The 9 Best Reusable Water Bottles in 2021

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Our Top Picks
"The wide mouth is perfect for adding large ice cubes."
"Multitaskers will love the hand-operated autoseal."
"Holds a lot of water but is still lightweight."
"The silicone sleeve makes it easy to grasp and comfortable to hold."
"Parents love these bottles because they are spill-proof."
"The 18/8 stainless steel held up well in test drops from heights of 15 and 30 feet."
"Customers claim that the leakproof feature actually works."
"The large capacity means fewer refills when you’re at the gym."
"From prints and patterns to fun colors and textures, the designs available are endless."

Reusable water bottles are both a convenient way to stay hydrated and an easy way to reduce your environmental footprint. These days, there are options made of plastic, glass, and metal, with varying mouth sizes and cap styles (do you want one that screws on or flips?). Look for one with a straw for easy sipping or with a filter for fresh water wherever you go.

From compact carafes fit for traveling to insulated tumblers that work for both hot and cold beverages, these are the best reusable water bottles.

Best Overall: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
What We Like
  • Wide mouth

  • Large capacity

  • Insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Not dishwasher-safe

This water bottle keeps your water ice-cold for hours due to the double-wall vacuum insulation. Cold drinks can remain cold for up to 24 hours. This bottle is also not limited to water and can keep hot beverages, such as tea or coffee, warm for up to 12 hours. Each bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel with a powder coating that makes the exterior slip-free. There are a variety of stylish colors to choose from, as well as three lid options available: a wide-mouth straw lid, a flip lid, and the included flex cap. 

Because the dishwasher can impact the insulation, it's best to hand wash this bottle. The wide-mouth opening makes it easier to access the interior with a dish brush or sponge. It also allows for the inclusion of large ice cubes to keep your water cold throughout the day.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Contigo AutoSeal Chill Water Bottle, 24 oz

Contigo AUTOSEAL Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle
What We Like
  • Keeps liquid chilled up to 28 hours

  • One-handed operation

  • Seals automatically

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

This water bottle does an excellent job of keeping water ice-cold for long periods of time (up to 28 hours, to be exact) thanks to the Thermalock double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel. It also comes with a spill-proof lid that automatically seals between sips and can be operated with one hand, perfect for when you’re multitasking. Simply press the button on the back of the lid to open the top, and start sipping. When you release the button, it automatically seals shut. 

This bottle has a spout cover to prevent germs and dirt from collecting on your bottle. The stainless steel body must be washed by hand, but the lid can be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Best Plastic: Nalgene 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle

Nalgene
What We Like
  • Wide mouth

  • Lightweight

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Not insulated

If you’re less concerned about insulation, this affordable water bottle holds a lot of water—up to 32 ounces—but is still lightweight because of the material (BPA-free Tritan). It's also very durable and can take many bumps and drops without leaking. The screw-top lid features a loop-top that can be clipped onto a bag or a harness.

Printed measurements on the bottle help you keep track of how much water you’re drinking. This bottle has a wide mouth, making it easy to add large ice chunks. Many customers claim that the wide mouth also helps to make cleaning this bottle by hand really easy, though it is dishwasher-safe.

What Our Editors Say

"I usually don't go for plastic, but you just can't beat Nalgene's lightweight portability. It's the bottle I throw into my bag—or clip onto the strap—for hikes and walks. I also love that it's dishwasher-safe."Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director

Best Glass: Lifefactory 22-ounce Glass Water Bottle with Active Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve

What We Like
  • Transparent bottle and pure-tasting water

  • Silicone sleeve is comfortable to hold

  • Dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • Some say lid can leak

  • Breakable

Many people prefer glass bottles, which provide pure-tasting water without any leaching from plastics or metals. This bottle is made of borosilicate glass and comes with a polypropylene cap and a protective silicone sleeveall of which are BPA-free. There is a flip cap on top with an attached handle that makes it easy to hold.

The silicone sleeve is available in a variety of beautiful colors. Customers especially love the silicone sleeve for its comfortability and convenience for grasping. The holes in the sleeve also make it possible to see the bottle’s water level. This bottle has a wide mouth that makes it easy to put things like fresh fruit slices inside. For best cleaning practices, the bottle can stay inside the silicone sleeve and be placed in the dishwasher as is.

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
  • Not fully leakproof according to some reviews

At just over 6 inches tall, these mini water bottles are the perfect size for kids. Made of polypropylene that's free of BPA, BPS, and BPF, these little bottles are lightweight, durable, and spill-resistant. In fact, many parents claim these water bottles are some of the most spill-proof cups they’ve found.

Kids love them because they’re so easy to open and use. A drink-through straw requires a simple flip, bite, and sip. They also have a comfortable carry handle, making it easy for little ones to take along wherever they go. They are available in fun, bright colors including true blue, palm, grapefruit, and dusty lavender. 

All of the parts are removable, which makes it easy to clean, whether by hand or in the dishwasher (top rack only).

Most Durable: Yeti Rambler 26-ounce Reusable Bottle

yeti rambler
What We Like
  • Keeps beverages cold or hot

  • Cap is leakproof and easy to hold

  • Large capacity while being lightweight for travel

What We Don't Like
  • Lid sometimes squeaks when screwing on

This rambler is the perfect outdoor companion and can withstand serious wear and tear. It’s made of durable 18/8 stainless steel that's resistant to punctures and rust. In fact, when we tested the smaller Rambler Mug, which consists of the same materials, it held up well in test drops from heights of 15 and 30 feet.

The 26-ounce capacity holds a lot of water but isn’t too heavy if you take it with you for an outdoor adventure. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages cold (or hot) when you’re outside, even maintaining the temperature in the triple digits. It also comes with a leakproof cap with a three-finger grip, making it easy to hold. We like this lid much better than the one on the mug model.

This rambler is available in a number of bright and neutral tones and is coated with a special powder layer that is meant to last a long time and resist fading. This rambler is dishwasher-safe—just remove the rubber lid gasket first and throw it in the utensils basket of your dishwasher to better remove built-up grime. It's also extra easy to clean by hand because of the wide mouth opening.

What Our Editors Say

"When I need a bottle that's going to survive bumps and drops, I reach for my Yeti Rambler. It's super solid and keeps my drinks cold or hot for hours. The extra-wide mouth makes it easy to add a few ice cubes and also clean with a bottle brush when I'm done."Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director

Best With Straw: CamelBak Eddy + BPA Free Water Bottle, 25-ounce

CamelBak Eddy + BPA Free Water Bottle, 25-ounce
What We Like
  • Straw and bite valve allow for easy sipping

  • Leakproof and spill-proof

  • Dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • Bite valve can fall off

For those who prefer to drink water from a straw, this BPA-, BPS-, and BPF-free design includes a straw, a convenient loop handle, and a screw-on top with a flip-bite valve. To dispense the water, simply flip the valve on top and bite down. The bite valve has recently been redesigned to allow for 25 percent more water flow.

Thanks to the spill-proof cap, you don’t have to worry about spills with this bottle if you drop it with the flip-top open. It is also leakproof, and many customers rave about this feature, stating that this bottle truly does not leak when inside a purse or backpack. This bottle also comes with a lifetime guarantee, covering manufacturing defects. It’s dishwasher-safe, too, so cleaning this bottle is a breeze.

Best for the Gym: Takeya Originals Insulated Water Bottle, 40-ounce

What We Like
  • Large capacity for fewer refills

  • One-handed drinking spout and a hinge lock

  • Double-wall vacuum insulation

What We Don't Like
  • Hand-wash only

For something more gym-friendly, this bottle is perfect because it can hold up to 40 ounces of water to keep you hydrated for longer. That means fewer refills. It also features a leakproof lid with a one-handed drinking spout and a hinge lock that keeps the cap out of your way while drinking—also convenient during workouts. This stainless steel bottle keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours due to the double-wall vacuum insulation. It can also keep drinks hot for up to 12 hours. 

The lid conveniently unscrews to add ice and helps to make the cleaning process a lot easier (hand-wash only). Users say that the wide mouth opening allows them to fit a long handle brush in their bottle to give it a thorough cleaning. This bottle also comes with a lifetime warranty.

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

S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle
What We Like
  • Solid vacuum insulation

  • Sleek design

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Finish scuffs easily

  • Hand-wash only

  • Narrow mouth

In terms of design, this bottle is a winner on multiple fronts. Not only does it have a slender body that looks sleek, but it can also fit in most car cup holders. S’well water bottles also have one of the most extensive collections of beautiful designs. From patterns and prints to subdued and bright colors, there’s a bottle for everyone in this collection.

This bottle excels at keeping drinks cold for long periods of time. Made of triple-layered vacuum-insulated 18/8 stainless steel, this bottle can keep beverages cold for up to 41 hours or hot for up to 18 hours. Customers claim that this bottle even keeps drinks cold when they’ve left it in their hot car for hours.  

This bottle also features a copper wall layer, which helps to create a condensation-free exterior that won’t sweat whether it’s sitting in your bag or resting on your coffee table. This bottle must be hand-washed only, and the narrow mouth can prove challenging to access or add ice.

What Our Editors Say

“I love how cold it keeps beverages and the fact that I can throw it in a backpack or purse and it won't get condensation all over my stuff. It's also really cute—I get compliments on my shiny gold one whenever I pull it out.” Mary Kate Hoban, Senior Editor

Final Verdict

The Hydro Flask (view at Backcountry) is our top choice because of its versatility (good for both hot and cold beverages) and its ability to maintain drink temperature for hours. We love the wide mouth, which makes it easier to add ice and also to clean. Another favorite is the Contigo AutoSeal (view at Amazon), which has a spill-proof lid and a top that can be operated with one hand—great for multitaskers who want to hydrate on the go.

What to Look for in a Reusable Water Bottle

Material

Reusable bottles are made of either plastic, glass, or metal (stainless steel or aluminum). Plastic bottles are the most lightweight and are very durable. Note, though, that they tend to lend a slightly chemical flavor or odor to your drink. Look for ones that are free of bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to hormonal disruptions in humans. Glass bottles are typically safer to drink from but are heavier and easier to break. Some come with silicone sleeves to protect them. Lastly, metal bottles are generally quite heavy but are more durable than plastic or glass. They are typically insulated but are more prone to dents.

Size and Design

In addition to the material, your purpose for using the bottle will dictate the size and design you choose. Capacities range from 12 ounces to over 30 ounces. If you're using the bottle for intense physical activity, something easy to carry that will fit in a vest or bike holder, with a spout or nozzle, will work best. For general daily use around the house or the office, a bottle with a screw-top lid should suffice—perhaps one that keeps your coffee hot and your water cold. If you're traveling long distances in a vehicle or will be out for several hours, you'll maybe want something more jug-like.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

The writer of this piece, Cheyenne Elwell, always drinks from a reusable water bottle, as she’s passionate about saving the planet. She chooses her home products wisely to reduce waste and avoid exposure to BPA when possible. She has used several of the water bottles on this list.

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