As God is your witness, you will never go thirsty again.
You know what’s great for you? Drinking water. We’re pretty sure everyone agrees on that. Even in the darkest corners of the internet, where the Earth is flat and humans have never walked on the Moon, people accept you need to drink water to survive.
To drink water you need a container to put it in. We’ve long moved beyond cupped hands – it’s just not practical. A reusable water bottle can be a lifelong companion if you buy a good one, and by going with one of our picks you can be sure you’re getting a good one.
Must-have attributes for water bottles include not leaking (obviously) and a sturdy build, so that it won’t start leaking after a couple of accidental knocks. Not quite must-have, but undoubtedly desirable features include a stylish design, vacuum seals to keep drinks at the right temperature, and clips to attach the bottle to a backpack. Then there are a few bonus features that will appeal to some, like built-in filters or an infuser.
You’ll find the best water bottles to cater for all desires below and you can also rest assured that any plastic in the below bottles is BPA-free. The risks of BPA seem to have been slightly overblown, but most reusable water bottles are BPA-free now anyway.
It’s surprisingly easy to lose a couple of hours on the Hydro Flask website, because they make such a huge range of bottles, cups, flasks and coolers, all of which are absolutely top notch. Start your collection with this bottle, which comes in standard or wide mouth versions and will keep drinks cool for 24 hours, or hot for 12. Make sure you pick your colour wisely, because when you subsequently add a Hydro Flash beer cup, wine tumbler and coffee flask, you’ll want them all to match.
One for the more adventurous types. The LifeStraw Go has an integrated filter that removes bacteria and protozoa, so you can drink safely from pretty much whatever water source is to hand. The filter has an impressive 4,000-litre lifespan so you won’t be bankrupting yourself with constant filter purchases. LifeStraw increased this number from 1,000 litres following testing, so even if you see it advertised as 1,000 litres, or have an older bottle, fear not – the filter will last 4,000 litres. You can also get a LifeStraw Universal pack that contains a filter, which can be attached to any bottle if you already have a favourite. Furthermore, LifeStraw commendably puts some of the money from each purchase towards providing clean water for school children in areas where it is scarce.
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If tepid water is as much a personal affront as disposable water bottles, you’ll find Chilly’s pretty cool. The double walls and vacuum seal keep drinks cold, Chilly’s claims, for up to 24 hours. The impressive array of designs and prints that are straight from some kind of Instagram fever-dream are also cool. See exhibit A: the halved-avocado Summer print.
If you’re not a fan of the tap water in your area, see if the activated carbon filter in this bottle helps. It removes aesthetic impurities, so it’ll taste different – maybe better depending on your personal preference – although it won’t be any healthier. Each filter is good for around 300 bottles’ worth, although Bobble recommends replacing it every two months (a filter is £6.49 a pop). The Bobble bottle’s well designed for sport too –it’s the right size to fit in bike cages and treadmill cup holders, and there’s a textured indent on the bottle to help you hang on when you’re dripping with sweat. The bottle is also dishwasher safe, avoiding the need to acquire a brush that will fit the mouth of the bottle.
Another water bottle with Thermos-like qualities, this one distinguishes itself by having a larger opening so you can drop in a couple of ice cubes. There’s also a handle and carabiner on the lid so you can hang it off your backpack for easy access.
Brita Fill And Go Active
You don’t need to filter tap water in the UK but if you want to, this water bottle is one of the most efficient ways to get it done on the go. A small replaceable filter fits in the bottle itself so you can just refill it and drink as you would with any other bottle. There are 600ml and 1-litre versions available, and the squeezable body and sports top makes it easy to chug down water quickly. The bottle itself is pretty cheap but it’s around £12 for a pack of eight filters, and Brita recommends changing them every week.
The brand that, more than any other, has made spending £35 on a reusable water container a thing that seems somehow reasonable. You can scoff all you want at the idea of a stylish water bottle, but that’s the only way to describe S’well’s wares. The marble and wood designs in particular are downright sexy. S’well’s stainless steel bottles are also vacuum-sealed so they keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.
Those thinking long-term with their water bottle usage would be wise to check out Stay Sixty’s offering, mainly because its canny removable base makes it so easy to clean. That means if you tire of water and want to sup on something more exciting like *gasps* orange juice, you can clean the bottle and avoid a citrus tang plaguing your water consumption for the next week. The stainless steel bottle comes in three matt colours: coal, stone and pink.
They may not be the most practical for office use, but Nalgene’s plastic bottles are basically indestructible, making them ideal for the great outdoors. Also, using a Nalgene as opposed to one of those hipster stainless steel bottles everyone else has shows you’re not a poser – you just bloody love water. Yes, we know, drinking water has never been more socially complicated.
You know you should be drinking more water, but you just can’t make yourself do it. You need some flavour in your liquids. If that’s you, get an infuser bottle like the Infruition Sport. You can put berries or mint or cucumber or whatever your taste buds desire (mint and cucumber?!) in the infusion chamber and, just like magic, your water will taste a little bit like that fruit or those herbs or… whatever you like. Probably not chocolate though.
This sturdy, double-walled bottle will keep your cold drinks cold and can be clipped to the outside of a rucksack via the loop on its lid. The chunky bite valve allows plenty of liquid through, so you can refresh yourself in a hurry.
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