The 9 Best Reusable Water Bottles of 2020

An eco-friendly alternative to single-use bottles

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Our Top Picks
"You can open and close the bottle with just one hand and the vacuum insulation guarantees every sip you take will be a cold one."
"The heavy-duty plastic is hardy enough to withstand being knocked around in your backpack or gym bag without cracking."
"The silicone sleeve protects the glass from drops and bumps, while also providing a little bit of stylish flair."
"This stainless steel bottle will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for six hours."
"These distinctive stainless steel bottles come in dozes of colors and patterns, so you're sure to find one that fits your style."
"Each bottle comes with a straw cap and a screw cap, letting you choose which to use depending on what you're doing that day."
"This tumbler-style bottle comes with two reusable straws and a splash-proof lid that's perfect for water or iced coffee."
"The small size and easy-open valve make it easy for kids to use this bottle by themselves."
"Enjoy filtered water on-the-go with this soft-sided sports bottle with a built-in replaceable filter."

Best Overall: Contigo AutoSeal Chill Water Bottle, 24 oz

What We Like
  • Keeps liquid chilled for 12+ hours

  • One-handed operation

  • Seals automatically

What We Don't Like
  • Mouthpiece is tricky to clean

Contigo has loyal fans of all of their bottles and tumblers, but this is definitely a favorite. It has vacuum insulation that keeps your drinks cold for a full day or more, so it will keep your water or your freshly pressed juice chilled throughout the whole day.

Unlike many bottles, you just need one hand to open the Contigo and it seals automatically afterward, so it won’t spill if you bump it off your desk. A cover over the spout keeps it clean, even if your bottle is bouncing around in the bottom of your sandy beach bag or your gym bag. Some reviewers note that they found the mouthpiece a bit tricky to clean; the lid is top-rack dishwasher safe, however. The body should be washed by hand.

Best Plastic: Pogo BPA-Free Plastic Water Bottle with Chug Lid, 32 oz

What We Like
  • Made of heavy-duty plastic

  • Comes with either chug lid or silicone straw

  • BPA-free

What We Don't Like
  • May leak if lid is not carefully tightened

This bottle's heavy-duty Tritan plastic will survive plenty of bumps and drops, and it comes in a variety of colors so every family member can choose a different one. A cover over the opening keeps the mouthpiece clean, even if you’re carrying it in your backpack. And if you're trying to keep better track of your water intake throughout the day, the fill lines on the side of this bottle make it easy to see how much you're drinking.

The BPA-free bottle comes with either a chug-style lid or a soft silicone straw, depending on your preference. No matter which you choose, all of the parts are safe to clean on the top rack of the dishwasher. Some reviewers warn that the lid sometimes leaks if they don't carefully tighten the lid, but for the most part are happy with the bottle's spill-proof performance.

Best Glass: bkr Glass Water Bottle with Smooth Silicone Sleeve for Travel

What We Like
  • Silicone sleeve protects from cracks

  • All parts are dishwasher safe

  • Comes in a range of colors

What We Don't Like
  • Mouthpiece is a bit small

This glass bottle is covered with a silicone sleeve that protects from getting cracked, while it also makes it easy to hold onto, even when your hands get sweaty during a workout. The cap unscrews and has a plastic loop that's good for holding or attaching to a carabiner. The cap, sleeve, and bottle are all dishwasher safe.

The silicone sleeve is easy to remove and replace if you'd like to try out a new color. The bottle comes in 8, 16, and 32-ounce sizes, as well as a range of colors to match your style preferences. Customers love the look of the sleeve and the insulation it offers, though several note that the bottle's mouthpiece is a bit small, making it difficult to fill with ice cubes.

Best Stainless Steel: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, 32oz

What We Like
  • Wide mouth

  • Large capacity

  • Insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Screw-top lid

The sturdy design of this stainless steel bottle can take a beating, whether you’re taking it on a hike or bouncing it around in a backpack. The wide mouth makes filling easy, even if you’ve got large ice cubes, and the large capacity—a generous 32 ounces—means you won’t have to refill as often.

The bottle is insulated, so it keeps your hot drinks toasty for up to six hours and keeps cold drinks chilly for up to 24 hours. The exterior powder coating is available in a variety of colors and helps provide a good grip when you’re carrying it, or you can just hold it by the convenient carrying loop. This bottle needs to be hand washed. Reviewers gave it high marks for how long it kept liquids chilled and how easy the wide mouth is to clean, though some point out that it's a bit inconvenient to have to screw the top on when they're on the go.

Best Design: S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

What We Like
  • Solid vacuum insulation

  • Sleek design

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Some say finish gets scuffed easily

This stainless steel bottle comes in a variety of colors and interesting designs to fit in with your style. The vacuum insulation keeps your water or other drinks nicely chilled for 24 hours and keeps hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours. That insulation also means that the outside of the bottle won't change temperature with what's inside, so your bottle will stay comfortable to the touch and condensation-free while you use it.

S’well makes this bottle in several sizes, so you can fit your water bottle size to your needs. The bottles are not dishwasher safe, so make sure you give them a good handwash on a regular basis to keep your water tasting fresh. Most reviewers highlight how sleek and durable the bottle is, though some point out that it was easy to scuff the finish if they aren't careful.

Best for Gym: HYDRO CELL Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw & Wide Mouth Lids

What We Like
  • Comes with both straw and screw cap

  • Double-walled vacuum insulation

  • Leak-proof

What We Don't Like
  • Some say straw could be improved

Sip from a straw with the sport cap or use the leak-proof screw cap—this bottle comes with both, so you don't need to choose. Each bottle has double-walled vacuum insulation that keeps your water cold for up to 24 hours while it also eliminates bottle condensation, so the bottle stays easy to hold onto.

These bottles come in four different sizes and a wide variety of colors and ombré patterns, so there’s no doubt you’ll find one that’s perfect for your personality. You can also use this bottle for warm drinks, which will stay warm for up to eight hours. These bottles, like most stainless steel bottles, should be hand washed. Several reviewers rave about how long the bottle keeps their drinks chilled and the lack of condensation outside the bottle, though a few point out some issues with the straw, such as it being too short or acquiring some smells if not thoroughly cleaned.

Best with Straw: Simple Modern Cruiser Tumbler with Straw and Closing Lid

What We Like
  • Splash-proof lid

  • Double-walled insulation

  • Comes with two reusable straws

What We Don't Like
  • Some have issues with lid seal

This stylish tumbler-shaped bottle has a splash-proof lid and includes two straws so you’ll always have one handy whether you’re using it at home or grabbing an iced coffee on the go. It has double-walled insulation with a layer of copper in the interior that helps reduce heat transfer, so it can keep your water cool or be used for hot beverages.

This style comes in three different sizes and a wide range of fun colors and designs to fit your mood or your décor. Each tumbler comes with two reusable straws, but the brand also sells them separately if you'd like to buy more. Many customers give this tumbler high marks for insulation, but a few point out issues with the lid seal getting loose after a few washes.

Best for Kids: CamelBak eddy Kids 12-Ounce Water Bottle, 2-Pack

What We Like
  • Kid-friendly valve

  • Easy to clean

  • All parts top-rack dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Some say it's not fully leak proof

Kids need to stay hydrated, too, but they don't need a giant 20 or 34-ounce bottle to do the job. These water bottles are sized for smaller hands and the valve is designed to be kid-friendly, making it easier for kids to drink from the bottle without spilling.

The stem and straw are only removable once the lid is off, so they're all easy to clean, but kids can’t pull the straw out and lose it. And when the day is over, all parts are top-rack dishwasher safe. These bottles come in a pack of two at a price that it won’t break the budget, even if one gets lost at school or on the playground. Parents love that the bottle is easy for their kids to use and that they fit nicely in cup holders, though some report that the mouthpiece sometimes leaks if it's gone through heavy usage.

Best with Filter: Brita 20oz Sport Water Bottle with Filter

What We Like
  • Filters out chlorine

  • Sides of bottle are soft

  • Top-rack dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't keep contents cold for long

Filtered water is a great idea, but it may not be practical to bring a countertop water filter on the go with you. This handy bottle solves the problem by including its own filter inside of the bottle. While it won’t filter out pathogens from lakes or streams, it does filter out chlorine, which may affect the taste of your water.

The sides of this bottle are soft, so you can quickly squeeze more water through the spout for faster hydration. The filter should be replaced every two months; extra filters are available for separate purchase. The cap and bottle are both top-rack dishwasher safe. Reviewers give this bottle top marks for being portable and improving the taste of their water, though some wish it kept liquids cold for longer.

Final Verdict

We picked the Contigo AutoSeal Chill Water Bottle, 24 oz as the best overall because of how long its vacuum insulation keeps drinks chilled and its one-handed operation. Plus, it seals automatically after use. If you value style as much as performance, go for the S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. Not only is it durable, but customers also love its sleek design.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats

Donna Currie is a cookbook author, product tester, and roundup writer for The Spruce Eats. In addition to writing several roundups on portable drinkware (such as the best insulated tumblers of 2020), she's also written reviews on more than 90 products for our site.

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