Rated 2 out of 5 by Mooki3 Not so durable
I really wish I was writing a positive review, because I generally really like LL Bean products. But alas, no. I received this as a holiday gift in December 2012 from my wife. Threw it out after a year of fairly regular use. At first it kept the coffee warm only if you preheated the bottle and really screwed down the stopper. Otherwise it would leak through the stopper. But after about six months of use, the stopper became warped and too difficult to open and close. By the time I finally got fed up and threw it away, I had to open and close the bottle with a pair of pliers.
Was it my error? Did I crank too hard on the thing and ultimately wreck its ability to seal? Nope. It just needed to be firmly shut from day one. Perhaps it was a defective product from the get-go, but I don't believe so. The screws and o-ring on the stopper did not appear to have defects.
January 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by TeaDrinker Works great, uncomfortable to carry
Why are designers and engineers allowed to ?fix? or change designs that do not need to be changed?
I have both the previous vacuum bottle with the push button top and its replacement 50 ounce bottle. Both keep liquids hot for hours.
The new bottle's handle has been changed from the old bottle. It has ribs at the top of the grip which dig into the fingers and actually hurts, especially when it is full.
See the attached picture. This is serious enough for me to keep thinking about returning the new bottle and put up with the leaking old bottle. This bottle is with me daily so it is a constant source of irritation every time I pick it up.
I highly recommend this vacuum bottle for its ability to keep hot tea hot for hours. In that regards it cannot be beat.
If you have arthritic or tender hands, it will be hard on them.
January 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maineguide04071 Great Item
I bought this Vacuum Bottle to take Soups and Stews into the field for a Guided Hunt. Not only did the bottle keep the soups hot throughout the day; it was larger enough to feed both my sport and myself. Easy to clean and maintain after the trip. Rigid and well made. I would recommend to an Guide or person looking to use in the field.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by psufootballfan steamy hot
I bought this for tailgating and it kept the water really steamy hot for 7-8 hours.
November 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Good thermos, poor cup/handle
I had a Stanley beverage thermos that I used for many years and it finally failed. I had another Stanley soup thermos that failed years ago and just never used. I was looking to buy a replacement for the beverage thermos when I ran across the LL Bean 50 oz. model. It was bigger and because of the dual mouth feature, it really replaces both the Stanley models. Even better, the design seems to more efficiently conserve heat. My only criticisms are the cup and handle design. The inner cup is useless to me. The outer cup's insulation is too weak so holding the cup by the bowl is impossible. To make this worse, the handle is undersized so using this to hold the cup is uncomfortable. It is also too small. This design could be improved with a 10 oz. over-cup for soup and an 8 oz. inner cup for beverages. Neither would require a handle if adequately insulated. The handle is nicely designed for pouring but uncomfortable for hand-carry. The carry strap, however, can be shortened for hand carry if you make some keepers for the excess strap material. Just roll up the excess inside the strap loops and use the keeper to hold it in place. I made mine out of rubber bands for now but plan to make some out of webbing I have lying around or maybe I'll get creative and use woven leather lacing.
October 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ret0912 great for hunting
Haven't used it a LOT yet, but so far keeps liquids hot for hours. Like the mouth adjustment from narrow to wide!
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AfftonMO 50 oz. Vacuum Bottle
Absolutely Fabulous! I've never owned a thermos, large or small, that kept the contents at the same temperature for an entire day. This one really works, and is really built well, including a detachable "shoulder strap" if needed. One thing though, it can get pretty heavy when fully loaded, so take that into consideration if backpacking.
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Summerpop So far so good...
I purchase this Stainless-Steel Vacuum Bottle for when I go camping over the weekend. The shipping was very fast. I wash and fill the bottle with hot water Tuesday evening. When I check it this morning is was still very hot .... I came home this afternoon it was still very hot. It seems like it will work very well for having my morning tea, it also holds about five cups of water...I like everything about the product. Thanks
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RioAbajo Did the job!
My purchase fulfill what I bought it for, my drinks stayed cold even though it was very hot 90+ during the road trip over 300+ miles. To my surprise the ice never melt "amazing", other containers never lasted that long.
September 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PreppieStudent A Nice, Hefty Thermos to Replace an Old One
This is a great thermos to replace my old Aladdin Thermos that I had since primary school in 1998. Now that I am going to Graduate School, I know that it is spacious to hold any soup or warm coffee that I can take to work at the lab or between classes for lunch.
My only reservation is that the optional carrying strap that the thermos came with seems a bit cheap and was unraveling at the ends. I had to sew the ends over to prevent the straps from further unraveling. I read on previous reviews that the strap breaks eventually, hopefully L.L. Bean addressed this problem.
August 1, 2013