What Makes a Water Bottle the BEST Water Bottle?

Talk to most folks and they’ll tell you one of their New Year’s Resolutions (an over-done approach to constant and continual improvement) is to drink more water. HYDRATION is the 2017 fitness goal. I’m part of this water-seeking group.

With this goal in mind I wondered if I could find a better way to carry my water around. So I went hunting for water bottle information. I found a great site designed to guide us through the mystifying world of water and hydration, Hydration Anywhere (https:/hydrationanywhere.com).

My main question was “What’s the best water bottle, and what makes a water bottle the BEST water bottle?” Hydration Anywhere had the answer. In their research they split up the bottles into three separate categories based on the material used to construct them. They tested plastic, glass, and stainless steel water bottles all by themselves.

In all three groups they looked for the same features that make a BEST bottle:

  1. No-leak lid

  2. Easily access to the water

  3. Easily totable

  4. Absence of toxic materials

  5. affordability

Plastic first. Inexpensive, lightweight, and durable, modern plastic bottles include lots of features, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, can be extremely sturdy and are now made from 100% non-toxic BPA-free plastics.

Their top three picks for the best plastic water bottles in 2016 are:

Brimma Sport bottle

  • Made from 100% BPA free plastics

  • Leak-proof flip-top lid (not that common among water bottles) for easy access to your water.

  • Fast-flowing spout

  • Handy carrying strap

  • Totes easily

  • About $15 on Amazon.com.

Camelbak Chute 1 Liter bottle

  • Made of lightweight, durable Tritan plastic

  • Excellent portability

  • Cap snaps into the handle for easy drinking

  • A simple half-turn of the cap gives access to water

  • The cap incorporates the screw-on threads internally (you’ll never have to put your lips to the screw threads to get a drink, unlike other bottles)

  • Affordable: about $13 on Amazon.com

Nomader 22 Ounce Collapsible Silicone bottle

  • Highly durable

  • Space-saving when not in use (small enough to put in your pocket)

  • Can be folded, frozen, hold liquids hot or cold

  • Includes a snap-on cap for a leak-proof seal

  • About $16 on Amazon.com

Now glass bottles. Reasons why glass is a good idea? It’s environmentally friendly, debatably the best option for health, affordable, available in a huge variety of styles and sizes, and even comes “shatterproof” or “unbreakable”. Hydration Anywhere’s three favorites:

MIU Color 18 ounce borosilicate glass bottle

  • Nylon sleeve makes it easy to carry

  • Stainless steel rather than plastic lid

  • Includes set of bottle brushes for easy cleaning

  • $16 on Amazon.com

Calibre Conscious 18 ounce glass bottle

  • Leak-proof flip-top lid

  • Handy carrying strap

  • Made from shatter-proof borosilicate glass

  • Silicone sleeve for cushioning and added insulation

  • About $19 on Amazon.com

Kanrel 32-ounce borosilicate glass bottle

  • Made from shatterproof borosilicate glass

  • Silicone carrying sleeve

  • BPA-free plastic screw-on lid

  • About $30 on Amazon.com

And now, stainless steel. Virtually indestructible, stainless steel is easy to clean, doesn’t add any taste to its contents, is lightweight, and is capable of world-class insulation capabilities (due to a double-walled vacuum insulation feature which stops heat transfer, allowing the contents to stay hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours). In addition to being insulated, this technology means your bottle will never be cold to the touch or too hot to handle, and it will never “sweat” from condensation! The favorites:

Fifty/Fifty 40 ounce double-walled vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle

  • For all the above-mentioned reasons!

  • Carrying loop

  • About $25 on Amazon.com

FNova 20 ounce double-walled vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle

  • For all the above-mentioned reasons!

  • Carrying clasp

  • 3 lid choices included

  • About $20 on Amazon.com

Contigo AUTOSPOUT 20 ounce double-walled vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle

  • For all the above-mentioned reasons!

  • Locking straw lid

  • About $16 on Amazon.com

Klean Kanteen 32 ounce double-walled vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle

THIS was Hydration Anywhere’s favorite bottle of all categories, sizes, shapes, etc. One of the most rugged and durable bottles on the market, Klean Kanteen provides just about any drinking container you want. Whether you’re looking for a wide-mouth, a sport bottle, a travel coffee mug, or a huge reservoir for hiking, there is a Klean Kanteen to provide.

  • For all the above-mentioned reasons!

  • Can even boil water in it

  • About $27 on Amazon.com

So does this clear up any confusion around water bottle options? Only in America do we have so many choices. It’ll be a Klean Kanteen for me (probably in yellow). And here’s a toast to improved health in 2017 via improved hydration!

  •   www.hydrationanywhere.com
  •   www.kanrel.com

    Alice Osborne
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2006
    Email the author! alice@dvo.com

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