How to Choose the Best Reusable Water Bottle for You

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There are lots of reusable water bottle options out there, so if you’ve been putting off getting one, there’s no excuse! Reusable water bottles are environmentally friendly, convenient for you, and will save you money in the long run. Choosing one will depend on what your day-to-day looks like, what activities you participate in, and how you want to stay hydrated. With glass, plastic, collapsible, rigid, one-handed drinking, integrated filter bottles, leak-proof bottles, and so many more, we can help you choose the right one.

Why Buy One?

Producing one reusable water bottle takes far fewer resources and creates less pollution than the production of standard bottled water. Each time you refill your bottle, you’re reducing the need for the mass production of disposable plastic bottles! You’ll be saving money, too, in a relatively short amount of time.

Things to Consider

The first thing you need to consider when choosing your reusable water bottle is how you’ll be using it! Answering this question will quickly narrow down your choices. Are you getting a water bottle for camping trips? For yoga class? To sit on your desk? To travel with you in a backpack? Figuring out what features are important to you will make your decision easy.

Collapsible vs. Rigid Water Bottles

Collapsible bottles are great when space is limited, or you’re trying to pack light! When they’re empty they can roll up, and some have stylish new designs that allow them to condense into themselves. These are very useful when traveling, and make great backup water bottles for multi-day hikes and camping.

Rigid water bottles, or bottles that keep their shape, are easier to drink from and are typically more durable. They also insulate better than most collapsible bottles, so your drinks will stay hotter or colder longer!

How You Want to Drink

The most basic function of your water bottle is to hydrate you on the go. So take some time to think about what would be easiest for you to drink from! This means choosing the right lid type. A lot of water bottles offer multiple lid types, so you can buy your preference for almost any brand or style.

You can choose between wide mouth and narrow mouth bottles that usually come with basic screw caps, although for most people the screw cap is not the most convenient option out there. You can look at bottles with flip caps, straw lids, sport caps, etc. and figure out what you like the best. This decision may seem superficial, but it’s very important! You’ll drink much more water with an easily accessible lid.


The standard material for reusable water bottles is plastic, but over the years more sustainable options have come around. The benefit of plastic water bottles is variety—you can get them in any shape or color, they’re cheaper, and they’re very lightweight. If you’re going on a backpacking or camping trip, a plastic water bottle is a good option. There’s very little risk of it breaking, and it won’t add a lot of extra weight.

If you do go with a plastic water bottle, make sure to take some precautions to protect yourself.

  • Don’t microwave it
  • Don’t use it for hot liquids
  • Hand wash instead of using the dishwasher
  • Don’t leave it out in the sun
  • Toss it if the inside becomes scratched or discolored

If you want something durable and more environmentally friendly, go with glass or stainless steel. Many glass bottles come with silicone sleeves, so they’re more resilient when dropped or bumped. Water tastes great in glass bottles, and most stainless steel or metal bottles no longer have that metallic taste we hate.
Once you choose a reusable water bottle, fill it with the purest water possible! Contact Water Way today.