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Klean Kanteen TKWide Review

A sleek, small capacity insulated bottle that works for coffee or for staying hydrated on the job
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Price:  $33 List | $31.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Sleek, low-profile lid and carrying handle, durable, doesn't impart flavors
Cons:  Expensive for capacity, cafe cap can leak
Manufacturer:   Klean Kanteen
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 25, 2019
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RANKED
#6 of 18
  • Ease of Use - 40% 7
  • Durability - 25% 9
  • Weight - 20% 3
  • Taste - 15% 8

Our Verdict

Sleek and simple, the updated Klean Kanteen TKWide impressed us with its lid design, size, and insulating prowess. The most notable difference between this bottle and previous versions is the updated lid. We tested the café cap, which is low-profile and easy to use, though we found it to leak if we weren't careful when sealing it. The cap is more time consuming to clean than the body, but both are fairly straightforward to clean. The carrying handle is sleek and locks down when it is not being used — a feature we appreciated. Overall, this is a great bottle for use around town, or as a coffee mug for those who need 20 ounces of caffeine to get them through the day.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Klean Kanteen TKWide lies somewhere between a coffee mug and a water bottle. We went with water bottle since 20 ounces of coffee is just a little too much caffeine (this is debatable, of course). The cafe cap lid is great for sipping any beverage from, though it can leak if you don't close it carefully. Overall, this bottle received high marks in our book.

Performance Comparison


Portable  easy to use  and stylish  the TKWide is at home on the bank of the river or alongside a computer.
Portable, easy to use, and stylish, the TKWide is at home on the bank of the river or alongside a computer.

Ease of Use


The TKWide is very similar to previous versions — why change a good thing, right? Klean Kanteen has updated the lid and closure mechanism on this classic bottle, aiming to improve on an already good design. This means that the updated bottle has dots instead of threads on the inside of the bottle. We found these changes made the bottle easier to clean and also made drinking without the lid on a more pleasant experience.

It was hard to tell if the cafe cap was fully closed or not - which resulted in us leaking water in our backpack more than once.
It was hard to tell if the cafe cap was fully closed or not - which resulted in us leaking water in our backpack more than once.

We also liked how the carrying handle locks down when it is not being used. This is a nice feature since not everyone likes using carrying handles! We had a few problems with the closing mechanism on the lid. The twist-lock café cap is nice to drink from, but we found that we often did not close it all the way, which caused leakage when thrown in a backpack or messenger bag. Given, this was an example of user error, but we wish it weren't so easy to make this mistake.

Durability


Like most Klean Kanteen products we have tested in the past, the TKWide impressed in this metric. The bottle is built like a steel bullet. We dropped it, knocked it over, and threw it on the ground, and this bottle barely got a scratch. We tested the silver version, which also meant that there was no paint to chip off, adding to the bottle's high score in this metric.

This bottle is built like a miniature tank! Though we do not advise using it to level out your van!
This bottle is built like a miniature tank! Though we do not advise using it to level out your van!

Weight


Weighing in at 14.1 ounces, the Klean Kanteen TKWide is one of the heavier bottles in this review. This is a bit disappointing, considering its relatively small capacity. The version we tested holds 20 ounces of liquid. Though it scored low in this metric, the TKWide performed similarly to other stainless-steel bottles of its size in this metric. This bottle is not one you would likely take into the backcountry. For use around town, weighing in at almost a pound is less of a big deal.

Though it may be a bit heavy for some  the TKWide makes up for it in its sleek shape and updated lid design.
Though it may be a bit heavy for some, the TKWide makes up for it in its sleek shape and updated lid design.

Taste


Designed as an oversized coffee mug, this metric was an important one for the Klean Kanteen TKWide. Though we mostly used it for water, we did put coffee, smoothies, and electrolyte drink mix into this bottle, with positive results. Even though we switched between all of those flavors, the bottle seemed to recover from each drink impressively. We tried to avoid using the lid, which helped reduce lingering flavors quite a bit. That said, it is not difficult to give the lid a quick rinse here and there.

The cafe cap tends to hold onto flavors  but it is easy to clean.
The cafe cap tends to hold onto flavors, but it is easy to clean.

Value


Insulated bottles aren't cheap these days. To us, the price tag seems like a fair price for a tried and true product from a trusted brand like Klean Kanteen. Competitors like HydroFlask and YETI make similar bottles that are more expensive, making the TKWide a fairly affordable option.

The updated threads on the inside of the TKWide were exciting to us. They not only made it easier to clean  but they made drinking from the bottle without the lid a more pleasant experience.
The updated threads on the inside of the TKWide were exciting to us. They not only made it easier to clean, but they made drinking from the bottle without the lid a more pleasant experience.

Conclusion


Overall this bottle gave us very little to complain about. It is sleek, easy to use, easy to clean, and durable. It is relatively inexpensive and will last for years. The updated dot-threads and carrying handle improved the classic Klean Kanteen design that we have always loved.

Jane Jackson