Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle
- KEEP IT HOT OR COLD: Our Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is made with superior insulation that keeps liquids (soup, coffee, tea) hot or cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours. It’s also made with BPA-free materials, keeping its contents safe to consume.
- TOUGH AND DURABLE: The rust-proof 18/8 stainless steel construction on this insulated thermos means it can work just as hard as you do without impacting its performance. This is an ideal bottle to throw into your truck, work bag or travel with it.
- MULTI-PURPOSE LID: The Stanley thermos is designed with a leak-resistant lid, so you can put it in your backpack without worrying about any spills. The wide mouth of the thermos helps with easy pouring into the lid that doubles as an eight-ounce cup.
- FILL IT FOR THE DAY: Our vacuum bottle comes in multiple sizes – 1.1qt, 1.5qt, and 2qt so you can fill it up with water once and be set for however long you need it. The collapsible handle makes it easy to transport with you.
- LIFETIME WARRANTY: ‘BUILT FOR LIFE’. Since 1913 we’ve promised to provide rugged, capable gear for food and drink, built to last a lifetime. It’s a promise we still keep. Stanley products purchased from Stanley Resellers come with a lifetime warranty.
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With all the strength and function of its bigger brothers, this half-quart thermos packs easier when space is a premium. Fully leak-proof, it'll keep your drink warm and your pack dry.
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I've been using a Stanley Classic 1.1qt thermos since 2004 to keep my coffee hot as I take it with me to work. I decided to purchase a second one even though my original one still works and looks very close to brand new. Soon as I received the new thermos I noticed that it felt too light. I am already accustomed to the weight of my current Stanley thermos (2003 built date) and decided to put them on my scale. Sure enough, the original that I've been using for 14 years weighed 2.70 pounds and the new one only weighed 1.80 pounds. The new one also has a more hollow sound when I knock on it, the green Hammertone paint has a smoother/ more fine finish which I don't like as much, and when I place a magnet on the exterior of the original Stanley thermos, it holds in place. When I place the same magnet on the new one, it kind of catches but it slides down. No holding power.
I never even considered when placing the order that something as simple as a Stanley Classic Thermos, that's been around for ages, would get changes that seemed to cheapen or even ruin it.
Thinking that the lighter weight, smoother finish, hollow sound, and the fact that my small test magnet doesn't hold well and slides down, I decided to see how much worse it performs.
At 7:30am I filled both the original thermos and the new thermos with boiling water and placed them in my truck, side by side. Then, at 1:30pm, I brought them both into my office and placed them on the same desk. The office is only 75 degrees fahrenheit and by 4:00pm, the exterior of the original thermos felt slightly warm while the new thermos' exterior felt slightly chilled. I didn't measure the temperatures of the exteriors but the new unit felt clearly colder to the touch.
By 4:30pm, I decided to open them both up, for the first time in day, and get a reading of how much worse the new unit kept the temperate of the boiling water placed into it compared to the original unit.
The results were as follows:
-Original Stanley Classic 1.1qt thermos: 183 degrees F.
-New Stanley Classic 1.1qt thermos: 188 degrees F.
No, that is NOT a typo. I was so shocked that I kept measuring both units over and over for 5 minutes straight. All day, I was expecting the new design to perform worse than the original. I would have been very surprised had it even held the temperature as well as the original but I never even considered that it would actually keep the temperature better than the original. No joke, that never even crossed my mind for a second.
I'm very surprised that the new unit performs so well despite all the changes mentioned above and it will now become my main go to thermos and I'll keep the original, that I'm kinda attached to after all these years, as a back up.
Note: I know that this review is silly in the big scheme of things and that the testing process wasn't even challenging but I was expecting a quick and clear proof that the new design is terrible and would only use it as the back up thermos. I was so surprised, and pleased, by the results that I decided to share them with you all.
1: The product is now manufactured in China and has been since 2002 when Aladdin, the company that owned the Stanley brand, went out of business thereby closing their US production facility in Nashville, TN. The brand was then purchased by a company called PMI who resumed production in China and saved the Stanley Thermos brand from evisceration.
2: In 2009 for many reasons, PMI eliminated the charcoal packing (also referred to as Char-Vac) in the outer wall of the thermos, while increasing the thickness of the steel exterior casing to compensate for the loss of durability. The unit is now lighter, yet still serves the same purpose and retains it's original efficacy. It also retains it's lifetime warranty.
3: PMI produces millions of these units per year, and like any other mass produced product, there will be a certain percentage of defects (i.e. vacuum seals that didn't seal) that result from manufacturing. If you happen to have a problem with your unit, 99% of the time, it's an internal failure of the vacuum seal. Call or email Stanley, and they will send you a new one if you simply take some pictures with your smart phone and email them to the company. You don't even have to send the old bottle back.
Now on to the review. I never owned a US made Aladdin Stanley and I never owned a pre-2009 PMI-Stanely thermos, so I can't offer a direct comparison. What I can say is this thermos is fantastic. I don't even put hot water in the thermos before I pour my pot of coffee in there and it stays so hot that I have to add ice water at just so I can drink it. That's the performance that was advertised, and that's what I received. I bought the 1.1qt model from wally world a week ago and have been using it for my soup. This 2qt model is for my 12 cups of coffee I take with me for the day (whether I work or don't work for the day, so I've got the tag team rocking out everyday. I've got the big 2qt for my caffeine and the 1.1qt for my hot & hearty soup, so apparently I'm unstoppable now!
Anyhow, the handle is nice and functional and appears to be an improvement over the Stanley 1.1qt thermos I bought years ago which had a very sloppy handle. It rattled and just was poorly designed. This one is nice and smooth, so apparently they fixed that issue. The cap screws on smooth and tightens down firmly. It unscrews without a problem and I have absolutely no complaints at all whatsoever.
I'm a working man and I feel confident spending my money with Stanley knowing that if I'm having a tough month financially, and my thermos stops working, I know I'll never pay to fix that problem again for the rest of my life.
Opportunities for improvement:
1: PMI should offer a throwback bottle that revives the old char-vac technology that provided the weight and long life durability of the older units. If people want them and are willing to pay substantially more to have one, why aren't you offering it and taking their money? Odd business decision in my opinion, but what do I know, I'm just a consumer.
2: A larger drinking cup would be more appropriate for the size of the 2qt unit. I personally prefer my actual coffee mug, so I just pour from my thermos into that and I'm good to go. I know others may prefer to use the cup that's included, and it'll work, but you'll be pouring a lot of cups to get through 2 quarts with that little thing.
3: My 1.1 qt bottle has a sweet metal stamp on the front of the bottle and my 2qt has a lame sticker. Please stamp the 2qt just like you do for the 1.1qt. A sticker is not built for life, a steel stamp imprinted into the outer wall of the jacket is.
All in all, this is a great thermos at a great price. If you need to keep soup or any liquid hot, this baby gets the job done.
This is a link to the Stanely FAQ on the redesign of the bottle.
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