Product Type: Sistema sports equipment
Newest Review: ... up" We saw these bottles in an array of colours in our local Asda store for £2 each which I thought was a reasonable price. I... more
It Doesn't Leak!
Sistema Twister Bottle
Member Name: arleek
Sistema Twister Bottle
Advantages: Doesn't leak, nice looking, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Cannot get last drops of water out.
In what seemed like my infinite search for drinks bottles that are reasonably priced, don't leak, and are suitable for young children, I finally struck gold! I was in Asda and I noticed they had a whole shelf full of these Sistema bottles, which came in a range of bright colours and 3 different sizes. I was immediately drawn to the bright colours, so I took a closer look and studied the lid mechanism intently to see whether leaks were possible, which of course they are with most water containers. But to me it seemed like a good system, so I bought one, I really wanted two but I wanted to make sure of non-leakage before I got another one.
The reason I wanted a drinks bottle was because my daughter has moved up a year in school and instead of being able to help themselves to a drink whenever they liked, they now have to have their own labelled bottle of water which they can access at any time. And rather than give her an old Lucozade bottle or the like, I thought I would get her a nice one...that hopefully wouldn't leak. And also my younger daughter needed a new bottle because she is permanently thirsty, so I have to take a drink out with us wherever we go, and I am sick and tired of her shabby Hello Kitty drink leaking all over my bag!
The bottle is made from BPA free plastic which has a slight give in it so the bottle is not completely rigid. There are ridges down the sides of the bottle, and I guess this is to help with grip f it is wet. The lid is a screw top, but the top section has a small twisting part which you twist and the spout emerges from the top, and this is where you drink from. You can either suck from this bit, or squeeze the bottle and squirt the water into your mouth. I personally prefer the squirt method, but I think my daughters tend to suck. It is quite easy to twist the top, and both my 3 year old and 5 year old have no issues with using the bottle unaided.
The bottles come in an array of bright colours - we have a pink one with blue trim, and a blue one with a green trim. I think you can also get a lime green one, and perhaps a black version.
The first one I bought to test was for my youngest daughter to use over the summer holidays and it was used several times each week, and we never once suffered a leak. My daughter is quite obsessed with this bottle, so it has been through quite a lot - crushed at the bottom of various bags, dropped a few times, chewed, caked in food and crumbs, left in the sunlight, but still remains in excellent condition. I can honestly say, it has certainly been put through its paces, and is probably the best water bottle I have ever owned that a 3 year old child can operate.
The bottle is very easy to clean, ours are just used for water so I usually just give them a good rinse and then leave them to drain. The lid is also easy to clean, I just open it out and blast water straight through it to ensure any drool is washed away!
One slight drawback is that the bottle neck is shaped in a way that you can never get the last few drops of water out of the bottle; it tends to sit in the curves around the neck. Which is not really a problem, except when your 3 year old can see the water in the bottle, yet it is not coming out into her mouth. This is also a problem when you have washed the bottle and leave it to drain - it never actually drains properly and you have to give it a shake to get rid of any lurking water.
I have been really happy with these bottles, they may look simple and are not emblazoned with the latest kiddie character such as Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig, Ben 10 etc. But they work, and do not leak, and that is the most important thing for me - especially if they are going in a packed lunch - you can rest easy knowing your child's sandwiches will not end up soggy if you use this bottle. As I said my youngest has had hers for a few months and it's great, and my eldest daughter has been using hers at school for a couple of weeks now with no problems, and she often uses it at the weekend too. It is a definite hit with both of my children, and I would even recommend it for adults too - especially since it also comes in a large size.
I originally saw these in Asda, but they are also available on Amazon for various prices hovering around £4-£5 mark. They come in 330ml, 460ml and 700ml sizes (with the 700ml having a slightly different lid).
Summary: The best bottle for children