Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review BPA-free Bottles

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Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle – It was just over a year ago when the BPA in water bottles information flooded mainstream media (though environmentalists had been warning about it for a long time) and we wrote one of our most popular posts:

How to Choose a Healthy Green Water Bottle.

We have also recently written about Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets and why you don’t want toxins in your kitchen.

In that post we declared our love for Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel water bottle.

A reader recently asked me to go into further detail about the Klean Kanteen bottles including my likes and dislikes of their product.

Here’s the extended version of my review.

And please note that I received absolutely no compensation or freebies for this review.

Though I wouldn’t mind a free 40 ounce bottle or Wine Karafe…

I just feel strongly about their product and the need to be BPA free.)

Klean Kanteen: best travel water bottle for kids
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: What I Love

Klean Kanteen is BPA Free

The number one reason I purchased my Klean Kanteen water bottle was because it contains absolutely no (even trace amounts of) BPA.

For more information about the dangers of BPA check out How to Choose a Healthy Green Water Bottle.

Klean Kanteen is Durable

My Klean Kanteen can be thrown around and the worst thing that has happened is some scratches.

In a year it still hasn’t dented.

And it doesn’t crack the way plastic might.

Klean Kanteen has No Lining

Some stainless steel water bottles are lined with a product containing a small amount of BPA.

The Klean Kanteen is not lined with anything.

Klean Kanteen is Dishwasher Safe

When I had a dishwasher (our new house does not), it was easy to put my Klean Kanteen in the dishwasher.

Now I wash it by hand, which is simple enough as it has a wide mouth.

Loop Cap

This may seem small and insignificant, but I really love the loop cap on my Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle.

It makes it easy to attach to bags for backpacking.

Klean Kanteen is Cool

Given that it’s stainless steel, it makes sense that the Klean Kanteen stays cool in cool temperatures (see needs improvement for my thoughts about warm weather).

Klean Kanteen 27 Ounce Bottle

We have an 18 ounce bottle and a 27 ounce bottle.

The 27 ounce bottle is the perfect size for day trips or traveling or just sitting on my desk.

Plus, it’s on the skinnier side making it easy to hold.

I find the 18 ounce bottle to be a little small for most activities.

I may some day invest in a large 40 ounce Klean Kanteen for tennis matches or events where I need a lot of fluids.

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup

While we don’t have kids, someday when we do, they’ll be drinking out of these too.

I really appreciate that Klean Kanteen makes sippy cups.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: Wine Karafe

Wow, this has got to be the Greatest Idea Ever!

So great I decided it needed a heading of it’s own.

A wine carafe (or Klean Kanteen Karafe if you care for the alteration).

Shatterproof, portable, and drinking wine out of it would lead people to believe you’re just drinking water.

Well, except for the fact that it says Wine Karafe on it…

But it’s made to perfectly fit a bottle of wine, and the Klean Kanteen Wine Karafe is pretty.

I like the idea of packing a bottle of wine along with my bottle of water for a day hike.

Kimberly pointed out that you could just pour your wine into a water bottle, but having Carafe seems so much cooler.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: What Needs Improvement

Klean Kanteen Sports Bottle Top

The sports water bottle top on the Klean Kanteen does not work well.

It makes a terrible high pitched squealing when you drink from it.

This is pretty embarrassing when you’re at the gym and everyone turns to look to see where the noise is coming from.

That said, it appears that the new sports bottle tops are different than the old.

If anyone has a new Klean Kanteen sports bottle top, I’d love to know if it works well.

Also, note that you can buy the tops separately from the main bottle allowing for easy changing depending on your activity.

Klean Kanteen Flavor

At first my Klean Kanteen left a very very slight metallic flavor in the water.

This only lasted for a few weeks and now it’s gone.

Perhaps it just needed a few more times in the dishwasher.

However, this is one of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard from others about their Klean Kanteens.

Klean Kanteen Heat

When it’s warm outside the Klean Kanteen gets hot.

Some people use the Built bags around their bottles.

I just throw some in some ice or freeze the water before I go.

Bottom Line Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

The bottom line is that I love my Klean Kanteen.

Despite my short “needs improvements” list, I wouldn’t give my Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle up for anything.

They seem to be a good company and I appreciate the Klean Kanteen commitment to the environment and my personal health.

Where to Buy Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

I tend to buy everything on Amazon.com, including my Klean Kanteens Stainless Steel Water Bottles.

The prices there are competitive (and we get free shipping with Amazon Prime.)

While Klean Kanteens Stainless Steel Water Bottles are little pricey – they last forever.

Just refill it 18 and it’s paid for itself.

About Klean Kanteen and their Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Here’s a bit more about Klean Kanteen (quoted from their website):

Before anybody else was making stainless steel water bottles for personal daily hydration, before the current widespread concern about health and environmental issues in relation to plastics, we were cobbling together the first Klean Kanteen prototype from things we bought at the local hardware store here in Chico, California.

The first Klean Kanteen onto the market because we wanted to give people something better than plastic: a lightweight, re-usable, body-friendly bottle free of bisphenol A (BPA); a bottle durable enough to last a lifetime; an easy-to-clean, easy-to-carry beverage container for people of all ages; a bottle that keeps drinks fresh and clean-tasting no matter how many times you refill it; a simple design engineered for function in every way.

In those early days, we shared Klean Kanteens with folks we met at music festivals, environmental fairs, outdoor recreation events, and other sorts of groovy gatherings.

“Where can I get some more of these?” they’d ask. “I love my Klean Kanteen.”

Klean Kanteen has grown over the past five years from a tiny, upstart company to a leader in the stainless beverage bottle industry.

During this time, we’ve also taken significant steps toward lowering our environmental footprint through consideration and adjustments in every aspect of our facilities and practices.

Ensuring our office paper is 100% post-consumer content, providing hand and dish soaps that are fair trade and eco-friendly, using Energy Star-certified office equipment.

These are just a few of our earth-in-mind internal operations choices.

Our commitment to sustainability also extends to the very beginning of the production process; we’ve increased oversight and conducted third-party audits of factories making our products in China to ensure they’re meeting Klean Kanteen’s high environmental and fair labor standards.

In addition to including environmental and fair labor consciousness in our business practices, we partner with local, national, and international organizations to support efforts toward health, clean drinking water, and protecting the environment.

Klean Kanteen became a member of 1% for the Planet, committing to donation of at least 1% of our annual sales to non-profits working to protect and promote the wellness of this one great Earth.

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14 thoughts on “Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review BPA-free Bottles”

  1. I have to agree with you, I love my Kleen Kanteen. However, I have been disappointed in the durability. I have had my Kanteen for about six months and it already has a dent in the bottom. My husband’s is about a year old and also has a dent in the side. We take our bottles everywhere, climbing, hiking, to work, etc. My other bottles never dented, but they were full of harmful chemicals. So I guess if its a dent or my health, I’ll take the dent. I am just disappointed, that’s all. Thanks for all your great posts!

  2. Thanks for this helpful post about Stainless Steel water bottles. How does Klean Kanteen compare to other stainless steel water bottles in your mind?

  3. I know I am a day late and a dollar short on this, but I just googled to see if it was a bad idea to put lemons in my water bottle and saw this post.

    I just bought the 40oz after over-freezing my 27oz, it won’t stand up on its own which is kind of annoying. The new sports cap does squeak a little (it’s more like a wine, “wa wa wa wa wa” like when you’re tire thumps on the highway.) But everyone’s got there headphones on at the gym so F’em, and it’s not as bad as being the smelly guy or the bad breath guy, no? 🙂

    I did notice a metallic taste in my 27oz for a few weeks, but my new one does not have that taste at all. This time I did not get a color, don’t know if that’s a coincidence or not. And I am using the new sports cap so maybe it has something to do with not contacting the metal directly?

    Q: I like lemons, limes, in my water sometimes for a change of pace. Is citrus a bad idea in stainless? Have you used your bottle for juice and other liquids with a high acidity?

  4. We love our Kleen Kanteens, but do not love the sports caps. They leak (old and new) and are noisy (old and new). As a mom I would love to see a leak proof, easy to drink from stainless bottle.

  5. Thanks for the review – my wife and I are looking to get some stainless bottles and I was glad to see that your review mentioned the kiddy sippy top. Our daughter is almost two and LOVES to drink water, so we like that option. Plus, she’s a little hard on things and I rather doubt she can destroy a stainless bottle.

    As for the question posed by Shayna above, no there shouldn’t be any problem with lemon/lime juice in these bottles. The nickle and chromium in the alloy form very hard oxides which serve to “seal” in the iron. That’s what prevents stainless steel from rusting. Essentially, rust is just oxygen bonding with the iron in the alloy. If you get enough chromium and nickle, they form a protective barrier that prevents anything from eating away at the iron.

  6. When you have kids you may find that these aren’t indestructible. Our son (21 months) has nearly destroyed his Kleen Kanteen Sippy Cup by throwing it on the floor, on the pavement, on the grass, at the cat, down the stairs, and down the slide at the playground. The paint has chipped off to the point that we’ve had to take it away from him for fear of his eating the chips (I recommend no paint for the little ones) and the bottom is so dented that it barely stands straight when placed on the countertop. Also, we’ve replaced the plastic sippy valve and spout twice – it snaps like a chicken bone on the asphalt driveway.

  7. When you say you like kk’s loop cap, which one are you referring to in the picture? None of the caps shown seem to be a loop; however, there is one circle cap pictured. Thanks, Bryan

  8. I’m way late on this post. I’ve been using Klean Kanteens for at least 4 or 5 years. They are my favorite brand of reusable BPA free bottle. Yes, they do dent just a bit if thrown around really hard. I’ve had this happen with other brands of metal bottles too. It’s a steel bottle folks. Cars ding and so do metal bottles. If dings bother you, buy a plastic bottle. Yes, sometimes the bottom will bulge out and make it difficult to stand (this usually happens after the bottle drops or your kid throws it hard). This is very easy to fix. Take a hammer and bang the bottom back in. It only takes a few whacks. It won’t look like new, but it will stand properly.

    I thought the colored bottles were a cool idea until I bought one for my son. The paint chips and peels. Stick with the unpainted variety.

    To avoid metallic taste, when you receive your Kanteen fill with a few ounces of water and several tablespoons of baking soda. Put the cap on and shake. Take the top off and rinse out the bottle. Repeat several times. If you have a long handled, narrow scrub brush it also helps to scrub it out a bit. One of my favorite things about the Klean Kanteen is that the opening is wide enough to allow ice cubes to be added to the bottle and to make cleaning fairly easy.

    My main complain is that I have yet to find a decent insulated pouch with a shoulder strap that fits the Klean Kanteen. (A heads up, and I have no idea if it still exists, but during the summer of 2007 I was at Sea World in Orlando and they sold a plastic water bottle that came in a nice insulated pouch. The pouch fit my 40 oz Klean Kanteen *perfectly*. I bought it, threw out the incredibly cheap plastic bottle it came with and use it with my Kanteen. However I haven’t found anything comparable for my 27 oz, which I use every day, or my son’s 12 & 18 oz bottles.)

    While the new & updated sports caps are not perfect, I do find them to be an improvement over the original ones.

  9. Having purchased 6 KK bottles for a cycle trip to Chile (2 people) I decided to purchase the additional SS tops. Almost immediately they began to leak due to a very poor design feature. Eventually the ‘pressed’ on tops separated from the stainless screw portion. Due to the way the seal works, by pressing on the plastic cap it very quickly ‘just’ pushed the cap off leaving a useless un-sealable bottle. I now use the ‘moulded’ original caps. I’m very disappointed at the poor design, going as far as to say they are not fit for purpose. Despite that the bottles themselves are fantastic, nothing but lovely fresh tasting water with only a slight metallic taste early on. Beware do not purchase the optional SS caps.

  10. Unless I missed it, your site does not say if thses bottles are made in China or elsewhere. Are they made in China?
    Ed

  11. My understanding is that they ARE made in China. No stainless steel bottles are currently made in the US, from what I can tell.

    After spending the past year conducting environmental research in China, I am somewhat wary about buying anything made in China that could impact my health. At this point, I am leaning toward purchasing a SIGG aluminum bottle made in Switzerland.

  12. Well, after doing more research… it appears Klean Kanteen is the best there is in terms of stainless steel.

    It’s unclear what materials are used in manufacturing SIGG bottles… and their focus is aluminum (which can leach chemicals/leave metallic taste, as opposed to stainless steel, I believe). I’ve decided to just pretend the KK bottles are not made in China and hope for the best.

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