The Best Water Bottle

Updated on 5 October 2022

After comparing 21 of the most popular water bottles on the market for 8 hours and testing 7 of them, we believe that the Hydro Flask offers the best quality/price value at the moment.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best high-end

Hydro Flask

Although a little more expensive, this vacuum insulated bottle keeps the heat and cold in, whatever the environment. It is also completely dishwasher safe.

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Hydro Flask à goulot standard

Made of double-walled stainless steel, BPA- and phthalate-free, this sturdy bottle has a high thermal insulation capacity. In addition, you can pour all kinds of hot or cold drinks (water, juice, smoothie, energy drinks) into it without fearing any change in temperature. We were pleasantly surprised. It is available in various sizes and is suitable for everyday use as well as for sports. The cap does not leak at all and we found it easy to put in the mouth and to clean. Furthermore, the loop on the cap makes it easy to hold and carry. By the way! It is machine washable.

 

 

Best budget

Twist’n’Sip Squeeze

In addition to being affordable, it has an ingenious opening and closing system that makes it more hygienic in any situation. In addition, it is machine washable.

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Sistema Twist’n’Sip Squeeze

Available in several sizes, this lightweight plastic bottle is phthalate and BPA free. The opening and closing system is hygienic, as fingers never touch the cap. On testing, we found no leaks, although the mechanism tends to retain some dirt and mould over time. It is ideal for children, at school, in sports or for hiking. It is also dishwasher and fridge/freezer safe. However, it is not suitable for hot or carbonated drinks. Furthermore, the colours are random, which makes it difficult to choose, and we can also criticise the lack of insulating properties. Also, in direct sunlight, the water heats up quickly.

 

Best mid-range

Super Sparrow

Its insulating properties, easy washability and practical accessories explain its excellent price/quality ratio. Its two plugs increase its versatility.

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Super Sparrow Gourde Isotherme

This insulated water bottle has a BPA-free design and is made of excellent quality double-walled stainless steel, which guarantees a pure taste and insulation from hot and cold liquids. We were very pleased with the latter in our tests. It is available in various sizes and is dishwasher safe (except for the lids) without risk of wear or deformation. You will receive two straws and two handy caps: one for sports and a more standard stainless steel one for better insulation. Each one allows you to control the flow and you will not notice any leakage during use. Last but not least, its covering provides a good grip in spite of sweating.

 

Mid-range alternative

720°DGREE

It has an excellent design, is soft to the touch and can even be used to make herbal teas or flavoured water. The push button is also airtight and easy to open.

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720°DGREE uberBottle

Available in several sizes, this bottle is made of a lightweight, durable plastic, free of BPA, BPS and phthalates, with a soft, non-slip covering. Its snap-on cap protects from dirt and is easy to open. Thanks to the silicone seals, the cap is completely airtight and the large opening allowed us to fill and clean it easily. In our test, we found the flow rate to be satisfactory. It is preferable to clean it by hand to avoid damaging the seals (although some parts are dishwasher safe). One of its special features is the infuser, which we found very practical for flavouring the water or making a simple infusion. The graduations and the carrying strap are also very useful. However, it does not keep liquids hot or cold.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endBest budgetBest mid-rangeMid-range alternative
Hydro Flask Twist’n’Sip Squeeze Super Sparrow 720°DGREE
Although a little more expensive, this vacuum insulated bottle keeps the heat and cold in, whatever the environment. It is also completely dishwasher safe. In addition to being affordable, it has an ingenious opening and closing system that makes it more hygienic in any situation. In addition, it is machine washable. Its insulating properties, easy washability and practical accessories explain its excellent price/quality ratio. Its two plugs increase its versatility. It has an excellent design, is soft to the touch and can even be used to make herbal teas or flavoured water. The push button is also airtight and easy to open.
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How did we do the tests?

We tested each of the bottles in different situations (at work, during sport, at home, etc.). We checked the reliability of the caps by turning them upside down, but also their practicality when opening them. Of course, we also took into account the accessories supplied with the bottle.

To evaluate the insulating properties, we took a culinary thermometer and exposed all the bottles filled with fresh water to the sun. We performed the same test on the bottles filled with hot tea, which we left in a cold environment. Finally, we analysed the cleanability, resistance and volume of each water bottle.

 

How to choose your water bottle?

Loved by environmentalists and sports enthusiasts alike, the isothermal bottle offers numerous advantages and has become the most serious alternative to plastic water bottles.

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The different bottles we have tested. | Source: Selectos

But with so many models on the market, which one should you choose? First of all, let’s identify the different types of bottles:

  • The stainless steel bottle: it is durable, lightweight and environmentally friendly. It does not alter the taste of the water and has insulating properties that are highly appreciated by its buyers. In addition, it does not contain any harmful substances. The double-walled insulated models act like thermos flasks, i.e. they retain heat for 6 to 12 hours and stay cold for up to 24 hours.
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Stainless steel bottles do not alter the taste of the water and have excellent insulating properties. | Source: Selectos
  • The glass bottle: it is usually made of borosilicate glass and is well insulated from outside temperatures. It is the most environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. It is also easy to clean. On the other hand, it is heavier and more fragile to shocks.
  • The filter bottle: it allows you to drink from any fresh water source (lakes, rivers, etc.). As its name suggests, it filters the water to make it drinkable.
  • The flexible water bottle: it is often foldable, making it ideal for hiking, as it is easier to carry and takes up little space.
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Plastic water bottles are cheaper, but also less insulating and durable. | Source: Selectos
  • The aluminium bottle: it is cheaper, lighter and stronger. However, it sometimes contains chemicals and tends to alter the taste of the contents. It is also unsuitable for acidic drinks such as fruit juice or energy drinks.
  • The plastic bottle: these are cheaper, but often skimp on quality. As a result, they are less insulating and less durable. If you opt for one of these, choose tritan, a plastic without harmful components such as bisphenol.
  • The reusable bottle: ideal for carrying baby’s applesauce, puree or yoghurt. It is usually made of silicone because of its smaller volume and greater shock resistance. Its design avoids harmful materials.
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The capacity must be enough for your activity, without affecting the ease of transport. | Source: Selectos

After identifying the type of bottle that suits you best, pay attention to the following criteria to choose the one that best suits your needs:

  • Capacity: depends on use. For an excursion lasting several hours where you don’t expect to be able to refill it, you will need a larger capacity. For a short sports session or commuting to work, a smaller one may be sufficient. Also check the weight and size of the bottle if you are walking or cycling, for example.
  • Materials: you should avoid at all costs bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalates, which are carcinogenic chemicals found in some plastics. If your budget allows, do not use plastic or aluminium bottles, for health and ecological reasons. Finally, a double-walled model is more insulating.
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There are different types of lids, which affect the tightness, opening and maintenance of the bottles. | Source: Selectos
  • The stopper: preferably stainless steel or bamboo (not PVC). There are several types. Non-drip caps do not leak and are easier to open. Silicone stoppers with a handle are interesting for their watertightness and for sportsmen and women (cyclists), as are stoppers with a metal straw for drinking on the move without having to tilt the bottle. Finally, screw caps have a large opening and make it easier to clean the bottles.
  • Accessories: some manufacturers include a carrying case, a hook for attaching to a bag, a shoulder strap or even a cleaning brush.
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Some bottles can be customised. It is a matter of taste. | Source: Selectos
  • The design: there are customisable bottles or with graduations. In short, it’s a matter of taste, the important thing is to be willing to hydrate.
  • Maintenance: remember to wash it regularly, otherwise micro-organisms could settle in it. To do this, clean it with hot water and soap. Some bottles can be put in the dishwasher.
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Remember to clean it regularly to avoid the proliferation of micro-organisms. | Source: Selectos

PS: if you’re looking for a recipient for hot drinks, take a look at our comparison of the best thermal mugs!

 

Honorable mentions

Proworks Stainless Steel (£12.95 upon publication): a water bottle with high thermal insulation. Made with a double wall of stainless steel, it has insulating properties that keep drinks hot or cold for several hours. A variety of sizes and original colours are available. The screw cap is completely sealed, but we found the neck of the bottle to be quite small, which made it difficult to clean during our tests. By the way, it is not recommended to put it in the dishwasher (although some do), in fact, the brand includes a cleaning brush with the purchase.

Sahara Sailor (£14.99 upon publication): a motivation to hydrate. Made from eco-plastic, environmentally friendly, this colourful water bottle has a 1L capacity, which meant fewer trips back and forth to fill it during our tests. Its special feature is its time marker that reminds you to drink every hour. It has to be cleaned by hand, but the wide neck gives you enough access to clean it comfortably. Finally, it is very important not to leave it exposed to the sun’s rays, so keep it in a cool place.

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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