#SaferChoices: Water Bottles, Baby Bottles & Sippy Cups

Of the many popular brands of the water bottles, sippy cups and baby bottles that I have tested, a surprising number of brands have had at least one product that has tested positive for (unsafe levels of) lead.

  • I have found lead in the decorative paint and painted measuring markings on both metal and glass bottles.
  • I have found lead in the bottoms of the stainless and aluminum insulated bottles (fairly consistently – on the sealing dot in many brands of metal bottles that have a dimple in the center of the bottom).
  • Based on my extensive testing of other consumer products (not bottles) using the same type of materials and processes, I also have concerns for lead in some of the plastic parts that are painted with metallic colored paints (like chrome-look plastic.)

The recommended water bottles pictured below are the same as (or very similar to) ones that I have tested that have been consistently lead-free. These are also the same as (and/or similar to) bottles I use in my home with my family. These are the only brands I have tested MANY examples of and CONSISTENTLY found them to be lead-free. Other brands may claim to be – and may in fact be – lead free now but had lead in past years and so I am not yet personally confident that they will necessarily continue the same amount of rigor in their manufacturing processes (or supply chains oversight) on an ongoing basis.

Please note, these are my personal opinions and personal recommendations based on #XRFTesting I have done, personally.


I will add to the recommended products on this page as I test others that consistently test negative for lead.

If there is a bottle brand that you own that is not in the “recommendations” section of this page it is either because I have not tested it, OR not tested enough from that brand to make a recommendation either way, OR because I have tested it and I have found the brand to have lead on one or more occasions.


 Brands that I have tested that have been positive for lead on at least one occasion: [Please note, I am not saying “this bottle will poison you” – in most cases the lead is not in a place that comes in contact with the contents. However, in many of these cases the lead is accessible to a child’s hands on the outside of the bottle, and often times the level of lead is quite high (for example solid lead solder used on the sealing dots of insulated bottles that is sometimes close to 100% lead and is often uncovered or has a seal or sticker that could be easily removed by a child.)

Hydroflask insulated water bottles (leaded sealing disk in center of bottom – Hydroflask representatives have told me they have removed the lead in recent years, but I have not yet tested a model that was lead-free. I am looking forward to testing their more recently-manufactured products.)
Pura Kiki insulated stainless baby bottles (exposed leaded sealing dot – manufacturer has said to several of my followers that the current model of their insulated stainless baby bottle is lead-free*; I have not yet tested the 2017 model.) [*see this post, this claim was determined to be untrue in April 2017.]
U-Konserve insulated travel cup (assumption of leaded sealing dot [high test in 4000 ppm range in center of bottom of cup], not exposed (it’s covered by solid silicone seal)). This is my favorite cup and I was so bummed! I will likely keep using it until such time as the silicone bottom starts to fall off, which it has shown no sign of doing.)
Planet Box insulated water bottle (exposed leaded sealing dot).
Healthy Human insulated water bottle (sealing dot covered by painted coating).
Green Sprouts sippy cup’s separate internal glass bottle (high lead content in paint used on the colored measurement markings which are painted on the outside of the inner glass part of the sippy cup).
• And lastly, WARNING: Vintage (c. 1980s) Waterford Crystal Baby Bottles have poisoned children. They are leaded crystal (generally more than 300,000 ppm lead), avoid them at all cost.


If you are interested in having me test one of your bottles, you can join one of our testing parties or host a testing party of your own. Please click HERE to learn more about #TestingParties and #HealthyHomeVisits.

Rule of thumb for purchasing water bottles:

  • Don’t buy metal water bottles with decorative paint unless they are a known lead-free brand (like Kleen Kanteen). [Please note: MOST bottles sold today and manufactured as intended for children SHOULD be free of lead in the paint and coatings, HOWEVER the Green Sprouts sippy cup that I tested in January of this year shows that we cannot assume that is consistently the case, regardless of the legislative protections and standards in this area.]
  • Don’t buy metal water bottles with a small circular dimple (an indent that you can feel with your finger) in the center on the bottom of the bottle [unless it is a known lead-free brand] (because it may have very high levels of lead!).
  • Don’t buy metal water bottles with a center sticker or object on the middle of the bottom that might be covering a leaded sealing dot, especially if it looks like that sticker or seal may be able to be removed by a child. [This is usually only with insulated / double walled bottles.]
  • Do buy clear glass bottles withOUT painted markings.
  • Do buy stainless bottles withOUT painted markings or by brands that have consistently and repeatedly tested lead free.

Recommendations

The lead-free options below include BABY BOTTLE and SIPPY CUP options
that I have used for my own children.

Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links where a purchase made
after clicking will support this website without costing you extra!

Please click on the images to see the following lead-free water bottle choices on Amazon.

LIFEFACTORY GLASS BOTTLES
NOTE: Bottles manufactured for use by children and for adults from this brand have been tested

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KLEEN KANTEEN STAINLESS BOTTLES
NOTE: Bottles manufactured for use by children and for adults from this brand have been tested

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SIGG ALUMINUM BOTTLES MADE FOR CHILDREN
[NOTE: I have not tested the SIGG Bottles made for adults, but tested and used this brand (not these exact models) for my children when they were younger.  I have personally since switched to stainless and glass bottles.]

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Happy shopping & – as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Tamara Rubin
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Boys


Affiliate link disclosure: If you choose to purchase any items after clicking the Amazon links above, Amazon pays me a small kick back as a thank you for sending business their way. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and helps support this website, allowing me to keep sharing information about childhood lead poisoning prevention (as well as making it possible for me to keep sharing about safe products for your home and family) ... Sharing this information in turn helps families everywhere protect their children from potential environmental toxicity in their homes. I only link to products that are the same as (or very similar to) ones that I either have direct personal experience with in my home or that I have personally tested with an XRF Instrument and found to be lead-safe or lead-free. February 2017

13 Responses to #SaferChoices: Water Bottles, Baby Bottles & Sippy Cups

  1. Carrie February 11, 2017 at 5:28 am #

    Have you tested Funtainers? There’s no visible dot or dimple on the bottom, and the material covering the bottom does not come off.

  2. Katie February 11, 2017 at 5:40 am #

    Any word on the thermos brand stainless steel water cans? They claim to be lead free too but what I’m learning here is that’s not always so. :-/

  3. Kortnei February 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    I’m also curious about these Thermos Funtainer bottles: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CBFAF48/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_s_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1486953411&sr=1-1&keywords=Thermos

  4. Ioanna February 18, 2017 at 1:23 am #

    Can you tell us about the thermos stainless steel the Funtainer either with or without designs (they’re sold everywhere and my kids have about 3-4 each, now I’m worried)

  5. Kari February 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you for your important work! I was wondering if you’ve done any testing in Crocadile Creek brand metal water bottles.

    Thanks!

  6. Erin February 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    I’m also curious about the Funtainers and whether or not the outside paint has been tested. Thank you!

  7. Aimee Heck February 28, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Have you found any sippy cups that have straws and are lead free?

  8. Kerri Delamater March 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    I was wondering about Thermos Stainless Steal water bottles as well.

  9. Robert O. May 27, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    I’m curious about bottles from Contigo (www.gocontigo.com), as this company seems to be making tremendous inroads into the water bottle market. I seem to recall one link online about some lead in these bottles, but I can’t find it now. The bottles are made in China, so we only have our government’s statements and the company’s word as to the safety of the products they are importing to the U.S.A. I have used one of their stainless steel (AUTOSEAL) bottles for about a year. Very often there is a white powdery residue on the inside of the bottle (at the opening) which has me concerned. The residue wipes away and washes away easily, but it’s concerning nonetheless. I like the fact that this bottle holds cold liquids cold for many hours, but if my health is going to be affected by the presence of lead or any other undesirable contaminant, I’d rather refill a different container more frequently with ice water and/or ice cubes. If anyone has any information on this brand, please let me know. Thanks in advance! Robert

  10. Tabitha June 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    I want to say thank you so much for the work that you do. I had already bought the Klean Kanteen bottles for my daughter but they were to big for her for so I bought a Pura. I was just about to order more of the Pura bottles when I came across your article. It makes me so angry. I really trusted them especially where they have the MADE SAFE logo but apparently that isn’t trustworthy either. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

  11. SarahBeth September 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Evening and thank you wholeheartedly for the work you are doing!! Might i suggest testing the i9 glass water bottles.

  12. Samantha Paez September 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    How about Takeya bottles? Thanx!

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