The Best Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottles

While I tend to prefer glass water bottles for their tastelessness, sometimes I opt for a lighter, more durable stainless steel water bottle out of convenience. For hiking, camping, or just generally carrying around something that weighs a whole lot less than glass, these are the best stainless steel water bottles available.

S’well 17oz ($25-$45)Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Best looks. Best for transport. Best for hot and cold beverages.

The S’well bottle is fricken fantastic as far as stainless steel bottles go. It comes in all the colors of the rainbow and more, and it is insulated. This means the S’well bottle keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold for 12 or 24 hours, respectively. The sleek double-walled design also means that regardless of the cold or hot beverage on the inside, the bottle’s outside will remain room temperature. Also, no condensation! On the downside, I’ve never found a stainless steel bottle that didn’t make water (especially room temperature water) taste a little funky. Additionally, these beautiful bottles are most definitely not dishwasher safe and they don’t have a handy handle for one finger carrying.

Also available in 9oz and 25oz sizes.

  • BPA-free, toxin-free
  • Vacuum seal for hot, cold, and carbonated beverages

Klean Kanteen “The Original” Classic 27oz with Sport Top ($19-$36)Klean Kanteen Sport Top Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Best for sport. Really damn durable.

A Certified B Corporation, Klean Kanteen is pretty much the industry standard in stainless steel bottles. I especially love their sport top, since it means no annoying unscrewing and rescrewing of caps. (Is it just me, or does everyone mess up the cap/bottle alignment when you try to screw it on in a hurry?) Available in a variety of awesome colors (I’m partial to aqua sky), these bottles are a great bet.

Also available in 18oz, 40oz, and 64oz sizes.

  • BPA-free, toxin-free
  • Widemouth access for ice or fruit infusions
  • Grab and go handle

Hydro Flask Narrow Mouth 18oz ($19-$55)Hydroflask Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Best for a day out on the water.

Like the S’well, the Hydro Flask is also a double-walled, sweat-free insulated water bottle that keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold for 12 or 24 hours, respectively. It comes in a variety of nice colors, at least a few of which are man-approved (aka, not ridiculously girly). Hydro Flask is a force for good with their 5% Back program. Using the serial number from your bottle, you can choose a charity (Surfrider Foundation, Charity: Water, and American Red Cross among others) to which Hydro Flask will donate 5% of the profits from your bottle.

Also available in 24oz size and in 32oz and 64oz as a wide mouth.

  • BPA-free, toxin-free
  • Vacuum seal for hot, cold, and carbonated beverages
  • Grab and go handle

Happy hydrating!