Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 Oz
I was sent a Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 Oz water bottle with a Twist Cap to try out. I was in the “aren’t all water bottles made the same?” camp until I tried this bottle. This is a great bottle made by an environmentally minded and family owned business. Klean Kanteen proved to me that not all bottles are the same so I decided to do a review on my thoughts of what makes the TKWide special.
As a disclaimer I would like to mention that I have an affiliate agreement with Klean Kanteen and I was sent this water bottle for the purposes of doing a review. This site uses affiliate marketing links and any purchase you make from links on this website may result in me getting a small commission with no extra cost to you. All opinions on this page are my own and based on my own experiences with this bottle and I am not compensated directly for my opinions. This review is for general informational purposes. Your experience may be different.
Klean Kanteen is a family owned, certified climate neutral, B Corp. They also participate in the 1% For the Planet program. All of these rankings mean that Klean Kanteen is extremely focused on leaving the environment better than they found it. They are really focused on keeping the company family and employee owned and I really appreciate that when looking for companies. Klean Kanteen also has a goal to have 95% of their products made from recycled steel by 2023!
I actually had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with members of the team at a convention this year and have to say that they are really great people. Everyone I spoke with were nice, energetic and really excited to talk about what their product and company is doing for the environment. Klean makes a large assortment of water bottles and drinkware for all occasions as well as some great food boxes that are perfect for work, home, or on the trail.
Specs of the Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 Oz
Chug Cap: Marigold, Black, Brushed
Twist Cap: Blue Tint, Black, Tiger Lilly
Loop Cap: Brushed
- Made from certified 90% post-consumer recycled 18/8 stainless steel
- TK Closure internal thread design increases thermal performance and compatible with TKWide caps
- Climate Lock™ keeps contents iced up to 75 hours
- Chip-resistant Klean Coat™ powder coat finish (Brushed Stainless has no coating)
- BPA Free
- Won’t retain or impart flavors
- Includes leak proof Twist Cap with built-in reusable steel straw (fits 32 oz size)
- Not recommended for very hot liquids due to steel straw
- Backed by the lifetime Strong as Steel guarantee
|Capacity||32 fluid ounces (946 ml)|
|Weight||18.3 ounces (518.2 g)|
|Size||10.36″ H x 3.65″ W (263 mm H x 92.7 mm W)|
|Opening Diameter||2.6″ (66 mm)|
*All information from KleanKanteen.com
What I Liked
Right off the bat I have to say that this is the best water bottle I have ever used. I will say, as a caveat, that I am not a water bottle connoisseur. I have a ton of water bottles in the cupboard. Some missing the tops, others still functioning, but when I got the Klean Kanteen TKWide they were all relegated to the drawers and cupboards. Does that mean the TKWide is perfect, not quite. But it is really, really, really good.
This is the most sturdy, well put together water bottle I have ever seen. I have had other metal bottles that eventually have dings and dents in the metal and the paint all starts chipping off but I can’t even get a scratch on the Klean Kanteen’s paint.
I wouldn’t say I am overly hard on water bottles but I don’t go easy other. Typically they sit next to me in the car on the way to the trailhead. Then on the twisty mountain roads they fall on the floor of the passenger seat and bang back and forth against the footwell and the seat with every switchback in the road. That is exactly what happens with my TKWide, yet no damage at all. I have also dropped the bottle several times after a hike onto the gravel or dirt ground around the trailhead. The worst thing I had to do was wipe it with paper towel to get the dirt off.
I got my bottle with the Twist Cap which comes with a reusable metal straw. You know how the straws on water bottles always fall off? Well not with the Twist Cap. There is an actual seal, which feels rubber, that holds the straw in place and you have to use some force to break the seal and get the straw. Then simply press it back in place for a rock solid bond again.
I have a confession, I don’t drink coffee. I know, I know. Really, I don’t drink any hot liquids or even eat soup. Just not my thing. So, I can’t talk about the insulation on hot with the TKWide. What I can tell you is that it keeps my water cold even when sitting in my hot car for a few hours during a hike. I like to fill the bottle up with cold water and then have that nice cool treat when I get done with a hot hike and I have not been disappointed. Also, Klean Kanteen says that the Twist Cap with its metal straw is not to be used with hot liquids.
Even on days that reached into the 90’s the water in the bottle was nice and cold when I got back to the car. I don’t know much about the science of insulation but I think one of the main factors is how tight the seal of the cap to bottle is. After twisting the cap on, there is nothing getting in or out of this bottle. Removing the cap actually gets to be a bit of a challenge when I am tired after a hike because the seal is so strong.
Also, I got the TKWide in black and I think that the thick steel walls and the black coloring help prevent any radiating heat to get into the bottle and have an effect on the water inside. But again, I don’t know science I just tell you what I think!
The mouth on the TKWide is actually really wide! It makes filling up this bottle so quick and easy. The opening is 2.6 inches across which should make it easy to fill from any spout. While it is nice to be able to fill up a bottle nice and fast, the wide mouth also has an added benefit. I usually keep the insulated bottle in my car for a nice cold drink after a hike. But on those 90 degree days I like to take a gulp or two. Then I unscrew the cap and pour the nice cold water on my head and it is like instant air conditioning! There is nothing like twenty plus ounces of cold water hitting your head after long, hot hike!
As someone who focuses on cold beverages, the Klean Kanteen Twist Cap is pretty awesome. It comes with a reusable metal straw that you can pop out and use with your favorite cool drink. As I mentioned before, the Twist Cap makes a great seal with the bottle, which I assume the other caps do as well, and make the bottle spill proof.
While the Twist Cap isn’t as big as the chug cap, it brings water through it very quickly with the slightest sucking action. The flow is continuous and doesn’t slow down until the liquid is too low for the straw to pick up.
When not being used the Twist Cap rotates to hide the nozzle back inside its frame to protect the nozzle in getting any dirty and protects from any accidental contact. The Twist Cap also just has some fun engineering in going from the open to closed positions!
What I Didn’t Like
While I liked almost everything about the TKWide water bottle, they take my blogger card away if I don’t find something that I didn’t like. For me, the only things I didn’t really like about the bottle was the weight. I also had some problems about the laws of physics but here is more on both of those.
My biggest complaint about the Klean Kanteen 32 Oz bottle is the weight. I don’t know if the bottle is designed as a hiker but it is such a nice bottle that I want to bring it with me. Unfortunately, the solid metal used in the bottle weighs 18.3 ounces even before you add water to it. That makes it a little too heavy for me to bring in a pack on the hike and leave the bottle in the car for a cold drink post hike. Klean Kanteen does offer other products that come in at a lower weight if you are looking for a hiking bottle.
The insulation and seals of the Klean Kanteen TKWide are really good. So good that the bottle doesn’t decompress if you drive into the mountains and change elevations. While a lot of water bottles will have small issues with their seals, that is not true with the TKWide. So when I drive up the mountain and open my bottle I usually get water shooting out of the spigot as the air pressure evens out. I don’t think I am really mad at the bottle but more at physics for this one. But I did want to mention it for the mountain explorers out there. You can also solve this problem really easily by unscrewing the top and breaking the seal. The air pressure equalizes and good to go. I always forget though!
Wrapping up the Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 Oz Bottle
I really like the Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 Oz water bottle. This has been my go to bottle around the house, at work, and in the car. While it is a little heavier than I like on the trail, I always keep it in the car to have some nice cold water to finish the hikes. The bottle seems indestructible and does a great job of insulating the water and keeping it cold , even on the warmest days.
The weight is the main reason why I don’t bring it on the trail with me. I use really light weight water bladders when I hike and I just don’t like to add the extra weight to my pack. Other than that there really aren’t many flaws with these bottles. I really love mine and its always around me to make sure I stay hydrated all day long.
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