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Playtex Playtime Insulated Spout Cup Review

Affordable but difficult drinking and leaks. A downgrade from well-liked older version.
Playtex Playtime Insulated Spout Cup
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Price:   $9.00 List | $3.62 each (in 2-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Slim design for cup holders, easy to clean, insulated
Cons:  New design is difficult to suck from, leaks easily, harder to hold
Manufacturer:   Playtex
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 4, 2014
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SCORE
  • Leakage - 35% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 8
  • Eco-Health - 20% 4

The Skinny

The Playtex Playtime Insulated Spout Cup scored a 66 out of 100 in our tests, which put it firmly in the yawn category at 12th place out of 21 cups. While the cup did well in the leakage category, and the ease of cleaning metric, it really didn't impress in the ease of use category; a metric we feel is pretty important. Given that the cup was more difficult to drink from in our tests than most of the other cups we tested, coupled with an unimpressive eco-health score, it just wasn't cup we would recommend, or could get too jazzed about.

Update — January 2017
Playtex has updated their line of sippy cups and changed the name to the Sipsters line. All cups included in the line are sorted by stage. The main functional difference in the new cups is that all lids and cups are now interchangeable. The Playtime Insulated Spout Cup is now the Sipsters Stage 3 Spout Cup.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Playtime Insulated Spout Cup is a BPA-free plastic cup that offers "twist and click" technology to ensure a leak-proof closure, and it keeps contents cooler twice as long by being insulated. The cup claims to be spill-proof, leak-proof, and unbreakable. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns (including popular trademarked Disney Favorites), and is widely available in stores and online.

Performance Comparison


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

Likes


This cup did well in the leakage category with a score of 9 of 10. The cup earned a perfect score for the sideways test, but let a few drops loose when turned upside down and shaken. However, this was minimal, not a deal breaker in our book, and
The new Playtex valve type
The new Playtex valve type
still an impressive score. In essence, it proves the cup does what a sippy cup should do, not leak.

This cup also scored well for ease of cleaning. We liked the limited number of parts, and how easy they were to take apart and reassemble. The cup was easy to clean, and required no special tools beyond a basic bottle brush, which is a plus. The cup is rated as top rack dishwasher safe, but we like to handwash all plastic parts to avoid possible plastic degradation from heat exposure, like that found in dishwashers, microwaves, and hot cars. The process to hand clean was simple and straight forward taking very little time from start to finish.

Dislikes


This photo shows the new valve version (left) next to the old version (right)  the new valve was significantly harder to use in our tests
This photo shows the new valve version (left) next to the old version (right), the new valve was significantly harder to use in our tests
We didn't like the drinking valve in this cup. The valve was harder to drink from than the other cups we tested, which resulted in a lower ease of use score. The ease of sucking was significantly more difficult than the previous version of this cup that had the old style valve. We also feel that the difficulty of sucking indicates a cup that valve that does not come close to meeting the American Dental Association's suggestion that children use no valve cups to avoid excessive sucking for better oral hygiene. In addition, the spout itself is a hard, inflexible plastic that could potentially injure a moving child that falls using the cup. While we recognize this is not how a child should use a sippy cup, we also know it happens, and want parents to be aware of the potential.

We weren't big fans of this cups body style ether. While it was a slim, tall cup that would likely fit in most cup holders, it was also fairly slick and smooth, which made holding it more difficult than the other cups we tested, and it could potentially be even harder if it was wet. Many of the toddler sippy cups don't have handles like the transistion cups, so that wasn't a surprise, but it would have been nice if the cup had some kind of grip texture or contour shape to compensate, or assist little hands with gripping.

Conclusion


This cup was unimpressive. It was hard to drink from with the new valve, and
This uninspired toddler sippy cup had a hard spout  which is generally a spout type more likely to cause injury if used incorrectly
This uninspired toddler sippy cup had a hard spout, which is generally a spout type more likely to cause injury if used incorrectly
the body design was hard to hold. While it did okay concerning leaks, it wasn't stellar and did drip when upside down. We did like that it was insulated, but the insulation wasn't as good as some of the other cups in this review, and the cup scored poorly on eco-health because it was made of plastic. In general, it just wasn't a cup to rave about. It held liquid, it was drinkable to an extent, and it kept things cooler. Other than that it didn't score as well as many of the other cups. Plus, it was a cup that was more expensive than many of the other cups we tested, but failed to earn enough points overall to justify the added cost. This is not a cup we recommend.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz