This bottle scored 4th out of 11, which made it a pretty good bottle in our eyes. We liked that it is stainless steel and that Kid Basix does a lot of research about materials and using safe products for kids. We think the silicone sleeve is a nice touch and increased the grip factor for little hands which was a bonus for little hands that might have trouble picking up such a big bottle. While the bottle wasn't insulated, something we do prefer, it is still a nice bottle. If it hadn't lost points for leaking when tipped on its side, it might have won awards and really been a bottle we loved. As it is we like it, and it is a bottle we recommend, it just isn't perfect.
Kid Basix Safe Sporter Review
Pros: Stainless steel, silicone grip sleeve, attached lid, easy to drink from and clean
Cons: Leaked on its side, heavy
Manufacturer: Kid Basix
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kid Basix Safe Sporter is designed for children over 3 years old, and is made with single walled food grade stainless steel. It has a sport top lid, and a mud cap that helps keep the drinking spout clean and stores on the back of the bottle when not in use. The silicone grip band around the middle offers some insulation properties, and helps little hands get a grip on the bottle. The rubberized bottom is good for stability when setting the cup down, and helps it fit well into most cup holders. This bottle holds 16 ounces, has a wide mouth for accommodating ice cubes, and an easy to pull sport spout. This bottle comes in a few different silicone sleeve colors.
This bottle also offered an easy to use spout that comes with an attached lid that helped keep the spout clean when not in use. It would have been better if the spout didn't require touching to use it, but the cap is better than nothing, and we will take what we can get in an imperfect world of bottles. The spout has a relatively easy rate of flow that doesn't require excessive sucking to drink from.
This bottle leaked when tipped on its side. This is a big draw back to the kids water bottles and could result in wet backpack contents or ruined projects. This is less of a factor if the bottle is properly closed and the lid is on, but we sort of feel like the bottles should be able to withstand a fall without giving up their contents so freely. It didn't earn the lowest score in this metric, but it did only come in at 4 of 10 for the sideways test and 8 of 10 overall.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz