Let''s clarify some rampant misinformation that''s floating around Amazon about the Stanley Thermos: 1: The product is now manufactured in China and has been since 2002 when Aladdin, the company that owned the Stanley brand, went out of business thereby closing...
Let''s clarify some rampant misinformation that''s floating around Amazon about the Stanley Thermos:
1: The product is now manufactured in China and has been since 2002 when Aladdin, the company that owned the Stanley brand, went out of business thereby closing their US production facility in Nashville, TN. The brand was then purchased by a company called PMI who resumed production in China and saved the Stanley Thermos brand from evisceration.
2: In 2009 for many reasons, PMI eliminated the charcoal packing (also referred to as Char-Vac) in the outer wall of the thermos, while increasing the thickness of the steel exterior casing to compensate for the loss of durability. The unit is now lighter, yet still serves the same purpose and retains it''s original efficacy. It also retains it''s lifetime warranty.
3: PMI produces millions of these units per year, and like any other mass produced product, there will be a certain percentage of defects (i.e. vacuum seals that didn''t seal) that result from manufacturing. If you happen to have a problem with your unit, 99% of the time, it''s an internal failure of the vacuum seal. Call or email Stanley, and they will send you a new one if you simply take some pictures with your smart phone and email them to the company. You don''t even have to send the old bottle back.
Now on to the review. I never owned a US made Aladdin Stanley and I never owned a pre-2009 PMI-Stanely thermos, so I can''t offer a direct comparison. What I can say is this thermos is fantastic. I don''t even put hot water in the thermos before I pour my pot of coffee in there and it stays so hot that I have to add ice water at just so I can drink it. That''s the performance that was advertised, and that''s what I received. I bought the 1.1qt model from wally world a week ago and have been using it for my soup. This 2qt model is for my 12 cups of coffee I take with me for the day (whether I work or don''t work for the day, so I''ve got the tag team rocking out everyday. I''ve got the big 2qt for my caffeine and the 1.1qt for my hot & hearty soup, so apparently I''m unstoppable now!
Anyhow, the handle is nice and functional and appears to be an improvement over the Stanley 1.1qt thermos I bought years ago which had a very sloppy handle. It rattled and just was poorly designed. This one is nice and smooth, so apparently they fixed that issue. The cap screws on smooth and tightens down firmly. It unscrews without a problem and I have absolutely no complaints at all whatsoever.
I''m a working man and I feel confident spending my money with Stanley knowing that if I''m having a tough month financially, and my thermos stops working, I know I''ll never pay to fix that problem again for the rest of my life.
Opportunities for improvement:
1: PMI should offer a throwback bottle that revives the old char-vac technology that provided the weight and long life durability of the older units. If people want them and are willing to pay substantially more to have one, why aren''t you offering it and taking their money? Odd business decision in my opinion, but what do I know, I''m just a consumer.
2: A larger drinking cup would be more appropriate for the size of the 2qt unit. I personally prefer my actual coffee mug, so I just pour from my thermos into that and I''m good to go. I know others may prefer to use the cup that''s included, and it''ll work, but you''ll be pouring a lot of cups to get through 2 quarts with that little thing.
3: My 1.1 qt bottle has a sweet metal stamp on the front of the bottle and my 2qt has a lame sticker. Please stamp the 2qt just like you do for the 1.1qt. A sticker is not built for life, a steel stamp imprinted into the outer wall of the jacket is.
All in all, this is a great thermos at a great price. If you need to keep soup or any liquid hot, this baby gets the job done.
This is a link to the Stanely FAQ on the redesign of the bottle.