If your kid has ever made a mess with their can of cola, the makers of Bottle Top hope to change all that. Their solution is to snap on a plastic top that resembles a plastic bottle. The thought is that now you won’t be able to spill your drink and you’ll be able to reseal it if needed, two things aluminum cans don’t provide on their own.
Aluminum cans are great for keeping cold drinks cold and being lightweight and durable. But the convenience of a plastic bottle is preferred, especially when giving a drink to your child or being outdoors where things can crawl into the opening. Since aluminum cans can be resealed, they also aren’t very good at storing drinks for longer periods of time.
The claim made by Bottle Top is that you just snap it onto aluminum can and you instantly get the benefits of the plastic bottle combined with the benefits of a can. They say it won’t spill, won’t leak, and that it’s still easy to open and drink from.
They also say it seals with a snap and allows you to put it onto all types of cans including soda, beer, iced tea, energy drinks, and anything else. They claim that aluminum cans can’t travel because they’re prone to spills. They also say that you’ll be able to store sodas and colas in the refrigerator and that they will stay fresher longer because of its resealable nature.
See all of the features touted in their promo video:
The hype is how convenient they make this product seem. Aluminum cans are typically smaller than plastic bottles. The average aluminum can holds 12 ounces of fluid while the average plastic bottle holds 20 ounces. Many times you will be able to drink the contents of a regular sized aluminum can in one sitting, and so will your kids. The reason plastic bottles are convenient for 20 ounce sizes is because sometimes you can’t finish all that’s in it and need to save the rest for later.
So the instances where you’ll have the need to use Bottle Top are most likely few and far between. It does seem like a good idea for kids because they won’t be able to knock it over and spill their drink.
You can pick up a set of 6 Bottle Top tops for $10 plus 7 dollars shipping and handling. However, they have the dreaded second one free offer which means they’ll tack on an extra $7 shipping and send you a dozen tops for a total of $24, or two dollars per top.
The commitment involves remembering to use Bottle Top whenever you or your kids are drinking from an aluminum can. This may be trickier than it seems since most times we just pop the can open and start to drink. It is hard to start a new habit, especially when the inconvenience factor is so low.
Bottle Top works, but not exactly the way that it’s shown to. It’s shown to snap on and off easily but this is not the case. You have to wrestle with it a bit to get it onto the can as well as getting it off of the can. Kids will definitely have trouble putting it on themselves which will become a pain, but likewise they will also have trouble taking off which is a good thing.
In the promotions they say that it’s spillproof and leak proof, but this is not the case 100% of the time. Because of the minute variations in aluminum can lids, and also from the wear and tear of using Bottle Top repeatedly, it leads to warping which means you don’t get a consistent fit over time.
Final Bottle Top Review
Bottle Top started with a somewhat flimsy concept, and followed through with a somewhat ineffective product. The amount of times that you’ll actually need it, and remember to use it, are so low that you really don’t need to buy this. If you do end up getting it you’ll see that the modicum amount of benefit and enhancement to your life doesn’t measure up to whatever you pay for it.
When we review these products we look for value, and we just don’t see it here. Even something as simple as this needs to be constructed properly and work the right way every time you use it.
We are recommending not to buy Bottle Top. We are basing our decision on three different factors. The first is that we’re questioning the actual need for a product like this. We just can’t see a daily or even weekly need to put a plastic top on your aluminum can. Second, we doubt that people will be able to remember to use this in the moment. And lastly, if someone does buy this and remembers to use it it doesn’t seem like it will provide the benefits it states.