CamelBak Eddy+ Water Bottle Review

Overall Score

Last Updated May 8, 2022
  • Ease of Use 80% 80%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Seal 100% 100%
  • Maintenance 80% 80%
  • Insulation 20% 20%

Key Takeaways

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Leak-proof Straw Design

This straw design is better than any other bottle we’ve tested.

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Easy, Comfortable Grip

Grab it by the the bottle or the built in handle.

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Low Maintenance

All components are dishwasher safe.

Changeable Tops

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Overview

The Camelbak Eddy+ debuted in 2019 and is an updated version of the original, very popular Eddy line. Camelbak took an already well-designed bottle and made some useful modifications that make it an excellent choice for active people who want a lightweight hydration companion. In an already crowded straw top water bottle market, the Eddy+ stands out with its unique mouthpiece that allows for a leak-proof user experience, even when the bottle is turned upside down or on its side! 

The product comes in 20oz, 25oz and 32oz sizes which gives buyers a nice range of options; the 20oz is the perfect size for a quick power walk around the neighborhood while the 32oz can support your hydration during more intense or longer activities. Whatever your preferred size may be, you can count on this bottle to perform. Between the straw design and the heavy-duty (BPA-free) Tritan construction, the Eddy+ will keep up with the most active lifestyles, even if you’re someone who frequently drops their water bottle.

Maintenance is easy with this product as all components are dishwasher safe, though you’ll want to spend a little extra time caring for the mouthpiece (more on this in the Maintenance section).

As far as the design, we found the Eddy+ to be stylish and practical. With over a dozen colors to choose from, ranging from charcoal to rose, there is a match for every personal style. If this overview sounds good to you, we highly recommend you buy the Camelbak Eddy+ and elevate your hydration game. If you’re still on the fence, keep reading to learn more.

CamelBack Eddy + on the gym floor

The Eddy+ is the perfect bottle for a light to medium workout. In this photo, one of our reviewers tested the Eddy+ during an at-home barre class. 

Ease of Use

The Eddy+ is the perfect match for anyone with an active, on-the-go lifestyle. Each model is slender enough so it can be easily gripped by the bottle (note that users with smaller hands may prefer the 20oz or 25oz sizes). You can also hold this bottle using the handle that’s built into the cap: our review team members noted that two fingers could comfortably fit though the loop allowing for the bottle to be carried at their side while they walked. 

While the handle is functional, it’s worth noting its proximity to the straw. When using the handle, at times, our reviewers noted their fingers inadvertently brushed the mouthpiece prompting them to give it a quick rinse before using. If you’re someone who is concerned about germs, you might need to take some precaution. 

The only moving component on the Camelbak Eddy+ is the hinged straw that folds out from the bottle top. Our team found it was easy to operate and could be flipped open or closed using a single finger. To drink, you fully extend the straw to the open position, then give the mouthpiece a soft bite to allow water to flow through while you sip. We realize this biting requirement may sound odd, but overall, our reviewers found it to be simple and not strenuous at all. As for the amount of effort to sip, we found the Eddy+ to require less suction than any other bottle we’ve tested. Interestingly, Camelbak calls this out in their product description and claims the Eddy+ has a 25% flow improvement compared to the original Eddy. 

With such a simple design, the Eddy+ is perfect for any activity including a casual walk around the neighborhood as pictured here.

Durability

The CamelBak Eddy+ is made of BPA-free Tritan plastic, a relatively new type of polymer that provides strength without imparting any harmful components into the contents of the bottle. A full strength grip is enough to slightly flex the Eddy+, but it comes nowhere near the point of breaking. Speaking of breaking, during the testing trials, the Eddy+ was frequently dropped on a variety of hard surfaces including rocks and concrete, with minimal damage occurring. Only a few (barely noticeable) scratches were found on the bottle and the cap. Our team was impressed with how tough this product was!

The straw is made of highly durable silicone that showed no signs of wear even after 6+ months of use. You might be thinking about the bite-to-drink design and how this might cause damage, but this isn’t the case. We can promise you that even the strongest bites are more likely to end up in a trip to the dentist as opposed to needing a straw replacement. 

Seal

As described earlier, the bite-to-drink design gives this bottle a reliable seal, even when the straw is flipped open. We tested this thoroughly and didn’t have any leakage issues though we do want to note if the bottle is on its side or upside down with the straw open, water will enter the mouthpiece. Any pressure on the mouthpiece will result in that water being released. You won’t need to worry about this as long as you remember to close the straw.

Based on our experiences, we think you could pack the Eddy+ in your backpack along with your laptop or other electronics and not worry about water leaving the bottle. That’s a level of comfort you won’t find with any other straw cap bottles!

CamelBack Eddy held upside down for a seal test

See for yourself: no water escapes from the Eddy+ even when held upside down with the straw fully opened.

Maintenance

Camelbak advertises the Eddy+ as dishwasher safe and this statement held true with no damage occurring to the bottles after many runs through the dishwasher. Like any other straw bottle, users should buy a straw brush and make sure the straw gets a scrub after every few uses. 

We also want to point out that the silicone mouthpiece may require manual cleaning after a few uses, especially if you’re using electrolyte mixers. If you get at it with some soap and a dish brush you should be fine. 

Finally, the mouthpiece has an inner section where water and mixer residue could build up after cleaning. We encourage users to detach the plastic straw from the cap and flip the mouthpiece open to allow natural aeration and drying. This should mitigate any issues and extend the lifespan of your bottle.

Insulation

This particular Eddy+ model is made of plastic, which doesn’t have the insulation capabilities of the double-walled stainless steel models. However, based on our testing, if you plan on drinking the contents in under 2 hours, this bottle should serve you well. For extended use, you could also add a few ice cubes.

If you like the Eddy+ straw design, but are caught up on the temperature control score, we recommend you explore the stainless steel Eddy+ models which can be purchased here. We’d just like to point out that the temperature control benefits come at the cost of a higher weight and likely a lower durability.

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