Just because I know how important it is to drink enough water doesn’t mean I always remember to do so.
Trying flavored waters and smart water bottles has helped, but I don’t always have time to buy more flavor cartridges or sync my phone with a water bottle. Sometimes, the best way to get myself to drink more water is simply to have a bottle that I want to take everywhere with me.
The Chameleon is that kind of bottle. The color-changing water bottle just launched a Kickstarter campaign, and they sent me a bottle ahead of time so I could try it out for myself.
Chameleon is an adorable and reusable color-changing water bottle. It’s designed to be so cute that it’s totally unforgettable—meaning you won’t accidentally leave it at home and wind up buying bottled water anyway.
The bottles are made of stainless steel and carry 21 fl. oz. of water each. When they’re empty, the bottles are white, but when you fill them with cold water, they immediately change colors to become purple, peach or blue, depending on which bottle you have. The bottles have stainless steel caps with colorful straps that match the color of the bottle when chilled.
Each bottle also comes with its own silicone sun jacket, which protects the bottle from drops as well as from the sun so you don’t have to worry about replacing the bottles frequently.
As soon as I received my Chameleon bottle, I took it immediately to the water dispenser in the office to fill it with ice-cold water. I got the peach bottle, and I loved watching a peach-colored wave rise from the bottom as the bottle filled until it overtook all of the white on the bottle, totally transforming the color.
In my excitement, I had forgotten to wash out the bottle first, and the first sip had a harsh metallic taste from the stainless steel bottle. After I got in there with soapy hot water and a bottle brush, the bottle was finally cleaned and the water tasted crisp and pure. It was also a bit of a temperature experiment, and it was interesting to see the color immediately fade in the presence of heat.
The bottle was handy for a few reasons. For one, I always knew how much cold water was left in the water, and when all of the color had faded, I could tell it was time for a refill. Of course, the color of the bottle also goes away as the water returns to room temperature, and when this happened it was a clue that I wasn’t drinking enough water.
To be fair, I did wind up playing with the color-changing nature of the bottle a fair amount as well. I wanted to see if I’d be able to leave a handprint on the bottle thanks to the heat of my hand. I found that when the water was still icy cold and straight out of the dispenser, the heat of my hand wouldn’t make a difference, but when it had warmed up a bit, I would leave white prints on the bottle wherever I touched it.
And it might be silly, but I especially enjoyed the ombre effect that occurred on the bottle when I let ice water slowly get to room temperature. In some ways, the bottle is as much of a science experiment as it is a stylish water bottle.
After a few days drinking from the Chameleon bottle, I can say that it has definitely increased my water intake—though it’s hard to say whether or not that will wear off when the novelty of the bottle has. Regardless, it’s a super chic bottle that I loved showing off to anyone who watched me fill the bottle.
I didn’t get to test the bottle’s sun jacket, but even without it, I haven’t had much trouble with the bottle retaining its cool. I also think all three colors are stunning, though the peach bottle is definitely my favorite. Just make sure to wash it out thoroughly first.
If you love the Chameleon and want to make sure it gets made, click HERE to check out their Kickstarter page. The campaign runs until Dec. 12, and if it’s fully funded, the bottles are expected to ship in January. If you order early, you can get a bottle for £11 (currently just over $14) with free shipping.
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