid bottom pad for added table top stability. This bottle is for children age 4 years and older.
This bottle has a nice contoured design that makes it easy for children to grip and hold. While it might be on the heavy side, it has a shape that fits in little hands and cup holders. While the push button mechanism is a little difficult for younger children to master, the drinking spout is easy to drink from and has a nice flow rate. The cup like edge of the lid is a great alternative to the hard spout bottles and some little testers liked the grown up feeling of drinking from a more cup like edge.
The design is easy to clean and assemble with only a few parts to take apart which takes only seconds to accomplish (something not shared by all the bottles we looked at). It doesn't require a special straw brush to clean properly, but a bottle brush will certainly make the job easier. This bottle scored higher than any of the competition for ease of cleaning and it was easier to take apart than any other bottle we looked at.
Thermos Foogo scored a 79 for second place. We loved just about everything about this bottle from the materials used to make it to the fun drinking leak-proof mouthpiece. It is easy to assemble, clean, and carry. If we had to change this bottle it would only be an easier to push button, and possibly an additional carry loop. In spite of these little adjustments, we think this bottle is about as close to perfect as a bottle can be.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz