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Buyers of the LTT water bottle, do you regret it?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm considering getting the water bottle from the LTT store but I'm hesitant after reading this thread:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1056510-regarding-the-ltt-water-bottle/

Some people claim it drips and others say it smells / taste like cancer, however the cancer claim was disputed by linus and many say it goes away after washing thoroughly. 

My question to you wonderful forum users that have purchased it, do these claims hold water and should I buy this water bottle? I'm willing to pay a premium to support LTT but I want to know I'm getting a good product too, this isn't a donation. 

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9 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

I'm considering getting the water bottle from the LTT store but I'm hesitant after reading this thread:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1056510-regarding-the-ltt-water-bottle/

Some people claim it drips and others say it smells / taste like cancer, however the cancer claim was disputed by linus and many say it goes away after washing thoroughly. 

My question to you wonderful forum users that have purchased it, do these claims hold water and should I buy this water bottle? I'm willing to pay a premium to support LTT but I want to know I'm getting a good product too, this isn't a donation. 

 

11 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

do these claims hold water

I see what you did there. ;) All new water bottles have a manufacturer smell / taste for some time period... that's how manufacturing works, similar to a new car smell, or the smell of burning plastic for the first 100 hours of running a new PSU. (something something if the burning plastic smell from your PSU doesn't go away, get the fire extinguisher.)

 

I suspect the real issue is that many people who've bought the water bottle have maybe never bought such an item on their own before, so they don't realize it needs to be washed... multiple times... before it's "clean" tasting? Not trying to stereotype or judge LTT viewers here - merely pointing out that anyone who's bought a beverage container previously should have experienced an off-taste prior to washing it a few times at least once before.


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I got my LTT bottle about two weeks ago, and hey its fine. I've own several vacuum insulated bottles (mostly Hydro Flasks) and this one is stacks up very well to them. 

water stays cold for hours. Last night i filled it up at my local movie theater (with ice) sipped from it a few times and left it in my all black interior car for the following work day. It got as hot as 70 here locally during the afternoon. Popped it open, it's still has ice cubes in it. It's a very well made bottle and it holds its temperatures.

In terms of keeping it clean, get your self a bottle brush. First thing you do when you get it, Boiling hot water and dish soap, Scrub all of that in and super clean it. Water will taste fine. Clean it when you start noticing yellowish stains inside. 

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3 minutes ago, Lukin762 said:

I got my LTT bottle about two weeks ago, and hey its fine. I've own several vacuum insulated bottles (mostly Hydro Flasks) and this one is stacks up very well to them. 

water stays cold for hours. Last night i filled it up at my local movie theater (with ice) sipped from it a few times and left it in my all black interior car for the following work day. It got as hot as 70 here locally during the afternoon. Popped it open, it's still has ice cubes in it. It's a very well made bottle and it holds its temperatures.

In terms of keeping it clean, get your self a bottle brush. First thing you do when you get it, Boiling hot water and dish soap, Scrub all of that in and super clean it. Water will taste fine. Clean it when you start noticing yellowish stains inside. 

Perfect, thank you for the response! I forgot to ask these questions in the original post, so sorry for bothering you but:

1) Did you go with the original or stealth, and do you get questions like "What's Linus Tech Tips" in public? Do people think of you as nerdy that otherwise may not have known you were a tech enthusiast? 

2) Are you a heavy water drinker? Do you find that it holds enough water to last the whole day? I noticed a discrepancy between people claiming it's 18oz and 21 fluid ounces. Do you know which one is accurate? 

 

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I see what you did there. ;)

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All new water bottles have a manufacturer smell / taste for some time period... that's how manufacturing works, similar to a new car smell, or the smell of burning plastic for the first 100 hours of running a new PSU.

But the new car smell is a good smell, and I've never noticed that with a power supply. What power supplies are you buying?

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I suspect the real issue is that many people who've bought the water bottle have maybe never bought such an item on their own before, so they don't realize it needs to be washed... multiple times... before it's "clean" tasting? Not trying to stereotype or judge LTT viewers here - merely pointing out that anyone who's bought a beverage container previously should have experienced an off-taste prior to washing it a few times at least once before.

I've bought a few before for football back in high school. I obviously washed them but I never realized that if you didn't they would smell "cancerous", I just thought it was because of germs from shipping or some shit, I never really thought of what would happen if you didn't before today. 

 

Didn't realize that was a common thing for all water bottles that aren't washed. 

Why don't manufacturers wash them before they ship them though? 

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Just now, GetacFanboy said:

Perfect, thank you for the response! I forgot to ask these questions in the original post, so sorry for bothering you but:

1) Did you go with the original or stealth, and do you get questions like "What's Linus Tech Tips" in public? Do people think of you as nerdy that otherwise may not have known you were a tech enthusiast? 

2) Are you a heavy water drinker? Do you find that it holds enough water to last the whole day? I noticed a discrepancy between people claiming it's 18oz and 21 fluid ounces. Do you know which one is accurate? 

 

;) 

But the new car smell is a good smell, and I've never noticed that with a power supply. What power supplies are you buying?

I've bought a few before for football back in high school. I obviously washed them but I never realized that if you didn't they would smell "cancerous", I just thought it was because of germs from shipping or some shit, I never really thought of what would happen if you didn't before today. 

 

Didn't realize that was a common thing for all water bottles that aren't washed. 

Why don't manufacturers wash them before they ship them though? 

It's not enough water for a whole day. It's more "outing-sized"

 

We'll do a bigger one eventually, but personally I don't find there's a one-size-fits-all water bottle size so I plan to just use both sizes regularly once we get that sorted. Sometimes I don't feel like lugging around a huge thing.

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3 minutes ago, LinusTech said:

It's not enough water for a whole day. It's more "outing-sized"

 

We'll do a bigger one eventually, but personally I don't find there's a one-size-fits-all water bottle size so I plan to just use both sizes regularly once we get that sorted. Sometimes I don't feel like lugging around a huge thing.

There's a market for bigger water bottles Mr.Linus! If you just look at college campuses (at least here in the U.S) there's a bunch of people rocking 32oz to 40oz insulated bottles. You're right, there is no "one size fits all" but having several options for different people and their daily needs would be a great addition to your series of water bottles. Flexibility! 

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11 minutes ago, LinusTech said:

It's not enough water for a whole day. It's more "outing-sized"

 

We'll do a bigger one eventually, but personally I don't find there's a one-size-fits-all water bottle size so I plan to just use both sizes regularly once we get that sorted. Sometimes I don't feel like lugging around a huge thing.

Holly shit I just got a reply from Linus ?

 

Yeah honestly refilling a few times probably isn't a big deal for me. I currently go to school in a rural area and the municipal water supply is unsafe to drink. I carry a few Nestle water bottles with me anyway but when you were talking about how long the water stays cold on the WAN show with the LTT water bottle I thought that would be nice. After school I head to work and the water supply there is safe. 

 

But I agree with Lukin, there's a market for bigger water bottles. I'll probably buy this one and when the bigger ones come out I'll buy one of those. 

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11 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

Perfect, thank you for the response! I forgot to ask these questions in the original post, so sorry for bothering you but:

1) Did you go with the original or stealth, and do you get questions like "What's Linus Tech Tips" in public? Do people think of you as nerdy that otherwise may not have known you were a tech enthusiast? 

2) Are you a heavy water drinker? Do you find that it holds enough water to last the whole day? I noticed a discrepancy between people claiming it's 18oz and 21 fluid ounces. Do you know which one is accurate? 

 

 

1) I got the Original orange one, it's bright and it really stands out in a sea of other water bottles. Does it make anyone come over and ask "Hey whats that?", no. But there is one guy on my campus that rocks an older LTT shirt that did notice it ;)

2) I'm a pretty avid water drinker, and my school has those water refilling stations like. Everywhere, so it's not an issue for me. if you're drinking alot of water and not filling it up over and over, have those nestle bottles handy and just pack ice inside of the bottle instead so you have plenty of water on the go. 

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I just paid $40 for a water bottle. 

 

I need help. 

54 minutes ago, Lukin762 said:

1) I got the Original orange one, it's bright and it really stands out in a sea of other water bottles. Does it make anyone come over and ask "Hey whats that?", no. But there is one guy on my campus that rocks an older LTT shirt that did notice it ;)

2) I'm a pretty avid water drinker, and my school has those water refilling stations like. Everywhere, so it's not an issue for me. if you're drinking alot of water and not filling it up over and over, have those nestle bottles handy and just pack ice inside of the bottle instead so you have plenty of water on the go. 

Thank you so much for the response! I really appreciate it, and you just helped me justify spending $40 on a water bottle.

 

 

 

Also Linus, if you're reading this, any way you could send them from within the U.S. so I could save some money on shipping? $10 is steep. 

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6 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

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Oof, you might want to hide that contact email & the last 4 digits of your CC number too... otherwise, nice purchase!


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30 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

I just paid $40 for a water bottle. 

 

I need help. 

Thank you so much for the response! I really appreciate it, and you just helped me justify spending $40 on a water bottle.

 

 

 

Also Linus, if you're reading this, any way you could send them from within the U.S. so I could save some money on shipping? $10 is steep. 

Unfortunately we cannot ship from the US at the moment :(

 

We're working on better shipping options but it will take some time.

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41 minutes ago, kirashi said:

Oof, you might want to hide that contact email & the last 4 digits of your CC number too... otherwise, nice purchase!

Last 4 of cc doesn't matter because that is a one time card generated with Privacy.com

I didn't see the harm that could be done with the email so I didn't bother censoring.

Who deleted my picture tho??

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14 minutes ago, GetacFanboy said:

Last 4 of cc doesn't matter because that is a one time card generated with Privacy.com

I didn't see the harm that could be done with the email so I didn't bother censoring.

Who deleted my picture tho??

probably a mod, to protect your info


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13 hours ago, LinusTech said:

It's not enough water for a whole day. It's more "outing-sized"

 

We'll do a bigger one eventually, but personally I don't find there's a one-size-fits-all water bottle size so I plan to just use both sizes regularly once we get that sorted. Sometimes I don't feel like lugging around a huge thing.

Water for a whole day? It lasts me an hour or two. Hehe, but I just use it by the computer or Xbox to be honest. I got it cause it looked neat and support the channel, and since it has a cap it won't spill when you knock it over and stuff.

 

I just started using it straight out of the box, I've never washed it and it taste like water from a regular bottle. It doesn't taste metallic or anything like that, I'm kinda scared of washing it because of the cool paintjob it has.

 

But it never had it leak either.

 

I'm also surprised on how well the paintjob has held up so far, I've dropped it a lot. But it hasn't chipped or gotten scratched yet.

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13 hours ago, GetacFanboy said:

Do you find that it holds enough water to last the whole day?

I've always just taken two 500 mL (17 oz) bottles every day, they almost always last me until I'm home again - and in the rare times they don't I just fill them up with some more water. :)


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