Product Review: Munchkin Click-Lock Sippy Cups

by Melody on March 14, 2012

Recently, I did a review on some Munchkin products and mentioned that we have struggled to find good sippy cups that stand up to toddler torture.  We did find some wonderful no-frills Munchkin cups at Target that are just $.99 and bought several to use as milk cups, but we have gone through several different styles of water cups.

My kids either bite through the rubber nipples or they just plain leak.  My kids leave their cups laying on their side or standing on end and we have puddles all over the house.  When we do find cups that we can live with, we lose them.  Munchkin saw that we have struggled and offered to let us try their new Click-Lock Cups.  Heck yes, we will.  I seriously feel like we were unintentional product testers anyway, we can’t be the only people who struggle with this.  Are my kids just rough on everything?

We have been using the Click-Lock cups for about 2 weeks now and I am pretty impressed.  They come in several different styles for different ages, ranging from straight sippy cups to cups with a flip-up straw to the Big Kid cup.  The main feature they are promoting is that all the cups “click” when they are officially closed, so you know they won’t leak.  While this feature obviously isn’t necessary, it’s nice to hear and know that the cup is actually closed before handing it off to the Terminators.






We were sent both the Flip-Straw cup and the Big Kid cup, as my kids are 3 1/2 and almost 2.  We’ve been pretty impressed with both so far.  Under normal wear and tear, there have been zero leaks and they have held up to a lot of torture. The locking and unlocking of the lid take just enough parent-strength that my kiddos have not been able to do it on their own, but not so much that I feel like I need to put on my Rambo hat to do it.

Here’s my official review and recommendation:

While I love both styles and my kids think the straw is hilariously fun for some reason, I’m taking the Big Kid cup all the way to the top.  Even with a no-leak cup, my kids have figured out how to make the straw cup leak as they think the straw is the funnest new toy to come down the pike.  They flip it up and down, squish it, bite it.  It’s held up to a lot of torture, but has wiggled loose a few times and caused small leaks.

The Big Kid cup, on the other hand, is like Fort Knox for little hands.  It has no rubber parts, nothing sticking out to play with, just straight drinking and nothing else.  For parents, it’s super easy to clean, easy to open and we have never had a single leak.  Even though it is billed as the “Big Kid” cup, my almost 2 year old has figured it out.  It took him a few tries and I had to help him figure out where the holes were once or twice, but he has mastered it.  We will gladly be picking up a second Big Kid cup.

While this is not earth-shattering information, I know it will help out those of you with sippy cup woes like our family.  I’d love to hear about your favorites?  Have you tried these new Click-Lock cups?

Disclaimer: In case it wasn’t clear in the post, Munchkin did give me these cups to review but I am receiving no monetary compensation for reviewing them.  I didn’t hire toddlers to test them out nor did I hire someone to write this, the opinions are all my own.

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Heather March 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Are the big kid cups suitable for milk or are there little nook and crannies it can get into?


Rachel March 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

AHHHH! Tippy Cups! I think we have 30 playtex cups… , why can’t I throw the stinkers away… I have an almost 4 and almost 2, I am curious like Heather about suitable for milk and are the insulated?

I sure would like my kiddos to have something that was a little more like a big kid cup.


Melody March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

The Big Kid cup is insulated, I should have mentioned!


Melody March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

As far as cups go, it’s actually not bad to clean. There are a few little alleys inside the lid but nothing too deep. We’ve definitely had worse. With our milk cups, I just soak the lids from time to time and scrape with a toothpick if they get really bad. 🙂


Kelsie March 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I will check them out! We are in need of a non-leaking cup or two. Especially for car rides..


Andrew June 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

I, unfortunately, had a different experience with the Click-Lock sippy cup from Munchkin. I agree that the sippy part of the cup didn’t leak but our problem was that the cap itself leaked.
You see, there is no sealer inside the cap…so when you put the cap on and turn it until it clicks into place…what you have is plastic-on-plastic. Although the sippy part of the cap never leaked a drop…the liquid poured out from the side of the cap where the cap sits on top of the cup. It spilled liquid all over my daughter and we had to change her clothing.
I now have to make a 30 mile round-trip to return the items and I am not happy about wasting my time and about $4 in gas to do so. I already e-mailed Munchkin to tell them I do not plan on purchasing another Munchkin product after this disaster.
If nobody else is having this leaking problem from the cap where it sits on top of the cup then I am happy for others who did not have the same problem I did. I simply cannot risk this again with another Munchkin product so I will look for something else which, when you screw the cap on, there is a rubber or silicone liner which makes the seal between the cap and the cup.


jessica September 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

Andrew, I had the exact same problem with the munchkin sippy cups I bought and i found milk leaked alot worse than water or juice for some reason ( not to mebsion closing and opening the cups was near impossible for me so daddy had to do that part) we bought insulated Playtex sippy cups and they don’t leak even when my daughter throws them around and she actually will drink milk from it, she refused milk from the munchkin cups


Anthony November 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

While the Munchkin cup is very durable, the issue that I have is that they leak from the straw both standing up and on its side, always with milk and occasionally with water.


Melody November 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

We have had issues with the straw cup leaking, but only when the straw isn’t pushed up all the way into the tube. There is a plug-type thing at the base of the straw that has to be pushed all the way in, if it’s out it definitely does leak. We’ve found this out the hard way a few times. 🙂


Ghi2 August 19, 2013 at 4:48 am

I just bought the Munchkin click-lock straw bottle and got confused why the water leaked from the straw when I turned it upside down.. I interested in what you said that the straw isn’t pushed up all the way into the tube, what tube did you mean the cap? or the second bottom straw that need to be pushed up to the upper valve-straw?

I think I maybe made a mistake in reassembling the product so it’s leaked. thanks.


MD July 21, 2014 at 1:54 am

Ghi2, I have the same problem!
I was convinced with Munchkin’s youtube video, and I bought 2 for my son and am extremely disappointed, barely 3 weeks of using it, the first one wouldn’t close (when I close it, it automatically bounces open, it’s as if the straw is so strong that it wants to remain straight) and BOTH of the bottles leak from the straws when my kid shakes it upside down (yes, the sides do lock and water doesn’t leak from there but the water comes right out of the straw, it’s still considered leaking, right?). Even when I do not shake it, when I turned it upside down, the water starts dripping from the straw. I’m also thinking if I’ve made a mistake in reassembling the parts so it’s leaking. There are 2 of them, both are leaking.. 🙁


Stacy August 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I must have got the bad purchase. We bought the Dora and hello kitty click close insulated munchkin cups…. My Daughter used a Dora one the first night we brought them home and she managed to somehow get milk trapped in the cup between the outer plastic and the design of the cup. I’m not sure if any of you mothers have had issues like this with these cups… but is it something that I should return back to the store for a new one, or is there a way to get the milk that’s trapped in there out? I’ve already tried soaking it in a sink full of water and so far no success. No water is going in and no milk is coming out. My Daughter must be a magician. -_-


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