Klean Kanteen TKWide Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Sleek, low-profile lid and carrying handle, durable, doesn't impart flavors
Cons: Expensive for capacity, cafe cap can leak
Manufacturer: Klean Kanteen
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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