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SIGG Classic Traveler

*Est. $25 for 1-liter bottle
Reviewed
June 2011
by ConsumerSearch
SIGG Traveler

Pros
  • Huge variety of colors and designs
  • Recyclable
  • Stylish
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Dents easily
  • Questions remain about contents of liner
  • Ice cubes don't fit in the narrow mouth

Sigg water bottles are very popular with owners, who love the trendy colors and designs. Reviewers also like the lightweight construction, and they say water doesn't have a metallic taste. The Classic and Design collections feature the trademark Traveler bottle in numerous colors and designs -- the Classic collection includes solid colors and the Design collection features the patterned Traveler bottles. Sigg water bottles are made with aluminum, which requires a liner. In previous years there have been some concerns about the epoxy resin liner in Sigg bottles, since most epoxy resins contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been the source of much controversy over possible health concerns.

To address this, Sigg released a new EcoCare liner, which is a baked-on polymer liner, in January 2009 but still won't say exactly what the liner is, so some critics fault the company for lacking transparency. Still, Sigg says the liner has been tested and doesn't leach BPA or other chemicals. Durability may also be a concern as numerous tests show that Sigg water bottles dent easily. The Klean Kanteen (*Est. $18 for 27-oz. bottle) is often regarded as a competitor to Sigg water bottles, although it's made with stainless steel, not aluminum. Klean Kanteen bottles don't require a liner, and the tests we've seen indicate they're slightly more durable than Sigg water bottles.

We found the best reviews of Sigg Lifestyle water bottles in comparative tests conducted by Wired, Slate.com, Men's Journal and Good Housekeeping. All of these publications conduct varied tests on Sigg water bottles, but only Wired provides a numerical rating. Sigg bottles attract a large number of user reviews, especially on Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com.

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Our Sources

1. Wired

The Sigg water bottle gets a mixed review from Wired. Daniel Dumas likes the numerous designs and says it performs well in some tests, but it was crushed when run over by a car and he detects a "twangy aftertaste."

Review: Bottle Shock: 4 BPA-Free Water Bottles Endure Torture Testing, Daniel Dumas, Oct. 20, 2008

2. Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping tests 32 water bottles, but only 21 receive an analysis. Out of those, the Sigg Lifestyle comes in at 16th place. Testers like that the bottle resists leaks and spills, but the bottle suffers "serious dents" in a drop test.

Review: Reusable Water Bottles Tested, Editors of Good Housekeeping

3. Men's Journal

Like other reviewers, Men's Journal editors wonder why manufacturers won't disclose the contents of the bottle's aluminum liner. They also say the liner is prone to divots when dropped or hit.

Review: Reviewed: Water Bottles, Tobin Hack, Oct. 13, 2008

4. Slate.com

Though Slate.com reviewer Laura Moser calls Sigg water bottles "functional baubles," she appreciates that they don't dent easily and the narrow mouth prevents spills. The Sigg water bottle is one of the top scorers in this review.

Review: Message in a Bottle, Laura Moser, Aug. 21, 2007

5. Gardenaut (blog)

This Gardenaut reviewer says Sigg water bottles are expensive and you're "paying primarily for looks." Still, he thinks the bottles and loop tops are strong and functional.

Review: BPA-Free Water Bottle Showdown, Jeremiah McNichols, May 12, 2008

6. HuffingtonPost.com

HuffingtonPost.com provides a wide array of reusable bottle favorites, and readers then score each bottle on a scale of 1 to 10. Readers give the Sigg only a 5.1, ranking it ninth out of nine bottles. This review, however, doesn't provide insight into why users low-scored this bottle.

Review: The Best Reusable Water Bottles, Lindsay Armstrong, Jan. 29, 2010

7. Time magazine

Time magazine's review of the Sigg Classic Traveler focuses on its "hipness," though it also places a few complaints. The reviewer doesn't like that the bottle can't fit ice cubes, sweats in hot climates and can't hold boiling liquids.

Review: Top 5 Eco-Friendly Water Bottles, Hilary Hylton, Dec. 11, 2008

8. About.com

Wendy Bumgardner, About.com's guide to walking, says the Sigg bottles are lightweight, but they're also "prone to quickly heating up or cooling down and sweating in humid climates." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: BPA-Free Water Bottles, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated Jan. 24, 2011

9. Outside Magazine

Outside magazine asks various editors to select their favorite gear of the year in the Editor's Choice awards. The Sigg Traveler -- specifically, the Eco Message design -- makes the list for Desert Rat Gear. The review doesn't specifically state why it's the editor's favorite.

Review: The Essentials: Editor's Choice Awards, Editors of Outside magazine, May 2009

10. Amazon.com

Nearly 200 owners posting here are satisfied, overall, with their Sigg bottle. Like other reviewers, owners note that the bottle dents easily and doesn't maintain the temperature of the beverage inside it.

Review: Sigg Classic Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com

11. Buzzillions.com

The Sigg Classic Traveler is the highest-rated aluminum bottle (Buzzillions.com divides BPA-free water bottles into plastic, aluminum and stainless steel categories). Reviewers here often love the Sigg, saying it's very durable and stylish. Many have bought multiple Sigg bottles and seem enthusiastic about the brand overall.

Review: Sigg Classic Aluminum Water Bottle, Contributors to Buzzillions.com

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