Today we’re looking at the Eco Vessel triple-insulted Twist kids’ water bottle. I was really keen to try this bottle because of the stainless steel cap—on a steel bottle, the plastic cap is usually the weak point, whether they crack, split or break off all together—also because they look darned cool. Which they are, of course, thanks to the mega-insulation power. Alfie (almost 5) was the tester for this bottle. He was particularly excited about the added tea strainer, but soon got over the fact I wouldn’t use it (read on to find out why).
The EcoVessel Twist, 350ml, is $33.95, and available here.
Safety: The bottle is made from stainless steel with no lining. Aside from glass, this is the safest known option for carrying fluids, especially if they are going to carry hot liquids. The lid and cap are also both stainless steel. I was initially disappointed to find that the spout was plastic, but it turns out it’s a rubber-plastic polymer that is more sustainable and more durable. Crucially, it’s more resistant biting, as my son likes to chew water bottles. The TPE (plastic-rubber stuff) is BPA, lead and phthalate-free.
One safety concern I had was with the tea-strainer, a little stainless steel basket that pops in the top of the bottle. I’m not sure about the decision to include this feature in a kids’ bottle as hot liquid and a big-open mouthpiece seem to me like an accident waiting to happen. Maybe I missed the point of it.
Usability: To drink, you twist open the small cap on top, which takes less that two rotations. I love a short thread because it means the bottle gets done up properly! The lid id similarly succinct and I’ve found I don’t need to grapple with it to do it up. The mouthpiece of the spout is wider than normal so you can really swig it back. I’ve found it to be very effective in getting my little man to drink more water.
The cap and lid are connected by a TPE tag, which means you won’t lose the lid. It also acts as a handle for carrying the bottle around. Considering the bottle is triple-insulated, it is surprisingly slim and fits nicely in the hand.
I did try the tea-strainer, but it didn’t make sense to me to have the tea at the top of the bottle, therefore not submerged. I also overfilled it, which made it hard to remove the basket. And it was too hot to drink for ages (which is great from an insulation point-of-view). If I were going to give Alfie a warm beverage in this bottle, I would make it in a teapot, mix it with enough cold water to make it safe and pour it in.
Leakage: When both the lid and the cap are done up properly (not tightly, just completely), you can shake the bottle upside down then open it without spilling a drop. That said, as with all screwtops, there is always the chance of it not being done up and leaking. Also, due to the wide-mouth spout, if the bottle tips over with the cap open, the water will all rush out seeing as there’s no straw or sucky bit to hold it back!
Endurance: The EcoVessel is a solid piece of kit, you can feel the quality of the materials. It looks to me like the base is reinforced, so I suspect this will prevent it from blowing out. I’ve tended to stay away from patterned bottles lately because they look tatty quickly but the skull-and-crossbones bottle Alfie chose has a matte finish and I’m hoping it looks good for longer. There are a couple of little scratches already but they’re not obvious.
Ease of cleaning: The bottle has a wide mouth so is easy to clean with warm soapy water. You can also wash it with diluted bi-carb or vinegar. The spout collects grime around the thread (the bit the cap screws onto), so be sure to give it a little scrub with a brush. It would be a good idea to occasionally scrub around the neck of the bottle where the ring for the cap tag sits too.
Waste: According to EcoVessel, this bottle is entirely recyclable. While the bottle could go with council stainless steel collections at the tip, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere that would recycle the cap and lid as they are made of two different (although individually recyclable) materials. As mentioned, I think the tea strainer is wasted on this product.
The verdict: This will be the bottle I most often send to school due to it being insulated, sturdy and basically leak-proof. It’s also Alfie’s favourite due to the pattern! It’s unlikely I’ll be using the tea-strainer, but other than that, I am a big fan of the EcoVessel Twist.
Kid’s water bottle reviews:
- Lifefactory glass bottle with straw
- Klean Kanteen sports bottle
- Foogo insulated bottle with straw
- Kid Basix Safe Sporter
Have you used this bottle? Would you?
Disclosure: Reusables Etc is an affiliate of Down to Earth Mother and provided the EcoVessel water bottle for review.