Selecting a sippy cup for children can be a tedious process. There are many things to consider, such as durability, safety, spill and leak potential, and ease of clean-ability. One of the most frustrating things I’ve had to deal with during the relentless sippy cup selection process is cost. It is amazing how expensive some sippy cups are, especially when they can become unusable in such a short amount of time. After bringing home countless varieties of sippy cups that either met my daughter’s mouth with rejection or destruction, I decided to find a cheaper option that would suffer her wrath with a smaller impact on my pocketbook.
My search of cheap sippy cups led me to the Munchkin Click Lock Reusable Sippy Cups, 10 oz.
I purchased an 8-pack for $9.99 from Amazon. It was a decent amount to pay for such a quantity. I figured if they turned out to be good, I could stock up without spending an outrageous amount, and if they turned out to be bad, I wouldn’t be out much money.
The cups actually come in packs of 4, so my order was fulfilled with 2 packs. One strange thing I noticed was that the lids came in different colors than the cups. The packs only contained red and orange cups, but the lids were orange, yellow, and green. Other color varieties are available, but it appears that they all contain mismatched lids. Of course the color discrepancy isn’t a big deal if you want to present color variety to your child, but for any OCD parents out there, it can be a trigger of annoyance.
The cups and lids stack nicely, which is wonderful if you stock up on a lot of them. They come stacked neatly in the package as well. When I removed the cups from the package, I instantly noticed a terrible chemical smell emanating from the plastic. Fortunately, they are dishwasher safe (top rack) and it took several runs through the dishwasher to eliminate the plastic smell.
I was eager to test out the “leak-proof technology” boasted by the packaging. My daughter was notorious for throwing her cups around, and I’d find them in a puddle of her juice–even when the cups were supposedly “leak-proof.” The Munchkin cups locked very easily and very well. Some reviewers have claimed the cups are difficult to lock, but I never experienced this issue. On a few occasions, the lid wasn’t pressed down and screwed on crooked, but I quickly caught that and made sure to press it all the way down before screwing it to lock.
Although the cups are spill proof, they did not prove to be leak proof as they claim. The click-locking lids secure the lids enough that they can be thrown around without the lid popping off and a massive spill ensuing. However, the lids do leak through the 3 little mouthpiece holes through which the liquid flows. There are no sources of flow control behind the holes in the mouthpiece, so the liquid goes right through it. This means that if your curious little toddler wants to create a puddle of liquid to play in, they can dump the cup upside down and watch happily as the liquid steadily drips out.
After only a month of use, the plastic on all of the spouts began to deteriorate. My daughter does not chew on her cups, so either excessive use or washing is the culprit. The cups themselves held up just fine, and the click-lock function was never affected, but the mouthpiece of the lids definitely proved to be the weak link.
Ultimately, if you want cheap sippy cups to use either sparsely or temporarily, and don’t need something entirely leak-proof, then these cups are great. They’re cheap enough that you can even use them as disposable cups, if needed. But if you’re looking for a cup that is durable and won’t leak all over your furniture, avoid this product.