Best Water Bottle

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Last Updated: August 2, 2017

After testing water bottles of several types across a year, going on a treks, using in the gym and at home, we have picked some of the best water bottles for various uses. Because different people have different needs, we’ve picked our favourites across a range of materials and styles, including steel, aluminium, plastic and more.

 

The best water bottle for carrying round

1. CamelBak Eddy

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The CamelBak Eddy is a 0.75 Litre, hybrid water bottle that can be used for both the outdoors and everyday life. Both the cap and the bottle are made with hard BPA-Free plastic. The main point of differentiation is the sipper feature with an internal straw and bite valve. So you just flip, bite and sip without tilting the bottle. The .75L size fits easily in the hand and is compatible with most cup holders. The loop handle makes it easy to clip to a backpack or comfortably carry in hand. The design is brilliant and is leakproof. It’s a perfect companion for carrying and drinking on the go.

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2. Nalgene Wide-Mouth

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The Nalgene 1 litre Wide Mouth is a brilliant, tough, hard-sided plastic bottle. The bottle is made of a non-insulated BPA-free sturdy polyester. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill water from multiple water sources like purifiers or flowing streams. It’s completely leakproof, easy to clean and built to last. It is also light enough for backpacking and the plastic is sturdy and shows no sign of breakage even after repeated drops. It’s expensive but lasts really long.

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3. Quechua 1 L Aluminium Bottle

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The Quechua Aluminium Bottle is from the hiking range by Decathlon. Consequently, it is very lightweight and has a simple easy to use design. The plastic cap screws into the bottle thereby providing a leak-proof bottle. The cap has a loop around it which makes it easy to fasten to backpacks using carabiners. Being lightweight, they do dent easily and we found that sometimes, the dents would cause to bottle to lose its overall balance. That being said, for the price, this is a great pick.

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Why should you get a good reusable water bottle?

It is recommended by doctors that adults should have at least 3-4 litres of water in a day. For staying hydrated on the go, it is best to carry a long lasting bottle that is lightweight than buying bottled water every time. Shelling out a little more for a good refillable water bottle is a great way to save money on water in the long run.

Buying bottled water is expensive and not very environment friendly. Bottled water is easily available and plastic bottles are cheap. Most people simply reuse plastic bottles for a while and then dispose them. The most commonly used bottles for water storage is Plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate). However, plastic is not very healthy, both for humans and the environment. Plastics are known to contain harmful chemicals like DEHP and BPA which leak into the water and can be carcinogenic.

Bottles used in packaging mineral water take thousands of years to bio-degrade. It is estimated that over 70% of all such water bottles simply become garbage and end up in land-fills or water bodies. Recycling is only possible in few cases because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are just adding to pollution.

With increasing amount of plastics in our landfills and oceans, reducing personal consumption of plastic can go a long way in reducing plastic waste.

 

How to Choose a safe water bottle?

Water bottles come in various materials, mainly in Plastic (PET), Polycarbonate, Glass, Aluminium and Stainless Steel.

  1. Plastic Bottles: PET bottles are not very healthy , both for humans and the environment. Plastics are known to contain harmful chemicals like DEHP and BPA which leak into the water and can be carcinogenic.
  2. Glass Bottles: Glass is possibly the most environment friendly of the lot, since it’s easily biodegradable. Glass also is neutral and does not affect taste of the water. However, it is heavy and as you know, very fragile.
  3. Polycarbonate Bottles: These are “safer” plastic bottles. They last long, are durable and more heat resistant than PET bottles. They often come in nice designs and colours. They also come with labels like BPA free and are supposed to be safer.
  4. Aluminium Bottles:  Aluminium is a solid choice. They’re pretty durable and very light, and last long. While aluminium itself might not be harmful, the plastic caps attached to most aluminium bottles may not be as safe or BPA free.
  5. Stainless Steel: Stainless steel bottles are almost indestructible in normal usage. They are easy to clean and do not impart any taste to its contents.

 

The best water bottle for carrying round

 

1. Camelbak Eddy

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When it comes to carrying around, we prefer a bottle that is lightweight and leak proof. We also prefer one with a narrow-mouth or an auto sealing lid, to reduce chances of spilling water down the front of your shirt while walking or driving.

Modern plastic bottles with high quality plastics can be extremely sturdy and a great and simple option for an everyday, reusable water bottle. They also come with 100% non-toxic BPA free plastics in their bottles which make them a safer bet than ordinary plastic.

The CamelBak Eddy is a 0.75 Litre, hybrid water bottle that can be used for both the outdoors and everyday life. Both the cap and the bottle are made with hard BPA-Free plastics. The 0.75L size fits easily in the hand and is compatible with most cup holders. The loop handle makes it easy to clip to a backpack or comfortably carry in hand. The design is brilliant and is leak-proof.

The CamelBak eddy has a unique flippable bite-valve and internal straw. So you just flip, bite and sip without tilting the bottle. The design is intended to allow for spill-free, quick access to your water and is great for single-handed use. The straw permits one-handed drinking without tilting one’s head, most useful while driving and cycling. The downside of the straw is that too less water comes through a straw than simply opening and drinking straight from a bottle. Another issue is that straw is harder to clean (you have to disassemble it) and retains taste sometimes – for e.g. if you use it for storing juice.

When the lid is unscrewed, the bottle has a wide mouth making is suitable for filling or pouring water into without spillage. The 0.75 litre is a good size for everyday use and carrying in your bag. It is also lightweight and durable. Unless you don’t like drinking from a straw, you’ll have no issues with this bottle. Also, this doubles up as a great bottle for kids too.

 

2. Nalgene Wide-Mouth

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For hiking, backpacking, gym use we recommend choosing a bottle with a wide mouth. The spacious opening makes for easy drinking, and it is also simpler to filter or pour water into.

The Nalgene 1 litre Wide Mouth is the epitome of a tough, hard-sided plastic bottle. The bottle is made of a non-insulated BPA-free sturdy polyester. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill water from multiple water sources like purifiers or flowing streams. It’s completely leak-proof, easy to clean and built to last. It is also light enough for backpacking and the plastic is sturdy and shows no sign of breakage even after repeated drops. It’s expensive but lasts really long.

The bottle is easy to clean and doesn’t have any extra parts like a straw. With measuring markers on the side, this can even double as a measuring cup. It is extremely light and easy to use, we even found ourselves carrying it more often than not.

The wide mouth makes it easy to fill or pour water into without spillage. You can also easily dunk the bottle in a stream and collect water. However, the wide mouth means the bottle might spill while drinking. If you are moving at all, including sitting in a moving vehicle, you can expect water to spill over you.

The Nalgene is wide and big – when fully filled it takes 1.2 litres of water. Being wide, we found that it doesn’t fit into most cup holders in cars. People with smaller hands may find it uncomfortable to hold too.

The Nalgene is light, durable, has a simple design, and its wide mouth makes for easy filling. The plastic body and cap can endure many drops and tumbles and still work as new. The only drawback is the wide mouth which makes it difficult to drink from when walking or driving

 

3. Quechua 1 L Aluminium Bottle

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The Quechua Aluminium Bottle is from the hiking range by Decathlon. Consequently, it is very lightweight and has a simple easy to use design. The plastic cap screws into the bottle thereby providing a leak-proof bottle. The cap has a loop around it which makes it easy to fasten to backpacks using carabiners.

The narrow mouth design means there is less spillage while drinking. It also means that water is less easy to put in. It’s good enough if you are mainly going to fill water from taps. The narrow mouth also makes the bottle difficult to clean without a brush. We found the bottle to be fairly neutral and didn’t see any change in the taste of the water after storage of a full day.

The bottle is easy to clean and doesn’t have any extra parts like a straw. The cap, as with most such cheaper bottles is not made of BPA free plastic.

The Bottles come in nice bright colours and are good looking. However, after a 7 day trek, the paint on the bottles were chipped on many places. Aluminium is a solid choice as they’re pretty durable and very light.  However, they do dent easily and we found that sometimes, the dents would cause to bottle to lose its overall balance. That being said, for the price, this is a great pick.

 

 

 

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