humangear GoToob+ 1.7oz

TL;DR

★★★★☆
A good upgrade from cheap travel and sample bottles; the price is backed up by quality and durability.

Overview

The Expectation/Hype

  • Touts itself as the follow-up to the original patented soft travel bottle
  • Available in four sizes to meet all needs
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Gets every last drop out
  • Easy to fill and clean

Replaces

  • Disposable sample-size or pocket-size bottles
  • Cheap plastic refillable travel bottles

Is this necessary?

YES: If you need travel bottles and are okay with spending a little extra for a better product.
MAYBE: If the travel bottles you already have are starting to wear out.
NO: If you want a plastic- or silicone-free option.

YAY

  • The LoopLock is surprisingly useful
  • The 1.7oz fits in a (roomy) pocket
  • Sturdier and more robust than pocket-size or sample-size bottles, and much less likely to randomly soak the inside of your bag in bacteria-be-gone
  • Wide array of colors
  • Tubes and collars are dishwasher safe (but hand wash the flip caps)
  • ToobClips were designed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are available for three of the four sizes (Small, Medium, and Large). This gives you easy, clean one-handed access to hand sanitizer.

MEH

  • Sharpie rubs off the textured write-on area
  • There’s a surprisingly large list of substances they don’t recommend storing in a GoToob. This is mostly because alcohol-based liquids tend to evaporate through the silicone over time. They recommend refilling alcohol-based liquids every few weeks.
  • Still involves a lot of plastic and silicone, even if it has a significantly longer lifespan
  • The 1.7oz size is a little harder to squeeze than the larger variants because there’s less silicone to flex
  • No matter how you squeeze it, the liquid only comes out at one speed. So, short squeeze for a quick spurt, long squeeze for a firehose.

NOPE

  • Definitely not inexpensive
  • Needs a better way to label for ingredient-sensitive folk
  • Do not use in a first aid kit because of the previous Nope
  • If you store hand sanitizer in it, it will evaporate over the course of several weeks. This is hard to keep track of unless you regularly use the hand sanitizer.

Tips and Tricks

  • There’s a small flat bit molded into the squishy side of the GoToob that lets it stand up on its own while filling. This makes things significantly easier.
  • When flying, put it in a trustworthy sealed container like a Ziplock bag or a Stasher if you’re going the reusable route. You don’t want to get caught by surprise.

End of life

  • Packaging: recycle
  • GoToob+: Trash, unfortunately

My take

I bought this because I wanted a shatter- and leak-proof container for hand sanitizer in my purse. Ultimately, it’s a great product and I’m pretty happy with it. My biggest hesitation is that I’m working to reduce plastics and silicones in my life, but I’ve yet to come up with a glass or steel alternative that isn’t absurdly fiddly, annoying to use, or questionably airtight.

However, even knowing that the alcohol in hand sanitizer evaporates through silicone over time, I feel much better having one of these in my leather purse than I do a standard pocket-size bottle of hand sanitizer from the drugstore. It’s not fun cleaning up a hand sanitizer explosion. Ask me how I know.

Where to buy

Bought from: CVS Pharmacy
Cost: $6.99
Any promotions or discounts? No

Other locations:

  • Amazon: $6.99 (varies, but usually close to this)

Updates

13 October 2019

I went for the GoToob+ I keep in the pocket of my choir robe at church and had the unpleasant surprise of finding out that my hand sanitizer had evaporated off. This isn’t really the fault of the GoToob+; it’s more a consequence of the chemicals in hand sanitizer. That being said, probably not good to keep it in over extended periods if you’re not using it regularly enough to refill it when it gets low.

12 December 2019

The GoToob+ in my purse is still doing great, though I have the feeling the lid could crack if put under enough stress. It seems like the latest refill of hand sanitizer in mid-October has evaporated about halfway, so it’s safe to say that you should check the level at least once a month.

17 August 2020

While I imagine a standard bottle brush will fit inside the larger GoToobs without issue, the 1.7oz size is genuinely challenging to wash by hand. I would also avoid using any synthetic- or stiff-bristled bottle brushes since that might abrade the inside of the tube. It’s a good thing that the tubes are dishwasher safe. It’s a bad thing that I don’t have a dishwasher.

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