Water Bottle Reviews

The Best Water Bottle Reviews 2017

Water bottle reviews… Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the best water bottle of them all? Hydration is one of the most basic human needs and the answer to the “best water bottle” question is a tricky one. This is because what is “best” will depend on the situation, your taste, specific needs etc.

This blog article is loosely based on the rigorous tests conducted at OGL (Outdoor Gear Lab). OGL conducted their very own water bottle reviews. They took 10 of the most popular bottles available on the market.

Then put the bottles through 3 months, yes that’s right 3 months of testing!

They used the bottles for everything from mountain biking to rock climbing and yoga exercise to office use. They also put the bottles to test at their labs. This was in order to be able to determine the quality of the taste. As well as how well it retains flavours as well as how easy it is to clean.

After doing all of that they found a winner as well as a bunch of top picks. This trusted credible source has already done a lot of the heavy lifting. Consequently, it would be crazy for me to try to repeat the study.

However, what I will do in this “water bottle reviews” article is to go over their results. Compare them with other genuine customer reviews from places like Amazon. I will triangulate that against my own experiences with the products. And then give you the ultimate guide to getting the best water bottle money can buy.

First, Cool Reusable Water Bottles WITH Plastic?

Water bottles with plastic bodies are the most popular form of re-usable bottles on the market today. They are the most commonly seen type of water storage device. You are more likely to get them at campsites, the gym and rock climbing crags.

Here’s the deal…

It makes a lot of sense when you consider that plastic is versatile, lightweight and usually inexpensive. Plastic is pliable and can easily be formed into different shapes. This makes it ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing while also being durable. It can take all the knocks or/and drops that you can put it through. Plastic is also see-through, which means you can see how much water you have consumed. Oh yeah, let’s also not forget that you can get plastic in almost every colour imaginable.

As a result it is of no surprise that most water bottles are made with plastic but as you will discover in the following section, a preference for plastic bottles could be more problematic to your health then you might realise.

Note that unless otherwise stated, these bottles are NOT the same as water filter bottles that actively work to clean and purify the water. These bottles only work as a “water storage” device so you need to make sure the water you put inside has already been filtered or comes from a clean source.

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What is BPA?

If you prefer using plastic bottles remember to check that it is not at risk of leaking harmful BPA’s. What is BPA? It is the short acronym for bisphenol-a, which is used in the plastic creation process and could be hazardous to health.

Why does this matter?

BPA has been linked to many health issues, including cancer.

The results below will provide you with as much information about any potential BPA risk that any product might have. The aim is to provide you with all the information so that you can make an informed choice.

Read: Avoid Plastic Poisoning: Check Bottled Water For BPA

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Best Water Bottle Reviews

Buying a water bottle is possibly one of the most cost effective and efficient ways to get clean water on tap (pun intended). Rather than buying bottled water (that are very costly in the long run) and clogging up land fills with unrecyclable bottles, it is great to invest in a water bottle that will save on both these counts.

The best part?

The bottles below have all been certified BPA-free and any BPA related information will be provided where appropriate.

ProductBest FeaturesBPA-Free?Capacity 
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
- No BPA risk because it is made from high-quality stainless steel.
- Bottle opening is big enough to put in some ice cubes etc.
- Available in different colours and sizes.
Yes800ml (0.8L)
Bobble Water Bottle
Bobble Water Bottle
- This is an actual water filter bottle (not just "water storage" like some of the others on this list) that is portable.
- It has a very distinctive eye-catching design that shows off its carbon filter and silicon caps.
- Carbon filter is recyclable.
- Each filter will last about 2 months
Yes550ml (0.5L)
Citrus Zinger Sports Bottle

Citrus Zinger Sports
- This bottle doesn’t just store water, it is also a juicer that lets you add fruit into the mix.
- It has a one hand functionality and easy pull up straw and comes in a number of snazzy colours
Yes600ml (0.6L)
Water/Vodka Happy Jackson Bottle
Water/Vodka Happy Jackson
- It comes with an easy to use flip top cover and a bright aqua green colour.Yes600ml (0.6L)
Snugpak Water Bottle
Snugpak Water Bottle
- The Sungpak water bottle is made from aluminium but weighs the same as the average plastic bottle.
- Comes with a carabiner so that it can be clipped on the outside of your bag or pack.
Yes500ml (0.5L)
Chilly’s Water Bottle
Chilly’s Water Bottle
- It has the innovative function of keeping hot liquids hot and cold drinks cold.
- It is more like a flask than a generic water bottle.
- It comes in a number of colours and sizes all stamped
Yes260ml (0.2L)
Jack Wolfskin Water Bottle
Jack Wolfskin Thermo Sport
- This is a very sturdy bottle that has an unusually large mouthpiece.
- A larger bottle opening means that you can drop in some small ice cubes, sliced fruits and anything else you can dream of!
- Its shape and design means you can drink it with only one hand making it practical for long outdoor adventures.
Yes500ml (0.5L)
Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle
Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle
- Removes bacteria and impurities from.
- Ideal for overseas travel especially.
- Remove 99.9% of bacteria and viruses from drinking water instantly.
Yes750ml (0.7L)
BRITA Fill&Go Water Bottle
BRITA Fill&Go Water Bottle Review
- Removes things like chalk, chlorine and other impurities from drinking water.
- Comes with an in built straw.
- It comes in lots of different colours.
Yes600ml (0.6L)

 

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Water Bottle Reviews – In Detail

Citrus Zinger Sports Review – Capacity is 600 ml


This bottle doesn’t just store water, it is also a juicer that lets you add fruit into the mix. Whether it’s a slice of lemon, lime or even an orange. Of course, you don’t have to put any fruit into it and can just stick to good old fashioned water. It has a one hand functionality and easy pull up straw and comes in a number of snazzy colours (as shown above). This is perfect when you’re going to the gym and want something a little bit more fruity.

 

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Water/Vodka Happy Jackson Review – Capacity is 600 ml

 

If you are the type of person that doesn’t mind looking like an alcoholic in public and isn’t affected by people judging you then this might well be the perfect bottle for you. It comes with an easy to use flip top cover and a bright aqua green colour. This is great if you like this colour but sadly this seems to be the only colour choice you have.

 

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Bobble Water Bottle – Capacity is 550ml

This is an actual water filter bottle (not just “water storage” like some of the others on this list) that is portable and I personally think that doing this makes a better investment because it is serving 2 functions (having water at hand and filtering it at the same time) instead of 1 (simply storing water).

There is a good chance that you’ve already seen this bottle as it is super popular and has a very distinctive eye-catching design that shows off its carbon filter and silicon caps. The bottle doesn’t just look pretty it is very effective at removing impurities and nasties from water.

How can you actually use this?

One of the best things about this bottle is that its carbon filter is recyclable and given how bright the colours are, you will always be able to find it in the dark corners of your bag. Also, each filter will last about 2 months.

 

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Snugpak Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 500ml

Snugpak Water Bottle Review

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Snugpak is a brand that is best known for extremely light outdoor clothing and sleeping bags so it makes sense for them to venture into portable water bottles as this is also another tool you need in your outdoor gear arsenal.

The Sungpak water bottle is made from aluminium but weighs the same as the average plastic bottle. It comes in black and olive green along with a ring and carabiner so that it can be clipped on the outside of your bag or pack.

 

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Chilly’s Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 260ml

 

This is one of the sleeker looking water bottles on the market and has the innovative function of keeping hot liquids hot and cold drinks cold so in a sense it is more like a flask than a generic water bottle. The bottle comes in a number of colours and sizes all stamped with the brands’ quirky chilli logo design.

 

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Jack Wolfskin Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 500ml

This is a very sturdy bottle that has an unusually large mouthpiece, which has a number of advantages. A larger bottle opening means that you can drop in some small ice cubes, sliced fruits and anything else you can dream of. Its shape and design means you can drink it with only one hand making it practical for long outdoor adventures, which is not surprising when you consider that the brand specialises in mountain-ready gear.

 

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Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 750ml

This is another water filtration bottle that is ideal for overseas travel especially as it removes bacteria and impurities from locally sourced water that you might be unsure about. Just remember to take it through customs and airport security empty (to avoid the bottle being thrown away by overzealous airport security personnel) and then fill it up when you reach the other end.

 

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Memobottle Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 750ml

Are you incredibly style conscious and wouldn’t mind a water bottle taking up a lot of space in your bag? If yes, then this is the perfect water bottle for you. The Memobottle is designed to have a similar capacity as a standard round bottle but at only 3 cm deep it can easily fit into the spaces and crevices of your fridge, bag or cupboard for that matter.

 

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BRITA Fill&Go Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 600ml

Most water bottles are simply glorified “water storage” devices however, this BRITA Fill & Go doesn’t just “store water” but actively filters it to! It is ideal for filtering tap water because the bottle removes things like chalk, chlorine and other impurities.

It works through the BRITA filtering disk slots located at the top of the bottle and the claim is that it will keep your water fresh for a week or so. The bottle also comes with an in built straw that makes the aesthetically pleasing design a lot more practical and usable. It comes in different colours including grey, green, pink and blue.

 

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Klean Kanteen Water Bottle Review – Capacity is 800ml

The first thing to note is that it doesn’t have any BPA risk because it is made from high-quality stainless steel. The steel material also means that the water doesn’t eventually start to smell like plastic. The opening of the bottle is big enough for you to put some ice cubes in when the weather is hot and it also makes it easier to clean with a brush. As you can see from the picture above, it comes in a bunch of different colours and sizes.

 

 

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SHOCKING Facts About Plastic Water Bottles

There is one burning issue that I alluded to earlier in this article and that is of course the thorny issue of BPA. All the bottles mention so far are certified BPA-free and some of them don’t even contain any plastics because they are made from glass or steel.

Avoid Plastic Poison: What you must check before you buy bottle water

However, just because a bottle is BPA-free doesn’t mean that it’s free of EA (Estrogenic Activity also found in plastics) which is another potential harmful compound when it enters the human body.

 Read: Avoid Plastic Poisoning: Check Bottled Water For BPA

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BPA Free Water Bottles?

Unfortunately, the scientific evidence in this area is confusing and contradictory to say the least. In light of this, the conservative approach would be to go for glass or stainless steel.

Yes, glass and stainless steel bottles might be more expensive. And more likely to break (especially in the case of glass). But in light of all the potential health risks I would say this is worth it if BPA or EA is something that you have even the slightest concern over.

Another option is to consider some quirky solutions like the one which is shown in the YouTube video below.

Read: At Last! The Edible Water Bottle You Can Eat

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How To Reduce BPA Exposure?

If after all of this, you decide that you are still happy using a plastic water bottle then I recommend the following practices:

  • Don’t rely on your dishwasher to properly clean your bottle. Always hand wash it to make sure it is completely hygienic and sanitary.
  • Don’t heat up your plastic water bottle in the microwave.
  • Do not leave your plastic bottle in the sun as this could leave to UV exposure.
  • Do not use the plastic bottle to consume hot beverages and liquids.
  • Throw the bottle away if it becomes badly scratched, discoloured or has lots of signs of wear and tear.

Read: Avoid Plastic Poisoning: Check Bottled Water For BPA

Plastic Recycle Symbols Chart Check if Safe

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Water Bottle Reviews – My Top Picks

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Looking for a good way to store already filtered water?

Go for Klean Kanteen. It is made from high grade stainless steel.

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Do you need water filtration on the go?

I would recommend BRITA Fill&Gowater bottle.

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Do you want something with beauty (I mean very very attractive) and brains (i.e. also filters?)

Then the bobble water bottle is the one to go for. It is the best on the market with excellent customer reviews.

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Final thoughts…

This ‘best water bottle reviews’ blog is loosely based on an extensive 3-month study conducted by trusted and credible sources like Outdoor Gear Lab that reviewed and tested the most popular water bottles on the market.

Mr-Water-Geek-On-LaptopMy study starts where their one stops in that I have also taken into account genuine reviews and looked at all the available information online with regards to possible BPA and EA contamination.

The conclusion is that if you are in any way concerned about BPA and EA contamination then you should opt for a glass or steel bottle. If for whatever reason you prefer plastic then make sure you don’t put it in the microwave, use it for hot water/beverages, leave it in the sun or continue using it after it has become scratched and discoloured.

Want to do more research on water bottle reviews? Check out the following article:
Environmental Health Perspectives:  How Plastics Release Estrogenic Chemicals & What To Do

 

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Water Bottle Reviews Comparison Table

 

ProductBest FeaturesBPA-Free?Capacity 
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
- No BPA risk because it is made from high-quality stainless steel.
- Bottle opening is big enough to put in some ice cubes etc.
- Available in different colours and sizes.
Yes800ml (0.8L)
Bobble Water Bottle
Bobble Water Bottle
- This is an actual water filter bottle (not just "water storage" like some of the others on this list) that is portable.
- It has a very distinctive eye-catching design that shows off its carbon filter and silicon caps.
- Carbon filter is recyclable.
- Each filter will last about 2 months
Yes550ml (0.5L)
Citrus Zinger Sports Bottle

Citrus Zinger Sports
- This bottle doesn’t just store water, it is also a juicer that lets you add fruit into the mix.
- It has a one hand functionality and easy pull up straw and comes in a number of snazzy colours
Yes600ml (0.6L)
Water/Vodka Happy Jackson Bottle
Water/Vodka Happy Jackson
- It comes with an easy to use flip top cover and a bright aqua green colour.Yes600ml (0.6L)
Snugpak Water Bottle
Snugpak Water Bottle
- The Sungpak water bottle is made from aluminium but weighs the same as the average plastic bottle.
- Comes with a carabiner so that it can be clipped on the outside of your bag or pack.
Yes500ml (0.5L)
Chilly’s Water Bottle
Chilly’s Water Bottle
- It has the innovative function of keeping hot liquids hot and cold drinks cold.
- It is more like a flask than a generic water bottle.
- It comes in a number of colours and sizes all stamped
Yes260ml (0.2L)
Jack Wolfskin Water Bottle
Jack Wolfskin Thermo Sport
- This is a very sturdy bottle that has an unusually large mouthpiece.
- A larger bottle opening means that you can drop in some small ice cubes, sliced fruits and anything else you can dream of!
- Its shape and design means you can drink it with only one hand making it practical for long outdoor adventures.
Yes500ml (0.5L)
Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle
Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle
- Removes bacteria and impurities from.
- Ideal for overseas travel especially.
- Remove 99.9% of bacteria and viruses from drinking water instantly.
Yes750ml (0.7L)
BRITA Fill&Go Water Bottle
BRITA Fill&Go Water Bottle Review
- Removes things like chalk, chlorine and other impurities from drinking water.
- Comes with an in built straw.
- It comes in lots of different colours.
Yes600ml (0.6L)


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