Side-by-Side Review of Water Jugs

We moved onto our property just as winter hit and before we could set up our water catchment system; consequently we had to haul our water.  Here are the 3 types/brands of jugs we used and how we rated them.

*Note: these are our honest reviews and opinions.  We were in no way compensated.

Side-by-Side Specs

  Midwest Can Co. Igloo Reliance
Size 6 gals / 22.7 L 6 gals / 22.7 L 8 gals / 30 L
Place of Purchase Sporting goods store Hardware store Big box store
Cap type Twist n’ lock Push on Screw on
Spout ring Fuel type Screw on with eyelets n/a
Spout Type Traditional Traditional Spigot
Intake Caps n/a part of spout Pop out Screw on
Air Intake In spout Hole in container body Hole in container body
Handles 2 top/rear 2 top/rear 1
Manufactured Made in the USA Made in the USA Made in Canada
Flow Moderate Slow Fast
Material BPA free BPA free Food Grade Polyethylene
Extra features n/a n/a Wheels and pull-behind handle

Read more to see Rubric Rating charts on each of these and which one was #1

#1

Reliance 5

Beyond Expectation

4

Meets Expectation

3

Fair

2

 Needs Improvement

1

Poor

0 Unacceptable Score
Design While the pull-behind feature is nice, the height and narrow base does allow it to topple quite often. 4
Detachable Parts Everything detaches and reattaches nicely.  The air intake cap is attached and screws on. 5
Durability Used for 6 months on ice, pavement, rocky driveway. No dents or scratches and wheels still function normally. 5
Features 5-year warranty, pull-behind handle and wheels. Spigot in addition to wide opening for cleaning. 5
Functionality Goes well beyond expectations for this type of product. 5
Value Compared to other jugs we purchased this was averagely priced and well worth it. 5
Score 29/30 29

#2

Midwest Can 5

Beyond Expectation

4

Meets Expectation

3

Fair

2

 Needs Improvement

1

Poor

0 Unacceptable Score
Design The design provides good weight distribution of the water. The jug does not topple over and this makes it easy to carry. 5
Detachable Parts Parts are secure beyond that required of a water jug. No evaporation worries here. 5
Durability Material is light which is advantageous for hauling however for chronic use scratches easily and does not provide adequate UV protection 3
Features Fuel style caps and spout ring. Two handles, and great overall design. 4
Functionality The jug is functional as expected in all respects 4
Value These were the priciest of the compare products, however we feel they were worth it. 4
Score Total 25/30 25

#3

Igloo 5

Beyond Expectation

4

Meets Expectation

3

Fair

2

 Needs Improvement

1

Poor

0 Unacceptable Score
Design While the design allows it to fit concisely in the back of a small car, it topples easily. 4
Detachable Parts The spout cap is practically useless. It pops off very easy. The air intake cap likewise can easily be lost. 3
Durability Made of rugged material. Used for 2 years and looks like new 5
Features No additional features 4
Functionality The jug is functional as expected in all respects 4
Value The cheapest we purchased of the 3 jugs and well worth it. 5
Score 25/30 25

 

 

 

 

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