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Klean Kanteen Kid Kanteen ReviewPrice: $18.00 List | $15.90 at Amazon - 12% off
Pros: Eco-healthy, easy to use and clean, few leaks, durable
Cons: Heavy, painted versions chip easily, no sleeve accessory, expensive
Bottom line: Heavy but well-liked by kids. Hand-wash painted versions to avoid chipping.
The Kleen Kanteen ranked number 6 out of 21 cups we tested. It offered a hardy stainless steel body, with a hard plastic spout and silicone valve; which helped it earn a 8 out of 10 in the eco-health category. The cup did well in our leakage tests, but only came in average for ease of use overall. We liked many things about this cup, but honestly we were hoping it would do better in our tests. While it was easy to clean and failed to leak, it didn't score better due to its heavier than average weight, and lack of grip assistance design. So, while it might not have been able to crack the top 5 cups in our tests, or win any awards, it was a cup we liked and felt had potential. We may not recommend you rush out and buy it, given its higher than average price tag, but you would probably be pleased if you did.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Kleen Kanteen Sippy Cup for Toddlers is made of 18/8, food-grade stainless steel that has been electropolished, so it does not retain odors or impart flavors. It is made with only rounded corners, and a removable valve for easy cleaning.
The Kleen Kanteen has a no nonsense style that forgoes all the frills and additions that a lot of other cups we tested had. This cup has a narrow design that allows it to fit easily in most cup holders. The cup has few parts, is easy to take apart and reassemble, and it doesn't take any special tools to clean it besides a basic bottle brush.
We also like this cup for eco-health. Not only was the stainless steel body construction great for kids health by avoiding any possibly leaching chemicals or lead, but it is also is made form recycled materials, can be recycled, and is manufactured by a Certified B Corporation, which means it :
"meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency"
This cup was easier to drink from than many of it's competitors and that gave it slightly better marks for aligning with the American Dental Association's recommendation for a valve free cup. If less sucking is required, then there is a better chance of good oral hygiene.
Kanteen is heavier than many of the cups we tested, but there were cups that scored lower for weighing more, like the Eco Vessel Stainless Steel and Lifefactory Glass Sippy. However, the heavier weight was expected given the stainless steel construction, and it was still lighter than our Editors' Choice winner the Pura Kiki Toddler. However, unlike the aforementioned cups, this cup did not offer any additions that made the cup easier to hold like a silicone sleeve, or handles. So it lost points for being heavy, and hard to grip.
Thermos Foogo Phase 3 Insulated, both award winners in our sippy cup testing.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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