If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s that water may be one beverage, but there are infinite ways to bottle and consume it. The days of buying ionized and smart waters in single-use plastic bottles are long gone, and reusable containers with countless capabilities — insulation, self-filtering, built-in-straw, even motivational — are here to absolutely stay. To help you find the one that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best water bottles, each of which caters to a different purpose or function. A few are available in different sizes, and most (if not all) of these bottles come in a range of colors and patterns.
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Best Large Insulated
Tried, true, functional, and quality-driven — if you just need one water bottle, the Hydro Flask is it. It keeps water cold (and ice cubes solid) all throughout the day, and the 40-ounce capacity is a comfortable volume without being too much. You can either get this with a standard screw top or straw top. Both are exceptional.
Best Mid-Sized Insulated
Another good insulated choice for all-around use, just a notch smaller. When I leave my apartment with my S’well bottle filled with ice-cold water (which will stay cold up to 36 hours), I can take on the hottest NYC summer day.
Best Small Insulated
Just because you’re drinking water, that doesn’t mean you should limit your senses. Hot water with lemon, crisp Topo Chico, you name it — it all somehow tastes that much better in the pocket-sized 12 oz. Carter Everywhere Mug.
Best For Motivation
Drinking water doesn’t come easy for everyone, and sometimes it takes an arm, a leg, and maybe even a motivational bottle to get the job done. Words of encouragement paired with a time marker on this gallon jug will keep you accountable —and, if all goes well, super hydrated.
Best For Bike Rides
When I biked across Nova Scotia for a month (an actual thing I voluntarily did), these CamelBaks were an absolute necessity. They’re lightweight, hold a good amount of water, and, most importantly, are able to dispense water with a simple squeeze. When you’re cycling nonstop for miles on end, this is essential. (These are brilliant for a more casual cruise, too.)
Best For Workouts
In the Before Times, I wouldn’t call it a proper workout if I didn’t spot at least 10 people (pre-covid) with this water bottle on their treadmills. It has all you need for a gym (or home-gym) sweat session: the perfect-sized spout, ice water insulation, a cup-holder-friendly diameter, and a basically indestructible build.
Water bottles with flip-tops are great because the tops pop up but stay attached (so you won’t lose anything). And, while some may be prone to leakage, the Contigo Jackson’s top, when closed, has a tight grip that prevents such messes from happening.
Best Water Tumbler
Here’s another option for guaranteed water glugging that’s a bit more discreet and sleek. I’m telling you: if you fill this up and stick a straw in here, you’ll definitely drink a ton of water throughout the day. I find that YETI’s tumbler is also great for iced coffee but, ahem, we’re focused on hydration here.
Small and slow sippers, this one’s for you. Some spouts on other narrow-mouth bottles are too big, some are too small, but the Nalgene’s is just right for drinking and filling.
There’s no better feeling than housing a ton of ice cold water when you’re parched. It just brings you back to life. For the most instant rush of refreshment and reinvigoration, count on this perfectly wide-open godsend from Kleen Klanteen.
Collapsible water bottles are amazing for space-saving purposes. Bid adieu to containers that occupy too much room (or put too much weight) in your bag.
Like a really good pair of running shoes or a baseball hat, the bkr bottle seamlessly elevates your day-to-day routine. It’s stunningly sturdy, considering it’s made of glass, and that’s largely due to the silicone sleeve. (The sleeve is removable, but, when it’s on, it fits like a glove.)
Here’s another great (and uniquely minimalist) glass option from W&P. I’ve found that both the 16 and 20-ounce models are solid options if you’re looking for standard-sized bottles. They’re super sturdy but pleasantly light and easy to hold. Muted solid colors make up most of W&P’s palate, but may I suggest the terrazzo prints?
I know what you’re thinking: $95 for a water bottle? The price tag is quite high, but if you’re a water fiend who’s also into tech gadgets, the Larq PureVis is worth exploring. Click on the electric-powered filtration top, and the water inside will get filtered instantly. This bottle also claims to have self-cleaning capabilities but, of course, do give it an occasional rinse. If you’re still not sold, I’ll just say that the Larq’s sleek silhouette also looks like a million bucks.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a bottle that’s more stellar than the Pogo for under 10 bucks. What you get is a 32-ounce BPA-free plastic container with a nice chug spout and zero leakage. Pretty great if you ask me.
Best With Straw
Many of us had one of these in high school or college perched inside our North Face backpacks. It was the ultimate cool kid status symbol. Take a note from your younger, less mature (albeit well-watered) self and revisit the CamelBak for its super cushy, easy-to-sip straw. Apparently, it captures 25% more water per sip than the average bottle. I believe it.
Best For Infusing
Aside from “refreshing” and “good,” water usually doesn’t taste like much. But if you infuse it with citrus or berries using Sharpro’s full-length infusion rod, you should find that it tastes delightfully fruity.
Clean water equals the best water. Regardless of the filling station, you’ll get the cleanest water by using this handy bottle with a small, uber-functional filtration system. Just remember to replace the filter every two months.
Committed to hydration? Under Armour has you covered with a 64-ounce jug that’s basically the size of an infant. After just one full day of drinking from this, I can tell you that I was very hydrated.
Best For Kids
The kids of the internet have spoken: they love this cup. Available in four different sizes (12, 14, 16, 18 ounces) and an array of playful patterns, this is a one-bottle wonder suited for any age.