If you follow our monthly Strategist Haul, you’re familiar with the idiosyncrasies of our editors’ and writers’ shopping habits. While we think of those as the highlights, there are plenty of other, less glamorous things we buy — and love — on the regular, too. So whether you’ve wondered about the work bags we tote around or the underwear we’re most loyal to, this is the Stuff We Buy Ourselves. In this edition, the water bottles our editors swear by.
Alexis Swerdloff, Strategist editor
I am firmly on Team Zojirushi. It’s truly mind-boggling how cold my water stays in this thing and the open/close lock is extremely fun to fiddle with at my desk. I have it in this pleasing shade of pearl pink.
Simone Kitchens, senior editor
I keep three of these REI Nalgenes in rotation because I am always leaving them behind — in conference rooms, pilates studios … To make the whole thing even more crunchy, I drop in a stick of Kishu charcoal, which claims to “absorb impurities.” I just think it makes office tap water taste like a $5 bottle of Essentia.
David Notis, writer
I know it’s not necessarily the hot new status water bottle on the market anymore, but I still love my S’well. I don’t really do anything fancy with it. I just fill it with tap water and throw it in my tote bag. The cap screws on tight, so I don’t worry about it leaking. I like that the water doesn’t “bead up” on the outside of the bottle, so I don’t need to worry about damaging any CVS coupons or other important things I have in my tote bag. I also originally thought about getting this in matte black or some other cool color, but I went for the bright blue to sort of train myself to associate drinking water with fun, bright things, and I think it’s working.
Hilary Reid, writer
I bought this pretty randomly during a trip to the Atlantic Terminal Target last fall. It seemed like a less-expensive alternative to the Bkr bottles I’d been eyeing and turned out to be a good purchase: The glass is easy to clean, it holds plenty of water without being too heavy, and the silicone coating on the glass feels substantial. The only thing is, I hate the purple color, something I spend a not-insignificant amount of time thinking about because the water bottle sits within eyeshot on my desk at work. I’m considering replacing it with something easier on the eye, like this lovely yellow one from HAY.
Lauren Ro, writer
A couple of Takeya water bottles were sent to the office, and I grabbed one for my husband, who was in the market for a gym water bottle. Turned out, Takeya’s “Actives” line was perfect for his needs. We were quite impressed with how thoughtfully designed the lid is. It has two parts: the bottle’s main, widemouthed lid twists off, but there’s also a smaller spout on top of the main lid with its own attached twist-off lid for “sports” drinking, which snaps back and stays in place when opened, so it doesn’t hit your face as you take a swig. The bottle’s main widemouthed opening is great, too, because you can easily drop in regular ice cubes instead of having to buy those silly water-bottle ice molds. (The bottle also keeps cold water cold for hours.) There’s even a little handle for easy transport, plus a removable silicone bumper at the bottom of the bottle to give it extra grip and protection. I’m tempted to get my own as a replacement for my current water bottle from a very popular brand (so I can stop stealing my husband’s).
Chloe Anello, junior writer
I keep cheap, reusable water bottles everywhere: in my car, by my bed, in my gym bag, at my desk. I felt indifferent about all of them until I left this actually nice one in my car for almost an entire day in 90-degree heat — and returned to find that the water I filled it with stayed cold despite the bottle baking inside my car all day. Not to be dramatic, but that’s extremely impressive. I never thought I’d be one to gush about a water bottle, but this guy deserves it.
Maxine Builder, managing editor
Yes, I have a widemouthed Nalgene for everyday hydration, and, yes, it is covered in stickers, including a Patagonia sticker from Bar Harbor, Maine, and a sticker from my hometown ski shop. But if you want to get more specific, I have the widemouthed, 32-ounce Nalgene made of HDPE, a super lightweight plastic. That means it only weighs 3.75 ounces when empty, according to the Nalgene website. The ones that are made of Tritan plastic weigh 6.25 ounces, and those three extra ounces make a difference when you’re toting around a bottle full of water every day or going hiking or schlepping through the subway, carrying everything that feels like everything you own to the airport or Grand Central. As an extra bonus, this lightweight option is slightly less expensive than the more traditional Tritan ones.
The one situation in which I find my widemouthed Nalgene insufficient is at yoga. I go to Y7, which is hot yoga in a dark room, and trying to unscrew a cap in that situation is a recipe for disaster and spills. But I need to stay hydrated, so I tote along my 32-ounce widemouthed Hydro Flask with a straw lid, which really is as nice a water bottle as everyone says it is. The straw is easy to flip up and sip, and the water stays cold even in a humid yoga studio that hits 90 degrees. That’s also why the Hydro Flask is my favorite water bottle to bring on long car rides, where I don’t want my Nalgene to get baked and weight isn’t a primary concern. (In fact, these two totally different water bottles make for the perfect duo when hiking. The Nalgene comes up the mountain with me, and the