School Drink Bottles Compared

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Ensuring your child is energised and drinks water while at school is very important. Getting a good quality drink bottle that works well for your child is ideal, so we have been testing a number of key drink bottle brands to determine which drink bottles are the best for school and what features each product offers. Each drink bottle was accessed on its ability to keep water cold, whether or not it leaks, the ease at drinking from it, along with the ability to clean it. Here are our Findings.

 

Snack/Drink in a Box

The idea of ‘fusion’ drinks is picking up in popularity and for school children who are always asking for more than just water, the Drink in a Box offers a way that you can give your children a healthy drink that has a sweeter flavour by incorporating fruit into the water. Surprisingly, my child that won’t eat strawberries was super happy to drink the sweet strawberry water. The Plastic the bottle is made from feels sturdy and long lasting.

 

Ability to keep the water cold: There is no insulation or protection to keep the water cooler over time.

Does it Leak:  No, there is a great seal around the lid which seals the drink and then the lid comes down and clicks into place, sealing the straw nicely.

Ease to drink through: There is a push button to open the lid and get the straw. Once the lid is open, it is very easy to drink from the straw and to get a decent amount of liquid in each sip.

Easy to clean: Yes. The components come apart easily and can be placed in the dishwasher. A bottle brush can easily get into the bottle compartment as well.

Available: Various Sizes from $16 from www.MiniHippo.com.au

ecococoon 500ml Retro Gumballs

ecococoon-gumballs-drink-bottleThe ecococoon 500ml Gumballs bottle is bright and colourful which my son loves. Made from 18/8 grade stainless steel and it is vacuum insulated. The bottle sits well on tables and is strong and sturdy, making it less likely to fall over.  It is BPA free. The ecococoon drink bottles come in a range of sizes and designs making them suitable for all ages and sexes. ecococoon drink bottles are Australian Owned and Designed. RRP: $39.95

Ability to keep the water cold: The ecococoon bottle won our test* providing the coolest water at the end of a school day.

Does it leak: Not at all. There is a bottle cap to protect the spout and the spout has a one-way value to stop leakages.

Ease to drink through: Due to the one-way valve, you do need to suck the spout to receive water and it is best to release the spout’s seal every 3 sucks of water so that the water flow continues at a good pace. None of the children seemed to mind this at all. The bottle cap is very easy to open and our youngest (4yrs) had no issues twisting the cap to open it and drink water.

Easy to Clean: The ecococoon bottle mouth opening is very small, which can make it harder to clean, however you could fit a bottle brush into it and clean it with that. They recommend hand washing the bottles to keep the design at its premium.

 

Smash Stealth Bottles
The Smash Stealth Bottles are made from LDPE with the colour moulded into the plastic. This ensures that the colour never washes away. They are available in a range of colours and sizes at a great price. BPA Free.

smash-stealth-drink-bottlesAbility to keep the water cold: There is no insulation or protection to keep the water cooler over long periods of time.

Does it leak: It doesn’t leak when the bottle lid is closed properly, however occasionally the lid has not been closed properly or has somehow been twisted by movement or other items in the bag and leaked.

Ease to drink through: Young children can turn the bottle lid to open and drink from these bottles very easily.

Easy to Clean:  The bottle mouth opening is quite narrow, so would require a bottle brush to clean. They can be placed in the dishwasher.

Smash are now also offering an Insulated Stealth Drink Bottle covers. The Bottle insulation has a Blue IQ lining that is antimicrobial to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mould or mildew. This insulation also helps keep the drink bottles cooler for longer and offers a handle and clip, making it easier to carry.

 

Smash Slimline Stainless Steel Bottles

The Smash Stainless Steel Bottles are made from High Grade Stainless Steel and Smash states that they are corrosion proof. They are also made from 100% recyclable materials and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs.

Ability to keep water cold: The Smash Slimline Stainless Steel bottle came third in our Cold-Water test.

Does it leak: The bottle has a hinged lid and when closed it does not leak. When open, water pours out freely when upside down. There is an audible click when you close the lid, so children can be taught to listen out for this to ensure the bottle is closed properly.

Ease to drink through:  The water flows well from the mouthpiece, making it easy to drink from. The mouthpiece also has a special design to improve hygiene by stopping large particles from entering the drink bottle. The hinged lid requires two hands to open and is difficult for young children. My older children were able to open it.

Easy to clean:  The bottle neck is a little wider than other varieties, making it slightly easier to clean with a bottle brush.

 

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Smash Slimline SS and Tritan Bottles

Smash Slimline Tritan

Similar to the Slimline Stainless Steel bottles, the Smash Slimline Tritan has a nice cylindrical shape. The Tritan range is available in a range of sizes and in a stylish clear colour or fun fashionable designs. We tested a Slimline Tritan with a removable freeze stick. It is BPA Free.

Ability to keep water cold: Thanks to the removable freeze stick, the Smash Slimline Tritan came second in our Cold Test. It is recommended not to freeze the whole bottle, only the freeze stick.

Does it leak: The bottle has a hinged lid and when closed it does not leak. When open, it pours out freely when held upside down. There is an audible click when you close the lid, so children can be taught to listen out for this to ensure the bottle is closed properly.

Ease to drink through:  The water flows well from the mouthpiece, making it easy to drink from. The mouthpiece also has a special design to improve hygiene and stop large particles from entering the drink bottle. The hinged lid requires two hands to open and is difficult for young children. My oldest child was able to open it unassisted.

Easy to clean:  The bottle neck is a little wider than other varieties, making it slightly easier to clean with a bottle brush.

** We also tested a Fashion Tritan with a pull up spout and straw. This bottle has a very large bottle neck for cleaning and the spout with straw is very easy for the children to drink from regardless of age, while the designs are great.

 

ecococoon 600ml Blue Sapphire

ecococoon-600ml-drink-bottleThe ecococoon 600ml Blue Sapphire bottle is beautiful and perfect for the older child. You can also personalise this drink bottle with the ecococoon chalk pens. Made from 18/8 grade stainless steel to remove the SS taste, it is also vacuum insulated. BPA free.  RRP: $42.95

Ability to keep the water cold: The ecococoon bottle won our test* with the coldest water at the end of a school day.

Does it leak: Not at all. There is a bottle cap to protect the spout and the spout has a one-way value to stop leakages.

Ease to drink through: Due to the one-way valve, you do need to suck the spout to receive water. None of the children seemed to mind this at all. The bottle cap is very easy to open and our youngest (4yrs) had no issues twisting the cap open and drinking the water.

Easy to Clean: The ecococoon bottle mouth opening is very small, which can make it harder to clean, however you could fit a bottle brush into it and clean it with that. Hand washing the bottles is recommended.

 

Smash Sports Bottle 750ml

Designed for the sporty child, the Smash sports bottle offer fast refreshment with ergonomically designed grips to ensure it is suitable for sweaty hands. BPA free, PET free.

smash-sports-bottleAbility to Keep Water Cold: There is no insulation or protection to keep the water cooler over long periods of time.

Does it leak: When the pop top lid is down – no.

Ease to drink through: The pop top lid is easy to pull up and once open you can get as much water as you like; either sucking what you require or squeezing the sides of the bottle for large gushes.

Easy to clean:  The Sports bottle offers a wide bottle neck making it easy to clean, while the material design would be dishwasher suitable.

 

ecococoon 350ml Ocean Friends

ecococoon-ocean-drink-bottleThe ecococoon 350ml Ocean Friends bottle is super cute and perfect for young children. Make from 18/8 grade stainless steel and it is vacuum insulated. It is BPA free and suitable for children from 12 months. RRP: $34.95

Ability to keep the water cold: The ecococoon bottle won our test* with the coldest water at the end of a school day.

Does it leak: Not at all. There is a bottle cap to protect the spout and the spout has a one-way value to stop leakages.

Ease to drink through: Due to the one-way valve, you do need to suck the spout to receive water and it is best to release the spout’s seal every 3 sucks of water. This was not a problem for any of my children and my youngest (4yrs) had no issues twisting the cap to open it and drink water.

Easy to Clean: The ecococoon bottle mouth opening is very small, which can make it harder to clean, however you could fit a bottle brush into it and clean it with that. They recommend hand washing the bottles to keep the design at its premium.

 

Tupperware Kids’ Fast Quench

tupperware-drink-bottlesThe Tupperware drink bottles are free flowing bottles ideal for children 3 and up. The see-through section that houses the water makes it easy to see how much water you still have in the cup and when you need to refill. The bottom of the drink bottles twist off and can hold snacks and other small items which the children love. RRP: $21.45

Ability to keep the water cold: There is no insulation to offer a better ability to keep the water cooler for longer.

Does it leak: No, although you do have to be careful not to open the lid accidentally if it gets caught on anything.

Ease to drink through: There is a large open spout to drink the water from making it very easy to get water. I really like the spout as it lets you drink as much water as you want without having to stop and let air out.

Easy to Clean: All pieces are dishwasher safe and the very wide bottle neck makes it very easy to clean.

 

Décor Pumped® Soft Touch Stainless Steel Bottle
decor-pumped-soft-touch-drink-bottle2Made from premium food grade 304 stainless steel with a soft touch coating. The bottle is very bright and appealing to children. The lid’s design protects the drinking spout and makes the bottle easier to carry. RRP: $10.99

Ability to keep the water cold: The Stainless Steel did well in the Cold Water test.

Does it leak: No, as the drinking Snap n Seal lid locks the drinking spout into place for a leak proof seal.

Ease to drink through: The drinking spout is attached to a straw and getting water is quite easy. Also a vacuum seal is not built up.

Easy to Clean: The Décor Pumped SS Bottle has a wide mouth making it easy to clean with a bottle brush.

 

*Cold test: We put 3 ice cubes into each water bottle. Placed the water bottles into a school bag, outside, undercover and in the shade for 6hours. We then tested the water coming out of each bottle to determine the bottle that kept it the coolest.

 

Do you agree with our findings? What drink bottles do you use and could recommend? 

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