Is the most backed bottle in crowdfunding history worth the hype?
I’ve been using a Chilly water bottle and a KeepCup for a few years now. Can Hitch’s 2-in-1 coffee and water bottle replace them? And what are the alternatives?
I backed the Hitch bottle and cup over two years ago on Kickstarter. I won’t go into detail about the campaign here… But I’m excited to finally use it – here’s what I think.
Hitch Bottle Review
First, as other Kickstarter receivers have noted, the Hitch Bottle is heavy. With and without liquid.
|Product||Weight in Grams|
|Bottle and Cup without liquid||778 grams|
|Bottle with liquid and Cup without liquid||1,013 grams|
|Bottle and cup with liquid||1,054 grams|
|Bottle without liquid||564 grams|
|Cup without liquid||215 grams|
Of course, the Hitch bottle and cup is going to be a lot heavier than a Chilly’s bottle and Keep Cup. Both the Hitch bottle and cup are made from metal (the Keep Cup is made from plastic).
The Hitch bottle has to be larger too in order to contain the cup. Although they could have made it shorter in that case? The circumference of the bottle means it’s too large to fit in the average car drinks holder unfortunately.
The bottom of both of the bottle and cup are rubberised, so no more clanging noises on the desk.
I noticed the bottle already had a scuff mark on it when taking it out of the box (another Kickstarter backer also noted this too). It’s since gained a couple more scuffs from one trip in my bag, so I’m not holding my breath for keeping it in a decent condition!
Hitch Coffee Cup Review
Both the bottle and cup seem pretty leak proof, even if I turn them upside. This is great for people like me who accidentally knock their cup over on the desk multiple times.
The cup doesn’t burn my hand when I hold it like the Keep cup. In fact, I can’t feel any heat even after pouring freshly boiled water. The cup kept my tea hot (note not just warm, but hot) for three hours. Great for those who make tea and forget about it.
The new lid design is a little stiff, you need both hands (and a little effort) to open. I’m hoping it’ll loosen as time goes by. It slightly annoying the lid doesn’t sit flat, so my nose touches the lid when drinking sometimes.
Be careful not to twist and lock the cup too tightly. I made the mistake and almost couldn’t get it back out! It doesn’t need to be tightened too much to lock safely anyway.
The bottle also cleverly dismantles in a way you can clean the inside where cup meets bottle (in case you were worried about old coffee residue building up).
There’s already a little chip of paint on the cup too which you can see below. Again, I’m not confident of keeping the outer shell in pristine condition!
Final Thoughts & Alternative
Looking at the competition, Hitch’s water bottle with cup hidden in the bottom design remains fairly unique for a travel bottle.
The Hitch alternative is Cupple which has similar features and is cheaper too at £39.50 compared to Hitch’s price of £58.
To my surprise, I have found a handful of times where I need to stack the cup on top of the bottle, so it is a useful feature and not a novelty. For example, filling up my cup with coffee, bottle with water and carrying my cereal.
I definitely have more use for hiding the cup within the bottle which saves a little space in my bag though.
Also the larger bottle is welcome for me as I do drink a lot of water. You’ll have to consider whether you will make use of the larger capicity.
I think the design is clever to house everything in an attractive package. Although I am concerned what the outer shell will look like in 6 months time as the paint seems a little fragile.