Best Water Bottle Reviews 2018: Top 5+ Recommended

Proper hydration was always a big deal for my family. Ever since I was a kid, my mother would tell me to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and I carried that knowledge with me to this very day. 

When my boys first started school, books, lunch and a bottle of water were essential for their backpacks. Today, when they go training or travel, they remember to pack water all by themselves.

One-time-use plastic water containers were basically all we had when I was young, but they are called one-time-use for a good reason.

The tiny cracks and ridges in plastic bottles are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and dangerous germs.

If you are using and re-washing the same bottle multiple times that can even cause breakdown of plastic and release of harmful chemicals. Not to mention the bad influence that piling up plastic bottles on the landfill has on the environment. 

As a mother and a responsible citizen of this planet, I choose to use water containers that are safe for the health of my family and the environment. That’s why I began my search for the best water bottle on the market.

But first, let’s talk a bit about how I chose the best of the bunch.

Material

The material is the first thing to consider when choosing a reusable water container.

Each of the available materials has its advantages and disadvantages, making your choice mostly dependent on what you think is the most critical aspect of the water container and its intended use.

  • Stainless steel bottles are known for their durability and endurance, which makes them ideal for travels or sports training. Another substantial benefit is that they keep the water relatively cool for a long period. The material is non-reactive, and the bottle is not lined with sealants. However, although they can withstand abuse, it leaves scratches and dents. Their high price is a major turnoff for some buyers. 
  • Glass bottles do not absorb color and taste, which is a huge bonus. Since they're usually covered with protective sleeves, they are quite long-lasting and enduring. They are not lined with harmful sealants. The biggest problem with glass is it is quite heavy, so bottles made of it are the best for less active users.
  • Reusable plastic water bottles are the most affordable option. They are lightweight, easy to clean and freezable. There are even some recyclable products. However, most of them are bad for the environment, and some expose the users to dangerous plastic chemicals.
  • Aluminum bottles are just as lightweight as plastic ones, but they are much better for the environment. The biggest issue with them is that they heat up to high temperatures. They also dent easily. 

The Bottle Opening

It happened to us all: we take out the water bottle from our bag, try to open it while still in motion and boom, a splash of water is on our face out of nowhere.

How to prevent that? By choosing a proper opening.

There are three types of opening you should consider:

  • A nozzle is shaped like a short, thick straw attached to the top of the bottle. It moves up to open and snaps down to close. Some nozzles require slight pressure from the teeth to extract water. While that is great for preventing splashes, it also can make it difficult for you to drink water when you're out of breath after running fast or climbing. 
  • The spout is also useful for eliminating splash, but just like the nozzle, it requires some effort to extract water. Spout looks like a cylinder with a ridge on the top where the user's fingers, lips or teeth can grasp and pull it up so that the user could suck the water on the spout.
  • Screw-top is the most classic water bottle opening, used for most of the one-time-use plastic bottles and some of the reusable as well. The sizes of opening differ, and the smaller is better for preventing splashes, while bigger ones are better for reaching larger quantities of water. The lid can be attached to the bottle by a strip of fabric or plastic. 

Rigidity and Portability

The size, volume, and weight of the bottle are extremely important factors, especially for an active lifestyle.

  • For example, light and collapsible water bottles are ideal for travels, while sturdy and durable containers should be chosen for hiking, mountain climbing, and biking.

What’s crucial for the right water bottle is that it can be held in one hand comfortably.

  • Those bottles usually contain 12 ounces of water, but if the shape is right and the material light, they can also contain up to 32 oz of fluid.

The shape and size will affect the portability.

  • Too wide bottles are difficult to carry around, and when it comes to weight, if that is your priority, choosing the lightest materials, such as plastic and aluminum is always wise.

Price

Regardless of how vital hydration is for me, my budget for water bottles isn't exactly what would I called generous, especially when I compare it with other household expenses.

However, I always try to get the best for my buck and try not to spend more than $30 for one bottle.

Most Recommended Water Bottles - Barbara's Reviews 2018

Now let’s see do five of the top-rated water bottles meet these conditions:

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This water bottle is made of Tritan Copolyester, which is a form of plastic. However, this specific type doesn’t suffer from some of the most common flaws of plastic, such as containing dangerous chemicals. It is also recyclable, significantly tougher than regular plastic and it is BPA-Free.

What I love the most about this bottle is its angled spout that is wide enough for people who would rather gulp larger quantities of water at once, than sip it, but also small enough to avoid getting soaked by water. The cap opens easily, but it is a bit difficult to anchor into the tether.

For its volume (more than the usual upper limit of 32 oz), it is quite easy to carry, but it is difficult to hold, and it might require the use of both hands.

Still, CamelBak water bottle is not without its flaws. Lid mechanisms look great at first glance, but soon enough you'll notice them leaking. Also, it is a bit difficult to fill because you have to take the entire lid off, and the plastic scratches easily.

What I Liked

  • The design is simple and nice
  • It holds more fluid than regular bottles
  • It is BPA-Free
  • It is lightweight

What I Didn’t Like

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    It is prone to leaking
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    The filling is complicated
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    You have to use both hands to drink water
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    The material is not scratch-resistant

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With this bottle, I have to start with the first thing I disliked – it was its shape.

Considering that it can contain 32 oz of fluid, this bottle is too wide for an average person to be able to hold it with one hand. However, I had to try it out, because Nalgene is a trusted manufacturer that has been on the market for decades.

The opening that can accommodate most filters is a praiseworthy feature, and I also applaud to the fact that it can hold both cold and warm beverages.

The millimeter and ounces markers are very useful if you want to keep track how much water you are drinking. It is made out of the same material as the previous product so that I won't give it too much attention here.

What's really disappointing about this product is the lack of straw or a mouthpiece which would make the drinking easier.

What I Liked

  • Good quality
  • Famous brand name
  • Great capacity
  • The markers are handy if you are trying to drink more water
  • The opening accommodates most filters
  • Suitable for warm and cool fluids

What I Didn’t Like

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    It’s not easy to hold it with one hand
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    There is no mouthpiece
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    It is difficult to clean without a bottle brush

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Simple Modern's water bottle is a pleasure to look at. The design is minimalistic, but the matte black color makes a statement. 

Since it is crafted from stainless steel, it is very durable. The greatest benefit of this bottle is that it can keep your water cool even in warm temperatures, which makes it ideal for travels.

As if the very material isn't enough, this feature is additionally ensured with a vacuum insulation technology. Even if you fill it with super-hot tea (I've tried it), the bottle will not sweat or be hot to the touch. 

Do you want to hear something amazing? There is even an added layer of copper insulation.

The lid is leak proof. Normally, stainless steel is prone to scratching, but the manufacturer points out that this bottle has a powder coat that prevents that from happening.

However, I drop it once on the kitchen floor, and I noticed some pretty bad dents and that the paint was slightly scratched. For the money I paid, I wish they would have to pay more attention to that.

What I Liked

  • The design is marvelous
  • Stainless steel is of great quality
  • The two added layers of insulation (and insulation on the lids) work perfectly
  • The leak-proof lid fully justifies that adjective

What I Didn’t Like

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    It gets scratched easily

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This is, by far, my favorite water bottle design out of the five I've tried out lately.

The shape is elegant and elongated which means it can hold the 32oz water, but you can still grab it with one hand and drink.

I love the inscription "Fortune favors the bold" on the front of the container and the exterior texture of the bottle. All four colors (grey, white, pink and blue) are beautiful.

The lid is not only leak-proof, it is also dust-proof, which makes it very convenient. Speaking of convenience, the tough carry-strap is a valuable addition, for when you want to go running or to the store without carrying a bag or a backpack for water.

Embrava’s container is made of glass, but I’m not very concerned about the possibility of breaking, because it is reinforced with shatter-resistant durability. The mouthpiece is designed for talking large gulps, but it also comes with "strainer" that fits on the top of the container and prevents ice from blocking the mouthpiece.

My biggest issue with this bottle is that it doesn't keep the water cold for a long time. It is also a bit difficult to wash.

What I Liked

  • An elegantly designed container
  • Ergonomic design
  • The lid is both leak and dust proof
  • The carry strap makes it easier to carry it without a bag
  • Considering that it is made of glass, it is very enduring

What I Didn’t Like

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    Doesn’t keep the beverages cold
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    It is complicated to wash it

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Another bottle made of plastic, this container stands out by being well-insulated, which means it should keep your beverages cold.

This is enabled by a thermal barrier of air that keeps heat out and cold in. One of its most innovative features is the Zipstream high flow cap which features a self-sealing valve. This prevents water from leaking even when the cap is in an open position. The water is released only when the bottle is squeezed, and pressure applied.

With the capacity of 24oz and the weight of 0.25 pounds this bottle is so light to carry around, you won’t even feel it. Wide mouth opening is designed to accommodate ice cubes, but it also makes it easy to clean. The removable carry strap additionally contributes to the convenience and ease of maintenance.

I have to say that I’m not very thrilled about the insulation. Although it works decently well, it is not a game-changer. Also, while the screw on the top worked ideally for the first couple of weeks, I’ve noticed slight leaking, after that period.

Another major problem was that when I put ice cubes inside, the bottle sweats, which makes it difficult and unpleasant to drink.

What I Liked

  • Ergonomic design
  • Very lightweight
  • Self-sealing valve (only at first)
  • Wide mouth opening
  • Easy to clean

What I Didn’t Like

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    Ice cubes and cold water create condensation on the bottle
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    Insulation works, but not good enough for the price
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    The bottle starts leaking after some time of using

So, What’s the Best Water Bottle to Buy?

After a careful consideration and some period of using each of these water bottles, I have finally found the one I want to carry around for everything from a walk in the park to Pilates.

It is Embrava’s Sports Water Bottle, which stands out with its supreme design (what can I say, I love beautiful items). Also, it is very enduring (trust me I dropped it a couple of times, even on a rocky terrain).

Some phenomenal additional features such as ice strainer and dust-proof lid also had an impact on my decision.

The lack of insulation is something I will have to live with. The price is average, but if you want to go with a cheaper product, you will be sufficiently satisfied with Nalgene Tritan Water Bottle. 😉

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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