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on 2 October 2013
I purchased this for my 5-year-old daughter to take to school. What I really wanted was something similar to the children's Thermos flasks of the 1980s, which fitted inside a matching plastic lunch box and came with a flip-up spout and a screw-on lid/cup. Basically, I wanted a fairly small, robust, leak-proof flask, that was easy to clean and would survive the occasional drop.
Sadly, it seems that the old-fashioned lunch box Thermos of my youth no longer exists. It would appear that the Funtainer is the current generation of Thermos. There is nothing wrong with it, but I feel that it is rather over-priced for what it is. It keeps drinks cool, it is a nice size for children, my daughter loves it and it has been much admired by her classmates. However, the flask has leaked once (possibly a result of my not putting it back together firmly enough after cleaning?), it is a little awkward to clean properly and I'm not sure how long the drinking spout is going to last, as my daughter does have a habit of chewing on the end of straws.
The actual drinking straw assembly is in two parts - a rigid plastic straw and a clear, rubbery plastic disc, with a short spout attached to it. The disc sits under the screw-on lid and the spout section pokes up through a hole. The rigid straw connects to the underside of the disc and has to be pushed quite firmly into place. It all comes apart for cleaning, but I found it quite difficult to clean the spout properly (a pipecleaner seems to be the best solution) and none of the parts are dishwasher safe.