Keeps my coffee hot all day - LL Bean Stainless-Steel Vacuum Bottle 18
Jan 23, 2010
Review by Jeff Senterman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Durable, Looks good, Keeps liquids warm all day, Lightweight, Easy pour stopper
Cons:Only holds 18 ounces
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a small bottle to keep hot drinks hot, you should check out the LL Bean Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle 18
They always say to get something that you wouldn't mind having for a Christmas swap and that's what I did when I purchased the LL Bean Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle 18. I didn't quite expect to end up with it, but by the end of the swap, I was happy to have the bottle, especially when you consider the other gift I ended up with was a Snuggie.
Recommend this product?
That said, the Vacuum Bottle 18 is something I would consider buying even without a Christmas swap. It's well made as all LL Bean products are and it works. It'll keep your coffee hot all day and it's small enough to easily carry or stow away in a backpack or your car.
The Vacuum Bottle 13 exterior is completely made from stainless steel, which looks nice but also protects the bottle. It can live through some dings and bumps and won't be any worse for the wear. Not only that, but unlike some other insulated bottles, there is no glass inside LL Bean's bottle, only a vacuum between the two layers of stainless steel (one on the inside on on the outside). This means you can drop the bottle and the interior glass won't shatter since there isn't any inside.
The bottle, with the cap on is about a foot in length and about 3 or so inches in diameter. I wouldn't say that it is small, but compared to some other thermos bottles, this one is pretty compact. The lid unscrews and doubles as 6 ounce cup. That's smaller than an average coffee cup, but considering you're probably in your car or in the woods somewhere, it works well enough.
Once the cap is off, there's a stopper that also lets you pour out whatever liquid you have in there. It's handy because you don't have to take the stopper out in order to pour yourself a drink, you just twist it a bit and you are ready to go.
The bottle when empty is quite light and even when it is full, it is not overly heavy since there are only 18 ounces of liquid inside.
I really don't use them, but the bottle also comes with a nylon pouch that has a carrying strap. Basically you can put the bottle in the pouch and then sling the strap over your shoulder to carry the bottle. Since I'm either leaving it in my car or putting it in a backpack, I haven't seen any real need to use this.
I wish I had this bottle a few years back when I was working in Maine. Then I would be on trips for work that would take me up into the North Woods for the day and since there were no coffee shops or anything up there, I was left to drink whatever I brought with me. If I had the LL Bean Vacuum 18, I could have been drinking hot coffee for the better part of the day.
I have found that the bottle really does keep hot liquids hot. I'll make coffee before I leave and add the cream and sugar and then put it in the bottle. From there I've spent all day driving and right through the evening, the coffee stays warm enough to comfortably drink. LL Bean claims it'll keep stuff warm 24 hours. I haven't tried it that long, but I can attest to a full day.
I also bring this bottle with me on some short hikes and skis where I want to be drinking something warm, but not have to bring my backpacking stove in order to boil water. Even in these conditions, the bottle has done fine. My bottle has a few knicks from being banged when I take it out to drink, but besides that, it's been perfect.
The easy pour stopper is handy since I just pop off the cap/cup and twist the stopper and I'm able to pour out my hot coffee. It's especially handy in the car since that way I don't have to worry about hitting a bump and having it all pour out through a large opening.
I'm glad I ended up getting the LL Bean Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle 18. It has turned out to be a really handy piece of equipment for long drives and even for cold hikes and ski trips. It lets me keep my hot coffee or tea hot all day without any problems.
If you are looking for a small bottle to keep hot drinks hot (or cold drinks cold), you should defintely check out this bottle from LL Bean. I know I like it, I think you would too.
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