Despite owning more than 30 water bottles, I never ever drank enough water. Until I tried this.
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Considering the endless options out there for water bottles these days, I really wasn't expecting to be wowed by yet another new design on the scene. Until I tried the stainless steel insulated water bottles from the newly launched brand, Avana. (Buy It, from $35, Since trying it, I've annoyingly recommended it to every friend and coworker who will listen, and can't imagine ever finding a water bottle I like more.

Before I dive into the features that truly sold me on this bottle for life, let me back up and explain my problem with every other water bottle I've tried.

Working at a health brand has made me fully aware of the importance of drinking enough water on a daily basis—which means I own more water bottle than will properly fit in two kitchen cabinets (sorry to my roommate). Still, I've struggled for years with remembering to actually use them. On a typical morning in the office, I'd fill up a huge insulated bottle, fumble with the cap and quickly spill it all over myself, and then leave it untouched on my desk for the rest of the day while I drank more coffee.

Straw tumblers helped me drink more water, but they're not exactly the most practical for on-the-go hydration. And while there are travel-friendly water bottles out there with built-in straws, they tend to not be insulated and can be difficult to clean. (Plus, TBH, it always struck me as rather unhygienic that you have to use your fingers to lift up the straw that then goes directly into your mouth.)

Then I tried Avana. At first glance, these bottles may seem just like other competitors out there. Until you spot the hidden straw inside the lip of the bottle. The patented FreeSip spout lets you sip the bottle upright (you don't even have to lift the bottle off your desk), or tilt it back to swig. Like other stainless steel insulated bottles, it keeps your water cold for up to 24 hours and keeps warm beverages such as coffee or tea hot for 12 hours. It also features a retractable carry loop—and is truly leak-proof so I can throw it in my bag next to my laptop without fear. (Scope more options here: The 17 Best Water Bottles to Keep You Healthy and Hydrated This Summer)

Did I mention they're available in multiple sizes, models, and colors? My favorite is the large Avana Beckridge Stainless Steel Double-Wall Insulated Water Bottle (Buy It, $45,, but there's also the Ashbury model for even more color options and a slimmer bottle (Buy It, from $35, and a glass water bottle if you're willing to forgo the built-in straw. (Buy It, $35, The brand also has a charitable component, as each bottle sold helps support water projects in developing countries to bring clean water to more people across the globe.

It seems meme-worthy to say a water bottle has been life-changing, but my Avana is truly the only one I've tried that makes me actually drink as much water as I'm supposed to, (virtually eliminating my inevitable 3 p.m. dehydration headache), which is more than I can say for most of my Amazon impulse purchases.