I know, I’ve talked about this many times, but we live in Boston, we don’t have a car, and we walk or take the subway whenever we need to go anywhere. Lots of walking means that carrying water with me is a good idea, but finding a good water bottle is surprisingly difficult. We’ve been through so many iterations at our house and have way too many water bottles that leak, are a pain to clean or are flat unsanitary to drink out of after riding the subway because you have to use your fingers to pry up the drinking spout. *Shutter*I often end up packing water for our ventures, taking a few sips when we start out and then not touching the water bottle again for sanitary reasons. My husband walks to class and he’s always got his water bottle strapped to his backpack along with a nice soggy stain from where it leaks. So yeah, our current water bottles have a few problems…
Contigo reached out to me an asked if I would be willing to review their Cortland Spill Proof water bottles. (I don’t think I’ve had a more timely email in all my life!)
I was sent two Cortland Spill Proof water bottles to review. I pulled them out of the package and was happy to see that this was a water bottle I could take on the subway with me and still drink out of after I got off (hooray!) The top has a small spout with a flip top cover (one that can be moved without touching where you’re going to be drinking from). The auto seal is a little rubber piece that sits inside of the water bottle and presses against the spout when you’re not drinking so the drinking spout is not only protected from outside germs, but the water is trapped in your water bottle by both the autoseal and the gray topper.
The way you release the auto seal is by pressing on a button on the back of the water bottle. I thought it was a little odd at first to have this new step added to drinking, but the button ends up being right under your fingers when you’re gripping the water bottle and pressing it with your index finger while your drinking is pretty natural. If you really don’t want water slipping out there is also a little switch on the back of the water bottle that locks the stopper/autoseal in place so if you have the bottle in your bag the auto seal release wont accidentally be pressed.
I was amazed at how well these things seal up, I filled my bottle with water and flipped it upside down and spent a few minutes shaking it. I didn’t loose a drop. I didn’t even have the gray cover over the top or the seal lock in place.
A few other things that make this a great water bottle (things that most of my other water bottles lack).
- This is so easy to clean! First it’s dishwasher safe, second you unscrew the top and press a little lever and the whole top folds back letting you clean all the little pieces inside it without having the autoseal, autoseal in a bunch of germs.
- The water bottle is marked, so you can easily see how much you’ve been drinking
- There is a bag clip attached to the top of the water bottle so you can bring it along all kinds of ways.
- It has a life time guarantee
The only thing I really think could be improved would be if the bottle was insulated. The plastic on it is thick and my drink stayed fairly cold but when I’m out and about in hot weather having an ice cold beverage can be a life saver. If that’s also important to you Cortland has the Sheffield®, which looks like it has all lot of the greatness of the Contigo, (the spout looks a little different) but it’s also insulated.
I had a great experience with the Cortland. My husbands backpack stays dry on his walk to school, I’ve got a great water bottle for being out and about and even when the baby is playing with it it doesn’t leak. All wins in my book.
If you spend a lot time on the go or even if you’re just looking for a great reliable water bottle that’s both sanitary and spill proof the Cortland Contigo is definitely worth checking out! Use coupon code Cortland20 for 20% off any product order at GoContigo.com. The coupon code will be good through Nov. 15th.
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