Best reusable water bottles 2020: best water bottles to save on plastic
Help the environment, and save money with these reusable water bottles.
We all want to save the planet, and no effort towards that end is too small. One easy way to help the environment is to cut out single-use packaging, and one of the most common forms of single-use packaging is your standard water bottle - that's where this best reusable bottles guide comes in.
UPDATE: This week's addition to our shortlist is the Contigo Matterhorn Couture Thermalock Bottle. Made from 100% BPA free materials, the bottle will keep your drinks cool for up to 24 hours and hot for at least 10. It also has a removable drinking spout to making cleaning out the bottle that little bit easier (and more hygienic).
Still, even if you’ve committed to getting your hands on a reusable bottle, you might not know where to begin. We’ve given you a hand here, by picking out 10 of the best on the market in order to help you get started.
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Best reusable water bottles
1. Contigo Matterhorn Couture Thermalock Bottle
Contigo's Thermalock vacuum-insulated stainless steel not only keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, but hot drinks for 10 hours, too. The brand describes the lids as "leak-proof" and the soft-touch handle will keep the lid tethered to the bottle so there's no chance of losing it. Cleaning the bottle should also be a breeze thanks to the removable drinking spout.
2. Quokka Solid
If you're looking for a great looking bottle that keeps your drinks cool come rain or shine, Quokka's latest offering - Quokka Solid - is the bottle for the job. Available in a range of ombre tones, as well as solid block colours, the double walled design ensures this bottle combines style and substance.
3. Chilly’s Chrome Silver (500ml)
Chilly’s has made big strides in producing a bottle that both does its job well and looks sleek when doing so. This one comes in four sizes – the smallest at 500ml and the largest at 1.8l – so you have different options if you’re buying a bottle with a view to using it at the gym or to cut down on trips to the water-cooler at work. And the ability to keep water cool for 24 hours means it’s suitable for either.
4. WAKEcup (450ml)
It’s not always a choice between stainless steel, glass or plastic – WAKEcup’s model is made from organic bamboo (ok, yes, and a stainless steel inner wall, but still). The sustainable cup pledges to keep cold drinks ice cold for up to eight hours and hot drinks hot for up to four, while 10% of profits go to eco charity The Marine Conservation Society. WAKEcup recommends you hand-wash this model to preserve the look.
5. S’Well Fury Vacuum Insulated Bottle (500ml)
If you want your bottle to stand out from the wealth of clear or metallic designs on the market, S’Well ticks the ‘stylish but understated’ boxes with its Fury bottle. It is designed to stop it ‘sweating’ on everything else in your bag, and the wider-than-average rim means you can even chuck in some ice cubes with no trouble. It keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24.
6. Cambridge Insulated Bottle (500ml)
If you're after a bottle that comes in a ridiculous number of finishes, look no further than these nifty 500ml bottles from Cambridge. You might recognise some of the designs as they're the brand that supplied last year's Love Island villa with coffee cups. So whether you're after flamingos or calm oceanic scenes, there really is a design to suit everyone.
7. Camelback Eddy Outdoor Bottle
With its distinctive bite valve that can be rotated to avoid unnecessary spillages, this vibrant water bottle comes in a variety of colours to satisfy even the most fashion conscious drinker. It holds 750ml when full, however, the bottle's water tube carries water from the bottom of the bottle, meaning it must be sipped vertically or chances are you'll just end up with a mouthful of air. Sitting up it is then.
8. Frank Green Stainless Steel Bottle (595ml)
This definitely scores points for durability, and the colour select tool on Frank Green’s site makes you feel powerful as you customise the colour of your button, lid and base from10 options. The Australian-founded company also uses smart technology to let users pay for drinks by swiping your bottle (or reusable coffee cup), which is pretty cool, though this is yet to come to the UK at the time of writing.
9. Brita Fill&Go Vital (600ml)
If you live in a part of the country where tap water is drinkable but sub-optimal, a built-in filter might be the most important thing for you. Brita’s Fill&Go model has this, filtering tap water as you drink. Just like the at-home Brita jugs, you'll need to replace the filter after a while. Brita says each is good for around a month, or 150L of filtration. That's a lot of gym trips.
10. Hip Water Bottle (650ml)
It’s essentially a hip-flask, but for water rather than for a sneaky swig of whisky on the go. The Hip Water Bottle is less ungainly than some larger bottles when it comes to fitting it in your pocket, and has an integrated cap to ensure you won’t end up losing the thing over and over again. Proof that reusable water bottles don’t even need to be the same shape as the single-use ones we’re trying to eliminate.
11. Dopper Original Cool Blue (450ml)
Reusable bottles don’t have to be exclusively for on-the-go use. With Dopper’s original design, you can drink direct from the bottle, or remove the top and – voila! – you’ve got a small cup to sip water at your desk. Also, thanks to Dopper’s partnership with charitable organisation Simavi, every bottle you buy helps support clean water initiatives elsewhere in the world – suddenly, reducing single-use bottles isn’t the only way in which you’re making a difference.
12. Brita Fill & Go Active
The Brita Fill & Go Active water bottle is great for the gym, offering filtered water for up to 150 litres (then you pop the disc out and replace it). The bottle is squeezable, has a strap and a non-drip mouthpiece. There's a cap included and you can store 600ml in the thing. To top it off it's dishwasher proof and a decent price, too.
13. Bobble Sport (650ml)
If you’re the forgetful type, you’ve probably lost count of the number of times you’ve left the gym sipping from your water bottle, and only realised minutes later that you left your bottle-cap behind. The Bobble Sport bottle solves this problem with its soft integrated cap, which you literally can’t misplace because it’s attached to the vessel. Oh, and it has an integrated and replaceable filter, if you’re not a fan of the tap water in your area.
14. A5 Memobottle (750ml)
Yes, that’s "A5" as in the paper size, because this flatter bottle is designed to fit into your work bag like a notepad. The flat design still allows for a 750ml capacity, while its creators boast of the “Tetris style fit” that allows you to slip it into a full bag in a way you couldn’t with a rounder, wider bottle of the same volume. A6 and A7 sizes are also available.
15. Thermos Eastman Titan Hydration (710ml)
Thermos has been in the reusable bottle game for decades, and still makes its flasks for those who prefer for their hot drinks to stay hot. However, they’ve made strides in the reusable water bottle game too. The flip-up lid is very handy for drinking on the go – just press a button to release it – while the bottle is dishwasher-safe to make the ‘reusable’ part a great deal more straightforward.