Best Water Bottles: From Metal to Plastic to Glass

Best Water Bottles: From Metal to Plastic to Glass

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Arlyn Hernandez
Sep 7, 2017
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It's never too late (or too early) to make a resolution to drink more water. And if you're going through your checklist of everyday essentials and you're coming up short with a reusable bottle you can take with you on the go, now's the time to invest in one. Here are 10 of our favorite reusable water bottles right now.

Newly Updated: 9.7.2017

With new additions: The Memobottle, the new Rose Gold Swell, and our first water bottle with its own app, the Hidrate Spark.

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Maxwell's Pick

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Soma 17 oz. BPA-free Wide Mouth Glass Water Bottle


After a week of testing, discussing and gossiping with my office mates over which was their favorite bottle, and then thinking on my own, I have to give the prize this year to the Soma glass bottle, particularly for the urban office/gym person. While I've used a number of these bottles and carry the Camelback when camping, right now the Soma bottle - well-priced, super elegant, comfortable to carry and lovely to look it- is on top.

The Soma bottle is made of shatterproof, BPA-free borosilicate glass. It is light and perfect to hold in the hand. On top of coming with a silicone sleeve that makes gripping easy (available in six colors!), Soma makes a donation toward clean drinking water for the 663 million people without access to it.

>> $29.99 from Amazon


Why hydration at work is important

Between answering emails, shuffling between meetings and answering calls, drinking enough water during working hours doesn't always feel like a huge priority. Many people don't realize that proper hydration improves energy levels and alertness, aside from being an essential part of maintaining good health.

"Most people have been told they should drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than eight glasses each day. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you may be dehydrated." via FamilyDoctor.org

Bottom line: bring your water bottle to the gym and to the office.

Why reusable bottles are important

Single-use plastic water bottles may keep you hydrated, but they certainly won't improve sustainability. Only fewer than 1% of plastic is recycled more than once, so chances are your plastic water bottle is going to end up in the trash. Once used, these flimsy bottles take 1,000 years to biodegrade, clogging up our oceans and land in the meantime—two million tons of it, to be exact. The only truly environmentally friendly option is to simply stop using these single-use plastic water bottles and make the switch to reusable options.

Why BPA free plastic is important

Some water bottles are made of plastic that contains BPA—a chemical that has been linked to serious hormonal problems.

"Certain chemicals found in [some] plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies," Dr Marilyn Glenville warned Good Housekeeping.

"They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things."

Not only that, but BPA plastic is a magnet for germs. Studies show that reusing BPA-plastic water bottles for a week without cleaning is basically the same thing as licking a toilet seat. To avoid this nasty problem, look for BPA-free plastic, or try a different material altogether—glass and steel water bottles are a great choice!


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The best part of this BPA- and halogen-free plastic water bottle is the citrus juicer at the bottom, along with a compartment for storing fresh fruit. Infuse your water with a squeeze of lemon as you head into work, and suddenly your office will feel much more spa-like.

>> $13-$17.99 from Amazon


This bottle should be your go-to if you want to avoid plastic, but are too clumsy to handle a fragile glass container. The colorful silicone sleeve, available in teal, magenta and gray, protects the glass bottle from bumps. And if you have a tendency to neglect your water bottle in your grungy gym bag for days at a time, the dishwasher-safe lid and body make it easy to ensure a germ-free sip.

>> $9.29-20.28 from Amazon


With over 1,500 5-star reviews on Amazon, the CamelBak 1L water bottle may not be anything incredibly fancy or stylish, but it gets the job done. A wide mouth makes filling with ice easy (no more annoying one-cube-at-a-time experiences), and a smaller drink hole snaps on and off for fast hydration. Available in eight colors.

>> $12 from Amazon


From $28

Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, Memobottle took off with its innovative design that rethinks the cylindrical water bottle. Available in standard paper sizes, like A4 and A5, it's no surprise that these flat, rectangular vessels slip seamlessly into your bag, right next to your notebook or laptop.

>> $28 - $36 from Amazon


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Starting at $28

The most fashion-forward of the bunch, BKR follows the trends, creating biannual collections based on the most popular colors seen during Fashion Week (like the blush pink bottle, above). BKR takes its attention to design right down to the details, like the loop at the top of the cap that's perfectly positioned to slip around your finger while you take a sip.

>> $28 at Amazon


This classic stainless steel water bottle has an electropolished interior that doesn't impart flavors, meaning you won't get a metallic taste. Durable metal, combined with a touch of natural bamboo on the lid, makes this bottle the perfect hiking accessory.

>> $17.95 at Amazon


Yeti products seem to have a cult following, though it's not hard to guess why. Their 18 oz. tumbler is built to last (especially in rugged conditions). Made of kitchen-grade stainless steel, it won't puncture or rust, has double-wall insulation to keep drinks hot or cold (and without pesky condensation) and is dishwasher safe. Get it in one of six colors.

>> $29.99 at Amazon


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If the pretty rose gold metallic finish on this stainless steel bottle isn't enough to convince you to buy this bottle, maybe the fact that it magically keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 will. We're sold: S'well bottles in various designs can be spotted all over the Apartment Therapy office. (Be sure to check out their seemingly unending design options if this one in particular doesn't strike your fancy.)

>> $42 on Amazon


At $55, this bottle is a splurge, but it's also the smartest one you'll ever meet. Working in tandem with an app, a sensor inside the bottle tracks how much you drink. The bottle glows and the app sends reminders to keeping sipping towards a daily goal. But is it really worth it? The Kitchn's engagement editor, Ariel Knutson, has one and says, "I feel like a new person. I'm so much more hydrated." I'd consider that money well spent.

>> $55 from Hidrate


$49.23 (with 7 filters)

This BPA- and BPS-free bottle may look pretty futuristic, but its carbon filtration system is rooted in the long-understsood abilities of carbon to clean water. Each filter lasts about 125 refills, so you're set for the year (or more!) with the seven filters.

>> $31.95 from 321 Water


How To Keep Your Reusable Bottle Sparkling Clean

When you make the switch from bottled water to a reusable bottle, the one tricky point may be how to clean it. Bottles with wide necks are easy to reach inside and scrub, but the ubiquitous bottles with tiny openings at the top can defy even the smallest bottle brush. Though brands like Sigg sell special cleaning tools for their bottles, they still aren't easy to use—and aren't necessary. Read on for simple tips on keeping your bottle clean and safe to drink from.

If you have a dishwasher, your job is pretty easy: just wash your bottle away from the heating element, in the top rack. For those of us not so lucky (or for owners of bottles that are specifically listed as not dishwasher safe) there are a few options:

Soak the bottle in hot, soapy water, or add a little baking soda to hot water. Sprinkle half an inch (or so) of baking soda in the bottle, fill up with hot water, close the lid, and shake for about a minute; then let it sit for half an hour, empty it, and rinse. Fill the bottle about a quarter-full with vinegar, and the rest of the way with warm water. Let this sit overnight, and then rinse well. After washing, storing the bottle in your freezer is one way to keep it perfectly sanitized.


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