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Soma Water Bottle Review

This contender is a new product from a company that produces glass beakers and water filters. It looks cool and is made of bamboo, glass, and silicone.
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Price:  $30 List | $23.01 at Amazon
Pros:  Slender shape fits in cup holders well, stylish design, silicone sleeve makes it durable
Cons:  Bottom is rounded and thus the bottle struggles to stand up on its own, small volume, narrow mouth makes it hard to fill, expensive
Manufacturer:   Soma
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 25, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 35% 6
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 5
  • Weight - 15% 7
  • Taste - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Soma is a company that produces trendy water filtration systems, beakers, and carafes. They just started making water bottles and the Soma bottle was one of three glass options we tested. The Soma is small, holding 17 oz of liquid. It has a silicone sleeve and a bamboo lid, making it the ultimate eco-health-friendly bottle. We loved these features, but the Soma's sleek design made it difficult to stand up on its own on a table; it was constantly falling over. For a model meant to sit at a desk while you work, this was a big disappointment. It did do well in our taste tests, like the Top Pick for Glass Lifefactory, and retained hardly any flavor from the sports drinks or soap.


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Pros Slender shape fits in cup holders well, stylish design, silicone sleeve makes it durableDurable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy drinking and cleaning, good designLightweight, easy for one-handed drinking, re-designed sport cap is effective, durable, good color optionsLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingAffordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, portable
Cons Bottom is rounded and thus the bottle struggles to stand up on its own, small volume, narrow mouth makes it hard to fill, expensiveExpensive, heavySport cap not as secure as a screw cap, carrying handle is smallDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingPaint chipping after a few months of use, flip cap seemed to lack security
Bottom Line This contender is a new product from a company that produces glass beakers and water filters. It looks cool and is made of bamboo, glass, and silicone.The Rambler quickly became our new favorite bottle after a few trips with it. The size, shape, and design make it easy to use.It is hard for us to find anything bad to say about this bottle. It's simple, easy to use, and reasonably priced.A tried and tested classic, the Wide Mouth wins again as our Top Pick for Plastic, as well as the Best Bang for your Buck bottle.For the most part, this is one of our top ranking bottles - it is easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive to boot.
Rating Categories Soma Water Bottle YETI Rambler 26 Klean Kanteen Classic Nalgene Wide-Mouth Simple Modern Summit
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Specs Soma Water Bottle YETI Rambler 26 Klean Kanteen... Nalgene Wide-Mouth Simple Modern Summit
Body Material borosilicate glass with Soft silicone sleeve 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel
Empty weight (oz) 10 oz 18.5 oz 7.4 oz 6.25 oz 12.4 oz
Volume (oz) 17 oz 26 oz 27 oz 34 oz 22 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity .59 oz 0.7 oz 0.27 oz 0.2 oz 0.56 oz
Mouth diameter 1.25 in 3 in 1.75 in 2.5 in 2.25 in
Base diameter 2.6 in 3.25 in 2.75 in 3.25 in 3 in
Height 9.1 in 10 in 11 in 8.25 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-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free BPA-free
Cap Materials Natural Bamboo Not available Polypropylene, Silicone spout Information not available Not available
Cap/lid type Screw cap Wide-loop cap Sport cap wih spout Loop-top screw cap Screw Cap
Other versions n/a 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 18 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz, loop cap/sports cap, wide mouth 16 oz, 48 oz 14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz
Warranty No (Can return within 30 days if unopened) 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use Limited Warranty

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Soma's sleek size makes it a good bottle to accompany you throughout your day  from work to the climbing gym.
The Soma's sleek size makes it a good bottle to accompany you throughout your day, from work to the climbing gym.

Ease of Use


The narrow mouth of the Soma makes it hard to fill up but easy to drink from. The lid is bamboo with plastic on the inside, and it fits well on the top of the bottle with only one full rotation to tighten. One problem we ran into when filling the bottle was its tendency to overflow due to its small size. When filling from a fast spout or a portable water jug, the bottle would fill with water too quickly, not allowing us time to turn the water off before overflowing all over our hands and arms. Not a deal breaker, but something to note when filling in non-traditional settings (i.e. somewhere besides the sink).

The Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated also struggled in this category due to its narrow mouth. Similarly, the new Purifyou Premium bottle, which is a new addition to the fleet of glass bottles, had issues filling due to its narrow mouth as well. Both bottles often ended up spraying us with water during the filling process. The other issue with the Soma was the fact that it seemed to be perpetually falling over. The narrow base, with a slight upturned curve, makes the bottle act as a bowling pin minus the flat part on the bottom, even on completely flat surfaces. This tipping tendency was the main issue with the bottle and the reason it received low scores in the ease-of-use category. The LifeFactory Glass Flip Cap proved to be a much more stable glass bottle and is our suggestion for an around-town bottle.

Durability


Perhaps to make up for its tendency to tip over, the Soma is well suited for falling; it is incredibly durable despite its delicate appearance. The silicone sleeve protected the glass well when the bottle was dropped onto hard surfaces. The lid, however, showed a few signs of weakness. It may have been user error, but a small gasket slipped out of the inside of the lid the first day we used the bottle, and we were unable to get it back in. The bottle did not seem to leak more after, but a part of the lid did come off almost immediately. Out of the two glass bottles, the LifeFactory Glass Flip Cap scored higher in durability because it stands up better and has a more solid lid design. Metal or plastic bottles tend to be more durable.

The narrow mouth (only an inch in diameter)  makes the Soma difficult to clean. Some prefer this small mouth for drinking because it reduces spillage.
The narrow mouth (only an inch in diameter), makes the Soma difficult to clean. Some prefer this small mouth for drinking because it reduces spillage.

Ease of Cleaning


The mouth of the bottle is very narrow, making cleaning the inside difficult. The Soma compares to the Platypus Softbottle in the degree of difficulty to clean the inside. In this category, the Lifefactory fared better due to its wider mouth. Another issue that popped up after a few months of use with the Soma bottle was the accumulation of water between the silicone sleeve and the glass. This became an issue when we noticed mold beginning to grow in this area, and it's hard to remove the sleeve to clean the inside of the sleeve. The LifeFactory's sleeve has many more holes, and thus allows for more air to get between the sleeve and the bottle. This bottle did not accumulate mold between the sleeve and bottle.

Weight


At only 10 oz, which is light for a glass bottle, weight is where the Soma bottle shines. That said, it is not a very large bottle, so its weight reflects its size directly. The bamboo lid contributes to the slimmed-down, lightweight design. The lightest bottle in our review was the Platypus Softbottle, weighing in at 1.2 oz.

Taste


Time and time again glass bottles prove their superiority concerning their ability to shed lingering tastes. The Soma is no exception, and stood up to the Lifefactory in its ability to keep water tasting, well, like water, with both bottles earning near perfect scores. Similar contenders were the Yeti, our Editors' Choice winner, and the Lifefactory.

The glass construction and bamboo/plastic lid held up to the taste tests by not retaining flavors  even after switching between drinks.
The glass construction and bamboo/plastic lid held up to the taste tests by not retaining flavors, even after switching between drinks.

Best Application


Since it has such a small carrying capacity, the Soma bottle is a good option around town. At work, thrown in the bottom of your workout bag, or used at home instead of a glass, the Soma does well…providing it is close to a place it can be easily refilled. Similarly, the Lifefactory is also relatively small and requires frequent refills if you're trying to seriously hydrate. The Soma takes the cake though and is so stylish that you might get compliments at your local trendy coffee shop.

Value


Because the company is new and focused on making products of high quality, the Soma bottle is a bit expensive for the size and range of versatility it provides. At $30, you are making an investment in the Soma company values, where they give a portion of every purchase to water-related non-profits and other projects. In general, glass bottles will be more expensive than other bottles — the Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap comes in at $25, compared to the plastic Nalgene Wide-Mouth or CamelBak eddy+ options.

Conclusion


The Soma Bottle is stylish and sleek, but comes up short as to functionality. It's a good bottle to accompany you around town or add to your style, but will not fare on an outing much more involved than that. It is also very tippy and struggles to stand up on its own without falling over — another feature that decreases the bottle's ease-of-use.


Jane Jackson