Three best water bottles
Carrying a reusable water bottle has become the essential accessory for the health and environmentally conscious. And one that we can misplace as often as our glasses or car keys! If you're looking to replace a lost or broken water bottle--or are just sick of shelling out money every day for bottled water that ends up dumped in our oceans--there are definitely tons of options out there. Here are some key considerations to look at before you buy:
Considerations when choosing water bottles
Plastic versus glass versus metal
One of the first considerations in buying a water bottle is its material. Plastic ones are light and durable, and tend to be less expensive (around $10). However, you want to choose one that is "BPA free." BPA stands for "bishepnol A," a potentially harmful industrial chemical used to manufacture some plastics and can seep into your water, especially if the bottle is left out on a hot day. Even though you won't be tossing out your plastic water bottle nearly as often as store-bought water, it does take 1,000 years to biodegrade--a consideration for those trying to reduce landfill waste.
Metal water bottles are naturally BPA free and are better for the environment. But they can scratch up and sometimes "sweat," that is, gather moisture on the outside of the bottle. Fortunately, some metal water bottles are designed to be sweat-proof so that they won't get the contents of your bag or purse wet. Metal water bottles tend to be more expensive than plastic ones--around $15--but not by much.
Glass bottles are the most eco-friendly and are naturally chemical-free but can also be heavy and fragile. Some are expensive (around $25), but even the pricier ones will pay for themselves in less than a month of use because of the money you save by not constantly buying bottled water.
People who tote around water bottles drink more water than those who don't. If better hydration is your focus, you may want to consider how much fluid the bottle can hold. Just note that a bigger internal capacity means a heavier bottle once filled. For those looking to fit a water bottle in a purse or a car's cup holder, external size is also a consideration. Some manufacturers provide this information, but sometimes you have to do your own calculations to determine external size.
Q. Are all water bottles dishwasher safe?
A. Bottles vary on this, so you need to look at what the manufacturer says. Some are dishwasher safe only on the top rack and some are hand-wash only.
Q. What does "insulated" mean?
A. You might notice that some bottles are advertised as "insulated" or "double insulated." This is a design feature that simply means they will keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot.
Water bottles we recommend
Best of the best: Simple Modern Vacuum Insulated Wave Bottle
Our take: Not all water bottles have to have that utilitarian, I'm-just-going-to-the-gym look. For those looking for a sleeker, more stylish water bottle, this is your choice.
What we like: This BPA-free, stainless steel bottle comes in an array of gorgeous colors and patterns. Holding 17 ounces of water, it'll fit in a small bag and not get your stuff wet due to its "sweat-proof" feature. Its double-insulated design means you can carry hot and cold drinks.
What we dislike: It's a bit costlier than other bottles but is still a great buy.
Best bang for your buck: Polar Insulated Water Bottle
Our take: For a less-expensive choice that still has great features, this trusted and trailblazing brand offers a quality water bottle at an unbeatable price.
What we like: Made from BPA-free plastic, this Polar bottle is light and has an easy-to-carry handle. Double-walled insulation keeps drinks cold.
What we dislike: It doesn't keep drinks cold as long as more expensive models. Still, this bottle is the best value for its low price.
Our take: If you're looking for a durable, break-resistant water bottle, this is a solid buy at a mid-range price.
What we like: It's made from BPA-free plastic. Its best features are a push-button lid and a meter that calculates your water consumption for the day. If you're trying to reach daily water goals, this is a nifty tracker. Also, this bottle is designed to be break resistant and dishwasher safe.
What we dislike: We recommend being careful with the lid; make sure it's closed securely to prevent leaking.
Ana Sanchez is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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