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Old 05-25-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Is all stainless steel created equal?

If I pay $18 for a Kleen Kanteen bottle, or $4 for a generic stainless steel bottle from Walmart, are they the same thing? Is there something better about the KK ones, or is it just the brand name? I have the KK ones that I use for myself, but I have been thinking about upgrading our plastic sippy cups to SS ones, and I'm wondering if I can get away with being cheap about it.


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Old 05-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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I have no idea, and am interested! We use all KKs in our house b/c my consignment shop has a new "green" product area and I bought them with my they were free! Before I got us all KKs, I tried a cheap one from Ross and all the paint chipped off around the rim so if I used it, I'd get paint flecks in my mouth. B/C of that, I didn't buy cheap Ross/Wal mart ones again. I felt wasteful throwing it out so quickly after buying it when the point of using SS is to create less waste.
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I buy the KK ones because I know that there are no linings. For instance, Sigg bottles were recalled a year or two ago because they had BPA in the lining. Heaven only knows what are in the Walmart bottles.
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Also you need to be sure they aren't lined aluminum bottles because that is of course not the same. Also the cheapy ones dent really easily. I thought the ones at my walmart were aluminum that has a lining (because aluminum is linked to alzheimers) but maybe I am not remembering correctly. I just invested in KK"s for the whole family but I do it one at a time and now we all have one.
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Re: Is all stainless steel created equal?

I have been wondering the same thing! As PP said I will probably just invest one at a time for everyone starting with the baby. So, if I get some from a thrift store, how would I wash it to make sure it is really clean (I am kinda funny with buying things to drink out of from any resale)?
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