Perhaps one of the easiest switches we can make towards more sustainable living is to a reusable drink bottle. They are eco-friendly, and so convenient to use! This is a simple switch which does not come as a shock. Leaving plastic behind is not an easy task but reusable water bottles are such a savior!
Choosing the best Reusable Drinks Bottle
Switching to a reusable is an investment. You want to choose the best water bottle that keeps you hydrated everywhere. Here are some of the features to consider-
- Material: Reusable water bottles are made of different materials. You can choose a glass or a stainless steel one. Each material has its pros and cons. It depends on what you value the most.
- Temperature: If you like to keep yourself hydrated with icy cold water, consider using an insulated water bottle. They can retain temperature for 6-12 hours.
- Type of insulation: Your bottle can have a single wall insulation, double wall insulation, or a vacuum seal.
- Size of mouth: The mouth of the bottles varies from one brand to another. Some bottles have a large mouthpiece to easily put ice in them. Others that are made for kids have a smaller drinking hole.
- Style of the lid: Often, what sets one bottle apart is their innovative lid style. Are you looking for a simple water bottle? Or would you prefer one with adjustable water flow setting? Thinking about where you would use the canteen the most will help you choose the lid style.
- Sizes: Choose from a range of sizes from small to jumbo.
What is a BPA free bottle?
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is a compound that is found in different types of plastic. A BPA free water bottle does not have this toxin in it.
Plastic products constantly break down into smaller plastics. Additionally, they leach chemicals like BPA and PVC into our food and environment. BPA consumption is linked with many diseases and disorders. Some of them are- hormonal imbalances, heart diseases, obesity, infertility etc.
It is important to choose BPA free drinking cups for kids. They are the most exposed to the harms. This is because hard plastic of water bottles, sippy cups, toys etc. have high concentration of BPA in them. The more the exposure, lesser is the growth.
Is BPA free plastic really safe?
There is very little research on BPA free plastic. A report published in 2018 shed light on research conducted on mice. It showed that even BPA free products had adverse health effects. However, the FDA still approves the “BPA-free” tag on many plastic containers.
It is best to eliminate plastic use of any kind. Avoid using plastic containers in microwave or dishwasher. In case you use recycled plastic products, pay attention to their wear and tear. If your BPA free water bottle is physically damaged, it is best to discontinue use.
What is double wall insulation?
A double walled, insulated bottle can retain drink temperature for a long time. The two walls of the bottle act as a barrier against heat transfer from the cup to the surrounding. The insulation also protects our hands against the heat. You can pour piping hot water into the bottle, but the surface remains cool to touch.
There are two ways your bottle can be insulated.
- No space between the walls: In this kind of insulation, the two walls are stuck together. These can be made from materials like foam plus stainless steel and so on.
- Vacuum between the walls: In a vacuum insulation, the two walls are separated by space in between. Heat transfer takes longer in this type of insulation. Thus, vacuum insulated containers maintain temperature for the longest.
Here are our recommendations for some of the best reusable water bottles available in Australia:
1. HydroFlask Water Bottles (Starting $44.95)
- Double Wall Insulation: they have TempShield double wall insulation which protects your drink from outside temperatures. Your drink remains cold up to 24 hours and hot for 6 hours.
- Pro-grade Stainless Steel: Hydro bottles are made with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel which is a metal recognized for its strength and purity. It also protects against flavour transfer, meaning your bottle will not transfer smell or taste to your drink.
- Flex Cap: For easy transportation, the leakproof drinks bottles are capped with what an innovatively designed “flex cap”. This caps’ easily portable design makes your bottle feel like a part of your hand. The soft flexible strap is made of flexible TPU material with a wide handle. The flex cap also has a new Honeycomb Insulation which uses the same construction as a beehive, keeping internal temperatures protected.
Along with market leading insulation Hydro Flask’s signature powder coated paint adds a non-slip grip and extra durability. Their bottles also come in a range of different mouth sizes from Standard to Wide. They are constantly releasing new shades to keep up with trends and consumer tastes. However, they only release a limited number of colours each season, so if you have a signature colour, you may need to wait a while. Their prices are also higher than some others in the market, but if you are someone that keeps things for a long time, it is worth the investment.
2. Cheeki Water Bottles (Starting $24.95)
Cheeki is an Australian brand based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They offer non-insulated and insulated stainless-steel bottles that are perfect for everyday, camping, hiking or any adventure. Their bottles are BPA free, lightweight, and non-toxic. The innovative cap is lined with silicone to prevent leaks and also means no plastic touches your drink. The drink bottles are available in single and double wall insulation that can stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours:
- Classic Range- Insulated bottles & Single Wall Bottles
The reusable bottles come in a range of colours and sizes to suit all your drinking needs: 400ml, 500ml, 600ml, 1 litre, 1.6 litre. They have a sleek design and can easily fit in your backpack side pockets, handbags or car drink holder. Your daily commute is effortless with a convenient rubber grip handle. These bottles are all interchangeable with Cheeki’s Tri-Tech™ sports lid for those who prefer a mouthpiece. Their bottles come with Cheeki Lifetime Warranty.
It’s easy to keep your kids hydrated with this range of fun designs. The kids bottles are BPA free and come in 400ml capacity with an easy to drink sports tri-tech lid. This lid provides three adjustable flow settings as well as a leak-proof setting to avoid those pesky school bag leaks. Additionally, the lid has an easy-open dust cap to keep the mouthpiece clean. Complete with a silicone base and carry handle this design is perfect for kids. Each bottle comes with a fun Ocean Friends sticker pack which aims to educate kids about sea creatures through characters like Pia the penguin.
The active range is suitable for those of us with busy and active lives who want to keep hydrated on the go, whether it’s at work, outdoors, or gym. These bottles are 100% leakproof when the lid is secured to the close position and have an adjustable flow setting so you can find your prefect drinking speed. The bottle insulation keeps your drink cool for hours.
If you are looking for an Australian water bottle brand which is BPA free and toxin free, Cheeki may be a good place to start. Their lids are dishwasher safe, however keep in mind that the stainless steel bottles aren’t dishwasher safe, so you will need to invest in a good bottle brush to keep these clean. We do find that the nontoxic paint on these bottles does scratch more easily than some of the other brands, so if you are prone to dropping your bottle you may want to opt for another brand.
3. Klean Kanteen Water Bottles (Starting $48.95)Klean Kanteen is a family-owned Certified B corporation, 1% for the planet member and Climate Neutral Certified company that has a focus on quality and the environment. If you are looking for water bottles in variety of sizes, with insulated and non-insulated options, Klean Kanteen may be a good option for you. They provide quality stainless-steel water bottles, and the choices are never ending. Their bottles are easy to clean and BPA free, here are some other features we like:
- Fit for everyday life
If you are looking for a drinks bottle that can stand strong against everyday wear and tear, then Insulated TK Wide bottles by Klean Kanteen may be for you. The double wall vacuum insulation is great to keep drinks cold for 63 hours and hot for 17 hours. These bottles are fit for water, coffee, smoothies as the food grade 18/8 stainless steel prevents flavour transfer. It comes with a smooth rounded lip and interchangeable TK Wide Cap that ensures no leakage.
- Fit for your adventures!
If you’re looking for a reusable bottle that matches your adventurous spirit, Insulated TK Pro could be your new best friend. The plastic free thermal Kanteen has an integrated double wall stainless steel cup with a 360 degree pour through functionality which allows easy, drip-free pouring. TK pro also boasts up to 20 hours of heat regulation and can keep drinks cold for up to 75 hours.
- Fit for a simple you
If you are just looking for a simple bottle, then the Insulated Classic can keep your drink hot for 20 hours and cold for 50 hours. It includes the leak proof Loop Cap and is compatible with all Classic Caps, including the Sport Cap 3.0 & plastic-free Bamboo Cap.
The Classic Range has recently included a kids bottle as well. The Insulated Kid Classic has a capacity of 12 oz. The spill proof cap has a removable silicone spout. This makes cleaning the bottle fuss free. The parts can be assembled and disassembled easily. The bottle comes with a loop that makes it easy for kids to carry them. The Kids Classic also features visually appealing prints of unicorn and others.
Klean Kanteen makes quality drink bottles which will not disappoint. They have chip resistant paint which is very durable, they are also a leader in insulation so if temperature is important to you, opt for one of their quality bottles. You do pay extra for the quality, but as these bottles really last, it is a good investment.
4. S’well Water Bottles (Priced at $52.95)
S’Well wanted to change the market by offering a simple quality product that could replace single use plastic bottles. S’well water bottles not only quench your thirst for a drink but also look great. They aim to encourage others into a more sustainable lifestyle with their eye-catching designs and come in a range of artistic styles. S’well bottles feature Therma-S’well® Technology with triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction designed to keep beverages colder or hotter for longer. Depending on the size you opt for, these condensation free water bottles retain temperature from 12-48 hours. This BPA free switch is for anyone who wants to feel that drinking water is also a form of self-expression. These bottles are hand wash only and you will have to pay extra if you want to add on a handle, they also have a smaller mouth which may make hand washing a little tricky.
5. Beysis Water Bottles (Priced at $36.00)
Beysis water bottles are sleek and stylish, they come in only 3 colours, but what great colours! These water bottles make a great gift option as they can also be personalised. The bottles have are leakproof and are double wall insulated to keep your drink hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours. With a capacity of 500ml, these are made from durable 18/8 stainless steel. They have a luxe feel matte finish which makes the colours really pop. Beysis Reusable Bottles are not just bottles, these are accessory you will want to take anywhere you go. These bottles are hand wash only.
6. Ever Eco Water Bottles (Priced at $38.95)
Ever Eco offers plastic free water bottles in the most soothing pastel shades from beautiful peachy-pink hue to earthy mint green. These stylish bottles are 750ml capacity and are designed to fit almost all cup holders. The silicone water-tight seal in each lid ensures that your drinks do not spill and are safe to carry in bags. The wide mouth also makes it easy to put in ice. The drinks can remain hot for as long as 8 hours and cold for 24 hours. The easy grip handles are a cherry on top of this already beautiful product.
7. Sol Water Bottles (Starting $33.99)
Sol is an Australian owned company founded to offer its customers a healthy and sustainable way to drink, creating quality reusable products to divert single use items from landfill. Their reusable glass bottle is made from quality hand blow glass with a protective nonslip silicone sleeve and a bamboo cap. You will love the sleek design and feel of this stylish bottle. This clean feel bottle will not absorb residual taste or leach chemicals into your water. Anyone who wants a bottle made of glass, Sol is a great choice for you. The Large Sol Bottles have a capacity of 850ml whereas the Mini Sol Bottles hold 410ml. The 850ml bottles come with handy Sol Hemp Pouch and a bottle cleaning brush. There are obvious downsides to glass bottles, like breakability and non insulation, however for those who enjoy the clean taste and feel of glass, this bottle is an obvious choice.
Sol also offers naked bottles with no sleeve or lids. These are a good option for someone who loves glass containers. Pair them with airtight silicone stretchy lids to complete.
8. Thermos Hydration Water Bottles (Starting $39.98)
The capacity of the Thermos Hydration Drinks Bottle ranges from 500ml to 2L. The bottles of this range enjoy the Thermos TM Vacuum Insulation Technology. The thermos is made from 100% premium grade stainless steel. The classic design makes it a must have for office workers. The colours perfectly compliment worktables. The bottle has a rubber grip which ensures that it fits comfortably in your hand. The push button and the locking ring maintain hygiene of the mouthpiece.
Thermos offers a wide range of insulated and non insulated water bottles, coffee mugs and so on. Their products are trusted for their durability. This a safe option for someone who just wants a simple bottle that gets the job done.
9. Seed and Sprout Water Bottles (Starting $39.00)
The beautiful, insulated bottles by Seed&Sprout is made from 18/8 304 stainless steel. The material used are food safe and LFGB certified. The copper insulation ensures that water remains cold for a day and hot for 12 hours. The plastic free lid is made with a mix of metal and silicone. The design of the lid makes it leak free. The wide neck of the bottles makes it easy to clean with natural husk brushes. You can choose from 3 different sizes: 500ml, 750ml and 1L.
The Graphite and Sage shades of the bottles make it a great Christmas gifting option.
10. Camelbak Stainless Steel Water Bottles (Starting $49.99)
Camelbak brings us a variety of options to choose from. From different material used to insulation types to lid styles or whether you want an outdoor water bottle or a simple one- they have everything to match your needs. Camelbak narrows down the search for you.
Here, we have analysed their Stainless Steel Range.
The Chute Range has many water bottles that are designed for outdoor hydration. These are perfect sports bottle to accompany you on your hiking trips and more. The Chute Vacuum Insulated Bottle clearly stands out from the rest because of its features. Water can remain icy cold for more than 24 hours and hot for six. The high spout is designed for chugging water. The bottle has a durable Chute coating. This makes the bottle stain resistant while providing an easy grip.
The Chute Mag Vacuum Insulated bottles have the following capacity: 1L, 1.2L,6L.
The Eddy + Vacuum Seal Bottles have an innovative design which is called “Flip Bite and Sip”. You need to flip the lid and bite the valve to quench your thirst. The bottle is leakproof and comes in a capacity of 600ml and 1L. Only the cap is dishwasher friendly.
- Carry Cap Insulated Bottle
The bottle enjoys all the properties of Camlebak insulation. The only difference is the carry cap of the bottle. The loop design of the lid makes it easy to carry. The cap can be purchased separately and paired with other stainless steel bottles.
11. Onya Stainless Steel Bottles (Starting $19.95)
The high duty Onya bottles are available in 3 sizes- 500ml, 750ml and 1000ml.
The smallest size features a curvy design. This makes the bottle fit easily in your hands. If you are looking for a small kids bottle, perhaps this is the right fit for you.
The bottles use 18/8 stainless steel which is widely used in kitchenware. The bottles are surprisingly lightweight even after using heavy stainless steel. All the sizes come with a standard flip flop lids. Onya bottles can be further accessorised! Give your bottle a personalised touch with an insulating jacket, different lid style and more!
12. Frank Green Reusable Ceramic Bottles (Starting $49.95)
Frank Green’s ceramic bottles are reusable and recyclable. They can be found in regular and large sizes (595ml and 1000ml respectively). The ceramic lining ensures no nasty chemicals leach into the drink. The lining makes the bottles stain and odour resistant.
The award winning bottle used FDA and EU approved material only. The bottle can be found in aesthetic and pastel tones. You are sure to find a colour that you love the most. You can customise the bottle any way you like. Frank Green gives you an option to choose between either a straw lid or their patented one push button lids. The triple walled vacuum insulation is maintains the water temperature for hours.
13. Avanti Stainless Steel Bottles (Starting $19.95)
The insulated drinks bottle by Avanti are condensation free. The inner and outer walls of the bottle are made from 304 stainless steel. The bottles are a simple and affordable eco-switch. They are not dishwasher safe and need to be hand washed. You can expect the Avanti heat insulation to work between 12 to 24 hours.
At the moment, only one type of screw lid is available. The bottles are spill free and the curved base ensures they fit standard cup holders. They are available in their classic colours as well as artistic prints.
14. Oasis Insulation Stainless Steel Water Bottles (Starting $17.95)
Oasis brings us bottles that are free from phthalate, BPA and lead. As the mouthpiece of these bottles is small, you require a bottle cleaning brush to clean them. The simple design of the bottle gets the job done. The sustainable drinkware is perfect to be used in offices, homes, and schools. The 500ml and 750ml bottles have a simple screw lid. Whereas the 1.5l capacity bottle comes with a carry handle.
15. Corkcicle Water Bottle (Starting $45.95)
This drinkware by Corkcicle is known to keep drinks cold for about 25 hours and hot for 12. As the design of the bottle is ergonomic, they are easy to take on the go. The bottles can easily fit cup holders as well. Their stylish design comes with attractive colours and prints. If you are a sci-fi, particularly the Star Wars, you are in for a treat! They offer many bottles with Star War featured prints. The lightweight design of the bottle makes them easy to carry in backpacks and tote bags.
These bottles are made from strong stainless steel. They also have a no slip bottom which reduces the chances of spillage. The bottles are offered in small, medium, large, and jumbo sizes.
Some things for you to consider when you are water bottle shopping are material, durability, insulation, weight, look and feel, opening size and the mouthpiece. You can also look for added features like carry handles and pouches. Whether you value affordability, style, or durability we hope this blog has helped you to find the right bottle for you