Best Water Bottle: The Top Nine Water Bottles for Any Occasion

Best water bottle review
Daniel Carraway
Written by Daniel Carraway

When was the last time you went somewhere and had to take your own drinks with you? It probably hasn’t been that long because most people find that they want a water bottle when they go to a game, the park or on vacation.

It’s a whole lot easier and cheaper to carry your own drinks, but if you’re going to be heading out for a hike, backpacking or rock climbing it changes quickly from a convenience to a necessity. That’s also when it becomes extremely important to have the best water bottle possible to keep your drink from spilling and to make sure that it stays cold longer.

We’ll start by considering the most important factors for you when you decide to pick up your next water bottle and then we’ll get into some of the best water bottles we’ve found and just why you may want to give them a try.

What to Look for in A Water Bottle

When you start looking for the right water bottle there are several things you want to consider to make sure you’re getting something that’s going to work for your needs.

A water bottle doesn’t just need to hold water; it also needs to fit your needs for the event. That’s why it’s important to look at several different factors before you pick the one that works for you, even if you find one that you just ‘like’ for any reason. A water bottle for going to a game or just running to the park can be something you pick up just because it’s cute, but one for longer periods of time needs a whole lot more.

Water bottles

One of the first things you want to look at for your next water bottle is the size. You need something that’s going to last at least as long as it will take you to get to the next water stop. If you’re going to be hiking up a mountain and you’re only going to have a chance to stop after three miles you need enough water to get you three miles.

If you can stop every hour you might not need as large of a container. Remember also that you need to be able to carry the container when it’s full. That means you want a water bottle in most cases and not a large canteen or canister that you’re not going to be able to lift.

Next, consider the material that your bottle is made of. You want something that is going to hold your water easily, without breaking (which we’ll get into more in a minute) but also something that’s going to be lightweight and keep your drink cold.

You’ll drink warmer water if you need to, but the longer it can stay cool the better you’re going to enjoy it. Water bottles come in a variety of different materials from plastic (most common among short-term bottles) to glass and stainless steel. You want to look at the different options and decide which one is your favorite by comparing durability to how long the cold wateris going to stay cold.

Water Bottles made with different materials

Another equally important aspect to consider is the durability of the bottle. Sure you want something you can easily drink out of and that you can attach to your pack all day, but you also want something that is going to survive if it gets dropped. If you drop that bottle on a rock or into a river and have to fish it out is it still going to work?

Because you don’t want to be on pins and needles worried about your water bottle getting damaged when you don’t have a way of getting another one.

Make sure the one you have is sturdy and can handle at least a drop from your own height (like if it slips out of your hand when you’re taking a drink). You don’t need to worry so much about dropping it off a cliff (because who’s going to go all the way down there to get it and see if it’s still good?) but short distances should be good.

The nozzle is also going to be important because it’s going to be how you drink. Some water bottles might not have a lid at all and you just have to drink from the open mouth of the bottle. For some people this is easier to do but others prefer an actual spout to drink from that might require you to flip a cap or pull up on the nozzle to release.

These can be easier if you’re going to be taking a drink while you’re moving because it’s easier to do without having to worry about spilling. Not as much water can get out at a time and that means more of it goes directly into your mouth instead of dripping down the front of you or onto the ground where it’s going to be wasted.

There’s also some difference when it comes to the grip you can get on a water bottle. Some have a smooth surface and therefore it can be harder to hold onto if you’re cold or sweaty or wet.

Water bottle grip

Others might have a specially designed grip cover or may have a more ergonomic shape that makes them easier to hold onto. This can be better if you’re going to need a drink in different types of situations and weather because you can easily hold onto the bottle and not have to worry about dropping it or spilling the water that you really need for the trip.

After all, the water that’s in the bottle can get on the outside too and without the right grip it’s easy for all that water to end up soaking into the dirt.

Finally, think about how it’s going to attach to your other belongings. You want to make sure you can easily use a carabineer clip or a tie or something that will help you keep track of your water bottle at all times.

If you have an extra pocket on your bag that might be fine, but not everybody does and sometimes you need a different (and better) way to attach that bottle to make sure it’s with you when you need to use it. Don’t let it attach improperly and be lost somewhere along the trail. Instead, make sure that it’s going to attach firmly for an extended period of time and you won’t have to keep checking to make sure it’s there.

Reviews for Top Products On The Market

The water bottles that we’re going to talk about right here are some of the best that we’ve been able to find. We’ve considered a number of different factors including those that we talked about above like the durability, the material and the size of the bottle to decide what the best ones are (or at least which ones we believe are).

However, there’s always going to be plenty of options. Just make sure you give these at least a fair chance before you make up your mind.

Klean Kanteen Classic 27-Ounce Stainless Steel Bottle

Klean Kanteen Classic 27-Ounce Stainless Steel Bottle with Loop Cap

Weight: 0.38 lbs.

Dimensions: 9” x 2.75” x 2.75”

Specific Features: Holds 27 ounces, twist off cap with loop for attachment, 1.75” opening, stainless steel

Best Use: Shorter trips, lightweight needs

Description: If you’re looking to go out for a shorter day trip or you’re heading to the game then the Klean Kanteen Classic is a great option because it not only provides you with plenty of water, 27 ounces, but also is lightweight and easy to carry.

You can use a strap to attach the lid to your bag or to carry it in your hand and you can easily keep your water or other drinks cool longer because it’s made with stainless steel. Available in several different colors, it makes sure the flavor stays in your drink and not on the bottle, so the next time you want to bring something with you the flavor doesn’t bleed into a new drink.

Nalgene Translucent Wide Mouth Bottle

Nalgene Translucent Wide Mouth Bottle

Weight: 6.4 oz.

Dimensions: 9” x 4” x 4”

Specific Features: Holds 16 ounces, twist off cap attached, measurements on side, dishwasher safe

Best Use: Short term excursions, little water needed

Description: The Nalgene Translucent Wide Mouth bottle has just that, a very wide mouth that allows you to easily drink from it without having to worry about losing the lid because it stays firmly attached even when twisted off. Not only that but it comes in several different color options and though the 6.4 ounce is the most popular, it’s definitely not the only one.

Not only that but this bottle is impact resistant so it won’t break if dropped and is made of leak proof, dishwasher safe, BPA free triton copolyester. That means you won’t have any problem with odor, breaks or melting.

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Wide Mouth w Flex Cap

Weight: 0.69 lbs.

Dimensions: 8.31” x 2.87” x 8.31”

Specific Features: Cold up to 24 hours, hot up to 6, double wall vacuum insulated, 18/8 stainless steel

Best Use: Want hot or cold to stay that way, need larger sizes for longer trips

Description: Able to hold anywhere between 18 ounces and 40 ounces, the Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated water bottle is available in several sizes and several colors as well. Each of them has a double wall vacuum insulated exterior and is made BPA free with professional food grade stainless steel.

It comes with a flex cap which has a straw to make drinking even easier and you can easily add your own filter to make your water even safer to drink. Not to mention you can use this for hot or cold beverages and keep them that way longer. It has a handle to allow you to carry it easily or attach to a bag and it offers a lifetime warranty.

Lifefactory Unisex Glass Bottle with Classic Cap 22 oz. Red

Lifefactory Unisex Glass Bottle with Classic Cap 22 oz. Red

Weight: 1.1 lbs.

Dimensions: 3.1” x 3.1” x 10.5”

Specific Features: Silicone grip sleeve, glass bottle, dishwasher safe

Best Use: Moderate size needed, better grip needed

Description: If you’re looking for a water bottle that you can easily hang onto no matter what you’re doing or where you are then the Lifefactory Unisex Glass Bottle is definitely a good option.

Of course, being as it’s made of glass it’s a little more fragile, but the silicone grip actually helps to keep that safe as well. Not only that but it has a wide mouth so you can easily add mixes, ice or anything you want and it doesn’t have BPA’s, PVC or any other chemicals.

This one holds 22 ounces but there are several available in other sizes from 12 ounces on up if you need something a little smaller. In all, this one is offered in many colors, has a great price and even has an easy to use lid with a handle to carry easily.

AVEX Brazos Water Bottle, Blue, 25-Ounce

AVEX Brazos Water Bottle, Blue, 25-Ounce

Weight: 0.35 lbs.

Dimensions: 10.25” x 3” x 3”

Specific Features: Lightweight, one handed use, clip on/carry handle

Best Use: Lightweight, moderate size, inexpensive

Description: Looking for the ideal water bottle to take with you to yoga class? Well you have definitely found it here. This AVEX Brazos water bottle is only 25 ounces but it’s easy to use with a one-handed flip top for easy drinking.

It also has an auto-seal button to keep your water from leaking and it has a clip so you can attach it to your bag. Made with heavy duty plastic it’s entirely BPA free and safe to drink and drop or even put in the dishwasher. It really is that durable and it’s designed to keep your drink cool and ready whenever you are.

CamelBak Eddy .75L Water Bottle

CamelBak Eddy .75L Water Bottle

Weight: 0.4 lbs.

Dimensions: 3” x 3” x 10”

Specific Features: Lightweight, bite valve for no spills, lifetime guarantee

Best Use: Short trip, lightweight

Description: For those who want a name synonymous with quality in the way of sporting goods water bottles CamelBak is the way to go. They offer some high quality water bottles and this CamelBak Eddy is no exception.

It has a bite valve straw so you don’t have to worry about ever spilling your water and it’s entirely BPA and BPS free. Not only that but you can wash it in the dishwasher and you can connect it to a backpack or waistband with just a carabineer clip.

It’s available in a variety of colors and a very reasonable price at the same time so you really can’t go wrong with this one. Made with heavy duty Eastman Triton copolyester, it’s designed to withstand drops and abuse.

Vapur Element Bottle

Vapur Element bottle

Weight: 3.2oz.

Specific Features: Rolls up when not in use, durable when dropped

Best Use: Lightweight, small amount of water needed, cold water more important

Description: Slightly different from anything else we’ve mentioned here, the Vapur Element bottle is made with BPA free polyethylene and nylon that means it doesn’t actually have a hard shell. This may make it seem weaker but it’s actually built for anything and easy to store because you can roll it up when empty or not in use.

You can even freeze the bottle so you have ice cold water to start with. Available in several colors and sizes it has an integrated carabineer and a one-handed flip top to make drinking easier. Extremely inexpensive, this bottle is very lightweight and easy to fill. It can be a little harder to hold onto though, especially when all 0.7 liters aren’t full.

Platypus PlusBottle

Platypus PlusBottle

Weight: 0.05 lbs.

Dimensions: 1.75” x 7.5” x 6.75”

Specific Features: Soft & flexible film, anti-microbial treated, collapsible

Best Use: Easy carrying, lightweight, less quantity

Description: If you’re looking for a water bottle that’s a little more unique and that will give you a decent amount of space at the same time the Platypus PlusBottle is the one for you. You can choose between a push-pull cap or a closure cap depending on your preference and you get a BPA free silver-ion container that makes sure you get absolutely nothing you don’t want in your water.

The bottle itself is flexible but very strong so you can easily hook a carabineer to the loop and attach it to your bag. When it’s empty all you have to do is roll it up and you’re ready to go. Even better, this bottle is made in the United States and has a limited lifetime warranty.

Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle with Loop Cap 20-Ounce

Weight: 0.64 lbs.

Dimensions: 8.75” x 2.94” x 2.94”

Specific Features: Keeps water cold up to 24 hours, hot up to 6 hours, plenty of colors

Best Use: When water needs to be kept cold, lightweight, low quantity of water needed

Description: A high quality bottle that’s available in a variety of different colors to fit your favorites, the Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated bottle is designed to fit in a cupholder, which means it’s easy to carry with you when you travel in and out of the car.

It’s also made with high performance vacuum insulation to keep everything cold and has a double wall construction that means it’s durable no matter what happens to the outside. Able to hold 20 ounces, it’s definitely ready to keep your water clean with a BPA free form.

What’s Your Favorite?

Out of all the water bottles that we checked out and evaluated, these ones were our favorites because they combine a number of different factors. They have great features and they’re going to help you get where you want to go without suffering from dehydration. Still, there are other options out there.

Water bottles on the beach

So, if you can’t find your favorite on our list let us know. We would love to hear why you love a certain model and how it helped you during hikes and other activities.

Daniel Carraway
Daniel Carraway

Daniel Carraway joined our team last year. He is a gear freak when it comes to hiking, climbing and camping. He went to REI Outdoor School to meet new people and learn best practices. Don’t even try to argue with him about the latest backpack or ice axe, he tried most of them. Daniel’s dream is to climb Mount Everest.

  • Kim Bromley

    I was torn between the Hydroflask and the Klean Kanteen so I ended up buying the both of them! I feel the Hydro keeps liquids hotter, though, if I put the lid on right after filling it up, it tends to leak a little. I don’t know for sure but I think it has something to do with the heat building pressure. The Kanteen, on the other hand, seems to keep liquids cooler so I alternate between the two depending on what I’m drinking. Be careful with the Hydro – it dents very easily. Doesn’t affect the bottles usage though!

  • Ryan Freeman

    Surprisingly, for something made out of glass, the Lifefactory is very robust and takes hits very well! Despite dropping it in the street recently, it did not smash or even chip. The lid took a slight scrape but that’s about it! I think the silicone web around the bottle is a big reason for its hardiness (and provides good grip too!) I’ve attached a carabiner to the handle and attached that to my bag thus saving on space too. The only gripe I have is that it doesn’t seem to fit in most cup holders. Not a major issue though.

  • Daniel Carraway

    Thanks for the great review Kim! A lot of our readers do appreciate your honest opinion on these products. It gives them a lot of option on what to choose.

  • Daniel Carraway

    The silicon grip makes a great protector and the bottle won’t easily break because of it. For hands that are a bit clumsy, this bottle will be their best friend. I guarantee it. 🙂