Tuesday, January 07, 2014 Posted by Dina N
Everyone in my family has a reusable water bottle. My kids take theirs to school, to after-school activities, and wherever we go on the weekend. After much trial and error - it is NOT fun to bring home a backpack full of wet stuff because the water bottle leaked! - we decided to stick to stainless steel bottles. They are not perfect, of course - a stainless steel bottle is heavier than a comparable-sized plastic one, and it shows dings and scratches after a while. We keep a selection of plastic water bottles as back up.
At first glance, the FLEXR Sports Water Bottle is just another one of these plastic bottles. It comes in several sizes: 28 oz., 21 oz., 16 oz., and 8 oz. The colors are Camo, Natural (clear), Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, Red, Purple, Sliver, and White. The bottle comes with a black cozy with the FLEXR Sports logo. I received the purple one which holds 16 ounces. The shape and cap are pretty standard. The bottle is made of softer plastic that can be squeezed when drinking. What's unusual about the FLEXR Sports bottle is that it comes with a liner. The liner is a rectangular plastic bag that is inserted in the bottle. The technique for installing the liner is similar to placing a plastic liner in a garbage can - except that the bottle liner is a much tighter fit. The liner is biodegradable and supposed to collapse as you drink out of the bottle. There is no unpleasant plasticky smell, and I love it that the liner is biodegradable. Using a liner makes repeated bottle washing unnecessary - all you need to do is pop a clean liner in and toss the top in the dishwasher. Other than that, I found no real benefits in using a liner. My water still sloshed around, and the liner did not collapse - neither did the liquid feel like a solid, as advertised.
Last but not least, a disposable liner partially defeats the purpose of a reusable bottle. You still throw out a plastic bag every day - well, at least it's biodegradable. Luckily, the FLEXR Sports water bottle can be used without the liner. Just make sure to plug in the small hole on the side with the provided plug. At first, I could not find the hole - it's hidden under the cozy.
The 16 oz FLEXR Sports bottle retails for $9.95. A set of 25 liners can be purchased from the company's website for $2.95. The verdict? It's an interesting concept but I am still sticking to stainless steel.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.