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Jessica Ball, M.S., RD
November 06, 2020
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Hydration is super important for health, for everything from better focus to clearer skin. One sure fire way to boost your water intake is to bring a reusable bottle with you wherever you go so you can sip throughout the day. But with so many options for reusable water bottles on the market, it can be hard to know what to choose. To get to the bottom of it, we tested 15 different bottles from a variety of brands. They included a range of stainless steel and glass bottles in many different shapes, sizes and styles that will make you want to kick plastic to the curb. Here are our favorites and why they made the cut. 

What We Tried 

Out of all of the water bottles we tried, these were our nine favorites ranked in order.  

  1. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth with Straw Lid (buy it: from $49.95, Amazon.com
  2. Yeti Rambler (buy it: from $39.99, Amazon.com
  3. Hydro Flask Lightweight Trail (buy it: from $44.95, hydroflask.com
  4. Corkcicle Sport Canteen (buy it: from $44.95, Amazon.com
  5. Kleen Kanteen Insulated Classic (buy it: from $44.99, Amazon.com
  6. Corkcicle Hybrid Canteen (buy it: from $39.99, Amazon.com
  7. Hydro Flask Standard (buy it: from $29.95, Amazon.com
  8. Swell Insulated Bottle (buy it: from $35.00, Amazon.com
  9. Corkcicle Dragonfly Canteen (buy it: from $39.95, Amazon.com

The Best 9 Reusable Water Bottles

To test each bottle, we used each for a day and noted how they worked for typical daily tasks. We looked at their size and how easy it was to drink from them. I also took each water bottle into the car to see whether it fit into a cup holder. Weight and style were also considered, as many bottles were used for different purposes including hiking, driving and working. Different reusable water bottles can be useful for different situations, so here are the pros and cons we found to help you choose the one that fits your lifestyle the best. 

1. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth with Straw Lid (Buy it: $49.95, Amazon.com)

Pros: This was the favorite of all of the water bottles we tested. It is a great size at 32 ounces, but also comes in a 40 ounce size. The hole in the handle makes it easy to carry and comes in a variety of appealing solid color options. It’s well insulated, so ice cold water stays cold for up to 24 hours according to Hydro Flask. The lid of this bottle has a straw, so you don’t have to tilt your head back to take a sip or worry about water spilling everywhere when the lid is off. That’s helpful for multitasking and having little ones around (confirmed by one of our editors with a toddler and baby). 

Cons: One downside of this bottle is that it doesn’t fit in a cup holder. Additionally, the straw can be a little hard to get used to (you can also use a regular wide mouth cap if you prefer). It’s the most expensive bottle of the bunch, too. 

2. Yeti Rambler (Buy it: $39.99, Amazon.com)

Pros: This bottle comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 18 to 36 ounces. Some fit in cup holders, and some do not. The larger sizes are great for longer trips or camping where you can’t fill up as frequently. I loved the top of this one because it is easy to unscrew and fill, as well as making it easy to add ice.  The narrow top makes it easy to drink out of, too. With the two layers, it is difficult to spill while drinking and easy to fill since you can screw off the whole thing. It has a great design, is easy to carry and is well insulated. Another Yeti perk? The bottle and cap dishwasher safe. 

Cons: Some of these bottles, especially the larger sizes, are really heavy. Also, not all of them fit in cup holders which may be a downside on a long road trip. 

3. Hydro Flask Lightweight Trail (Buy it: $44.95, hydroflask.com)

Pros: The Hydro Flask Lightweight Trail is appropriately named, to say the least. It’s 25% lighter than their traditional bottles, but still insulated. It is super easy to carry, very light and has a great design. It easily fits in a cup holder but also carries 24 ounces, making it the perfect option for hiking and outdoor recreation. There is also a 32 ounce option if you need to carry more hydration, though it does not fit in a cup holder. It is very well insulated, and can keep cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours according to Hydro Flask. 

Cons: It is not as large as some of the other bottles and is not quite as well insulated with how thin and light it is. 

4. Corkcicle Sport Canteen (Buy it: $44.95, Amazon.com)

Pros: Corkcicle’s Sport Canteen is super easy to carry and has a straw in the lid, similar to our favorite Hydro Flask. It carries 40 ounces, making it perfect for an active day outdoors, or for bringing along for your day. It  is very well insulated and has grippy material on the bottom to avoid accidental spills. 

Cons: One downside of this bottle is that it has a very small top and long straw, making it harder to clean than the other bottles. You’ll likely want a bottle brush. It also fits in some cup holders, but not all.  

5. Kleen Kanteen Insulated Classic (Buy it: $44.99, Amazon.com)

Pros: The classic Kleen Kanteen has been around for over 18 years. It is exactly what people think of when they hear “reusable water bottle”, and this is for good reason. It is easy to carry, varies in sizes and is super durable. Kleen Kanteen also claims its insulation holds water cold for over 24 hours, depending on cap size and style. 

Cons: Unfortunately, the narrow top makes it difficult to clean it well, and also makes it more difficult to add ice cubes. Most sizes do not fit in cup holders.  

6. Corkcicle Hybrid Canteen (Buy it: $39.99, Amazon.com)

Pros: This hypoallergenic Corkcicle Hybrid Canteen uses glass to give it a stylish look. It's a glass water bottle with a stainless steel base to help make it more durable and insulate your drink. It is great for infusing water to give it a flavor boost, and also has a grippy bottom to help it stay put. It fits in most cup holders. Would be great for someone who prefers drinking out of a glass bottle, but wants a little more protection for their drink.

Cons: Since this bottle has no handle on the top, it is harder to carry than several others. It is also made with glass, which is breakable, and has multiple parts which can be a hassle to clean. 

7. Hydro Flask Standard Mouth (Buy it: $29.95, Amazon.com)

Pros: This was the most affordable choice from our list, and provides a great value. It is easy to carry, well insulated and comes in numerous sizes ranging from 20 to 64 ounces (the heavyweight champion of water bottles). Some fit in cup holders, some do not. 

Cons: The standard size lid that makes it slightly more difficult to clean and add ice cubes, though it is not as narrow as several other bottles we tested.   

8. Swell Insulated Bottle (Buy it: $35.00, Amazon.com)

Pros: This Swell bottle was one of the more affordable choices, and comes in several stylish colors and patterns. The lid makes it difficult to spill and it seals tightly so you can easily throw it in your bag. The narrow bottom also works in many cup holders.

Cons: The lack of handle makes this water bottle difficult to carry, especially for a water bottle that feels heavy compared to several others. The narrow top makes it difficult to clean and add ice. It only insulates for 12 hours compared to several others that are insulated for 24 hours).  

9. Corkcicle Dragonfly Canteen (Buy it: $39.95, Amazon.com)

Pros: This Corkcicle Dragonfly Canteen has a grippy bottom and fits in a cup holder. It is similar to the Sport Canteen; however, it has a handle to carry it. It only holds 25 ounces compared to the Sport Canteen’s 40 ounces, so it narrows at the bottom to more easily fit in a cup holder. It has a stylish look that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Cons: Like many other bottles without a handle, it is difficult to carry and the narrow top makes it difficult to clean or add ice. 

Bottom Line

Reusable water bottles help you cut down on waste, save money and stay hydrated. Not all water bottles offer the same benefits (or limitations), and there are so many on the market, it can be hard to choose. This guide gives a recap of some of our favorite water bottles so you can find which would work best for you.