Takeya Actives Insulated Review
Cons: Lacks durability, lid is challenging to clean
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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