Comparing The Best 360 Toddler Training Cups – Nuby vs Munchkin
When your baby begins weaning onto solids, you come to learn how crucial a training cup is. Babies love practicing independence and will soon want to drink by themselves, so where do you start? Sippy cups have been around a long time, but they don’t teach babies how to drink without sucking, and if a toddler’s anything like mine, an open cup is asking for trouble. This is precisely the moment a 360 training cup is ideal – but which one?
Now our little man is approaching three, we’ve accumulated an untidy collection of toddler cups. Little melamine cups to ‘move on to’, infant sippy cups and water bottles galore. But what we have most of are 360 cups, two very different brands and designs in myriad colours and sizes, each one with their own purpose. That’s because we’ve found they’re the best – but which is the best of the best?
We’re torn between Munchkin’s Miracle 360 and Nuby’s Wonder 360, so I decided to explore their pros and cons, hopefully helping you to find your own perfect toddler cup.
Nuby Wonder 360 Cup
Nuby Wonder 360 is a light cup available in two main sizes: 240ml “mini” cup with handles weighing approximately 96g, and a 300ml “maxi” size beaker weighing 99g.
You can pick Nuby cups up from a variety of shops, including supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, bargain retailers like B&M Stores and often appearing in Aldi baby and toddler events, so they’re pretty easy to come by.
The Wonder 360 is a vast range of colourful cups with many cool designs, from unicorns to dinosaurs, to choose from. Some styles of cup have an opaque wall while others are fairly translucent which helps to see the level of liquid in the cup. Nuby cups are sold complete with a removable lid so it’s a convenient cup to carry on the go.
The cup is made of four parts consisting of the cup base and a three part sipper – a hard plastic rim, a soft silicone seal and a hard plastic inner cap which when all pushed together keeps the sipper in place. The hard plastic rim then screws onto the cup base.
The Wonder 360 comes apart nice and easy for dishwashing, but it’s not the easiest cup to clean. In fact, I think this is the cup’s biggest downfall – it’s terrible to thoroughly clean. The screw thread is built onto the cup top, meaning bacteria tends to build up and hide away, accumulating nasty black marks inside the cup rim that a brush or sponge can not reach.
Nuby’s Wonder 360 is also not meant to spill – but it does. Not a whole cup’s worth but a good slosh if the cup’s been thrown to the floor, which can be a little annoying.
Reuben loves his Wonder 360 cups and drinks from them the most throughout the day and at dinnertime. Because it isn’t a heavy cup, he finds the Wonder 360 comfortable to hold single handed or two, and I like that you can easily see whether he has any juice left in the cup.
Nuby’s Wonder 360 is the best value option. It holds the most liquid and is the lightest of the cups. It’s not the easiest to clean but it’s an affordable cup and comes in a range of colours and designs so you could easily build a cute little collection.
Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup
Munchkin’s Miracle 360 is a solid cup available in two main sizes: 7oz (198ml) trainer cup with handles weighing approximately 127g, and a 10oz (284ml) size beaker weighing 132g.
It can be bought from just about any main supermarket (though they never seem to appear in Aldi or Lidl), online from Amazon or a chemist such as Boots.
Miracle 360 has seemed to have taken on an iconic status, thanks to its easily recognised contemporary styling. Its sleek, almost opaque, design stands out in the four standard fluoro brights: blue, orange, green and pink, although you can also pick up a cute design from some retailers and the brand’s online store.
Miracle 360 is another four part cup, this time consisting of the cup base, the rim and handle, an inner silicone sipper seal and a seal ring that fits around the screw thread. This open design makes it really easy to clean, as long as you scrub the grooves of the thread well. The silicone sipper seal can get a little funky inside the hole so you need to rub a cloth to fit inside. But probably most frustrating are the dozens of holes punched into the plastic rim head, which to date I still can’t figure how to clean and rid the black mildew that’s built up.
Miracle 360 is a “no spill” cup but don’t trust it 100%. Mopping up milk seems to be a regular occurrence these days because when the cup’s been dropped liquid splatters out. And sometimes (especially if it’s slammed harder to the ground) the cup unscrews just enough to spill out from the body.
Reuben’s morning milk cup is a Miracle 360, and his bedtime water cup is a Miracle 360, so they’re definitely our go-to most trusted cup. They’re sturdy and solid, which does make the Miracle 360 a little on the heavy side and it doesn’t hold so much, but it’s still the most comfortable of the cups to use.
THE CONCLUSIVE COMPARISON
Both the Nuby Wonder 360 and the Munchkin Miracle 360 are great training cups – after all, we do have several of each brand in both the small and larger styles. I wouldn’t say one cup is necessarily better than the other, because where one excels, the other excels in other ways. The Nuby is the best choice if metrics are everything – the Wonder 360 is both lighter and holds more liquid than the Miracle 360. If you’re led by design, Miracle 360 has a more modern look, it’s solid, and has a nicer streamlined design which in turn makes it easier to maintain. Neither cup appears to be 100% spill-free but they’re much better than open cups or sippy cups that completely free flow.
Either way you’re swayed, these are fab cups that your toddler is sure to enjoy using.
What do you think of the Nuby and Munchkin 360 sippy cups? Still wondering which is the best one? Post your questions below and I’ll be happy to help you out.