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Takeya Actives Insulated Review

This insulated bottle is easy to carry and drink from, making it a good option for use around town.
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Price:  $33 List | $22.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, easy to drink from while moving, comfortable carrying handle
Cons:  Lacks durability, lid is challenging to clean
Manufacturer:   Takeya
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 25, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 6
  • Durability - 25% 6
  • Weight - 20% 3
  • Taste - 15% 6

Our Verdict

With its easy-to-drink-from spout and carrying handle, the Takeya Actives Insulated bottle is a great companion for days around town. From the desk to the gym and the car ride in between, this bottle is simple, inexpensive, and easy to drink from. Though we liked the convenience of this design, we had some concerns with the durability of this bottle, especially for the price. It's also one of the heaviest models we tested, and the lid is difficult to properly clean. Because of these shortcomings, the Takeya Actives isn't the first insulated bottle we would typically recommend.


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Pros Easy to use, easy to drink from while moving, comfortable carrying handleDurable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy drinking and cleaning, good designLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingStylish, well-insulated, easy to clean, simple design, durableLightweight, easy for one-handed drinking, re-designed sport cap is effective, durable, good color options
Cons Lacks durability, lid is challenging to cleanExpensive, heavyDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingHeavy, expensiveSport cap not as secure as a screw cap, carrying handle is small
Bottom Line This insulated bottle is easy to carry and drink from, making it a good option for use around town.The Rambler quickly became our new favorite bottle after a few trips with it. The size, shape, and design make it easy to use.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.This hip bottle is a simple, easy to clean vacuum insulated bottle with a narrow mouth and a portable size.It is hard for us to find anything bad to say about this bottle. It's simple, easy to use, and reasonably priced.
Rating Categories Takeya Actives Insulated YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Klean Kanteen Classic
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Specs Takeya Actives... YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask... Klean Kanteen...
Body Material 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel
Empty weight (oz) 15.5 oz 18.5 oz 6.3 oz 12.9 oz 7.4 oz
Volume (oz) 24 oz 26 oz 34 oz 24 oz 27 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 0.65 oz 0.71 oz 0.19 oz 0.54 oz 0.27 oz
Mouth diameter 2.5 in 3 in 2.5 in 2 in 1.75 in
Base diameter 3 in 3.25 in 3.25 in 3 in 2.75 in
Height 10.4 in 10 in 8.25 in 11 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-free BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free BPA-free BPA-free
Cap Materials Polypropylene Not available Information not available Polypropelene Polypropylene, Silicone spout
Cap/lid type Insulated crew-cap with spout Wide-loop cap Loop-top screw cap Wide-loop cap Sport cap wih spout
Other versions 18 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 18 oz, 21 oz 18 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz, loop cap/sports cap, wide mouth
Warranty Lifetime warranty 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use Lifetime Warranty Lifetime Warranty

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Takeya Actives bottle shines in the ease of use metric but fell short in terms of durability. Overall, the bottle received average scores across the board, neither overly impressive nor terribly disappointing.

Performance Comparison


This bottle is just delightful to drink from - you can tell by the blissed-out look on our lead tester's face!
This bottle is just delightful to drink from - you can tell by the blissed-out look on our lead tester's face!

Ease of Use


The variety of lid/spout/locking mechanisms that exist among vacuum insulated bottles is vast enough for a dissertation. The Takeya Actives provides an easy-to-use solution to this self-perpetuating problem in water bottle technology. The bottle has a wide mouth lid that can be easily removed for filling. On the lid is a separate, screw-top drinking spout that eliminates the issue of spilling water all over oneself when drinking on the go. This design has been attempted by brands in the past, but Takeya has created here a fairly simple, leak-free version of this cap design.

Like most wide-mouth bottles  the Takeya is easy to clean  though the spout makes the lid a bit complicated and thus challenging to clean.
Like most wide-mouth bottles, the Takeya is easy to clean, though the spout makes the lid a bit complicated and thus challenging to clean.

The lid, however, proves to be challenging to clean, as it consists of multiple moving parts. The rest of the bottle cleans easily, as it is similar in shape to the Yeti or Hydro Flask bottles.

The Takeya just barely fits in this Prius cup holder.
The Takeya just barely fits in this Prius cup holder.

Durability


It is here that the Takeya falls a bit short. The bottle is reasonably priced for an insulated, stainless-steel bottle. However, its lower price tag means the bottle lacks some of the durability of the more expensive stainless options. The carrying handle hinges to stow in a streamlined position, but this joint showed major signs of wear after only a few weeks of use. Though it did not entirely fail, this plastic cap shows signs of wearing out quickly.

Shown above is the silicone cover that protects the bottom of the Takeya.
Shown above is the silicone cover that protects the bottom of the Takeya.

The bottle does come with a silicone sleeve to protect the bottom, which we found to greatly help the Takeya in our drop test. This sleeve protected the bottom of the bottle from chipping or denting.

Weight


This bottle weighs 15.5 ounces, placing it among the heavier bottles in this review. This comes as no surprise, since most of the heavy bottles are vacuum insulated, stainless-steel models like the Takeya. Even in this generally heavy-duty class of bottles, the Takeya is on the heavier side.

It is no surprise that this 24-ounce  vacuum insulated bottle is a bit on the heavier side  which is why it works best as a your go-to companion for trips around town.
It is no surprise that this 24-ounce, vacuum insulated bottle is a bit on the heavier side, which is why it works best as a your go-to companion for trips around town.

Taste


The combination of its complicated lid and stainless-steel body landed the Takeya Actives in the middle of the pack in terms of taste. These complex, plastic lids tend to hold flavors longer as they get trapped in all the cracks and gaskets. So, while the steel body of the bottle resisted flavor retention, the lid was more susceptible. Overall, the Takeya was perhaps just above average in flavor retention.

Value


The 24-ounce version of the Takeya Actives Insulated is on the cheaper side for an insulated bottle. Though inexpensive compared to some premium insulated bottles, this price tag is still hard to stomach due to the durability of the bottle's lid. Though it lasted our testing period, we were concerned with the longevity of this bottle, which has the potential to reduce the long term value.

We liked most of this bottle's features but its lack of durability detracts from its overall value.
We liked most of this bottle's features but its lack of durability detracts from its overall value.

Conclusion


Though its lid is novel and its silicone sleeve helped protect the bottom of the bottle from damage, the Takeya Actives is not our favorite choice for stainless-steel bottles. It is a fine option for folks looking for a way to stay hydrated in town, but it is not our top choice for insulated, stainless-steel bottles.


Jane Jackson