There’s no reason you shouldn’t have your own reusable water bottle these. First off, you know you should be drinking more water (Coke Zero doesn’t count as hydration). And secondly, buying plastic bottles of the stuff every day contributes to a huge negative effect on the planet, with production using up to 17 million barrels of oil and releasing an environment-choking 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.
If you’re thinking you’ll cut down on plastic by re-using the bottle you bought in the shop yesterday, know that mass-produced plastic bottles can also contain harmful chemicals like BPA which lead to a whole host of hard-to-swallow health risks, including heart disease, reproductive problems, and cancers.
Reusable non-plastic water bottles aren’t entirely squeaky clean – but they are arguably better. And certainly more stylish. Water bottles aren’t just H20 containers any more – some filter, some purify, and some are as much fashion statement as water receptacle – showing off your eco credentials as well as your eye for an accessory.
Here are 14 of the best-looking and just plain best water bottles to throw your money at.
Thermos Hydration Bottle
We know we should be drinking more water but it’s not always easy to keep track of how many glasses’ worth you’ve drank in a day. This Thermos bottle does the tracking for you. It carries 710ml of water and has a rotating metre to help you keep tabs on how much you’ve drank so far. The design also makes it easy to grip while you’re running to catch your train.
Bellabeat Spring Bottle
First TVs, then watches. Now even water bottles have got smart. The Bellabeat Spring is not only pretty, but synchs with a phone app and calculates exactly how much water you need each day based on your age, height, weight, lifestyle, and even the local weather. It then sends you notifications to make sure you’re properly topped up. The app also provides data on hydration levels.
Black+Blum Eau Good
Charcoal is the latest word in wellness trends and healthy living. You can wash your face with it, brush your teeth with it, and now you can even filter your drinking water with it (although in truth, it’s been a Japanese tradition for centuries). This bottle’s stylish design locks in place a traditional Japanese Binchotan charcoal stick. The carbon softens water, adds minerals, and absorbs the taste of chlorine.
Lakeland Infuser Stainless Steel Bottle
While some bottles promise to take out unwanted tastes, the Lakeland Infuser is all about putting taste back in (and nice tastes, not chlorine). At 500ml the sports-like design is sizeable, holding almost half of your recommended daily intake. But the main feature is an optional infuser core, which allows you to flavour your H2O with citrus fruits, cucumber, berries, or anything else you like.
Lifesaver Liberty Bottle
More than just a bottle, the Lifesaver Liberty claims to be the world’s first and only portable water purifier. Its forward-thinking filtration system uses a pump to purify water, removing 99.9% of bacteria and other nasties. There’s also a replaceable carbon disc for shifting the taste of chlorine. This is a heavy-duty bottle for the most serious outdoorsy water drinkers.
Frank & Green Reusable Bottle
Arguably the most stylish bottle on this list, the Frank & Green has a futuristic feel to it – a straight-up cylindrical bottle made from stainless steel. It keeps both hot and cold liquid (depending on how you like to take your H2O) at the same temperature for up to 12 hours. There’s also a removable strainer for infusing your water with fruit or other flavours and a wide selection of colours.
S’Well Vacuum Insulated Bottle
S’Well is one of the premier names in water bottles. Made from BPA-free stainless steel, this model has triple-walled insulation to keep water cold for 24 hours. The sleek design is easy-grip and its screw-top lid is completely leak-proof. At 500ml it has almost half your daily dose but is designed to slip into a small bag or even an oversized pocket.
Sistema Tritan Swift Bottle
If you’re after something for non-nonsense sports use, this affordable bottle is exactly what you need. The design is athletic but unflashy, while it’s also leak-proof and BPA- and phthalate-free. And if you’re using it for the gym or outdoor sports, you need something durable. The Tritan Swift bottle is dishwasher-, shatter-, and warp-proof – about as hardcore a bottle as you’ll find for under a tenner.
Closca Water Bottle
The word “innovative” isn’t one you’d often use to describe a water bottle. But this take on the old fashioned bottle from Closca is as much an accessory as it is water receptacle. Its silicon flap with a magnetised lock allows you to fasten it to your backpack strap, bike handles, or bag. The bottle itself is also top quality, made from super-strong borosilicate glass. It has caps at either end for easy cleaning and an infuser for extra flavours. Closca has an app too for helping monitor your hydration levels.
If you want to keep yourself hydrated and healthy, but feel like an old school private eye slugging a shot of whisky, this is the reusable flask for you. The Memobottle fits easily into your bag or pocket and holds 180ml of the good stuff. It’s best used for casual trips or short journeys, as it won’t suit your hydrating needs if you’re heading out on a 10-mile hike.
This lightweight and unique-looking bottle is a cheap and cheerful option. It’s not insulated, so it won’t keep liquids hot or cold, but it is BPA- and phthalate-free. The real clincher is that the top quarter of the bottle screws off to make a little goblet-style cup for a classier way to stay hydrated than swigging away at the bottle itself.
Most of all, this is a big, practical bottle with an old school camping vibe. It holds 550ml, with a wide mouth for easy drinking, and a handle that’s good for both carrying and clipping onto a bag. But the pure stainless steel design also makes it a vital step to reducing your plastic consumption. It’s actually an upgrade of Jerry’s most sustainable and bestselling bottle, using a double walled vacuum to keep liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
Daylesford Clima Bottle
This bottle comes from the Daylesford farm, known for its 30-plus year history of organic meat, veg, and dairy. It’s no surprise the farm has turned to sustainable water bottles, a natural extension of its commitment to all things eco-friendly. Daylesford has teamed up with Clima for this bottle, designed to look like an old-timey milk bottle. It has double-walled stainless steel, holds 500ml, and is CO2 neutral.
This is the ultimate in sustainability – an attractive 450ml bottle made from sustainably sourced bamboo. A stainless steel wall keeps your water cold for up to four hours, and the lid is guaranteed leak-proof. There’s an option to have your bottle customised with initials and you’ll sleep soundly knowing that 10% of the company’s profits go to a marine conservation charity.