Best Water Bottles 2015 – Plastic, Glass & Stainless Steel Explored

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In 2015 the water bottle has become an indispensable part of everyday life. Providing us with a portable source of hydration, water bottles are a humble accessory with big impacts on everyday health and overall well being when put to good use. They are also something of a fashion accessory, making a statement about individuality and complimenting individual fashion styles or wardrobe choices. In this article, we’ll explore the best water bottles on the market with names like Hydro Flask, Glasstic, MiiR and many more.

But before we dive into the specifics, lets take a look at just what options are kicking around. There are a lot of water bottle companies on the market today, producing a huge range of different bottles. Picking the best water bottle means determining if you want a filter, what type of material you want to store your water in, and of course finding something that looks good and works well. Below we’ve taken the time to highlight some of the different options and grouped them into various categories to make it easy to see which water bottle companies are making which types of water bottles.


Filtered vs Unfiltered

The first choice for your water bottle is deciding if you want to include a filter or not. If your definitely looking for a filtered bottle, or unsure of what benefits a filter has to offer, check out our “Filtered Water Bottle Buyers Guide” to learn everything you need to know to buy the best filtered water bottle for you needs.

If your not looking for a filtered solution, keep scrolling to see some of the best options and most enticing bargains.

Material Selection

The most important aspect of a water bottle is its capacity to store your water. The material which comes into contact with your drinking water should be the point of most intense scrutiny in any purchasing decision. The most common materials used are: Molecular structure of plastic - Materials selection

  • Plastics: Many water bottles are made from durable modern plastics. These tend to be relatively cheap to buy and highly durable. However, their production is not necessarily environmentally friendly and some cheaper plastics may leave water with an odd flavor. Cheap plastic can also be permeable to air, potentially letting your water pickup strange flavors from its environment. Fortunately, high quality plastic bottles have largely solved this problem and there are plenty of desirable plastic water bottles on the market. Plastics used in water bottles are food-grade and modern bottles are almost all free of BPA and phthalates.
  • Glass: Although potentially fragile, glass may well be the best container material as it is not permeable to air, doesn’t impart any flavor, and has by far the longest history of safe human usage. The manufacturing of glass bottles is also the most environmentally friendly water bottle manufacturing method. To solve the issue of fragility, many modern glass water bottle companies now produce their bottles with a variety of features to help prevent the glass from breaking, such as silicon sleeves, encasing the glass under a layer of plastic, or futuristic shatter-proof innovations like Pure Safe-Shell. For much more on glass water bottles, check out our “Why You Want a Glass Water Bottle” article.
  • Stainless Steel: While stainless steel suffers from a very environmentally unfriendly production process, stainless steel water bottles are in many ways the best available on the market today. When it comes to durability they are unrivaled – and stainless steel bottles are also king as far as insulation goes. Although it has a relatively short history of use, stainless steel has a great safety record as a container material (especially compared to plastics) and never leaves any strange flavors in the contents.


Which Water Bottle?

Best Plastic Water Bottles

Made from 2nd generation eco-friendly plastics
16 Ounce Capacity
No insulation
Screw-on Lid
Buy on Amazon
Wide mouth, high capacity Nalgene
32 Ounce Capacity
No insulation
Screw-on Lid
Buy on Amazon

Polar Bottle 24 Ounce Water Bottle (~$10 on Amazon)Polar Bottle 24 Ounce Insulated Plastic Water Bottle

Polar Bottles are designed from a high quality, BPA-free modern plastic. They include double-walled vacuum insulation to help keep their contents hot or cold and even have a foil shield to repel sunlight. The result is an extremely durable plastic bottle with insulation that can rival the best bottles around. Polar Bottles are also perfect for sports like bicycling and were pioneered with the cyclist in mind. Check our our company spotlight on Polar Bottle and our review of the Polar Bottle Ergo.

Aladdin 16 Ounce Recycled and Recyclable Water Bottle (~$15 on Amazon)Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Bottle

We mentioned above that plastic production isn’t the best for the environment – but fortunately, plastic recycling is a much greener practice. This Aladdin water bottle is made from a material called eCycle, which was developed by the company. An extremely durable and BPA-free plastic, eCycle is presented here in a unique selection of 3 eye-catching designs all equipped with a 2-way lid which makes it simple to drink or refill.

Nalgene 1-Quart BPA Free Wide Mouth Tritan Water Bottle (~$9 on Amazon)Classic Nalgene Wide Mouth Tritan BPA-Free Bottle

Definitely a classic selection, this offering by Nalgene is quite basic yet a great and highly affordable BPA-free plastic water bottle perfect for a hiking water bottle, everyday use or as a companion at the gym.

Best Glass Water Bottles

PURE Glass
Safe-Shell Technology
"Unbreakable" shatterproof design
20 Ounce Capacity
Safe-Shell technology prevents shattering glass
Buy on Amazon
Shatterproof Design
Plastic shell adds huge durability
16 Ounce Capacity
Plastic shell provides shatterproof protection
Buy on Amazon
Borosilicate Glass
Durable borosilicate glass with sleeve
18.5 Ounce Capacity
Super durable glass and removable sleeve
Buy on Amazon

16 Ounce bkr Bottle (~$30 on Amazon)bkr Glass Water Bottle

The bkr bottle is as stylish as it is functional. Equipped with an elegant, minimalist silicon sleeve available in over 30 colors, the bkr looks sharp, is easy to grip, and the glass is reinforced by the addition of the sleeve. Check out our full review of the bkr bottle.


20 Ounce Pure Glass Bottle with Safe-Shell (~$28 on Amazon)Pure Glass Bottle

(Unfortunately, it appears the Pure Glass Bottle with Safe Shell has been discontinued. Sorry!)

This cool glass water bottle incorporates space-aged Safe-Shell technology to provide a shatter-proof glass bottle which is 100% recyclable. If you drop or smash the Pure Glass Bottle, the worst that will happen is it fractures – but it will hold its form. Though you can’t use it after its fractured, it won’t shatter and send glass or water everywhere, and you can recycle the whole bottle. See our “Unbreakable Glass Bottle” article for more in the Pure Glass Bottle with Safe-Shell.


Glasstic 16 Ounce Glass Water Bottle (~$20 on Amazon)Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle

The Glasstic incorporates a plastic shell over the high quality glass container, providing a shatter proof solution to add some extra durability into the Glasstic design. Effectively giving users the wonderful container properties of glass melded with the durability of plastic, Glasstic has a “best of both worlds” vibe going for it which makes it a great selection.

Want to learn more about the Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle? Check out our comprehensive review!

APAVIATA 18.5 Ounce Borosilicate Glass & Stainless Steel Water Bottle (~$18 on Amazon)
ApaViata 18.5 Ounce Stainless Steel and Borosilicate Glass Water Bottle

This sleek offering from APAVIATA incorporates a neoprene sleeve to give it its distinctive look and a bit of insulation. It also includes a stainless steel cap and a useful hand strap. Dedicated to Eco Friendly production processes and to helping tackle world water issues, APAVIATA donates 15% of their revenue to the World Help Organization’s efforts to bring clean water to those who need it most.

For some more information on the APAVIATA, see our complete review.

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Klean Kanteen
Insulated Wide-Mouth
Durable Vacuum Insulated Design
20 Ounce Capacity
Screw-on Cap
Double-walled vacuum insulation
Buy on Amazon
Insulated Growler
High Capacity Double-Wall Insulated Growler
64 Ounce Capacity
Screw-on Cap
Double-walled vacuum insulation
Buy on Amazon

20 Ounce Klean Kanteen Insulted Wide Mouth Water Bottle (~$32 on Amazon)Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle

Constructed with 18/8 food grade stainless steel, the Klean Kanteen is a serious beast of a water bottle. Durable to the point of being nearly indestructible, the Klean Kanteen is ready to accompany you where ever you go – be it hiking, camping, the beach, the gym, the office, or even just your couch. Rugged enough to be a survivalist tool, yet light weight and versatile enough for everyday use, the Klean Kanteen is unquestionably a leader in stainless steel water bottles.

Hydro Flask Insulated Wide Mouth 64 Ounce Growler Water Bottle (~$50 on Amazon)Hydro Flask 64 Ounce Insulted Stainless Steel Growler Water Bottle

Together, Hydro Flask and Klean Kanteen represent the two major forces in the stainless steel water bottle market. Which is the best stainless steel water bottle? That is a question worthy of a lively debate, but we’ve made no attempt to hide our love of Hydro Flask here on Hydration Anywhere. In our opinion, Hydro Flask might just be the very best water bottle available on the market. Their stainless steel design is endlessly rugged and the vacuum insulation the double-walled construction allows gives the Hydro Flask unparalleled ability to keep your cold liquids icy and your hot liquids fiery. Plus, a wealth of accessories are available to help you get what you want and need from your Hydro Flask.

Learn more about the Hydro Flask by reading our complete Hydro Flask Review.

Can’t decided between a HydroFlask or a Klean Kanteen? Maybe our Hydro Flask vs. Klean Kanteen article can help you out.

MiiR Water Bottles 64 Ounce Insulated Growler Water Bottle (~$55 on Amazon)MiiR Insulated Growler

Though nowhere near as famous as Hydro Flask or Klean Kanteen, MiiR Water Bottles get the job done just as well and even incorporate a few things those giants have so far neglected, like the ergonomic grips featured on this MiiR 64-ounce growler.


Hopefully this examination of the available materials for containers and the glimpse into some of the best water bottles available on the market today has left you well educated in the world of water bottles! If a water bottle isn’t quite what you’re looking for to suit your hydration needs, perhaps you prefer the freedom of something like a hydration pack for running. Or if you’re concerned about your whole households water supply, it might be worth taking a look at gravity water filter systems to ensure you and your family are getting the cleanest water possible.

Check out some completely different water bottles in our Best Collapsible Water Bottles feature!

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2 thoughts on “Best Water Bottles 2015 – Plastic, Glass & Stainless Steel Explored”

  1. I am wondering why you don’t have any stainless steel options between 20 ounce and 64. I had a 20 ounce water bottle but stopped using it daily because it didn’t have enough in it to satisfy, yet the 64 ounce ones are just too bulky for daily use at work and the gym. I ride a motorcycle as often as I can, so glass is not an option to toss in my saddlebags, and I prefer the durability of the stainless steel to a plastic bottle. Do you have any recommendations in a 30-40 ounce size in stainless steel?


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