Workout Gear: Water Bottle
Life span: 10+ years
"We've seen people whose water bottles have lasted more than a decade," says Tiffany Teaford, product manager at Nalgene Inc. The bottles that last the longest are impact-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and they don't retain taste or odors, she says.
When to replace: "When tiny fingerling cracks start to appear in plastic water bottles, it is a sign that the material is breaking down," says Teaford. "You should get a new one, because it will soon loose its ability to remain leak proof."
How to make it last: Regular cleaning is crucial for safeguarding yourself against germs, but Teaford recommends top-rack loading when washing your bottle in the dishwasher. This will keep it away from strong heat that can cause some types of plastic to breakdown. Also, dry thoroughly to prevent mold.