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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020090608-324
Induction Date:   June 08, 2009
Product:   Swiggies
MSRP:   $12.95
Company URL:  http://www.swiggies.com
Rating: 

Swiggies

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher | The Toy Man™ - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  06/08/2009

This new hands-free approach for children and adults is simple and easy to use. You just fill them up with water and go! They also make a great unique gift for anyone on your shopping list. Best of all, Swiggies help protect your child against dehydration from their being so active in their play.




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Sporting Goods - Activities, Equipment, Toys 2009 Consumer/Education 4-12 years old Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Ease Of Use Innovation Level Marketing Value Visual Appeal
5 5 5 4 5 4

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.


image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
  Intertek
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaNone

 

Introducing Swiggies

Swiggies is the new Water Bottle for the 21st Century without a doubt. Did you know that The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking 8 to 10 ounces of water before a workout, 8 ounces during a workout, and up to 16 ounces after a workout? Now just imagine how much of a workout a child gets in their daily Play! If you add to that the extreme Summer heat in many cities across the country, you can see the urgency for concern and how Swiggies provide a perfect solution at an affordable price.

Each of the Swiggies holds 5.5 ounces of water or sports drink. It is strapped onto the wrist and has a pull top. For kids, that pull top is quite the thing. Best of all, it eliminates the need to carry water bottles, which for adults can be cumbersome to carry and break your stride when you have to stop to take a drink. For kids, it increases the probability of their taking the time to drink exponentially. Whether adult or child, you just fill them up with cold water and go!! Both Swiggies supply you with the necessary 11 ounces of liquid to help avoid the risk of dehydration.



An Eco-Conscious Product

If all of the excitement of how Swiggies can be such an innovative solution, there's even more about Swiggies which makes it all the more unique. Swiggies is an eco-conscious product! Just imagine, no longer having to purchase any more water bottles at the store, you can simply fill up your Swiggies and go! No more empty water bottles going to the city dump and polluting the eco-system. In addition, the money you save on no longer buying water bottles literally equates to Swiggies paying for itself.

FYI: If you think for a moment of how many plastic water bottles you purchase a year, drink the water, then they go into the trash. Each of those bottles was made with BPA (bisepholine-a), an ingredient in plastic which is documented to cause a number of health concerns with cumulative effect. All of those plastic water bottles which go to the local dump eventually cause the BPA to leach into the soil and soon after into the water basin beneath it!

The point behind what appears to be a bunch of rhetoric about ecological issues is that by your using Swiggies you are contributing to a safe and better planet, saving money while doing it, and best of all, contributing to better health and less risk of poisoning your child's body with BPA or your own as well. Swiggies are BPA-free, FDA food grade safe, and the easiest to recycle.


Industry Specialists Have Their Say

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will cover "Swiggies™" from a top level professional point of view. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two well known industry professionals who have the credentials to provide us with the highest level of independent evaluation we are looking for.

Our evaluators will form their own opinions and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of "Swiggies™". The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased so that the information being conveyed by these professionals is more easily read. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation of "Swiggies™".


PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.


Plastics Design Engineer

"Swiggies is a very interesting creation in using plastics materials when you consider the actual design as well as the fact of it meeting BPA level standards and FDA food grade level of safety. It is constructed from a molded plastic design with strong durability for extended use by adults with no discernible level of safety risk. Even the area where the wrist straps are attached demonstrates no probability of failure/breakage.

The plastic composition is such that upon chance of a fall and full body weight being incurred upon it, whether adult or child, should still withstand the excessive pressure applied. In all lab tests in which the Swiggies were subjected to excessive pressure levels repeatedly, the results remained consistent with no sign of failure.

Just as with prior products tested for your publication, one most strategic points to consider is that even if the structural integrity of the Swiggies product is pushed beyond acceptable level and the shell of the product ruptures, the composition of the plastic is such that it will not create any risk of injury to the person wearing the product."

After reviewing the video tapes, test results, and evaluation notes, the Swiggies have passed our evaluation and I can with clear conscious say that this is a very safe and high quality product I can approve.






Pediatrician

"Swiggies is a wonderful new product which I was so happy to have an opportunity to evaluate for you. In this case I considered the fact of the intense level of heat here and the hydration concerns with my own children. My children are like most, if a bottle of water is more than 6 inches away from them when they are busy with recreational activities, they won't bother to drink any water until they take a break from their activity. This provides the perfect opportunity to see how well this Swiggies product works.

Over the past two weeks I have taken my children to a number of recreational events they participate in which are mostly outside with the exception of one. I had my daughter use the Swiggies first at all of her activities. She wasn't very excited at first about wearing them but by the end of the day she was ecstatic about them! I saw her drinking from the Swiggies repeatedly throughout the day. She even had all of her friends asking her about where she got them.

Where the Swiggies really made their impression of value with myself, was at my son's basketball game. He asked his coach if he could wear the Swiggies during the game as a 'favor to his mother' and the coach gave approval. By time the game was over, the coach asked me where I got the 'wrist drinking things' from because he noticed how they were so convenient for my son during the game. My son performed better than ever in the past and the coach believes it may be due to the use of the drinking things he was wearing; he was able to remain cooler and perform better in his playing.

I like the fact of the product being BPA-free and meetings FDA food regulations. Considering the price along with everything else I am 100% sold with the Swiggies. It was amazing to me how my children are even sharing use of them instead of asking Mom to buy them each their own set. Swiggies have my approval in this evaluation.






Consumers Give Their Own Input

Swiggies were a VERY interesting challenge in our consumer hands-on evaluation. We had to go to a drug store in the mall we were in to get alcohol to clean the pop-spout of the Swiggies due to it being touched by multiple kids and most of them pulling the pop top to see if there was anything to drink inside!

We had plenty of products for kids and parents to see, but Swiggies ranked #2 on the top 10 favorites listed by the feedback participants in this consumer hands on evaluation. EVERYBODY wanted to have a chance to put the Swiggies on and show everyone else. The lavender colored plastic of the Swiggies drew the attention of many with no one even asking if they came in any other color!

Having only so many volunteers and my rolling around in my wheelchair provided a challenging time for all us yet we managed to handle all of the excitement and answer all of the questions asked of us. The funniest part was that we even had to actually go by some large 2 gallon containers of drinking water to fill the Swiggies as well. All it took was one person to say that she couldn't do a real evaluation without actually being able to feel the weight of the Swiggies when filled and drinking from the pop up top!

All in all, Swiggies really were a hit with our consumer product evaluation. Although we normally do evaluation in two different locations, this one location alone showed us that Swiggies were a smash in many different categories with the consumers. This is a product that is s sure fire winner in the halls just waiting to make itself recognized.

A Sampling Of The Evaluation Summary Category Ratings


A small sampling of applicable category titles and the individual rating assigned to each for this product's evaluation are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

* If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.

* If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] or lower, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
* Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.

The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.



COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5]

Swiggies really stole the show as far as cost benefit. Whether buyer or consumer, the facts remain the same, no money going out on disposable water bottles equates to saving money. How do you do this? Buy Swiggies! What you have here is a product with the right combination of factors to make the cost benefit scoring a perfect score. You have far more bang for the buck with Swiggies.



DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5]

Determining the level of durability of Swiggies was pretty simple thanks to the plastics engineer's report. You have a product made with materials designed to last, you have no health risk to worry about either. The durability level pretty much assures extended use under the strongest wear and tear from actual use with children or adults. The final analysis in our evaluation of Swiggies in this category was a rating of 5 out of 5.



EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [5]

Ease of use? Swiggies wrote the book when it comes to ease of use. Fill them up, pop the top, drink, and close the pop top. Swiggies is about as simple as you can get when it comes to ease of use. Swiggies pulls a perfect score in this category.



INNOVATION: Rating Level - [4]

Innovation is the name of the game these days and scoring just an average score in this category isn't a blip on the radar! Swiggies easily moved in and scored well above average. Swiggies are a front runner when it comes to innovation yet at the same time are not quite innovative enough in design to take a perfect score. In my personal opinion Swiggies are a masterpiece of design yet we have to go by the actual scores which are recorded. Swiggies fell short of a perfect score in this category by a single digit!



MARKETING VALUE: Rating Level - [5]

Swiggies is undoubtedly a front runner when it comes to marketing value. The design of the Swiggies draws the attention at first glance crying out to be grabbed and used! Such an incredible masterpiece of creative design which is so durable can be seen as nothing but the very best in its class in this category. Swiggies pulls a perfect score in this category.



VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5]

Swiggies clearly had what it takes to pull a perfect score here. At first glance, all of our evaluators and consumers alike were curious to check the Swiggies out and see what they were made of. They may be a bit different in shape, yet they draw the attention in such a subtle and alluring manner. Once you see them in action, it is all too clear that they are a must-have product. Swiggies pulls a perfect score in this category.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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