We all know that disposable plastic water bottles are bad to drink from and bad for the environment. And yet, despite that, many of us still drink plastic bottled water occasionally, if not regularly. (I’m guilty as charged when it comes to getting my hydration from plastic, and I’m trying to change how I drink).
Thankfully, alternatives to single-use plastic bottles exist, with various options for reusable water bottles to meet everyone’s hydration needs.
How to pick a reusable water bottle
Water bottles are mainly made from three different materials: plastic, glass and metal (or stainless steel). All three have their own hydration pros and cons.
Plastic is lightweight and durable, but plastic can transfer a taste or odor to your beverage when you drink. Glass bottles are safer to drink from than plastic and don’t hold onto taste but they’re fragile and not ideal for rough outdoor activities like backpacking. Metal water bottles and stainless steel are also usually insulated (there’s insulation around the body) and are the best at keeping the beverages you drink cold or hot (depending on if they start cold or hot, naturally), but they can be heavy and subject to dents and scratches.
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After you decide what material you want your reusable drinking water bottle to be made of, consider the lid type. Do you want a straw lid, a flip-top spout lid (like a travel mug) or a screw top? Maybe you need a lid that can attach to a backpack with a carabiner or a lid that won’t unscrew in your work bag.
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Also, consider size and design when picking your perfect water bottle. Most companies make their bottles available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12 to 40 ounces and beyond. Smaller sizes allow for thinner, sleeker designs with a narrow mouth, while larger sizes usually mean a wide-mouth bottle or a juglike design ideal to drink from at all-day events like beach days.
I scoured the web for the best water bottle options for the most functional and fashionable reusable water bottles from which to drink. I began my search with brands I already knew created good products, like S’well bottles, though I ended up finding a couple that aren’t as evangelized but still create cool products to help you stay hydrated.
All of these brands have received multiple customer reviews on Amazon — the bottles on this list are all in the four-star range with mostly favorable reviews on Amazon (no one can please everyone). From basic bottles to portable pouches to all-day canteens, try replacing your plastic disposable drinking water bottles with one of these reusable models. In the end, it’s up to you to decide which is the best water bottle — and to stay hydrated.
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Hydro Flask has exploded in popularity in the last few years due to its double insulated nature and durable stainless steel materials. Hydro Flask bottles keep liquids cool for up to 24 hours and hot beverages warm up to 12 hours.
They’re tough enough to toss into bags and survive the hustle and bustle of your days (stainless steel, remember?), and Hydro Flask vacuum-insulated bottles resist condensation, so the outside of your bottle will stay dry when you drink. This bottle comes with a standard lid and spout, but you can always mix and match to make the best water bottle for yourself.
Some people love drinking tap water plain. Some think it’s the most boring liquid to drink or taste on the planet, despite it being essential to hydration and human survival. I fall into the latter group, and I’m always better about staying hydrated when water tastes yummier. Sure, you could drop a few berries or squeeze a lemon into your water, but this Pressa infuser water bottle uses a built-in juicer that makes the taste more potent and the cleanup way easier. All you have to do is put your fruit of choice in the juicer and twist the dial on top. This reusable glass bottle has a silicone sleeve (the silicone sleeve helps your grip) and comes apart for an easy clean. You can also safely clean your Pressa Bottle in the dishwasher.
This collapsible plastic pouch from Platypus holds two liters of liquids (that’s about how much water you should drink each day, especially if you’re active) and since it’s plastic, it weighs only 1.3 ounces when empty.
It’s the perfect collapsible bottle for backpackers, campers and anyone who’s tight on storage space. This Platy comes with a screw-on top by default, but you can always pair the spout with different Platypus soft bottle caps and straws.
LifeStraw is a go-to for outdoorsy folk, and rightfully so: This reusable bottle uses a two-stage filtration system that can remove nearly 100 percent of bacteria and parasites in natural bodies of water, as well as chemicals such as chlorine and pesticides. It’s an amazing way to get water clean.
Filling up at a stream, lake or river is dangerous even if the water looks clean and clear, but the LifeStraw Go allows you to do so without risk of infection. Even if you don’t camp or hike, the Lifestraw Go offers peace of mind when you fill up at a public sink or water fountain. You can learn more about the brand and the technology behind the products on the manufacturer’s website.
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Glass is non-toxic, doesn’t seep chemicals, and doesn’t degrade over time, making it a great alternative to plastic. The body of this Lifefactory bottle is made entirely of glass, while the protective outer layer and flip-top seal are silicone. This wide-mouth bottle has a silicone sleeve that makes this bottle extra grippy (no broken glass!), and it’s dishwasher-safe.
These bottles range from 12 to 22 ounces and come in a variety of colors.
Klean Kanteen uses a patented chip-resistant, durable finish called Klean Coat. Klean Kanteen is designed to stand up to time and the elements, so a vacuum insulated bottle like Klean Kanteen is a good option for someone who hikes, camps or does other outdoor activities regularly. Klean Kanteen is also a great choice for a dog water bottle.
Klean Kanteen insulated bottles are accredited by a chemical assessment procedure called GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals. Any ingredients that didn’t meet Klean Kanteen’s standards for contact with humans and the environment were eliminated.
Plus, Klean Kanteen insulated bottles come in fun neon colors and a variety of styles.
The insulated, stainless steel Roamer from S’well keeps 40 ounces of water cold and delicious even when it’s hot out. Made from food-grade stainless steel, S’well insulated bottles are perfect for long, hot beach days and for those who just don’t feel like refilling their bottle several times a day.
Because it holds 40 or 64 ounces and is made of stainless steel, it can get pretty heavy when it’s full, so it might not be ideal for hiking or other similar activities, especially if it’s hot. Still, it might be the best water bottle to just have around.
Ever need a gentle nudge to remind you to hydrate? Me, too. This smart water bottle does just that with an aesthetically pleasing glow. The Hidrate Spark holds 24 ounces and syncs with your smartphone, Fitbit or Apple Watch so you can easily keep track of how much water you drink and stay hydrated. The bottle is made from BPA-free and EA-free plastic.
A sensor in the bottle tracks every sip you take and records it in your activity app when synced. The Hidrate Spark bottle works with iOS and most Android phones. The lid, spout, and bottle are dishwasher safe, and the sensor can be hand washed. The bottle uses replaceable batteries that you can purchase directly from the Hidrate website.
This water bottle was designed for the indecisive drinker. The stainless steel bottle from The Flow is toxin-free and insulated with a grippy rubber finish, and it comes with three different cap or spout options. Choose from a straw lid, flip lid or carabiner (screw-top) lid, depending on what your day calls for and what beverage you’re drinking (beverages that are hot, like coffee, go nicely with the flip lid).
This insulated stainless steel bottle keeps liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours, and it comes in two sizes: 18 ounces and 32 ounces.
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