Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap Review
Cons: Lots of plastic parts, not-entirely-leak-proof lid, heavy
Manufacturer: Lifefactory Glass
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Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap
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|Pros||Sturdy design for a glass bottle, ergonomic shape, easy to clean, grippy silicone sleeve||Light, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy filling||Lightweight, easy for one-handed drinking, re-designed sport cap is effective, durable, good color options||Affordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, portable||Inexpensive, passed our drop tests, easy to carry, easy to drink from, ergonomic design|
|Cons||Lots of plastic parts, not-entirely-leak-proof lid, heavy||Diameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or driving||Sport cap not as secure as a screw cap, carrying handle is small||Paint chipping after a few months of use, flip cap seemed to lack security||Narrow mouth makes it hard to clean by hand, heavy, inherently less durable than steel competition|
|Bottom Line||With an updated lid design and some tough competition, this one isn't our favorite glass bottle, but still has several redeeming features||A tried and tested classic, this model is versatile and reasonably priced||It is hard for us to find anything bad to say about this bottle, as it's simple, easy to use, and reasonably priced||This is one of our top ranking bottles because it's easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive||This affordable bottle's no-nonsense, ergonomic design wins us over for the top glass option of all we tested|
|Rating Categories||Lifefactory Glass F...||Nalgene Wide-Mouth||Klean Kanteen Classic||Simple Modern Summit||Ello Pure 20|
|Ease Of Use (40%)|
|Specs||Lifefactory Glass F...||Nalgene Wide-Mouth||Klean Kanteen Classic||Simple Modern Summit||Ello Pure 20|
|Body Material||Glass/ BPA-free silicone||Eastman Tritan co-polyester||18/8 stainless steel||18/8 stainless steel||Glass/ BPA-free silicone|
|Empty weight (oz)||19 oz||6.4 oz||7.4 oz||12.4 oz||18.5 oz|
|Volume (oz)||22 oz||34 oz||27 oz||22 oz||20 oz|
|Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity||0.86 oz||0.19 oz||0.27 oz||0.56 oz||0.93 oz|
|Mouth diameter||2.25 in||2.5 in||1.75 in||2.25 in||1.75 in|
|Base diameter||2.75 in||3.25 in||2.75 in||3 in||3 in|
|Height||10 in||8.25 in||11 in||9.5 in||10.75 in|
|Free of Materials||BPA-free, Phthalate-free||BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free||BPA-free||BPA-free||BPA-free|
|Cap/Lid Type||Screw-on lid with flip cap||Loop-top screw cap||Sport cap wih spout||Screw Cap||Screwtop|
|Volume Options||9 oz, 12 oz, or 16 oz||16 oz, 48 oz||18 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz, loop cap/sports cap, wide mouth||14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz||20 oz|
|Warranty||30-day guarantee||Lifetime Guarantee for normal use||Lifetime Warranty||Limited Warranty||Lifetime warranty|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Lifefactory had a few issues that lowered its ease of use scores, but it held its own in terms of ease of cleaning, taste, and durability.
Ease of Use
The updated 22-ounce Lifefactory has the same sleek shape as the previous model, with an updated lid that changed its score in this metric. The new lid has an ergonomically shaped spout with its own cap, complete with a silicone insert to keep it sealed. Though we preferred this spout system over the previous version, we still had a hard time trusting the cap when the bottle was loose in our backpacks. A subtle click of a tiny plastic tab is all that keeps the contents of the bottle inside, and this made us nervous. More than once, this bottle leaked in our bag, greatly reducing its score in this metric. Despite our hold-ups with the spout, we did like the hinged carrying handle, which is large enough for a few fingers, but stows on the side when not in use. We found that we actually used it frequently, unlike other bottles with smaller carrying handles.
We found that cleaning this one is actually quite easy — as the bottle's mouth is wide enough to easily fit a brush inside. The lid is complex but easy enough to clean if you really need to get in there. The removable silicone insert in the flip cap also facilitates cleaning.
Once again, the silicone sleeve does its job. We were impressed by the Lifefactory and its ability to withstand everything we put it through during our test period. We left this bottle on the floor of the gym, used it at coffee shops, and drank out of it in campgrounds. We treated this bottle as we would any other, and it survived. The silicone sleeve protects the glass bottle inside, with rubber reinforcement on the bottom of the bottle.
The lid held up during our test period, but the fact that it has two hinged components makes us a bit nervous. The flip cap lid already tends to leak, which means that any additional wear could render the bottle useless. We recommend taking good care with this feature.
The thick, durable glass, the intricate lid, and the silicone sleeve all add up to make a fairly hefty bottle. Weight is not the strong suit of the Lifefactory bottle; and with a total weight of 18.6 ounces, it is one of the heavier bottles in our review. When full, this bottle weighs over two pounds, which isn't out of the question to add to a backpack or messenger bag to and from work. Since the bottle is glass and has a small capacity, we wouldn't advise taking this one out into the backcountry on the weekends, though.
As you might expect from a glass bottle, the Lifefactory scored at the top of the pack in this metric. Its scores were comparable to the other glass bottles in this review. We found that it scored lower than the other glass bottles in this review because of the plastic spout. The other glass options we tested have simple screw caps, where you drink straight from the glass, rather than through a plastic spout. This spout did impart a little bit of flavor from our sports drink mix used for testing in this metric.
The Lifefactory Flip Cap is a reasonable purchase for your go-to everyday bottle. While there are now more affordable options out there for glass bottles, the Lifefactory bottle is a tried and true option. The flip cap is an added feature that facilitates drinking on the go, making this one slightly more expensive.
The reign of the Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap as our Top Pick ended with the advent of the newly designed flip cap. This lid, though durable and easy to drink from, added complexity to the bottle that resulted in some leakage. It's hard to trust this bottle won't leak inside our packs. We still liked the bottle for its shape, ease of cleaning, and durability, but have found that there is a myriad of other options out there that are more affordable and work just as well.
— Jane Jackson