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We all know that plastic water bottles aren’t the most environment-friendly thing to use. No matter the convenience, the damage these leave may come at us in the future. An average individual actually uses around 150 plastic bottles annually and just imagine how much damage that can give to our environment. Among these plastic bottles, only 50% or less are reusable.
There’s a very simple workaround we can do to lessen this problem: use reusable water bottles! By doing so, you are not only saving the environment, but you’re also saving money! Plus, you get to carry it around so you can ensure that you get your recommended water intake of 1-2 liters per day!
Takeya Actives with Spout Lid
- Colors: 24-plus
- Sizes: 18, 22, 24, 32, 40, and 64 ounces
- Lids: spout and straw
- Dishwasher-safe: lid only
With its spout lid, drinking from this bottle is such a breeze. The bottle also houses a convenient wide mouth for easy ice refilling! Although this is generally marketed for gym-goers, you can definitely use it with whatever activity you’re doing! Whether you’re on your subway commute, office desk, or just watching TV at home, this one gives you an easy replenish every time.
It is double-walled and is made of stainless steel with a plastic top that has a twist-on flip cap spot. The spout lid locks open so you won’t have it flopping down on your face as you drink. It’s silicone rubber base prevents slippage and unwanted noises when hitting surfaces. If you prefer a straw lid, Takeya offers one that’s leak-free but you have to purchase it separately.
We can say that the 22-ounce Takeya water bottle is just of the right size: not too small and not too big. It comes in a great selection of colors and sits well in standard cup holders and backpack pockets. Now, if you need bigger options, you can always opt for the larger variants and we assure you that their height and diameter are of good proportions.
The lid is classified as BPA-free and is dishwasher-safe. However, the body is best hand washed. The company offers a limited lifetime warranty and also have a nice cold brew coffee maker.
Hydro Flask Standard Mouth
- Colors: 18-plus
- Sizes: 18, 21, and 24 ounces
- Lids: flex cap, sport cap
- Dishwasher-safe: no
The Hydro Flask Standard Mouth is a straightforward bottle that’s leakproof and easy to use. It has an insulated, double-walled stainless steel build with an exterior that’s powder-coated and a plastic cap. Its durable build prevents it from denting and cracking easily. Upon testing both lids, neither leaked. However, we generally prefer flex caps than sports caps because the latter tends to be stiff and difficult to close.
A downside of this water bottle is that unlike Takeya, the silicone base for Hydro Flask is to be purchased separately at about $10. Also, some do not enjoy the exposure of the drinking surface.
Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle
- Colors: Virtually every color
- Size: 32 ounce
- Dishwasher-safe: yes
The 32-ounce wide mouth Nalgene water bottle has been a staple to a lot of outdoor enthusiasts. This is the brand’s top model and for all the good reasons. We have tested it to be durable and leakproof without being too heavy. All these characteristics make it a great option for any outdoor adventure. It’s made from Tritan which fortunately is BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free. Plus, its material resists stains and odors.
The wide mouth makes it convenient to use and the bottle works well for hot and cold drinks. If you wanna add some safety measures, its wide mouth and build can accommodate most filtration units. However, it may not fit well in small cup holders. Its loop-top lid can also be clipped to your bag or harness for easy access. It measures 8.25 x 3.5 inches and weights 6.25 ounces. All these for a price that doesn’t break the bank at all!
Klean Kanteen TKWide Insulated
- Colors: Limited
- Size: 32 ounce
- Lid: Loop cap
This one from Klean Kanteen is a well-insulated durable bottle that’s easy to use with accessories you can purchase to customize it for your convenience. Klean Kanteen comes in different shapes and sizes backed up by the company’s commitment to sustainability. The external bottle is powder-coated adding to its fancy feel. Take note that it feels fancy for a reason! It actually carries a higher price tag.
LifeStraw Go Filter
- Colors: Limited
- Size: 22 oz
The LifeStraw Go Filter is our best bet for filter water bottles. It is durable, lightweight, and has clips for easy handling during backpacking trips. The filter is great if you want to ensure that you only take in clean water! It’s pretty to use with a replaceable filter cartridge. Keep in mind that this is not insulated and is not advisable for drinks with flavors and supplement powders. Just like Klean Kanteen, it’s on the pricier range.
The insulation dictates how long your water remains hot or cold. Be mindful about the insulation if you prefer your drinks at certain temperatures.
If you’re just in your office or at home, lesser capacity may work just fine since you can pretty much keep refilling. But, if you’re planning on using your bottle during your trips, invest on a bigger one with larger capacity!
From plastic, aluminum, polycarbonate, glass, and steel, your options are endless! If you want to keep your drinks at certain temperatures, metallic materials are best.
To ensure safe hydration, look for water bottles made of BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free materials. These are found in a lot of affordable water bottles but they are known to cause cardiac, fertility, and insulin-related issues.
Of course you’d want a reusable bottle to not only save the environment but to also save some cash!
If you’re working on a budget, make sure that you’re not sacrificing on the quality too much. Find a middle ground!
Weight and portability
For outdoor activities, lightweight and easy to pack water bottles are the best options.
Sport nozzles, screw-ons, and flip-tops are among the most common ones. Your lid depends on the activity you’ll be using the water bottle for.
Wide-mouth bottles are easier to fill and to clean. It’s also a lot easier to add some ice or powder with these kinds of mouth. However, this may cause more spills while drinking and may not fit into small cup holders. On the other hand, narrow-mouth bottles are easier to drink from and sit nicely on a lot of cup holders. However, thorough cleaning may be difficult and ice cubes may not fit easily.
How to clean?
Your bottles contain water and I’m sorry to break it to you: bacteria and germs thrive well in a moist environment! So, cleaning your water regularly can keep your bottle from unwanted organisms and will also help prolong its lifespan.
Here are three quick ways to clean your water bottles:
Soap and water
Simply use warm or hot water and soap solution to safely clean your bottles. You may use a sponge or a soft cloth to do so. Work around any buildups to make sure that it’s clean. After that, rinse and let it sit until dry.
First thing to do is check if your bottle or certain compartments are dishwasher-safe. To best eliminate bacteria, utilize the hottest water setting coupled with a dry heat cycle.
Vinegar is known to be a natural disinfectant. Simply mix a 1:1 vinegar and water solution and use that as your cleaning agent. Run a cycle, rinse, then dry.
The best water bottle for you is the one that fits your lifestyle! A bottle that works best for an office worker may work as well with an outdoor enthusiast. Thus, it’s completely up to you. We hope that this article helped you find your perfect one!