If you want to chuck your water bottle in your bag and forget about it for the rest of the day, look no further. The seal on this bottle is utterly leakproof, even when we left it lying on its side for hours. It operates by pressing a button on the front which makes the spout pop up. Once its pressed back again, there’s a protective cover to stop it getting dirty – a nice touch – and a tiny sliding lock to prevent the button pressing accidentally when it’s in your bag.
We all know that single-use plastic water bottles are a big no-no. Yet UK consumers still get through around 14 billion plastic drinks bottles every year, many of which end up in landfill after use.
With so many water bottles now available to buy, there’s really no excuse to ever reach for a single-use bottle again. A reusable one can even save you cash in the long term as you won’t need to splash out every time you want a drink.
First, it’s important to consider what material you want your bottle to be made of. Stainless steel ones are environmentally friendly and durable and will maintain the temperature of your drink, particularly if they’re insulated. Ceramic options will also keep the liquid cold (or hot), while glass is eco-friendly, easily recyclable and looks good but isn’t practical to carry around. Reusable plastic bottles tend to be a little lighter so may be easier for children to use, but they must be BPA-free to ensure the bottle is non-toxic.
Other features to look for include how long the bottle will keep your drink hot or cold, if it’s leak free and the capacity as this will determine how heavy it is when full. You’ll also need to choose the right cap for your lifestyle. Those on the go – or children – may prefer caps with straws attached, while wider mouths are ideal for adding ice to the water.
It’s worth thinking about how you will use the bottle too. Some can be used with one hand and are ideal for drinking on a treadmill, while others fold almost flat after use for packing. A few even offer filters if you’re unsure whether the water is safe to drink – a must for travellers or campers. Just choose one and get sipping.
How we tested
We always carry a reusable bottle wherever we go so tested a vast range of options to find the one we liked the best. For each one, we took it with us when out and about to test whether it leaked and if it kept our water cold all day – or kept hot liquids piping if it promised it would. We also considered how easy the bottle was to wash and dry, if it was awkward to carry around or fit in our bag and if it had any extra features that made it worth buying. Finally, we judged if it looked good and if it represented decent value for money.
The best reusable water bottles for 2023 are:
- Best reusable water bottle overall – Contigo chill couture autoseal vacuum-insulated water bottle, 720ml: £22.49, Amazon.co.uk
- Best budget reusable water bottle – ProCook life’s a beach stainless steel water bottle: £15, Procook.co.uk
- Best filtered reusable water bottle – Brita water filter bottle: £17.99, Brita.co.uk
- Best reusable water bottle for runners – Decathlon Kalenji 500ml flexibile trail running water bottle: £9.99, Decathlon.co.uk
- Best reusable water bottle for iced drinks – Built perfect seal 540ml charcoal hydration bottle and water bottle ice cube tray in red set: £14.99, Cookserveenjoy.com