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.
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.
Stainless-steel water bottles can last for years, are 100 percent recyclable, and, of course, BPA-free. Investing in one can even save you money; by some estimates, foregoing disposable plastic bottles can save you about $3,000 a year.
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.
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.
This water bottle has double-wall insulation to keep the exterior sweat-free, and keep your drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold for 24 hours. It comes with three different lids for every sipping style, but is hand-wash only.
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.
- Vacuum Insulated: Keep your drink cold for hours with the double-walled, insulated Summit Water Bottle
- 2 Insulated Lids Included: Bottles come with a stainless steel lid and handle lid.
- Durable: Our Summit water bottles are coated in a durable finish.
- The 14-22oz Summit water bottles fit in most cupholders. The 32-84oz Summit water bottles do not fit in most cupholders.
- Care Instructions: Bottles should be hand washed and both lids are top rack dishwasher safe.
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.
Affordable, durable, and really good-looking, Mira bottles offer designer insulation at half the price of competitors. While some reviewers loved the additional metal cap, others complained it gave water a metallic taste. Reviewers say it's not as well insulated as its competitors. Meaning, drinks don't stay as cold as you'd expect. While Mira's sleekly designed bottles come in a range of sizes, this 17-ouncer works just about everywhere, from morning subway commutes to Alpine crags.
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.
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. It has a built-in carrying loop, a one-handed push-button lid, and enclosed straw.You need to replace the filter every two months or after every 40 gallons of water consumed.
Speaking from experience, this Stanley water bottle is fully insulated, keeps your hot drinks piping hot, and has an insulated lid that doubles as a cup. It can keep drinks hot or cold for 32 hours or iced for 160 hours, though it sometimes leaks when left sideways.
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