One of the most important things you can do for your health is stay hydrated. As a rule of thumb, try to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Sometimes that can be really hard to do, but when you have a cute water bottle in hand it makes it a bit easier to keep refilling. I’ve tried soooo many different water bottles. There are pros and cons to each, and I will go through all the good and the bad of glass vs plastic vs stainless steal. So here are my absolute favorites that I’ve tried.
1. Stainless Steal – Swell Bottle
Pros: Not only does Swell offer a plethora of cute colors and patterns, but they have 3 sizes for whatever your needs. From smallest to largest: 9oz, 17oz, 25oz. Huge plus: the largest size can hold an entire bottle of wine. The beauty of Swell bottles is that they keep cold liquid cold for 24 hours and hot liquid hot for up to 12 hours due to double insulated stainless steal. I have left my Swell bottle in my hot car on a scorching summer day for hours, come back, and enjoyed my ice water still with chunks of ice floating around. I’ve also put blazing hot coffee in my bottle at 6am and didn’t take a sip till 2pm and the coffee burnt my mouth it was still so hot. The more narrow spout makes it easy to drink out of even while walking or driving. Also, they don’t break.
Cons: Although Swell bottles don’t shatter when you drop them, they do dent, scratch, and the cute pattern can chip off. I love being able to carry my bottle wherever I go, and Swell makes that a little difficult without a handle. The stainless steal can give your water a little metallic taste, and if you put anything but water in there, the bottle will taste like it for weeks. I enjoy being able see what I’m drinking, so with a stainless steal bottle, that’s not going to happen.
2. Glass – bkr
Pros: With glass, there’s no weird taste, it’s ultra clean, and lets face it – it’s just prettier. I’ve tried quite a few different brands of glass water bottles, but bkr is my favorite. Obviously they offer a wide range of colors, patterns, and sizes. If you’re like me, you plow through loads of water all day long (meaning the bathroom because your new office), so it’s important to carry a sizable one so you’re not refilling over and over. The largest size holds a full liter of liquid, and I try to drink 2 a day. I also love how these bottles have a tilted plastic handle. It’s easy to carry around with me and screws on and off quickly and efficiently while keeping a tight seal.
Cons: The biggest and most obvious con of using a glass water bottle is the shattering aspect. I have broken so many glass water bottles, even ones with silicon wrapped around them. I’m proud to say I haven’t broken a bkr bottle yet, and I think that’s partly due to that fact that it’s silicon is so thick and surrounds the entire bottle.
3. Plastic – Nalgene
Pros: Plastic water bottles like Nalgene are great for backpacking and traveling. They’re lightweight, hold a ton of water, and are nearly indestructable. Cleary they come in a variety of sizes and colors and even provide different options in the spout size and shape. I like Nalgene because it is Bisphenol A (BPA) free and fits my busy lifestyle needs.
Cons: Many Nalgene water bottles and other hard plastic sport water bottles are made of polycarbonate, which may leach Bisphenol A (BPA). Most containers leak hormone altering ingredients after being exposed to heat or sunlight (aka left in the car or sun), but some bleed the chemicals even before being taken outside or tossed into a dishwasher.
Hold on, what the heck is BPA and why should you care?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical compound prized for its tough qualities and used in everything from plastic bottles to pipe linings. This is all well and good, until the compound gets into the body.
When it is ingested, the chemical acts like the reproductive hormone estrogen, which plays a role in everything from bone formation to brain development. Scientists around the world have linked BPA to a number of health effects in mice, from breast and prostate cancer to genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females, obesity and even behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. More recently, scientists have also demonstrated that humans with higher levels of BPA exposure are at increased risk for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
With all that said, my favorite type of reusable water bottle is glass. No BPA, clean taste, and the prettiest in my opinion.