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Ello Pure 20 Review

This affordable bottle's no-nonsense, ergonomic design won us over
Ello Pure 20
Photo: Ello Products
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Price:  $10 List | $9.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, durable, easy to carry, easy to drink from, ergonomic design
Cons:  Thin silicone sleeve, narrow mouth makes it hard to clean by hand
Manufacturer:   Ello Products
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 13, 2020
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 9
  • Durability - 25% 5
  • Weight - 20% 2
  • Taste - 15% 9

Our Verdict

This bottle caught our eye with its reasonable price tag and a multitude of jazzy color options. But, as we started on our testing process, we found that more and more we gravitated toward the Ello Pure over any other glass bottle we tested. Its lid is simple, yet the carrying handle is ergonomic and useful. Its shape is sleek and fits comfortably into one hand, a car cup holder, and a backpack water bottle holder. It never leaked, and it passed our durability test. We were won over. The simplicity of the bottle did not result in more issues, like some of the glass bottles we tested but instead made it so that we didn't have to overthink anything when using this bottle. This no-nonsense design, plus an affordable price tag, awards the Ello Pure our Top Pick for Glass.

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Pros Inexpensive, durable, easy to carry, easy to drink from, ergonomic designLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingStylish, well-insulated, easy to clean, simple design, durableLightweight, well-insulated, simple design, reasonable price tagLightweight, easy for one-handed drinking, re-designed sport cap is effective, durable, good color options
Cons Thin silicone sleeve, narrow mouth makes it hard to clean by handDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingHeavy, expensiveCarrying handle is an odd size, rim of bottle is a bit sharpSport cap not as secure as a screw cap, carrying handle is small
Bottom Line Our favorite and affordable glass bottle that is pleasing to drink from with pleasant ergonomicsIt's hard to compare to this iconic bottle in terms of weight, price, and simplicity of designThis insulated bottle ticks all the boxes for one of our favorite bottles everWe appreciated the lightweight, sleek design of this insulated bottleWe are still stoked on this long-time favorite with its easy-to-use design
Rating Categories Ello Pure 20 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask Standard Mouth GSI Outdoor Microlite 720 Tw... Klean Kanteen Classic
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Specs Ello Pure 20 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask... GSI Outdoor... Klean Kanteen...
Body Material Glass/ BPA-free silicone Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel Stainless Steel, Polypropylene, Silicone 18/8 stainless steel
Empty weight (oz) 18.5 oz 6.3 oz 12.9 oz 10.5 oz 7.4 oz
Volume (oz) 20 oz 34 oz 24 oz 24 oz 27 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 0.93 oz 0.19 oz 0.54 oz 0.43 oz 0.27 oz
Mouth diameter 1.75 in 2.5 in 2 in 2.25 in 1.75 in
Base diameter 3 in 3.25 in 3 in 3 in 2.75 in
Height 10.75 in 8.25 in 11 in 9.3 in 11 in
Body Type Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional
Free of Materials BPA-free BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free
Cap Materials Silicone Information not available Polypropelene Polypropylene, silicone Polypropylene, Silicone spout
Cap/Lid Type Screwtop Loop-top screw cap Wide-loop cap Screwtop Sport cap wih spout
Volume Options 20 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 18 oz, 21 oz 17 oz, 24 oz, 34 oz 18 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz, loop cap/sports cap, wide mouth
Warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use Lifetime Warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime Warranty

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pure shined in almost all of our metrics — from durability (as far as that goes with glass) to weight to ease of use. Its design proved to be easy to use but caused a few issues when it came to cleaning the bottle. The Ello's scores in the ease of use metric reflect these issues.

Performance Comparison


Hydrating in the early morning sun with the Ello bottle. We happily...
Hydrating in the early morning sun with the Ello bottle. We happily hand-carried this bottle on some of our favorite walks around Bishop.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Ease of Use


Let's start with the lid. The simple cap is secure, basically fool-proof, and provides an easy way to carry this bottle when you don't have a bag to stash it in. With two twists, the lid locks onto the bottle, with no gray area or confusion as to whether it is secure or not. We really liked the rectangular, fixed carrying handle. Its ergonomic shape, yet low-profile silhouette won us over, though we are typically reluctant to endorse carrying handles in general. On the Ello, it proved to be a great, easy way to carry the bottle when you don't want to stash it in a pack. If carry handles really aren't for you, the bottle is narrow enough to comfortably carry in hand.

The carrying handle on the Ello Pure fit our three fingers...
The carrying handle on the Ello Pure fit our three fingers perfectly, and comfortably. This is one of our favorite handle designs we've tested.
Photo: Jane Jackson

When it comes to cleaning, the Ello presents a few issues. The lid, which is simple and fairly fool-proof on the outside, has a fairly complex underside that is tougher to effectively clean. There are two deep crevices that are hard to get into and clean thoroughly and a gasket that is buried so deep, it is almost impossible to remove without tools. Additionally, the bottle's narrow mouth presents another issue, as its too narrow to fit wider cleaning tools. These issues are manageable with a dishwasher, though, as the entire bottle is dishwasher safe. And a bottle brush should work fine with the narrow opening.

We found it easiest to throw the Pure in the dishwasher for a...
We found it easiest to throw the Pure in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning every now and then.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Durability


Since its silicone sleeve is not as thick and substantial as that of the other glass bottles in this review, we were concerned about the Pure as we set up our durability tests this spring. Luckily, the Ello passed the test, falling from a height of 3.5 feet, and landing on the ground unscathed. Additionally, as we mentioned above, the Ello is almost leak-proof — with its secure and simple cap that requires only two twists to fully secure. Some of the other glass bottles in this review have more nebulous closing systems, which provides more opportunity for leakage.

This bottle passed our drop test more than once. We found that...
This bottle passed our drop test more than once. We found that carrying this bottle around by its handle all the time resulted in us dropping it on the sidewalk multiple times. Luckily, our clumsiness didn't result in any breakage!
Photo: Jane Jackson

Weight


With a measured weight of 18.5 ounces, the Pure falls right alongside its glass competitors in terms of weight. There is no way around the fact that glass bottles, and insulated stainless steel ones, just weigh more than their plastic competitors. For use around town — the office, gym, or coffee shop — this is no real concern, especially with the sleek design of the Ello bottle. Its shape allows it to fit into a car cupholder or a backpack water bottle holder easily — making it the most portable glass option we tested.

Lightweight and sleek, for a glass bottle, we found it easy to bring...
Lightweight and sleek, for a glass bottle, we found it easy to bring this Ello bottle on hikes where we would otherwise bring a lighter plastic or metal bottle.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Taste


Like the other glass bottles in this review, the Ello bottle did not hold on to flavors. When drinking from the Ello, your lips only touch the glass part of the bottle, which limits the imparting of flavors even more than bottles with plastic spouts and lids. This is another benefit of its simple design. Though the cap has a few crevices that can trap flavors, we found that this didn't affect the rim of the bottle at all. With a quick rinse, any lingering flavor can be removed from the lid of the bottle.

The unnecessary nooks and crannies of the Ello's lid were a bit of a...
The unnecessary nooks and crannies of the Ello's lid were a bit of a challenge to keep clean.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Value


Where the Ello bottle really shines is here in the value metric. When we first saw this glass bottle with an incredibly affordable price tag we could hardly believe it. We were skeptical at first — how would a bottle that is one third the price of our longstanding favorites hold up in our side-by-side testing? Turns out, the Ello did just across the board as its more expensive competition. We were impressed by the bottle's durability and design. The only place we saw corners cut was in the silicone sleeve, which is thinner than that of the other glass bottles. This wasn't an issue in our drop tests, but we made a note of it for the longer-term durability of the bottle.

Used at our home office, the Ello kept us hydrated and kept money in...
Used at our home office, the Ello kept us hydrated and kept money in our pockets with its much lower than average price.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Conclusion


The Ello Pure is a sleek, no-nonsense glass bottle with an affordable price tag. It is easy to use and portable, making it our go-to for around town missions. We loved the carrying handle and the slim shape of the bottle, both of which allow for easy carrying on short hikes and other low-commitment outings. The silicone sleeve thinner than other glass bottles we've tested, making it easy to remove for cleaning. The lid is simple and the handle is ergonomic and comfortable to use. While this bottle's cap is a bit tricky to clean by hand, running the bottle and cap through the dishwasher is easy-peasy. Its reasonable price tag, pleasant ergonomics, and overall styley design makes the Ello our latest Top Pick for Glass.

Jane Jackson