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How to Choose the Best Water Bottle

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Find tips about how to choose the best water bottle for your needs.

• Pros and cons of different water bottle types

• Sizing guidelines

• How to select the best lid and shape

• What accessories to choose

The Definitive Guide

Chapter 1:

Getting Started

Chapter 2:

Reusable Water Bottlesby Material

Chapter 3:

Water bottle sizes

Chapter 4:

Anatomy of a Water Bottle

Chapter 5:

Best All-purposeWater Bottle

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Chapter 1: Getting Started

• Why choose a reusable water bottle?

• What’s the best water bottle for you?

• What will you use your bottle for?

 

Reusable water bottles are a must-have item whether you’re an athlete, adventurer, traveler or even a stay-at-home mom. Hydration is a vital part of our lives, so equip yourself with a long-lasting reusable bottle to take with you everywhere.

 

Why you should choose a reusable water bottle

 

Obviously, we at Healthy Human encourage you to welcome a reusable water bottle into your life. It’s an easy action you can take to immediately improve your health and help the planet.

 

But you may be wondering: What’s the benefit of this, when it’s convenient to just grab a plastic bottle of water from the grocery store?

 

If this is how you feel, we hope you’ll read the next section of this guide very carefully.

Here are some key reasons why you should invest in a reusable water bottle today:  

 

Reduce plastic waste: Purchasing a reusable water bottle is a necessary first step to addressing the problem of plastic waste. The average American purchased 346 disposable plastic bottles in 2015. In total, that’s 111 billion plastic bottles that became waste.

 

Americans purchase a million plastic bottles per minute. And if you think recycling is helping combat this level of waste, think again. In total, only 9 percent of the world’s plastic has ever been recycled. That means roughly 91% of those plastic bottles will become trash. This astronomical level of waste is entirely unnecessary and it does a lot more harm than good.

 

Prevent ocean plastic: Think about it. This waste is creating huge health problems for sea life and sea birds, which mistake plastic for food. Half of all sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs, and a million seabirds die from starvation linked to plastic ingestion each year. Moreover, it is estimated that the total weight of plastic in the ocean will exceed the weight of fish by 2050. 

 

 

Minimize microplastics: The overall impact of plastic pollution on human health is not yet known, but researchers are finding microplastics everywhere. These plastic particles range from the size of a grain of rice down to microscopic slivers. Researchers estimate that humans ingest 2,000 microplastic particles per year.  

 

Currently, scientists are not sure the impacts these microplastics have on our health. The best way to prevent them is by cutting out plastic consumption as much as possible from our lives.

 

Bottled water is no better than tap water: Many bottled water companies in the U.S. source their water from the tap, the same water you can get for free at home. If you’re worried about your tap water quality, invest in a filter to prevent exposure to harmful metals and bacteria.  

 

Reusable bottles save money.  On average, single-serve bottled water costs $9.47 per gallon, while tap water costs $0.005 per gallon. That’s a mark-up of 2000 times the original price of water. Save yourself some money and refill a reusable water bottle from the tap.

 

You’ll Influence others to live more sustainably. We’re social creatures. If you start carrying an attractive refillable water bottle, you’ll definitely make your friends want to start carrying one, too.

 

Use this guide to find the perfect water bottle for your needs so you can improve the world by reducing waste in our oceans and landfills. You’ll do yourself and the planet a favor.

 

What's the best water bottle for you?

 

Get ready to welcome a reusable water bottle into your life. While bottle trends and features may not change as fast as smartphones or watches, it’s important to keep some key considerations in mind. These features will influence your water bottle decision as you shop.

 

Durability: 

 

  • Are you prone to breaking things? Watch out for fragile glass bottles or single-walled plastic and metal bottles.
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  • Do you change styles often and replace things? Or do you want a long-lasting one-size fits all bottle? This goes back to the old trendy versus classic style debate. If your aim is sustainability, go for a classic bottle that you can reuse again and again.    

 

  • Temperature Control:
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  • Do you want to use your bottle for both hot and cold beverages? Or, do you want your water bottle to keep the contents a certain temperature? You’ll need a stainless steel insulated water bottle for that.

 

Look and Feel:

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  • Do you want something that smells good and has an attractive design? If you answered yes to this question, avoid plastic bottles because they lack aesthetic panache.

 

Ease of Use:

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  • Do you grow attached to your things if they’re comfortable? Do you want something that feels like an extension of your body, that you can carry easily everywhere? Scroll down to the handle, mouth and lid sections, because these details can greatly influence a bottle’s ease of use.
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  • Do you need something large for long trips or smaller for portability? Go to the water bottle size section of this guidebook, where you’ll find the best uses for different sizes.
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  • Do you want to put it in the dishwasher? Plastic bottles may pose a safety risk if they are washed in the heat of a dishwasher, while vacuum insulated bottles require hand cleaning.

 

Now that you’ve brainstormed the ideal qualities of your future bottle, you should know if you want an aesthetically pleasing bottle or a functional bottle or both. Keep your preferences in mind as you explore the different water bottle options.

 

Next, you’ll want to consider when you’ll use your water bottle.  

 

What will you use your water bottle for?

 

People need to stay hydrated in virtually every situation, but that doesn’t mean you have to use one bottle for everything. Make a list of the situations you plan to drink from a water bottle, and use this to guide your purchasing decision.  

 

For instance, you might want to drink from your bottle at work or the gym, or take with you to travel or go hiking outdoors. These activities call for a high quality insulated water bottle that works well in almost any situation.

 

However, if you’re shopping for a water bottle that serves a specific purpose, additional factors come into play. If you love to ride a motorcycle long distance, you may want a hands-free water pack instead of a bottle. Or if you go backpacking in the remote wilderness, you may require an ultra lightweight water bottle that won’t weigh you down.  

 

Whatever activity you want to choose a water bottle for, get to know the pros and cons of each type, according to their material.

 

Chapter 2: Reusable Water Bottles by Material

Bottles covered:

• Plastic water bottles

• Glass water bottles

• Single-walled stainless steel water bottles

• Insulated stainless steel water bottles

• Aluminum water bottles

 

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Here, we outline the pros and cons of each bottle material type available to buy. This will help you choose the best water bottle based on your specific preferences.

 

Plastic water bottles

 

Plastic water bottles are widespread, especially among sports professionals who need light weight, portable bottles. However, they come with some serious negative health and environmental impacts. You should probably keep them as your last option.

 

Pros: Versatile, lightweight, affordable

 

Versatility

 

Plastic is obviously a wildly versatile material. That’s why plastic water bottles come in limitless shapes, colors and textures. You can get a rigid plastic bottle with a screw top lid that doesn’t weigh much, or you can get a flexible bottle that you can use to squirt water into your mouth.

 

Light weight

 

Plastic bottle designers have also come up with handy collapsible bottles that you can stuff into your backpacking gear without adding too much weight.

 

Affordable

 

Generally, plastic bottles are also inexpensive.

 

 

Cons: Health safety concerns, bad for the environment, ages quickly,can be smelly

 

 

Health safety concerns

 

You may recall how in the late 2000s, Nalgene became enmeshed in a controversy over the safety concerns about its see-through hard-plastic bottles.

This is because hard plastic bottles labelled with the number “7” leach the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) into the beverages they contain. The chemical is found in materials as diverse as receipts, CD cases and the liners of tin cans.

 

BPA exposure has become so pervasive that in a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which sampled 2,517 people in the U.S., 93 percent of people above the age of six had BPA in their bodies.

 

BPA is an industrial chemical used to create resins that resist corrosion. The likelihood of leaching also increases when a plastic bottle made with BPA heats up in the sun or contains hot beverages.  

The properties of BPA mimic estrogen hormone cells, so it confuses the body and interferes with cell functioning and reproductive processes. That’s why it’s been classified as an endocrine disruptor.  

All kinds of health impacts are linked to BPA from obesity to infertility. Medical News Today lists the following health risks based on its compilation of peer-reviewed studies:

 

        • •  Reproductive disorders impacting puberty and ovulation, which may lead to infertility in both sexes
    • •  Cardiovascular diseases including heart disease, angina, heart attack and hypertension
    • •  Insulin resistance potentially leading to weight gain or Type 2 diabetes
    • •  Fetal brain development that can lead to child anxiety and effects on social behavior
    • •  Breast and prostate cancer
    • •  Asthma in children, if exposed during the second trimester of the mother’s pregnancy

 

Many countries have restricted the use of plastics containing BPA to some extent. In the U.S. the FDA has banned the use of BPA in baby care products such as formula packaging, sippy cups and infant bottles. France has banned the use of BPA in all food containers, packages and utensils. The EU also restricts the level of BPA in food packaging.

 

Here are some tips for avoiding BPA. Anyone concerned with the potential health risks linked to BPA should search for BPA-free products and avoid the use of canned foods and plastic labeled with numbers 3 and 7.

 

Bad for the environment

 

Even though reusable plastic bottles are designed for longer use than single-use plastic bottles, they tend to wear out quickly compared to other materials. Therefore, it’s likely that they, too, will go into landfills at the end of their life. The only way to truly eliminate the harmful effects of plastic is to avoid it as much as possible.

 

Age quickly

 

Plastic doesn’t retain its youthful luster as much as other materials. It can easily crack or get scratched or warped over time through general wear and tear. In fact, the more wear and tear you see on your plastic bottle, the more likely it is that they are leaching chemicals or shedding microplastics into your drinks.

 

Not dishwasher safe

 

Because of the increased chances of health risks when heat is applied to plastic, you should only hand wash your plastic container.  

 

What’s that smell? 

 

Plastic bottles may acquire a strange scent over time, because food scents attach to their chemical bonds.

 

Safety tips for using plastic water bottles

 

If you do decide that no other water bottle material is suitable for taking care of your needs, try to follow these best practices with plastic bottles to avoid heat.

•  Hand wash them in cold water

•  Only use them with cold beverages

•  Do not put them in the microwave

•  Do not leave them in the sun for long

•  Stop using them if they appear worn or scratched

Glass water bottles

 

Pros: See through, dishwasher safe, no health risks, zero effect on taste

 

See through

You can easily track how much water you’ve drunk with a glass bottle. That way, you’ll know when it’s time to fill up. Glass bottles are the only bottles with this option apart from plastic bottles that come with health risks.

 

Dishwasher safe

 

Glass bottles are generally safe to put in the dishwasher as you would with any thicker glass bowl or jar around the house.

 

No health risks

 

Glass bottles have no known health risks.

 

Zero effect on taste

 

When you drink from a glass water bottle, you’ll appreciate the virtually non-existent smell or impact on the taste of your water or drink.  

 

 

Cons: No insulation, breaks easily, heavy

 

 

No insulation

 

Glass bottles do not provide insulation. Unless you fill your bottle with some ice-cubes, your beverage will not remain cold. However, the exterior of your bottle may become too cold to the touch if you fill it with ice. For that reason, as well to support its fragility, many glass water bottles come in a plastic casing intended to solve some of these design flaws.

 

Breaks easily

 

Glass can shatter easily when you drop it. For that reason, glass water bottle companies have developed plastic casings and thicker walled glass to reduce the chances of breaking. But thicker walls and more materials mean more weight and glass is already heavy. Remember that accidents do happen and if you drop a glass bottle, there is no guarantee it won’t break.

 

Heavy

 

Among the different water bottle types, glass water bottles are the heaviest. That’s why they’re fine for activities that don’t require you to carry them, but for people who want a bottle they can easily tote all day, we recommend a lighter model. Glass bottles work fine at indoor offices or the gym, but for people who travel or have lots of other things to carry (like moms), skip the glass models and go for stainless steel.  

Single-walled Stainless Steel Water Bottles

 

Pros: Lightweight, durable, no health risks, dishwasher safe, affordable  

 

Lightweight

Second to plastic, these are the lightest bottle option. They’re great for backpacking, since you’ll want to keep your pack’s weight down. through

 

Durable

 

Unlike plastic and glass, stainless steel bottles won’t break when you drop them. They can definitely get dents, but they won’t lose their main function of holding liquid.

 

No health risks

 

Stainless steel bottles have no known health risks.


Dishwasher safe

 

Like other simple hardware around the house, stainless steel vessels don’t require much fuss and you can toss them in the dishwasher next to your ceramic dishes and flatware.  

 

Affordable

 

Considering their long lifespan, stainless steel bottles are a great value. You might use one over the course of ten years, while other people are buying bottled water, which gets more and more expensive each day.  

 

 

Cons:Transfers heat, no insulation, dents easily

 

 

Transfers heat

 

Since metal transfers heat easily, single-walled stainless steel bottles are not a good option if you want to use your bottle for hot beverages. You might burn your hands unless you wrap them in fabric.

 

No insulation

 

Cold drinks will also lose their temperature quickly in a stainless steel water bottle, since the bottle will quickly adapt to the outside temperature.

 

Dents easily

 

Even though they don’t break easily, single-walled stainless steel bottles are known for getting dents easily. Even a small impact can lead to dents, which can turn a great looking bottle into a dud with one minor accident.

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles

 

 

Pros: Keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, durable, portable, no health risks, stylish, can be affordable

 

 

Keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold

 

Most insulated water bottles feature double-wall thermos-like engineering that improves their ability to maintain the temperature of their contents.

 

For instance, Healthy Human Steins can keep a drink hot for 12 hours, or cold for 24 hours, thanks to their Tempmax Vacuum Insulation. The vacuum insulation prevents any temperature transfer to the outer wall.

 

Durable

 

Insulated water bottles are extremely durable, because their double-wall construction gives them an added layer of protection against dents. And since they’re stainless steel, the risk of breaking is a non-issue.

 

Portable

 

Because insulated water bottles prevent heat transfer, you won’t see any condensation form on the outside of your bottle. If you place your bottle in a tote bag, it won’t leave any traces of moisture.

 

The sweat-free design of insulated water bottles also ensures that your hands will not get burnt or chilled when you hold your bottle. This means you don’t have to bring a towel to wrap around your bottle just to protect your hands.  

 

Finally, insulated water bottles are not as heavy as glass water bottles, so they can be carried throughout the day with ease.  

 

No health risks

 

Again, stainless steel bottles have no known health risks.

 

Pro tip:  How do you know that Healthy Human bottles are safe? First of all, we use 18/8 food grade stainless steel in our products, commonly used within the food and drink industry. The number 18/8 stands for the percentages of chromium and nickel in the steel. The 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel reinforce the strength and durability of the stainless steel. The result is a product that eliminates rust, corrosion, stains and metal odors and tastes impacting your drinks.

Stylish

Insulated stainless steel bottles come in a wide array of colors, so you can mix and match them with your outfits. Some have a matte, opaque finish while others come in a shiny shellac-like finish. Check out the bright solids, stylish fades, marble and wood grain designs offered by Healthy Human.  

 

Can be affordable

Depending on the brand, insulated water bottles have a great price point, considering their durability. For instance, Healthy Human Steins start at $22.99 for a 16 oz bottle.

 

Cons:

Heavier than plastic, hand wash only if vacuum insulated

 

Heavier than plastic

While stainless steel insulated water bottles are not as heavy glass, they are also not as light as plastic. If you need something ultra lightweight, you might consider other options.

 

Hand wash only if vacuum insulated

To protect the integrity of the vacuum insulation design of these water bottles, you’ll need to hand wash them and let them air dry with the lid off.

 

A soft-bristle bottle brush makes hand washing easy. However, if your bottle has sharp interior corners, it may be hard to clean the bottle even with the bottle brush. All Healthy Human water bottles were designed with few interior corners for maximum cleaning ease.

 

Pro tip:  Here are the Use Care Guides for Healthy Human vacuum insulated products, and if you’re looking for cleaning tips for stainless steel, check out our blog post titled: How to Thoroughly Clean your Stainless Steel Bottle.  

Aluminum Water Bottles

 

 

Pros: Lightweight, affordable

 

 

Lightweight

 

Aluminum is very lightweight, so it’s a great alternative to plastic bottles, when you need to shave off every ounce of weight.

 

Affordable

 

Again, as a cheap material to produce, aluminum bottles will not break your budget.

 

 

Cons: Interior lining may pose health risks, flavors cling to lining, less durable than stainless steel

 

 

Interior lining may pose health risks

 

Aluminum bottles require a lining, so the metal does not contact any food or beverages. This is because aluminum can emit toxic chemicals, which renders food and drinks unsafe to eat or drink. Most of the linings used in aluminum bottles are made with plastics and resins that contain the chemical BPA. This chemical has various negative health risks, especially for children, as mentioned earlier in the section on plastic water bottles.  

 

Flavors cling to lining

 

The other downside to the interior lining that aluminum bottles contain is that traces of the flavors of your drinks will cling to the interior of your bottle. If you fill your bottle with iced tea, for instance, the next smoothie you make might end up tasting bitter. Of course, no one likes to taste the residue of previous beverages in their bottle. If you choose an aluminum bottle, you may want to reserve it strictly for use with water.

 

Less durable than stainless steel

 

Because aluminum is a lightweight metal, it dents more easily than stainless steel. However, an aluminum water bottle will not likely break if you drop it.

Chapter 3: Water Bottle Sizes

We outline the best uses for all water bottle sizes:

• Small water bottles

• Medium water bottles

• Large water bottles

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How much water you’ll need to consume is an important consideration to make when choosing a water bottle size. You’ve probably heard the recommended daily water consumption is 8 glasses of 8 ounces (64 ounces total). In reality, the level of water you should drink can vary substantially.

 

Here are some general hydration guidelines for different people and circumstances measured in 8 ounce cups:

•  Men should drink roughly 13 cups per day

•  Women should drink about 9 cups per day

•  Pregnant women should aim to drink 10 cups per day

•  For women breastfeeding that goes up to 12 cups per day

•  Children should rink 6 to 8 cups per day

 

  • During any strenuous physical activity such as running, you should drink about 4 to 6 ounces every 20 minutes.
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Other factors that influence our daily water needs include weather, illness and other health issues. If you’re exposed to long stretches of hot weather, you’ll need to increase your water intake. The same goes for times when you fall ill.

 

However, for people with conditions such as kidney failure or heart failure, sometimes too much water can negatively impact your health. It’s best to consult with your doctor in these cases.

 

You can gauge your water bottle size based on your water intake needs. However, the need for more water doesn’t necessarily mean choosing a bigger bottle, though. For instance, runners often carry a waist pack filled with bottles of discreet water amounts.

 

On the other hand, if you know you’ll be away from your water supply for a long time, or you’re planning to share your water with family or friends, you’ll want to choose something that could double as a pitcher.

Let’s take a look at the most common sizes of water bottles available.

Small Water Bottles

 

6-8 oz water bottle

 

This size of water bottle is used by long distance runners so they can easily lift a water bottle from the holster around their waist and sip water.

 

Most common use: long-distance running

 

16 oz water bottle

 

For some, this is the perfect size for ensuring you’ve met your daily water consumption goals. You can simply refill it four to six times throughout the day to stay hydrated.

 

Water bottles of this size are very portable, too. You can easily clip them on to a backpack or slide them into a cup holder without adding much weight to your pack or purse.

 

It’s the same size as a grande sized coffee, too, so if you have an insulated bottle, you can ask your barista to fill it with your favorite coffee drink.

 

Most common uses: home, travel, work, short hikes

Medium Water Bottles

 

20 oz water bottle

 

This size is really a happy medium for all people. It’s easy to clean, light weight, and it doesn’t require too many refills. You’ll only need to refill it about three times to reach your daily water consumption goals.

 

Just like its smaller cousin, the 16 oz bottle, this size won’t weigh you down much. It’s a great all purpose size.

 

 

A venti sized hot coffee is 20 ounces, so if you prefer to order large coffees at the coffee shop, this is a great size for purchasing an insulated water bottle.  

 

Most common uses: home, travel, work, picnics, average length hikes

Large Water Bottles

 

 

32 oz water bottle

 

This size will meet half your daily water consumption needs, so you can easily refill it in the morning and the afternoon and you’re set. For simplicity of measurement, it’s a great size, but this much water can weigh you down a bit.

 

If you do a lot of intensive fitness activities such as crossfit or weight training, you’ll need to ensure you have a high intake of water. This bottle can help.

 

Most common uses: fitness and athletic training, day trips, longer hikes

 

40 oz water bottle

 

For long distances on the road or on the trail, this is a great water bottle solution. When you go on picnics, it can easily serve the whole family and if you know you’re not going to access tap water for a while, it’s a great size.


Most common uses: fitness and athletic training, day trips, longer hikes, family activities, camping

Chapter 4: Anatomy of a Water Bottle

Covered in this section:

• Water bottle shape

• Water bottle lid types

• Water bottle handle types

• Water bottle accessories

 

If you think size and material are the only decisions you need to make when choosing a water bottle, think again. There are a range of advantages and disadvantages to consider in the details. The shape, lid, handle and accessories of your bottle can make or break your relationship with it over time.


These factors influence the way you access water, how well you can clean your bottle and how easy it is to carry. Learn about all of the varieties available for these critical water bottle features.

 

Water bottle shape

 

 

Bottle width

 

Apart from the volume of a water bottle, you’ll want to consider its exterior width. This is especially true if you need it to fit snugly in your hand, backpack sleeve, waistband loop or a cup holder.

 

Bottle makers understand this concern and they have come up with alternate carrying solutions as well. Check the section on bottle accessories to find out additional ways to comfortably carry your bottle.

 

Bottle height

 

Keep in mind that some bottles are too tall to fit into coffee machines or the water dispenser of your refrigerator. Think of the different appliances you might want to use your bottle with and measure them accordingly.

 

Interior Angles

 

The other consideration for a bottle’s shape relates to ease of cleaning. If the bottle has sharp corners on the interior or a noticeable “bottleneck” it can be more difficult to clean. The bottle mouth size can also impact your ability to clean your bottle. See the next section for tips on choosing the best bottle mouth for your needs.

 

Narrow mouth vs. Wide mouth bottles

 

Now, it probably sounds like we’re getting into the nitty gritty details, but these are important to continue to read on. A bottle’s mouth can make or break your relationship with it. When we talk about the bottle mouth, we’re actually referring to its opening. At this point, we haven’t touched on the lid, which is coming up next.

 

There are few advantages to buying a water bottle with a narrow mouth. Think about it. The shape of the bottle is fixed and you will have great difficulty reaching inside the bottle to clean it. The only real advantage is that you will be less likely to splash yourself when you drink the water, but this can be solved a number of other ways, such as purchasing a straw or sports lid.

 

Here’s why having a wide mouth is essential for ease of use. You can insert ice cubes. You can insert a capsule-style water filter. You can fill it with other snack items like nuts or even crackers. You can also dip your bottle into a stream and quickly fill it up in the outdoors. Bottle brushes fit inside easily when you need to clean your bottle. And when you air dry your bottle, there will be enough airflow to ensure your bottle dries out.  

 

Long neck vs. Short or no neck

 

Of course, few of the water bottles on the market have a long neck. That’s because the same issues that arise with a narrow mouth can be made even worse with a long bottle neck. Go for bottles with a short neck or no neck at all.

Water bottle lid types

 

 

Now we’re getting to the up close and personal parts of your bottle. Screw-top lids are often the default for an insulated stainless steel water bottle, whereas sporty plastic bottles often come with nozzles or spouts. However, most bottle companies are offering a variety of lids that fit their bottles, so they’ve become a “both-and” rather than an “either-or” option.

 

Screw-top lid

 

Obviously, with a screw-top lid, you’ll have to open the bottle each time you drink. You’ll want to find a bottle with a durable lid that has a handle, so it won’t fly out the window easily.

Screw-top lids are most common for wide-mouth bottles, so you can easily gulp water from the bottle if you’re thirsty or splash water over your head, if you’re too hot.

If possible, choose a bottle with relatively large ridges where the bottle screws on, so grime and gunk won’t stick in the grooves.

Some screw top lids, such as the Healthy Human screw top lid are designed with a special interior construction that prevents any plastic from touching any part of the liquid you drink. For people concerned about the chemicals of plastic leaching into their drinks, this is a wise solution.  

If you’re worried about splashing yourself with water each time you drink you may prefer a sports lid.

 

Sports cap with nozzle

 

These are most common on plastic bottles made of a soft, flexible material. You can pull them up with your teeth and then squirt or drip water into your mouth by tipping the bottom of your bottle up into the air. The nozzle is essentially used like a short, thick straw. Sometimes, you’ll have to bite the end of the nozzle for the water to come out.

 

One advantage of this type of lid is that it prevents water from splashing on your face. It also eliminates the likelihood of spills if the nozzle has its own automatic closing valve. As for disadvantages, water does not necessarily come out quickly. The nozzle also makes it easy for grime to form or for the smell or taste of flavored beverages to linger. Essentially, they’re a breeding ground for germs from your saliva, so try not to share your water bottle with friends.

 

Sports cap with spout

 

A variety of options that involve a flipping mechanism of some kind and a small straw-like spout or opening are available. Sometimes the short straw itself flips up, other times, a lid over the small spout flips up. The flipping may require you to pull the spout up to drink from it, or to push a button to make it appear.

Unlike the nozzle, this style tends to have less nooks and crannies where grime can build up. Anyone who has accidentally dropped a nozzle-style bottle in the sand knows that sand can get stuck between the rubbery folds for a long time.

 

Healthy Human’s Flip N Sip Lid is made for ease of cleaning. The lid pops up at the click of a button and the spout is wide enough to insert a finger, so you can clean it with a small thin cloth. The spout itself still prevents splashing, which is the point of a sports lid, after all.

 

Lid materials

 

Occasionally, you’ll find stainless steel metal lids available, but the most common material for water bottle lids is plastic. That’s why you’ll want to be sure your water bottle comes with a BPA-free lid.

 

 

 

Water bottle handle types

 

The handles on most water bottles are attached to the lid. The reason is that the lid is that one essential detachable part that you won’t want to lose sight of. Think of it like the camera lens of your bottle. If you lose that lid, you’ll be very disappointed.

 

The other nice thing about having a handle is that you can dangle your bottle from your fingers, if you don’t feel like gripping the bottle.

 

No handle

 

Bottles with lids that don’t have a handle are usually designed that way for a minimal look. However, by eliminating the lid handle, you’re losing an important part of the bottles functional design. You’ll never want to lose the lid of your bottle, so if you choose a bottle with a lid that doesn’t have a handle, do so at your own risk.

 

Flexible handle

 

Flexible handles can feel soft on the fingers. However, they may not hold up well over time. It also means that you’ll have to grip the lid itself for a screw-top lid to open the bottle, which can be tricky if you’ve screwed it on too tight.

 

Rigid handle

 

A rigid handle makes the bottle more sturdy and durable, as well. With a rigid handle, you can easily clip the bottle to a backpack without worrying that the handle will break. Healthy Human bottles all come with rigid handles for these reasons.

 

In addition, on Healthy Human screw-top lids, the firm helps you to leverage the power of the lid to unscrew the bottle. You can easily fit three fingers into the ring of the rigid handle, and it is slightly off-center, so turning open a stuck lid becomes easier.

Water bottle accessories

 

 

Clips and Carabiners

 

Metal clips and carabiners are a great way to make your bottle more portable. With a durable carabiner, you can hook your bottle to the outside of a backpack, a belt loop or even a bicycle basket or frame. Keep in mind that clips work best with a water bottle that comes with a rigid handle.

 

Pro Tip:  All Healthy Human water bottles come with a free clip, so you don’t have to purchase these separately.

Water bottle slings

 

To enable hands-free movement and reduce bouncing, shoulder strap slings are another way to carry your water bottle on walks, hikes and day trips. Slings come in a variety of different styles, such as small pouches or straps. Try to find a secure sling with a durable, adjustable shoulder strap.

Pro Tip:  Healthy Human slings come with a handy side-pocket to hold your cell phone or wallet alongside your bottle.  

Metal straws

 

These days, protecting one another’s health is of utmost importance. When you carry a reusable bottle, remember that germs can spread very fast if you share it with others. You can eliminate this problem by stocking up on a set of metal, reusable straws. That way, your family or friends can drink from the same bottle without spreading contagious diseases.

Pro Tip:  Healthy Human offers metal straws in a 5-piece travel set, so you can come prepared for drinking in a sanitary way, wherever you go.

Chapter 5: Best All-purpose Water Bottle

• Why insulated stainless steel water bottles are the best for everyday use

 

The best water bottle for everyday use:Insulated stainless steel water bottles

 

After considering the different options available for the material, size, parts and accessories of reusable water bottles, insulated stainless steel water bottles with a wide mouth and a firm handle offer the most versatility.

 

Why are insulated stainless steel water bottles the best option?

 

This is because they are suitable for hot and cold temperatures, they’re relatively lightweight, they come in a variety of styles and colors, and they’re also BPA-free.

 

Recently, our Healthy Human water bottle ranked highest in a CNN review of insulated water bottles for its performance, durability and portability. With all of the unique design features of our bottles, we think you’ll agree that they are a superb option for all-purpose use.

 

Learn why Healthy Human water bottles have every advantage you need for a user-friendly water bottle experience:

 

Healthy Human sustainability mission

 

Healthy Human has a sustainable mission to reduce plastic around the world. We do so by offering a range of reusable products perfect for healthy, active lifestyles. All of our products are recyclable and we use recycled cardboard in our sustainable packaging. Check out our Stein and Curve water bottles, Cruiser Tumblers, and Straws.

 

We also donate to sustainable organizations that help reduce waste and protect the environment:

•  Ocean Blue Project

•  One Less Straw

•  Surfrider Foundation

•  Adopt-a-Highway

•  Local Beach Cleanups in Charleston, SC

 

Healthy Human water bottle material

 

Healthy Human vacuum insulated water bottles are made of 18/8 food grade sustainable steel. This high-quality construction provides the following benefits:

•  Long lasting Tempmax vacuum insulation for hot and cold drinks

•  Keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours

•  Keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours

•  Sweat-proof design with zero external water condensation

•  Rust and corrosion free

•  Smell and odor free

 

Keep in mind that you’ll have to clean your Healthy Human by hand to maintain its product integrity. Don’t fret, it’s easy! Just use our Use Care Guides for Healthy Human vacuum insulated products. Also check out this blog post full of practical cleaning tips for stainless steel: How to Thoroughly Clean your Stainless Steel Bottle.  

 

Healthy Human water bottle size and color options

 

Healthy Human water bottles come in a wide range of sizes and colors to suit every need. Choose from the following sizes:

•  16 oz water bottle

•  20 oz water bottle

•  32 oz water bottle

•  40 oz water bottle

 

Our stunning colors and designs are great for every situation. Choose from the following options:

•  Wood grain

•  Marble

•  Two-tone fade

•  Solid colors

 

On top of that, you can partner with Healthy Human, for excellent co-branding opportunities for your workplace. We offer the option to laser engrave your logo directly onto our bottles.

 

Healthy Human water bottle anatomy

 

We at Healthy Human put incredible thought and care into every detail in the design of our water bottles. Take a look at some of the features:

•  Wide mouth bottle with enough room to insert ice-cubes and bottle brushes

•  Standard sized mouth across product line, so our specialty lids can be used with all products

•  BPA-free screw-top lid with internal stainless steel lining, so plastic never touches your drink

•  Rounded corners in the lid and interior construction to make the bottles easy to clean

•  A rigid handle with a complimentary clip for attaching your bottle to your belt loops or backpack

•  A three-finger handle that makes carrying your bottle feel secure, balanced and comfortable

 

In addition to this our accessories make our products even more user-friendly. Check out our Flip N Sip sport cap, which fits all bottle sizes, and our water bottle sling with a cell phone pocket.

 

 

We’re proud of the product integrity, design and purpose that we’ve put into each of our products. Explore our Healthy Human product line to understand the benefits we’ve outlined above.

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