Ion8 pod – Review

With an ever increasing focus on the need to reduce plastic waste, as a family we are keen to eradicate as much single use plastic from our home as possible.  This is an ongoing process and, needless to say, we are learning as we go.  Of course one way to do this is to use reusable drinks bottles when we are out and about.  This is something I’ve previously been quite slack about, preferring to buy drinks as we need them over remembering to fill up and cart around enough bottles for the whole family.  However this is clearly wasteful – both in an environmental and financial sense.  As I say, we are learning as we go!

One of my biggest issues with carrying bottles around is that they tend to take up too much room in my bag and there is always the risk of them leaking.  The kids have bottles which they take to school (if they remember) and Dave & I both have Klean Kanteen bottles which we use for hot drinks – particularly when we’re camping or Dave uses his to take coffee to work.  But they are sizeable and fairly weighty – I certainly wouldn’t want to lug one around in my handbag all day.

We’ve recently been introduced to the Ion8 range -specifically the 100% leak proof kids water bottle, the Ion8 Pod.  The Ion8 Pod is a 350ml size making it ideal for children – fitting perfectly into school lunch boxes or backpacks.  Having to carry their bottles is probably the single biggest reason why my children often “forget” to take theirs or bring them home again from school.  If they were safely tucked inside their school bag this would be a different matter entirely!

Ion8 pod - kids leak proof drink bottle

My favourite design feature of the Ion8 Pod is that it is the same width as a standard soft drinks can which means it will fit all standard cup and can holders – a bit of a game changer in the car where lots of the other bottles we have tried just don’t fit comfortably (something I have previously tested by spilling hot chocolate all over the foot-well of my car whilst turning a corner . . . )  It is worth mentioning that the larger 500ml Ion8 Slim is also the same width so if you need a larger drink, you don’t have to compromise on being able to fit your bottle into a cup holder.

Whilst the Ion8 Pod is marketed as a kids’ water bottle, I think the smaller size makes it perfect for popping in your handbag when you’re out and about – you know I’m fully lusting after a navy one for myself right?  I’ve said before that I’m practically a camel and rarely drink enough so having a smaller sized bottle in my bag might finally solve this problem!

Little girl using reusable drink bottle

Little girl drinking from Ion8 Pod

All three kids love the Ion8 Pod – the easy to open flip top and the smooth liquid flow make it easy to drink from – there’s no need to worry about sucking or holding it at the right angle as can often be the case with some bottles. The lockable flip top lid means that the drink spout itself remains clean (as opposed to the kids’ current bottles which just have a twist up spout).  Thanks to the wide neck, the bottle is simple to fill – you can even pop ice in on a hot day which I know Ben will love for school!  The bottle is actually suitable for both hot and cold drinks which I must admit really surprised me – I don’t know that I would naturally use it for hotter drinks but it’s nice to know the option is there.  It might seem a little odd to talk about the texture of the bottle, but actually it makes quite a big difference, the soft feel makes it easy to hold and also just looks far nicer.  The carry strap is a bit of a bonus as carrying a drink bottle around in your hand is never going to be comfortable for long.  I was also pleased to discover that I can pop the ion8 drink bottle into the dishwasher (something which I can’t do with our Klean Kanteens annoyingly!)

Ion8 Pod lockable flip top lid opens with one hand

Ion8 Pod flip top lid and spout

Ion8 Pod carry strap makes the bottle easy to carry around

So all in we love the Ion8 Pod, my only problem with it is that we only have one!  I think I’d better invest in some more.

*We were sent the Ion8 Pod free of charge for the purposes of review.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own.  This post contains affiliate links*

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  1. May 15, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I like the fact it is leak proof and the carry strap is rather handy #TriedTested

  2. May 15, 2018 / 10:19 am

    We could do with a new water bottle! This Ion8 Pod sounds good, going to check out the other colours and would be good for our rucksacks x #triedtested

  3. May 15, 2018 / 10:24 am

    I’m looking for a new water bottle at the moment but they are all so big, this is a much better size to fit into a handbag. I love the green colour too. Will check out the website 🙂


  4. May 15, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    that looks like a great bottle and 350ml is definitely a good option for kids (we love our Oxo Tot bottle for that reason). Leak proof is always the most important factor in my book! #triedtested

  5. May 15, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Did you say leak-proof? Be still my beating heart! So many memories of soaked bags on days out and at school too. #TriedandTested

  6. May 15, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    We are always on the lookout for a decent water bottle – will have to check these out #triedtested

  7. May 15, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    These look and sound fab! We go through so many water bottles here as they start to leak or break. I might have to get these for my girls to try x

  8. May 18, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    A good water bottle is difficult to come by. They look great and ones that don’t break and leak are good. Love the colour of this one too xx #triedtested

  9. May 22, 2018 / 9:35 am

    this looks amazing, I really love the colour. I am always on the look out for new waterbottles for my daughter. We will have to have a look at this one! #triedtested

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