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Coleman FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

Coleman FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

Coleman FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle​: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Cool

​Value

​BPA Free

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​AUTOSEAL technology and slide lock minimize the chance of spills
  • ​Double-walled construction and vacuum insulation
  • ​Coated texture translates to solid, grippy feel
What We Don't Like
  • ​Strong, button-operated flow can make sipping hot beverages difficult
  • ​Button can be challenging to operate for those with hand-strength or tactile issues

​The Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle provides a cutting-edge vessel for keeping hydrated (or warming up by the campfire) while out and about: hiking, jogging, biking, camping, road-tripping, or simply hustling to and from the office.

The double-walled and insulated construction of this snazzy-looking bottle keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, while the unique AUTOSEAL-enhanced lid ensures a steady flow when you take a drink and no-spill security otherwise.

All in all, this is a rugged, durable, and mostly leaf-proof bottle ideal for everything from ice water to steamy coffee or tea.

Coleman FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Insulated ​Water Bottle Review

Coleman FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

​Who Is This Product For?

​If you're like most people, it can be a challenge to intake enough liquids on any given day, whether you're out adventuring or simply taking care of business at home and at work.

The Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle, which comes in 24 or 40oz. models, makes the task a bit easier. It's particularly ideal for outdoor recreation, exercise, travel, and busy workdays, given its ability to maintain cold or hot temperatures for extended periods, its easy on-the-go use, and its anti-spill and anti-leak design.

It's probably not the very best model for less active or stay-at-home folks, or for anybody with arthritis or other hand issues: The button, slide-lock, and spout-cover features might be overkill for the former and a bit challenging - or at least frustrating - to operate for the latter.

​What's Included?

​This water bottle doesn't come with accessories: The basic purchase gives you the bottle itself and the removable lid.

You can choose between the 24 or the 40oz. Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottles, and between a variety of available colors:

  • Black
  • Heritage Red
  • Heritage Green
  • Seafoam
  • Sandstone
  • Slate
  • Violet

Overview of Features

The Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle is constructed from double-walled 18/8 stainless steel and 100% BPA-free plastic. Its vacuum-insulated design is meant to maintain cold beverages at temperature for as many as 31 hours, and hot beverages for up to 11 hours.

The textured exterior of the bottle makes for an easy and sure grip: no small advantage when you're sweating on the trail or at the track.

The lid also boasts a flip handle for carrying.

The standard 24oz. Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle--which measures 3 by 3.8 by 10.5 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds--fits in most modern automobile drink holders and many bicycle bottle cages.

Speaking of that lid, it's a pretty decked-out AUTOSEAL setup:

Press the button on the back of the lid to drink from the high-flow spout, which lets out a pleasantly steady flow. When you're not drinking, a slide lock prevents that button from being accidentally depressed. There's a spout cover, too, that keeps dirt off the lid's mouthpiece.

It all adds up to quite the spill- and leak-proof water bottle that can stand up to the inevitable dropping on the pavement or gravel or jostling around in a backpack or gym bag.

​How to Use

​To maximize the temperature retention of the Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle, consider adding ice cubes to cold beverages and pre-warming the bottle with hot water before filling it with coffee, tea, and other hot liquids.

Be careful not to over tighten the lid, which could damage the sealing gasket and result in leakage.

Wash the Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle by hand: The stainless-steel bottle itself is not designed for the dishwasher, although you can wash the lid in a dishwasher's top rack.

The DropDown design of the lid makes thorough cleaning all the easier.

​Alternative

​The button-controlled AUTOSEAL lid of the Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle is a great innovation, and the high-flow spout is awesome for thirsty chugging.

You may, however, prefer a more basic, button-free operation for drinking if you're not regularly stashing your water bottle in a pack.

Coleman offers plenty of bottles with simple screw-on, screw-off lids or--as in the Coleman 1-L Aluminum Hydration Bottle--popup straws. 

If you mostly drink hot beverages, furthermore, you may or may not find this bottle's spout-flow too voluminous for small sips.

​Conclusion

​Active and on-the-go types will appreciate how tightly sealed and spill-proof the Coleman FreeFlow Insulated Water Bottle is.

The button operation and flow control can take some getting used to, and not everybody will love that design, but it's definitely got its advantages.

The vacuum-insulated, double-walled construction makes the bottle quite an effective vessel for both hot and cold beverages, depending on what the activity, your mood, and the weather all call for.