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Best Sippy Cups

February 2016

Have a baby ready to transition from the bottle...or just on an eternal quest to find THE ONE SIPPY CUP TO RULE THEM ALL?! Bypass the revolving door of crappy sippy cups and shortcut to these editor- and parent-tested favorites.

We've broken down our picks by stage: transitional & spouted cups (for babies ages 4-12+ months), straw cups (from 6-12+ months), and trainer cups (for toddlers and preschoolers).

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Note: We developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. This page may contain affiliate links; see our full disclosure.

What type of sippy cup is right for my kid?

Transition and spouted cups (4-12 mo.)

A transition cup is a great first sippy cup when transitioning from the bottle or breast. Its soft spout, similar to a bottle nipple, is easiest for most babies to latch onto at the very beginning of their sippy cup career, say around age 4-12 months.

After that, soft-spouted sippy cups and hard-spouted sippy cups continue to be available in increasingly large capacities (it's not uncommon for preschoolers to still be using them), however spouted cups are not recommended for extended use due to potential for crooked teeth, tooth decay, and even speech issues. In fact, many experts recommend that you use a transition cup for as short a time as possible (e.g. just long enough for your child to get the hang of the cup), and move as soon as possible to using a straw cup.

Straw cups (from 6-12+ months)

Straw cups are perfect for older babies and toddlers — they help to minimize spills while avoiding the dental/speech problems that can accompany spouted cups.

Our favorite type of straw cup for younger babies are weighted straw cups. These have a flexible straw with a weight at the end, so the straw will follow liquid around the cup — and your child will be able to get liquid out — no matter the angle. These typically have handles and a valve to prevent spills.

Once your kid has gotten the hang of holding his cup upright to drink, a normal straw cup (with or without handles, and with or without valve) will do the job — and will be easier to clean than a cup with a weighted straw.

Trainer cups

Trainer cups are intended to help kids transition from using an enclosed sippy cup to an open cup without a straw. Most of them are just kid-sized versions of adult cups, though some also have handles and/or spill-proof features to make them a bit more kid-friendly.

What to look for in a sippy cup

  • Valve / "spill-proof": For younger kids who still dump their cups upside-down and/or throw them on the floor, a valve will help you to avoid messes and retain your sanity! Cups labeled "spill-proof" are designed to default to a sealed state, meaning they shouldn't release any liquid (even when dumped upside down) unless your child is actively drinking from them. However, note that in practice even the best cups will often still spill a few drops (e.g. whatever was already in the straw).
  • Travel-friendly / "leak-proof": If you need a cup that you can bring with you on-the-go, make sure to get one that's labeled as "leak-proof," meaning that when the lid is closed, it won't drip or dribble (even when dumped upside down in your diaper bag, etc.). All "spill-proof" cups should in theory also be "leak-proof," since they should default to a sealed state, however in reality this isn't always the case.
  • Materials: All plastic sippy cups on the market have been BPA free since 2012. However, some parents who are concerned about other estrogenic chemicals prefer to opt for sippy cups made out of safer materials such as glass, silicone, or stainless steel. See our "non-toxic" picks below.
  • Size/capacity: Consider how much your child typically drinks at a time when choosing a cup. For babies, a 4-6 oz. cup is likely sufficient; for preschoolers, 8-12 oz. is typical.
  • Ease of cleaning: Fewer parts will generally mean greater ease of cleaning and assembly. Anything with a valve is likely to have more parts. Weighted straws are also more difficult to clean than normal straws.

Best transitional & spouted sippy cups (4-12 months)

Transitional sippy pick: NUK Learner Cup

The NUK Learner Cup (5 oz., $8) is our top pick for baby’s first sippy cup. It's a nice baby-friendly size, has a soft spout that's easy to latch onto, and has removable handles covered in a rubbery material for easy gripping. It is almost entirely spill-proof, and is also reliably leak-proof when used with the included cap — boo-yeah! It is available in a wide range of designs, and the parts fit with other NUK products. If you have a chewer, be aware that the spouts wear down with use; replacement spouts will run you $3-7. The NUK Learner Cup has five total pieces (cup, handles connected to base, ring, spout, and cap). It is BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Transitional sippy pick: Philips Avent My Natural Trainer Cup

The Philips Avent My Natural Trainer Cup (5 oz., $8) comes with both a removable soft silicone sippy spout and a fast-flow soft silicone nipple to provide transitional options for babies four months and older. Many parents with babies resistant to sippy cups have found this cup to do the trick! The protective cap makes the cup travel friendly and leakproof. The Philips Avent My Classic Trainer cup is BPA free and dishwasher safe, and is composed of five pieces including the bottle, ring, nipple/spout, handle, and cap.

Soft spout pick: Munchkin Click Lock Bite Proof Trainer Cup

The Munchkin Click Lock Bite Proof Trainer Cup (7 oz., $9) is great value, since you get two cups for about the same price as many individual cups. Its spout is soft and easy on gums, and it is designed to be bite and chew proof. The cup is designed to be leakproof, and the "click-lock" feature provides auditory feedback to let you know it's sealed. On the downside, parents complain that it can be difficult for babies to get liquid out unless they bite down hard, and some parents report leaking over time. The Munchkin Click Lock Bite Proof Trainer Cup is BPA free and dishwasher safe. It includes three pieces: the cup, handle cap, and one-piece valve.

Non-toxic pick: Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Toddler Bottle Cup With Sippy Spout

The Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottle with Sippy Spout (9 oz., $24) consists of a stainless-steel (18/8) bottle and medical-grade silicone components, with absolutely NO plastic parts (one of very few sippy cups on the market that can make that claim)! It is pricey, but all the pieces be used interchangeably with Pura's full line of bottles and silicone components (including bottle nipples, soft spouts, straw tops, and adult sport tops) for an extended useful life. All of the combinations we've tried have been impressively spill-proof as well as leak-proof (when used with the included silicone cap). Both regular and insulated (double-wall) versions are available; the insulated models keep liquids stay warm or cold for 8 hours. We love this option for toddlers, however the bottle may be tough to grip for younger babies solo as it is heavy and doesn't have any handles. Overall, this is a great pick for families willing to pay more to avoid plastic. The Pura Kiki bottles are dishwasher safe and BPA, EVA, and PVC free. Their Sippy Spout product comes with four pieces: bottle, ring, spout/mouthpiece, and straw.

Insulated pick: THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Soft Spout Sippy Cup with Handles

The Thermos FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Soft Spout w/ Handles (7 oz., $17) is an affordable alternative to the Pura. The cup itself is stainless steel, and its Thermax double-wall, vacuum insulation keeps liquids cool for up six hours (it is not intended for use with hot liquids). The spout is soft on gums and the cup features removable handles for easy grip, however non-toxic purists have pointed out that the vent mechanism that comes into contact with the liquid is (BPA-free) plastic. All parts are interchangeable with other Foogo parts. The Thermos FOOGO is dishwasher safe and comes with four pieces: cup, handles, cap, and spout.

Best straw cups (from 6-12+ months)

Everyday weighted straw pick: Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer Cup

The Munchkin Weighted Straw Cup (7 oz., $7) is a great first straw cup for around the house, especially for babies who are accustomed to tipping up a bottle to get liquid out. Its weighted straw allows your child to get liquid out at almost any angle (including lying down!). It also has (non-removable) handles for easy gripping. The straw is one piece and can be difficult to clean, so be sure to keep tabs on the included mini-brush and clean thoroughly to avoid mold. Another common complaint is that liquid leaks from the straw with cold liquids, due to the temperature differential. As a result, we recommend this cup for use with (room-temperature) water, but do not recommend it for milk or other cold liquids. The Munchkin is largely spill-proof (the "click-lock" feature provides auditory feedback to let you know it's sealed), so it's perfect for use around the house, however we wouldn't trust it upside down in the diaper bag as the lid doesn't close securely and it will leak. The Munchkin Weighted Straw Cup is dishwasher safe and BPA free and comes with five pieces: cup, straw, cap, brush, and a replacement straw.

Premium weighted straw pick: ZoLi BOT Sippy Cup

The ZoLi Bot Weighted Straw Cup (6 oz. , $12) is similar to the Munchkin Weighted Straw Cup, but the lid closes more securely and is also easier to screw on and off. You do have to take a bit more care when screwing on the lid, as the cup will leak if the lid is not screwed on properly. The weighted straw base doesn't navigate quite as smoothly around the cup as the Munchkin, so we prefer the Munchkin if the weighted straw feature is really key for you. The ZoLi Bot Weighted Straw Cup is dishwasher safe and BPA free. It comes in three pieces: cup, straw, and cap.

The B. Box Essential Sippy Cup (8 oz., $12) is very similar to the ZoLi. It’s a little less expensive than the ZoLi and holds a couple more ounces.

Safer plastic pick: Thinkbaby Thinkster Straw Bottle

ThinkBaby's raison d'etre is creating the safest possible products for babies, so the ThinkBaby Thinkster 9 oz. Straw Bottle ($10) incorporates the safest possible plastics and medical-grade silicone. It is free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, tritan, and biologically harmful chemicals. It’s made from No. 5 plastic, so it can be recycled after use. It's pretty darn spill-proof, thanks to the cross-cut (X-shape) straw end (which requires sucking to yield liquid), and the flip-top cap does a great job containing any stray drops. Some parents have complained that mold can grow under the cap if you aren't vigilant. The ThinkBaby Thinkster Bottle is dishwasher safe and comes with six pieces, including a two-piece straw, lid, lock shield, handle, and cup.

Non-toxic pick: Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Straw Bottle Cup

The Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Straw Bottle (11 oz., $20) consists of a stainless-steel (18/8) bottle and medical-grade silicone components, and contains absolutely NO plastic parts (one of very few sippy cups on the market that can make that claim)! It is pricey, but the pieces be used interchangeably with Pura's full line of bottles and silicone components (including bottle nipples, soft spouts, straw tops, and adult sport tops) for an extended useful life. All of the combinations we've tried have been impressively spill-proof as well as leak-proof, even without using the included travel disc. Both regular and insulated (double-wall) versions are available; the insulated models keep liquids stay warm or cold for 8 hours. We love this straw bottle for toddlers, however it may be tough to handle for babies as it is on the heavy side and doesn't have any handles. Overall, this system is a top pick for families willing to pay more to avoid plastic. The Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Straw Bottle is dishwasher safe and comes in four pieces: bottle, cap, BPA-free silicone mouthpiece, and BPA-free silicone straw stem.

Non-toxic pick: thinkbaby Thinkster Stainless Steel Bottle

Thinkbaby also offers a stainless steel version (10 oz., $14) of the Thinkster, which is a very similar design to the classic plastic Thinkster (above). The base is made of 18/8 stainless steel, while the straw is silicone; the cap and handles are plastic. The straw is cross-cut to contain liquids, and the easy-close swivel top makes it easy to travel with. We have had excellent luck with this cup here (it's the one that we are currently reaching for first!), and have found it to be totally leakproof — provided the vent hole is properly covered and the top is screwed on straight — but it does take some care to make sure everything is closed up properly so may not be the best choice if you want something foolproof. Some parents report that the straw breaks down easily, so it may also not be the best choice if you have a biter. Recommended for ages 16-48 mo. The Thinkster Steel consists of six parts: the stainless steel base, plastic top, removable swivel cap, handles, and straw mouthpiece, and inner straw. Dishwasher safe.

Non-toxic/travel pick: Thermos FOOGO Phases Stainless Steel Straw Bottle

The Thermos FOOGO Straw Bottle (10 oz., $13) is a parent favorite, and a practical and affordable alternative to the Pura. It's a bit more kid-friendly as it's lightweight and compact, and has an integrated flip-top lid which is easy for kids to operate on their own. Add in the fact that it's insulated and leak-proof in a lunch box, and it's our top pick for preschool lunches and on the go. The silicone straw doesn't have a valve, so the cup is easy to get liquid out of, but will spill if knocked over (while the lid is open). Non-toxic purists note that the straw touching the liquid is (BPA-free) plastic, however you could swap in a silicone straw if that's important to you. The cup is dishwasher-safe, and is interchangeable with other FOOGO parts. With only four pieces (bottle, lid, soft straw mouthpiece, and straw stem), it's super easy to clean.

Non-toxic pick: Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw Cup

The Green Sprouts Sip & Straw Cup (4 oz., $19) puts safety at the forefront, with only glass and silicone touching the liquid within. A plastic layer outside provides shock protection and handles for gripping. Green Sprouts also offers interchangeable sippy cup spout options for younger babies transitioning from breastfeeding. The main downside is that there are a few extra parts to clean, and assembly/disassembly takes a bit more time. This may also not be the right product for you if your kiddo likes to bang or throw his cups, as reports of the glass shattering are not infrequent. The straw has to be removed in order for the travel cap to fit, so it's not super travel friendly. The Green Sprouts Sip & Straw Cup is dishwasher safe and comes with seven pieces: glass insert, plastic cover, base, handles, BPA-free silicone straw, BPA-free silicone sippy spout, and cap.

Best trainer cups (for toddlers & preschoolers)

Everyday pick: Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup

The Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup With Handles (7 oz., $10) is a runaway hit with parents! It looks and behaves like a normal cup, but an innovative spill-proof top keeps liquids contained — even upside-down! Your child can drink from any part of the rim, and liquid is only released when tip and pressure is applied. This product receives some of the strongest reviews we've seen from parents for being spill-proof and leak-proof (though we personally wouldn't trust it in a diaper bag without the lid, included with some models). Dishwasher safe and consisting of only three pieces (cup, screw-on top with integrated sieve, and valve seal), it's also exceptionally easy to clean.

There's also a larger, 10-ounce version of the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup. It's available in a plastic version ($11) and a new stainless steel ($17) version. Though it doesn't come with any handles, all the parts for this entire line are interchangeable, so you can use the handles from the 7 oz. cups with the 10 oz. cups if you like.

Premium/non-toxic pick: Caveman Cups Stainless Steel Cups

The Caveman Cups Stainless Steel Cups (8 oz., $33 for 4-pack) are a great choice if you're looking for high-quality kid-sized cups made out of a safer material. Caveman Cups are made of 100% stainless steel and fit perfectly into a child's hand. They are sturdy yet lightweight enough for a toddler or preschooler to handle easily, and have a fluted rim (vs. the rolled edges on many other stainless steel cups, which can collect debris or harbor mold). They are dishwasher safe and easy to clean by hand as well. Parents report that the Blossom 3.5 inch Mason Lid Caps ($18) fit well as lids for these cups.

Premium/non-toxic pick: green sprouts Learning Cup

The Green Sprouts Silicone Learning Cup (7 oz., $13) features easy-to-grip handles and a lightweight, unbreakable, all-silicone cup with a slip-resistant base. The silicone is PVC and nitrosamine free and dishwasher and microwave safe. The soft material is easy for small hands to pick up, but because the cup is open there's no protection against spillage.

Travel pick: The First Years Take and Toss Feeding Line

The First Years Take 'N Toss line ($12 for a large set) is a complete line of affordable, disposable plastic ware that’s perfect for travel and on-the-go meals yet durable enough to be used multiple times. Parents love the convenience of not having to worry about a lost cup or spoon. The packs come with seven 10-ounce, two-piece sippy cups that snap together. There are no valves or small pieces to keep track of. The spouts are not bite proof, so they will wear down with continued chewing, and the cups will leak if upside down. All Take N’ Toss products are made of BPA-free, non-leaching plastic and are dishwasher safe. Here's a link to the standalone Take ‘N Toss Straw Cups (4-pack $3).