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The Best Water Bottles on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

By The Editors

People’s Choice

Welcome to  People’s Choice , where we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here .)

People’s Choice

Welcome to  People’s Choice , where we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here .)

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Whether you’ll be hitting the hiking trail or commuting back to the office this summer, staying hydrated is crucial for your health and well-being (especially when it’s hot outside) — and drinking enough water is much easier when you have a water bottle on hand. While we’ve written about lots of water bottles — including editor-approved water bottles and the next status water bottle — here, we’ve rounded up the best water bottles, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

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Best-rated water bottle

Nalgene Tritan Widemouth 1 Quart Bottle BPA Free, Blue $12 now 33% off $8

About 90 percent of reviewers give this bottle five stars, and hundreds appreciate its wide mouth. One says it’s “a nice change because I can easily get scrub brushes and sponges in there and clean the bottle out really well.” Another says their son uses this bottle and appreciates that the “wide mouth is easy to drink from, you can load it up with ice, and it’s easy to clean. (This I know because I’m the one who cleans it!)” Plus these bottles are “notoriously hard to break.” “I’ve taken them hiking in -20-degree weather and had them freeze, but they still didn’t burst on me,” writes another reviewer. “I’ve dropped them down cliffs while [they were] full of water and found them again later, still intact.” Another shopper has had his bottle for eight years without a single incident. “I didn’t even treat it that well,” he says, “dropping it on concrete, downstairs, throwing it in my car, and not a single leak.” It’s stylish, too: In fact, we’ve named the Nalgene the next “status” water bottle .

$8 at Amazon Buy $8 at Amazon Buy

Best-rated (less expensive) water bottle

Gatorade Squeeze Bottle, 28 oz. 4.8 stars, 16,585 reviews $11

“It is the best water bottle in the history of water bottles,” one customer writes of this Gatorade squeeze bottle, and reviewers love how easy this is to drink out of — even without having to to touch the lid. “I used to use Gatorade bottles with the spout/lid that needs to be pulled up to allow water to flow, and pushed back down,” one explains, adding, “This one is way cooler that I can turn it upside down and it doesn’t leak, but when I squeeze it, the water squirts out with a perfect stream.” Another says, “I walk a lot, and this water bottle is great for getting a squirt of water without having to fuss with a lid.” But even though the lid doesn’t necessarily close, reviewers still report that this is leakproof. “These have worked great — no leaking even when they’re on their side, no caps that they need help unscrewing, easy enough that my two year old can drink out of it fine,” one writes. Another admits, “I had doubts about the squeeze top, but they haven’t leaked once in my hockey bag.”

[ Editor’s note: This item is scheduled to restock on June 13, 2021. ]

$11 at Amazon Buy

Best stainless-steel water bottle with screw-top lid

S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 17 oz., Mother of Pearl $34 4.8 stars, 1,043 reviews $34

“My life has been forever changed by this bottle,” one reviewer writes. “It keeps my coffee and tea hot throughout the work day and keeps cold drinks ice cold.” Many reviewers mention using this for both cold and hot drinks, like one who writes, “I was actually pleasantly surprised when I tried this bottle out; it keeps my water cold and my coffee hot for several hours.” Other users are impressed with the narrow lid. One describes the S’well as, “nice quality, easy to hold and doesn’t have too wide of a mouth,” while another notes, “It is comfortable to hold, not too big / not too small. Doesn’t spill.” Many mention that the small mouth makes it difficult to clean and that the bottle is pricey, but as one user puts it “I was hesitant to buy mainly due to the price, but did it anyway and I don’t regret it for a bit.”

$34 at Amazon Buy

Best vacuum-insulated stainless-steel water bottle with flip-top lid

Contigo AutoSeal Chill Water Bottle, 24 oz. 4.8 stars, 28,030 reviews $23

One reviewer who was already on the Contigo bandwagon says, “I’ve been using a similar Contigo bottle for some time but needed something to keep my water cold much longer.” They conclude, “This is it. It keeps it very cold ALL day. I’m able to stay more hydrated, because I’m the type of person that has to have very cold water.” Over 20,000 reviewers give this bottle five stars, and many are impressed by how cold the water stays in this bottle. “I’ve only used it once so far, but it kept ice for 5-plus hours with outside temperatures in the lower 80s,” one writes. Another says, “This bottle does keep your water ice cold for hours, just like everyone says” but adds that the real selling point is the spout: “I never have to unscrew a cap or pop a cover. Press the button and the water goes right down.” Dozens attest to the spout also being leakproof, which many appreciate. One customer, who once suffered from “the curse of a leaky water bottle,” now says, “Well, curse begone! I haven’t had a waterlogged purse since I converted to these Contigo water bottles. Once the top is screwed on, the auto-seal feature seals things right back up, preventing people like me from getting water everywhere.”

$23 at Amazon Buy

Best stainless-steel water bottle with spout lid

Takeya Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle, 40 oz. $34 now 18% off 4.8 stars, 26,547 reviews $28

“Hydroflask who?” one reviewer asks, adding, “I’d say this is twice as good and has a completely better design (we’re talking nozzle here), they have the competition shaking in their boots, no doubt.” Dozens of reviewers compare the Takeya bottle to other well-known brands saying this is cheaper and better. The biggest selling feature reviewers note is how long it keeps their water cold. “My exercise classes tend to be 105 to 110 degrees in the room and the double insulation does the work of keeping my water cold all throughout class,” one writes, while another says, “Keeps ice in the container for a whole day in Arizona +100° weather, three hours on the golf course plus home.” Many also praise the lid of the bottle. “The mouthpiece is wide enough to chug water at a good [pace] but not so wide you splash yourself when walking or driving,” one writes, before adding, “The lid design is nice because I can untwist it with dirty hands and not get the mouthpiece contaminated and the handle makes it super easy to carry around.” Another says, “The cap is easy and quick, it does not leak, the little handle is perfect, and it keeps my water cold all day. What more could I want?”

$28 at Amazon Buy

Best easy-to-hold stainless-steel water bottle

Corkcicle Canteen Classic Collection Water Bottle, 16 oz. $25 4.8 stars, 710 reviews $25

The consensus among reviewers is that the design of the Corkcicle makes it very easy to hold. One calls it the “best water bottle on the market: The texture of this specific bottle is somewhat rubberized, so the grip is nonslip and it’s easier to hold onto.” That silicone grip also means that the bottle “doesn’t clang against surfaces” or get dented, according to another reviewer, who goes on to say that they “LOVE Corkcicle. Nothing out there keeps cold cold and hot hot quite like it.” The Corkcicle’s “flat sides for grip” also make it much harder to drop than a round bottle, they write.

$25 at Amazon Buy

Best stainless-steel water bottle for hot and cold drinks

Hydro Flask Water Bottle, 32 oz. $85 4.9 stars, 28,691 reviews $85

Hydro Flask water bottles have long been a favorite of Strategist writers and editors for how well they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold — and Amazon reviewers share many of the same feelings. “[This is] the Thanos of water bottles. Nothing like rolling over at 4 a.m., awakening completely parched, and drinking some ice-cold water out of this bad boy,” writes one of this bottle’s more than 26,000 five-star reviewers. Because it can keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours, the same reviewer’s water is often “so cold it could’ve come off of a glacier,” even hours after filling it up. As for its heat-retaining abilities, one “avid coffee drinker” says this bottle “preserves the freshness and taste throughout the day. The heat is maintained for hours and doesn’t make the bottle hot as well.” Thousands of reviewers also call out the convenient straw lid, a feature that encourages them to drink more water while on the go. “I don’t know what it is about straws that forces me to drink more water, but it works,” one writes. And others note that while the stainless-steel bottle may dent when dropped, it’s virtually indestructible. “I dropped my Hydro Flask out of my car onto my driveway,” explains one purchaser. “The Hydro Flask has a small dent on it (very small) and the driveway cracked lol.”

$85 at Amazon Buy

Best (less expensive) stainless-steel water bottle for hot and cold drinks

Simple Modern Insulated Flip Lid Water Bottle, 32 oz. 4.8 stars, 31,056 reviews $22

Thousands of reviewers have put this more affordable bottle to the test and say it’s also excellent at keeping liquids hot and cold for days. One user, who says they “filled it to the top with only ice and sealed it shut,” writes that “A small chunk of ice was there to greet me, 52 hours after going in.” Another says they “filled these with ice and water at 7 a.m.,” and when they came home at 3 p.m., “the cups were still over half full of whole pieces of ice.” Of the hot feature, one says, “I put hot water in it at six in the evening and checked it at twelve in the morning so total after 18 hours … Oh my God. It’s still hot.” Another raves, “Coffee was as hot as it went in at the end of a 12-hour workday.” Because these work so well, reviewers also call out the insulation. “I went through several so-called ‘insulated’ water bottles before finding this one,” one reviewer explains. They continue, “The last one I bought left pools of condensation wherever it sat and the ice melted after a couple of hours (in a warm room). The Simple Modern bottle not only doesn’t sweat, it keeps the water cold and still has ice in it after many hours in the warmth.”

$22 at Amazon Buy

Best stainless-steel water bottle with straw lid

Thermoflask Bottle with Chug and Straw Lid, 40 oz. 4.8 stars, 24,667 reviews $25

About 10 percent of reviewers mention the built-in straw on the lid of this ThermoFlask water bottle. One customer thinks it helps her actually “drink so much water.” She explains, “You just flip the straw lid, sip, and flip it back down. I drink this whole thing in one workday.” Another reviewer, who calls themselves “the worst at drinking water,” says, “It is surprising that I do not end up massively dehydrated more often, but this water bottle is the most helpful tool I’ve found to combat my own irresponsibility.” She thinks that the straw lid makes it easy to mindlessly sip water throughout the day. Plus, “The bottle itself keeps water cold an entire day.” But if you’re not into the straw, reviewers also note there’s another open-spout cap. “I love that I have the option,” explains one customer who calls this water bottle a “serious value.” She also adds that it’s completely durable, because she’s dropped it a couple times on a cement floor and “it has survived every fall.”

$25 at Amazon Buy

Best leakproof plastic water bottle

Contigo Jackson Reusable Water Bottle, 24 oz. $11 4.6 stars, 8,170 reviews $11

One forgetful reviewer is banking on this “perfect” water bottle never being discontinued. “I hope they never stop making it because I will probably keep losing it and have never found anything as perfect,” they write. Many think this water bottle is perfect because of how simple the design is. “This one is great because you can open it with one hand, and drink while walking without splashing water all over yourself (due to the narrow opening),” one writes, adding, “At the same time it doesn’t have any fussy parts that are prone to mold (like the ones with straws) so I am confident I am really getting it clean when I wash it.” Hundreds also note the carrying handle as a selling point. “I like the carrying handle it’s really convenient, I can use my phone and hold it with my pinky finger,” one writes, while another says “I only have one functional hand and I love the loop handle and the fact that I am able to press one thick button and it pops open and just one snap and it closes.” If you’re wondering how durable it is, one user writes: “I’ve dropped it. I’ve left it in the car and had it completely freeze. I’ve thrown it in my backpack with my laptop, and tossed it around a little … It has never leaked. It doesn’t crack.” But at least one user notes one downside: “Because it’s not insulated, it will sweat but if that’s not a problem for you the price/quality can’t be beat.”

$11 at Amazon Buy

Best narrow-mouth plastic water bottle

Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth Water Bottle, 32 oz. $12 now 17% off 4.9 stars, 17,575 reviews $10

“I’ve never bought a Nalgene and thought, ‘What a waste of money,’” one reviewer admits. And though the wide-mouth design is classic, the narrow-mouth is this Nalegene obsessive’s preferred shape, “because I can drink out of them while walking without spilling all over myself — which is nearly impossible with a wide mouth Nalgene, even if you do buy one of those ‘easy sip’ devices.” Other reviewers agree that the narrow mouth is ideal for multitasking. “The narrow mouth bottle is awesome for drinking water on the go and prevents spilling on yourself, especially while walking, driving, or exercising,” one writes. Another admits, “ It’s harder to fit ice cubes into the small mouth, but I tend to slosh on myself with the wider mouth, so I got this one.” One user is even ready to say “Good-bye, wide mouth,” explaining that this Nalgene has the “Same awesome construction but much easier to drink from.”

$10 at Amazon Buy

Best plastic water bottle with flip-top lid

Pogo Water Bottle, 32 oz. $9 now 22% off 4.7 stars, 27,057 reviews $7

Dozens of reviewers love the flip-top lid of this water bottle. “It’s so satisfying to pop the lid open, and I’m refreshed every time I chug my water from the wide opening,” writes one customer, who says they “literally love” this bottle. For many, the flip-top lid means the water bottle is secure from leaks. “The lid and pop cover are easy to open and close, while snapping shut easily without compromising the integrity of it,” writes one reviewer, who replaced their previous leaky water bottle with this one. It stands “the test of time,” they say, and “is very sturdy.” Nearly 200 other customers describe this bottle as remarkably easy to use, including one fan who uses the word twice in a one-line review. “I love the flip top lid and how easy it is to clean and fill,” they begin. “It makes it easy to carry when my hands are full.”

$7 at Amazon Buy

Best plastic water bottle with built-in straw

CamelBak Eddy+ BPA Free Water Bottle, 32 oz. $15 4.7 stars, 3,836 reviews $15

One of the more than 3,100 five-star reviewers of this 32-ounce CamelBak water bottle says it’s both lighter and “easier to drink from” than the “coveted Hydro Flask” above. (It’s also significantly cheaper.) The straw spout “has honestly made drinking water more fun,” they write, adding that it never leaks, and the detachable straw is “large enough to make it easy to clean,” unlike other water bottles they’ve used. Another user had never owned a water bottle with a straw cap before, and now “I absolutely love it,” they say. “I literally look forward to drinking water cause it just flows so well. I drink so much more because of it.”

$15 at Amazon Buy

Best plastic water bottle with built-in water filter

Brita Plastic Water Bottle, 26 oz. $20 now 15% off 4.7 stars, 24,056 reviews $17

“If you are looking for a filtered water bottle this is it,” writes one reviewer. “Bought this for hiking and whenever we come across a water fountain we were able to fill it up and not worry about the water being dirty.” Another user who was admittedly skeptical about this water bottle’s ability to “make the ‘dirt’ water taste like the refreshing Ozarka that I was accustomed to,” was pleasantly surprised. “After using it for two days, I can tell you that it most definitely does just that. At 26 ounces per fill, it has also helped me to reach the goal of 1-gallon per day with ease.” Not only does this help users drink their tap water, but also reduces their plastic water bottle use. “I love the fact that I can filter my tap water and not buy bottled water any longer,” one writes, while another notes, “We’ve also been actively trying to reduce our trash output as much as possible and these water bottles have helped so much.”

$17 at Amazon Buy

Best water jug for sports

Under Armour Water Jug, 64 oz. $47 4.7 stars, 13,487 reviews $47

More than 11,000 reviewers give this water bottle five stars and many note how great it is for sporting events. “My son used it for baseball during our recent heat wave and it kept his water freezing cold,” one writes. “We actually had to put less ice in the jug because the ice wasn’t melting quickly enough to create enough water during the day and he was left with just ice.” Another says, “This is the best big water jug we’ve found for my daughter’s soccer practices and games.” They continue, “She used the first one we bought for almost three years. It kept ice water cold and never leaked, even rolling around in the trunk of a car.” Others agree that these bottles are durable. “True test for this water bottle was that it survived my daughter’s softball season without breaking,” one writes, adding “It even fell out of the back of the SUV twice without breaking any parts.” Another notes, “It is very sturdy even after being dropped twice on the ground.”

$47 at Amazon Buy

Best motivational water jug

BuildLife One-Gallon Water Bottle $15 now 33% off 4.6 stars, 25,967 reviews $10

“The jug is my best friend, my personal trainer, my mean Persian mom, my fears, my desires, all melted into one BPA-free bottle,” writer Caroline Goldfarb says in her ode to this BuildLife bottle . Like many she appreciates that it there is no need to refill it and that it holds her accountable when it comes to drinking enough water: “This one-gallon behemoth cuts through the BS, forcing me to honestly come face to face with my water intake.” It’s also a favorite of Strategist’s senior editor Anthony Rotunno , and more than 80 percent of reviewers on Amazon, who give it five stars. One honest reviewer says, “Its intimidating and impressive to walk around with,” but it “keeps me on track getting my gallon intake done in one day and inspires you to keep going.” Another notes it was awkward to carry around at first but, “Honestly I stopped feeling silly after like 2 days because it’s just so convenient to not have to refill the bottle every hour,” adding, “I get some stares but it’s more amusing than nerve-wracking.” Many warn that the strap on the bottle is not sturdy enough to support it when full, as one says, “The plastic on the strap doesn’t seem like it would be able to support the weight of a gallon,” noting, “I only carry my bottle by the handle.”

$10 at Amazon Buy

Best water bottle for the car

Embrava Best Sports Water Bottle, 32 oz. $30 now 27% off 4.7 stars, 7,390 reviews $22

“Of all the bottles I’ve used, this is my favorite,” writes one reviewer. “The flip top is designed to be secure, so no accidental leaks; it’s easy to open with one hand; and the wide opening makes drinking a pleasure.” That flip-top lid is mentioned in over 150 reviews, often as a must-have feature. “It locks closed, but with a push of a button it pops open and has a spout that’s not too big and not too small,” another reviewer explains. One customer even calls it the “BEST. EVER. Water bottle. The one-handed, push-button flip top is perfect.” But this bottle’s ability to fit in most cup holders is what really seals the deal. One reviewer with a very active lifestyle, who needed a water bottle that fits in the cup holders of their car and bike, reports, “This does all of that, and the quality is very nice. I wasn’t expecting it to be so great for the price. Perfect purchase!”

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Best water bottle for ice

Coleman Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle, 40 oz. $30 now 17% off 4.7 stars, 8,938 reviews $25

Nearly a quarter of all five-star reviewers bought this Coleman water bottle so they could put ice in their water. One customer “started going to the gym regularly,” and loves “the feeling of drinking something cold after a workout.” To accomplish that, she needed a water bottle with a spout large enough to fit ice through, and insulated enough to keep the ice cold. She tried a Hydro Flask, but this one “works just as well” and is much less expensive. Plus, she enjoys some of the features that a Hydro Flask doesn’t have, such as the “auto seal and auto flow button that prevents the liquid from leaking.” Most importantly though, “it does a great job of keeping my water cold,” she reports. “One time I accidentally left it at the gym, and it was still cold by the time I returned for it in the morning.” And another reviewer had a similar experience: “I’ve bought a lot of insulated bottles, but none can compare to this one,” she prefaces, “and this one keeps water cold for days,” which she thinks is “just amazing.” She adds, “Ice will still be clanking around on day two.”

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Best glass water bottle

Ello Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid, 20 oz. 4.6 stars, 5,100 reviews $15

Almost half of all five-star reviewers love that this water bottle is glass. “It really does keep the taste so much more pure,” says one customer. Plus, she thinks that “the odor from drinking non-water drinks is not a constant residue like it was in my reusable plastic bottles.” Another customer loved the pure taste so much that she bought two: “I use them strictly for water, and it tastes so good from a glass bottle.” Some do report they have seen mold grow in these glass bottles, but several reviewers have theories as to why. One says it’s probably only people who put non-water drinks in there. Another customer predicts it’s probably because they’re not cleaning it properly — though she adds that cleaning it is the hardest part about the water bottle “because of the narrow opening.” But she says that “a long-handed baby-bottle brush will do the trick, and cleaning it frequently will keep it from getting icky.” She now can’t go anywhere without it. Another customer apparently uses it so much too that she says it “oddly became a part of me. Friends questioned where it was if I didn’t bring it.” Her favorite part is that the glass bottle is BPA-free and that it has “a very satisfying rubber design overlaid on the glass.”

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Best glass water bottle with straw lid

Tronco Glass Bottle with Straw, 20 oz. $16 4.6 stars, 25,550 reviews $16

Over 10 percent of customers cite this water bottle’s straw lid as among their favorite features of the glass bottle. “The straw is the perfect size, and drinking feels like a pleasant and luxurious activity while using the glass tumbler,” writes one customer, who specifically appreciates that the straw prevents “spillage.” Several reviewers are so pleased with the silicone straw that they say it also serves “as an on-the-go reusable straw” for restaurant use — or even for drinking boba. “It works for my boba milk teas!” writes one enthusiastic customer, adding that “it’s hard to find an attractive reusable cup for bubble milk teas. Love the clean modern shape and versatility.” In fact, nearly 300 customers appreciate this bottle’s aesthetic. The bamboo lid and minimalist silicone sleeve are among the most notable features to most reviewers, including one who sums it up: “The minimal, modern, and earthy aesthetic suits me perfectly and brings a sense of calm.”

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Best water bottle for kids

Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottle (2-Pack) $13 now 23% off 4.6 stars, 12,175 reviews $10 for 2

“My children are heathens, they can destroy anything they’re given, and even though it’s only been a week, I’m definitely impressed,” one reviewer writes. They add, of these water bottles, “They have been dropped and left on their sides — no leaks.” Dozens of reviewers agree these are great for kids because they are durable and don’t leak. “They don’t throw them around but my son will drop his every once and awhile and no leaks or cracks yet,” another parent attests. One reviewer even thinks these bottles are “truly heaven-sent.” They continue, “ We got these for my 9-year-old who drinks more than the smaller Contigo kids water bottles hold. She loved the color, and they truly do not leak.” While the auto-seal lock makes it spillproof, some reviewers warn it might be to secure for smaller hands. “The only consideration is age — it may be harder for younger hands to use the button feature,” one writes. While another who says their 3-year-old struggled with it notes “My 5-year-old does great with them though, and he seems able to drink much more water.”

$10 for 2 at Amazon Buy

Best water bottle for toddlers

CamelBak Eddy Kids BPA-Free Water Bottle $13 4.7 stars, 6,110 reviews $13

Unlike the Contigo water bottle, this CamelBak has a straw, making it easier for toddlers to drink out of. “The fact that they are durable and don’t spill was definitely a plus for us,” says one customer. He now has seven of them. Another agrees, “It is completely spill-free,” which is ideal for their toddler. “My son loves to turn the bottle around, shake it, and hit it on tables. Other brands would more or less spill. CamelBak doesn’t have that problem, no matter how fiercely the kid uses it.” Hundreds of customers explain similar scenarios: Their kids are very rough with the bottle, and it has held up. But parents say it’s not a magical bottle; it will wear out from “drops and toddle abuse,” as one parent puts it. But she says, “It’s still quite sturdy and good quality.” She says her toddler “found it easier to use than actual sippy cups because she didn’t have to lift the bottle up.”

$13 at Amazon Buy

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