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CamelBak MultiBev Review

This two-part insulated bottle is great for hot drinks with its built-in, removable mug
CamelBak MultiBev
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Price:  $50 List | $49.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Novel design, works great for hot drinks, easy to clean
Cons:  Flavors linger, gets dirty easily, pricey
Manufacturer:   CamelBak
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 26, 2021
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 7
  • Durability - 25% 9
  • Weight - 20% 2
  • Taste - 15% 6

Our Verdict

This intricate CamelBak MultiBev works well for hot beverages. We love the two-part design and the detachable cup. The downside to this design is that dirt and germs get on the bottom of the bottle, which then goes straight into the bottom of the cup. We felt like this aspect of the design got overlooked. Beyond its design, this bottle is a substantial and very durable stainless steel model that passed all of our durability tests with ease.

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Pros Novel design, works great for hot drinks, easy to cleanDurable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy cleaning, lid insert for easy drinkingLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingSleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottleAffordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, portable
Cons Flavors linger, gets dirty easily, priceyExpensive, heavyDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingLimited to water use only, small capacityPaint chipping after a few months of use, flip cap seemed to lack security
Bottom Line This two-part insulated bottle is great for hot drinks with its built-in, removable mugOur favorite choice for daily use because of the size, shape, and ease of use in an insulated stainless steel bottleA tried and tested classic, this model is versatile and reasonably pricedA bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishapsThis is one of our top ranking bottles because it's easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive
Rating Categories CamelBak MultiBev YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Stainless Steel Fil... Simple Modern Summit
Ease Of Use (40%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (25%)
9.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Weight (20%)
2.0
2.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Taste (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs CamelBak MultiBev YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Stainless Steel Fil... Simple Modern Summit
Body Material 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel
Empty weight (oz) 22.4 oz 22 oz 6.4 oz 13.9 oz 12.4 oz
Volume (oz) 22 oz 26 oz 34 oz 20 oz 22 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 1.02 oz 0.85 oz 0.19 oz 0.7 oz 0.56 oz
Mouth diameter 2 in 3 in 2.5 in 2 in 2.25 in
Base diameter 3 in 3.25 in 3.25 in 2.8 in 3 in
Height 11.6 in 10 in 8.25 in 10.75 in 9.5 in
Body Type Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional
Free of Materials BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free BPA-free BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free BPA-free BPA-free
Cap/Lid Type Screw cap Wide-loop cap Loop-top screw cap Screw-cap with straw Screw Cap
Volume Options 17 oz, 22 oz 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 20 oz 14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz
Warranty Got Your Bak Lifetime Guarantee 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use 30 day Limited Warranty

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Great for hot tea on the go, the CamelBak MultiBev has an intricate...
Great for hot tea on the go, the CamelBak MultiBev has an intricate design that is great for picnic meals.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Ease of Use


Whew. Lots to say here. The CamelBak MultiBev is unlike any bottle we have ever tested. This 2-in-1 beverage hauler consists of four separate parts: the bottle itself (22-ounce capacity), the detachable cup (16-ounce), the bottle lid, and the separate storage compartment for the cup lid.

The assortment of parts that come with the MultiBev.
The assortment of parts that come with the MultiBev.
Photo: Jane Jackson

We like using this bottle for tea on hikes and picnics because it works like an old-school Thermos — pour a hot drink into the separate vessel in order to drink a slightly cooled hot drink. That said, we were a bit confused by the design. The bottle sits inside the cup, so you have to be cognizant of what you are setting the bottle on (avoid germ-ridden or dirt-covered surfaces because the bottom of the bottle and whatever has adhered to it will live in the bottom of your cup once the cup is stowed). We also found that the silicone lid could have fit better over the mug, and often chose to skip using it. Once you get the hang of it, the bottle is fairly easy to use, but there are certainly a lot of parts for a water bottle.

We were surprised this one fit in a car cupholder, considering its...
We were surprised this one fit in a car cupholder, considering its size.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Durability


When it comes to durability, this bottle is a TANK. The cup and bottle make for a substantial, two-layer bottom that protects the bottle from damage, especially during our drop test. This bottle didn't see a single nick or dent after being dropped onto concrete — impressive. Unfortunately for this bottle, there are two parts to our durability test, and two lids that have to be tested on this complex bottle. The lid to the bottle itself survived our leak test, but the silicone mug lid did not. The lid is not secure and is frankly quite flimsy. We often ended up not using it at all, which made the mug prone to spilling.

Weight


Because of all its parts and components, plus its stainless-steel construction, this bottle is a bit on the heavier side. Its empty weight is well over a pound, landing at 22.4 ounces on the scale. This places it among the heavier bottles in this review, which isn't surprising, considering it has a detachable, insulated mug. Its weight means it's not the most portable bottle we tested, and we preferred to use it at the office or around the house, rather than as a hiking or biking bottle.

This hefty bottle is durable, but kind of large to lug around town.
This hefty bottle is durable, but kind of large to lug around town.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Taste


The MultiBev aced some aspects of our taste test while falling short in others. We used this insulated bottle/mug combination to hold all types of flavored beverages and ended up with a menagerie of flavors inside the bottle. We felt like this one in particular held onto scents, making everything we drank out of it smell and taste the same. Now, this is all without a proper wash, and thankfully, the MultiBev is easy to clean.

The downside to this bottle is how much flavors seemed to linger...
The downside to this bottle is how much flavors seemed to linger inside its walls. Even with multiple washes, we still tasted the Kava flavor from this herbal tea.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Though it has multiple parts and a complex design, it was easy to clean and shed flavors after a wash with soapy water. The bottle itself has a narrow mouth, which fits a bottle brush but just barely. The mug cleans easily with a sponge or brush. Additionally, when we first opened this bottle, it had no lingering metallic or plastic-y packaging flavors.

We love that this one is easy to clean, but it still had problems...
We love that this one is easy to clean, but it still had problems with lingering flavors.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Value


This is one of the more expensive bottles in this review. That said, it is an extremely durable bottle, with many uses, so its hefty price tag is balanced with its functionality and versatility.

Conclusion


The CamelBak MultiBev took us some time to get used to, but after our testing period, we are overall quite impressed with the bottle and its usefulness in a variety of situations. We feel like there were a few kinks that could be worked out in terms of the design, but we also enjoyed the separate cup and its sleek storage set-up. The bottle passed our durability and taste tests with flying colors, and it fits into a car cup holder. It is a bit of an investment, but for those who love hot beverages on the go, this is a great versatile option.

Jane Jackson