We all know that disposable plastic bottles are bad for our health and the environment. And yet many of us occasionally drink bottled water, if not regularly. (I am guilty as accused, and I am trying to change that).
Fortunately, alternatives exist for single-use plastic bottles, with different options for reusable water bottles to meet everyone's hydration needs.
How to choose a reusable water bottle
Water bottles are mainly made of three different materials: plastic, glass and metal (or stainless steel). All three have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Plastic is lightweight and durable, but can transfer flavors and odors to your beverage. Glass bottles are safer to drink than plastic and do not retain flavors, but they are fragile and not ideal for rough outdoor activities such as backpacking. Metal water bottles and stainless steel are usually made of insulation and are the best way to keep your drinks cold, but they can be heavy and subject to dents and scratches.
After you have decided which material you want to make your reusable water bottle from, consider the type of lid. Do you want a straw lid, a flip-top spout lid (such as a travel cup) or a screw cap? You may need a cover that can be attached to a backpack with a carabiner or a cover that cannot be unscrewed in your work bag.
Also consider the size and design when choosing your perfect water bottle. Most companies make their bottles available in various sizes, ranging from 12 to 40 grams and more. Smaller sizes make for thinner, slimmer designs with a narrow mouth, while larger sizes usually mean a bottle with a wide mouth or a can-shaped design, ideal for all-day events such as beach days.
I searched the internet for the best options for water bottles for the most functional and fashionable reusable water bottles. I started my search for brands that I already knew were creating good products, such as S & # 39; well bottles, although in the end I found a few that aren't so evangelized but still make cool products to help you stay hydrated.
All of these brands have received multiple customer reviews on Amazon – the bottles on this list are all in the 4-star range with predominantly favorable reviews on Amazon (no one can satisfy everyone). From standard bottles to portable bags to all-day canteens, try replacing your plastic water bottles with one of these reusable models.
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Hydro Flask has exploded in popularity in recent years due to the double insulation and durable stainless steel materials. Hydro-bottle bottles keep liquids cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours warm.
They are strong enough to bag into bags and survive the hustle and bustle of your days, and Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottles are resistant to condensation, keeping the outside of your bottle dry. This bottle comes with a standard lid, but you can always mix and match.
Some people like to drink plain tap water. Some think it is the dullest liquid on the planet, although it is essential for hydration and human survival. I fall in the latter group, and I am always better at staying hydrated when water tastes better. Of course you can drop a few berries or squeeze a lemon into your water, but this Pressa infuser water bottle uses a built-in juicer that makes the taste more powerful and makes cleaning up much easier. All you have to do is place your favorite fruit in the juicer and turn the dial on top. This reusable glass bottle has a silicone sleeve and falls apart for easy cleaning. You can also safely clean your Pressa bottle in the dishwasher.
This foldable plastic bag from Platypus contains two liters of water (that is approximately how much you should drink every day, especially when you are active) and weighs only 1.3 grams when empty.
It is the perfect folding bottle for backpackers, campers and anyone who has limited storage space. This Platy comes standard with a screw cap, but you can always combine it with different Platypus softbottle caps and straws.
LifeStraw is a go-to for outdoor people, and rightly so: this reusable bottle uses a two-stage filter system that can remove almost 100 percent of bacteria and parasites in natural water bodies, as well as chemicals such as chlorine and pesticides.
Filling up a stream, lake or river is dangerous even if the water looks clean and clear, but with the LifeStraw Go you can do this without risk of infection. Even if you are not camping or walking, the Lifestraw Go provides peace of mind when you fill up at a public sink or water fountain. You can find more information about the brand and technology behind the products on the manufacturer's website.
Glass is non-toxic, does not generate chemicals and does not degrade over time, making it a great alternative to plastic. The body of this Lifefactory bottle is made entirely of glass, while the protective outer layer and flip-top seal are silicone. This bottle with wide mouth has a silicone cover that gives this bottle extra grip (no broken glass!), And is dishwasher safe.
These bottles vary from 12 to 22 grams and are available in different colors.
Klean Kanteen uses a patented chip-resistant, durable finish called Klean Coat. This bottle is designed to withstand the time and the elements, so a vacuum-insulated Klean Kanteen is a good option for someone who regularly walks, camps or does other outdoor activities. It is also a great choice for a dog bottle.
Klean Kanteen bottles are accredited by a chemical assessment procedure called GreenScreen for safer chemicals. All ingredients that did not meet the Klean Kanteen standards for contact with people and the environment were eliminated.
Plus, they come in fun neon colors and a variety of styles.
S & # 39; well
The insulated, stainless steel Roamer from S & # 39; well keeps 40 ounces of water cold and tasty, even when it's hot. S & # 39; well bottles are made of food-grade stainless steel and are perfect for long beach days and for those who just don't want to refill their bottle several times a day.
Because it contains 40 or 64 grams and is made of steel, it can become quite heavy when it is full, so it may not be ideal for walking or other similar activities.
Ever needed a gentle push to remind you to hydrate? Me too. This smart water bottle does exactly that with an aesthetically pleasing glow. The Hidrate Spark can contain 24 grams and is synchronized with your smartphone, Fitbit or Apple Watch, so you can easily keep track of how much water you drink and stay hydrated.
A sensor in the bottle tracks every sip you take and records it in your activity app when it is synchronized. The Hidrate Spark bottle works with iOS and most Android phones. The lid and bottle are dishwasher safe and the sensor can be washed by hand. The bottle uses replaceable batteries that you can purchase directly via the Hidrate website.
This water bottle is designed for the indecisive drinker. The stainless steel bottle from The Flow is non-toxic and insulated with a gripful rubber finish and comes with three different cap options. Choose from a straw lid, flip lid or carabiner (screw cap) lid, depending on what your day demands and which drink you drink (hot drinks such as coffee go well with the flip lid).
This bottle keeps liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours, and comes in two sizes: 18 ounces and 32 ounces.