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Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 Review

Unique design with both straw and sippy options but too many pieces to clean
Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2
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Price:   $16.00 List | $15.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Stainless steel, easy to hold, versatile drinking options
Cons:  Harder to clean, easy to lose parts
Manufacturer:   Kid Basix
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 4, 2014
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  • Leakage - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 6
  • Eco-Health - 20% 8

The Skinny

This cup ranked 10 out of 21 cups tested. It rode the middle of the line in most categories proving to be unremarkable, and yet adequate at just about everything. This wasn't a cup we absolutely loved, but there really was nothing wrong with it either. It received good marks for leakage, though the valve option was better at this than the straw, it was easy to use, and fairly easy to clean. Given its steel construction, it also did well in eco-health. The variable parts, and sheer number of them cost it some points, but if you are into variety and options, it might be a good cup for you. In the end it didn't break the top five, so it isn't necessarily a cup we recommend, but it isn't one we would suggest not buying either.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 is a versatile Sippy cup for toddlers with a body made out of food grade stainless steel. The cup offers two different methods of drinking, including a regular silicone no-leak valve, and a straw option. It also comes with a travel plug, and what they call a dust cap to keep debris off the drinking spout. It has a rubber sleeve that offers some insulation to cold liquids, and increases the grip factor of the cup. It has two removable handles, so children can choose between handle grip or holding the cup body. It is non-leaching, antimicrobial, and dishwasher safe. The cup comes in one color, and is available in some stores and online.

Performance Comparison


A variety of Toddler Sippy Cups
A variety of Toddler Sippy Cups

Likes


This cup had an interesting hour glass shape, that allowed little hands to either grip the body or the handles. The cup offered many varieties
This cup had lots of parts to keep track of and clean  but the parts also meant this cup was more versatile than most of the cups we reviewed
This cup had lots of parts to keep track of and clean, but the parts also meant this cup was more versatile than most of the cups we reviewed
so that at least one will appeal to most kids. We liked that the cup had various options for holding, and for drinking, even if the straw drinking option wasn't as leak proof as the valve.

The body had a nice feel to it when held in hand, with soft rubber and nubs to aid in the grip factor. The insulation properties of the rubber was nice too, and while we wouldn't call it a truly insulated cup, it did tend to keep things cooler longer than the average cup.

The cup scored well in the eco-health metric, earning points for being made primarily of stainless steel, and for having a silicone valve. We felt the stainless steel, and glass cups like the Pura Kiki Toddler and Lifefactory Glass Sippy, offered more for health than their plastic counter parts. Given
Most toddlers found this cup easy to hold
Most toddlers found this cup easy to hold
that some plastics can potentially leach chemicals into their contents, we felt it was more cautious to use a cup that had inert materials.

This cup was also easy to use. The spout was angled and mouth friendly, while the sippy valve and straw were easy to drink from. It lost some points for being heavier than many for the other cups in our tests, but it gained some back for being easy to grip. This cup also did well for having a straw option which was a preferred spout type by the American Dental Association because it means that liquids may pass by teeth, and in general they require less sucking power which the ADA feels might contribute to better oral hygiene.

Dislikes


There were really only a couple of things we didn't like about this cup. While having a variety of options can be a good thing, the number of parts was somewhat overwhelming, and frankly hard to keep track of in most kitchens. The different inserts for straw, valve, or plug, were easy to use, but having them handy when we wanted them proved more difficult. A simpler system might have been better, even if it meant forgoing the extra options. However, we imagine most kids will pick a favorite and stick with it, making the other inserts unnecessary anyway.
This cup advertises itself as a safe alternative to plastic
This cup advertises itself as a safe alternative to plastic
This cup was not as easy to clean as other cups in the review. Because of the different valve, and the straw options, it required the necessity of extra cleaning tools to ensure that the cup, and all its parts, were properly clean. Sure it is just one extra brush, but that is one more than several of the cups that ranked higher like the stainless steel Pura Kiki Toddler that had fewer parts, and required less maintenance.

Conclusion


This cup was a perfectly adequate cup when it came to doing the job of a sippy. It was easy to drink from, simple to use, and good for little hands to grab. It had several variations, so there was something for everyone to ensure that most kids would be happy with the cup. However, it was the versatility that also made this cup somewhat overwhelming, and it was easy to misplace parts, which in the end might mean you have no parts left to use the cup properly. If it had been more simplistic, like the Pura Kiki Toddler or Lifefactory Glass Sippy, it might have faired better overall and managed to rank higher than tenth place. It is not a cup we recommend, but we also don't think you'll be unhappy with should you do so anyway.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz