Keep hydrated wherever you go with a sleek and sustainable stainless steel water bottle.
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If you’re in the market for a new water bottle, stainless steel models are a solid option. Stainless steel water bottles are shatter-proof, won’t leach chemicals into your beverages—even if left sitting in the direct sunlight and triple-digit heat of your enclosed car—and are eco-friendly (they are 100 percent recyclable).
When looking for the best stainless steel water bottle, narrow your search to models made of 18/8 stainless steel, which is the most commonly used type of food-grade stainless steel.
Insulation (that is, how efficiently a bottle keeps cold drinks cold and hot beverages hot) is another feature to keep in mind. Stainless steel bottles tend to offer two types of insulation: “double-wall” or “vacuum-sealed.” Double-wall insulation means there are two stainless steel layers between your hand and your drink. A layer of air between them insulates the bottle by making it more difficult for heat to pass through. Vacuum sealed stainless seal uses a vacuum to create a barrier and stop convection, in turn keeping your drink at a steady temperature. While a double-wall provides more insulation, they can also be heavier than non-insulated bottles.
Overall, the qualities of the best stainless steel water bottles aren’t all that different from those desired of any well-made water bottle: It should be leak-proof, BPA-free, durable, easy to carry, and easy to clean. Finally, depending on your water intake, you’ll want to search for a size that holds enough liquid to quench your thirst while on the go.
Our Top Picks
Here are some of the top picks for the best stainless steel water bottles for eight of the most common hydration scenarios.
Hydro Flask’s wide-mouth bottles can not only be used to tote both icy cold and piping hot drinks, but their vacuum insulation will keep these beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. The bottle is compatible with a variety of Hydro Flask lids, including a flip lid, a straw lid, and the standard flex cap lid, so you can alter how you hydrate. Additionally, the design includes a slip-free powder coating that doesn’t sweat and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and convenience. As if that doesn’t make the Hydro Flask enough of a chameleon, the bottles come in a cornucopia of colors as well as sizes, including 20-ounce and 40-ounce versions.
This 26-ounce bottle may be one of the more minimalist choices on our list, but don’t let that fool you. Its leak-proof flip lid and side carry loop make it perfectly portable, while its vacuum-insulated walls keep water cold for 24 hours. This bottle’s wide mouth and lack of nooks and crevices also make it a breeze to clean. Not to mention all parts are top-rack dishwasher safe—a rarity for stainless steel water bottles. All parts are BPA free.
Besides its ability to keep water cold all day long and then some, one of the most impressive features of this 24-ounce bottle is its “smart technology” lid that, when pressed, opens the spout for sipping. When released, the cap automatically seals to eliminate the possibility of spills and leaks and makes one-handed operation a breeze. While the Contigo Autoseal bottle’s lid can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher to clean, the stainless steel body is hand-wash only.
If you intend to use your water bottle for more than just water, consider this option from a Canada-based housewares brand, Grosche. It boasts a large-capacity infuser that’s roomy enough to hold whole slices of fruit and long enough to infuse every sip of water (not just the first few sips) with a burst of flavor. You can also use the infuser’s strainer solo to keep ice and tea bags from sliding upward when drinking. The leak-proof, double-wall vacuum-insulated body keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12. However, it’s only able to hold 15.2 ounces of liquid, so expect to make frequent trips to the water fountain for refills.
Transform ordinary tap water into delicious filtered water with this genius bottle from Brita. A carbon filter (which attaches inside the drinking straw) cuts chlorine taste and smell from tap water, filtering every sip. The premium water bottle features double-wall insulation, which keeps drinks cool for up to 24 hours. This 20-ounce filtering water bottle from Brita has other must-have features too, like a leak-proof lid that opens via push-button, an enclosed drinking straw, and a built-in carrying loop. The bottle includes one replacement filter.
This BPA-free Takeya Actives water bottle is designed for life on the move. Featuring an innovative leak-proof insulated spout lid that lets you sip, chug, or pour your drink without removing the entire lid, this bottle allows you to hydrate with one hand. The lid’s hinge lock keeps the cap out of your way while drinking, and a wide-loop handle makes for easy grab-and-go carrying. A double-wall design not only keeps the bottle’s main body cool to the touch and condensation-free, but also keeps your water ice-cold for up to 24 hours, and your wellness teas hot for up to 12 hours. Another bonus is that the Takeya Actives is available in multiple colors and sizes (ranging from 18 to 64 ounces), so you can mix and match it to your workout gear and thirst level.
Tired of too-tall water bottles that tip over every time you turn a corner while driving? This 16-ounce, BPA-free short and stout water bottle not only fits in your car’s cup holder, but it’s also ergonomically designed to fit snugly in your hand. Featuring a vacuum insulated, triple-layered construction, it promises to keep water ice-cold for over 20 hours, or your morning coffee or tea hot for 10 hours or more—long enough to outlast the day’s errands and traffic. While S’well is notorious for its narrow-necked bottles, this model boasts a wider mouth that allows more room for stirring or adding small ice cubes. The Traveler is also available in 12-ounce and 20-ounce sizes.
Kid-sized, leak-proof, and dishwasher-safe (yes, both the bottle and the top), the Yeti Rambler Jr. is the perfect water bottle for adventurers ages three and up. Its spout flips open and closed, which makes sipping a breeze. Spanning the top of the lid is an extra-wide handle, plenty broad for an entire hand to grip securely. What’s more, the bottle is non-sweat, non-crack, non-peel, and comes in a handful of vibrant colors that kids won’t outgrow. One con to consider: The lid isn’t spill-proof when opened, so keep this in mind if little ones will use the bottle to sip on fruit juices. This isn’t the cheapest kids’ stainless water bottle, but it’s made to last.