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Klean Kanteen Kid Sports Bottle ReviewPrice: $18.00 List | $16.30 at Amazon - 9% off
Pros: Stainless steel, fits in cup holders, lightweight, easy to drink from
Cons: Not insulated, must touch spout to use, leaks on side
Bottom line: Not a bad lightweight option if you remember to close the sport spout
The Klean Kanteen is a nice stainless steel bottle that has an easy to use sport spout with a great flow rate. This bottle is narrow, easy to hold, and fits in most cup holders. It is an eco-healthy bottle that kids like, has few parts, and is easy to clean. Overall it is a nice bottle that did well in most of our tests, but failed to score well due to the lack of insulation and the need for little hands on the mouthpiece in order to use. This bottle scored 5th place out of 11 in our review and while it did not win an award, we did like it for a non-insulated kid's bottle.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Klean Kanteen Kid Sports Bottle is a 12 ounce stainless steel bottle with a sport top lid. The newer 3.0 lid is a soft silicone spout with 25 % higher flow rate than the previous spout version. It has a loop for easy attachment to backpacks and strollers, and a dust cover to help keep the spout clean. It has a slim design that will fit in most cup holders. The bottle contains no BPA, phthalates, lead, or other toxins. It is made of 18/8 food grade steel that is electropolished, so it doesn't retain or impart flavors. The inside has rounded corners for easy cleaning. The large mouth opening can accommodate ice cubes and the parts are dishwasher safe. The bottles come in a variety of colors, but the painted bottles should be hand-washed for longer cosmetic lifespan.
We liked the eco-health properties of this bottle. It is a recyclable stainless steel that is easy to clean, does not leach chemicals or impart flavor, and is easy to clean. The inside is electropolished to make cleaning a breeze and the
We also liked the easy to use sport spout 3.0 that comes standard on this bottle. While it would have been better if kid's didn't have to touch the spout to open it, it is still an easy to use mouthpiece that has a constant flow rate and requires little sucking to use.
For all the things we liked about this bottle there were probably an equal number of attributes we didn't really care for. While the bottle scored well for leaks upside down, it scored poorly for leaks when tipped on its side. This can be a real deal breaker inside a backpack or diaper bag where the contents of the bottle could ruin the other contents of the bag. This test was done with the lid off and the spout fully open. If the spout is closed properly, and/or the lid is on, this bottle did better in the leak test. However, we feel it is best to test the worst possible case of accidentally left open and shoved in a tight spot.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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