Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote a review, but I’m super excited to share this one with you. As I mentioned a couple of posts back, I was swamped with finishing up assignments and studying for finals, but I managed to squeeze an hour or so to go to my local Marshall’s to pick up a stainless steel water bottle and some glass lunch containers (yay to reducing plastic use!)
I came across the S’well water bottles that are currently trending right now, and after doing some research, I learned that they’re a charitable organization that partners with UNICEF and WaterAid to get clean water to those who need it in developing countries (hooray for public health initiatives!!!), and with American Forests to plant a tree for every wood-grained water bottle that’s sold (hooray for helping our environment!!!), among other partners as well. I love the founder’s aha moment about taking initiative to promote reusable water bottles to hopefully make plastic water bottles a thing of the past.
The last time I was at Marshall’s, I saw that they had a variety of stainless steel water bottles at a fraction of the cost compared to S’well, and I have to say I was tempted, being a broke graduate student and all *tear* haha. Also, I wanted to test to see just how effective these double wall stainless steel bottles could be!
I was just about ready to give up on my search for the perfect water bottle, when this pink beauty peeked out from behind the other bottles. It was dainty, a muted dusty pink, with a cute heart printed on it. I knew I had to have it (maybe one day, S’well, one day…).
I looked for the brand name, and there was really no “brand” to be found–it only listed Formation Brands, LLC as the distributor, so I literally had no background knowledge of the maker’s reputation or how effective this bottle would be.
The tag on the bottle was modest: “Keeps hot beverages hot & cold beverages cold. Not for use in microwave, hand wash only.” I had no idea how long it would keep my beverages hot or cold, so I put it to the test.
- 4pm: I boiled some hot water and poured it in, and then I waited.
- Every two hours or so: I swooshed it around and opened up the bottle, placing my palm over the opening. It was still steamy and I could feel the heat as if I had just boiled a fresh pot of water.
- 8:30am: I was going to check around 10:30pm before I went to bed, but I forgot. The moment I woke up, I frantically rolled out of bed and nearly ran to the living room while I was half-asleep to open up the bottle. By then, 16 hours had passed. I dumped out the water into the sink, letting the water run over my hands. It was still REALLY warm! Honestly, I expected it to be at room temperature, but this bottle really proved itself 🙂
I haven’t had the chance to test how long cold beverages will stay cold (being that it’s about 60s now in Maryland haha), but I was more worried about the bottle’s ability to keep beverages warm for when winter comes. I’m not sure whether the water stayed hot because I didn’t occasionally open and dump out water as if I was drinking it, but I did pour half of the water out to test out another bottle I’d purchased for my mom, and during my two-hour checks, both of the water bottles’ contents stayed hot. This humble, $9.99 bottle from Marshall’s was definitely a steal, and they have many more colors and designs in this shape.
For my public health plug, I definitely encourage you to reconsider buying value packs of plastic water bottles. Sorry for the long post, but I hope you enjoyed reading and go out and buy yourself a reusable bottle! Go green!
(I was not compensated for writing this review by any companies or organizations mentioned in this post!)