When you’re hitting the great outdoors, you need to stay hydrated. And the most eco-friendly and practical way to do so is by carrying the right insulated water bottles.
You want your insulated water bottles to be leak-proof, easy to clean, and durable. Because a soaked backpack makes for an unhappy hiker. You want your bottles to be BPA-free, of course, and if you’re opting for an insulated steel bottle, you won’t want it to retain any flavors. Coffee-flavored water just doesn’t sound all that appetizing. Or refreshing.
“You should get something in the 20-24 ounce range. If you need more water than that I’d recommend a non-insulated bottle or better yet, a hydration bladder,” 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, but we should also point out that often, 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. And speaking of recommendations, these are our picks, based on personal experience, Amazon’s top sellers and user reviews.
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.
Pros: This is a monster of a water bottle, in the best sense. It keeps your chai latte hot, your water ice cold, and thanks to its 18/8 stainless steel construction, we defy you to break it. You can swap out various caps, depending on whether you prefer to sip your drinks or chug them.
Cons: It’s not cheap, for starters.
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.
Pros: This bottle does not leak. It can go through hell, and it looks a good as new. Twenty-four hours after a refill, the water is still as frigid as you’d want.
Cons: 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.
Pros: It’s an all-around great bottle that has interchangeable lids (some more leakproof than others) and comes in a slew of bright shades.
Cons: Keeps your coffee hot for up to six hours, which may not be long enough for you.
If you don't want to haul around a stainless steel bottle, this collapsible choice is the right one for you. It's BPA-free, of course, and easily flattens and rolls up when it's empty. Plus, it has a wide opening, which makes refills fast and easy.
Pros: Genius design, especially for those us who don’t like to tackle trails weighed down by tons of gear. And it clips to your belt or backpack.
Cons: Reviewers say that it tends to leak.
This has a patented cap that lets you shoot water into your mouth, and it comes with a sleeve that's easily removable and holds your basics: Phone, nutrition bar, and keys. The perfect bottle for those who don't want to haul any backpacks around. This attaches to your hand, thanks to its strap
Pros: Forget about water breaks. This bottle lets you stay fully hydrated without missing a beat.
Cons: It can leak and some folks say there’s a smell.
You get 40 ounces of water, that stays cold for up to 34, yes 34, hours. It has an insanely cool auto seal button-operated lid that automatically seals it up between drinks, hence no leaks. And there's a bolt lock to prevent it from accidentally opening and drenching your phone.
Pros: We especially love the protective spout cover to keep out dirt and grime. It’s got a carry handle and a nice, fast flow rate.
Cons: Reviewers say it’s not as well insulated as its competitors. Meaning, drinks don’t stay as cold as you’d expect.
This comes with a magnetic handle that keeps the cap stowed, and it has a wide-mouth opening, making it a breeze to fill with ice and water and a cinch to clean. It's a great, basic, affordable bottle perfect for little hands, like those belonging to kids.
Pros: You can’t beat the price, and the magnetic lid keeps everything in place while you’re drinking. It’s sleek and simple with a durable handle.
Cons: Reviewers say that the magnetic seal tricks you into thinking the bottle is closed, when it’s actually not, so you can wind up with leaks. The lesson here is: Make sure it’s actually closed.
This genius bottle filters water as you drink it, resulting in H20 that tastes delicious, always. It fits in a car cup holder, the bottle stays cold for 24 hours, and it's made from insulated stainless steel.
Pros: It has a built-in carrying loop, a one-handed push button lid, and enclosed straw.
Cons: You need to replace the filter every two months or after every 40 gallons of water consumed.
Every product on Fatherly is independently selected by our editors, writers, and experts. If you click a link on our site and buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission.