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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Qottle Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
What's a qottle? Basically, it is a water bottle. More specifically, it is a vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle. It is double-walled, food-grade, stainless steel and will help keep your drinks cold or hot for up to 24 hours. I've had the chance to try one out and see how well it performs.
First off, a comment on the name, qottle. If you look at the lowercase q in the name, it is an upside down b. And the company slogan is Think upside down. After using the bottle... I don't get the Think upside down connection, besides just the company name. It isn't like you're using the bottle upside down or there is some magic on the bottom of the bottle to keep things fresh, hot, or cold. That isn't a negative about the bottle, just a little confusion in the naming of company/product.
The bottle works well as my reusable water bottle at work. I work in a small office and they do not have one of those large water dispenser with a five gallon jug on top. Nor do they have a machine that filters the water on demand. Instead, they have a refillable container about two gallons in size that they keep in the fridge for filtering the water. I fill the bottle from that with cold water multiple times throughout the day. At the end of the day... there is some water left in the bottle that I drink in the morning. It has remained cold from the night before. That's from roughly 5pm to 9am the next day. I haven't really gone the full 24 hours it claimed but I'm happy with how it keeps the water cold overnight like that.
The bottle keeps the liquid at temperature with the help of a cap that keeps the surface area touching the liquid to a minimum. Technically, that only matters if you have the bottle full to the rim. Otherwise, you really just have to keep the top screwed closed to keep the liquid at temp best. There isn't anything in the top to drink directly from so you can't really use this as a travel mug. They do offer a separate tumbler meant more for travel if you need that feature.
The qottle is double-walled so you don't burn your hands when the inside has your hot lunch or some coffee. With the narrow opening, I would think the bottle would be more inclined to be used for hot/cold liquids, but something like ramen noodles, soup, or chowder would do well inside, pouring it out when time to eat.

My favorite part of the water bottle, besides keeping my water cold, is the non-slip grip. It has a powder coating that helps it to be easy to grasp and hold on to.
While I didn't do this to my bottle, you can personalize the bottles easily. On the back side, opposite the qottle name at the bottom, you can put your own name. Or, place on front above qottle. Then, if multiple people in the office have their own bottles, everyone would know which one is theirs. You can customize colors, too. In addition to white and black, they also come in orange and aqua blue. Personally not a fan of the orange, but another color choice for those who like. A muted red would have been nicer in my opinion.
Thinking about the personalization feature, I would think this would be a great item to get for all the employees of a company / group. When I used to work at TripAdvisor, they seemed to have something branded to give to all their employees or just our group quite regularly. Instead of getting another hoodie with the latest saying, you could really customize with each person's name. However, I don't know how you would do a bulk purchase like that as there doesn't appear to be a way to discount pricing for a large order or enter multiple names easily. There are, however, additional color choices for the grip and boot/bottom of the bottle if you order directly from qottle that don't appear to be available when ordering from Amazon. You do supposedly get 20% off your first order when ordering direct.

Overall, I like the bottle. It does its job keeping my water cold and me hydrated. So far.... it hasn't spilled, but I do keep the lid closed between drinks. It would make a great personalized gift or company giveaway, branding with company logo even. With the outer coating, it also hasn't scratched easily. Many of my other bottles have gotten all scratched up over time and this one hasn't and shouldn't.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

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