When parents are looking for sippy cup products to help their children transition from bottles to cups, they hope to find the right combination of value, sturdy construction, solid design and ease of cleaning. Clearly, the most important concerns are keeping the product clean and ensuring that their child will be able to use it properly and safely.
The products reviewed here offer a wide variety of ages, colors, design features and things which make life easier for the children who use them and the parents who keep them clean. Some have features others do not, so parents will need to discover what works for their child and what doesn’t.
10. NALGENE Tritan Grip-N-Gulp Water Bottle
Of the over 800 customers who reviewed this product, over 67% left 5 star reviews. This is a BPA free water bottle with very durable construction. Nalgene has developed products for rugged outdoor activities, and this is one that is appropriate for younger children to take along. It will clip to any backpack, stroller or diaper bag. It has a nice sipper that helps children learn how drink from a cup, keeps them hydrated while on the go, and it comes with all the sturdy construction Nalgene is known for producing.
9. Sharebear Sippy Cups
These BPA free cups are dishwasher safe, leak and spill proof and come in a package of 4, with each having a 12 ounce capacity. Children from babies to toddlers apparently enjoy holding the cup because of its scientific design that makes it easy to hold. Parents who purchased it find that the cups are easy to clean. They also like that each cup comes with a lid which covers the sippy nipple keeping it clean. The colors are variegated from lid to bottom making it easy to see how much is inside.
8. NUK Blue Turtle Silicone Spout Active Cup
This 10 ounce cup has a sippy spout that is designed to help children transition completely into regular cups. It is 100% spill and leak proof, with a guarantee to back it up. It is light weight with a clip that helps make it easier to carry. Of the 450 customers who left reviews, 65% left 5 star reviews. Many felt that it did the job well of helping children to transition from bottles to cups. For many, this cup was their child’s favorite. A few felt that the cup was not durable.
7. Nuby 2 Handle Flip n’ Sip Straw Cup
These 8 ounce cups are designed for use with children 12 months or older. The colors are brilliant hues and varied with each purchase. There are handles on each side to make holding and drinking easier. The straws reach to the bottom to encourage drinking. Of the 250 or more customers who reviewed this product, 44% gave it 5 star reviews. Many parents liked how easy they are to put together and take apart. Most had no problems with cleaning. However, some have discovered that mold grows easily on the inside bottom. Some disliked the problems they had cleaning out the straw. Some would have been happier if replacement straws were available.
6. OXO Tot Twist Lid Straw Cup
This is a translucent plastic cup with an Aqua colored twisting lid that keeps the straw emptied and clean and avoids spills. It’s easy to see how much of the 7 ounces of liquid remains inside because the cup is clear. It is free of BPA, phthalate and PVC. It is easy to assemble, clean and will wash in the top rack of the dishwasher. Over 460 customers reviewed this product, with 44% giving it a 5 star rating. There is a wide difference of opinion concerning these cups. Owners did find that they work very well for sipping, however, many found what they feel is a design flaw that makes these not safe for use. The problem is with the lid, which has two parts that are closely fit together. Apparently, some customers cracked open the lid and found slime between the two parts, so they are hesitant to use them because they cannot keep them clean.
5. FOOGO Stainless Steel Sippy Cup by Thermos
One of the best things about this sippy cup is that it is vacuum insulated so 10 ounces of beverages will stay cold for up to 10 hours. It is made of stainless steel, and it is BPA free. Designed for children ages 12 months and up. The hard spout helps to avoid damage from teeth marks. All of the parts of each stage of this brand are interchangeable so that they can be used as the child matures. Over 400 customers purchased this with a 41% 5 star rating. Many felt that it is a great product, but some had problems with getting the liquid out of the cup.
4. The First Years Take & Toss Sippy Cups
These brightly colored sippy cups come in a set of 4, and each holds 10 ounces. The rainbow colored lids mix and match with the cups, are dishwasher safe and stack to save space. The plastic is BPA, PVC and Phthalate free for safe drinking. Over 260 customers purchased these, with 58 % giving 5 star reviews. Those who own them like how easy the spout is to clean. It requires no extra brushes, cleaning easily with soap and water. They also mentioned that the cups are secure and spill proof. The cups are for toddlers ages 9 months and older.
3. Munchkin Click Lock Sippy Cup
These cups are designed for children who are 9 months or older. They are easily cleaned using the top rack of the dishwasher. The sipping end clicks tightly onto the 9 ounce beverage container, making a seamless one piece item. They are made of BPA free plastic, with special ridges along the side built into the design. These make holding each cup securely easier for little ones. Over 350 customers purchased this product, and of these, 55% gave it a 5 star rating. Most appreciate the click locking feature, because the sound of the click lets them know that the cup is secure and leak proof.
2. Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup
Over 620 customers purchased this vibrantly assorted-color set of 2, 10 ounce sippy cups. They feature a hard spout and specially ridged designs which make gripping easier. The cups are BPA free, dishwasher safe and are leak, break and spill proof. This product is made for children who are 6 months or older. Of those who left reviews, 72% gave it 5 star ratings. They liked the ease of use, that the product is easily cleaned in the dishwasher and that each cup is sturdy.
1. Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup
This bright green and blue set of 2 sippy cups is designed for toddlers 12 months and older. Purchased by over 660 customers, it is the #1 Best Seller in Toddler Cups. Over 60% of owners gave it a 5 star review. Each cup will hold 10 ounces, and the design features a special 360 degree edge which minimizes spills and leaks while drinking. Unlike other cups which have spouts that are difficult to clean, this ergonomic BPA design allows for sipping without extra attachments.
The majority of these sippy cups are well constructed with age appropriate use in mind. They come in bright, cheerful colors that any child will adore, and they are free of harmful chemicals that used to be a problem with plastics. The biggest deal breaker for any of these is the difficulty, or not, in cleaning them. Usually the straw or sipper end is the problem part. Parents will need to decide if the sipper is worth the trouble it takes to clean it.