Owning a great water bottle is a fundamental first step in minimizing your daily waste. Many people fall into the habit of buying bottled water en masse from supermarkets or, worse yet, single-use bottled waters on the go. But more than 80% of those plastic bottles go unrecycled according to the EPA. Here we take a look at some of the most popular water bottles among New Yorkers as well as three of my personal favorites!
1. S’well .50L/17oz ($25-$50)
PROS: This is probably the most popular water bottle among New Yorkers. It keeps water extremely cold and coffee extremely hot. The cap’s design also ensures that your bottle will not leak. They have endless contemporary designs to match any personality.
CONS: It can be pricey, but there are several models that are as low as $25 and are still insulated.
3. Under Armour Insulated Water Bottle 1.89L/64 oz ($25.00)
PROS: Recommended for those who are extremely active and want to hit their hydration goals with fewer trips for refills. It has a locking flip top with an easy push button and is convenient for gym use or outdoor sports, as it is insulated and stays cool.
CONS: It is bulky, but has a handle to make the weight manageable.
4. Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle .47L/16oz ($29.99)
PROS: Favored by New Yorkers who enjoy a stylish water bottle that maintains clean tasting water, with an easy to hold grip. Glass water bottles tend to stay cleaner and the silicone protective sleeve allows for great durability.
CONS: Water does not stay as cool as in insulted bottles and the bottle is relatively small. There have been some reports of defects, such as cracked bottles.
PROS: Camelbak makes consistently durable products, and the Eddy is no exception. The thin design makes it practical for every day use as a commuter, as it fits in car cup holders and backpack sleeves easily.
CONS: In my experience, it has not been 100% spill proof. The shape make the bottle tough to clean because it is difficult to reach the bottom for scrubbing.
PROS: The alternative to S’well if you would like a similar high quality design but larger volume. This bottle keeps hot liquids hot for 12 hours, and cold liquids cold for 24 hours! Lastly, it is more durable than S’well.
CONS: It does not come in as many different designs as S’well. It’s also a bit large for some people, but there is a 12oz size if you prefer something smaller.
The Flow Stainless Steel Water Bottle .53L/18oz ($24.95)
PROS: Stainless steel can be pricey, but The Flow is a relative bargain, particularly considering $24.95 gets you three different lids, pictured above. Again, water remains ice cold for 24 hours, and hot liquids remain hot for 12 hours. I especially love this water bottle because of its compact size and how it somehow never leaks no matter which cap is used.
CONS: Although durable, after about 8 months of heavy usage the brand name wears off. Otherwise it remains as good as new.
Under Armour Celestial Hydration Bottle with Straw Top .53L/18oz ($14.99)
PROS: Great for everyday activities, be it active sports or personal daily usage. Although it looks small, it can hold 18oz. But the size of this bottle is probably its greatest asset, along with its no slip grip for sweaty palms. You can fit this in a purse, a bike cup holder, or just in your backpack. I assure you it will not leak, no matter where it is carried.
CONS: It can sweat when filled with cold liquids, as it is not insulated.
PROS: Great for sedentary or extended usage, as in camping. There are two choices of tops, the loop top and the flip spout that uses a straw shown above. It is dishwasher safe, made out of up to 60% recycled glass, and has a silicone protective sleeve. Glass is also a great option for those who want a cleaner taste to their water.