If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent more time than you’d like to admit researching and trying out sippy cups in an attempt to finally find the one that can withstand your kiddo’s seemingly endless quest to make a mess on your newly washed kitchen floor. If so, have I got a gift for you! With the help of the experts (my fellow parents who know the sippy struggle), I’ve rounded up the ten best sippy cups out there based on factors like price, durability, ease of use and (of course) “spill-proofness”.
1. Munchkin Miracle 360-Degree Trainer Cup
Highlights: Easy for kids to use, easy to clean, minimal spills, dentist recommended, stainless steel cup keeps drinks cold for 15 hours
Both of my kids love this cup. It’s easy to hold and drink out of due to its 360-degree design which allows them to take a sip from any part of the lid. The dentist-recommended spoutless lid mimics that of a “big kid” cup and helps little ones practice drinking with minimal spills or mess. While the cup won’t leak from being tipped on its side, making it the perfect cup to throw in your bag as you head out the door, it will splash a little if your little one decides to throw it from the high chair (and you know they will). Nevertheless, this cup comes highly recommended by tons of parents because, in addition to the minimal spillage, it only has two easy-to-clean parts that don’t have many crevices for nasty bacteria to grow in. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe because ain’t nobody got time for hand-washing anything they don’t have to. This cup also comes in a stainless steel design which keeps drinks cold for 15 hours!
2. Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup
$29 for 2 cups | Available here
Highlights: Bendy straw design gets every last drop of liquid, comes with a 30-day 100% leak proof guarantee or your money back, dentist recommended
If you’ve ever tried to give your little one a sippy cup with a straw design, you probably know what happens when their drink gets close to the bottom. The straw won’t quite reach, but they can’t tip the cup up to get the rest, leading to frustration and a wasted drink. The Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup eliminates that problem with an awesome bendy straw that follows the liquid whichever way your kid tilts the cup, meaning every drink is good ‘til the last drop! The anti-leak valve prevents spills, so even if there was a sip or two left over, you can rest assured that it won’t end up on the floor – and best of all, if your cup does leak, you can get your money back! If that wasn’t enough reason to add this cup to your shopping cart, 90% of 200 US pediatric dentists agree that the design of this cup allows healthy oral development.
3. Zoli BOT Straw Sippy Cup
$21 | Available here
Highlights: Weighted straw helps to get every drop of liquid
My toddler somehow came home with this cup from daycare one day, and I’ll be honest – I kind of didn’t want to send it back, even though it wasn’t his. I had never seen a cup with a weighted straw before, but I loved the way it helped my little guy to drink up everything without any leftovers. It was easy for him to use since the weighted ball at the bottom of the straw moved to the liquid. I found the cup to be leak proof, except when it was dropped (or thrown) on the ground by my active little guy. Some parents have recommended buying the special straw cleaner to ensure that the straw is fully cleaned if you decide to fill it with milk, but I didn’t have issues cleaning it without. In case you’re wondering, I did send the cup back to daycare, but not before I ordered one of my own online.
4. Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups
$3 for 4 cups | Available here
Highlights: Super cheap, decent durability, interchangeable lids
Sippy cups are kind of like socks in the dryer. No matter how hard you try, when you go to pull one out of the drawer, pieces always seem to be missing – and that’s if you don’t end up losing the entire thing altogether. The great thing about Take & Toss cups is that when your kid does forget their cup somewhere in the course of their busy day, it’s not the end of the world because they’re so dang cheap. Better still is the fact that if you misplace a lid, they’re totally interchangeable, so the rest of the cup doesn’t go to waste.
As your kids get older, they can even use the base of the cup without the lid (if you’re brave enough to let them). These cups are only spill proof because the entire contents won’t end up all over the counter if it gets knocked over, but there are no fancy valves to prevent the drink from coming out of the nozzle. For less than $1 a cup, though, you won’t hear any complaining from me!
5. Contigo Autospout
$18 | Available here
Highlights: Fun designs, pop-up straw minimizes germs, anti-leak valve prevents spills, super durable
Of all of the recommendations I received for great sippy cups, this was the one I got most often. Technically this is a water bottle, recommended for kids 3 and up, but tons of caregivers have agreed that younger kids do great with this bottle, once they figure out the fun pop up straw feature. Simply press the button on the side of the lid, and the spout pops up, and once they’re done, they can tuck it back in to keep their drink germ-free! The straw has a special tether which prevents it from getting lost during cleaning, and the bottle is top-rack dishwasher safe. This is a great option for kids on the go because it’s both leak-proof and durable!
6. Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids
$9 for 3 lids | Available here
Highlights: Makes sippy cups out of cups already in your kitchen, great price
If your kitchen cupboard is like mine and looks like a sippy cup factory exploded inside of it, you might be wondering if there’s another option out there as far as children’s drink receptacles are concerned. Great news! Boon’s got you covered with their BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free silicone sippy lids that can stretch over any cup with a mouth between 2.5 and 3.75 inches in diameter. These blue, orange and green lids come in a 3 pack and are dishwasher safe and can also be boiled or sterilized.
7. THERMOS Foogoo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Sippy Cup
$18 | Available here
Highlights: Keeps drinks cold for 16 hours, stainless steel minimizes bacteria growth, minimal messes due to clean sip valve
Have you got a kiddo who seems to take forever to finish their drink? If so, the THERMOS Foogoo Sippy Cup may be the one you’ve been looking for, since it keeps drinks cold for 6 hours! This durable cup is made of stainless steel, which minimizes bacteria growth, and has an easy to clean sip valve which minimizes messes. Although the manufacturer recommends hand-washing, it’s also top rack dishwasher safe.
8. Playtex Sipsters
$6 | Available here
Highlights: Comes in fun designs with your kid’s favourite characters, great price, minimal spills, super durable
You may have seen these Playtex sippy cups while wandering the baby aisle at the grocery store and wondered whether they’re actually any good. I’m here to tell you that they most definitely are. The fun character and animal designs on the cup will make this your kiddo’s new favourite, and its guaranteed spill-proof, leak-proof and break-proof design will make it yours. The double-walled insulation will keep your little one’s drinks cooler longer, meaning you won’t have to shudder at the thought of them drinking room-temperature milk. The size and shape of the cup make it easy for little hands to hold, and it’s top rack dishwasher safe meaning it’s easy for your big hands to clean!
9. Wow Cup Mini
$12 | Available here
Highlights: 360-degree lid is easy for kids to drink from and easy to clean, integrated travel lid minimizes germs, cute designs, dentist recommended
This is another cup with a 360 lid design that’s popular with parents and kids alike. The baby bottle shape helps kiddos transitioning from a bottle to a cup, and the 360-degree even seal technology makes it easy to take a sip from any part of the lid. As an added bonus, there is an integrated travel lid that protects the sipping surface from getting covered in nasty germs, making it a great cup to bring with you wherever you go! Because this cup most closely resembles a regular drinking glass, it’s dentist recommended. There are also minimal parts to this cup, making it easy to clean, and like many others on this list, it’s safe to stick in the dishwasher. There are three fun colour schemes for these cups, so whether you have a dinosaur, car, or elephant lover, there’s sure to be a cup your little one will love.
10. NUK Learner Cup
$11 | Available here
Highlights: Great transition cup for babies, handles make it easy to hold, cute designs
The soft silicone spout on this cup is soft on gums, making it a great choice for babies transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup. The anti-slip, easy grip handles are easy to grab onto for kiddos new to holding a cup but can be removed over time or if your little one decides they’d rather go handle-less. For kids taking drinks on the go, there is a cap included to pop onto the spout to keep it clean, and the cup can be tossed in the dishwasher at the end of the day for easy cleaning. The cute Mickey Mouse design will make any kid excited to show off this awesome cup (I wish I had a cup as fun as this for myself!).
What are your go-to sippy cups? Is there a great one that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments!