Pura Kiki Vacuum Insulated Toddler with Sleeve Review
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|Pros||Leak-proof, healthy, eco-friendly, durable, easy to clean, spout variety||Stainless steel, insulated, cup-like edge, no plastic contact with contents||Stainless steel body, insulated, attached lid, silicone straw||Insulated, lightweight, kid-friendly graphics||Soft silicone spout, nice handles, totally leak-proof|
|Cons||Expensive, hard to put on sleeve||Handwash leakproof top, might lose hard lid cover||Some leaking, fairly heavy, requires a straw brush to clean||Plastic, the valve needs special cleaning, hard spout||Made of plastic, difficult to drink from|
|Bottom Line||Our favorite sippy cup is well-liked, functional, uses healthy materials, and is a breeze to clean||A stainless steel sippy that is simple to assemble, leak-proof, and provides a cup-like experience that prepares little ones to use actual cups||A well-rounded sippy cup with attractive features, like insulation, a stainless steel body, and silicone straw, and it's leak-proof when the lid is closed||A budget-friendly, lightweight, and insulated plastic sippy cup with a hard spout||Interesting handle design that is easy to clean but hard to drink from|
|Rating Categories||Pura Kiki Vacuum In...||Munchkin Miracle 36...||Thermos FUNtainer||Tommee Tippee Insul...||NUK Learner|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (20%)|
|Specs||Pura Kiki Vacuum In...||Munchkin Miracle 36...||Thermos FUNtainer||Tommee Tippee Insul...||NUK Learner|
|Manufacturer Age Recommendation||6 months+||6 months+||Not specified||12 months+||6 months+|
|Available Capacities (ounces)||5, 9, & 11 oz||10 oz||12 & 16 oz||12 oz||5 & 10 oz|
|Volume Markings||Yes, Internal||No||No||No||No|
|Drinking Mechanism||Soft Spout||Soft Silicone Edge||Soft Silicone Straw||Hard Spout||Soft Spout|
|Insulated? Manufacturer Specification||Yes||Yes
|Top-Rack Dishwasher Safe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Body Materials||Stainless Steel
|Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Polypropylene Plastic||Tritan Plastic|
|Origin of Manufacture||China||China||China||China||USA & Germany|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Pura started in 2008 with the idea of producing an eco-healthy reusable bottle that was safe for little ones and less wasteful for the environment. After some blowback from naysayers who didn't share Pura's vision, the company persisted in making a bottle that could grow with children. By 2012, Pura had won 14 awards, and in 2016 Pura became the first company to earn a Non-Toxic Certified rating from MadeSafe.
The Pura Kiki delivers the best in eco-health by being 100% free of plastic, instead being manufactured from safe, anti-bacterial, #304 stainless steel and silicone. You'll be hard-pressed to find a bottle as sleek, simple, and health-conscious as the Pura.
The Kiki has NO PLASTIC, none, zilch, anywhere. The vacuum-sealed stainless steel construction is a refreshing change from most other cups, and it has a sleek design that is as utilitarian and safe as it is simple, as well as being sized to fit in any cup holder on the planet.
This cup is easy to clean and appears to wash "cleaner" than plastic, with no residue or film remaining inside. This bottle has only a few parts that are intuitive to assemble and take apart. It has a wide opening (perfect fit for bottle brushes and spill-free liquid transfer) and an internal surface that is electropolished.
We also like that this cup really doesn't leak; any dripping that occurs is just residual liquid left in the spout from the last sip. This cup comes with a silicone cap that keeps the spout clean and prevents all leaks and drips. The soft silicone cap is a little tricky to get on, but once in place, it works well.
The cup is #304 stainless steel and has 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. The stainless components of this bottle have a lifetime warranty.
Also, this system functions with other spouts and nipples from the Pura lineup, so you can customize the bottle to your needs and your toddler's preferences. This both ensures the bottle's frequent use and increases the chances that it will grow with your child for several years.
The main drawback to this bottle is the hefty price tag. It is the most expensive sippy in this review. However, unlike the Kiki of yore, Pura now includes the silicone sleeve with each bottle when it used to be an accessory that you had to purchase separately. While the cost per bottle is high, we believe it is worth the price of admission given the quality and design that includes high-end steel, easy-to-clean design, and interchangeable spouts. We think you'll be using this bottle for years, giving it a lot more value when compared to plastic options that may not last for one.
We think the silicone sleeve is hard to take off and put on, which you'll need to do for cleaning. While the sleeve is designed to fit tightly, it can be almost too tight. Pura has included new instructions for getting the sleeve on incorporating a trick with baking soda, which we highly recommend you try. But be careful not to leave the sleeve on for more than a handful of uses because it can get gross under there over time.
We also don't like that the volume measurements are 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 them, which is something you won't find in any other steel cup in this review.
Overall, we love this bottle and continue to be impressed by its thoughtful yet simple design. Its eco-health considerations are better than anything we've seen so far, and we feel no other features are sacrificed to meet the high health and safety standards. While significantly more expensive than the competition, we feel both the Kiki's durability and interchangeable mouthpieces make it an excellent long-term investment that families can use for years to come.
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