Hey there! This week's review is short but sweet. We'll be taking a look at the Takeya Modern Glass Water Bottle. This beautiful vessel comes in 2 sizes (16oz & 18oz) as well as a variety of colors. I purchased the 16oz option in snow/ice green. The main reason I purchased this bottle was motivation to drink more water. I know it seems silly, but it's hard to remind yourself to drink the recommended amount of water during a busy work day (64 ounces). So I decided to purchase a water bottle that was so beautiful it would catch my eye throughout the day and remind me to hydrate. It's a super "design-nerdy" solution, i know, but believe it or not this strategy worked. I actually enjoy drinking out of this bottle and have now formed a habit of drinking 4 bottles a day.
So lets start from the the top! Aka the lid. The only logo treatment on the entire bottle is a subtly embossed "Takeya" on the lid. This gives the bottle a clean & timeless feel because there's no in-your-face branding like most bottles out there today.
You've probably also noticed the designated cutout for attaching a carabiner. This is a very useful feature if you need to attach it to the outside of your pack. Not only does this feature look nice, but it gives you multiple ways to carry the bottle. The asymmetrical design also gives you a little handle to quickly open and close the bottle. I like to stick my finger in the hole and spin it around the lid to open and close it quickly.
The lid screws on very smoothly and very quickly thanks to the large and shallow threads. It actually glides so smoothly that I've gotten in the habit of just spinning the lid until it unscrews itself. It's pretty fun! And the o-ring seal gives the lid a very secure and tight fit, so no need to worry about spillage.
The opening is the perfect size for drinking (unlike my super wide Nalgene) and has about a 1/2 inch of space before the threading begins. This means my lips don't have to scrape against the bumps as I close my mouth to swallow (I realize how trivial that seems but it truly makes a difference). Unfortunately, the small opening means it's difficult to drop in ice cubes. It measures about 1.25 inches in diameter, so it may be necessary to purchase a tray that produces smaller ice cubes (if you're obsessed with ice like me).
To give you a better sense of scale, here's a look with my Nalgene bottle. As you can see, you won't be able to hold a significant amount of water with the Takeya, which is why I use it as my office bottle where I have access to unlimited refills. I use my Nalgene in outdoor scenarios where I have limited access to drinking water, and therefore need to carry as much as possible. The other down side to such a slim and tall bottle is that it's too small for standard sized cup holders (it's also fairly top heavy). It tends to fall over when I'm taking turns in my car which can be annoying at times.
The frosted silicone sleeve is no doubt the coolest design feature of this bottle. It has a frosted look to it with a nice long window down the center so you can see how much water you have left. The sleeve also acts as a great protective barrier against drops. It's about a 1/16th of an inch thick, which is just enough protection without being too bulky (the glass is incredibly thick too). I've dropped this bottle several times and it's still going strong.
To put it simply, the Takeya Water Bottle is a beautiful vessel from both a design and functionality perspective. It's hard to find a product that beckons you to use you it, and motivates you to improve your health purely through it's design. But this one does the trick (for me at least). While it does have the unfortunate tendency to want to tip over because of it's slenderness, it was built to take the beating and constructed to last a long time. So if you're looking for that extra level of motivation to stay hydrated and chug some H2O, pick up a Takeya Modern Glass Water Bottle and chug with style.
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