While reusable water bottles have been around for a long time, with stores offering single-serving water bottles at a reasonable price, many have opted for the convenience of being able to grab-and-go. The impact of these plastic bottles not only to the environment, but also to our health is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
For this reason, I strongly advocate ditching the single-serving bottled water and reaching for a reusable one as there are plenty of great options on the market. These aren’t the old-school Nalgene bottles of years past, mind you, there are bottles in all different shapes, sizes, and materials.
While some of the key things to consider when deciding on which to purchase are fairly obvious, it’s still important to list them. As you shop, ask yourself the following:
- Is it BPA-free? Enough said.
- Is the size versatile enough that I will use it throughout the day? If it’s too small, you may get annoyed having to fill it up too often and not do it. If it’s too large, it may not fit into your bag, your cup holder in your car, or be easy to drink from while you’re on the go.
- What is the main purpose of the bottle? Will you be leaving it at work where it’s fun to have a bright-colored bottled on those days where you need a pick-me-up, or will it be used predominantly at the gym and in the car where you might want a more rugged bottle that will withstand the bumps it’s sure to encounter?
To get you started, I wanted to share some ideas. Two of the bottles below I have been using for the past several years and the third comes recommend from Joanna at Fitness & Spice who is a great resource for all things workout-related.
- Kleen Kanteen – This stainless steel kanteen comes in a variety of sizes (and now colors too!) and is lightweight and easy to use. It is a standard bottle that you tilt up to drink from the open aperture or the sports top. It came highly recommended to me from an REI team member who was very conscientious about finding a safe bottle/kanteen for daily water consumption and I haven’t been disappointed.
- Camel Bak Better Bottle – This is a BPA-free bottle that has a straw and a nib from which to drink. You do not have to tilt the bottle to get water therefore it’s a great option for the car because you can drink easily without obscuring your view from the road. It is also offered in a variety of sizes and the see-through bright colors are a lot of fun. The downsides that I have found are that you cannot just buy a replacement nib (you have to buy the whole set with the extra straws) and because of its design using a straw, if your car heats up the bottle can leak up through the nib depending on how much water you have in the bottle. I have returned to a cup holder full of water more times that I can count. The easy solution is to open up the top just slightly to allow for some air so that it’s not drawn into the straw, but I don’t always remember this trick.
- KOR - I have not seen or used the KOR bottle yet in large part because it was launched in 2008 and I have not been in the market for a new one for a while. I wanted to include a newer option in the list however, and since Joanna is a fan, I thought I would share her views and experiences.
So as the Summer heat kicks into full gear, make sure to stay hydrated while also being kind to the environment by ditching the single-serving bottled water in favor of a reusable one.
Share which water bottle or kanteen is your favorite and why in the comments below!
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