Eco-friendly bottles can be pricey, so parents who want to avoid plastic without breaking the bank will want to consider Evenflo's budget-friendly Classic Glass Bottle. Reviewers say it's simple to assemble with an appealing old-school design that accommodates different nipples. But some complain that it's heavy and the ring cracks even with moderate pressure. Others say the bottle breaks too easily.
Narrow neck can pose problems. Reviewers say the Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle has a simple, old-school design that's easy to wash and assemble. There are three main parts -- bottle, ring and nipple -- as well as a flat cap and hood. The bottle is dishwasher-safe, but a few parents complain that the narrow neck may be too small for some bigger bottle brushes and can make mixing formula awkward. Experts report no problems with leaks, but a handful of parents say the bottle leaked around the ring if it wasn't screwed on precisely. The bottle lacks any sort of sleeve to make it easier to hold, and some reviewers say it's heavy.
Be careful with temperature extremes. Evenflo's Classic Glass Bottle is made of BPA-free glass. Some parents say the heavy-duty bottle holds up well under extended use, but several complain that it breaks easily, particularly when warmed. Others say the ring cracks easily if even slightly over-tightened. There's no sleeve to cushion falls, and experts say "bonking" babies with the bottle during feeding could be a concern. Parents can choose from three nipple speeds, which gives parents the opportunity to try different sizes and styles to see what their baby prefers.
Compatible with other nipples. The Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle is sold with Classic CustomFlow silicone nipples, which are vented to reduce gas and reflux. The nipples also sense different levels of pressure and respond accordingly by providing the proper amount of liquid, Evenflo claims. However, experts call the nipple "super small" and some parents complain that the slow-flow versions are still too fast. One expert review says the bottle is also compatible with Dr. Brown's nipples, a favorite of parents dealing with colicky babies. Others say they've successfully used it with Nuk and Medela nipples. The bottle comes in 4- and 8-ounce sizes, and is available only in clear glass with white caps and rings.
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The Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle ranks ninth in reviewers' tests for its simplicity, value and eco-friendly design. The bottle is easy to wash and assemble, but is heavy and may be prone to breakage. Reviewers also dislike the small nipple and narrow bottle opening.
Review: Evenflo Classic Glass Review, Lindsay Ellis, Sept. 24, 2012
Eryn Gable, About.com's Green Family parenting guide, praises Evenflo's Classic Glass Bottle for being BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. She also likes its custom-flow, anti-gas vented nipple. However, the hoods and caps are only available in white, she notes.
Review: Top 5 Glass Baby Bottles, Eryn Gable, Not dated
Robin Elise Weiss, About.com's guide to pregnancy and childbirth, praises Evenflo's Classic Glass Bottle as an ideal chemical-free way to feed babies or store breast milk. She also likes the company's wide variety of nipples and feeding accessories. The short review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Top 6 Baby Bottles, Robin Elise Weiss, Not dated
Evenflo's Classic Glass Bottle gets 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 230 reviews. Users praise its value, durability and chemical-free materials. Some complain that it breaks easily when warmed, and others say the rings are hard to tighten correctly, inviting cracks and leaks. Others say the slow-flow nipple is too fast.
Review: Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle, 6-Count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
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