Klean Kanteen Insulated Bottles for KidsOne of my favorite activities for cooler weather is enjoying hot chocolate outdoors. It is just a fun way to warm up with out having to go indoors. In the past I just made the hot chocolate really hot and wrapped the bottle in a towel. A little bulky but it worked. Needless to say, when I was offered the opportunity to review Klean Kanteen's new Insulated Bottles for kids I was more than a little excited. Klean Kanteen boasts their insulated water bottles keep liquids steaming for up to 6 hours and chilled for over 24. I put them to the test and this is what I found. The first test I did on this bottle was filling it with boiling hot chocolate and setting it directly into the snow for an hour. Sure enough, the chocolate was still steaming when I removed the cap. Next, I took the same bottle of hot chocolate hiking for another hour in the snow with my kids. At our break we cracked the lid and I was pleasantly surprised that the chocolate was still steaming. To be honest, the chocolate was little too cool for my taste, I like it hot, but it was the perfect temperature for my kids. Next I tested how long it kept liquids cold. I was not able to test this bottle during the hottest parts of the summer, only during the early months of spring. I filled the bottle half way with ice and the rest with water and took it out for a morning outdoors with my kids. We hiked, played at the playground, and had a picnic lunch. The bottle did so well keeping the water cold we drank all the water before the ice melted. In fact, when I got home I put the bottle on the counter and left it until after dinner. When I opened it to load it in the dishwasher there was still a small amount of ice left. The water most likely would have stayed cold long after the ice had completely melted. I LOVE this insulated water bottle but there is a trade offs to keep in mind. It is heavy. Klean Kanteen's insulated bottles are double walled and vacuum sealed. Makes for refreshingly hot or cold liquids but also makes the bottle twice as heavy. I don't always want the extra weight when I am hiking carrying my 2 year old or running errands around town. I have started using this bottle for picnics and as a treat for after a hike. That way I can leave it in the car and not carry the extra weight. I will probably feel differently when it is 100 degrees outside. I am sure the extra weight will be worth it. Here is a rundown of the 12 oz. Klean Kanteen Kid's Insulated Water Bottle. Pros:
- Efficient at keeping liquids hot or cold. I really can't think of a reason I would want to keep my chocolate hot longer than 6 hours.
- Fun colors. You will not have a hard time finding this bottle in your cupboard or if you drop it on a hike.
- I only had the bottle for a couple months but I would guess they last next to forever. The most vulnerable part is probably the plastic lid, but you can buy replacements from Klean Kanteen.
- Insulated bottles are heavy and, in my opinion, not always worth carrying.