A big part of staying healthy is staying hydrated, but what’s best for you isn’t always best for the planet. Enter: the stainless steel water bottle. The best stainless steel water bottles are easy to clean, don’t leak, and keep your water (or beer) gloriously chilled. Standout metal water bottles can last for years, are 100 percent recyclable, and, of course, BPA-free. Investing in one can even pad your bank account; by some estimates, foregoing disposable plastic bottles can save you about $3,000 a year.
Americans reportedly toss more than 2.5 million plastic bottles an hour (that’s about 700 a second) — a plastic Everest, or several, that could take more than five centuries to decompose. So switching to insulated water bottles is a small decision with a huge positive impact.
You want your insulated water bottles to be durable, easy to clean, and leak-proof. Because a soaked backpack can put a damper on a day of hiking. Also key is finding an insulated water bottle that doesn’t retain flavors. Coffee-flavored water just doesn’t sound all that refreshing.
“You should get something in the 20 to 24 ounce range,” says outdoors expert Bryan Rogala. “Stainless-steel is best because it doesn’t get funky if you throw in a hydration-mix tablet, and for me it holds up longer than aluminum bottles. You also don’t get any off-flavors in your water.”
The best-quality insulated bottles don’t sweat, meaning there’s no condensation on the outside of the bottle or a small puddle of liquid underneath it. And the true winners won’t leak a single drop, though most leaks are the result of user error.
Some bottles are trickier than others to clean, so make sure you always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. These are the best stainless steel waterbottles for hiking and everyday use based on personal experience, Amazon’s top sellers, and user reviews.
Much more lightweight than comparable bottles, this one has a screw-on lid and a handle. It's great for kids, or for anyone who doesn't want to carry too heavy a load. Plus, it's incredibly easy to clean because there's nowhere for gunk to get trapped. It's one of our go-tos.
If you want a truly leakproof water bottle (and who doesn't?), you need to get this Contigo. It has a unique button that seals the lid between sips to stop spills and leaks. One Fatherly editor has three of these water bottles. They are magical. They keep water cold for up to 28 hours. They're great for kids and adults, and are very easy to open and close. Some report that bottles get dented, but that's not been our experience.
This bottle is truly a wonder. It features a triple-haul cap for easy carrying. It's 100 percent leakproof. It's got double-wall vacuum insulation, meaning it keeps stuff hot and cold. And the bottle doesn't sweat, which is handy in cold temps.Thanks to its 18/8 stainless-steel construction, you'll be hard-pressed to break it. You can swap out various caps, depending on whether you prefer to sip your drinks or chug them. It's not cheap, but it's made to last.
Water bottles will get gross if you don't clean them. But who remembers to clean them? Enter the Larq, which does the work for you. It uses UV-C LED technology to purify water and clean the inner surfaces of the bottle; it works automatically every two hours. You charge it via USB. The bottle keeps your water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
If you're really finicky about even a hint of that metallic taste ending up in your water, here's the solution. This bottle has a ceramic interior, which won't impact the taste of your beverage and will never rust. It doesn't sweat, and will keep your drinks hot or cold for at least six hours to 12 hours.
It keeps your libations cold for 24 hours, and hot for up to 12 hours, thanks to its double-wall insulation. It doesn't sweat, and it comes with a very cool spout lid that lets you drink one-handed.It can go through hell, and it looks a good as new. One caveat to the no leaks promise … if you don't screw to spout cap on tight, yes, it can leak.
A beloved water bottle for a solid price, the Hydro Flask has a wide mouth for faster water flow, TempShield insulation that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, and a super-cool slip-free powder coating that makes it easy to hold and use. It's an all-around great water bottle that has interchangeable lids (some more leakproof than others) and comes in a slew of bright shades. It keeps your coffee hot for up to six hours, though that's nothing when kids are involved.
This beloved insulated water bottle comes from the originators — Klean Kanteen was the first company to release a full stainless-steel bottle in 2004. A classic designed for durability, this insulated edition can keep drinks cold for days — some say up to 100 hours. But despite Klean Kanteen's hyped new chip-resistant paint, several reviewers complained that the paint scratched or chipped too easily.
You honestly can't go amiss with this classic S'well water bottle, which keeps drinks cold for 24 hours. They don't leak, they come in great colors, and they're easy for kids to use. Plus, they're sleek enough to fit into any bag. But because of their curved design, they can be challenging to really get clean.
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