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Pura Kiki Vacuum Insulated Toddler with Sleeve Review

Our favorite sippy cup is well-liked, functional, uses healthy materials, and is a breeze to clean
pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $20 List | $21.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Leak-proof, healthy, eco-friendly, durable, easy to clean, spout variety
Cons:  Expensive, hard to put on sleeve
Manufacturer:   Pura
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jun 1, 2018
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  • Leakage - 35% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9.0
  • Eco-Health - 20% 10.0

The Skinny

The Pura Kiki Vacuum Insulated Toddler with Sleeve sippy cup is hands down our favorite. Pura really has thought of everything from the healthy materials to the no-slip grip silicone sleeve. The 100% plastic-free cup solidly shines in most metrics including health, environment, ease-of-use, and ease-of-cleaning. Plus, it has an interchangeable lid system that is compatible with other lids in the Pura line, for versatility and longevity as your child grows. Though this sippy is one of the most expensive competitors, we feel that it retains its value over time and is well worth the upfront investment given the benefits and durability that could translate to years of future use.

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Pros Leak-proof, healthy, eco-friendly, durable, easy to clean, spout varietyStainless steel, insulated, cup-like edge, no plastic contact with contentsStainless steel body, insulated, attached lid, silicone strawInsulated, lightweight, kid-friendly graphicsSoft silicone spout, nice handles, totally leak-proof
Cons Expensive, hard to put on sleeveHandwash leakproof top, might lose hard lid coverSome leaking, fairly heavy, requires a straw brush to cleanPlastic, the valve needs special cleaning, hard spoutMade of plastic, difficult to drink from
Bottom Line Our favorite sippy cup is well-liked, functional, uses healthy materials, and is a breeze to cleanA stainless steel sippy that is simple to assemble, leak-proof, and provides a cup-like experience that prepares little ones to use actual cupsA 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 closedA budget-friendly, lightweight, and insulated plastic sippy cup with a hard spoutInteresting 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
Leakage (35%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
10.0
10.0
Ease of Use (25%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
9.0
8.0
4.0
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7.0
Eco-Health (20%)
10.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
3.0
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
Includes Cover? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Drinking Mechanism Soft Spout Soft Silicone Edge Soft Silicone Straw Hard Spout Soft Spout
Insulated? Manufacturer Specification Yes Yes
15 hours
Yes
12 hours
Yes No
Top-Rack Dishwasher Safe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Body Materials Stainless Steel
#304
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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the pura kiki is a lightweight, insulated stainless steel sippy cup...
The Pura Kiki is a lightweight, insulated stainless steel sippy cup with a silicone spout and sleeve.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Performance Comparison


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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the kiki is simple in design with minimal parts, making it easy to...
The Kiki is simple in design with minimal parts, making it easy to assemble and clean.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


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 it seemed to wash "cleaner" than plastic, with no residue or film remaining inside. This bottle has only a few parts, and they 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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the pura kiki has a soft silicone spout that is both leak-proof and...
The Pura Kiki has a soft silicone spout that is both leak-proof and easier to drink from than similar silicone spouts.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the pura kiki has a silicone cap that helps keep the spout clean and...
The Pura Kiki has a silicone cap that helps keep the spout clean and the leaks to a minimum.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the kiki is an expensive bottle, but the variety of interchangeable...
The Kiki is an expensive bottle, but the variety of interchangeable spouts and quality materials makes it usable for years to come.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the super grippy silicone sleeve is a great asset to this cup, but...
The super grippy silicone sleeve is a great asset to this cup, but it is difficult to get on and off, and we worry parents will skip cleaning it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

pura kiki vacuum insulated toddler with sleeve sippy cup review - the pura is an eco-friendly (100% plastic-free) sippy cup with a...
The Pura is an eco-friendly (100% plastic-free) sippy cup with a leak-proof silicone spout and a high drinking flow rate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


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.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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