After receiving this bottle and cleaning it, I wanted to make sure there wouldn't be any chemical taste. I filled it and let it sit in the fridge for almost 24 hours. There was no chemical smell or taste. Also, the bottle will actually hold about 38 oz, because of where the 32 oz mark is. It is plastic so it won't keep your water cold for a long time. It is leak proof when the lid is closed. I laid it down while it was full, and no leaks. The only thing is I wish I would have gotten the cute sloth bottle instead of the plain one!