Product Type: Sistema sports equipment
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Sistema Twister Bottle
Member Name: KLockwood75
Sistema Twister Bottle
Date: 26/09/12, updated on 26/09/12 (130 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, portable, no leaks
Disadvantages: Don't clean as well as I'd like them to
In our house we seem to go through water bottles far more frequently than we should. There are the metal ones with the plastic lids where the plastic always seems to crack within a few weeks, the flip-top straw ones where the straw gets so chewed up by my children that they can't actually drink out of it anymore and, my personal favourite, the ones that seem absolutely fine when you take them out but mysteriously spring a leak five minutes later soaking all the clean clothes in the change bag.
So, following the demise of school water bottle number 4 last term (this time the five year old broke the lid while using it as a lightsabre), I found myself browsing the aisles at Sainsburys in search of yet another replacement. The bright colours of the Sistema range caught my eye - I am a bit of a sucker for pretty coloured kitchen-related products - so I decided to have a closer look.
The Sistema twister bottle is a simple design. It is essentially just a coloured plastic bottle, with a slight indent in the middle and ridges to make it easier to grip. I'm assuming the ridges are more for if you are using the bottle to hold your sports drink - it would be a comfortable shape to hold while out for a run. The top of the bottle has a screw top lid. You can unscrew this completely to fill the bottle and this is easy to do. The clever feature of the lid is that once you have screwed the top tightly shut, you can then twist the top section in the opposite direction to reveal the sports-style drinking spout. In my opinion, this is ideal for children as it is easy to drink from and is relatively hygienic as you don't actually have to touch the spout when opening the bottle. So, if they are outside and have slightly grubby fingers, there is less chance of them actually getting the dirt into their mouths - who am I kidding, my children would probably eat mud anyway given half a chance.
Assuming the bottles are tightly screwed back up after filling, and the spout put back down after use, these bottles perform really well. They don't leak, even when just thrown under the buggy as we head out for the day and hold a good amount of water. They are also dishwasher proof which is an added bonus.
The bottles come in a couple of different sizes - ours are the 460ml size, but there is also a 330ml version. The 460ml version costs around £4.50 and comes in bright blue, hot pink or lime green. We have a blue one and a pink one - everything is blue or pink in this house.
Overall, I would recommend this product. They are definitely one of the more durable water bottles that we have tried and both my children (age 5 and 2) find it easy to twist them to make the spout pop up and drink with minimal mess. They are light when empy and very portable. The only minor reservation I have with them is that I don't find them particularly easy to clean - although they are washed up in hot soapy water, or put through the dishwasher occasionally, they still tend to look slightly grubby at times. To be honest, I think that is more down to my childrens' habit of chewing the top of the spout than any design features, so it wouldn't put me off replacing these with the same again in future.
Summary: A very good solution for the school water bottle problem!