Going Klean

The key to having a healthy life if you live in a hot and humid country like Singapore is to keep your self hydrated.  This is especially true for people like me who sweat a lot.  That is why it is important for me to find a good quality water bottle that I can bring along with me day in and day out.

I have been in the market for such a water bottle and sadly most have fell short of my expectations.  I generally base my expectations on some categories: quality, performance, maintenance, and, of course, looks.

I am happy to say that I think I have finally found the water bottle!  At least so far it is the water bottle for me.

Introducing the Klean Kanteen Insulated water bottle.  Note: Image from http://www.littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk.

Klean Kanteen Insulated 20oz Stainless Steel Water Bottles

The one I purchased is the “Night Sky”.  It comes in different sizes and colors as you can see from the image above.  I got the 20oz (or almost 600ml) version because I wanted to have max water availability.

Quality

This water bottle is made from non-BPA stainless steel.  The construction of the bottle is solid, smooth, and sturdy to the touch.  Granted, I have only had my Klean Kanteen for a week and I have not managed to drop it yet but just by holding it you can feel that it was well built.  It also has a lifetime warranty but, according to the Klean Kanteen official website, will only apply if you purchased the water bottle from the official website.  That’s a little disappointing but the way I use i think this might last me a long time.

I just wanted to note that if you fill up the water bottle it will be heavy because of the double layer construction that allows for the insulation.

My fear with the bottle I got is the color might fade or chip away in the future.  In the company’s website they have explained that some of their products do have this defect and is covered by their warranty.  So far, no chipping of the paint.

Performance

For me performance is very important.  I always put cold beverages in my water bottles.  I am not usually an avid fan of hot drinks except for the occasional latte here and there.

Science will tell you that condensation can occur on the surface of an object if the temperature inside and outside are different.  That is what I have experienced with the other water bottles I have purchased before.

Before I bought this Klean Kanteen bottle I purchased a stainless steel one from All Deals Asia just because I was already fed up with the plastic water bottles.  It is similar to the Sigg water bottles.  Initially I thought “yeah this might work” and then when I put cold water inside the bottle there you go…condensation all over the bottle.

What does condensation mean to me?  Well, I bring my water bottle with me so I have in my bag.  If condensation happens then that will make everything it touches wet.  Because of the insulation that I mentioned earlier, this condensation does not happen with the Klean Kanteen.

The company has also published in their website that these insulated water bottles can keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 6 hours.  I have not really put this into a test especially for the hot drinks but so far what I have noticed with cold water and the bottle is that it does retain the cold temperature of the water longer than I have experienced with other water bottles.

Often I fill up my bottle in the morning around 9am before going to work.  I usually get to take my first sip from the bottle around 11am (that’s when my boss usually goes down to smoke so I can take a quick water break).  Normally my drink won’t be cold anymore with my old water bottles but with the insulated water bottle it does retain the coldness of the drink.

For those who might use the water bottle with hot drinks, be careful though.  Make sure you don’t seal that bottle when the drink is boiling hot.  The small piece of glossy paper that comes with the bottle says that you should let hot drinks cool down to a warm enough temperature that you can already drink before closing the bottle.  I guess if you don’t follow that instruction the pressure might build up inside and this is what you’ll probably get:

One thing I am not amused about the bottle though is the smell of metal.  Every time you take a sip you smell the metal.  Good thing though is that the metallic smell does not translate to a metallic taste for the beverage you are drinking.  The water doesn’t taste differently.

Maintenance

Clean-up is easy compared to other types of water bottles because of the wide mouth and the smooth design.  There are no nooks and crannies where water might be able to get stuck in which can cause mold growth on the bottle itself.  The lid, however, may have that problem but lids are easy to clean.

Other water bottles, especially those that follow the Sigg bottle design, have small mouths which are harder to clean with just a sponge.  You’ll need something smaller.

I also like the fact that the inside of the bottle doesn’t smell foul after washing.  It still smells like it did the first time I bought it.  Some water bottles I got smelled like a sock was left inside it after I cleaned it up.

The recommended method of cleaning a Klean Kanteen water bottle is sponge and soapy water.

Looks

To me simplicity is key.  It looks like the canister that held the mutagen that turned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to mutants.  Simple design, nice color, that’s it.

I was actually thinking of purchasing the stainless steel one because of my fear that the paint might peel off but I am glad I chose the painted one.  It just looks nicer to me.

Although, I would like to see in the future designs like the ones in Sigg bottles.  Those artworks are great and cool looking.

Conclusion

As I said, I’ve had the bottle for only a week but to me that one week is enough to convince me that this might be worth the investment.  No real negative experience with the water bottle so far except for the smell of metal but what to do it is made of stainless steel.

Where to Buy in Singapore

I got mine from The Planet Traveller store at Changi Airport Terminal 3 here in Singapore for S$55.  The official distributor in Singapore for these water bottles is Kool Depot.  You can purchase the bottles from them but if you check the price I got my 20oz bottle from the airport for the price of a 16oz bottle from the Kool Depot website.

There are other distributors so just check the Klean Kanteen website.  I believe in the US they are selling the water bottles in combo packs – water bottle, default lid and coffee lid.  The coffee lid will allow you to drink from the bottle without removing the lid much like those coffee tumblers.

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