If you prefer to sip throughout the day from a plastic vessel, we think you’d do well to look at the 24-ounce Thermos Intak Hydration Bottle, our favorite plastic water bottle for the past two years. It’s proven comfortable to hold, easy to clean, leakproof, and more pleasant to use than the 14 other plastic bottles we’ve tested it against.
The Intak is made from Eastman Tritan plastic, so it’s durable enough to handle being dropped as well as to survive most of the other casual abuse you might put it through. And at 6.6 ounces, it’s so light that when it’s empty you won’t even notice it’s in your bag.
If you’re worried about the safety of drinking water out of plastic bottles, don’t be. Recent research says that the risks have been overstated, and that plastic—even plastic with BPA—is just fine to drink out of.
What sets the Intak apart the most is its usability: The bottle’s textured, contoured design makes it easy to hold. Its wide mouth allows you to drop in ice cubes easily, while the well-designed spout in its lid makes it a pleasure to drink from. It’s a winning combination.
You’ll find a lot of little things to like about this bottle, most of them in its lid. We found it to be leakproof, leaving our test bed dry as a bone after we left it there lying on its side overnight. To ensure that no water escapes while it’s banging around in your backpack or on the rear seat of a car, it comes equipped with a two-step locking mechanism that clamps its lid down firmly until you’re ready to take a drink. In addition to being leakproof, the lid is easy to keep clean. The cap features a sealed silicone gasket that’s mated to the plastic of the lid, so nothing can get underneath it. Just toss the cap into some soapy water and scrub it with a bottle brush or throw it into the top rack of a dishwasher along with the Intak’s plastic body. Finally, the lid boasts a metered dial that you can use to track how many refills you’ve gone through in a day—if you’re into that sort of thing.
The Intak performed well during our durability test. After being dropped on a cement floor from a height of 3½ feet, it showed no scuffs, scrapes, or cracks. Even its transparent plastic lid (which we assumed would be its Achilles’ heel due to the hinge and the seemingly thin material) performed well, surpassing our expectations. Two years since we originally tested it, the Intak is still going strong, albeit with a few scuffs that it has sustained along the way.
Given how well this bottle performs, as well as how massively popular it is on Amazon(it currently has a rating of 4.4 stars out of five across more than 2,400 reviews), we were surprised to find that no trusted editorial outlets have bothered to review the Intak recently. We were able to find a review from Good Housekeeping dating back to 2009, but the bottle has gone through a couple of incremental changes since then, so that review is no longer relevant.
We still think this bottle have some improvement space, that’s its lid, there’s no hinge to take it on the go, you have hold its body all the time if you want to take it on the on your hand, also the some features on the lid that we advise it should have overmold or double injection to make it softer to make its feeling and appearance to be better than normal hydration bottles in the market.