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The 26 Best Water Bottles on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 already written about a collapsible water bottle and an insulated water bottle, and even hunted for the next status water bottle, 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 bottles

Mira Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated 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!”

Hydro Flask 32 oz Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle

“I was looking for a water container that would keep my water cold for long hours. Hydro Flask was the best fit for me. It has double wall insulation which keeps water cold or hot for hours and has a wide mouth opening which was important to me as I wanted to add ice to my container to keep water as cold as possible. I have put water and ice in my Hydro Flask and I even left it in my hot car in the Central Valley California heat for 6 hours while temps reached 110 degrees outside. The ice was melted but the water was still cold! This thing is amazing.”

Best patterned stainless-steel water bottle

S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

“Love my S’well bottles. This marble design is so pretty. I use this for spin, yoga, and barre, and it keeps my water nice and cool! I can’t wait to order more cool designs. I’ve tried the cheap mimics of these and they all rusted and had to be tossed. Better off buying the quality brand that lasts!”

Best stainless-steel water bottle for hot and cold liquids

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug

“This product should win an award for the best designed travel mug on this planet. It DOES NOT LEAK. Ever. It keep beverages hot or cold for months! Just kidding, but it does keep a cup of coffee piping hot for the entire morning so you can have hot coffee after lunch. Fill it with cold water and it’s great to have icy cold water all day. The lid flips up with one hand and stays up with a clever locking mechanism. It fits comfortably in your hand and is the perfect size for car cup holders. Best of all? It’s easy to clean because it completely disassembles for washing and then is a snap to reassemble. Stainless steel interior does not allow for staining or residual smells. Every time I show this to people, they go out and buy one.”

Best stainless-steel water bottle with auto-seal lid

Contigo Autoseal Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 24 oz, Monaco

“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

Takeya Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle, 18oz

“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 extra-large water bottles

Under Armour Sideline 64-Ounce Water Bottle

“This is the best big water jug we’ve found for my daughter’s soccer practices and games. She used the first one we bought for almost three years. It kept ice water cold and never leaked, even rolling around in the trunk of a car. We only used it for water. We had no issues with mold and we alternated handwashing and dishwasher. Just now after almost three years, the handle started coming out of its socket occasionally. With three times per week use for so long, I think this is reasonable, so I just ordered the exact same item again.”

RTIC One Gallon Vacuum Insulated Jug

“My husband works in construction outside, and this jug keeps the ice for HOURS! This last weekend he set it out in the direct sun for 12 hours just to really test it out. The temperature topped out at 106. That night, it was still full of ice. We’ve had a couple other brands that were just the durable plastic, and when they got knocked off the back of the truck, which apparently happens often, big chunks broke off and they have leaked ever since. This one has been knocked around and he doesn’t have to worry about big chips of plastic breaking off or leakage. He raves about it!”

Best BPA-free plastic water bottle

Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle (32-Ounce, Blue)

“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

CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle, 25oz

“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

Nalgene Tritan On The Fly Water Bottle, Blue, 24oz

“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 tumbler-style water bottles

Contigo Autoclose Shake & Go Double-Wall Tumbler

“This seems like a weird thing to be passionate about, but I love these cups and you can pry them from my dead hands because they are the only cups I will ever use from now on. I am an accident prone and disorganized mess. Spilling things is kind of my thing. Until the heavens parted and this cup was delivered into my lap by an Amazonian angel. They are perfect for travel and work. If you remove the straw, the cup becomes absolutely waterproof. You can throw a couple of them in your bag and not have to worry about it!”

Bubba Envy S Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Straw Tumbler

“This is my second Bubba cup with a straw. I get migraines so it is important for me to keep hydrated while I’m at work. I ONLY like cold water and the ice stays in my cup from 6 a.m. until I dump it out for fresh ice the next morning. I have had the same ice cubes last in this cup for OVER 24 HOURS. If you love iced drinks, then this is the perfect ‘holy grail’ cup. It never has any condensation and it’s so durable. I’ve dropped it a few times and had very minimal spills even though it was full. Seriously the best cup ever; recommend to all year-round iced-drink lovers.”

Best filtered water bottle

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle With 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw

“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.”

Brita 26-Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle

“I absolutely love this water bottle. It’s a little bit of an investment to buy the bottle and the 5 pack of filters, but it’s absolutely worth every penny. If you think about it, this bottle will pay for itself many times over. I haven’t ran into issues with the durability or anything like that. Water is very easy to drink and it tastes clean. If you’re thinking about buying one, I would go ahead and do so. Great quality investment, and it also makes drinking water so much easier.”

Best fruit-infusing water bottles

Danum Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

“I love this water bottle. It sounds weird, but I’m picky about regular water bottles, so I was just as picky when I decided to get a water infuser. The lid screws on and seals tight, and comes apart for cleaning just as easily. Even when stuffed with cucumber and mint (a fave!) it rinses super clean. The locking mechanism on the lid means it won’t leak in my backpack and the finger ring handle means I carry it with my hands full from meeting to meeting. Those two features alone made it a winner for me. There is no funny plastic smell that some bottles have. You need to try the bottle — it’s a keeper!”

Brimma Leak Proof Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

“This bottle is amazing! I used to use a stainless steel bottle everyday but I really didn’t like how I couldn’t see inside of it to clean it properly and it would develop a build-up if I tried to add anything to the water for flavor. This bottle, however is BPA-free, wide enough to get in there to scrub with a sponge and soap, and I can flavor my water without build-up! I love it! I just cut up a few slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, and sometimes I add one slice of green apple for added sweetness.”

Best squeeze water bottle

CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25oz Insulated Water Bottle

“This bottle is great. It keeps water colder for much longer than an uninsulated bottle. Don’t expect it to keep things at temperature like a Thermos – that’s not the point of this bottle. This is designed to retain the function of a normal squirt bottle, so ease of access and frequent use is more important than lasting 17 hours. It keeps things cold between refills. The jet valve is awesome: Water comes out when I want it, not when I don’t. I use mine for sports, biking, or walking, and I keep one on my nightstand because there’s nothing worse than spilling cold water on myself when I’m too lazy to sit up and take a proper drink from a glass.”

Coldest water bottle

The Coldest Water Bottle Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Hydro Travel Mug

“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

Liquid Savvy 32 oz Insulated Water Bottle With 3 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 bottles

Ello Syndicate BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle With Flip Lid, 20-Ounce

“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).”

Bkr Glass Water Bottle with Smooth Silicone Sleeve

“I contemplated purchasing this bottle for a long time and was put off by the price, but I got a gift card for my birthday and decided to go for it! I am absolutely obsessed. I drink so much more water with this bottle! My favorite feature is the small mouth, it’s very comfortable to drink out of. I love the silicone liner, and the lid with the loop is a nice touch. I am probably going to buy another one, in the slightly smaller size.”

Best kids’ water bottle

Nalgene Tritan 12oz Grip-N-Gulp BPA-Free 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.”

Best kids’ patterned water bottle

Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle with Straw Lid

“Highly recommend! The price is great and the quality is superb. We’ve purchased four more in different sizes and colors for everyone in the house. They have held up to the abuse of kids, sports, work, and travel with only a few minor dings. I will definitely be buying more for Christmas presents!”

Best spill-proof water bottle for kids

Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottles, 2-Pack

“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

Klean Kanteen 12 oz Kid Kanteen Stainless Steel Sport 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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The 26 Best Water Bottles on Amazon, According to Reviewers