Pros: 100% safe, non-leaching and toxin free, reusable, great taste
100% safe, non-leaching and toxin free, reusable, great taste
Cons: Stainless steel version shows fingerprints
I will admit that I am a water snob and much prefer the taste of water that has been purified by reverse osmosis. I purchase water from WaterMart and store it in glass containers. I live in Arizona so I rarely leave the house without a water bottle or two. I was always dismayed over the plastic taste from disposable water bottles. When studies came out showing that many plastic water bottles leach harmful toxins such as Bisphenol A (BPA), I looked for alternative bottles. After much research, I picked Klean Kanteen.
I purchased the 27 oz bottle at a local sports store for $16. The bottle is made out of a "high quality food grade stainless steel." It does not leach any chemicals and is free of toxins, such as BPA. Since BPA is linked to breast cancer, which runs in my family, I am happy to avoid such a toxin. The bottle measures approximately 9 and 1/2 inches tall with a diameter of approximately 9 inches. The bottle is slightly heavier than a plastic one. I am a skinny, out of shape little thing, but I do not notice any real difference when carrying one around.
The bottles come with different cap options. I have a sports cap where I pull the nozzle up for drinking and push it down to close it. There is also a lid for the nozzle which is attached by a loop on the neck of the bottle. I find that it is easy to carry this bottle by simply putting my finger in the loop. The cap twists off the bottle and is wide enough to easily slip ice cubes in it. The cap is made out of a 100% safe and non leaching plastic.
As a busy mom, I love that the bottle is dishwasher safe. I place it on the bottom rack due to its height, and it has held up fine.
The bottles come in different colors. I chose the stainless steel one. It has the logo of Klean Kanteen on it as well as a picture of the earth. The cap is black. The bottles also come in different sizes which are 12oz, 18oz, and 40oz. Next time, I will purchase a colored bottle. I love the look of stainless steel, but I do not like how the bottle shows fingerprints and smudges.
This bottle is not insulated and will not keep drinks cool. However, I think that it keeps water slightly cooler than the disposable plastic bottles.
When I first purchased the bottle, I washed it in hot water in the dishwasher. I am pretty sensitive to smells, but I did not notice any type of smell from the bottle. I put only water in my bottle, and I love the taste. To me, it tastes exactly like the water I get from WaterMart and store in glass bottles.
I love my Klean Kanteen and wish that I had bought one sooner! I love how clean my water tastes from it and I am at ease knowing that I am not drinking any harmful toxins. I am also happy knowing that I am using a reusable bottle and, in my own small way, helping the earth. I highly recommend at 5 stars.