An insulated water bottle is a practical, environmentally-friendly and versatile addition to your everyday carry.
Take it to work, the beach, the campground, on your bike trip and make sure you have it with you during the charity walk-a-thon. Below we’re going to give the insulated water bottle its due by profiling the 10 best.
1. Swig Savvy’s Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Insulated Water Bottle
Swig is famous for their wide mouth water bottles and this stainless steel model may be their best. From a material standpoint the bottle is lead and BPA free and won’t leach harmful toxins into your drinking water. It’s tough as the day is long and the double-walled, vacuum insulation keeps your water or other beverage ice cold for up to 24 full hours. The leak proof lid doubles as a drinking cup and there’s neoprene pouch for easy carrying.
2. CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle
There’s no mistaking the baby bottle elements in the design profile of the Camelbak Podium. But what really makes this particular water bottle worth having is the fact it will keep your water cold all day, that it tucks away neatly in your backpack, that the contoured shape makes it easy to hold in any conditions and that it’s nice and light like an insulated water bottle should be.
3. Geysa Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
With its mirror finish, sleek lines and Mason jar design overtones the Geysa Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is a looker. But the Geysa is more than just a pretty face. It’s a double-walled portable refrigerator that will keep drinks cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks piping hot for up to 12 hours. It’s the perfect way to bring hot drinks with you when you set out on your cross country ski jaunt or cold drinks when you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail in July.
4. Takeya Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This 32 oz bottle from Takeya is great for family outings at the beach or at the campground. It’s a sweat free delight that won’t leave rings everywhere you set it. It offers you the option of using the wide mouth or pouring from the narrow spout built into the lid. That lid seals down tight with minimal effort and the handy carrying loop is tough and durable. Lastly, the 18/8 stainless (1) won’t influence flavors or leach chemicals into your beverages.
5. Glacier Point Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The Glacier Point Stainless Steel Water Bottle shares some design cues with the Geysa profiled above but streamlines the look even further. This 25 oz double walled insulated bottle has a very satisfying feel to it and even when filled doesn’t feel particularly heavy. There’s a bonus “Flip and Drink” cap that fits nice and snug and doesn’t undermine the cooling properties of the bottle, for those times when you’re hiking the trail and don’t want to stop.
6. Kaxani Double-Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle/Flask
The Kaxani insulated water bottle holds its own against the best when it comes to keeping your water cold or your tea hot. The double-wall, BPA free, stainless construction provides outstanding insulation while the wide mouth means it’s easy to fill and will give you that big cold gulp you’re looking for when the sun is beating down. Hunters and others who venture deep into the woods will want to keep one in their backpack at all times in order to have a hot drink ready should the temperature plummet.
7. Liquid Savvy Insulated Water Bottle
Want to keep plenty of ice cold water on hand at the beach for the kids? Just fill up the Liquid Savvy 32 oz bottle and you’re good to go. The bottle is fashioned from restaurant grade 18/8 stainless with a powder-coat finish that’s easy to grip in any conditions. It will keep your cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and you have your choice of using the top-flip lid, the carabiner lid or the tethered lid depending on your circumstances.
8. Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The Hydro-Flask Insulated Water Bottle is another sleek, minimalist bottle that travels well and keeps your beverage nice and frosty all day long. Carry the Hydro-Flask in the city, on the trail or on the beach and keep plenty of clean, cold water at the ready. The Hydro-Flask sports a generous opening, a double-wall design, a beautiful powder-coated finish that’s available in a dizzying array of colors and it’s 100% BPA free.
9. Under Armour 68 oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle
The Under Armour 64 oz Stainless Steel bottle is intended to provide lots of cold water or other beverages either for large groups or for you and your sweetie as you make your way across the plains on your epic road trip. This hulk of an H2O receptacle will quickly become your best friend on those sizzling hot days at the beach when you need to provide the kids with plenty of cool drinks but don’t want to lug the cooler with you.
10. The Flow Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The Flow Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle isn’t going to bowl over the fashionistas but what it will do is keep your water nice and cold for up to 24 hours regardless of the temperature. This is a full sized insulated bottle with a wide mouth and 3 caps so you can pick and choose the one that’s right for a particular outing. It’s fashioned from 18/8 stainless steel and is guaranteed to be 100% paraben free. If you’re out on the trail by yourself you’ll find the straw top to be particularly handy.
Insulated Water Bottle Buyer’s Guide
The contemporary insulated water bottle is a hybrid of the plastic camping water bottle and the Thermos of blue collar fame. It also happens to be environmentally friendly, incredibly long lasting, stylish as all get-out and easily portable. Whether you’re a long distance cyclist, a dedicated beach goer, a hunter, a cross country skier or a construction worker you’ll get plenty of use out of one of today’s insulated water bottles.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Insulated Water Bottle
With so many high quality insulated water bottles on the market today it can be difficult to determine which one will serve your particular needs best. But if you keep the following considerations in mind it should help you winnow down your choices.
Size/Capacity – If you’re a hunter pursuing a 12 point buck across the high country you’re not going to want to be lugging around the Under Armour 64 oz bottle. You’ll need something more compact but with enough volume to keep you hydrated. Something like a 24 or 32 oz bottle. If your bottle will be doing yeoman’s work at the beach with the kids you may want that UA behemoth.
Materials – Any insulated water bottle worth buying these days is BPA free and fashioned from high grade stainless steel. It should be double-walled with a vacuum between those walls that effectively blocks heat transfer. If the bottle has a particular color to it that color should be a powder-coat and not simply a layer of paint that could scratch or wear off. Textured finishes are also desirable for those who want to access their fluids on the move.
Shape – If you want to take 18 oz of ice cold water along with you on your bike ride it’s important that the insulated bottle be sleek and light so it can tuck away easily and be handled with surety while you’re on the move. On the other hand if your bottle will be spending most of the time in the car on long drives just about any old shape will do.
The Lid – If you think you’ll be using the insulated water bottle while you’re on the move it’s important that you have a lid with a narrow mouthpiece, perhaps even a straw-like mouthpiece. The lid also needs to be absolutely leak proof. In 2018 there’s simply no excuse for anything less. You might want to consider something like the Flow bottle profiled above which comes with 3 different lids.
Performance – Any well-made insulated water bottle today will keep your drinks nice and cold for up to 24 hours. Some even longer. When it comes to keeping things hot it’s a bit trickier and effective times range from 6 to 12 hours among the best insulated bottles. If keeping things hot is important to you you’ll need to keep your eyes open and don’t select a bottle that will only do so for 6 hours or less.
What is BPA? – Bisphenol A is an organic compound used to create many types of polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastics in turn are often used in the creation of water bottles. In recent years the NIH (2) and others have raised concerns about the possible health risks of BPA primarily in regards to fetal exposure. It is believed by many that BPA may negatively affect the brain, reproductive organs and behavior of newborns and perhaps contribute to the onset of early puberty in girls. Needless to say you don’t want your water bottle to contain BPA.
What makes this type of bottle “eco-friendly”? – Many insulated water bottles today use recycled materials in their construction. But beyond that the fact that your insulated water bottle will last for years means you are no longer one of the billions who add countless plastic water bottles to the world’s trash crisis every day. And when it’s time for a new insulated bottle your old one can be 100% recycled in most cases.
How does an insulated bottle keep water cold? – The insulated water bottle has two layers of stainless steel under the shell. In between these layers is a vacuum and on the inside is a reflective material. In addition, they sport a screw down lid that effectively seals the top. The vacuum stops the inward and outward conduction of heat, the screw down lid prevents air infiltration that could create convection and the reflective lining prevents radiation (meaning the loss of radiant heat). Together these three elements leave no way for heat to infiltrate or escape.
Can I take an insulated water bottle on an airplane? – In most cases, yes. You will likely have to empty your bottle before going through security and the bottle itself will need to be scanned. But most modern airports will have bottle filling stations in the boarding area where you can refill with reasonably clean water.
What’s the best way to clean an insulated water bottle? – Even if you only use it for water it’s still a good idea to clean your insulated bottle from time to time. Doing so is not hard, just follow these steps:
- Remove the cap and put 2 tablespoons of vinegar into the bottle.
- Put the cap back on and shake the bottle vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Remove the cap and, without emptying the vinegar, fill the bottle about ⅓ of the way with spring or filtered water.
- Use a bottle brush to lightly scrub the inside with this mix.
- Put the cap back on and shake vigorously for another 10 seconds.
- Remove the cap, empty the contents and rinse the bottle thoroughly using clean water.
Today’s insulated water bottle is a common sense piece of everyday kit that will help you lead a healthier, more environmentally friendly life.
Before you spend another dime on disposable plastic water bottles give serious thought to the world your kids are going to inherit and pick up any one of the reusable, safe, effective insulated water bottles profiled above.