Thermos Nissan Intak 24oz hydration Bottle Review

28 Oct

24 oz Thermos Nissan IntakProduct Description:

The Thermos brand has been around for so long that most people assume it’s an American company. But Thermos is a multinational corporation with a complex history of multiple parallel companies, licensing agreements, and acquisitions spanning across several continents.

Thermos started in 1904 when two German glassblowers formed Thermos GmbH in Germany and commercialized the Dewar-style vacuum flask. Then in 1907 the company licensed its brand and product line to three other companies – American Thermos Bottle Co. in the US, Thermos Limited in England, and Canadian Thermos Bottle Co. Ltd. in Canada. These four companies shared research and coordinated product development but operated independently from one another.

Over the next fifty years and two world wars, the American, Canadian, and British companies grew and expanded, converting back and forth between peacetime and war-time manufacturing. But during that time the American company outpaced its Canadian and British counterparts, allowing it to diversify by acquiring multiple companies ranging from insulated-chest maker Hemp and Company, Inc. to plastics molder Plastene Corporation. One of its newly acquired subsidiaries even supplied a diversified range of products for the Canadian Thermos.

In 1960, the King-Seeley Company purchased and unified the three companies, forming the King-Seeley Thermos Company. Eight years later, Household Finance Company from Chicago acquired King-Seeley. Household then made further diversifying acquisitions and became Household International.

Having spread itself too thin, however, Household International later spun off all manufacturing operations. In 1989, the company sold all of Thermos to a Tokyo-based gas-separation company, Nippon Sanso K.K., which had independently developed the first stainless steel Dewar vacuum flask and commercialized it under the Nissan brand name. Nippon Sanso merged the two brands into Thermos Nissan, set up its international sales office in Schaumberg, Illinois, and continues to sell Thermos Nissan products today, including the Thermos Nissan Intak 24oz Hydration Bottle.

The 24oz Intak is very similar to the previously-reviewed Nalgene OTF. Both hold 24oz of water, use BPA-free Tritan copolyester, have a hanging loop built into the cap, and feature one-handed push button operation (pushing the button activates the spring-loaded cap). Unlike the OTF, the Intak also has a rotating “intake” meter to measure water consumption, which I doubt anyone seriously uses. The push-button cap-opening mechanism in the Intak also appears to be slightly better designed and executed than the one in the Nalgene OTF. The cap’s latches and silicone rubber compression spring simply open and close easier.

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The manufacturing and assembly of the Thermos Nissan Intak 24oz Hydration Bottle are also very similar to those of the Nalgene OTF. The more complex cap requires too many parts and too much manual assembly labor to produce in the US (without raising the retail price to make up the cost difference), so the entire cap assembly is molded and put together in China. The main bottle component is molded in the US because the Tritan copolyester plastic used to make them is only made in the US and because the single-part molding can be entirely automated.

2.5/5 stars

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Technically the OTF does score a little bit better than the Intak even though the two bottles round off to the same half-star score, so you might want to consider the OTF instead depending on how you feel about the quality of the cap mechanism.

You can also check out how American-made all the water bottles we reviewed are at our reusable water bottle category recap.  There you’ll find bottles like the entirely Made in the USA Nalgene Every Day Tritan Wide Mouth bottles and Liberty Bottle Works bottles.


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