Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. And though we’ve written about a collapsible water bottle and an insulated water bottle before, here, we’re going deep on the best water bottles on Amazon, according to the people — all of which are BPA-free. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best stainless-steel water bottle
“I bought this bottle for my boys after they asked to have a S’well bottle like mine. I couldn’t fathom spending the money on S’well bottles for two young boys. I came across the Mira bottle and figured I give it a shot being that two Mira bottles were just over the price of one Swell bottle. We have now had them for about three months, and they have been put to great use. Minus all the different designs the S’well bottles have, they are identical in appearance and performance. Their Mira bottles have actually outperformed me and my husband’s Swell bottles as far as appearance. [Since they’re] little boys, their bottles have been dropped multiple times, used as props when playing, and left outside — and there is not even a dent on the bottle or scratch on the paint. Meanwhile, our S’well bottles’ paint is chipped and flaking all over, and they are not too much older . The next bottle I purchase for myself will be the Mira bottle. Very happy with this find and purchase!”
Best insulated water bottle
“This is, without a doubt, the best water bottle I have ever owned. For $40, yes, it is rather expensive, but worth every penny. They are not lying or exaggerating when they say that this thing keeps your drinks cold, and for a very long time. I filled it up with water and ice before going on a road trip from San Jose, California, to Las Vegas (about eight hours of driving). When I made it to Vegas, there was still ice in the bottle! I leave it in my car on a regular basis as I drive around town and even after hours of running errands, and the water is still cold!
Not only is this bottle extremely well-insulated, but it also doesn’t ‘sweat,’ so you’ll never have to deal with condensation on the outside of the bottle or a small puddle underneath it. The finish is also extremely high-quality and is scratch-, oil-, and fingerprint-resistant. I love the shade of dark blue on mine, and there’s plenty of different colors to choose from.
It’s so good, I’m thinking about getting a second one, just to have; although if this were the last water bottle I ever owned for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly happy with that as well.”
Best stainless-steel water bottle with auto-seal lid
“I drink a lot of water every day, and I’ve been very impressed with the design and overall functionality of this water bottle. It holds 24 ounces and keeps my water cold for a long time. I love the ease of the one-touch button to dispense water from it. I can keep the flip-top open to drink from easier while driving or keep it on to keep the dispenser area clean. I don’t have to worry about bugs flying into it either, as it instantly closes upon release. If it tips over, it never spills. The handle makes it easier to carry around. It’s easy to hold but a tad slippery, as there is no grippers to it, but overall not an issue. Even when full it’s not too heavy. Fits easily in bottle holders as well, as the base isn’t wide. Due to the small hole size, it never drips all over [and I never] accidentally tip it too much as with some water bottles that drench me.”
Best stainless-steel water bottle with covered spout
“I cannot say enough positive things about this water bottle! I am super picky about my bottles, and this one met every single criteria … I love how the drinking spout is small, since I am a klutz. I walk while I drink (busy at work) and tend to spill all over myself with wide-mouth openings. The spout is plastic, which I prefer because I don’t like drinking off metal pieces (they have hit my teeth in the past, and it is not a good feeling). The whole lid also comes off, which is a great feature because it makes it easy to wash the inside. Finally, it is leakproof. The twisted cap seems to seal the bottle very well, and I do not anticipate leakage in the future. (My last bottle started leaking after a couple months because of the poor seal). The handle is large enough to carry it using a couple fingers. Also, the handle moves with your hand, making it more comfortable.”
Best BPA-free plastic water bottle
“We live in the desert of Arizona, and for months, we can have high temperatures in the hundreds and lows in the 90s. We used to go through a lot of disposable water bottles from the store — two to three cases a week. We were looking to find a way to keep the convenience of water bottles without throwing away so much plastic, when we purchased the first of our Nalgene bottles. We now own about 30 of the bottles in different shapes and colors and sizes. We fill them up with our water purifier next to the sink. The water tastes just as good or better than bottled water. These bottles don’t hold ‘smells’ like we’ve encountered with other bottles. The 16-ounce is the most popular in our household; however, we do have a few 32-ounce-size bottles, too, and they are handy for times when more water is going to be needed.”
Best BPA-free plastic water bottle with straw
“I was looking for a nice water bottle to carry with me wherever, and this fit the bill perfectly. This bottle is my daily carry. It goes with me to the gym, classes, work, everywhere. It isn’t too big, but carries enough water for a couple of hours for me. The bite valve ensures there will be no spills, and I enjoy having the straw, so I don’t have to tilt the bottle every time I want a drink. It takes falls and drops like a champ, and I don’t think there is any other brand that could stand up to CamelBak quality.”
Best BPA-free plastic water bottle with pop-top lid
“I am a very clumsy person and I tend to drop things a lot, but no matter how many times I drop this water bottle, it doesn’t break or spill open. I have used stainless-steel water bottles in the past, but they end up dented and don’t stand up anymore. The cap on this bottle is revolutionary in my opinion. Not only does it snap close, there’s also a latch that fits over the lid so that there is no possible way it can become unfastened. I also like the size of the hole to drink out of and the fact that I don’t have to screw off the entire lid to refill it. I love this Nalgene design so much that I now have three.”
Best filtered water bottle
“I bought two of these water bottles for my hiking trip. I brought them up to the White Mountains where I got the opportunity to try them out. Water tastes great and refreshing. I feel good knowing that I’m using a filter product since water in the northeast has giardia, along with other parasites living in the water systems. The bottle is durable and BPA-free and comes with a clip so that it can attach to the outside of your backpack. Water is easy to suck through the mouth piece. The filter doesn’t seem to add any flavor to the water, which I like. I spent a week up there using this bottle. My friend and I did not contract anything from the water. LifeStraw has become my new must-have for all hiking trips. It gives you peace of mind that the water you drink has been filtered and is clean.”
Best squeeze water bottle
“I’m a frequent reviewer here but I was really compelled to write a review for the CamelBak Podium Big Chill. I’ll be writing it from the perspective of a cyclist. First of all, it sits in my water cage perfectly. Toward the top of the bottle there are little indentions to make gripping and squeezing the bottle easier. This is perfect for getting it out of the cage during a ride and taking a drink … When squeezing the bottle, the water does shoot out from the top with a lot of force. Nothing to cause an injury, but this is truly a sports water bottle. This isn’t a sippy cup. This is not as cool as the vacuum-sealed 12-hour bottles from Thermos. However, this is a different type of bottle, so it’s not fair to compare against those. I use the Thermos for when I’m at work all day or maybe at the gym. This one is excellent for riding or for working out. I’ll be purchasing more in the future.”
Coldest water bottle
“I’ve never written a review before, but I had to make this my first one. This water bottle is exactly what it advertises itself to be. It’s amazing! I filled it with water and ice at 8 a.m., and at 8 p.m., it’s still freezing cold, without being in the fridge or freezer at all. It’s been with me in room temperature the whole day, and I accidentally spilled it on myself and thought it was the ice-bucket challenge all over again.”
Best water bottle with interchangeable lids
“First, this bottle is insulated, so it keeps my water ice-cold for literally an entire day. (Have you ever gone to take a sip out of your large plastic water bottle as the day wears on, and it’s warm or even hot? It’s terrible!) No longer an issue with Liquid Savvy. Second, again due to the insulation, this bottle doesn’t get ‘sweaty.’ No more coming back to your desk to find an important document, or cord, or phone (or anything for that matter) sitting in a pool of water left from condensation on your water bottle. Third, this bottle comes with three different types of interchangeable lids. Awesome! I particularly like the lid with the sip-top, so I don’t have to unscrew the top each time I want to have a drink.”
Best glass water bottle
“I really love this water bottle. I wanted a glass water bottle for environmental and health reasons, but was nervous because I have a bad habit of knocking things over. I am pleased to say that I’ve knocked this water bottle over a ton with no problem! The rubber or silicone around the glass does a good job of protecting it, as well as helping me keep my grip on it to prevent further accidents. I haven’t even had it leak (especially good since I keep it next to my books beside my bed).”
Best kids’ water bottle
“I keep trying to transition my older toddler to a ‘big person’ or ‘normal’ cup, but she keeps giving me reasons not to, such as giving her lunch a bath in it, or turning it upside down to see where the water might go. So when I purged some of my sippy cups because they were wearing down, I decided to transition over to these water bottles instead. They both use them regularly, and I am a huge fan. They don’t seem to leak, and they hold a large amount of fluid, which is good for longer trips out of the house. I don’t fill it all the way for my younger girl because it gets pretty heavy for her, and I can totally see her dropping it on her face while drinking because she’s a klutz. The entire bottle is three pieces: the cup, the valve, and the lid. Each of the pieces can go in the dishwasher. The valve is a simple clear-plastic piece, and the water passes through the valve right to the holes in the lid. There don’t appear to be any hidden spaces where water could get trapped or mold could grow, so these seem pretty solid. They’ve held up well in the dishwasher, and I’ve washed them about 40 times now, give or take. They’ve stood up well to dropping from the high chair, too. I will be sticking to buying these going forward. Also, did I mention it says, ‘Made in the USA?’”
Best spill-proof water bottle for kids
“I love these — bought them for my boys for school backpacks and baseball games! I wish they could insulate better because ice melts fast. However, they absolutely do not leak, so [they’re] the best cups I’ve bought and easy for kids to drink.”
Best stainless-steel kids’ water bottle
“My 4-year-old has this in silver, pink, and purple and has used these bottles exclusively since he was old enough to use one. Well, our 1.5-year-old has been trying to steal his from him for about a week now, so we bought him his own. (Two of the three stay in the car.) I let him choose the color, and when I took it out of the box, he said ‘Blue!!’ and immediately tried to drink water from it. We cleaned it, filled it up, and he walked around showing all of us his new water bottle and drinking from it. Safe to say he is a very satisfied customer. As well as his brother, clearly!”
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