The double-walled vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours or hot liquids hot for 12 hours, which is great for taking this thing on long trips. Its powder coated exterior makes this water bottle dishwasher safe, but on the top rack. Hand washing is recommended to preserve the life of the bottle. The coating also helps you grip it without the risk of the bottle slipping from your hands. If you want, you can replace the regular cap with different styles caps and lidsbut for everyday use, standard mouth is the way to go.
Best budget water bottle: Camelbak Eddy+
At $16, the Eddy+ is hard to beat. It’s made of plastic, but half of that plastic is made from recycled materials, and it’s free of BPA, BPS, and BPF. This lightweight and highly durable bottle won’t keep your water cold as long as a double-wall vacuum insulated bottle, but it’s still an excellent cheap solution to ensure you’re on top of getting your daily water fix. Even better, the Eddy+ is backed by a lifetime limited warranty, so you don’t have to be too precious with it (not that it can’t take a beating). We know some people love to drink from a straw, so if that applies to you, you’ll be a big fan. We just don’t like how dirty the ray yoke can get, especially if you don’t wash it regularly.
Best Water Bottle for Outdoor Use: Hydro Flask Trail Series Water Bottle
If you’re going on a hike soon, Hydro Flask’s Trail Series stainless steel water bottle can. Each container retains the brand’s exceptional double-wall vacuum insulation for temperature control, but these bottles are significantly lighter than the brand’s other options – each Trail Series bottle is 25% lighter than the same size non-Trail Series bottle. Even for commuting to work, this bottle won’t add extra weight to your already heavy work bag.
The best lid design on a water bottle: Purist Mover
The mouth design of a water bottle can make or break it for a particular user. A mouth that’s too big will splash water in your face if you try to drink while moving; a mouth that’s too small will make you feel like a hamster drinking from its tiny, tiny water bowl. With the Purist, you get a lid that can adjust its flow and allows you to drink from anywhere along the perimeter. The interior of the Mover is lined with unbreakable glass, which creates a barrier of separation between water and steel, so there is no flavor transfer for an unwanted metallic taste. The bottle is beautifully designed and it is double-wall vacuumed like a Hydro Flask bottle.
Best Glass Water Bottle: W&P Design Porter
Glass constructed water bottles are tricky. They are lovely and they don’t add a metallic taste to your water. But they’re also worrisome to take out because if you drop it, well, it’s glass and it breaks. But if you just really want a glass bottle, the Porter from W&P Design is the best it can get. It’s made of borosilicate glass, so while it’s not indestructible, it is power survive a short fall. It’s wrapped in a soft, non-slip silicone sleeve, because you really don’t want to drop this bottle.
Best water bottle for training: Takeya Originals bottle
The ideal water bottle for exercise is one that you can drink from on the go. We like Takeya Originals’ water bottle best for this because of its narrow mouth opening and ease of access – just unscrew the attached cap and flush away. Its double walled vacuum insulated and at this point you already know what that means. The screw cap also has a hinge lock so it doesn’t hit you in the face while you’re trying to get a drink, and it’s this little genius feature that really puts this water bottle over the top.
7 more water bottles we like
Nalgene essentially popularized reusable water bottles. You’ll find Nalgenes sold as branded for pretty much every brand, and people love to customize theirs with stickers to make them unique. The bottle is made of Tritan, a BPA-free plastic, and has an attached screw cap so you never lose it. It’s not very good at keeping your cold drinks at the right temperature, so luckily it has a wide mouth so it’s easy to throw some ice cubes in. We still have to give credit to Nalgene for helping so many people Ditch disposable bottles.
Miir uses Thermo 3D Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Technology, which it says keeps drinks cold for longer than 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Miir’s bottles have a distinctive design due to its angular lid that clips onto a carabiner, and we think it’s a great alternative to Hydro Flask’s bottles.
Yeti is all about insulation from its high quality coolers to its beer can sleeves. Its Rambler range of water bottles are just as good, with 18/8 stainless steel that won’t put any nasty tastes in your water, and it won’t hold on to previous smells or tastes. It also has an interesting Chug Cap for when you just need to get as much water into your body as fast as you can.
Zojirushi is known more for its rice cookers than anything else, but we won’t hesitate to say that the brand is a great water bottle. It has a flip-top lid, for ease of use, which can be completely disassembled for thorough cleaning. The mouthpiece has a cool design where an air valve allows liquids to flow out evenly instead of gushing at you. The safety lock is a nice touch to make sure the hood doesn’t accidentally pop open on its own like if it bumps around your back.
Klean Kanteen’s original stainless steel water bottle wasn’t that great. First, it wasn’t insulated, so your drinks were never at the temperature you wanted them to be, and they also got sweaty on the outside from condensation. Its insulated water bottle is much better with its double-walled vacuum insulation and electropolished interior to reduce flavor transfer.
Swell’s water bottles were jarring when they first came out because of their design, but people clearly loved it because its look has since been adopted and copied by various brands. Its slim profile fits in car cup holders, but its mouth opening is a bit awkwardly sized and not all ice cubes will fit. It is three-layered and vacuum insulated, and there is a copper layer to prevent external condensation.
This Contigo water bottle keeps liquids chilled for up to 28 hours, which is a bolder claim than brands that say their bottles only chill for up to 24 hours. While that’s an impressive feat, it shouldn’t take you a day to finish a bottle. Other than that, this autoseal bottle does exactly that – automatic sealing. Press the button to sip, then release to seal, while a spout cap prevents anything from entering your bottle.