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Best Water Bottles 2017 – Buying Guide and Reviews

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Best Water Bottles 2017 – Buying Guide and Reviews

Updated - 25th February 2017

Are you travelling in 2017? Looking to buy new water bottles? 
What are the best water bottles? On my last hiking trip, my trusty Sigg replica water bottle finally decided to pack it in. I bought it a few years earlier from the Thamel tourist area of Kathmandu and the Sigg logo rubbed off after 2 days. The bottle itself seemed to be decent quality and did its job quite well.

After returning I decided it was time to buy a new water bottle, I like to travel and hike regularly so wanted to get something that would last, as I usually do I spent hours and hours researching different models, brands and features.

I have created the following water bottle comparison and buying guide to save you having to do the same research I did. I have looked at water bottles from different brands, materials, sizes and shapes and found what I believe are the best bottles you can buy online in 2017.

Are you short on time? We know that a lot of people are short on time and cannot read our entire article. To help you the following is our current favorite bottle in 2017

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Grip able silicone sleeve is stylish and protective, Glass is naturally BPA free and doesn't retain taste or odor Flip, Bite and Sip, No tipping required though possible, just remove the straw ...

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Camelbak Eddy Glass .7-Liter Water Bottle

Not convinced? Why not view our water bottle Comparison table or Buying Guide

After hours spent researching different models of water bottles we have found 10 of the best water bottles you can buy in 2017.

If your still not convinced you need a new bottle or like to refill from the store bought bottle then you should start by reading our water bottle buying guide. After you have read the guide you can return to the comparison below and select the best water bottles for your needs.

The following table compares what we believe are the 10 best water bottles you can buy online in 2017.

Water Bottle Comparison


CamelBak eddy .75L Water Bottle – Best Water Bottle 2017

Brand: CamelBak
Hydration Capacity: 25oz /.75L (Various sizes available)
Empty Weight: 5.4 oz / 153 g
Material: BPA-Free Plastic bottle with Polypropylene cap.
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CamelBak eddy .75L Water Bottle

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The CamelBak eddy is currently our favorite plastic water bottle from the ones we reviewed. Completely redesigned it features a flip top bite valve and internal straw that lets you sip easily on while on the go. The bite valve is also replaceable and compatible with other CamelBak bottles extending the life span of the water bottle.  We found that the valve allowed a good flow of water while remaining spill free.

The eddy includes a loop handle which can be connected to most bags using a carabiner and it also snugly fits inside the bottle holders on most backpacks and day packs. The water bottle weighs 5.4 oz / 153 g and light enough to carry while backpacking or hiking. The capacity of this bottle is 750ml or 25oz which will keep you hydrated for a few hours between refills.

The eddy is dishwasher proof making it easy to clean while CamelBak recommend the occasional deep clean using soap or mild bleach. We found the straw can get a bit dirty over time so it is a good idea to maintain over the course of its life.

Overall we think this is a fantastic plastic water bottle and we recommend it for all travelers, if you are doing extreme backpacking then you may want to look at the version with a larger capacity.

PROS:
  • Fantastic bite valve with replacements available
  • Durable plastic extends lifetime
  • Light enough for regular travel use
  • Various Capacities
  • Wide range of Colors

CONS:
  • Inbuilt straw can get dirty and needs regular cleaning


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The eddy bottle makes portable hydration simple-just flip, bite and sip. The.75L size fits easily in the hand and is compatible with most cup holders. The loop handle makes it easy to clip to a pack ...

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CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle

 

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle 2017

Brand: Hydro Flask
Hydration Capacity: 32oz / .90L (Various Sizes Available)
Empty Weight: 10.4 oz / 294 g
Material: Insulated Stainless Steel
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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle (Best Overall Water Bottle)

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The Hydro Flask is an insulated water bottle made from the highest quality food grade stainless steel. The bottle features TempShieldTM technology which helps keep water cold for up to 24 hours and hot water or liquids for up to 6 hours. This model is lightweight which makes it perfect for taking on a long hike while the 32oz capacity will keep you hydrated for half the day. Hydro flask features a lifetime warranty as well as double wall insulation which is perfect to take on your next vacation.

The Hydro Flask we reviewed came with the standard mouth loop cap which has a hole in the top for easily connecting it to you backpack  or luggage. Personally I think it is worth paying a little extra for the sports cap which allows one handed access to your water. Available in a selection of color and a durable powder coat finish this bottle is a great choice if you are looking for a stainless steel water bottle.

PROS:
  • Keeps Water cold for 24 hours
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Wide range of Colors
  • Attachments available

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Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle – Best Plastic Water Bottle 2017

Brand: Nalgene
Hydration Capacity: Various Sizes Available
Material: BPA Free Plastic
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Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle Leak Proof Twist - Best Collapsible Water Bottle 2017

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Nalgene water bottle started off in laboratory’s before being used for hikers and leading to water bottles as we know them. The Tritan has been Nalgene’s best seller now for more than 20 years. This plastic water bottle is made with FDA compliant BPA-Free polyester designed to have amazing impact resistance as well as being dishwater safe making it easy to clean. This version offers a wide mouth making it easy to add ice cubes to help keep your water cold for hours. You can also add hot water and any liquid between (-40 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit).

Because of the wide mouth you can also use a water filter attachment with this bottle if required. The Nalgene Tritan water bottle is available in a massive range of colors and designs and features a handy loop top lid which screws on and off easily.

This plastic bottle has been a big seller and is known for being durable which is in part to its thicker plastic walls. This is a great water bottle for all occasions and perfect for the whole family to take on vacation.

PROS:
  • BPA Free Durable Plastic
  • Wide range of Colors
  • Suitable for Hot and Cold Water

CONS:
  • Nothing of note


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One of the best selling water bottles for over 20 years. BPA free! Dishwasher safe and guarenteed for life. Bottle is able to hold over 32oz of any drink hot or cold.

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Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle: 32oz Blue

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle Leak Proof Twist – Best Collapsible Water Bottle 2017

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle Leak Proof Twist – Best Collapsible Water Bottle 2017

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Collapsible water bottles are perfect to take on travel or anywhere where storage space is limited. The Nomader collapsible bottle holds 22 oz and is guaranteed by a lifetime warranty to never break or leak. Turning the patented twist cap helps to close the bottle and eliminate spills,providing a air tight seal.

This durable plastic collapsible water bottle is made from BPA-Free silicon making it safe to use, hygienic, durable and environmentally friendly. These bottle are available in a wide variety of colors and the design rolls up and can be locked into place making it extremely portable and perfect “Nomader” where you go.

PROS:
  • BPA Free Silicon
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Leak Proof
  • Wide range of Colors
  • Safe for Hot and Cold/Freezing Water

CONS:
  • Collapses to only half its size


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DURABLE - guaranteed to never shatter, leak or dent, the 22 ounce Nomader collapsible water bottle will be hydrating you for years to come - backed by our lifetime warranty. LEAK PROOF - patented ...

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Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle – Leak Proof Twist Cap – BPA Free, 22 Ounce

 

Polar Bottle Ergo Insulated Hot and Cold Water Bottle

Brand: Polar Bottle
Capacity: 22oz / 650ml
Material: Insulated Stainless Steel
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Polar Bottle Ergo Insulated Hot and Cold Water Bottle

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The Polar Bottle Ergo is a insulated stainless steel water bottle designed to handle hot and cold liquids. This bottle uses reflective insulation technology making it perfect for icy cold water while out hiking or keeping your coffee hot in the morning.

The bottle is available in a range of vibrant colors and has a capacity of 22 oz and which will keep you hydrated for a few hours. Featuring an easy to use half-twist cap which makes it easy to clean and prevents leaks, it also has a wide range of accessories and custom cap designs.

If you are planning a family trip, or heading out on some daytrips the Polar Bottle Ergo water bottle would be a great addition to your luggage.

PROS:
  • Hot and Cold Water
  • Great Size
  • Half-Twist Cap
  • Accessories

CONS:
  • Some scratching on bottle


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Designed with the same double-wall, reflective insulation technology as the original Polar Bottle Sport water bottles, the Ergo Hot/Cold Insulated Water Bottle keeps your drink fresh more than twice ...

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Polar Bottle Ergo Spectrum Insulated Water Bottle

 

Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 20oz

Brand: Klean Kanteen
Capacity: 20oz / 592ml
Material: Insulated Stainless Steel
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Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 20oz

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The Klean Kanteen is a fantastic insulated stainless steel water bottle featuring a leakproof cap. The bottle has a wide mount making it easy to add ice which will keep the bottle cold for up to 24 hours. Hot water will also stay hot for 12 hours making it perfect for long or short hikes and for travel in general.

This bottle has been around now for over 10 years and this version offer durable double walled insulation and an interior of the bottle doesn’t retain any flavors. A wide range of sizes and colors are available as well as Klean Kanteen accessories.

The capacity of the bottle is smaller than some of the others but should be enough for a few hours. We recommend this bottle for hikers or bush walkers and it is also great for everyday use while on vacation.

PROS:
  • Proven bottle design (10 years)
  • Insulated Stainless Steel
  • Hot and Cold Water

CONS:
  • Some scratching on stainless steel
  • Smaller capacity


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Safe alternative to plastic and lined metal containers. High quality food grade 304 L.N. stainless steel. Durable, lightweight, reusable and 100% recyclable.

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Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle

 

MIRA Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Brand: MIRA
Capacity: 25oz / 750ml
Material: Insulated Stainless Steel
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MIRA Insulated Double Wall Vacuum Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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This insulated vacuum sealed stainless steel water bottle from MIRA offers a large 25oz (750ml) capacity which means it will last half the day quite easily. The durable food grade stainless steel construction will keep water cold for 24 hours and hot for at least 12.

This bottle is extremely durable and also attractive with its powdered coated finish and range of colors. Another good point is that this bottle will not sweat like some bottles do leaving a puddle of condensation.

The lid of the MIRA is also insulated and leak proof making it a perfect accessory for any vacation. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning and then ice cold drinks throughout the day while travelling.

PROS:
  • Large Capacity
  • Powder Coated Finish
  • Vacuum Sealed
  • Hot and Cold Water

CONS:
  • Some complaints of scratching


 

Mizu Life M8 Water Bottle

Brand: Mizu Life
Capacity: 27oz / 800ml
Material: Stainless Steel
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MIZU M8 Water Bottle Soft Touch Black

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The M8 Water Bottle from Mizu Life offers a durable stainless steel construction which makes it toxin and BPA free.

The capacity of the Mizu Life M8 is 27oz (800ml) which is big enough to take on a day’s hike and also great for sightseeing while on family vacations, while remaining light enough to carry with ease.

The insulation allows you to keep drinks cold for the whole day and also can accept hot water for coffee, tea or soups while on the road. Add ice to the Mizu to keep the water colder for even longer.

The Mizu M8 also looks great with a wide range of colors and feels great too with its soft touch stainless steel. Different caps are also available including the standard loop cap and optional sports cap.

 

PROS:
  • Large Size (Various size available)
  • Insulated and BPA-Free
  • Hot and Cold Water

CONS:
  • Not vacuum sealed


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Material: stainless steel (18/8 food-grade) Volume: 27 oz Recommended Use: casual

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MIZU M8 Water Bottle Soft Touch Black, 800ml

 

Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle – Best Glass Water Bottle 2017

Brand: Zulu Atlas
Capacity: 20oz / 592ml
Material: Glass Bottle with BPA-Free Silicon Sleeve
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Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid 20 oz

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The Zulu Atlas is a 20oz water bottle offering a flip lid which is perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle or on vacation. The 20oz (592mL) capacity is a great size making it easy to carry while on the move.

This water bottle is constructed using odor-free and stain-free and lead-free glass which means your water keeps cold and always tastes crystal clear as nature intended. In the past I have had glass water bottles which are great for the office but I wouldn’t dream of taking it travelling. The Zulu Atlas solves that problem by also providing a blue BPA-free food grade silicon sleeve and lid to help protect it from accidental impacts.

This bottle would be great to use while in transit as the push button lid allows one-handed access to your liquid making it easier to stay hydrated. The bottle is also easy to clean and dishwasher safe. If you prefer drinking from a glass bottle (who doesn’t) then this is one of the best options you will find.

PROS:
  • Glass Bottle makes the water taste better
  • Flip Top Cap for One handed use
  • Silicon Cover to help impact protection

CONS:
  • Glass can be Fragile
  • Heavier than other alternatives


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Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid

 

Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle

Brand: Contigo
Capacity: 32oz / 946ml
Material: BPA-Free Tritan plastic
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Contigo AUTOSPOUT Addison Reusable Water Bottle 24oz

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The Ashland Autospout water bottle from Contigo offers a durable BPA-Free Tritan plastic construction that is leak proof and spill proof.

The 32oz capacity makes it big enough to keep you hydrated for a large part of the day when out sightseeing or on a bushwalk. The clever leak-proof lid offers one-handed drinking using the pop-up straw, meaning you have no lids to remove.

The lid also offers a protective spout helping to keep it clean and hygienic and the bottle and lid are also dishwasher safe making cleaning a breeze. The Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle is perfect to take on any vacation or day trip.

PROS:
  • Autospout Lid – One-handed use
  • BPA-Free Tritan Plastic
  • Protective Cover

CONS:
  • Only 1 Color


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100-percent BPA free; water bottle is made out of tritan, which provides high impact resistance and won't stain or retain odors Features Contigo's Autospout technology button that conveniently flips ...

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Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle, 32-Ounce, Lilac

 

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Travel Water Bottle Buying Guide

Are you looking to buy a new travel water bottle in 2017?

This buying guide will help you identify the features and types of water bottles you should consider as well as the best water bottle brands online. This guide includes travel water bottles made with plastic, glass and stainless steel and provides the benefits of each type. We will also look at collapsible water bottles and bottles offering inbuilt filtration systems.

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Why should you buy a reusable Water Bottle?

In 2017 most travelers would be fully aware of the advantages of buying a good quality water bottle over continually buying bottled water. If you are still not sure then this buying guide will help you make this important decision and highlight all the benefits of a reusable water bottle over store bought plastic bottled water.
Bottled water is a massive business worldwide with brands owned by the large companies including coca-cola, this bottled water is effectively tap water which is available free of charge in most developed countries around the world.  Unfortunately some countries you may visit do not have access to clean drinking water, this doesn’t mean you automatically have to buy bottled water from the store. Reusable water bottles are available with built-in filters to enable you to use them when the quality is questionable and remove bacteria’s causing sickness. Buying bottled water can fill the gap in these areas if you do not have access to one of the filters buy I would treat it as a last resort.

The following are the benefits of a reusable water bottle.

Environmentally Friendly
Buying a reusable water bottle is a lot better for the environment. A large amount of resources are used in manufacturing bottled water and unfortunately most of the empty bottles end up in landfill or even worse enter our water system via rivers and oceans. In most cases the plastic used is not biodegradable meaning it will not break down over time or take 1000’s of years.

What a lot of people do not realize is that water is used during the process of creating the empty bottles used in bottled water. It can also take 3 times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it.

Save Money
Buying a reusable bottle will save you a lot of money over the life of the product. A good quality reusable water bottle can be used countless times. Even the most expensive water bottles ($150+) with inbuilt water filtration and all the latest accessories are still cheaper in the long run than paying up $4 for a bottle of water from a store in the middle of a tourist destination.

Save Space
A lot of backpacks and luggage have extra storage especially for water bottles. You can also buy collapsible water bottles that are completely flat when empty and not in use.

Healthy
Refilling tap water is just as healthy for you as buying bottled water, even if the big manufacturing companies try to tell you different in their marketing campaigns. Most tap water is filtered using carbon as well as UV treated and sometimes chlorine to remove all the bacteria before it reaches the end user.

When to buy bottled water?
If you are visiting 3rd world countries then I recommend you buy a good quality water bottle with filtration included like the Life Straw. In this instance a lot of water borne bacteria could be present and using filtration or buying bottled water is the only alternative to prevent sickness.

Before buying a water bottle in 2017 ask yourself the following questions.

How will I use my Water Bottle?
When you are deciding on the best water bottle to buy to need to consider how you will use the bottle and what activities you will be doing. If you like to backpack for long distances you may want to consider a water bottle with a large capacity or even look at the backpacks with built in water storage.

Do you know your destination?
What is your travel preference? If you prefer to just visit cities then you will probably get away with a smaller bottle. You will get more opportunities to refill your water bottle using water fountains or taps. If you prefer to hike long distances in the middle of nowhere then you need to ensure you get a larger capacity water bottle to ensure you are always hydrated.

What climate will you be visiting?
Warmer climates will require a water bottle with more insulation to prevent the water from become warm and undrinkable.  If you are visiting a colder climate you may want to fill your bottle with hot water for making coffee, tea or soups. Plenty of people have used a water bottle filled with hot water in their sleeping bag to keep them warm on cold winter nights.

What capacity water bottle do I need?
Water bottles come in a variety of sizes and shapes, the capacity you need if up to personal preference. The world health authorities recommend you drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Keeping that in mind you need to consider the destination, climate and what to the access to water will be like at your destination. Make sure you buy one big enough for your needs and small enough to be easily transported. CamelBak offer a great online Hydration Calculator

Do you want hot and cold drinks?
Are you looking to use the water bottle for hot and cold water? Answering this will help you decide the type of bottle you should buy. Metal water bottles can get too hot if not insulated correctly while plastic bottles can be used with hot and cold water.

How often will you access your bottle?
Consider how often you need to access your bottle or refill it, some models offer the ability for quick access while some are screw caps. This can be down to personal preference however you need to ensure you choose the correct bottle for the activity you are doing.

Is buying multiple bottles better?
If you are a regular traveler it may be better to buy several different types of water bottles so you have the best option for the trip you are tasking next.

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What are the best water bottle brands available?

CamelBak
CamelBak was founded in 1989 as a manufacturer of hydration packs used by elite sportsman and the military. Since then the company has begun selling a wide range of hydration products and water bottles. We recommend the CamelBak Eddy range for their fantastic value and range of accessories.

Nalgene
Nalgene is considered to be one of the first manufacturers of water bottles. The original design were based on bottles used in the laboratory process that started to become popular with Hikers in the 1970’s and 80’s. The company now makes a wide range of water bottles in different colors, sizes and shapes. They also manufacture a range of Kids water bottles with iconic designs. Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle

Sigg
Sigg is a Swiss company that has over 100 years of experience designing quality products who are now best known for their range of stainless steel water bottles. The company now produces a wide range of plastic and metal bottles for adults and kids. Sigg Classic Traveller 1L Bottle

Thermos
Thermos is probably best known for their range insulated containers used for keeping soup hot on cold days. The company now makes a wide range of products including a great range of travel water bottles in plastic and stainless steel.

Nomader
Nomader are a range of collapsible water bottles designed for travel and keeping you hydrated ‘Nomader’ where you go. The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle – Leak Proof Twist Cap is a great choice if you are looking for a collapsible water bottle.
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Tips for using water bottles

Travel Water Bottle Tips

Empty bottle before Airport Check In
Most airports and some train station will make you empty your water bottle before going through the security checkpoint. This can be annoying if you have just bought a bottle from the shop. With a reusable water bottle you can empty it out and then refill using a tap, or bottle filling station once you are into the boarding area.

Drink water to avoid Jet Lag
Water has been proven to help fight Jet Lag when traveling. Drink plenty of water while in the air to remain hydrated and avoid sugary drinks or alcohol which helps to dehydrate you. Humidity is low inside an aircraft cabin meaning the air is very dry, this is part of the reason you don’t feel your best after a long flight, taking regular sips from your new water bottle will help you overcome this. Some newer planes have water filling stations on board or you can kindly ask your flight attendant to refill your water bottle for you.

Know the water quality of your destination
Before you leave for any new destination check out the local water quality, the World Health Organization offers some great information on countries where the water quality is not ideal. If your travels take you to one of these countries you cannot fill your bottle or even brush your teeth. In this situation it is a good idea to buy a portable water filtration system or a filtered water bottle. Some of these bottles offer inbuilt filters that can remove 99.99% of bacteria that causes stomach bugs including E.coli and salmonella.

Stay Hydrated at all times
Keeping hydrated is the key to helping your body cope with the rigors associated with travel. As you know your body clock is thrown into chaos if you travel to different time zones or across the equator. When your body is tired and run down it is a lot easier for you to pick up colds and flu’s which can quickly ruin your vacation.

Ensure you constantly refill your water bottle whenever possible while traveling to avoid any signs of dehydration. Usually thirst and dark colored urine are the first signs of dehydration followed by headaches and more serious symptoms. It can be easy to forget to drink your daily requirement of 2 litres of water while traveling as you are caught up in the moment and having fun.

Different Climates
As mentioned earlier visiting different climates affects the amount of water you need to consume daily. In a hotter or dryer climate you sweat a lot more than you normally do leading to early signs of dehydration. Make sure you adjust your water intake accordingly especially if your are doing activities like hiking or adventure sports.

Protecting your Water Bottle
It is a good idea to protect your water bottle to help it last longer. Most backpacks and daypacks have built in pockets available, check out the size and make sure the water bottle you buy fits snugly into this holder. If you have an older bag without a bottle holder you can buy a cheap Carabiner, or look for water bottles with one built in. You can then easily clip your water bottle to your luggage.

Look for durable water bottles that can survive what travel throws at them including bumps, dents and scratches.

Clean your water bottle regularly
A lot of people have asked how to clean and maintain your water bottle. If you are using a plastic water bottle and it starts to show signs of mold or calcium deposits I would suggest throwing the bottle out and buying a new one. Metal water bottles can be cleaned using baking soda and vinegar or even placing in the dishwasher. Klean Kanteen offers some great videos showing how to take care of your bottle.

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Different types of water bottle materials compared

After you have answered some of the questions above and know how you are going to use your bottle, you need to determine what material the bottle should be made of. The most common materials used to manufacture the bottles include metal, plastic and glass and before deciding what material you need to consider the pros and cons of each type.

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Plastic Water Bottles

Plastic Water bottles are the most common type of bottle you will find. Because plastic is a very versatile material it can be molded into a wide variety of shapes and design. Plastic is cheap to manufacture which helps keep the cost of the water bottle to a minimum compared to steel or glass.

When we are talking about plastic bottles we mean reusable plastic bottles and not the store bought equivalent.

Plastic is quite a durable material which will allow a lot more knocks and bumps before breaking compared with metal water bottles. It is also very lightweight which helps you reduce the amount you have to carry while on your trip.

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What about BPA Free Water Bottles?

BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical used in the manufacturing process to help harden the plastic. Bottles made with BPA have been shown to break down over time with the potential of the toxins of the plastic leaching into the water.

In 2017 it is extremely unlikely that you will find a plastic water bottle for sale that contains BPA. All the plastic bottles we have compared are BPA-Free

In 2017 it is extremely unlikely that you will find a plastic water bottle for sale that contains any BPA and most manufactures will declare that the bottle is BPA Free.

PROS:
  • Lightweight compared with metal and glass
  • Cheaper alternative than metal or glass
  • More durable than glass and shatterproof
  • Water in a plastic bottle can be hot, cold or frozen
  • Huge variety in design

CONS:
  • BPA Health Concerns
  • Possibly leaching of plastic
  • Plastic is less durable than metal
  • Plastic can taint if you use liquid other than water.
  • The plastic can crack after years of wear and tear.

NALGENE Tritan 1-Quart Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle
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NALGENE Tritan 1-Quart Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle

BPA free, made using the finest plastics and metals Great for use in both outdoor and indoor activities Great look and innovative carrying solutions ...

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Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
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Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart

Nalgene's bestselling water bottle for more than 20 years Opening accommodates most water filters Made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan co-polyester with ...

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$5.01

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Metal Water Bottles

Metal water bottles have become a lot more popular in recent years as designs have become more user friendly instead of the standard flask design. Different sizes are available as well as many different colors.

We recommend that you only consider metal water bottles that have been made using stainless steel and not cheaper aluminum.

We recommend that you only consider metal water bottles that have been made using stainless steel and not cheaper aluminum. You need to remember that metal conducts heat so the bottles tend to heat up quite quickly in a warmer climate unless the bottles have been insulated. Also if the bottles are not insulated then you cannot use them for hot liquids as the outside of the bottle will heat up quickly.

Stainless steel water bottles offer a good alternative to plastic as they are non-reactive and there is no need to worry about plastics leaching into the water over extended use. So if you are worried about the potential health effect of BPA or other toxins then metal might be a good alternative. Some people do complain about a metallic taste however If you buy a the good quality stainless steel water bottle then this should be an issue

Metal is also extremely durable and can take a decent knock and dent which only affects the look of the bottle and not its usage.

PROS:
  • Non-Reactive – no leaching of toxins
  • Lighter than glass alternatives
  • Durable and can survive
  • Good range of sizes and colors now available

CONS:
  • Metal heats up quickly in warmer climates.
  • Not good for hot liquids
  • Heavier than plastic bottles
  • Metallic taste with some cheaper bottles

Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle
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Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle

Safe alternative to plastic and lined metal containers. High quality food grade 304 L.N. stainless steel. Durable, lightweight, reusable and 100% ...

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Klean Kanteen 12-Ounce Classic Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle With Loop Cap
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Klean Kanteen 12-Ounce Classic Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle With Loop Cap

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Sports Bottle BPA-free & eco-friendly with BPA free loop cap Made of 18/8, food-grade stainless steel, ...

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Glass Water Bottles

A lot of people think that water tastes better from a glass bottle however they are not a great option for traveling.
Glass is the most fragile of the 3 materials tested and can shatter under some circumstances. Some of the newer models are a combination of glass inner with an outer made of rubber, silicon or plastic to help add to the bottles overall durability.

I would only recommend glass water bottles for low impact activities or to keep at the hotel or apartment. My experience is they bang against other items in your backpack and have you constantly worried about them breaking.

PROS:
  • Great Tasting with no metallic or plastic taint
  • Newer models are becoming more durable

CONS:
  • Glass is the heaviest of the materials tested
  • Most fragile and possibility of shattering

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Filtered Water Bottles


If you are traveling to a third world country, or even refilling your bottle from a river or stream then the risk of water borne illness can be quite high.

Filtered Water bottles like the Life Straw Go are now quite common and allow for you to scoop up water from any location and safely consume without risking illness. These bottles offer inbuilt water filters that can remove 99.99% of bacteria including E.coli and salmonella.

These filters are ideal if you are heading to a third world country as nothing ruins a vacation that a case of the Delhi belly.

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter
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LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter

23-ounce water bottle with integrated replaceable LifeStraw filters up to 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of water down to 0.2 Microns Leak-proof bottle ...

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Hydration Bladders

Hydration bladders have become a lot more common over the last few years with daypacks like CamelBak offering built-in bladders as well as inserts for backpacks available. These are not technically a water bottle but we have included them for comparison purposes.
The water bladders are usually designed for hiking or backpacking and have a larger capacity to avoid you having to constantly refill your water bottle. Away from the great outdoors they offer little functionality and are unlikely to be used while at the hotel or touring the city. We recommend the Camelbak HydroBak 50 oz Hydration Pack

PROS:
  • Large Capacity
  • Easy access using built in straw.
  • Bladder is part of the backpack

CONS:
  • Limited use outside of hiking
  • Most fragile and possibility of shattering.
  • Expensive


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Water bottle cap types

Water bottles now offer a large variety of cap types with options including screw caps, quick access caps, sports caps and straws. When looking for a water bottle make sure the brand you buy offers replacement parts which help to add features and extend the life of the bottle.

Pop Top style sports caps have become quite popular on water bottles and allow one-handed access which is handy when travelling especially with luggage or backpack. Inbuilt straws like the Camelback Eddy are also extremely handy for traveling and offer a large amount of replacement parts. Screw caps are not as convenient as you are required to stop to unscrew the cap.

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Summary: Best Water Bottles online in 2017?

Choosing the best water bottle usually comes down to you personal preference. In 2017 you have many different sizes, brands, materials and styles available for purchase. I hope our guide has helped answer some of your questions.

Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Born in the UK and now living in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of Western China and also spent time in Europe. As a family they have traveled to the USA several times, Canada, Europe and China. Next Stop is Iceland in September 2018.

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