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Tommee Tippee Sporty Bottle Review

Tommee Tippee Sporty Bottle
Price:   $8.50 List
Pros:  100% leak-proof, easy drinking, economical
Cons:  WARNING: mold issue poses health risk!!!
Bottom line:  DO NOT BUY -- serious mold issue Feb 2016!!!
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Manufacturer:   Tommee Tippee

The Skinny

Update — November 2016
Earlier this year, there were a series of reports, on CNN and MedicalDaily, of parents who cracked apart the white valve part of the cup and discovered a lot of nasty mold inside the cup. In response, we rescinded the Best Buy award for this cup, and recommend stopping the use of this cup until Tommee Tippee redesigned the cup. 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.

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 acknowledgement and response to this issue from Tommee Tippee North America.

Tommee Tippee official corporate response below (Facebook 2/25/16)
Thank you for your patience with us. First we'd like to assure you that child health and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, and we're taking the current concerns around our Sippee cups very seriously.

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.
http://www.tommeetippee.us/support/faqs/one-piece-valve-cup/

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 1-866-214-1537

Please 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 3/14)

The Tommee Tippee Sporty Bottle is a great little plastic sippy, that earned our Best Value award. It offered an easy to drink from spout, and pure leak-proof technology, all at an affordable price. This cup was lightweight, easy to hold, and impossible to spill. It has a nice narrow base for cup holder usage, and it is dishwasher safe. The cup scored an impressive 78 out of 100 in our tests, which meant it placed 3rd out of 21 in the cups we reviewed. The economical price, and high scoring features, secured this cup's Best Value award hands down. While it wasn't as cheap as some of the other plastic cups we tested, it was significantly cheaper than the other award winners, and significantly better than other cups.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
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February 29, 2016

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Tomme Tippee Sporty Bottle is a BPA-free plastic bottle made by Tommee Tippee. This sippy has a sport seal spout that is truly non-spill, and the "easiflow" technology means the cup is easy to drink from. The spout requires no push/pull action to open and close, but rather closes automatically when not in use. All the easiflow lids are interchangeable with this cup body, which means the cup can be used for a longer period of time. This sippy is dishwasher, microwave, and sterilizer safe. It comes in several different colors and designs, and is widely available in stores and online.

Performance Comparison


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

Likes


Tommee Tippee Explora  was a favorite of our testers in that it is light making it easy to hold and drink from.
Tommee Tippee Explora was a favorite of our testers in that it is light making it easy to hold and drink from.
The Tommee Tippee Sporty Bottle has a slim tapered design that allows it to fit in most cup holders. The bottle body has ridges on it that help little ones hold, and grip the cup easily. The cup is also lightweight, so when combined with the other design features, it creates a cup that is easy for little ones to hold, rotate, or return to their cup holder. It is a comfortable cup to have in hand, and is simple to bring to the face, and set down solidly without tipping it over.

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 was leak-proof
The sporty bottle was leak-proof
Which is exactly what a sippy cup should do, so imagine our surprise that many of the other cups we tested had trouble with this basic metric of a sippy cup. Only 5 other cups out of the 21 we tested managed to score a perfect 10 in this metric. On top of that, many of the perfect leak score cups were difficult to drink from. Which was NOT the case for the Sporty Bottle.

The Sporty Bottle also earned a perfect 10 for ease of sucking. A feat not many cups managed, and those that did, rarely coupled it with a perfect leak score, which made this cup somewhat of an anomaly.
This cup was easy to assemble and simple to use
This cup was easy to assemble and simple to use
The easiflow technology of this lid really did its job of being easy to use and leak proof. The sport cap design didn't require a push/pull top, but instead, it simply closed on its own when not in use. The flow rate of the liquid was constant and predictable, which made it comfortable to drink from and limited air swallowing, and possible choking from unexpected water flow.

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.

Dislikes


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,
Two piece plastic and silicone valve in the Tommee Tippie Sporty Bottle
Two piece plastic and silicone valve in the Tommee Tippie Sporty Bottle
and taking longer than average to take apart. The pieces were dishwasher safe, but we recommend hand washing to avoid exposing the plastic to unnecessary heat. While the cup did have 4 parts, once we took them a part a few times it was fairly easy to get them back together, and it seemed like second nature over time.

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.

Conclusion


This is a well-functioning, plastic cup that offered everything a great sippy should. It is easy to use, easy to drink from, and it never leaked. While we weren't a fan of the plastic cups in general, the plastic cups did tend to be more economical than the cups made of stainless steel and glass. That aside however, there is no question, or doubt, that this cup held its own with the big boys, and eco-healthy big hitters. Which really just goes to prove how great this cup is. Without any eco-health point bump, this cup managed to outscore all but 1 other cup in our tests. This indicated that the Sporty Bottle was a better overall cup than just about any cup we tested. Not too shabby really. We do recommend this cup, which is why we gave it the Best Value Award.
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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