The 13 Best Water Bottles of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Iron Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle at Amazon

"This water bottle is a fantastic all-rounder, with double-wall insulation that stays sweat-free."

Best Budget: Contigo Couture 20-Ounce Water Bottle at Amazon

"Contigo's stylish water bottle is a great budget pick because it can carry cold and hot beverages."

Best Splurge: Larq Water Bottle at Amazon

"This elegant water bottle runs on a USB-rechargeable battery to self-clean and get rid of bacteria."

Best for Road Trips: Contigo Autoseal Chill Water Bottle at Amazon

"With a flip-top lid to help prevent spilling while driving, this water bottle is perfect for road trips."

Best for Hiking: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Straw Lid at Amazon

"Has a one-liter capacity so it’ll hold enough water to get the hydration you need for a few hours on the trail."

Best for Travel: Camelbak Chute Mag Water Bottle at Amazon

"Won't leak when it's closed so you can throw this into your backpack or carry-on worry-free."

Best Insulated: Chilly's Water Bottle at Amazon

"This insulated water bottle has more than 15,000 customers backing a five-star rating."

Best Filtered: Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle at Amazon

"Use Brita's filtered water bottle if you want something that'll make tap water taste a little better."

Best Collapsible: Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle at Amazon

"Hydaway's water bottle smushes right down into a pocket-sized disk—making it super easy to carry."

Best Glass: Life4u Sport Glass Water Bottle at Amazon

"It's made from borosilicate glass and comes with a neoprene grip to reduce the chance of slippage."

Buying your own water bottle is a great way to stay hydrated in an eco-friendly way while you're working or on the go. But with so many makes and models out there these days—we’re talking infusion, filtered, and double-insulated ones—it can be a little confusing to sort out the best of the best. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you.

Below, read on for the best water bottles available.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Iron Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

This water bottle is a fantastic all-rounder, with double-wall insulation that keeps the exterior of the bottle sweat-free. Drinks stay cold in the bottle for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. It also has several lid types so there will always be a clean one available—just keep in mind that any sizes bigger than 22 ounces won’t fit in a cupholder, so purchase accordingly.

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Best Budget: Contigo Couture 20-Ounce Water Bottle

Offering up to 24 hours of keeping beverages cold thanks to Thermalock insulation, this stylish water bottle from Contigo isn’t just a great budget pick, it’s a great overall pick as well. Come winter, you can use it for tea at your desk, too—it’s built to keep liquids warm for up to 10 hours.

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Best Splurge: Larq Water Bottle

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If you’re going to spend a lot of money on a water bottle, some might say, it better clean itself. This one actually does. Larq’s elegant water bottle runs on a USB-rechargeable battery to self-clean the bottle and get rid of bacteria for up to a full month on one charge. Plus, it does exactly what you need an insulated water bottle to do, and does it well: it keeps hot liquids warm for 12 hours and cold liquids cool for up to 24 hours.

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Best for Road Trips: Contigo Autoseal Chill Water Bottle

With a flip-top lid to help prevent spilling while driving, this Contigo water bottle is the perfect road trip companion. The stainless steel lining delivers when it comes to insulation too—drinks stay cold up to 28 hours. It also has an additional protective spout cover to keep water free of germs for hours. Contigo offers this water bottle in single or double packs, so you can get one for you and your copilot as well.

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Best for Hiking: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Straw Lid

After a long day of hiking, what you want is a long drink of cold water—not sunbaked tepid stuff. Hydro Flask makes some of the best insulated water bottles out there, and this one has a hook perfect for clipping a carabiner around. At just under a one-liter capacity, it’ll hold enough water to get the hydration you need for a few hours on the trail. It's dishwasher safe and available in multiple colors.

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Best for Travel: Camelbak Chute Mag Water Bottle

This cleverly designed water bottle has a magnetic top that keeps the lid on securely when you're drinking. The top also won't leak when it's closed so you can throw this into your backpack or carry-on worry-free. A sweat-proof outer shell helps keep small tray tables from getting wet, and there’s an easy-carry handle for when you want to take it on the go.

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Best Insulated: Chilly's Water Bottle

Chilly's Water Bottle

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters 

These insulated water bottles come in a rainbow of poppy colors and designs—and they’re well-designed too, with more than 15,000 customers backing a five-star rating. The double-walled construction prevents condensation and is BPA-free and phthalate-free. Tea and coffee stay hot for 24 hours in this bottle and water and juice stay cold up to 12 hours. Chilly's water bottle is great for working from home too, thanks to a leak-proof cap and minimal water rings.

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Best Filtered: Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle

We’re not talking survival-level filtration here, but if you want something that’ll make fountain or tap water taste a little better, then this 26-ounce Brita water bottle will do the trick. It behaves in the same way as your favorite pitcher but it's smaller and more travel-friendly with a carrying loop and push-button lid. Just remember to swap the filter every two months or so, and you’re good to go.

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Best Collapsible: Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle

There’s lots of well-designed water bottles out there these days, but we love this version from Hydaway since it smushes right down into a pocket-sized disk—making it super easy to carry with us. It’s made out of food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic, can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and comes in seven different colors.

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Best Glass: Life4u Sport Glass Water Bottle

Made from borosilicate glass, which is the best for standing up to thermal shock, this ombre water bottle also comes with a neoprene grip to reduce the chance of slippage. Grab it in the 16-ounce size for working from home or in the 32-ounce size for when you’re running around. However, shoppers should note that this water bottle isn't suitable for carbonated water, so don’t decant your La Croix in here.

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Best Stainless Steel: LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

LifeStraw’s known for great water filtration and insulated water bottles, and their latest model, a stainless steel version, is one of the best yet. It protects against 99.99 percent of bacteria, microplastics, chlorine, parasites, and other nasties found in water. The filter lasts for 26 gallons of water before needing to be changed. And as an added bonus, LifeStraw will donate one year of clean water to a child in need for every water bottle purchased.

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Best Infused: Grosche Chicago Infuser Water Bottle

It’s not the easiest to find an insulated infusion water bottle, but this sleek one gets great reviews for its eco-friendly, plastic-free design, and can help get some tea going while you're on the go. The top also acts as a strainer so you can put fruit inside without needing to use the infuser. Plus, the infuser is extra-long, so it can hold more tea to get stronger flavor quicker.

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Best Lightweight: Platypus Platy Water Bottle

Made from soft plastic, this 1-ounce water bottle gets lighter the more you hydrate. And with a 2-liter capacity, it makes a great companion for long days doing errands when you need a full supply of water with you. Handily, it rolls up when it's empty for compact storage and stands upright on surfaces when it's filled.

What to Look for in a Water Bottle

Material

With reusable water bottles in stainless steel, plastic, and glass, there are plenty of options for whatever style of water bottle you want to buy. Stainless steel and plastic offer durability and often insulation, which is great for outdoor sports, but the latter isn’t super eco-friendly. Glass looks elegant, but won’t keep water as cold for as long. 

Size

Whether you need one large supply to get you through the day or a smaller one for deskside hydration, size is important in how well the water bottle will fit into your life. You might want to consider getting more than one for all the activities that make up parts of your day. 

Cost

You can spend anything from the price of a lunch out to a new pair of jeans’ worth on a water bottle, but there’s something in that range to suit most. If you’re buying an all-purpose water bottle, consider one with all the features you like: an infuser and insulation, for example. Or, if you need them for multiple activities—hiking, commuting to work, or exercising—consider spending a bit less on a few more water bottles so you always have a clean one for whatever your day has planned.

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