I Tested 15 So-Called Spill-Proof Toddler Cups [Winner Inside]

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I Tested 15 So-Called Spill-Proof Toddler Cups [Winner Inside]

Looking for a truly spill-proof toddler cup? You can’t trust product descriptions alone! So many toddler cups claim to be spill-proof, but they really aren’t. 

Case in point: the overhyped Munchkin Miracle 360 cup. This cup has dominated the marketplace for years, but umm… am I the only one who’s annoyed by how not spill-proof it is?

I found the best 15 toddler cups that claim to be spill-proof. We’re putting these things through a whole host of tests. A winner will emerge.

testing spill proof toddler cups

The Best Spill-Proof Toddler Cups

I Tested 15 So-Called Spill-Proof Toddler Cups-PINT

Keep reading to learn more about how these best toddler cups made the cut!

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Toddler Cup Spill-Testing

We were on a mission to find out which cups were truly spill-proof and drop-proof. Yes, we had an idea of which cups excelled just from everyday interactions. But we came up with a drop testing method involving construction paper.

My husband held each cup at the same height and dropped it upside down, on its side, and right-side-up. We did this over a piece of construction paper to help visualize just how messy certain cups are.

Long story short: the Tommee Tippee Sippy Cup was the only cup that left absolutely no mess behind. And the worst one, which didn’t surprise me but may surprise others, was the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup.


Spill-Proof Toddler Cups Comparison Chart

In this comparison chart, you can see which cups were shake-proof, and drop-proof, if the assembly was complicated or simple, the price per cup, and more.

Spill and Shake-ProofDrop-ProofFoolproof Assembly?Cup TypeCapacityAgePrice per Cup*
Tommee Tippee Insulated Sportee Sippy CupYesYesNoHard Spout9 oz12m+$6.48
Contigo Autospout Tumbler with StrawYesMostlyYesStraw14 oz3+$9.49
Thermos Foogoo Phase 2 (Hard Spout)YesAlmostYesHard Spout11 oz12m+$7.00
Thinkbaby ThinksterYesAlmost completelyNoStraw9 oz16m+$16.58
RE-PLAYYesAlmostNoHard Spout10 oz6m+$4.99
NUK EverlastYesMostlyYesHard Spout10 oz6m+$14.99
Tommee Tippee Straw CupYesNoNoStraw9 oz12m+$6.97
Zak DesignsYesNoYesStraw15 oz3+$11.99
Munchkin Miracle 360NoNoYesSpoutless7 or 10 oz12m+$6.82
WeeSprout Glass CupsNoNoYesStraw8 ozN/A$6.87
Thermos Foogoo Phase 3 (Straw)NoNoNoStraw11 oz18m+$12.44
The First YearsYesMostlyYesHard Spout9 oz12m+$7.49
Boon SwigYesNoYesStraw9 oz6m+$11.49
NubyYesNoYesHard Spout10 oz6m+$3.99
Philips AVENTYesNoYesHard Spout10 oz8m+$5.49

*Amazon prices fluctuate all the time – these listed prices are what I paid for the cups at the time of purchase.

Contigo Kids Autospout Tumbler with Straw

contigo packaging

I LOVE the Contigo Kids Autospout Tumbler with straw. I love that it’s a straw instead of a hard spout, the straw is super easy to assemble and de-assemble, it’s spill-proof, it has a great capacity, and it’s transparent.

It also has a grippy rubber base, so it stays put much better than other options. The color options are great – I really liked that I could get a 2-pack with blue and pink. Their 3-pack is also quite popular.

I especially like that I can see what’s inside, unlike some of the other cups on this list which are not transparent. The price is right in the middle of the pack, but the quality far exceeds most of the other options on the list.

If I had to decide to keep one of the cups on this list, it’d be this one.

Tommee Tippee Insulated Sportee Sippy Cup

tommee tippee sippy cup packaging

The Tommee Tippee Insulated Sportee Sippy Cup is the only truly spill-proof, shake-proof, and drop-proof cup on this entire list. It was the ONLY cup that didn’t leak at all when shaken or dropped. So if you need a bomb-proof cup, this is the one for you!

It did have a few drawbacks for me, including the somewhat difficult assembly, the low capacity (9 oz just isn’t enough for going on a field trip), and the fact that it’s not as “insulated” as you’d think. When we take this cup to the park, the ice melts very quickly. 

So while it isn’t always our cup of choice, it’s the perfect option if we’re going somewhere and know we cannot spill a single drop.

Tommee Tippee Insulated Straw Sippy Cup

tommee tippee with straw

I had high hopes for the Tommee Tippee straw cup, but it was one of the worst when it comes to spilling and putting it together.

The way you have to take the lid apart is not intuitive at all – putting these pieces back together takes the longest out of any cup on this list. It takes me between 60-90 seconds to get everything back together when I take this cup out of the dishwasher, which is honestly a really long time!

It also completely leaks when you flip it upside down, and the drop test was even worse. It’s a cute cup, but I was quick to give this to a friend as there were so many better options on this list.

Zak Designs Bluey Tumbler Set

zak designs packaging

When it comes to the Zak Designs tumblers, I personally don’t love them aesthetically. I know kids will get excited to see their favorite TV show characters on the cups, but I find it distracting.

Maybe that’s the Montessori-leaning part of me, but I prefer plain cups.

Also, these cups are not spill-proof or drop-proof. When you shake them, the liquid does drip out.

Besides that, it has the highest capacity on our list at 15 oz and the straw is super easy to “install.”

It is one of the pricier options on this list, but it’s a solid option for a somewhat spill-proof cup with a straw.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup

munchkin miracle 360 cups

I absolutely hate the Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup. Coincidentally, this is the cup type we’ve used for almost four years. And I’ve hated it… forever. It’s NOT spill-proof, shake-proof, or drop-proof, especially after you’ve washed it in the dishwasher and had it for a few months.

And it’s definitely not spill-proof if you drop it on the floor – the liquid inside splashes everywhere. You can see from our drop-test photos that this one made the biggest mess of the bunch.

munchkin

I know this is the most popular “spill-proof” cup on the market, but it’s 100%, definitively, not spill-proof. 

It might be cute and affordable with an innovative lid design, but I really don’t like it.

WeeSprout Glass Cups

glass mason jars packaging

The WeeSprout Glass Cups are probably the most aesthetically pleasing cup type I tested. I LOVE the glass mason jar look with the silicone sleeve. It’s elegant, and it’s perfect for when older kids are here. But… it’s not spill-proof. 

Upon a closer look, the product listing says “spill-resistant,” though I was under the impression it was spill-proof as I initially searched “spill-proof toddler cups” and it was one of the top product results.

So, I really can’t fault WeeSprout. I do like and recommend these cups, especially for older kids. When we have kids that are ages 6, 7, 8, or 9 at our house, they love drinking out of these mason jar cups. But they aren’t going to be spill-proof.

RE-PLAY No Spill Sippy Cups

RE-PLAY cups

I really like the RE-PLAY sippy cups. They’re spill-proof and made of recycled milk jugs, which is super cool. These non-toxic, recycled cups are made in America and somehow are also one of the most affordable options on this list.

They also come in some really aesthetically-pleasing color stories. And there are a ton of color options.

You do have to make sure you put the valve on correctly because if it’s backward, it won’t be spill-proof. But once you know which way it goes, that’s very intuitive.

At the end of the day, I like these cups and use them the most at bedtime. I fill these up about halfway with water and give them to my toddlers to sleep with. I know it won’t spill, and the hard spout design just seems better for nighttime (versus a straw).

Thermos Foogoo Sippy Cups (Phases 2 and 3)

thermos foogoo phase 2 packaging

The Thermos Foogoo option was intriguing to me because of the brand name.

This cup is clear so I can see what’s inside. I appreciate that, especially if the contents are not water. There’s nothing grosser than leaving a cup lying around and then discovering a few days later that it wasn’t just water – it was milk (been there, done that).

What’s unique about the Foogoo is the lid system. There are three lids you can purchase that all fit this cup: phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3. I purchased phases 2 and 3.

Phase 2 is a hard spout and Phase 3 is a straw with a closing topper. I really like Phase 2’s hard spout, as it’s pretty darn spill-proof. 

And my daughter loves the straw with Phase 3, though you can’t turn it upside down or it’ll spill. She’s 4, so she’s not as ruthless as my son, and it’s the perfect cup to take to VPK.

The main problem I have with this system is you can’t buy these interchangeable lids separately on Amazon. You have to buy a whole separate cup to get the other lids. So, while the concept is cool, the execution falls flat for me.

Thinkbaby Stainless Steel Thinkster Bottle

thinkbaby packaging

I love ‌that the Thinkbaby Thinkster cup is stainless steel as opposed to plastic. I also really love the straw component instead of a hard spout. For some reason, my 2-year-old son calls this the “robot cup,” and it’s often his cup of choice.

My only complaint about this one is the assembly is not intuitive. I actually missed a tiny circular piece that fits in the lid, and when on its side, all the contents leaked onto the floor. Afterward, I realized it was missing this plastic piece, which keeps it from leaking.

thinkbaby missing a piece and spilling

With that piece, it doesn’t leak, but if you aren’t very familiar with this cup, you’d never know it’s missing.

thinkbaby plastic piece
In this photo, you can see the tiny ring with the little tab that is required to ensure the cup is leak-proof.

The First Years Disney Sippy Cup

disney first years packaging

The First Years cup caught my 4-year-old daughter’s interest right away (I wonder why), and I do like the rubber outer coating on the lid, which gives you some grip when spinning it on and off.

However, the hard spout is very hard to drink from. You have to suck pretty forcefully to get any liquid out, which my daughter didn’t appreciate. 

I get this cup is spill-proof, but it takes that concept so far that it’s also just plain hard to drink out of. The shape of the hard spout is also a little awkward and shallow.

Boon Swig Toddler Silicone Straw Cup

boon swig packaging

The Boon Swig straw cup is very aesthetically pleasing, though the construction is a bit bizarre. It’s a silicone cup that nestles inside a plastic outer piece. 

I don’t understand the purpose of this outside of aesthetics. It also causes the cup to take up twice as much room in the dishwasher since I separate these components to clean everything fully.

The straw top is really nice since the lid closes over it. However, the straw has a spill-proof feature inside of it, and it’s super hard to drink out of.

Like some of the other cups on this list, it’s nice that this cup is spill-proof, but you have to work really hard to get any liquid out of it to drink. My daughter’s first comment was, “This is really hard to drink out of!”

Nuby No Spill Easy Grip Trainer Cup

nuby packaging

The Nuby cup is functional yet forgettable. I personally don’t like the color options (green and blue, red and blue), and the plastic cup does not feel durable. This is one of those cups you’ll use for a few months and then toss as the body of it warps or cracks.

The silicone topper is easy to drink out of and resembles a bottle nipple, making it a potentially good cup for transitioning from bottle to sippy cup.

But ultimately, this option fell by the wayside for me. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it.

Philips AVENT My Grippy Spout Sippy Cup

avent packaging

The Philips AVENT sippy cups are exactly the same as the Nuby ones, just slightly pricier. 

There’s nothing special about these, and I don’t like the color scheme (blue and purple, yellow and pink).

NUK Everlast Sippy Cup

nuk packaging

Aside from the stainless steel option on this list, the NUK Everlast sippy cup was the most expensive option I tried, and I’m not convinced it deserves that price tag.

I like the grippy center, and the clicking top is really cool. With many sippy cups, you tighten it so far that it’s hard to get off later. The tightness is actually set in the lid of this cup, so if you keep trying to tighten it, it just starts clicking (similar to using a drill).

This feature ensures it’s never difficult to take the lid off! My son also really likes this cup.

Is it worth the luxury price tag? Not really. But it is a cup we plan on keeping.

Straw vs. Hard Spout/Sippy Cup vs. Open Cups

Before I go, I want to quickly acknowledge a somewhat controversial topic: straws vs. hard spouts vs. open cups.

Around 12 months of age, babies start developing a more mature swallow pattern. There’s so much to unpack around this topic, but the long story short is this: hard spout sippy cups may block a baby’s ability to develop a mature swallow pattern.

When drinking from a sippy cup, a baby’s tongue cannot reach the roof of their mouth behind their teeth. As a result, that child can have future trouble with chewing and swallowing, especially with new food textures (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

I’ve attended educational presentations on these topics, and Speech-Language Pathologists and Feeding Specialists will tell you that an open cup or drinking from a straw is the best way to encourage healthy sucking and swallowing development.

Obviously, an open cup is not spill-proof, and unless you can be right next to your toddler, it’s likely going to make a mess. We occasionally use an open cup at mealtime, and in that case, I highly recommend the ones from ezpz.

But for something that’s spill-proof, Speech-Language Pathologists and Feeding Specialists recommend a spill-proof cup with a straw.

What We Do

You should do whatever you feel is best for your family. 

For us, we have a variety of cup types and go back and forth between them, depending on where we are. The hard spout/sippy cup types are perfect for bedtime because our kids can drink out of them without sitting up straight.

Note: I know giving a drink at bedtime isn’t right for everyone, especially during potty training. It’s just something we do, for better or for worse.

During the daytime, I like straw cups. 

And during mealtime, I’ll often put out an open cup. 

We switch it up, and I’ve had no worries about speech or swallow development. If you have any concerns, definitely bring them up to your pediatrician.

Conclusion

After months and months of testing, I’m super excited to share the very best spill-proof and drop-proof toddler cups!

Let me know in the comment section which cup is your favorite.

By Rebekah

By Rebekah

I'm a work-from-home mom with a supportive, hard-working husband, two toddlers, and a newborn. In the business world, I'm a copywriter with a deep background in marketing and SEO. At home, I'm always looking for mom hacks, the best projects and toys for my growing kiddos, and ways to solve everyday mom dilemmas. Whatever I find, I'm sharing on this blog, which is my passion project!

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Heidi Sack
1 month ago

Great article. I appreciate the testing you did and the thorough analysis and comparison between the many options.

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