Stanley Nineteen13 Carbonated Drink Bottle Review: Hot And Bubbly

Cold beers and hot days are at odds. At the end of a long summer hike, it'd be nice to relax with a cold one, but by the time you've humped it through the bush, the beer or soft drink is never frosty or fizzy. Will this bottle save us from drinking beer-flavoured bathwater?

What Is It?

It's a 0.95L insulated bottle designed to rid a beverage of heat and flatness.

Who's It For?

Outdoor beer guzzlers and hot weather soft drink sippers.

Design

The domed bottle screams "thermos". But there is no double-walled insulation. It's plastic with a foamy wrap around it.

Using It

You pour cold suds in, seal the lid and head out.

The Best Part

Its domed design defeats Henry's Law, thus maintaining proper fizziness. After several hours — overnight, even — soft drink and beer never really got flat.

Tragic Flaw

It doesn't keep a drink cold. At all. We poured in 0.95L from a 40 of Old E. It measured 9.5°C when first sealed, then we left it outside in the shade on a 32°C day. Two hours later, the beer was 21°C degrees. Total fail.

This Is Weird...

Stanley's product engineers refined the design by spending hours watching patrons fill big cup at a local soft drink fountain.

Test Notes

  • In the test mentioned above, beer in an uninsulated glass bottle rose to a temperature of 28.8°C.
  • We repeated the test with water starting at 5.1°C. After two and a half hours, the glass bottle reached 30°C. The Stanley bottle rose to 21.2°C.
  • The bottle is supposed to be "sweat-proof" and indeed, all of the sweat was contained unter the foamy wrap. No drips.
  • Storing it upside down in a backpack begat no leakage.
  • It's a lot bigger and heavier than a Nalgene bottle with the same capacity, making it much less backpack-friendly without the insulation performance to justify it.
  • The build quality is excellent, and it doesn't feel like it'd break easily.
  • You can't use it for hot beverages.
  • Love the design of the top. The double-hinge on it works extremely well. A stiff plastic leash keeps the cap from smacking you in the face while you drink.

Should You Buy It?

No. Hell no. Despite high hopes, this thing simply does not accomplish its mission. Stanley makes some fantastic vacuum-insulated bottles that will keep beverages at a hot or cold temperature for well over a day, but this is not one of them. The design, at least, preserves fizziness — pair that with proper insulation, and then we'll have a good product. [Stanley]

Stanley Nineteen13 Carbonated Drink Bottle Specs

• Capacity: 0.95L • Insulated: Yes • Materials: Plastic • Hot beverages: No • Dimensions: 31.75 x 10.16 x 10.16cm • Weight: 368 grams • Detachable cup: No • Price: $US28 • Giz Rank: 2 stars

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