Maybe you are health conscious, environmentally conscious or just attracted to the looks of the stainless steel water bottles, coffee mugs, and food jars. There are many varieties of stainless steel drink and food wares available in the market, which eventually leaves us confused. You can stare at the shelves of products all day comparing their features with one another. You are aware of what color or size you want to buy, but how do you make a choice? What features you should look out for? Will it corrode or break or poison anyone? This is why you should consider the following things before buying stainless steel drink and food ware.
- Check if it’s not aluminum. You are intending to buy a graded stainless steel.
There is a multitude of aluminum products available in the market they resemble the look of stainless steel. Aluminum isn’t listed as a Food Grade product and is prone to corrode easily. It needs a plastic lining of BPA inside the bottle which sometimes is exposed to leaching. One way to distinguish between aluminum and stainless steel is, the former has a light and soft texture. You need to look out for stainless steel ‘grading’. Stainless Steel products must be at least #304 (18/8) “Food Grade”. Anything of a lower grade is prone to rust and bacteria. You can buy a Double Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle here.
- They do their job well.
The products you want to buy should perform well and should be sturdy enough to go with you anywhere for a long period of time. You need to check if the product is robust. The higher the grading, the tougher the metal. At #304 (18/8) “Food Grade”, stainless steel is resistant to bumps and knocks. Many water bottles are graded #201. Stainless steel products with seals or joins are prone to leaks and cracks. Look out for the same. The lids must be leak proof; if the seal is made up of toxic-free silicone, it ensures airtight vacuum closure and the plastic lid is recyclable.
- It is easy to clean and manage.
Stainless steel products should be dishwasher friendly. The main body of the products should be easy to clean and should come with a bottle brush. The lids are prone to be sensitive, so look out for that. Some lids also have some hidden corners which provide access to bacteria. The lids should be robust and recyclable plastic that is dishwasher friendly, easy to clean, and bacteria-free for all the family. You can purchase an 18oz or 32oz Double Wall Stainless Steel Life Flask Thermos here.
- Overall satisfaction.
The products must deliver such quality that it encourages you to use them for the rest of your life. The products should be affordable, saves you the landfill space, and should have zero toxins. You can choose from a plethora of stainless steel products available in the market.