Tommee Tippee Sporty Bottle Review
Pros: 100% leak-proof, easy drinking, economical
Cons: 2 part valve you must clean
Manufacturer: Tommee Tippee
Our Analysis and Test Results
Earlier this year, there were a series of reports, on CNN and MedicalDaily, of parents who cracked apart the white valve part of some Tommee Tippee cups and discovered a lot of nasty mold inside. Tomme Tippee has followed through and redesigned the valve on both their sippy cups and bottles. It is now a transparent, two-piece valve that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning in between uses. This change should dramatically increase ease of cleaning and help to prevent mold from growing in the valve.
The cup in this review has a two-part valve that is not included in this finding or subsequent recall.
Parents who have the older version of the Tommee Tippee Sippy cup should cease use of it immediately, and contact the manufacturer for a free replacement. Below is the official acknowledgment and response to this issue from Tommee Tippee North America.Tommee Tippee official corporate response below (Facebook 2/25/16)
We sell millions of Sippee cups globally but we know from recent social media posts, that some people have had problems cleaning the valve. For this we sincerely apologise and we are actively following up on any concerns raised. We're sorry if we haven't managed to speak to you yet but due to high demand it may take us some time to get to your post. For a swifter response please call us using the contact details below.
We want everyone to be happy with our products and we always want to exceed expectations. We've therefore listened to our customers, and will be launching a new Sippee cup in the next few months.
The new cup will have a two piece valve that can be used with different types of liquid, and is easier to clean.In the meantime, we are making the transparent, see-through valves shown here immediately available to parents that have concerns. The see-through valve will enable parents to see inside, and give you confidence that the valve is clean. We would highly recommend you visit the FAQ's and videos to help you care for your cups.
Alternatively, we will be happy to provide you with a different style cup if you prefer. Either option will be provided free of charge.
If you would like to receive a see-through valve or alternative cup please contact our Careline on toll free, and one will be sent as quickly as possible 1-866-214-1537Please also be aware the reported problems only relate to the one-piece valve on the Sippee range of cups, and do not affect any other Tommee Tippee product.
(Editor's Note: below is our original review from 3/2014)
This cup scored a perfect 10 of 10 for leaks. It was impossible to convince the cup to leak, and we even tried threats. Whether it was upside down or sideways, shaken vigorously or tossed on the ground, this cup didn't lose a drop of liquid.
The Sporty Bottle also earned a perfect 10 for ease of sucking. A feat not many cups managed, and those that didto hold rarely coupled it with leak score, which made this cup somewhat of an anomaly.
It is also a benefit that the lids of all the easiflow cups in the Tommee Tippiee lineup are interchangeable. This meant the lids could be changed if a toddler preferred a different spout type, or was ready to move on from the sport bottle spout. The spout and valve also earned points for the cup by being easy to drink from and requiring little sucking action to make it work. The American Dental Association prefers a cup that had no valve, and required no sucking for better oral hygiene, so we gave cups that required little sucking a better score for aligning with the ADA recommendation.
This cup was only lacking in two metrics, ease of cleaning and eco-health. For ease of cleaning, it lost points for having 4 parts,
For eco-health this cup lost points for being made of plastic. While the manufacturer does specify the plastic is BPA-free, they do not specify what specific kind of plastic is used in the cups. Plastic of any kind gives us pause, it isn't specific to this particular cup. In general, some studies indicate that some plastics, besides BPA plastics, potentially leach endocrine interrupters into their contents. So while we have no way of knowing which cups have these properties, we do feel it is worth consideration when choosing a cup. Certainly we are not demonizing plastics, as much as we are saying parents should be aware of the potential risks, and why we prefer stainless steel and glass over plastic cups in general. See our article on Are Plastics Safe for Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz