More and more Americans are ditching their sodas, juices, and sugary drinks for some good old, quality H2O. The only problem is, we’re reaching for bottled water instead of the stuff from the tap. Whether you’re one of the many people who don’t trust tap water anymore, or simply think bottled water “tastes better,” take just a second to hear us out on copping one of the best water bottles for your daily use.
Not only is the bottled water you’re drinking just purified, municipal and river water, these disposable bottles can take up to 1,000 years to bio-degrade and, if burned (as most are at the end of their life cycle), can produce toxic fumes that pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. This means that a majority of these temporary products cast away as litter, end up in a landfill, our city streams, and eventually the ocean–polluting and distancing our relationship with accessible drinking water.
While recycling is an option when it comes to this plastic nuisance, it’s not exactly the most environmentally friendly solution. Only certain types of plastic bottles can be recycled and it’s usually a high-energy intensive process to recycle them properly.
So, let’s all do our part to help ourselves and the environment simultaneously by opting for an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle, rather than your standard 24-pack of Safeway Select. We put together a list of the 10 best water bottles out there to aid you in your transition. Most of these are inexpensive, attractive, and will last you at least a decade. Grab one of these and we guarantee you’ll feel better about how you hydrate.
Nalgene on the Fly ($11)
Unbreakable and made from BPA-free plastic with a fully-attached cap, Nalgene offers a stoic reusable bottle that’s become the set-standard for sports and on-the-go hydration.
Helme Shaker Bottle($18)
For those of you who want your water filled with protein, try out the Helme shaker bottle. Sold with a built-in mixing lid, mixer ball, and a removable 6 oz. cup for additional storage, this is for the gym rats out there. Simply fill with water, add a couple of scoops of protein powder into the mixing lid, shake, and you’re on your way muscle town.
CamelBak eddy ($15)
With a no-spill bite-spout and an interior straw going all the way to the bottom, you’ll never have to crane your neck to get the last drops of water ever again with the CamelBak eddy. Just make sure to wash out the spout ever so often; if water is left for too long, mold can sprout. It’s dishwasher safe, to make your life easier.
Hidrate Spark ($55)
This water bottle is a bit pricier than the others, but for good reason. If you’re looking into transitioning to a fish-like consumption of water, this bottle connects via Bluetooth to a hydration app that syncs up with all your smart health devices. Set your hydration goals for the day with the app and watch as this bottle records how many sips. If you’re falling short of your water-intake goal, the bottle will glow softly, alerting you to the fact that you need to drink more.
If you’re an avid water drinker, then to Corkcicle you’re a ‘Waterman.’ Their Waterman collection comes in six different colors and a durable matte finish. If the looks alone don’t convince you, this bottle made of triple insulated stainless steel, which will keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours, or hot for up to 12, without freezing or sweating.
Klean Kanteen ($17)
Unlike most other Klean Kanteen bottle types, this one has a sport opening with a soft silicone spout, 25% higher flow rate and “chirp” free drinking experience. The large opening easily fits ice and the stainless steel design affords durability at a low price. The clipping ability makes Klean Kanteen one of the best water bottles for outdoor use, if not one of the most durable. Your daypack and hike without worrying where your water will come from.
Lifestraw Go ($35)
The Lifestraw Go water bottle is every hiker’s dream and one of the best water bottles out there. Simply fill the 670 ML bottle up from any pond, river or stream and drink clean, filtered water from the integrated filter straw. No need for water purification tablets or a pump here: Lifestraw removes up to 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoa. And this bottle is not only good for you and the environment, for every Lifestraw Go purchased, Lifestraw donates an entire year of clean drinking water during school to a child in Africa.
Soma Bottle ($30)
The ultimate eco-friendly reusable, this bottle is made of shatter-proof glass and boasts a leak-proof bamboo cap made from completely renewable resources. The bottle also sports four different colors, a soft-grip silicone sleeve, and for every Soma Bottle purchased, a donation is made to charity: water, a nonprofit that supports safe drinking water projects globally.
S’well Teakwood ($35)
This double vacuum water bottle features a beautiful Teakwood finish on the exterior that says nothing but ‘classy.’ Bring this to the board meeting and everyone else at the table will be too distracted by its beauty to notice its practicality.
Sometimes water bottles are too big and bulky for travel. This collapsible bladder is perfect for hitting the trail, traveling, or on-the-go usage. When not in use, it can be rolled up and secured on itself, allowing you to eliminate excess weight and the need for additional space that comes with a standard, rigid water bottle. Take this empty bottle with you through airport security, fill up at a fountain on the other side, and rest easy knowing you’ll be well-hydrated while in the air.
Well, what’re you waiting for? Pick up one of the best water bottles and become the magnificent water-drunkard (or the guy who’s always hydrated) that you were meant to be.
Article updated March, 28, 2017 by Bryan Holt.