Which bottle is the healthiest to use?

Train yourself to drink the right amount of water every day with our roundup of the healthiest water bottles on the market – from BPA-free to stainless steel and even smart bottle options.

It pretty much goes without saying that drinking enough water is one of the easiest steps you can add to your daily wellness routine to improve your overall wellbeing.

Being adequately hydrated will not only stop you from getting headaches or feeling faint, it also can lead to clearer skin, a healthier heart and more effective weight loss. Plus, it can reduce fatigue and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

There can be a lot of obstacles that get in the way of proper hydration, one of which is not having any water on you to hydrate with – so naturally, the solution is keeping a water bottle on you at all times. Buying a reusable one will stop you from wasting money on disposable ones (and contributing to plastic waste!), but with so many types of water bottles now on the market, how can you tell which one is best?

We’ve done the research to break down the healthiest drink bottle options that will help you hydrate in the best and most aesthetically pleasing way possible.

BPA-free water bottles

You’ve probably heard the acronym “BPA” being thrown around a lot in regards to water bottles (and plastics in general) – but have you ever stopped to consider what it actually means? BPA stands for bisphenol A, which is an industrial chemical that’s historically been added to a lot of products including containers and even hygiene products for strengthening reasons.

According to the Mayo Clinic, BPA is slightly concerning because there’s a chance it can seep into the food or drink your containers are holding, and it could affect the brain and prostate glands of fetuses, infants and childrens. It’s also been linked to increased blood pressure – yikes.

That explains the interest in BPA-free plastics, which are free from the chemical and therefore potentially less harmful for your body.

Why they’re better for you: They cut out the potentially toxic chemical BPA from the plastic.

Our top picks: Welleco Hydrator Bottle ($35), Rolla Bottle Roll Small Water Bottle ($40) and CamelBak 750mL Eddy Drink Bottle ($28).

Glass water bottles

Cutting out the toxins from your plastics is all well and good, but if you’re looking for a slightly more eco-friendly option, glass water bottles are the way to go. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always think that it just feels nicer to drink from glass rather than plastic anyway (even if it’s just for the aesthetic of it all).

Glass water bottles may be a little on the heavier side, but they do have some winning benefits to outweigh that downside (pun intended). Not only are they made from natural materials (i.e. glass) that are recyclable, eco-friendly, and sustainable, they’re also generally dishwasher safe. Plus, there’s no nasty BPA-like chemicals hiding in the glass that could leach into your drink or make it taste weird either.

Why they’re better for you: They’re eco-friendly and don’t have any toxins to leak into your water, plus they don’t hold any gross chemical flavours.

Our top picks: Paperchase Floral Glass Water Bottle ($29.95), Squireme Chromatic Collection 500mL glass bottle ($59.95), and Porter Water Bottle ($69.95).

Insulated water bottles

Want to get a bang for your buck? Insulated water bottles are a great pick, because they’ll work for any beverage you might want. Pour in your morning tea or coffee and take it on your commute, or just opt for some ice cold water for a hot summers’ day and you’ll find that the temperature is maintained for hours on end for a satisfying sip every time.

Seriously, they’re no joke – some models, like the Klean Kanteen TKWide, offer up to 135 hours of cold insulation and 38 hours of heat. And the added benefit of the insulation is that you’ll avoid condensation on the outside of the bottle that could drench whatever’s in your bag, as well as keeping leak-free, which is definitely a plus.

Why they’re better for you: They keep your water cool and quenching, and will save you money on a reusable coffee cup – all while avoiding leaks.

Our top picks: S’well Insulated Thermal Drinking Bottle ($42), Klean Kanteen TKWide 64oz Bottle ($99.95), and Lululemon Back to Life Sport Bottle ($55).

Stainless steel water bottles

I switched to a stainless steel water bottle last year, and haven’t looked back since.

Stainless steel is eco-friendly as it can be recycled and requires little energy to be manufactured. Plus being plastic-free, there’s no nasty chemicals lying in wait. Most of them can be washed in the dishwasher if you’re lazy (which I definitely am), and they’re also pretty good insulators – the effect isn’t quite as long-lasting as actual insulated designs, but definitely more so than your average water bottle.

An added benefit for klutzes like me is that this option is super durable. I have dropped my cheap Typo stainless steel water bottle countless times since buying it, including once onto my own head (ridiculous, I know), and it’s held up remarkably well. There might be a few tiny scratches and dents but nothing that can get in the way of my hydration, which is fab.

Why they’re better for you: They’re toxin-free, eco-friendly, long-lasting and can keep your water cool for longer.

Our top picks: Typo Metal Drink Bottle ($34.99), and All Fenix Double Walled Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($29), and BBBYO Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($39).

Crystal water bottles

This one might sound a little out-there and woo-woo, but hey – don’t knock it ’til you try it. I never even knew crystal-infused water bottles were a thing until my coworker proudly rocked up to work with her new one, which has a little amethyst crystal contained in glass at the bottom.

Crystals are all the rage in the wellness world for their supposed healing energies and ~vibes~ that they can add to your life. When it comes to these water bottles, the benefit depends on the type of crystals and the intentions you set for them with each sip you take – rose quartz is for loving energy, amethyst promotes calm, and citrine apparently boosts self-esteem.

And look, even if the so-called health benefits aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, crystal water bottles are PRETTY, damn it! And maybe that prettiness might inspire you to drink enough water, which would be a health benefit in and of itself.

Why they’re better for you: They can add good vibes and energy to your day (or just encourage you to drink more ’cause they’re cute).

Our top picks: Glacce Crystal Elixir Water Bottle ($112.80), Maaemo Citrine Crystal Infusion Water Bottle ($110), and Psychic Sisters Amethyst Crystal Water Bottle ($80).

Smart water bottles

We’re really living in the future, and smart bottles prove it.

They are what they sound like: water bottles with smart capabilities. Depending on the model, these capabilities range from tracking how often you fill the bottle, to reminding you to drink your required daily intake.

Some of the models are indeed super smart – like the ICEWATER 3-in-1 Smart Bottle, which not only fulfils the bare minimum water bottle requirement of, you know, holding water – but it also glows on the hour to remind you to take a sip, and has a built-in bluetooth speaker with resonant bass. I mean, you can’t get much more high tech than that – it’s great for anyone who loves working out in the great outdoors with their own soundtrack, but who is also guilty of forgetting to hydrate as often as they should.

Why they’re better for you: They can track your water intake and/or remind you to actually drink your daily fill.

Our top picks: ICEWATER 3-in-1 Smart Water Bottle, Joseph Joseph Dot Hydration-Tracking Bottle ($19.99), and Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Bottle ($109.95).

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