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Corkcicle Canteen Classic Review

A vacuum insulated bottle with a unique shape and sleek lid that's great for cold drinks
Corkcicle Canteen Classic
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Price:  $35 List | $29.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Unique shape, simple design, reasonable price tag
Cons:  Hard to clean, scratches easily, lacks versatility
Manufacturer:   Corkcicle
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 26, 2021
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 9
  • Durability - 25% 7
  • Weight - 20% 2
  • Taste - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Corkcicle Canteen Classic is a sleek and aesthetically appealing stainless steel bottle. It scored well in many of our metrics but fell short in terms of ease of cleaning and versatility. It has an ergonomic shape that allows for easy carrying but lacks a handle. The small diameter of the mouth is great for drinking water, but not ideal for hot beverages. We were impressed with its scores in our leak test, but are disappointed to report that the paint scratches off this bottle very readily.

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Pros Unique shape, simple design, reasonable price tagDurable, 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 Hard to clean, scratches easily, lacks versatilityExpensive, 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 A vacuum insulated bottle with a unique shape and sleek lid that's great for cold drinksOur 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 Corkcicle Canteen C... YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Brita Stainless Ste... Simple Modern Summit
Ease Of Use (40%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (25%)
7.0
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 Corkcicle Canteen C... YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Brita Stainless Ste... 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) 18.4 oz 22 oz 6.4 oz 13.9 oz 12.4 oz
Volume (oz) 25 oz 26 oz 34 oz 20 oz 22 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 0.74 oz 0.85 oz 0.19 oz 0.7 oz 0.56 oz
Mouth diameter 1.5 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 11.5 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 9 oz, 16 oz, 25 oz, 60 oz 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 20 oz 14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz
Warranty Lifetime Warranty 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use 30 day Limited Warranty

Our Analysis and Test Results

This bottle has a unique aesthetic and a sleek, modern feel. The Corkcicle Canteen is great for cold beverages and impressed us with its simplicity. There are some shortcomings in terms of overall function, but the bottle is great for specific uses.

Performance Comparison


The sleek Corkcicle is a good option for desert outings—it...
The sleek Corkcicle is a good option for desert outings—it keeps 25 oz of water cold.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Ease of Use


Here, we assess the performance of each bottle in everyday life. The Corkcicle Canteen performed well in this metric overall. We had a few hangups with small design features, but overall appreciated the simplicity of its design. Since it doesn't have a carrying handle, the Corkcicle has an ergonomic shape that allows for comfortable in-hand carry. The lid is sleek and low-profile and the bottom of the bottle is rubberized to reduce slippage and improve grip. Surprisingly, the bottle fits into a car cupholder, despite its large size.

The Corkcicle Canteen takes the copilot seat in our lead tester's...
The Corkcicle Canteen takes the copilot seat in our lead tester's Prius cup holder.
Photo: Jane Jackson

In terms of ease of drinking, this bottle works great for cold drinks, but don't be fooled by the vacuum-insulated design — drinking hot beverages from this narrow-mouthed bottle is tough to recommend, though, because it's hard to control the flow of liquid to only get a small si.

Durability


The shiny, metallic copper-colored bottle we tested impressed us at first glance, but we were immediately disappointed when we scraped the paint off just trying to remove the bottle from its packaging. Subsequently, the bottle continued to get scratched and dinged as we used it in our everyday lives. This performance limited its ranking in the lineup when it came to durability.

Unfortunately, the paint was not durable at all on this bottle. We...
Unfortunately, the paint was not durable at all on this bottle. We got this scratch just getting it out of its packaging, which tarnishes this bottle's sleek looks.
Photo: Jane Jackson

The Corkcicle Canteen did, however, pass the drop test and the leak test with flying colors. The rubberized bottom helped reduce the impact of a fall on the stainless steel and the Corkcicle walked away from our drop test with no dents. The lid also performed well when we tested it for leaks. Four layers of threads insert into the bottle to create an impressive seal and an easy-to-clean lid. This is one of our favorite lid designs we've tested yet.

The Corkcicle Canteen passed our drop test and leak test with ease...
The Corkcicle Canteen passed our drop test and leak test with ease. The thin lid keeps this model reliably sealed in a backpack or messenger bag.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Weight


The Corkcicle gets an average score in terms of its overall weight, especially compared to other stainless-steel bottles. Empty, this one weighs in at 18.4 ounces, which lands it in the middle when compared to its stainless-steel, insulated peers. Its slimmed-down feature set cuts back on weight where other stainless bottles with more intricate designs end up weighing more. We like the tiny lid and sleek shape on this bottle — it's a great option for folks who yearn for simplicity.

Taste


Honestly, we were hesitant to put anything besides water in the Corkcicle Canteen. The narrow mouth was an immediate red flag in terms of lingering flavors since it is very hard to thoroughly clean. When we conducted our taste test by placing an electrolyte drink mix in the bottle and then washing it and checking for lingering flavors, we tasted faint flavors in Corkcicle, even after two washes. This bottle is challenging to clean and its stainless-steel design imparts flavors, limiting its performance in this metric.

Its narrow mouth makes the Corkcicle hard to clean, lowering its...
Its narrow mouth makes the Corkcicle hard to clean, lowering its score in this metric.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Value


As is common with the majority of stainless-steel bottles, the Corkcicle Canteen is an investment. If you are looking for an everyday bottle that will accompany you to the office, be used at home, or be taken on trips, this bottle works fine. It is fairly durable, minus the paint scratching easily, and should last years if treated with care.

Its 25-ounce capacity makes this a great companion for a work day.
Its 25-ounce capacity makes this a great companion for a work day.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Conclusion


This is a sleek and interesting-looking stainless-steel bottle that works great for keeping cold drinks cold. Its ergonomic shape and simple, secure lid are our favorite features. The narrow mouth makes it hard to clean and challenging to drink hot drinks from. It's a fine daily-use bottle if you won't miss the carrying handle and plan on using it primarily for containing cold water.

Jane Jackson