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1 October 2020

Best reusable water bottles for 2020

We've tested a range of eco-friendly options to help you find the reusable water bottles that are robust and easy to use
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Tom Morgan

A reusable water bottle will help you cut down on plastic waste and save you money when you're on the go.

We've tested 20 reusable bottles from brands such as Bobble, Dopper, Chilly's and S'well to find the best options whether you're hiking, commuting or heading to the gym.

Five water bottles impressed us enough to be named Best Buys, including some excellent cheap reusable bottles, but others were marked down for annoying lids or leaving water tasting of plastic.

What type of water bottle is right for you?

  • Metal water bottles: usually made of stainless steel, these generally keep your drink cooler for longer and stand up well to knocks and scrapes. Look out for double-wall or triple-wall insulation to keep drinks cool and prevent condensation on the outside. They're often more expensive, heavier and bulkier than plastic alternatives, and most need to be washed by hand.

  • Plastic water bottles: like metal bottles, these usually won't break if dropped. They tend to be lighter and cheaper than metal bottles, and it's easy to see how much water you have left too. Some plastic bottles can affect the taste of your drink. Picking a bottle with a built-in filter could help, and it's worth looking out for BPA-free plastic.

  • Glass water bottles: borosilicate glass bottles have similar benefits to plastic, although they are more breakable and usually pricier. Most have soft silicon sleeves to absorb shocks and make them easier to hold, and the water taste shouldn't be affected. 

Other features to consider include sports lids, which will come in handy if you want to take regular sips on the go. Some bottles also have temperature indicators or tracking features to help you keep track of how much you drink.

Best reusable water bottles

We've tested and reviewed 20 popular water bottles, getting a range of people to try them out and rate them for ease of use (including drinking, carrying and cleaning). We also tested how well each bottle kept drinks cool and prevented spills.

Only logged-in Which? members can view our top picks – and the bottles to avoid – in the table below. If you're not yet a member, sign up to Which? today for instant access to this and all our reviews.

  

Best reusable water bottles

Aladdin Aveo Spot Print Water Bottle

 

£12

600ml

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This affordable water bottle is BPA-free and stain, odour and shatter-resistant. It can go on the top shelf of your dishwasher too.

Find out if it's one of our top picks: log in or join Which? today.

Aladdin Infuse Water Bottle

 

£12

700ml

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The Aladdin Infuse uses a removable infusion basket to give your drinks a fruity punch. If you're not convinced, you can easily remove the basket from the bottle and enjoy your drink without it.

See how we got on with this reusable water bottle in our full review. For full access, log in or join Which?.

Bellabeat Spring Smart Water Bottle

 

£80
473ml
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The priciest reusable water bottle we've tested is also the smartest. The brainy Bellabeat Spring is Bluetooth-enabled, so you’ll get a message on your smartphone if it’s been too long since you had a sip.

But is the price justified? Log in or join Which? to see how we rated this bottle.

Bobble BPA-Free Water Bottle

 

£8.51

550ml

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This reusable water bottle will appeal to you if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful. It uses replaceable filters, which should help to improve the taste of tap water. 

Is this the best reusable bottle under £10? See our full review – log in or join Which? today.

Bobble Pure Drinks Glass Bottle

 

£25

650ml

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Built from shock-resistant glass and protected by a patterned silicon sleeve, the Bobble Pure has a pop-up straw for you to sip from. A carry loop is attached to the lid.

Can you trust this water bottle not to leak at the bottom of your bag? Log in or join Which? for more details.

Brita Fill Go Active Water Filter Bottle

 

£10

600ml

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This is the cheaper of the two Brita water bottles we’ve tested. It's made from BPA-free material.

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Brita Fill & Go Vital Water Bottle

 

£15

600ml

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The Fill Go Vital uses a MicroDisc filter to break down substances that might affect the taste of your drink. The filter lasts for 'up to four weeks' and Amazon sells a three-pack of MicroDisc filters for around £9.

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CamelBak Eddy Drinks Bottle

 

£17

600ml

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This reusable sports-style water bottle is sold at John Lewis. It has a built-in sipping straw, so you don’t need to tilt the CamelBak to quench your thirst – just open the bite valve and drink.

Is this reusable water bottle a great running companion? Log in or join Which? for our expert verdict.

Chilly's Bottles

 

£20

500ml

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This stylish water bottle uses an insulated stainless steel shell to keep your water chilled.

Does it do a good job of keeping your water nice and cool? Log in or join Which? to see our full review.

Dopper Original Drinks Bottle

 

£12.50

450ml

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The climate-neutral Dopper sets itself apart from the crowd with a unique lid that unscrews and doubles as a small cup.

Find out if this reusable water bottle is worthy of Best Buy status. Log in now or join Which? today.

Hip Water Bottle

 

£15

650ml

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Shaped like a hip flask, this reusable water bottle is flatter than a 'standard' bottle.

Does it deserve a place in your rucksack? Log in or join Which? to find out.

Joseph Joseph Dot Tracking Water Bottle

 

£10

400ml/600ml

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You might be tempted by this reusable water bottle if you don't want to spend big. It's made from an impact-resistant material that means it should survive some bumps in your bag. It also tracks how much water you get through, for a fraction of the price of the Bellabeat Spring.

Is this bottle a top budget buy? Log in or join Which? for access to our full review.

Root7 Chameleon water bottle

 

£21

600ml

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A unique, colour-changing paint gives the Root7 Chameleon its name. The bottle turns blue when it's cold and white as it warms up – so you know if you need an icy refill.

Attention-grabbing design aside, are there any other benefits to choosing the Root7 Chameleon? Log in or join Which? to see our full review.

SHO Bottle

 

£12.99

350ml/500ml/700ml

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Promising to be '100% leakproof', the BPA-free SHO is an affordable reusable water bottle with a classy matt finish.

To see how we rate this reusable water bottle, log in or join Which? for access to our full review.

Sistema Twist 'n' Sip Bottle

 

£3.50

460ml/620ml

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This is the cheapest reusable water bottle we've tested, available in pink, green, blue and purple. Can it offer great value for money?

To see our thoughts on this reusable water bottle, log in or join Which?.

S'ip by S'well

 

£24

450ml

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This bottle is made from double-walled, insulated stainless steel, which keeps your drinks cold for 'up to 24 hours' according to S'well.

Find out how we rated this bottle in our full review. Log in or join Which? for instant access.

S'well Smokey Eye Vacuum Insulated Drinks Bottle

 

£35

500ml

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The S'well is made from triple-walled, condensation-free stainless steel that gives it a premium finish.

Does its slick simple design make it a thirst-choice offering? Log in or join Which? to find out.

Thermos Carbonated Drinks Bottle

 

£20

500ml

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If you enjoy a fizzy drink, you might want to take a closer look at this reusable bottle from Thermos. It's designed to keep the bubbles in.

Get our verdict in the full review. Log in or join Which?.

Thermos Hydration Water Bottle with Meter

 

£10

710ml

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Thermos is best known for its insulated flasks, but it also sells reusable water bottles. This bottle has a one-handed push button lid.

Find out how it compares with rivals by logging in or joining Which?.

Yes Studio Happy Hour Drinks Bottle

 

£16

500ml

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This 500ml reusable water bottle from Yes Studio has a vibrant, eye-catching exterior. Its double-walled stainless steel body is designed to keep your chilled water cool.

Is it one to snap up? Log in or join Which? today.

Prices correct as of June 2019

Keen coffee drinker? See our round-up of the best reusable coffee cups and travel mugs for eco-friendly coffee cups that can save you money on your morning brew.

How we test reusable water bottles

On our mission to find the very best reusable water bottles, we paid close attention to the features that matter the most, rating each bottle on features such as ease of use, ease of cleaning and portability.

We asked a panel of users to try out each bottle and rate them on the following aspects:

  • How easy is the bottle to drink out of? Some reusable water bottles have a narrow opening, sharp edges, or use a bite valve, which requires some effort on your part.
  • How comfortable is the bottle to hold? Some bottles are unwieldy to handle, particularly if you have smaller hands, and they can be slippy.
  • How easy is the bottle to dismantle and hand clean? Reusable water bottles with narrow necks can be tricky to clean, especially if they're not dishwasher-safe. We marked down bottles with dirt traps where grime can gather.

We also tested how well bottles with insulating properties worked to keep your drink cool (or hot) and checked how leakproof each bottle was.

How to clean your reusable water bottle

Once you've picked your reusable water bottle, you'll want to keep it nice and clean. This is how to keep it in good condition:

If your bottle has a narrow neck, you may find a slim brush is handy for getting into the nooks and crannies. Some manufacturers sell these alongside their bottles.

You can also soak tricky parts such as drinking straws and lids using effervescent water-cleaning or sterilising tablets.

Three things to watch out for with reusable water bottles

  • Some can't go in the fridge. It can damage the vacuum seal.
  • Plenty can't go in the dishwasher. But washing them regularly is important to prevent germs building up.
  • Fizzy drinks can cause the lid to pop when released. So take care when opening.

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