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48 people found this helpful
on 28 February 2014
This is a one-litre steel thermos flask, with a screw cap and cup. A litre is about three mugs full, which will fill the flask cup about five times. The outer shell is brushed steel; the flask inside is shiny steel. The neck of the flask is wide enough to get a bottle brush inside with ease but I clean mine by pouring in some boiling water and a dot of soap, closing the top and giving it a good shake.
So, how does it perform? I've been using mine for a few months, carried in a rucksack as part of my daily packed lunch. The outer shell has survived well, with hardly a mark on it. It keeps hot liquids hot all day. After seven hours, my coffee is still steaming hot inside it, and that's after the flask has been opened a few times to pour drinks. I have no complaints about its ability to keep hot drinks hot. It works just fine. The screw cap may be partially unscrewed, which opens a slot down the side, through which you may pour a drink without removing the cap completely (and letting out the heat). The cup is black plastic and has a brushed steel outer shell. It keeps drinks hot for quite a while, too, even in a cold place.
Some reviewers have complained that it leaks. Mine doesn't. The trick is to close the top tightly. That means turning it until the sealing ring squeaks and you can't turn the top any more. If you happen to be not very strong, it may be that you won't be able to tighten it enough to not leak. That is a shortcoming, but it is really down to screwing it tight enough to make a seal.
I did damage mine, when my rucksack broken and the flask fell four feet onto concrete. It fell on the cup end, which dented it. Other than that, no harm done. The flask is working fine.
I have just one gripe. In the old days, Thermos flasks had TWO cups: an outer one, and another one slotted inside. That meant a couple could both have a drink. This being a one-litre flask, that's plenty of drink for two people, so two cups would be good.
I bought mine from Amazon UK and had it delivered to Italy, where I was working at the time. I mention this because these flasks cost a fortune in Italy. I have no idea why, but it is cheaper to buy it from Amazon UK and pay for express next-day delivery to Italy, and it still be less than half the price charged for it in Italy. The point is, they are currently (in 2013-2014) much cheaper in the UK.
So it's a really good flask. It is hard-wearing, light-weight, never leaks, and keeps drinks hot all day. I'm very happy with mine. One litre is quite a lot of drink (and a litre of water weighs one kilo!) but this flask does also come in a smaller size if a litre is too much or too heavy.