Even in the ancient times, Pitchers have been well-known kitchenwares, often called differently by many people in the eastern and western hemisphere of the globe. During this era, many pitchers have been made from crude materials like clay. Usability-wise, it is a very convenient way of storing liquid substances. The dynamics of a pitcher are pretty simple during this time – structured like that of a vase with a stable base and a handle, then you have a pitcher that can contain your beverages! However, as time passed by, pitcher manufacturing has also developed from the basic look to a more elaborate and revolutionized design we see today in the market. We have different types of pitcher, the glass pitcher, the plastic one and also metal.
In these modern times, we see different pitcher variations made from a wide array of materials, specialties and designs. However, according to the GMP (Good Manufacturing Process), the most recommended material for food and beverage containers based on safety and recycling rate is GLASS. Why? To discuss this briefly, pitchers made from glass are BPA Free and their nonporous property makes them resistant to leaching and chemical attacks. In terms of recycling rate, glass has unlimited usability while plastic material is not advised to use for longer spans of time.
Having established that, we will still have to break down the most prevalent types of glass used in pitchers to see how each one has varying capacities. When buying your next glass pitcher, there are many factors that you must consider as you choose the best. Read on for the things that should be on the top of your mind when you make your next purchase:
First, we have to look at what type of glass material it is made of:
There are two types of glass that are commonly used in making a pitcher. The soda-lime-silica glass and the borosilicate glass.
Soda lime glass has undergone the least tampering and manufacturing among other types of glass. This type of glass appears in the most basic soda-lime-silica form when it was first discovered. Many of today’s windows, bottles and kitchenwares are made from soda lime. Aside from the abundance of its base materials, soda lime is also very inexpensive. That’s w
hy many manufacturers opt for this type of material because of its low cost of production. However, soda lime is a bit on the low scale when it comes to durability when compared with borosilicate glass. It is prone to thermal resistant shock failure and could hardly withstand extreme temperatures.
The borosilicate glass on the other hand is made from a combination of silica and boric oxide. This type of glass is very popular in laboratories, because of its durability and unparalleled resistance to thermal changes and chemical corrosion. This type can withstand extreme temperatures because of its low thermal expansion coefficient. It is for this reason that many quality kitchenwares (especially those exposed to heat frequently) are made from this type of glass. As you can see, this is where the big difference between soda lime glass and borosilicate glass lies that gives the latter outstanding qualities.
Extra thick borosilicate glass material was used in the Pykal Glass Pitcher which makes it mechanically stronger & more resistant to thermal shock and corrosion.
Second Factor to consider is the color of the pitcher:
Is it tinted? Is it made of other materials? So was the tint applied as a coating? Is there a possibility of the substance added to have a toxic effect? As a consumer, you must do your research well if glass (or any other ware) is tinted because of the risk of leaching & toxicity. Many years ago, glassmakers have attempted making colored glass by adding a variety of substances to the glass mixture. However, later on, many of these substances used in making colored glass are ill advised due to properties that contravene the aspect of health and safety. When in doubt, it’s better to avoid colored glass material. Better yet: do your homework as a wise consumer and scrutinize the materials used in the product you’re eyeing.
Borosilicate glass in this case is has a highly hygienic score because of its chemical resistance and non-porous property. It’s because of this non-leaching property that you’re rest assured that your glass pitcher will not absorb chemical aromas or corrode. It is transparent that helps one have a clearer view of what is going on inside the pitcher.
Third, the capacity:
You have to consider the size it can cater. This matter will depend on you, your family’s needs and what the brand has to offer. The Pykal Glass Pitcher is available in 2 sizes: 60 oz and 68 oz – both are generous capacities without the compromise of design and durability. Among the types of glasses, borosilicate glass can handle heavy duty use. It can be easily handled yet durable in nature, so you can be sure of pitchers made from borosilicate material not prone to breakage or cracks.
Fourth, the lid of the container:
There are many types of materials for the lid, however the most prevalent are these three: Glass, Plastic and Stainless Steel.
We have been pretty clear in our stand against plastic. As you notice now in the industry, the question is not on whether plastic is toxic or not. The question now is: How toxic is this plastic? The risks are just getting higher so you have to be very meticulous about your choice. One unsafe plastic contains a toxic compound called bisphenol A (BPA). Be wary when this compound Is found in your pitcher! Glass and stainless steel on the other hand are made up of substances that have been tested to be food grade, resistant to corrosion and leaching from harmful chemical substances.
Bottom line is: the type of material and the features that one places high importance in depends solely on one’s individual taste, preferences, family needs & requirements. When you buy a pitcher in-store, inspect the item from top to bottom down to every wedge or
Crevice if there are any signs of chipping, scratches, breakage or any prior damage.
When buying online, we understand that it is virtually impossible to check the items before the purchase. So make sure that you buy only from trusted sellers with proven track record of providing quality products. Buying online can get you cheaper deals without the compromise in quality. Do your part and research the products and company well.
With the Pykal Glass Pitcher, we are so sure of our product that all your purchases are backed with the Quality Guarantee. Look for our assurance of quality and value! Make a WISE choice today. Experience Luxury & Performance. Experience Pykal.