Best water bottles - on test

We tried out a range of water bottles to bring you our top five that'll keep you drinking throughout the day and maintain a more eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Best… design

Blue pastel water bottle with stainless steel lid
Chilly's Pastel Edition water bottle
Best bits:
 Keeps water cold for 24 hours, slick and modern design 

The contemporary style of this water bottle caught our attention and better yet, the cooling properties of the bottle were oustanding, keeping water ice cold throughout the duration of our test. Despite the cold temperatures inside, the outer shell of the bottle remains at room temperature, meaning that the bottle isn't too cold to hold onto. Although heavier than most plastic bottles, this is definitely a great buy if you want to drink more water, and stay trendy as you do. (£20) Buy from Chilly's

 

Best… filter water bottle

 

Perspex water bottle with magenta filter and rubber lid


Bobble water bottle
Best bits: Filters as you drink, easy to hold shape 

If you worry about drinking unclean water, this handy bottle filters on the go – clearing tap water of any unfriendly contaminants. The filter is fitted into the mouthpiece of the bottle and filters up to 150 litres of water, which should last you around three months. The filters can be easily replaced too at a relatively low cost. The flexible rubber lid has extra grip and ensures there won't be any nasty leaks when you're on the move. (£8.96) Buy from Amazon

 

Best… for kids

Clear water bottle with blue turquoise lid and dot feature
Joseph Joseph Dot bottle
Best bits:
 Counts how many times you refill in a day 

This is the perfect water bottle for parents who might be concerned about their kids, or themselves, not drinking enough water. The lid displays a new dot each time you refill so you can easily keep count of the number of times you fill up, plus it feels like a challenge to get to all four dots in one day. The bottle itself is also super light and is one of the only ones to be dishwasher safe too. (£10) Buy from Joseph Joseph

 

Best… for infusing water 


Clear water bottle with lime infuser cage


Lakeland Infuser bottle
Best bits:
Allows you to add natural flavours to water

If you're not a fan of the taste of water but are keen to up your intake of H2O, we suggest you opt for the infuser variety of water bottle. Add an array of ingredients to the miniature storage cage inside: from fresh herbs such as mint, to tasty fresh berries that slightly infuse the flavour of the water making for some pretty tasty results. We liked the clip-top lid of this particular bottle which made it feel leak-safe plus it's super light and has a bright, modern design. (£5.99) Buy from Lakeland
 

Best… outdoor water bottle 

Stainless steel lime green water bottle with twist cap on white background
Camelback Chute vacuum-insulated water bottle
Best bits:
 Sleek stainless steel design

If you consider yourself the outdoorsy type, a stainless steel water bottle is an essential purchase. This vacuum-insulated steel bottle keeps things frosty for up to 24 hours and can keep water cold for even longer if you add ice before setting off. There's no denying, this bottle looks and feels like the real deal; the leak-proof cap put our minds at ease over any potential spillages plus it has a convenient handle attached, making it easy to carry as you go. (£30)  Buy from Cotswold Outdoor.
 

Buyer’s advice

Why buy?

We should all be doing our bit to move towards a greener lifestyle and that starts with something as simple as trying harder to avoid buying disposable plastic bottles. You may think it's fine to drink from plastic bottles so long as you recycle. Well, not really. There are many complications when it comes to recycling (and it costs us a lot of money to do so) meaning that as little as 20% of the bottle actually gets recycled in the end. Investing in your own reusable water bottle means you get to pick one that suits your style and there are so many different features to ensure you find the right bottle for you. 
 

What should I buy?

The options are endless. It really does come down to your lifestyle. Are you always on the move and in need of something light? Or perhaps you're considered the outdoorsy type and need something with cooling properties. There is no right or wrong type of bottle to buy, but try to make sure you get one that is BPA free – and one that doesn't leak is crucial. 


What we looked for

Volume/capacity: A bottle that holds at least 500ml, which is roughly a third of what you should be drinking everyday.

Weight: With some cooling materials being quite heavy, water bottles can end up weighing a tonne when carried around in your bag all day. We recommend a balance of efficient design but something that doesn't feel super heavy. 

Cooling properties: We looked for bottles with the ability to cool water and keep it cool. In some cases, this feature wasn't available but we made sure that the bottles had other redeeming qualities to compensate. 

Aesthetics: A water bottle can define your personality and so we looked for bottles with a bit of character and style. Any additional features such as folding straws or fruit infusing compartments were taken into consideration too. 

Water retention: Every bottle was put through our 'bag test'; filled to the top, closed tightly shut and then shaken around in a bag before being checked for leaks. Any bottles that didn't pass the bag test were disqualified. 

How we tested: We filled each bottle to the top and checked against the testing criteria. After passing the bag test, bottles were reviewed based on their unique features. All water temperatures were taken at the start of the test and the end of the test to ensure no water surged in temperature during the test. 

This review was last updated in October 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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lucyharley
12th Oct, 2017
I'm still searching for the perfect water bottle with filter - I've been really disappointed with my recent purchase of a Brita fill&go - the spout doesn't stay up when you drink and it makes a ridiculous (and embarassingly loud) slurping noise when you drink, the top leaks... hopeless. Don't buy. I'm going to try the Bobble.
maartjed
6th Oct, 2017
A very important aspect to me is how to keep your bottle clean and free from harmful bacteria building up inside. I.e. the bottle should be dishwasher-proof.
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