The 17 Best Water Bottles to Keep You Healthy and Hydrated This Summer
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If you haven’t switched over to a reusable water bottle yet, what are you waiting for? Not only are reusable water bottles better for the planet (the plastic ones you buy from the store can take years to decompose), but there is a good chance that having a refillable one will motivate you to drink more water,—which keeps you healthy and hydrated throughout the day. Not to mention, they save you money in the long run since you’re not constantly buying single-use bottles.
“The best water bottle is the one that you will use,” says Mackenzie Banta, a Seattle-based certified personal trainer. “When choosing a water bottle, think about the size of the bottle, lid configuration, where you’ll be storing it (such as in your purse or backpack), if you want it to be insulated to keep water cold, the bottle opening (straw, wide mouth, narrow opening), and finally, how to keep it clean.”
Here, 17 water bottle options that are highly-recommended by customer reviews, plus, a few of Banta’s picks. Find the one that best fits your lifestyle, and drink up—your body, wallet, and the planet will thank you.
Best Insulated Water Bottle: YETI Rambler
Travelers and athletes alike swear this hydration sensation keeps your water icy cold, even after 36 hours in 100-degree heat. This stainless steel bottle has a wide mouth opening with a screw cap—great for adding in some ice cubes—along with dual-wall vacuum insulation, meaning it’s a beast when it comes to keeping drinks chilly or heated for lengthy periods of time. Even better? It won’t emit any condensation inside your bag that can dampen your gym clothes or backpack.. And if you prefer a more traditional-looking water bottle with spout-style lid, a YETI bottle chug cap ($13; amazon.com), can be purchased separately.
Best Filtered: GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle
An Amazon’s Choice product, this filtered water bottle promises purified, safe drinking water in just 15 seconds making it a fantastic choice for outdoor enthusiasts and global travelers. It effectively filters out chlorine and potentially harmful bacteria (like cholera) that’s often found in nature, and eliminates any odors. Reviewers describe it as easy to use, too: Just pour in water to the fill line, insert the inner part with the filter on the bottom, push down, and you’ll have clean water that’s ready to be consumed. For best quality, you should replace the filter every 40 gallons, or two months of use.
Best Glass: Takeya Classic Water Bottle
When it comes to wide world of water bottles, some prefer glass over plastic or stainless steel models—and this one from industry leader Takeya gets the stamp of approval from pro-glassers who never want to worry about a plastic-y aftertaste. This one is free of any lead, BPA, or metal, and comes with a rugged twist cap and an external silicone sleeve that makes the bottle easy to grip. Reviewers call this bottle “modern” and “sleek,” and like that it weighs just slightly more than one pound. It even comes with a convenient carrying hook for those who prefer holding their water bottle on their finger as opposed to inside the palm of their hand.
Best Stainless Steel: S’well Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle
When a reviewer calls a bottle a “collectible work of art,” you know it’s got to be something special. But this vacuum insulated S’well bottle is more than just pretty to look at—Banta likes that it fits into the side pocket of her backpack and car cupholder. “It holds about 17 ounces of water and isn't very heavy when all the way full,” she says. “It has a narrow, round opening, which I like because it’s spill-proof and won’t drip all over my face.” It’s hand-wash only, but easy to clean, says Banta, since there’s no straw attachment. “The lid also completely comes off the bottle, which means I don’t have to hold the lid away from my face while I take a sip.” Made of premium grade, BPA-free stainless steel, it’s also condensation-free and keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours. To us, that’s pretty, well...swell. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
Best Fruit Infuser Bottle: VicTsing 32oz Infuser Water Bottle
This top of the line fruit infuser is a scent-sational bottle for those who prefer a sweet little “kick” in their beverage. Fruit fans will appreciate the full-length infuser rod, which ensures your water is saturated with fruit right down the very last sip. It comes with a metal latch loop and is toxin-free, shatter-resistant, and impact-resistant. It’s also super simple to use: Cut up your fruits or veggies, place them inside the infuser rod, fill the bottle up with about 75 percent of water, and insert the fruit-filled infuser rod. Then fill the rest of the water bottle, replace the lid, and refrigerate before taking a swig. Viola! Cleaning brush included.
Best for the Gym: Nalgene Tritan 32oz Wide-Mouth Water Bottle
Gym buffs gravitate towards this water bottle, and for good reason. As the expression goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This model hasn’t changed in decades, and with more than 5,000 Amazon reviews, you can see why this water bottle holds up—literally. It’s spill-proof and super solid, making it resistant to bumps and drops. It also comes with a secure screw-top lid that can clip onto your bag, has a wide opening for easy cleaning, comes in tons of different color options, and is really affordable.
Best Handheld Bottle for Runners: Nathan SpeedShot Plus Handheld Flask
This handheld water bottle, which comes with a mini pouch attachment, is the perfect practical solution for runners. An adjustable strap securely holds the insulated flask into your hand and a thumb hole ensures you have a solid grip on the bottle itself. Reviewers described this bottle as light and convenient, adding that it doesn’t get in the way when they’re running. (One jogging enthusiast even said, “I barely noticed it.”) Aside from only requiring one hand to use, this bottle is great to take on-the-go because the attached pouch can be used to store everything from your money and cell phone to salt tablets and energy chews if you’re a distance runner.
Best Sports Water Bottle: Embrava 32-Ounce Fast Flow Bottle
When you want to stay hydrated and healthy before, during, and after your fitness routine, opt for this slightly-larger-than-traditional water guzzler that’s a popular choice amongst indoor and outdoor athletes for its dust and spill-proof flip-top lid. Made of strong, durable plastic, it’s super lightweight and practical, and even comes with a lanyard strap for easy transport. One reviewer said the bottle is “thin, but holds a lot and you don’t need to squeeze.” Of note: It fits in most car holders as well as bike mounts, so you can use it everywhere and maintain your mission to bid planet-polluting, non-reusable plastic water bottles ‘adieu.
Best Collapsible: Nomander Collapsible Water Bottle
Travel aficionados are fond of this collapsible water bottle and the fact that it doesn’t add extra weight to their load. Created by an outdoor enthusiast, this handy flask is ideal for those who barely have room in their bag for, well, a water bottle, since it hardly takes up any room. It’s made of thick, flexible, BPA-free silicone and squishes down nicely and easily. When unrolled, it’s quite sturdy and maintains its shape. (One reviewer said it didn’t roll over or leak when filled and placed upright on a table during a bumpy boat ride.) Great for TSA travel, it comes in many customizable shades, and has a wide mouth for easy ice cube insertion. What’s more, it comes with a carry strap, is easy to grip, and is dishwasher-safe.
Best for Travel: Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Bottle
For general travel, the reusable bottle of choice is the Hydro Flask, which garnered thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. Made of high quality, food-grade stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, this baby is built to last and keeps liquids cool for up to 24 hours or warm for up to six hours. With a sleek look that’s available in tons of colors, it has a wide mouth opening—always great for adding ice cubes with ease—and a special insulation system that keeps condensation at bay. One reviewer referred to this decanter as their “travel buddy.” Banta, who has the 21-ounce model, adds, “for traveling/hiking, my boyfriend and I both love our Hydro Flasks. We fill them up before boarding long plane rides—they’re clippable to your pack.” Plus, it holds up well—Banta said it’s so durable that she’s “not afraid of knocking it around or dropping it while traveling or hiking.”
Best Thermos: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
With more than 7,000 Amazon reviews, it’s no secret that this travel mug is truly beloved. Customers like that it looks elegant, is vacuum-insulated—which keeps drinks cold and hot for hours—and has an easy-open lid that tightens securely. It’s also leak-proof, so you’ll never have to worry about it dripping all over your cup holder, dashboard, or everything in your knapsack. Amazon reviewers called this sleek guzzler a “little gem”, and many said that the flip-top lid with extra safety locks looks like it would be a pain to drink from, but it’s actually not. It doesn’t come with a handle the way most ceramic mugs do, but hey, as one advocate pointed out, “it's virtually the perfect coffee mug. Light when empty, and keeps the drink warm for hours. You won't go wrong with this one.”
Best Large Option: Venture Pal Water Bottle
Don’t allow its larger size to be off-putting— instead, think of this mega jug of water as your peppy hydration buddy. Unlike typical water bottles, this one is a motivator; adorned with inspirational quotes that inspire you to hydrate. Have a favorite color? The Venture Pal comes in a variety of vibrant colors, so you’ll be able to find yours. Made with lightweight, BPA-free plastic, it has a convenient flip-top cap and doesn’t leave your H20 with a plastic-y, weird aftertaste. Markers on the bottle help you keep track of how much you’ve drank, there’s a carrier handle for easy transport, and it doesn’t need to be refilled as often as your average water bottle.
Best for Biking: CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle
Banta says her go-to cycling water bottle—the CamelBak Podium Big Chill—is a cherished roadside companion that's lasted for years. When it comes to reusable bike bottles, Banta suggests choosing one that fits into your bike water bottle holder, is flexible enough to hold and grip, and has a lockable feature (so it’ll be leak-proof and spill-proof when not in use). Made of solid, BPA-free plastic, this bottle comes with a Jet Value cap for a faster water flow. It’s also easy to squeeze and ergonomic, so it’s not annoying to sip from while pedaling. Reviewers give kudos to its compact size and the fact you can squeeze it nicely into your mouth without putting your actual lips on the nozzle.
Best BPA-Free Plastic Bottle: Under Armour Sideline
BPA was once widely-used to make plastics that store food and drinks, until research found that some BPA can seep into the food or beverage it stores and be harmful to health. This plastic, BPA-free (meaning: safe) bottle has more than 2,000 customer reviews and has an Amazon’s Choice stamp of approval. Brought to you by athletic brand powerhouse Under Armour, this uniquely-shaped water carrier is leak-proof, has a flip-top lid, and keeps water cold for up to 12 hours.
Best for Backpacking: Coleman Autoseal Free Flow
When traveling via trail, you want a water bottle that is rugged, built to last, and easy to carry—like this stylish and functional water bottle from trusted outdoors brand Coleman. You can walk around in temps over 100 degrees for up to 31 hours (!) and your trusty water bottle will still be icy cold. The lid has extra protection over the mouthpiece to keep out dirt, dust, and grime, so it’s super sanitary. Vacuum-insulated, BPA-free, and overall awesome, you’ll want to make this heavy-duty guzzler a part of your outdoor arsenal.
Best Gemstone: VitaJuwel Balance ViA Water Bottle
Described as “jewelry for your water”, this one-of-a-kind glass water bottle has an interchangeable gem pod base filled with precious stones to give your water a kick of relaxing energy. The swanky bottle is pricier than others, but vows to bring some serenity to your chaotic day (and leaves you feeling super fancy). Does it really work? Says one reviewer: “I was skeptical but I poured water in a glass and into a VitaJuwel, waited 7 minutes, and tasted both. The water in the glass had a harshness. The water in the VitaJuwel tasted clean, fresher, clear and balanced.” In other words, you be the judge.
Best Overall Value: Thermos Intake Hydration Bottle
Travelers and athletes alike often rave about this water bottle, and sure enough, it lives up to the hype as a practical and reliable water bottle for daily use, whether you're on a treadmill or hiking through a national park. Brought to you Thermos, a familiar brand name to many outdoor adventurers, this bottle’s easy to hold (thanks to the nifty design and carry loop), budget-friendly, and wide-mouthed for ice cubes. Plus, customers love that its lightweight and opens easily from a push-button lid with a locking ring, which keeps away external germs.