My quest for the ideal water bottle for Scout has been a long and not completely satisfying one. Sigg put a sour taste in my mouth with their refusal to disclose the makeup of their resin coating, which was later found to contain BPA. Klean Kanteen offers unadulterated stainless, and I’ve been happy with the quality of the actual bottle. But the sports lids are leaky and the mouthpiece is plastic, plus I cringe when I see Scout reach from the monkey bars to pull up the spout. It’s like watching a million little infectious germs take the carpool lane straight to her mouth. And, the insulated bottle that I send in her lunch bag has a screw top lid. We’ve only had spills a handful of times since First Grade (my sincere apologies to the lunch room staff), but a spout lid would eliminate the occasional tsunami completely.
PlanetBox launched their BottleRocket last November and after perusing the specs (insulated, silicone spout, unlined high-grade stainless), I ordered one up for Scout to test out. I was pleased to see how little packaging there was, and that it was all recyclable cardboard. PlanetBox really does do a good job “walking the talk” when it comes to being eco-conscious. And, their products are thoughtfully designed. No hidden areas that make them hard to clean…no shoulders in the bottle, or impossible to reach bits of the spout. The BottleRocket fits in all of our cup holders and our lunch boxes. I’m confident that they’re good for the planet and safe for my child.
For Scout, the color (there’s five to choose from) and slim, easy-to-grip design made it an instant hit, and the BottleRocket has been in her hand each and every day since it arrived mid-November. No joke…every day. It’s dishwasher safe. But, thankfully, I hand wash a lot of our stuff, so it’s always ready to go. The price? Twenty-eight dollars may seem steep for a water bottle, when you can pick up a plastic one at the Dollar Store. But, I see the price as 23 cents a day (as of mid-March 2015) and continuing to drop…and, the investment as one in Scout’s health and future.
The easy clean, silicone spout completely surrounds the underneath of the lid, so the BPA-free plastic never comes in contact with Scout’s water. The spout seal in the lid is made from the same silicone as the spout, it’s easy to remove when a thorough cleaning is needed. But, stays put otherwise. And, while we love wildlife in our garden…no chirping from the spout! It’s completely silent, a big bonus when we go to the movies. The button to pop up the cover is easy to press even in her gardening gloves, and the lock protects against accidental misfires.
The red bottle above is a review sample courtesy of PlanetBox. But, you can trust that my opinions are my own. I will not encourage you to add something to your gear, that I don’t love and use for my family. That’s not who I am.
Scout’s thrilled to have a second bottle for her lunch bag to replace the screw-lidded Klean Kanteen insulated bottle she’s carried since First Grade. The grey BottleRocket below is the one that I originally purchased, and it’s been in her book bag and on her desk in class for fourth months straight and still looks new.
The ability to confidently put a water bottle in her book bag, or toss it in with our yoga gear is probably one of the biggest selling points for me. Leaky water bottles have cost us homework, a library book, and for me, a flip phone a couple of years back. (You know what I don’t love? Paying for something with damp dollar bills. Oh, the looks you get from the cashier.) Here in Vegas, we travel with water everywhere…being able to slip a bottle in my purse without the worry of ending up with a soggy bag is huge! The insulated bottle is a close second. We, Southern girls, like ice in everything.
I hope you have a chance to try out the BottleRocket in your home soon, you won’t be disappointed. It would make a stellar gift or the perfect addition to an Easter basket. Have a chat with the Easter Bunny, and let me know what you think when it arrives.
Disclosures: PlanetBox sent me a second bottle to review. But, I was so excited by the design that I purchased the first one at full price. I have received no other compensation for this post, and the opinions expressed here are honestly my own and Scout’s. This post contains affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. It keeps Organized Bites running, and your support is greatly appreciated.