thermoses – Reduce 2017

A good single-serve option at a low price point, the Reduce Vacuum Food Jar offers good value and an ethical purchase that’s functional, too. It lacks in features, but that’s not surprising for a low-tier thermos, and it covers the basics well.

With a 12-ounce capacity, this food jar carries enough food or drink for a single serving. It’s a good choice for drinks, soup or baby food and copes well with items such as stews, rice and pasta. The limited capacity means that this travel tumbler isn’t a good choice for sharing.

Although the manufacturer doesn’t state how long the food jar retains internal temperature, this food jar is vacuum insulated, with a double wall of recycled stainless steel. Using recycled materials and being recyclable itself, this travel mug is an Earth-friendly product. All the materials are BPA free, so it is a sensible option for the health-conscious consumer.

To prevent slipping, this model has a band of non-slip rubber around the base and a rubber band around the top for a secure seal. Unfortunately, the lid does not feature a rubber grip, nor does it have any contouring and, being stainless steel, is slippery and hard to grip, which can make opening a challenge. It is airtight, so is leak-proof and, because it is compact, at just 5.38 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide, you can easily stow it away in a lunch box or backpack. The Reduce Vacuum Food Jar would benefit from a carry case or a handle for more convenience, as well as a pour top for ease of use. The steel body is not shatter-proof, so this travel tumbler cannot withstand impact damage. It isn’t scratch-resistant, so marks easily and isn’t dishwasher safe. Instead, you must wash it by hand with a non-abrasive cloth.

This low-tier travel tumbler is basic but practical, offering insulation for hot or cold foods and drinks. It is small and leak-proof, so is safe and easy to store in a backpack or lunch box. Recyclable and made from recycled stainless steel, the Reduce Vacuum Food Jar is an eco-friendly product. Disappointingly, it isn’t shatter-proof or dishwasher-safe, but overall offers good value.