Thermos Nissan Intak 18oz hydration Bottle Review

1 Nov

Product Description:

In addition to their push-button-style Intak bottles Thermos Nissan sells flip-straw-style Intak bottles, which hold 18oz.

These bottles feature a cap with a hanging loop and a simple lever that flips up the built-in drinking straw, making them functionally very similar to the previously-reviewed Camelbak Better Bottles and Eddys. But unlike the Camelbaks these 18oz Intaks don’t have a bite valve. That means when you flip the straw up, the bottle is going to be easier to drink from but also more prone to spilling and leaking.

These bottles also don’t have a rotating meter like the push-button 24oz Intaks.

American Alternative Review:

We already covered the Thermos Nissan company history, which you can find here.

As for the bottles, the manufacturing and assembly for the flip-straw Intak version break down very similarly to those of the push-button version, with the Tritan bottle components molded in the US and the cap assemblies molded and put together in China.

Compared to the push-button caps on the 24oz Intak though, the caps for these bottles require fewer parts and less manual assembly labor, meaning that the same bottle molding and the same final assembly (screwing the cap onto the bottle) done in the US amount for a slightly higher percentage of the total manufacturing and assembly. But even accounting for this slight increase in made-in-America-ness, these Intaks still round to the same score as the push-button version.

2.5/5 stars

If you’re looking for a flip-straw-style bottle, the Thermos Nissan Intak 18oz is a simpler, slightly higher American-Alternative-rated, and lower-cost alternative to the Camelbak Eddy (and Better Bottle). You can check them out here.

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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