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NUK Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout Review

NUK Gerber Graduates Fun Grips
Price:   $4.10 List | $4.74 each (in 2-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, easy to clean, nice hourglass design
Cons:  Leaked more than average, plastic
Bottom line:  Not a bad cup, but it did leak more than other cups we tested
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Manufacturer Age Recommendation:  12 months+
Available Capacities (ounces):  10 oz
Empty Weight (ounces):  2.3 oz
Manufacturer:   NUK

The Skinny

The NUK Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout is an economical cup, that scored well in our tests. It earned a 70 out of 100 overall which was above average, but not enough to make it into the big leagues. Seven cups scored higher than it did, with 3 of them being plastic. This cup's primary lack of points were due to the eco-health score, and the excessive leaking in our tests when tipped upside down. Given that a sippy should be leak-proof by definition, it really cost this cup to have so much fluid escaping during our leakage test. Sure the cup may have done well on its side, but it failed to perform once tipped all the way. So while we liked many things about this cup, including its price and ease of use, it is not a cup we can really recommend.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
March 4, 2014

The Nuk Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout cup is a BPA-free plastic cup made by NUK. It has a soft spout, textured hour glass shape, and is dishwasher top rack safe. The cup boasts something they call "seal zone" technology closing system, and comes with a leak-proof, spill-proof, break-proof guarantee. This economical cup comes in three different colors, and is widely available in stores and online.

Performance Comparison

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


We liked the hourglass design and textured feel of this cup. It was easy to hold, and grip for long periods of time, without being heavy or strangely shaped so that it wouldn't fit in a cup holder. This cup scored extremely well in the ease of use department by being lightweight, easy to hold, and incredibly easy to drink from. It scored a 9 of 10 overall in this metric, which was the highest ranking cup in our tests for this category. It also earned points given the lack of required sucking it took to use the cup properly. Given the ADA's preference for a valve free cup to aid in better oral hygiene, cups that required little to no sucking earned better scores for health considerations since they aligned with the ADA recommendation.

Few parts made this cup a breeze to clean  even by hand
Few parts made this cup a breeze to clean, even by hand
This cup was easy to drink from, and did not suffer from the valve problems of some of the other cups we tested, that almost stubbornly refused to give up liquid; like the Eco Vessel Stainless Steel Insulated, which was the lowested scoring cup in this metric.

This cup also did well in the ease of cleaning category. It had few parts, they were easy to assemble, and it required no special tools to clean properly. While it is dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing all plastic cups to avoid any possibility of potential plastic degradation that can occur when some plastics are exposed to heat sources like dishwashers, microwaves, and hot cars.


This cup lost most of its points in our leak tests. It scored below average for the upside down test, with only two cups scoring lower, the EIO and the Philips AVENT Natural Drinking Cup. The Nuk did do well in the sideways
Leaking cups can be fun for toddlers
Leaking cups can be fun for toddlers
test however, but it just wasn't enough to save the cup from plunging in the ranks, after its fluid releasing upside down leak results.

This cup also scored poorly in the eco-health metric. Given that all the components of this cup were made of plastic, it did not do well in our tests which favored cups made with inert materials like glass and stainless steel. In general, we prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to using plastics with toddlers. In our opinion, if you are in doubt over what something is made of, it is better to steer clear when possible. This feeling did not pertain specifically to this cup, but all plastic cups in general.


There really was much to like about this cup, and it did do well overall compared to the other cups we tested. If you don't mind some leaking, or the use of plastic, it was one of the cheaper cups we tested which meant it had an economical edge over much of the competition. However, if you plan to use the cup with milks or juices, we think the excessive, higher than average, leaking we found in our tests will end up being a deal breaker for most parents. Therefore, it is not a cup we recommend.
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

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