Best Overall Sippy Cup
Pura Kiki Toddler
The Pura Kiki Toddler
won the coveted Editors' Choice Award. The cup not only scored the highest out of all the cups we tested, it also won favor for using safer/healthier materials than most of the competition; this helped it earn an impressive 9 of 10 for eco-health. This was a score only outdone by one other cup. The Pura scored a high 9 of 10 for leaking as well. This less than perfect score was still acceptable in our book, because the few drops that leaked were really just remnants of the last sip lingering in the silicone spout, not a real continuous leaking problem. This cup scored well in ease of use, because it was very easy to drink from with the super soft silicone spout, and easy to hold and carry thanks to its slim cup-holder loving design, and grippy silicone sleeve. Pura also did well in the ease of cleaning metric because it only had 3 parts (the sleeve is considered semi-permanent, and does not need to be removed for cleaning), and those parts were simple to clean by hand with a basic bottle brush. It really was difficult to find fault with this cup, and our tests were designed to do just that. Pura has recently made a few changes to their toddler cup. Read more in the full review to learn about the differences.
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Best for a Budget
Munchkin Click Lock Insulated
$4.00 each (in 2-pack)
Our Best Buy Award went to the Munchkin Click Lock Insulated
. While not the favorite cup in our test, it offers solid performance at a reasonable price. The cup is lightweight for an insulated up, keep contents cooler than non-insulated cups, and has a slim body design perfect for cup holders. It ranked 7 out of 21, and was the highest ranking plastic insulated cup we tested. It is a cup we liked, and can serve as a good economical cup for parents on a budget.
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Top Pick for Insulated Cup
Thermos Foogo Phase 3 Insulated
The Thermos Foogo Phase 3
cup won points for being insulated, having a straw type spout(as preferred by the ADA), and for being made of food grade stainless steel. These attributes gave it the highest eco-health score out of all the cups we tested, a perfect 10 of 10! The ease of cleaning for this cup was below average, suffering somewhat from the extra pieces involved in the straw design and attached lid. It did do well for ease of use, with high scores for being easy to drink from, and the slightly contoured shape was easy to hold. We loved this cup for its easy transportability; it earned favor for being insulated, and for having an attached cap that helped keep the straw clean, and aided in preventing leaks.
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Best for Specific Applications
While not all cups won awards, there were some standout cups we felt earned a mention for being very good for specific applications.
No-Leak Cup for Cup-like Drinking
The Sassy Grow Up Cup
is a really cool cup that has a fairly unique, ordinary cup-like edge, that allows toddlers to drink from 360 degrees. This was kind of cool because it meant toddlers just had to pick up the cup and drink, without having to adjust the cup to line up a spout with their mouth. In addition, the design helped little ones learn some similar skills as drinking from a regular cup. While this cup did have a leak-proof valve (an ingenious gasket like design), we can't help but think the ADA might like this cup for the decreased risk of injury (since there is no hard spout), the possible skill building of lifting and maneuvering and cup to the lips like an ordinary cup, a body shape that mimics a regular cup, and the potential for little ones to want a grown up cup so they can be more like mom and dad. So while the valve meant that toddlers still had to "suck" to get fluid, instead of normally sipping, we felt this cup was a nice compromise between the concerns of the ADA, and the needs of parents to have a leak-proof cup. The fact that the toddlers loved this "grown up" cup was just a bonus. This cup ranked 5th out of the 21 cups we tested. Not too shabby.
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The Lifefactory Glass
was another standout cup. This cup offered a healthy alternative to plastics, because it is made of glass. There were only two cups in our tests that were made of glass, which made this cup somewhat unique. The Lifefactory cup came with a silicone sleeve that helped prevent breaking, and added to the grip factor of this cup. We weren't big fans of the stiff spout given the chance for injuries, but we did like that this cup was fairly easy to clean, assemble, and was relatively leak-proof. If you are looking for a cup that is eco-health friendly, but you aren't too jazzed up about stainless steel, this might be the cup to try. Since glass can and does break, we do suggest that this cup only be used with supervision just in case an accident happens. This cool cup ranked 4th out of 21.
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We also liked the poorly scoring EIO Glass Kids Cup
, and felt it deserved a special mention. This cup did not do well in our tests, but before you dismiss it out of hand, we really should confess that maybe it wasn't fair to include it in this review. This cup is not a standard no-leak cup, as it lacks any kind of leak-proof valve or mechanism to prevent spills, but we included it to put in on parent's radar as an alternative to leak-proof cups. This little glass cup, with silicone sleeve, has a lid similar to the lids you find on hot beverages. So most of the cup is covered, with a small opening on one
side for children to drink from. The cup is supposed to be a true training cup, and a bridge between bottles and actual cups. In order to use this cup, children must
use all the same skills that they would need for a ordinary cup. The same sipping mechanism we use to drink from a cup is required for the EIO, as opposed to the sucking action required by the other cups we tested. We think that the ADA had a cup much like this in mind when they suggested parents choose cups without leak-proof valves. The lid might not be truly leak-proof
, but it did aid in preventing accidental slip-ups from turning into giant spills. It still requires the same kind of assistance and help of an ordinary cup, but it comes with at least a small insurance policy of a leak-resistant lid. Think of it like this, would you rather hold a cup of coffee with no
lid between your legs? Or a cup of coffee with a spill resistant lid
on it? We think this is a pretty neat little cup, that deserves a second look for parents who want a training cup as opposed to a leak-proof, or those looking to help little ones learn the skills necessary to use a real cup. Heck, why not buy a leak-proof cup, and
the EIO, so you get the best of both worlds and your child can master drinking more quickly?
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