About Vessyl

Co-founded by Justin Lee and developed over the course of seven years, Vessyl is a specialized cup that uses built-in sensors to automatically analyze liquids at the molecular level, and to provide real time information about the calories, fat, caffeine, protein, and sugar levels they contain, and more.

According to the Vessyl, this information can then be used to track your hydration levels and help you make healthier and more informed decisions. And little by little, these decisions can translate into big change over time.

Sounds interesting, right? Before you buy one though, let’s take a look at how Vessyl is claimed to work.

How Does Vessyl Work?

Although the company doesn’t tell us much about the technology behind it, Vessyl is a 13oz cup made of a non-stick, scratch resistant, glass-like material that features “sophisticated sensors that can analyze the content at the molecular level,” and that’s within “the same realm of technology as quality control in the food industry.” Because of this, Vessyl is claimed to not only work with traditional beverages, but also with alcohol, smoothies, and yogurt, and can even differentiate between your drink and the water from melting ice.

After this data has been analyzed, Vessyl contains a built-in display (known as Pryme, which is indicated by small facets on the cup’s exterior) that will active once it’s picked up and tilted, and will provide actionable data that you can use to make healthier beverage choices. In fact, the manufacturer claims that because Vessyl “knows and aggregates the makeup of everything you drink,” it can even help you sleep better by learning how to choose and time your beverage intake.

Nutrition Tracking with Vessyl

Using its Pryme display, your Vessyl will be able to track and display your real-time hydration needs, which will rise and decline based on a variety of factors, including your level of activity.

According to the company, you’ll also be able to choose the specific “lenses” you want to track with your Vessyl. And although no additional information is provided about this, it appears the manufacturer is referencing factors such as fat intake, caffeine consumption, and more.

Then, you’ll be able to sync this data with popular activity trackers (although exactly which ones isn’t made clear), as well as Vessyl’s iOS and Android apps. And if you consume a beverage not using your Vessyl, you’ll be able to manually enter this information into the app.

Finally, each Vessyl features a spill-proof lid that opens with a simple touch of your thumb, in addition to wire-free charging.

How Many Calories Do You Get from Beverages?

According to the Vessyl website, “beverages are the #1 single source of calories,” which is based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Education Survey. While we couldn’t confirm that this is the case, we did find several references to the fact that “sugary soft drinks are the No. 1 source of calories in our diets.” In fact, “We get more calories from sodas and sugary drinks than any other individual food — cake, cookies, pizza, anything.”

In other words, we get more calories from soda than any of the other foods we eat. As such, if we’re looking to cut our calorie intake, the logical thing to do would be to cut out sugar drinks and sodas, which is something doctors have been telling us to do for years.

With this in mind, just how useful can you expect Vessyl to be? Let’s see what others are saying about this technological cup.

Consumer Feedback for Vessyl

Although Vessyl isn’t yet available to the public (and actually just had its ship date pushed back to Q4 2015), there have been dozens of online reviews posted about the idea behind the product, versus hands-on reviews. And if we’re being perfectly honest, most have been fairly brutal.

For example, Drunk Tech Review filmed a funny (although some might say, vulgar and definitely NSFW) video review of the Vessyl, asking some really good, fundamental questions about its overall usefulness.

TechHive seemed to mirror Drunk Tech Review (and to pull no punches as well) when they wrote, “The Vessyl calorie-counting cup is probably the most ridiculous, unnecessary gadget I’ve seen demoed in all my years as a tech journalist.” In summary, according to the author, this is due to 3 primary reasons:

  1. You’ll need to carry your Vessyl with you at all times, and pour all your drinks into it, which means you’ll be constantly washing your cup throughout the day (it’s not dishwasher safe).
  2. In most instances, calorie and sugar content beverage information is already available on nutrition labels.
  3. Once your Vessyl calculates the nutrition information in a beverage (let’s use Diet Coke as an example), you won’t need to know it again, unless you’re pairing your Vessyl with the smartphone app to track calories.

In fact, Vessyl’s perceived ridiculousness was outline in a scathing Colbert Report segment in 2014, where he likened it to getting real-time updates on your bowel movements. On top of this, TIME even noted that, while the technology is “mind-blowing,” they questioned whether or not it’s even necessary.

Despite these concerns, Vessyl has garnered well over $1 million in pretail sales, based on an original goal of just $50K.

From a company perspective, Vessyl is manufactured by Mark One Lifestyle Inc., although they’re not listed with the Better Business Bureau.

Vessyl Pricing & Refund Policy

Vessyl is currently in preorder mode and is available for $119 (including charger), which will increase to $199 thereafter. Vessyl is currently planning to ship during the Fall of 2015 for all preorders, and about one month later for all standard order.

When ordering, you’ll be able to choose your base and lid accent color between 8 different options, including Steam, Shadow, Snow, Cotton Rose, Cabernet, Island, Deep Sea, Glacier.

All Vessyl orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. There wasn’t any warranty information listed on the Vessyl website, although the company claims they’ll provide this after “extensive drop and other reliability tests” have been conducted.

In order to cancel your preorder or request a refund after shipping, you’ll need to send an email to support@myvessyl.com.

Should You Spend Your Money on Vessyl?

Chopping to the point: When it comes to Vessyl, we have 3 primary concerns:

Concern #1: Vessyl’s Usefulness

First, as we outlined in the Customer Reviews section, it seems that the information provided by Vessyl would only be useful to a very narrow portion of the population, such as fitness trainers, athletes, or someone that’s willing to drink all their beverages from the cup in order to closely monitor their liquid calorie intake. And even then, much of this information can typically be gathered from the nutrition label on the container with only minimal effort.

In fact, it seems like it would require more time and effort to pour the beverage into your Vessyl, activate the display, and then tabulate the information in the smartphone app, than it would be to simply read the label in the first place.

Concern #2: Other Crowdfunded Products

Second, crowdfunded products have notorious reputations for not being released on time; or in some instances, not at all (a prime example of this is Coin Credit Card). In fact, Vessyl’s release date has already been moved from early 2015 to the Fall.

On top of this, even once they are released, many crowdfunding projects fail to meet consumer’s expectations (think TrackR). And while this may not necessarily be the case with Vessyl, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Learn more: The Risks of Backing a Crowdfunded Campaign

Concern #3: Vessyl’s Longevity

Finally, there’s no information available about the type of battery contained in Vessyl. And while we are told that a charge will last 5-7 days and will take about 60 minutes to recharge, we’d have to wonder how long the battery itself is projected to last, and what would happen if it needed to be replaced. Would you be required to purchase a whole new Vessyl?

With all of this in mind, if you’re an early adopter for new technologies or if you fit into one of the categories noted above, Vessyl might be your cup of tea (pun totally intended) and you should consider becoming one of the $1M+ who have already placed their order. Otherwise, you might want to wait until Vessyl has been released and customer feedback comes in before making your purchase.

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6 Customer Reviews for Vessyl

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Scam and liars

    • BC,
    • Oct 7, 2016

    I got in early and was stoked. Lots of delays and promises later, yeah I'm ok still. Two years later? Sorry, I'm out, please refund. Delays, delays, delays, then suddenly they stopped responding. Attached a different email to my account, and they responded ONCE with a copy/paste of the exact same email as the previous one, and then silence again.

    I'm never getting my money, I realize that now, but I want an answer.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Refund Offer is Fake - Never Comes

    So when they delayed the thing AGAIN to the end of 2017 I decided I'd had enough and I asked for a refund on both of my pre-orders (my free water only cups had never come.)

    They said "Sure."

    30 days later... nothing. So I send them a chaser and they say "It's being processed."

    2 months after that (so 3 months after I actually asked for the refund), still nothing. So I send another email saying "Enough. There is no excuse for this, a refund on a credit card takes mere moments. Do it in a week or I will kick off proceedings with my credit card company or a lawyer."

    That email they didn't even bother replying to.

    Basically I think once they announced a delay of ANOTHER 18 months so many people asked for a refund that they will be broke if they actually provide them.

    They are effectively a scam. Whether by initial intent or not, who can say. But at this point, the distinguishing features between this and a definitive scam are nothing at all.

    Don't go anywhere near this. (And why isn't 0 stars an option?)

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Fraud

    • France,
    • Jul 19, 2016

    Delay after delay, then requested a refund which they confirmed but never gave. Stay away from these criminals.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Not Pleased

    I ordered the Vessyl 14 months ago, but haven't been able to check the status of my order for the past four months because their website has been down for that long. I feel that I've been scammed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    SCAM

    This company is a scam. I was an early backer and got nothing. They promised a free version of the new cup that does very little shipped to apple stores and never shipped to us again as they promised. This company gives crowdfunded startups a bad name. This company is a 100% scam. They also now remove any negative message from there Facebook page and blocked people from posting on timeline. LOL SHADY COMPANY. I back 1-2 companies a month on crowdfunding sites and this is first scam I have ever been a part of.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Bad Customer Service

    I pre-ordered 2 Vessyls back in Feb 2015. I did not know this was an investment. I thought it was a preorder because they said it was a pre-order and that the product would be released in the summer. I received an email a month later that basically stated the product was still in development, but that they were close to shipping in Q3. Fine.

    Delay after setback after reiteration after recalibration, last month they informed me that it was still being perfected, but they offered me a complimentary cup that measures water. It is a cool cup, but the tradeoff is that if you accept this nice gift of a cup that measures water, then you lose your right to a refund. Well today, after stupidly agreeing to this because they are a start up and I feel for them, they send me an email that my kindness has been rewarded with a back order on their high tech cup that measures water. Unbelievable!

    Don't go near these guys. They are unscrupulous. I ordered 2. What an idiot I am.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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