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Pura Kiki Toddler Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $18.00 List | $19.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Healthy, eco-friendly, durable, simple design, easy to clean, interchangeable spouts
Cons:  Expensive, some leaks
Bottom line:  Our favorite: well-liked by little ones, functional, healthy materials, and a breeze to clean
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Manufacturer:   Pura

The Skinny

The Pura Kiki Toddler Sippy cup is hands down our favorite. Pura really has thought of everything here. The 100% plastic-free cup solidly shines on the points that truly matter: health, environment, ease-of-use, ease-of-cleaning, and a modular lid system that is compatible with other lids in the Pura line, which makes them versatile as your child grows. To convert the 11 oz bottle to a sippy on Amazon, however, you must purchase the Pura Kiki XL Sipper Spout separately, though you can buy it with the XL spout from Pura directly for $18. The Pura Kiki Tall Silicone Sleeve, which we feel is a must for little hands, softer landings, and dent prevention, can be purchased in diferent colors. Though this sippy is one of the most expensive ones in our test, we feel that it retains its value excellently and is well worth the upfront investment.

Update — September 2016
Pura has made a few changes to their toddler cups. Read on below for more info.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Wednesday
September 14, 2016

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Old Pura Kiki Toddler Bottle vs. New Pura Kiki


Pura has made some small changes to all the bottles in the Kiki line. They still only use medical grade silicone and stainless steel, keeping them 100% plastic free, but the bottles are now unpainted, leaving plain stainless steel as the only color option. This change makes all components of the bottle dishwasher safe and will prevent any issues with chipping paint. The silicone sleeve has also changed. It now only wraps around the sides of the bottle, leaving the bottom exposed. The price of the 11 oz toddler bottle has gone up to $18, but the recommended silicone sleeve is now included, so we're not complaining. Below you can see the new Pura Kiki Toddler on the left and the older version on the right.
Pura Kiki Toddler with silicone XL Sipper Spout. This won our Editors' Choice Award for Toddler Sippy. It is easy to use  clean  and drink from...all without plastic. It also comes with a silicone cap and has accessory silicone caps.
 

Hands on Review


The Pura Kiki Toddler sippy delivers the best in eco-health when it comes to sippy cups. 100% free of plastic, and much lighter than much of the competition in non-plastic cups, Pura is manufactured from safe, anti-bacterial, #304 stainless steel. This cup is a breeze to clean and assemble, with 4 easy fitting parts (including the silicone travel cap). You'll be hard-pressed to find a bottle as sleek, simple, and health-conscious as the Pura. The Pura Kiki had the highest overall score in our in-house testing, which helped it earn the coveted Editors' Choice award.

Likes


Simple design  with eco-healthy materials
Simple design, with eco-healthy materials
There is much to like about the Pura Kiki. First, there is NO PLASTIC. The stainless steel construction is a refreshing change from most of the other cups on the market. The Pura has a modern, sleek design that is as utilitarian and safe, as it is simple and sized to fit in just about any cup holder on the planet.

This cup scored well in the ease of cleaning category with a high of 8 of 10. We felt it washed "cleaner" than glass or plastic, leaving no residue or film on the inside surface. The cup has only a few parts, and they are easy and intuitive to assemble and take apart, something not all the cups we tested could boast. It has a wide opening (perfect fit for bottle brushes), and an internal surface that is electropolished for easy cleaning.

Soft silicone spout with integrated valve
We also liked that this cup rarely leaked, and most of the drips seemed to be residual liquid left in the spout from the last sip, not actual leaking from the inner contents. It scored a 9 of 10 for leaks. While not included in the score, this cup does come with a silicone cap that if used prevented all leaks from happening. The soft silicone cap is a little tricky to get on, but once in place, it worked well and did the trick, though it is separate and may not be handy when you need it.

The cup is made from safe #304 stainless steel; this type of steel is used in the pasteurization of milk because of its anti-bacterial qualities. It is a high quality, thicker steel, that is resistant to dents, corrosion, and staining. Stainless Steel has no potential for leaching chemicals or heavy metals (like plastic), and no risk of breaking or chipping glass. The stainless components are covered under a lifetime warranty.
Stainless Steel body with silicone sleeve and spout
Stainless Steel body with silicone sleeve and spout
We like that the cups that come in natural stainless steel, or a variety of painted colors to choose from. We suggest the natural stainless with the optional silicone sleeve, instead of the painted cup. Paint may chip or scratch over time, and we prefer the clean simplicity of natural stainless, combined with the comfort of the silicone sleeve.

In addition, this system functions with many other manufacturer's nipples and spouts, so if your child has a strong preference, there are other options. Pura has listed on their website that their system works with the following:
  • Pura Original and Natural Vent Nipples in Slow, Medium, Fast, & Y-Cut Flow Rates
  • Pura Original & XL Sipper Silicone Spouts
  • Avent Silicone Spouts
  • ThinkBaby Nipples
  • Born Free Nipples
  • Dr Brown's Wide Neck Nipples
  • Pigeon Silicone Nipples
  • MAM Nipples

Dislikes


While there is much to like about the Pura Kiki, one drawback is its hefty price tag. It was the most expensive sippy we tested, and unlike Lifefactory's set up, its price does not include the silicone sleeve. We feel you should consider the combined price for the 11 oz system with the sleeve.

The silicone sleeve is sold separately  but we feel it is a necessity
The silicone sleeve is sold separately, but we feel it is a necessity
We feel that the silicone sleeve is a must-have addition. Not only does it lend a more comfortable in-hand feel for parent and toddler, but these bottles are so sensitive to temperature that a cold bottle feels really cold, and a hot bottle can be hard to touch without the sleeve. As always, always check the temperature of cup contents before giving to your child.

We thought the silicone sleeve was very hard to put on, but once on it can be left on; Pura described the sleeve as a "semi-permanent" addition. Pura says the sleeve is "designed to fit tightly so that it will stay on the bottle even through repeated dishwashing." We'd like the sleeve to be easier to take on and off, and it would be great if it came standard with the bottle instead of as an option. Lifefactory Glass bottle has a similar silicone sleeve for that comes standard with the bottle, and is significantly easier to take on/off.

We also didn't like the volume measurements on the inside of the bottle. The measurement markings do not have very many hash marks for varying amounts, and because you can't see through the cup, you have to take the lid off to see how much is still inside. But, at least it has some marks, which is something no other steel cup we tested offered at all

Conclusion


Overall, we really liked this cup, and were impressed by its thoughtful simple design. This sippy has become the preferred go-to sippy for our editors. While we have had moments where we wish it had the Thermos Foogo Phase 3 ability to lock the lid closed, or provide insulation, more often than not, the sippy we reach for is the Pura Kiki.
This cup was easy to hold with a grippy silicone sleeve
This cup was easy to hold with a grippy silicone sleeve
It's eco-health concepts are better than anything else we've tested so far, and we feel very little was sacrificed to meet the high health and safety standards. While more expensive than the other cups we tested, we feel both it's durability and interchangeable mouthpieces makes this a great long-term investment that families can use for years to come.

Other Versions and Accessories


Pura also makes a 5 oz version of this bottle which was included in our Baby Bottle Review. All Pura Kiki lids and toppers are interchangeable between bottle sizes, making them much more versatile than the average bottle or sippy.
  • The Pura Kiki Silicone Sealing Disks come in a three pack for $6, increases the bottles versatility and allows it to be used for breast milk storage, kids water bottles, as well as a snack container.
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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