Dopper Original and Steel water bottles review

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If you’ve decided to stop buying bottled water in favor of refilling an existing water bottle, Dopper bottles could be your next purchase. Designed by a Dutch designer Rinke van Remortel, Dopper bottles are available in an original plastic version and a steel version. Both are BPA free, easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Water bottles aren’t normally exciting to talk about, but Dopper bottles have a unique feature that will make you take a second look.

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The Dopper Original is made of BPA free plastic and holds 16 ounces. It’s available in several colors including the blue version shown above. There’s also the Dopper Steel which holds 27 ounces and is made of … well you probably already guessed… steel. It also has a section made of BPA free plastic.

Except for the capacity and main bottle / cap material, both the Original and Steel bottles have the same design and features. You can unscrew the top cap and take a swig of water like you would any other water bottle.

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But when you unscrew the top section with the cap in place and flip it over, you now have a cup that you can then pure liquid into from the bottle. Things suddenly become much more civilized. This is a water bottle fit for royalty. Ok, was that going too far? ;)

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The cup has a seal inside to prevent leaks when it’s attached to the main bottle.

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You can also drink directly from the main bottle as it has a nice smooth rolled edge which is comfortable to drink from.

If you’re already reaching for your credit card to buy a Dopper bottle, wait a little longer, because there are two “issues” that I’ve noticed while testing the Original and Steel bottles. First of all, they suffer from an affliction shared by most water bottles on the market – they sweat when filled with cold liquid. That’s a deal breaker for me because I hate bottles that sweat. I don’t like having to wipe my hands on my pants to dry them after every sip. Of course, using the built-in cup alleviates some of that problem, but the cup actually introduces a second problem. If you happen to fill the bottle all the way to the top spout and then unscrew the cup section, excess water will spill out when you remove the cup. that’s because there’s more area that can be filled when the cup section is attached, than can be held by the bottom section when the cup is removed. The obvious solution is to just not fill it all the way to the top…

Dopper bottles are safe to drink from, well made and unique. If you can get past the sweating and can remember not to overfill it, it makes a fun water bottle. An added benefit to consider is that 10% of the proceeds from each water bottle goes to the Dopper Foundation to support clean water access projects in Nepal and educational outreach campaigns on single-use plastic waste.

Note: The Steel version is not currently available, but is expected soon. Pricing should be around $27.50.

 

Product Information

Price:$16.25 (Original)
Manufacturer:Dopper
Pros:
  • Built-in cup
  • 10% of each sale goes to charity
  • BPA free
Cons:
  • Both styles sweat with cold water
  • Some water will spill when removing the cup if the bottle was filled completely full
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  • anson July 17, 2013, 10:17 pm

    @Julie- I was going to ask if this bottle was a double-walled (insulated) design… but when you mentioned the *sweating* that became obvious that it’s only single-walled…

    That’s the same complaint I have with my Square-bottle- sweaty palms.

  • Julie July 18, 2013, 7:55 am

    @anson right, single wall… and the steel one REALLY conducts cold. I filled both bottles with 4 ice cubes and cold water. Waited 5 mins and then held each one in my hand at the same time. The steel bottle was MUCH colder. There’s no way that I would carry it around full of ice and water. I think I’d get frost bite ;) And I’m not exaggerating.

  • HungAD July 18, 2013, 10:45 am

    In my quest for a spill proof, easy clean (no straws or complicated lids), insulated bottle, the only one I’ve found so far is the Aladdin “Perfect Water Bottle”. It has the dual screw on lids like this one but without the extra cup.

  • Julie July 18, 2013, 11:20 am

    @HungAD does the Aladdin have dual wall? Does it sweat? My favorite bottle is actually a thermos. It’s a larger version of the Bubba Hero that I reviewed awhile back: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2012/12/07/bubba-brands-envy-tumbler-and-hero-bottle-review/
    I use it Monday through Friday.

  • HungAD July 18, 2013, 11:23 am
  • Julie July 18, 2013, 11:40 am

    Nice :)

  • Dawn S July 19, 2013, 10:53 am

    @Julie, is the lid on the Bubba HERO insulated also?

  • Julie July 19, 2013, 11:22 am

    @Dawn S No, the lid isn’t insulated… but it keeps drinks cold for hours and hours and hours… I love it.

  • Dawn S July 21, 2013, 10:19 am

    @Julie, I ordered the Bubba Hero yesterday and thanks for bringing it up in this review!

  • Julie July 21, 2013, 10:24 am

    @Dawn S I don’t think the Dopper people will be happy that I did ;) Let us know what you think of the Hero by adding a comment to the Bubba review page once you’ve had time to use it. I gave my Hero to a friend at work and bought 2 of the 24oz versions. One for me and one for my better half. I think you’ll really like it :)

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