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5.0 out of 5 starsSuperb Heat Retention Zojirushi SM-SD60-BC
Reviewed in Australia on 19 August 2019
A great product and highly recommend! It has a easy to use sipper with a small air hole to ensure that your favourite beverage continues to flow smoothly out of the flask. Opening the lid is as simple as clicking the open button (minimal force required) and the lid will flick open and the lid springs ensure that the lid remains back so that your nose/face doesn't touch the lid.
What I love about it is that the lid can be completely disassembled and you can wash everything easily. The locking mechanism is easy to operate with one hand and the lid (to screw on to the flask) is also very secure and requires no/very little tightening pressure when screwing it back on.
There are a number of colours to choose from but I went the safe option of Black to ensure fingerprints and minor scratches are hidden. The Silky Black colour does have a slight reflective gloss but is not something I was worried about and overall doesn't scream attention if holding this in public or placed on a desk (eg. Work).
I have dropped this a few times from off a table (1 meter from the ground) and no real visual surface scratches but your results may vary.
The Zojirushi SM-SD60-BC is not widely available in my region (Australia) and generally don't have an authorised reseller making e-marketplaces like Amazon.com.au and others the only other option to get this item into the country. Free shipping is only available from Amazon US if the total purchased item is over $49 (with Prime membership). So if you are not in a hurry just wait for Amazon Prime Sale days where US shipping is generally waived and free (when Amazon US fulfills the order) otherwise expect to pay nearly half the cost of the product on shipping fees.
3 stars, mainly due to the fact that the gold on mine strips really easily compared to my black or red, easily cleaned, stays hot for 2 days and chilled, and is very good when compared to established brand names like Tiger.
We have several Zojirushi products (rice cookers, vacuum pots, thermos etc) already, and added the Stainless Steel Mug 20oz to the collection as the old 16oz thermos was slightly damaged after a significant drop recently.
We have been using the 20oz thermos daily from the day it arrived and continue to be impressed.
Pros: Boiled water remains scolding hot after 6 hours, very warm after 12 hours. Cold water remains icy cold much longer than hot water. Quick lock/unlock/open. Large spout for faster-flow pouring. Lid components are easily detachable allowing simple cleaning. Compact and light enough to carry around.
Con: Don't pour too quickly as water will spurt through the smaller opening above the spout (vent allows smoother flow).
In our experience, there's no noticeable difference between products produced in Thailand/Japan, but the price is significantly different.
Overall great product with a very minor inconvenience.
I don't really have time to do a proper review: Copied and pasted from my review posted on Amazon.com. I have just noticed that the paintwork is excellent because so far no flakiness or scratching problem, which I probably forgot to state on Amazon.com
I purchased 3 of these (2 slate grey and 1 turquoise blue) from Japan via Amazon UK.
So far, they are perfect!
Despite, the saying that if something looks too good to be true then it usually is!
The only flaws that I found so far are; 1A: Delivery (only a standard delivery despite wanted it preferably within a few days) 1B: 12th September 2016: Ordered from Amazon UK 1C: 14th September 2016: Despatched from Japan 1D: Received it about the 22nd September 2016.
2A: Mixed cold filtered water from the fridge with the boiled kettle water because the person finds it too hot otherwise. 2B: But the tea still remained hot for at least 5 hours, despite mixed with cold water to make tea - I didn't check how many hours longer it stayed hot for.
3: Definitely, leakproof because I can vigorously shake it also upside down numerous times even when it isn't locked and not a single drop off; water or tea.
Like I said so far it's perfect and I am relieved that the hundreds and probably thousands of 5 stars received by the SM-SA60-BA and SM-SC60-HM are actually and literally correct.
Another advantage is that the mouth piece, it is wide enough to take enough mouthful of water to take her numerous prescription tablets.
Purchased two items (one slate Grey (looks like a stainless steel thermos flask for tea), and turquoise blue to place water into) which are called mugs.
The person's fingers have been weakened by Rheumatoid Arthritis and suffered from jerks probably caused by courses of antibiotics.
The person has NO problems with; opening-, closing-, locking-, unlocking-, and drinking from the mugs without any pressure problems. Does have glaucoma etcetera problem but once realized what to push and which way, absolutely no problem despite Rheumatoid Arthritis fingers.
I haven't used mine yet but have washed all 3 which is easy to do once you get the knack:
You get 3 instructions leaflets but for a long while, I had only assumed that they sent only Japanese leaflets for each od the 3 mugs.
I'm too lazy - copied one of my answers to a question on this product below: If it is the same as the English, UK models, because the model numbers are the same I think that the differences are the following if I remember correctly;
The mouthpiece has been improved to prevent it from catching on things whilst drinking.
The second hole next to the drinking hole prevents hot condensation steam from scalding the mouth and also helps with drinking.
The MS-MC60 HM is slimmer on the outside and lighter despite holding the same amount of liquid but the MA keeps the drinks slightly hotter for a longer period than the newest MC version.
The new version also has a nonstick coating with a number of advantages BUT the nonstick if heated to > 204.4 centigrades or 400 degrees Fahrenheit
(I apologize, for initially saying > 400 Centigrade instead of 400 Fahrenheit)
Water or steam = 100 degrees centigrade may cause flu-like illness or cancer if the coating becomes damaged if NOT treated properly:
Don't soak for long periods - just dip in a washing basin with washing-up liquid use non-scratch sponges and then rinse quickly and also dry 12 oz (36 ml), 16 oz (480 ml), and 20 oz (600ml)
Some websites' pages that I have used; it appears that Amazon have deleted the website pages which I included as proof [...] [...] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYOGUM2/?tag=thesweethome-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=SH2054#Ask https://www.amazon.com/ZOJIRUSHI-Stainless-Steel-Flask-SM-SC60-HM/dp/B01BTX5006/ref=dp_ob_title_kitchen https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BTX5006/ref=cfb_at_prodpg?th=1
Amend my review above on the 3rd December 2016 below: Placing hot liquids for example Tea - should probably always use tea bags.
When you first get your Zojirushi Thermos Bottles Stainless Mug SM-SC60(600ml) you should, for example, use your phone to photograph it: 1: Photograph the front (open and closed) button and the lockable and also the unlockable switch. 2: Move the switch to the unlockable section to the right which will enable you to open the cap when the open and closed front button is pressed. 3: When you open the lid take a photograph of both inside the mouthpiece and the inner part of the lid. 4: I think of the inner mouthpiece as being a light grey colour that contains two holes. 5: The inner lid contains a dark grey colour which I think of as being somebody's nose. 6: You can remove the nose (dark grey part that is inside the lid 7: You can remove the top part that contains both the mouthpiece and the lid part by rotating them anti-clockwise (if looking at a clock twist from 6 to 3 O'clock etcetera until removed. 8: Turn the top upside down and photograph the back of the mouthpiece with the rubber ring with the centre line. 9: Turn the mouthpiece the correct way around on the table as if it was placed on the thermos flask's mug but it is sitting on the table. 10: At the top of the (whitish grey's mouthpiece) but on the black's part there are two arrows pointing at the top right's and left's whitish grey mouthpiece on either corner. 11: Don't press on the black arrows but press down on both the whitish grey corners to remove the inner whitish grey's mouthpiece. 12: Turn the mouthpiece upside down and photograph the back of the mouthpiece with the dark grey washer ring with the circle in the centre 13: Remove the dark greyish washer's ring and photograph the back of the ring which is plain 14: Then you can wash all components; the flask, the top, the inner mouthpiece, the nose's shaped washer and the ring's washer -No need to buy anything special to clean it with and besides may remove the non-stick coating inside the flask: just use ordinary washing-up liquid (if necessary only use for example non-stick sponges), rinse thoroughly and then dry. 15: To fit everything back again; the most difficult thing is to remember that you must be able to see the centre ring of the washer when it is fitted back into position, otherwise it may leak! 16: Once the ring's washer is placed correctly into position then the next problem is to fit it into the mouthpiece. 17: Place the bottom part of the mouthpiece into the top and then push-up the light grey (inner) corners which the black arrows are pointing to. 18: I would then make certain that all sides of the inner mouthpiece have been placed firmly into the correct position. 19: Make certain that every single part of the ring's washer is firmly fitted. 20: I would place the rubber nose on 21: I would make certain that the switch displaying the lock and unlock is switched to unlock. 22: I would then screw the top back on. 23: I would normally shake the thermos flask upside down over a sink because sometimes I forget to put on one of the washers. 24: I would then close the lid. 25: The thermos flask still appears to be waterproof even if I haven't locked the flask because it only stops the flask from being unscrewed accidentally but I would still lock the flask. 26: Some people and I have occasional had a condensation problem but I always carry it in a plastic bag: the type of bag used to store food inside either; a fridge or a freezer.
I have also carried the thermos flask in my Osprey Farpoint 40 for months (even on public transport) and it is actually 100% leak-proof - You can probably ignore what the makers say about not placing it on its side because it is leakproof if you place it standing up or it is laying down horizontally or also place it upside down: Obviously, must tighten it properly and not at an angle. If tightening at an angle then unscrew the top and screw properly horizontally.
It looks elegant, leakproof and keeps hot drinks hot for long period of time even without rinsing it out with hot water first (and I have to place about 150ml to 200mls of cold water when making hot drinks otherwise could scold mouth), it is easy to use although fitting the washer ring is slightly fiddly.
Possible improvements for another thermostat in the range: provided that they don't increase the price too much 1: LED which shows the temperature of the liquid inside. 2: I don't do outdoors activities but for those people would require a filter to purify the water. 3: Possibly a LED, red if the hot liquid drops by the x amount of degrees 4: Possible a blue LED if the temperature of a cold liquid increase by X degrees.
I don't think that the leaflets explain how to remove and insert the inner mouthpiece properly.
But it still deserves 5/5 because it is well made also - Not too impressed with Camel Bak's products. I don't know if Amazon will allow the review link below but it is still excellent: [...]
Everything about this item is great. From the long heat retention to the large capacity. Cleaning is easy and it looks great too. Only niggle is when trying to actually drink out of it. It may be just me, but it is slightly awkward sipping from it. Hard to explain, but not as comfortable to drink from compared to others.
Best thermos flask ever. I prepared really hot tea at 10 in the morning and drank it 10 hours later and it was still piping hot. It took forever to arrive but the wait was worth it. Totally recommended.