Best Water Bottles 2017 – Reviews & Comparison

S'Well Insulated Stainless Steel Triple Wall Vacuum insulation Water Bottle Best Bottle 2017It’s that time of year again! We’ve been testing all sorts of bottles to work out the best picks for 2017. Look no further for the best water bottles – we’ve compiled this massive, comprehensive review with a huge variety of categories to help you sort out the best bottles on the market.

Like usual, we’ll first be looking at the best Plastic, Glass, and Stainless Steel Water Bottles around to help you find the right bottle and the right bottle with the right material. But this year we’ve also decided to go a step further and offer you our suggestions for the best bottles to suit a variety of situations. We’ve included three new comprehensive comparison categories: Best Infuser Bottle, Best Filter Bottle, and Best Collapsible Bottle.

(UPDATE: Click here to see 2019’s Best Water Bottles!)


Finding The Best Water Bottle For Your Needs

In this comprehensive guide to the best water bottles of 2017, we’ve taken several months worth of testing and trials to bring you the best bottles we can find. We subject every bottle to a variety of tests such as insulation testing, leak-proofing, and durability. We use the bottles in the real world in our everyday lives to scrutinize the design and sort out the winners from the losers.

If you have no idea what kind of bottle you’d like to buy, just scroll down through the comparison charts and in-depth reviews until something catches your eye. If you already have some idea of what kind of bottle you’re after, click any of the links in the Index below to be taken directly to that category.

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Overall Best Water Bottle 2017: S’Well Bottles

S'Well Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Assortment Best Bottles 2017

Swell Bottle Assortment Best Water bottle 2017This year we have decided to give the title of Best Bottle 2017 to S’Well Bottles! With an expansive range of stainless steel bottles featuring double- and triple-wall vacuum insulation, S’Well has created a fantastic product which ticks all the boxes for exceptional water bottles. Advertising insulating capabilities of 24 hours for cold liquids and 12 hours for hot, we found that the S’Well Triple-Wall Insulated Bottles we tested managed to exceed this, often keeping ice frozen for upwards of 30 hours in tropical conditions!

In many ways the best all-around bottle we’ve come across yet, the S’Well bottles are available in sizes 9 ounces, 17 ounces, and 25 ounces. This is a great size for an everyday water bottle which is easily portable enough to carry with you anywhere you go. While the mouth of the S’Well Bottle is a little narrow, it is still possible to easily pack in smaller ice cubes or crushed ice, providing you with a beverage that is likely to still be frosty more than a day later.

Swell Triple Wall Vacuum Insulated Water Bottles Size ComparisonWe’ve become enamored with the S’Well Bottles, their eye-catching aesthetic and huge range of options in not only color but in all sorts of interesting artistic variations on the bottle. Sure to attract attention at the gym, the office, or even sitting on your counter at home, getting the S’Well bottle to suit your style can prove to be as much a stylish accessory as a water bottle.

With this selection coming out of our Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles 2017 category, below you’ll find the stylish wood-finished stainless steel S’Well Bottle represented below again. While we named that specific bottle as best Stainless Steel, in truth the award of Best Bottle 2017 goes to the entire line of S’Well Bottles: every one we’ve tested has proven an exceptional pick.

Learn much more about S’Well Bottles in our comprehensive S’Well Water Bottles Review article. You can also see how S’well compares to the bottle we named Best Water Bottle of 2015 in our comprehensive Hydro Flask vs. S’well Bottle Comparison.

Click here to explore the many S’Well Bottles available on Amazon.


Best Plastic Water Bottles

Sports Water Bottle
32 Ounce Capacity
One-Click Flip Top Opening
Measurement Markings
Buy on Amazon
H2O Basics
Sports Water Bottle
25 Ounce Capacity
Stainless Steel Screw Top Opening
Stainless Steel Base
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Plastic Water Bottles

Polar Bottle Ergo with IceLightweight, portable, and extremely affordable, the plastic water bottle continues to be one of the most popular bottle materials in the world. While concerns about plastics leaching and the dreaded BPA have been something of a setback for the plastic water bottle industry, the best modern plastic water bottles are made from highly tested, food-grade plastics which are safe and non-leaching, meaning they don’t let anything harmful end up in your drinking water.

Thanks to the marvelous possibilities of plastics, plastic bottles are available in just about any shape, size, or color you could imagine. Some innovative bottles even offer their own insulation, which while not as capable as their stainless steel counterparts can still do a good job of keeping your beverage at the desired temperature.

Above all in terms of benefits is price. Cheap to manufacture, plastic bottles can be bought for a fraction of their more expensive glass or stainless steel competitors.

For more plastic water bottles not included on this list, check out our Plastic Water Bottle Reviews Category and our Top 5 Best Plastic Water Bottles Guide.

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#1 Pick: CamelBak Podium Big Chill Plastic Water Bottle (25oz)

CamelBak Podium Big Chill Carbon Color Insulated Plastic Water BottleThe Podium Big Chill Plastic Water Bottle from CamelBak incorporates double-walled insulation to create a barrier for heat transfer, helping keep your water cool for extended periods. Although this insulation doesn’t quite compare to the sort of double-walled insulation stainless steel bottles can offer, in our testing the Podium Big Chill offers some serious insulating capabilities when put to the test against other plastic bottles offering insulation.

In addition to this insulation, the Podium Big Chill also offers a few more nifty features, such as its self-sealing “Jet Valve” technology, which makes it easy to get a drink quickly with a very high flow rate to provide some satisfying hydration whenever you need it. The self-sealing feature is extremely useful and makes the Podium Big Chill a top-notch bottle when it comes to leak proofing. You hardly have to worry about it at all.

The bottle is squeezable, so whenever you want a drink you just give it a good squeeze and the self-sealing Jet Valve does the rest. With a combination of insulation, easy access, and affordability, this bottle is definitely one of the best plastic options on the market.

Click here to view the CamelBak Podium Big Chill on Amazon.

#2 Pick: Miracol Sports Water Bottle (32oz)

Miracol Plastic Sports Water BottleLooking to strike a functional balance between high capacity and easy portability, the Miracol Sports Water Bottle weighs in with a 32 ounce capacity – enough to consider it a high-capacity bottle, but with a slim and lightweight plastic design that prevents it from feeling too bulky or difficult to transport.

The Miracol Sports Water Bottle also offers an extreme ease of access with its one-button flip-top lid. The lid is spring loaded to make it super easy to open with just a click of a button, and easy to close by simply pressing the lid back down. This makes it easy to access the contents of your bottle with just one hand – perfect for getting a drink without breaking your focus at the gym, or for easy access where ever you might find yourself. The lid also works marvelously for leak-proofing, preventing spillage even when the bottle is being jostled about or inverted.

Constructed from a high quality, extremely durable BPA-free Tritan plastic, the Miracol Sports Water Bottle can take a beating without cracking or breaking. It’s sleek design also lends to it being a simple, functional, and stylish bottle with well-rounded features. It even has a simple measurement reading on its side to allow you to easily keep track of your water consumption.

Click here to view the Miracol Sports Water Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: H2O Basics Sport Water Bottle (25oz)

H2O Basics Plastic Water Bottles in 5 ColorsWith a simple, no-frills design, the H2O Basics Sports Water Bottle offers users a cola-style bottle made from an extremely durable Tritan Plastic. Exceptionally well manufactured, the H2O Basics Sports Water Bottle is ready for any adventure you want to take it on. At a 25 ounce capacity, it is easily portable but still provides plenty of water without constantly worrying about filling it up from the tap. The bottle takes a few steps that we’ve never seen in plastic bottles on the market by incorporating a stainless steel base and lid, an addition that provides a bit of extra durability and does a great job of complimenting the bottle’s already pleasing aesthetic.

Available in transparent or four different bright colors, the H2O Basics Sports Water Bottle lives up to its name: it is very simple and basic, yet has a brilliant look and a great design. The screw-on lid provides more than adequate leak proofing when properly sealed, and the slim design combined with the lightweight Tritan plastic makes it perfect for carrying with you where ever you go, or seating comfortably into your cupholder.

Click here to view the H2O Basics Sports Water Bottle on Amazon.

Best Glass Water Bottles

Glass Water Bottle
22 Ounce Capacity
Screw-On Lid Cap Opening
Stainless Steel Lid Insert
Buy on Amazon
Atlas Glass Bottle
20 Ounce Capacity
One-Click Flip Top Opening
Stylish Silicone Sleeve
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Glass Water Bottles

Woman Meditating with CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle
Without a doubt the safest container material, glass does away with all of the concerns of leaching bad flavors or potentially harmful chemicals into your water. With by far the longest history of human use of any type of bottle, glass has been tested over millenia and still remains one of the most important container materials, even when stacked up against its much more modern competitors. Exceptionally eco-friendly, the production process for glass water bottles is also much easier on the environment than plastics or stainless steel, and with glass being infinitely recyclable, you know your bottle has minimal environmental impact.

Although glass does come with some durability concerns, plenty of options incorporate plastic shells or silicone sleeves to make for virtually unbreakable glass, or employ super-hardy borosilicate glass which does not easily break or shatter even if it takes a beating.

Click here to read more about the benefits of glass water bottles.

For more glass water bottles not included on this list, check out our Glass Water Bottles Reviews Category or read our Top 5 Best Glass Water Bottles Guide.

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#1 Pick: CamelBak Eddy Glass Bottle (23oz)

CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle Product PhotoWithout a doubt one of the leading names in all kinds of outdoors equipment, CamelBak’s new Eddy Glass Water Bottle is an awesome bottle with a very unique look afforded by its super-sleek silicone carrying sleeve which offers a bit of extra protection and makes carrying the bottle easy and comfortable.

Although the bottle is glass, it does incorporate a food-grade silicone plastic straw which does contact the water – while this might be something of a turn off for users looking for a 100% glass storage solution, the straw can easily be removed completely or swapped out for a GlassDharma CamelBak Borosilicate Glass Straw, providing a one-of-a-kind 100% glass storage solution which also offers the convenience of an easily accessible drinking straw, making the CamelBak Eddy a truly unique and worthwhile bottle, and one of the few options available anywhere for a glass-straw equipped glass water bottle.

Learn a whole lot more about the Camelbak Eddy Glass Bottle and the GlassDharma Straw in our complete review.

Click here to view the CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle on Amazon.

#2 Pick: purifyou Premium Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve (22oz)

purifyou Premium Glass Water Bottles In Six Colors Product PhotoA simple and straightforward design, the purifyou Glass Water Bottle is made from extremely tough borosilicate glass, making it extremely resistant to breaking or fracturing. The same kind of glass employed for high-intensity work as laboratory glass equipment, borosilicate is much tougher than the kind of glass you might expect from, say, a Coke bottle or something similar. Able to handle some abuse without leaving you with a broken mess, the purifyou bottle’s already durable borosilicate glass is further fortified with the addition of a handy and stylish silicone carrying sleeve.

With a health-conscious aim of never letting your water touch anything but the safest materials, the purifyou bottle’s lid is equipped with a stainless steel lining to make sure no plastic of any kind ever makes contact with the bottle’s contents.

The bottle’s opening strikes a perfect balance between wide- and narrow-mouthed, allowing enough clearance to add ice cubes or even flavor your beverage with some fruit wedges if that is your thing. Meanwhile, the lightweight glass and slim foot print make it super portable whether you want to slip it into your cupholder or have it disappear into your purse or backpack.

Click here to view the purifyou Premium Glass Water Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle (20oz)

Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle With Silicone Sleeve Product PhotoThe Zulu Atlas is a very handy and well-designed glass water bottle. Made from lead-free soda lime glass, it is not quite as durable as some of the borosilicate glass options on the market – however, it makes up for this with its very hardy silicone carrying sleeve which covers the majority of the bottle and absorbs shock while simultaneously providing a nice degree of insulation for a glass water bottle. Since the sleeve covers most of the bottle, it actually provides a much higher degree of insulation than many glass water bottles with a silicone sleeve which advertise their insulation but in practice provide only a minimal reduction in heat transfer.

One of the most practical and handy features of the Zulu glass water bottle is its easy-access flip-open lid, which makes it simple to get a drink even when you’re on the go and don’t want to slow down.

At 20 ounces, the Zulu bottle is compact enough to accompany you anywhere you go whether in a cupholder, a bag, or being carried around (something made extra-comfortable thanks to the well designed silicone sleeve.) Definitely a great bottle for everyday carry, and one of our favorite glass water bottles we’ve come across.

Click here to view the Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle on Amazon.

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles

The Coldest Water Bottle
Insulated Stainless Steel
21 Ounce Capacity
Double-Wall Vacuum Insulation (36 Hours Cold/12+ Hours Hot)
Additional Accessories Available
Buy on Amazon
Healthy Human
Insulated Stainless Steel
21 Ounce Capacity
Double-Wall Vacuum Insulation (24 Hours Cold/12 Hours Hot)
Plastic Free Interior Design
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Healthy Human Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Info DiagramStainless Steel has proven itself as one of the best container materials for water bottles hands-down. Providing by far the most durable option for your water bottle, stainless steel bottles are virtually indestructible through normal use. Non-leaching, they impart none or minimal flavor to your water and are incredibly easy to clean to virtually good as new with just a simple washing.

But perhaps more importantly than any of these extremely helpful features is the ability for stainless steel water bottles to be constructed with the amazing modern miracle of vacuum insulation. By creating double (or even triple!) walled construction separated by a thin chamber of evacuated air, stainless steel water bottles offer by far the best insulation of any water bottle material, capable of keeping liquids cold and ice frozen from 24-36 hours or more! This vacuum insulation also allows the bottles to never sweat condensation, and always be easy to handle even if the contents are freezing cold or piping hot.

For more stainless steel water bottles not included on this list, check out our Stainless Steel Water Bottles Review Category.

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#1 Pick: S’Well Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Wood Finish

S'well Stainless Steel Triple Wall Vacuum Insulated With Wood FinishExploding in popularity thanks to its amazing triple-walled insulation and a variety of super-sleek and appealing finishes, the S’Well Triple-Wall Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle is equipped with truly exceptional insulation and an eye-catching look that makes it as much a fashion accessory as a water bottle. Available in five unique wood finishes, the bottle is made from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel but looks like a wooden bottle! With a smooth matte finish, it feels nice to hold and is exceptionally portable even in its largest size of 25 ounces.

Advertising its ability to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12, in our testing the S’Well Water Bottle has done a great job of actually exceeding these claims – largely thanks to its triple-wall stainless steel construction. Available in three sizes ranging from 9oz to 25oz, the S’Well Triple-Wall Insulated Water Bottle line remains exceptionally portable and cupholder-slim while also offering an ideal amount of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

We’ve taken an extensive look at the S’Well Bottle line in our article S’Well Water Bottles Review. Be sure to check out that article to learn a whole lot more about S’Well Bottles!

Click here to view the S’Well Triple-Wall Insulated Wood Finish Water Bottle on Amazon.

#2 Pick: The Coldest Water Bottle

The Coldest Water Bottle 21oz Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle in 5 ColorsThe Coldest Water Bottle is a nifty mid-sized bottle which offers some of the most impressive insulation on the market. Constructed from high quality food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, this bottle features extra-thick stainless steel walls to make its double-walled vacuum insulation even more hardy and capable than many of its competitors. As a result of this increased thickness and some clever engineering, the bottle is capable of keeping ice frozen for 36 hours, even in the most blazing hot conditions!

With a relatively slim footprint at just 21 ounces, it easily fits into just about any cupholder and can accompany you anywhere you go. Not only that, it is an amazing bargain, providing an incredibly functional water bottle without breaking the bank.

(UPDATE: The Coldest Water Bottle is now available in 32oz and 64oz varieties.)

Click here to read our complete review of The Coldest Water Bottle. Or click here to view The Coldest Water Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: Healthy Human Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Healthy Human Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottles in Orange Product PHotoThe Healthy Human Water Bottle offers a 100% food-grade stainless steel solution for storying and carrying your water. Unlike many other stainless steel bottles which have a primarily stainless steel container but plastic lids (which means your water ends up contacting the plastic if the bottle is inverted,) the Healthy Human bottle incorporates a stainless steel lining on its lid to ensure the contents of the bottle never touch any plastic at all.

This is a perfect solution for those worried about any plastic byproducts potentially leaching into their drinking water. While modern water bottles employ BPA-free food-safe plastics, many would rather not risk it at all and instead opt for a 100% stainless steel solution such as the Healthy Human Water Bottle. Available in sizes 16oz, 21oz, 32oz, and 40oz, there is a size accommodating for however much water you drink, whether you prefer a portable bottle or something you rarely need to fill at all.

Aside from this neat feature, the Healthy Human Water Bottle also offers great insulation, employing the ever popular double-wall vacuum insulation to minimize heat transfer from the bottle and the atmosphere, providing up to 24 hours of cold insulation or 12 hours for hot liquids. Available in four sizes and a huge range of colors, the Healthy Human Bottle provides something for everyone – and does it at a very affordable price.

Click here to view the Healthy Human Stainless Steel Water Bottle on Amazon.

Best Infused Water Bottles

Gutta Vita
Glass Fruit Infuser Bottle
20 Ounce Capacity
One-Click Flip-Top Opening
Glass Container
Buy on Amazon
Live Infinitely
Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
32 Ounce Capacity
Easy Flip-Top Lid Opening
Gel Freezer Ball
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Infused Water Bottles

Infusion Pro Fruit Infused Water BottleInfused water bottles are a fantastic way to add some extra flavor – and even vitamins and nutrients – to your water. Equipped with an Infuser Tube, these water bottles allow you to easily add fruits directly into your water. Simply fill the infuser tube with fruit, place it into the bottle, fill it up, and give it some time for the delicious and nutritious essence of your favorite fruits to infuse your drinking water.

A great way to break the monotony of drinking plain old water, while also providing a bit of a healthy boost to your diet, an infuser water bottle is a great addition to anyone’s cupboard.

Not familiar with infused water? Learn everything you need to know about infused water and infuser bottles in our featured article “Benefits of Infused Water & Finding the Best Infuser Water Bottle or Pitcher.”

Find more infused water bottles not on this list in the Other Water Bottle Reviews Category.

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#1 Pick: Infusion Pro Premium Fruit Infused Water Bottle (24oz)

Infusion Pro Premium Infused Water Bottle Product PhotoWith a top-notch design that allows for both optimal fruit infusion and easy cleaning, the Infusion Pro is an ideal selection for making sure your water is as fruity as can be. Constructed from ultra-durable BPA-free Tritan Plastic, the bottle remains lightweight even when filled with water and the fruit of your choice, and is also very durable.

The infuser is situated on the bottom of the bottle to ensure maximum contact between the water and the fruit situated inside the infuser – this means that no matter how much water you put in the bottle, it is always being infused, ensuring you’re drinking tasty infused water down to the last drop.

Screw-on lids on both the top and bottom of the Infusion Pro Infuser Water Bottle make for easy cleaning. The infuser is attached to the bottle’s bottom lid, sliding out for easy filling or cleaning whenever you need it. Both lids are equipped with water-tight gaskets to prevent the bottle leaking from either end. The top lid features a locking lid mechanism that makes it easy to get a drink whenever you need one – just flip the little clip up and take a drink!

Rounding off the package, the Infusion Pro also offers a neoprene sleeve to provide some extra insulation and a stylish compliment to the bottles exterior.

Click here to view the Infusion Pro Infused Water Bottle on Amazon.

#2 Pick: Gutta Vita Glass Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Gutta Vita Fruit Infuser Water BottleThe Gutta Vita is somewhat unique among infuser water bottles with its glass construction. Although the infuser tube itself is made from a BPA-freeplastic, the bottle is a quality glass bottle, ideal for the eco- and health-conscious looking to minimize their contact with plastics for any kind.

The Gutta Vita Fruit Infuser Water Bottle’s infusion tube slips in comfortably into the wide-mouth opening of the bottle. While the infusion tube doesn’t quite reach all the way to the bottom of the bottle, it still manages to do a fantastic job of making deliciously infused water, provided the bottle has enough water in it.

A silicone carrying sleeve helps to reinforce the glass, absorbing shocks and improving durability while also providing a convenient no-slip surface for easy carrying and comfortable use. The secure-lock lid opens easily with the click of a single button, and seals up water-tight to prevent and leakage.

Click here to view the Gutta Vita Glass Fruit Infuser Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: Live Infinitely Infuser Water Bottle with Gel Freezer (32oz)

Live Infinitely Plastic Fruit Infuser Infused Water Bottles With Freeze Gel InsertThis infuser water bottle from Live Infinitely incorporates a neat feature we haven’t come across on any other infuser water bottle. At the bottom of the infuser rod is a small “gel freezer ball” which can be removed from the bottle and frozen. Simply place it back at the bottom of the infuser rod, and voila! You now have water both infused and chilled. The gel is contained within a BPA-free plastic container which prevents it from actually touching the contents of the bottle, but can help keep your drink cold for hours, melting much slower than ice.

With a BPA-free Tritan plastic construction, easy-to-use flip top leak proof lid, ergonomic carrying grips, and a huge infuser rod that lets you pack a ton of fruit into the bottle for infusion, the Live Infinitely Infuser Bottle performs more than admirably at the task of getting you the best tasting infused water it can. And it manages to do it all for a bargain price.

Click here to view the Live Infinitely Infuser Water Bottle with Gel Freezer on Amazon.

Best Filter Water Bottles

Filter Straw Water Bottle
34 Ounce Capacity
Activated Coconut Carbon Filter Straw
40 Gallon Filter Lifetime
Makes Tap Water Cleaner & Tastier
Buy on Amazon
Level 2 Advanced Filter Bottle
22 Ounce Capacity
2 Micron Electro-Adsorption Filtration
100 Gallon Filter Lifetime
Renders Many Sources Drinkable
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Filter Water Bottles

LifeStraw Go 2 Filter Water Bottle Being Filled From StreamHaving a filter in your water bottle is a remarkably simple way to ensure you are always drinking the cleanest water possible. As we’ve covered before in our Filtered Water Bottle Buyer’s Guide, there are many types of filtered water bottle available, ranging from simple filters designed to just make tap water that much cleaner, to heavy-duty portable filters which can make water drinkable from a huge variety of sources.

As awesome and useful as filtered water bottles can be, if you need to filter a large volume of water, or water for the needs of multiple people, you’ll need to look into something a bit more advanced than a filtered water bottle. Check out our Best Water Filter Pitchers Guide, or Best Countertop Water Filters 2017 for some suggestions that could help.

Below we’ll examine three selections, including some with heavy-duty filters as well as those with tap-water only filters.

Find more filter water bottles not on this list in the Filter & Purify Water Bottle Reviews Category, or check out our feature Best Filtered Water Bottles Guide 2018.

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Berkey Water Filters

#1 Pick: LifeStraw Go 2 Filter Water Bottle

The new Lifestraw Go 2 Filtering Water BottleWe’ve featured the LifeStraw Go 2 Filter Bottle before in our review of the Go 2 Bottle and we also took a look at its predecessor in our review of the LifeStraw Go. While we had a bit of an issue with the original, first-generation LifeStraw Go, the 2nd generation passed our taste test on the first try.

This is likely due in part to the addition of a second stage of filtration. The LifeStraw Go 2 Bottle combines the classic, field-tested LifeStraw Personal Filter with an activated carbon filter ideal for removing bad flavors and odors from your water.

Designed as a camping utility, the LifeStraw is able to tackle water from rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, and even stagnant puddles – just about anything but salt water can be made drinkable, with the LifeStraw removing >99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, and other nasty microorganisms from the water it filters. With the new addition of the second stage of activated carbon filtration, the water is also typically quite tasty.

Embedding this powerful portable filter into a 23 ounce Tritan plastic water bottle, the LifeStraw Go 2 is a great way to ensure you have safe access to almost any water source you come across, and a bottle to store or drink from.

Click here to view the LifeStraw Go 2 Filter Bottle on Amazon.

#2 Pick: Refresh2go Filtered Water Bottles

Refresh2Go Filtered Water Bottles in Three Models (Grip, Insulated, and Milestone) Family Portrait PhotoOffering a very inexpensive way to get your tap water a bit cleaner, the Refresh2go line of bottles are simple BPA-free plastic bottles which incorporate an active coconut carbon filter at the top of the drinking straw. An excellent way to add a final filtration to anything you drink, the Refresh2go filters are only for use with sources of water that are already potable – so mostly your tap or a water fountain.

Effective at removing taste and odor from otherwise undesirable tap water, the Refresh2go bottles make a great everyday companion. Their simple filters are inexpensive, easy to replace, and all-natural. Available in three varieties and a range of colors, there is a lot to pick from with the Refresh2go line. Check out our complete review of all three Refresh2go Bottles for more information.

(UPDATE: Refresh2go recently added a new bottle to their product line. Making use of the same coconut shell filter as the bottles we mentioned here, the new Refresh2go Excursion incorporates the filter into an insulated stainless steel water bottle. If you’re looking for a stainless steel filter bottle with insulation, definitely give the Excursion a look. Click here to read our review of the Refresh2go Excursion Stainless Steel Insulated Filter Bott.e)

Click here to view the Refresh2go Filter Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: OKO H2O Level 2 Advanced Filtration Water Bottle

OKO H2O Level-2 Advanced Filtration Water Bottle Review PhotoThe OKO H2O Level 2 is a filter bottle powered by OKO’s Level 2 filtration, a technology originally developed with help from a NASA grant for use on designing water filtration technology for space stations.

With an already minuscule 2-micron pore size combined with a technique OKO refers to as “charged electro-adsorption,” the Level 2 Filter Bottle remove >99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and other harmful microorganisms, making it capable of rendering virtually any water source clean enough to drink.

We’ve covered the OKO H2O Level 2 Filter Bottle before. Click here to read our complete review. Or click here to view the OKO H2O Filter Bottle on Amazon.

Best Collapsible Water Bottles

Collapsible Sports Bottle
22 Ounce Capacity
Flexible Silicone Bladder
Dishwasher & Freezer Safe
Buy on Amazon
Flexible Hiking Bottles
23 Ounce Capacity
Flexible BPA-Free Plastic
Comes In Set Of Three Bottles
Buy on Amazon

Benefits of Collapsible Water Bottles

Collapsible Hydaway Bottle Small Enough To Fit In PocketCollapsible water bottles tend to be made from lightweight plastics which can easily be collapsed down to a small size, or even folded up. Some take the form of simple hydration bladders, while others are more complex and have a rigid shell which they collapse into. If maximizing portability is your aim, it is hard to beat a collapsible water bottle, which need be only as big as its contents! Fill it up to full size before you go out for the day, and enjoy the reduced size every time you take a sip.

In 2015 we put together our round-up of what we thought were the best collapsible water bottles back then, in our Best Collapsible Water Bottles article. If none of the options below pique your interest, check out that article!

You can also find more collapsible water bottles not on this list by checking out the Other Water Bottle Reviews Category.

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#1 Pick: Hydaway Collapsible Pocket-Sized Travel Water Bottle

Product Photo of Hydaway Bottles in Different ColorsThe Hydaway Collapsible Bottle is a bit different from many other collapsible water bottles. With a clever design that allows it to fold down into a small disk just 1 and a quarter inches tall, the bottle can expand to carry a maximum of 21 ounces of water. It also has a “half-way” point which can be used when you still have some water to carry but its not quite full.

Although this bottle can’t get quite as tiny as some of the other collapsible bottles on this list, its more rigid structure and unique construction gives it a neat position within the collapsible bottle market. The squishy BPA-free plastic construction feels fun to hold in your hand, the collapsing action works great, and the drinking flip-open drinking straw makes it easy to get a drink whenever you need.

For more information on the Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle, click here to read our complete review. Or click here to view the HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle on Amazon.

#2 Pick: Nomader Collapsible Sports Water Bottle

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle In Cool GrayThe remarkably versatile Nomader Collapsible Sports Water Bottle can do just about anything. It can be safely frozen, it can handle hot liquids or cold, it is dishwasher safe, and – of course – it can be collapsed down to a fraction of its filled size. Equipped with a locking screw cap, it is entirely leak proof when properly sealed, while still very simple to get a drink from.

Exceptionally durable and made from food-safe BPA-free plastics, the bottle imparts no plastic taste and can stand up to the trials of everyday use. While the rather large lid with twist cap adds a bit of bulk, the actual container folds up to a marvelously small size.

The stretchy, foldable silicone can be collapsed and expanded easily as you drink from the bottle, and easily squished into small spaces. The benefit of the extreme leak proofing provided by the twist cap means you never have to worry about leakage from the Nomader, even if you squeeze it into an exceptionally tight space for storage.

Click here to view the Nomader Collapsible Sports Water Bottle on Amazon.

#3 Pick: Sportszu Flexible Collapsible Hiking Water Bottles (Set of 3)

Sportszu Flexible Collapsilbe Reusable Water Bottles Set Of ThreeIf you are looking for a remarkable bargain, look no further than the Sportszu Collapsible Water Bottles. These bottles take the form of a simple hydration bladder made from a BPA-free plastic. The plastic is not a silicone, but rather a hard, sort of “baggy” plastic which easily folds up. Equipped with a simple flip-top lid and a carabiner for easy carrying and securing the bag when folded, the Sportszu bottles are very simple and no-nonsense.

Holding up to 23 ounces when full, the Sportszu’s flexible and collapsible nature means it can take up virtually no space when empty. While certainly the simplest collapsible bottle we’ve highlighted here, it gets the job done quite well – and for next to nothing in cost! Sold in packs of three for around $10, the Sportszu is a remarkable bargain and a great way to make sure everyone in your party has their own collapsible water bottle.

Click here to view the SportsZu Collapsible Water Bottle (Set of 3) on Amazon.


Best Water Bottle For Kids

Contigo AUTOSEAL 14 Ounce Kids Trekker Reusable Water Bottle (~$12/2 pack)

Best Kids Water Bottle 2017 Contigo Autoseal Kids Trekker Water BottleWhen it comes to picking out a water bottle for kids, we have three main criteria: durability, leak-proofing, and cleanliness. The Contigo AUTOSEAL Kids Trekker is a bottle that ticks all these boxes. Equipped with a Contigo AUTOSEAL mechanism, the bottle only lets water out when a button is being pressed down. This simple mechanism is effective at eliminating all of those messy accidents by preventing the majority of spills.

Made from a hardy BPA-free, 100% food-safe plastic, the Contigo AUTOSEAL Kids Trekker is able to stand up to plenty of abuse and continue working. It is easy to disassemble and clean, but make sure you clean it regularly as some Amazon reviews have mentioned problems with mold. In having these bottle for over a year we haven’t come across any issues with mold under the lid or anywhere else, but we have always been extremely diligent in cleaning them.

Very well designed and easily portable, the Kids Trekker fits comfortably in small hands as well as being able to always fit in even the smallest of cupholders. An excellent spill proof solution that can leave you with one less thing to worry about.

Learn more by visiting the Contigo AUTOSEAL Kids Trekker Amazon listing.

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The BIGGEST Growler Bottle

Chart Shows DrinkTanks Juggernaut Growler Holds Up To 8 Pints

Woman Fills DrinkTanks Juggernaut Beer Growler From Beer Draft

If you’ve gone through all the bottles on this list wondering where the really big ones are, scroll no more! We take a complete look at quite literally the biggest growler bottle available in our in-depth review of the DrinkTanks Juggernaut Growler Bottle with Keg Cap. This behemoth could eat every bottle on this list for breakfast and hardly be satiated at all. With an utterly gigantic capacity of 128 ounces, the DrinkTanks Juggernaut is capable of holding an entire gallon of liquid!

The Juggernaut is no one-trick pony, either. Manufactured from high quality 18/8 food-grade stainless steel and equipped with double-wall vacuum insulation, it lives up to its claims of keeping liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12. It has a high quality clamp-shut lid design which is exceptionally leak-proof and features a 100% stainless steel container design that means the contents never touch plastic.

But most intriguing for anyone who loves a good pint is the Keg Cap Accessory. This sold-separate optional accessory allows you to turn your Juggernaut into a portable beer keg. Just charge the bottle with a CO2 canister to pressurize it and dispense the beer with the push of a lever. Delicious, portable, and gigantic. What’s not to love?

Learn more about the DrinkTanks Juggernaut or purchase one for yourself by visiting the Amazon review.

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Best Smart Water Bottle

H2O Pal Smart Hydration Tracking Water Bottle ReviewIn September of 2016 we did a comprehensive review of the different smart bottles across the market. When it came time to begin testing for Best Water Bottles 2017 article, we knew we wanted to include Smart Bottles as a category. Yet we quickly found not much has changed since we last looked at these smart bottles.

For a comprehensive look at the smart bottles we reviewed, click here to read “Best Hydration Tracking Smart Bottles – Our Top Five Picks.”

For the most up-to-date look at our coverage on smart bottles, check out the Smart Water Bottles Reviews Category.

Benefits of Smart Water Bottles

H2O Pal Smart Bottle App Tracking and Export to CSVSmart water bottles employ a bit of digital electronics to keep track of your water consumption throughout the day. Syncing up with your smartphone or even a fitness tracker like a FitBit, these smart hydration tracking bottles can provide a system of reminders and tracking to ensure you are getting proper hydration.

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Previous Year’s Best Water Bottles

2017 is our third edition of the “Best Water Bottles” here at Hydration Anywhere. While the years have passed us by, our picks for 2016 and 2017’s Best Water Bottles are still great bottles that we find ourselves using frequently in our day-to-day lives. If none of the water bottles we’ve featured above for 2017 are quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out not only the winning bottles from these previous years, but also our full articles to get a look at all kinds of additional options!

2016’s Best Water Bottle: Klean Kanteen 32 Ounce Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Different colors of Insulated Stainless Steel Klean KanteensCrowned the winner of 2016’s Best Water Bottle, the 32 ounce Insulated Klean Kanteen is a remarkably well manufactured water bottle. Made from 18/8 food grade stainless steel, featuring double-walled vacuum insulation capable of keeping cold liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids hot for up to 12, the Klean Kanteen is an ideal bottle for everyday usage.

With a huge range of high quality bottles on offer, the Klean Kanteen line offers a size, color, and design to suit just about anyone’s aesthetic tastes and accommodate their hydration needs. Whether you just want a slim, low-capacity bottle to accompany you to the gym, or a huge high-capacity juggernaut which can keep your entire hiking party hydrated for the duration of your expedition, there is something for everyone in the Klean Kanteen line of bottles. Click here to browse the many Klean Kanteen bottles available on Amazon.

Want to see what other water bottles made it on the list in 2016? Click here to read the complete Best Water Bottles 2016 article.

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2015’s Best Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Double-Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth with Flex Cap In Four Colors and SizesStill one of our favorite and most often used water bottles, the Hydro Flask Widemouth was the original Best Water Bottle named here at Hydration Anywhere in the Best Bottle’s series very first installment back in 2015. Featuring 18/8 food grade stainless steel, a no-sweat powder coating finish, a range of sizes, wealth of accessories, and insulating capabilities that often exceed the advertised 24 hours cold/12 hours hot, there is a lot to love about Hydro Flask. Plus, it is all backed up by exceptional customer service from the company itself.

We’ve written a lot about the virtues of Hydro Flask over the past few years: from our original review of Hydro Flask, to our feature on the many accessories available for a Hydro Flask, even a head-to-head comparison with 2016’s Best Water Bottle, in Hydro Flask vs. Klean Kanteen: The Great Insulated Debate. Owning quite a few Hydro Flasks, we are happy to report that even some of the original classic bottles we purchased years ago are holding up brilliantly, making us happy to report that the Hydro Flask has been a lasting and worthwhile investment.

But they haven’t stagnated over at Hydro Flask: as we mentioned in our article “Hydro Flask Just Got Better: New Flex Cap Improves Insulation & Portability”, the Hydro Flask’s new and improved version dating from mid-2016 improves the lid with a new Honeycomb Insulation design, bolstering the bottle’s already impressive insulating capabilites. Click here to check out the new Hydro Flask with FlexCap on Amazon. You can also find t he Flex Cap on Hydro Flasks latest addition: the MyHydro Program. With the MyHydro Program, you can make your own customized Hydro Flask bottle, selecting your own lid, size, and colors, to make a bottle uniquely yours. Click here to read our article on the MyHydro Program to get your own custom Hydro Flask.

Learn more about the Hydro Flask in our brand new, complete up-to-date Hydro Flask Review.

Want to see what other water bottle’s were in the running for Best Water Bottle 2015? Click here to read the complete article, “Best Water Bottles 2015: Plastic, Glass, and Stainless Steel Explored.”

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Even More Great Water Bottles


If you’ve come to the end of this piece and still haven’t found the perfect water bottle, don’t despair. We have tons of other great content here on Hydration Anywhere that can help direct you to the ideal bottle for your needs. Give these links a try – you’re sure to find something to suit you!

If a water bottle is not exactly what you’re after, have a look around our site for some other methods of carrying your water and staying hydrated on the go, such as hydration packs.

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8 thoughts on “Best Water Bottles 2017 – Reviews & Comparison”

    • Hi Kurt,

      Taste testing is one of the most important parts of our testing. All of the bottles on this list have been evaluated by leaving water in them for extended periods (24 hours plus) and then performing a taste test to see if there is any kind of abnormal flavor. Every bottle on this list has passed our taste test and does not impart any flavor to the water inside even after extended periods. Not only the bottles on this list, but any high quality water bottle should not impart any flavor or odors into its contents.

      That being said, sometimes lower quality bottles will a bad taste in your water after leaving water in them for extended periods. There can be a whole lot of reasons why this happens, and it is not even always the bottles fault. For example, if your bottle is not properly cleaned, it can be a great growth chamber for all sorts of bacteria which can multiply in your water and affect the taste – even in clean water bottles this becomes a concern after multiple days. Even in a perfectly clean water bottle, gas exchanges and minute changes in the composition of the water can change its taste, leading to the “stale water effect” which Wired ran a good article on.

      It is also important to make sure your bottle is properly cleaned after you’ve purchased it. While your bottle should be safe for use, it is possible it has picked up some undesirable contents during its journey from the production line to your home. Always make sure you wash it out properly and fill it up several times with warm, soapy water and drain it off until soap bubbles stop emerging from the bottle.

      Any water bottle which leaves behind a flavor when properly cleaned should be avoided. In general, this indicates that either there is some kind of contaminant from manufacturing, or that materials from the bottle itself are making their way into your water. Both of these indicate a low quality or defective bottle. Generally speaking, the risk for this kind of leaching is highest with plastic bottles. The lowest risk is glass bottles, which should never impart any kind of taste and represent the surest option for anyone whose main concern is getting the best flavor from their water.

      Of course if the water your drinking doesn’t taste good, a simple glass bottle isn’t going to change that. If you need to improve the flavor of your tap water, take a look at the Filter bottles. Something with a simple carbon filter will go a long way towards making your tap water more enjoyable to drink. But if your main concern is getting the best tasting water even after extended storage in a water bottle, I would suggest glass as the best option with stainless steel coming in close second. We have routinely stored water in our stainless steel bottles for days on end and it tastes perfectly fine when we drank it.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for your comment. For some more info, check out our article Top Five Reasons Why Your Water Tastes Funny.


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