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Sigg vs. Klean kanteen?

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 
What are the major differences? I want to invest in some so we can stop buying bottled water. (I admit that I watched the Oprah green show and it inspired me to make more changes!) I have two little ones, so the Sigg kid ones are pretty tempting. But isn't aluminum a no-no?

Any thoughts?
thanks,
Erin
post #2 of 44
sigg bottles have a lining, i think it's enamel? so the liquid inside doesnt contact the aluminum.
post #3 of 44
They have an enamel lining. I love the look of our sigg bottles but the paint comes off. I don't carry anything but water in them. I've heard some juice may react to the lining? Also, I live where it snows and have to be careful to bring stuff in in the winter because it would ruin it if it freezes.
post #4 of 44
I grew up with Sigg bottles and have now Klean Kanteens.

The Sigg are prettier, but scratch more easily and they can break, if thrown around too much. They are also harder to clean, due to the small opening. Also, sometimes they develop a kind of smell, which is hard to get rid off - I haven experienced that smell (yet?) with the Klean Kanteen.
post #5 of 44
I have stainless steel water bottles that I got at MEC in Canada they are just like Kleen Kanteen only a different shape. I don't use anything that is aluminum. It would worry me that the lining might scratch or wear off over time.
post #6 of 44
I actually collect Siggs. : I have a lot - from .6 ltr. to 1 ltr., and I have some knock-offs they sell in places like Woolworth's in Europe and Wal-Mart here. Some of my authentics I don't use at all because, like I said, they're part of my collection, but I always have my Sigg next to me for frequent sips of water all day long. I literally go nowhere (even in the house) without my water. I love them!! I also like the insulating sleeves for them. Dd carries one of hers around, too. She has two .3 ltr. and three .6 ltr. Her current favorite is one with horses on it. : She also has Felix, Benjamin Blümchen, Die Maus, and one with flowers. It's a great way to get kids to drink lots of water. She loves them, especially with the sports top. She used one as a sippy to learn how to drink from a sippy cup (you can get them with handles).

I've never had any real Sigg break, the lining to be compromised, or the outside paint to chip. I only use it for water and I also use the "bottle clean" tablets to keep the bottles fresh. Yeah, if you drop it, it gets dented... but that's a good used Sigg. The knock-offs will chip, dent more easily, and may or may not have the enamel coating inside.
post #7 of 44
I have a question about the two.

I like to hike, and the small plastic water bottles are the perfect size for carrying. They fit into my hand, and are light weight.

WHat is the best, and easiest to carry while walking or hiking?

The disposable plastic bottles from Costco are about 9 oz. I like those. But, I want a non disposable alternative.
post #8 of 44
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
I have a question about the two.

I like to hike, and the small plastic water bottles are the perfect size for carrying. They fit into my hand, and are light weight.

WHat is the best, and easiest to carry while walking or hiking?

The disposable plastic bottles from Costco are about 9 oz. I like those. But, I want a non disposable alternative.
A .3 litre Sigg would be the right size (although, that seems like very little water for even day hikes... but hey, whatever works for you). You can hook nice little carabiners to them and hook them on your clothing or backpack. You have to hike out with what you bring in, anyway, so it's worth it to do the reusable.
post #9 of 44
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
A .3 litre Sigg would be the right size (although, that seems like very little water for even day hikes... but hey, whatever works for you). You can hook nice little carabiners to them and hook them on your clothing or backpack. You have to hike out with what you bring in, anyway, so it's worth it to do the reusable.
Thanks! I will look at those. Can you only buy them online? DO they sell them in any stores?
post #10 of 44
I haven't found any stores in the US that sells them, but I'm sure outdoor outfitters probably do. Just because I haven't seen them doesn't mean they don't exist!

But here is a good place to start online. http://www.mysigg.com/
post #11 of 44
We have klean kanteens and love them. The klean kanteen is nice, because it's just like the sippy, and DD takes it to bed at night with water in. I don't know much about the sigg, saw them at Whole foods and was personally glad I bought the klean kanteen, that's just me though!
post #12 of 44
http://www.reusablebags.com/store/kl...tle-p-324.html

O.K, so I looked and I like the way the Kleen Kanteen looks.

And, it is on sale! So, this is my public service announcement for today. The Kleen Kanteen is on sale at reusable bags.
post #13 of 44
Thread Starter 
That's so funny, nextcommercial, because I bought some of those on-sale KK from reusable bags yesterday! I decided to stay away from aluminum. Thanks for the input, everyone!
-Erin
post #14 of 44
I don't know if this matters to anyone, but I read an article when I was living in Germany about SIGG vs. KK. Because SIGG is manufactured in Switzerland, where they have the tightest emissions/pollution laws in the world, the SIGGS are exponentially more environmentally friendly in the production process. That was a big one for me.
post #15 of 44
I decided against Sigg because I heard they were coated with epoxy inside. I've got KK's for the family, but I will say that mine is getting a bit dented fom rough treatment (not me).

Oh, I see the OP has made a decision.
post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by Pam_and_Abigail View Post
I decided against Sigg because I heard they were coated with epoxy inside.
No, it's a water-based coating.

"
What is the internal coating in the bottle?
Your safety comes first with SIGG. Each bottle has an organic lining which is guaranteed to be taste-neutral and resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks. It meets the FDA requirements of the USDA. The coating is elastic and unbreakable and will not peel off or crack, even if dented on the outside. "

from http://www.northern-spirit.ca/faq.ph...&cPath=21#faq4
post #17 of 44
The rumor now is that the stainless steel leaks nickel, which is also not good for you. I say rumor because I don't know where the info actually comes from...if there was a study done or what. I also don't know what problems nickel can cause. It just seems like it's always something. Pick the lesser of the evils, yk? We use the Klean Kanteens and like them just fine.
post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by Ilovelife View Post
The rumor now is that the stainless steel leaks nickel, which is also not good for you. I say rumor because I don't know where the info actually comes from...if there was a study done or what. I also don't know what problems nickel can cause. It just seems like it's always something. Pick the lesser of the evils, yk? We use the Klean Kanteens and like them just fine.
"Klean Kanteens are constructed of high quality, sanitary grade 304 stainless steel. 304 has a low nickel content and is preferred by breweries and dairies."

http://www.reusablebags.com/help.php...d1028b1395&fID

(toward the middle of this page)
post #19 of 44
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Originally Posted by No2Circ View Post
"Klean Kanteens are constructed of high quality, sanitary grade 304 stainless steel. 304 has a low nickel content and is preferred by breweries and dairies."

http://www.reusablebags.com/help.php...d1028b1395&fID

(toward the middle of this page)

Interesting. I thought if it was high grade a magnet would be attracted to it. My magnets don't stick to my KK. :
post #20 of 44
We have a bunch of Siggs (free from our company) and I have two piggyback questions:

1. Is there a sippy lid that works with Sigg bottles? I know that the Advent one works with the KK. I'd like to start using them eventually with DS, who is currently 8 1/2 months.

2. Our company kitchens had denture cleaning tablets to clean the inside. Any other ideas for cleaning?
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