15 Best Water Bottles of 2023 for Staying Hydrated All Sumer Long


Water bottle caps: Besides the basic screw cap, you can opt for a water bottle with a lid that suits your needs. Maybe you want a sport cap—the one that you can suck on like a baby bottle—so that you’re not fumbling around with a loose lid while you’re mid-workout. You could also get a straw cap, which for some reason just makes drinking things more fun (but is also annoying to clean).

The Best Overall Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask standard mouth vacuum water bottle

Hydro Flask has been making insulated water bottles for a little over a decade now, but it wasn’t until the last couple years that they started popping up everywhere. Attribute it to the VSCO girl trend or a general uptick of people taking self-care seriously, but the fact of the matter is that Hydro Flask makes a damn good water bottle. None from its lineup of bottles is as ubiquitous as the standard-mouth, 24-ounce bottle, which is available in pretty much every color of the rainbow. 

The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours or hot liquids hot for 12 hours, which is great for taking this thing on long trips. Its powder-coated exterior makes this water bottle dishwasher safe, but on the top rack. Hand-washing is recommended to preserve the bottle’s longevity. The coating also helps you grip it without the risk of the bottle slipping from your hands. If you want, you can swap out the regular cap for various styles of caps and lids, but for everyday use, standard mouth is the way to go.

The Best Budget Water Bottle: Camelbak Eddy+

CamelBak Eddy+ 25 ounce water bottle

For $16, the Eddy+ is hard to beat. It’s made of plastic, but half of that plastic is made of recycled materials, and it’s BPA, BPS, and BPF free. This lightweight and highly durable bottle won’t keep your water cold as long as a double-wall vacuum insulated bottle, but it’s still an excellent cheap solution for making sure you stay on top of getting your daily water fix. Even better, the Eddy+ is backed by a lifetime limited warranty so you don’t have to be too precious with it (not that it can’t take a beating). We know some people love to drink from a straw, so if that applies to you, you’ll be a big fan. We just don’t like how grimy the straw lid can get, especially if you don’t wash it regularly.

The Best Water Bottle for the Outdoors: Hydro Flask Trail Series Water Bottle

Hydro Flask wide mouth 32 ounce trail series bottle

If you’re taking a hike anytime soon, Hydro Flask’s Trail Series stainless steel water bottle. Each retains the brand’s exceptional double-wall vacuum insulation for temperature control, but these bottles are significantly lighter than the brand’s other options—each Trail Series bottle is 25% lighter than the same-sized non-Trail Series bottle. Even for commuting to work, this bottle won’t add any extra weight to your already-heavy work bag.

The Best Lid Design on a Water Bottle: Purist Mover

Purist Mover vacuum bottle

The mouth design of a water bottle can make or break it for a specific user. A mouth that’s too big will splash water in your face if you’re trying to drink while you’re moving; a mouth that’s too small will make you feel like a hamster drinking from its teeny little water dispenser. With Purist, you get a lid that can adjust its flow and allows you to drink from anywhere along the circumference. The interior of the Mover is lined with unbreakable glass, which puts a barrier of separation between water and steel so that there’s no flavor transfer for an unwanted metallic taste. The bottle is beautifully designed, and it’s double-wall vacuumed like a Hydro Flask bottle.

The Best Glass Water Bottle: W&P Design Porter

W&P Design Porter water bottle

Glass-constructed water bottles are tricky. They’re nice, and they don’t impart a metallic flavor into your water. But they’re also worrisome to bring out because if you drop it, well, it’s glass and it will break. But if you just really want a glass bottle, the Porter from W&P Design is the best it gets. It’s made from borosilicate glass, so while it’s not indestructible, it might survive a short drop. It’s wrapped in a soft slip-resistant silicone sleeve, because you really don’t want to drop this bottle.

The Best Water Bottle for Working Out: Takeya Originals Bottle

Takeya Originals vacuum insulated bottle

The ideal water bottle for working out is one that you can drink from while you’re on the move. We like Takeya Originals’ water bottle best for this because of its narrow mouth opening and ease of access—just screw off the attached cap, and chug away. Its double-wall vacuum insulated, and at this point, you already know what that means. That screw cap also has a hinge-lock so that it’s not smacking you in the face while you’re trying to have a drink, and it’s this tiny ingenious feature that really sets this water bottle over the top.

The Best Purifying Water Bottle: Grayl UltraPress

Grayl UltraPress Water Filter and Purifier Bottle

For those treks through remote environments with suspicious bodies of free-flowing water, bring Grayl’s UltraPress along for the road to make sure your drinking water is actually good for, well, drinking. In our hunt for the best water bottles with filters, we found that the UltraPress is almost like a French press for water, except instead of separating coffee grounds from your brew, you’re separating viruses, like hepatitis A and norovirus, and bacteria, like E. coli and salmonella, from your water. The additional use of charcoal eliminates any “off” flavors from your water source, and the replaceable cartridges, which go for $25 a pop, last around three years, or however long it takes for you to get through 40 gallons of agua.

8 More Water Bottles We Like

Nalgene wide mouth bottle

Nalgene essentially popularized reusable water bottles. You’ll find Nalgenes sold as branded merch for practically every brand, and people love to customize theirs with stickers to make them unique. The bottle is made of Tritan, a BPA-free plastic, and it has an attached screw-top lid so you never lose it. It’s not very good at keeping your cold beverages at the right temperature, so luckily it has a wide mouth to make it easy to throw in some ice cubes. We still have to give credit to Nalgene for helping so many people ditch single-use bottles.

Miir 23 ounce vacuum insulated bottle

Miir uses Thermo 3D Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Technology, which it says keeps drinks cold for ever longer than 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Miir’s bottles have a striking design because of its angular lid, which can clip onto a carabiner, and we think it’s a great alternative to Hydro Flask’s bottles.

Yeti Rambler 36 ounce water bottle

Yeti is all about insulation from its high-quality coolers to its beer can sleeves. Its Rambler series of water bottles are just as good, featuring 18/8 stainless steel, which won’t impart any nasty flavors in your water, and it won’t hold onto any previous odors or flavors. It also has an interesting Chug Cap for when you just need to get as much water into your body as quickly as you can.

Zojirushi SM-SA60BA vacuum insulated mug

Zojirushi is known more for its rice cookers than anything else, but we won’t hesitate to say the brand makes a great water bottle. It has a flip-top lid, for ease of use, which completely disassembles for a thorough cleaning. The mouthpiece has a cool design where an air vent allows liquids to flow out smoothly instead of gushing at you. The safety lock is a nice touch to ensure the cap doesn’t accidentally flip open on its own like if it’s bumping around in your back.

Klean Kanteen TKWide Recycled Insulated Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen’s original stainless steel water bottle wasn’t that great. First, it wasn’t insulated so your beverages were never at the temperature you wanted them to be, and they also got sweaty on the outside from condensation. Its insulated water bottle is much better with its double-wall vacuum insulation and “TK Closure,” which has an internal thread design, pushing this bottle’s ability to keep drinks cold for up to a whopping 58 hours. To bring up the bottle’s drinking spout, twist the bottle cap, and an included stainless steel straw attaches to the spout like you’re drinking from a Big Gulp.

S’well stainless steel water bottle

Swell’s water bottles were jarring when they first came out because of their design, but people clearly loved it because its look has since been adopted and copied by various brands. Its slim profile fits in car cup holders, but its mouth opening is a bit awkwardly sized and not all ice cubes will fit. It’s triple layered and vacuum insulated, and there’s a copper layer to prevent exterior condensation.

Contigo Cortland Chill 2.0 bottle

Contigo’s super cheap Cortland Chill bottle has the standard runtime of keeping your bevvies cool for up to 24 hours, but what we like is its one-handed operation. Press the button to let water flow through the spout, and once you let go, it seals on its own to prevent spills. The spout cap has to be manually pushed out of the way, but it’s more so for keeping the mouth cap clean from the elements rather than preventing spills. And for added protection, the autoseal button can be locked so it’s not accidentally pressed while it’s rattling around in your bag.

Compared to the Grayl UltraPress, LifeStraw’s Go series of purifying water bottles is not as satisfying to drink out of because it filters as you sip. However, it does perform just as well as the UltraPress in terms of eliminating bacteria, parasites, sediments and off flavors, while its double-wall vacuum insulation does a better job at keeping drinks chilled. The filter costs the same as Grayl’s, but it has to be replaced after filtering 26 gallons of water rather than the competition’s 40 gallons.

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