The iconic 50's aesthetics of this Aladdin Heritage Plaid Vacuum Bottle makes it a popular choice with those for a love of all things retro but is not the best thermos for those who appreciate modern style. A mid-tier flask, this Aladdin model is practical but doesn't offer many added extras.
With a capacity of 24 ounces, this vacuum bottle holds a moderate amount of liquid, but not enough to keep you hydrated all day long. It comes with one fairly large cup and the outer lid doubles as a much smaller second cup. While having a second cup is undeniably useful, the size discrepancy between the two is rather odd. The larger cup has a handle, but the smaller doesn't.
The Aladdin Heritage Plaid Vacuum Bottle has a double-wall stainless steel construction and uses vacuum insulation to limit temperature change. According to the manufacturer, this thermos keeps drinks hot or cold for a minimum of 12 hours. It features a silicon seal on the threaded stopper that prevents leaks as long as you thread it correctly. The stopper has a pour-through spout, allowing you to decant the beverage with minimal spillage. However, the pour-through spout can be challenging to clean well. This flask is BPA-free, with the plastic components having a polypropylene construction.
Featuring a printed tin exterior, this thermos is a good choice if you appreciate retro style. However, tin is not corrosion-resistant and scratches easily. Therefore, you need to dry it as soon as you wash it and only use mild detergent and a non-abrasive cloth. It is not dishwasher safe, so it must be cleaned by hand. You can also purchase matching items, including a lunch kit with the same 1950's design. The design is authentic, as these flasks were originally made by the same manufacturer during the 1950s, and the design has simply been modified for the modern era. With no carry case or handle, this thermos is somewhat cumbersome but, because it's leak-proof, it can sit inside a bag or picnic basket.
For an authentic retro feel, the Aladdin Heritage Plaid Vacuum Bottle is a good choice. It is a simple and robust thermos flask, with a pleasing aesthetic. However, it only has a moderate capacity and lacks some features that you would normally expect at this price point, such as a carry handle.