Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel 18oz with Sports Cap
|November 17, 2010||Filled under 1% for the Planet, Bottles, Stainless steel|
Like the time when I reviewed the Sigg Wide Mouth, I was a little hesitant reviewing Klean Kanteen simply because of the sheer popularity of the bottle itself. It definitely took some convincing for me to finally cave and purchase a bottle from a local supermarket. No, it was not Whole Foods because Whole Foods only carries Sigg bottles. Likewise, you will only find Klean Kanteen bottles at REI but not Sigg ones. Since this is not a marketing blog, I will spare myself from looking into why that is…but I digress.
What I love about the bottle:
- It’s the right size to take out when you go shopping or just a short outing. It doesn’t cramp your bag.
- It fits in a standard bike case, which makes it a great short bike ride water bottle.
- I love that there are different cap options for the bottle regardless of the size of the bottle itself. There’s the poly loop cap, the poly flat cap, and the poly sport 2.0 cap. I opted for the Sport 2.0 cap, which makes drinking easier and more accessible. It takes less time, basically.
- The sports cap comes with a “cap” that protects the mouth piece so it keeps it nice and clean and protected. It also allows you to drink from an actual spout rather than straight from the bottle neck where your hands have been – germ central!
- Great places to use this bottle: Gym, work outs in general, shopping trips.
What to keep in mind:
- So….this bottle’s sports cap makes a pretty substantial chirping sound. By that I do mean “chirp chirp chirp x 100 and very fast” while you drink. It comes out of the side air hole. There are certain times I’ve noticed when the water is low or when it is at a certain angle it does not chirp. Nonetheless, probably not the best spout to use during a meeting or with an audience…unless you are up for soliciting laughs and weird stares.
- Since it is a round, stainless steel bottle, it clanks around in the bike bottle rack. It’s great biking down the Embarcadero as my bottle helps me warn the tourists that I’m coming through. Not good for bumpy or long bike rides unless you love a persistent sound of metal clanking.
- The bottle does not hold enough for a sit down at the office or for a trip where you might want more water before having access to refill stations. It’s great for shopping trips, short runs, gyms.
- Klean Kanteen bottles don’t have the coating that Sigg bottles have, which gives the water a slightly more metal-y taste.
- The sport cap “cap” that I mentioned earlier comes separate and does not fit easily in and out of the bottle’s neck. As you can see in the pics, I did not pull the ring through the bottle because I wanted the option of switching out caps without trying to pull out the plastic “ring” again and risk breaking it. What happens then is that every refill is a constant struggle with the “cap” dongle to place it right so my chin or nose does not jam up against it while I’m drinking.
Other information about the bottles:
- It is Stainless Steel, not Aluminum. The stainless steel used to manufacture Klean Kanteen bottles are 18/8 food grade and is toxin-free.
- All bottles are free of BPA, pthalates, lead, and other toxins and their caps and spouts are all BPA-free, polypropylene (pp#5).
- The steel bottles are dishwasher safe but the colored bottles should be handwashed.
- They have 5 different bottles and 6 different caps and many different colors.
Company’s environmental and social contributions:
- Klean Kanteen is a member of 1% For The Planet, meaning they donate 1% of all their profits to an environmental cause.
- They also partner with The Breast Cancer Fund, Green Mountain Energy Company, Healthy Child Healthy World and NatureBridge.
Where can I buy it?
You can buy most bottles on Amazon or at a nearby green grocer (except Whole Foods). REI also carries the bottles with various colors and caps and prices run from $15.95 – $18.45 depending on the combinations you choose.