Stainless steel water bottles are becoming more popular with the vast majority of people. If you’re taking your water bottle hiking and banging it on things or just want to keep your coffee warm at work, stainless steel is most certainly the way to go. With more people recognizing this comes more options.
Insulated stainless steel water bottles have a lot of advantages. They are easy to clean, durable, often come in attractive colors, and are versatile enough for both hot and cold beverages. These types of reusable bottles last longer than plastic bottles as they are made of a much stronger material and are completely BPA free. Stainless steel bottles are also much more eco-friendly and cheaper in the long run.
However, due to the cost of materials insulated stainless steel bottles are double or even triple the cost of similar sized plastic bottles. Stainless steel can also weigh over double what plastic bottles weigh. So, be careful when shopping.
There are more and more companies producing stainless steel water bottles but few brands have achieved the success as the ones featured below. Here are the current top 7 insulated steel bottles.
A major name in the insulated stainless steel bottle industry is Hydro Flask. They are popular for a number of reasons – their price is very competitive, they have a huge selection of colors, and their bottles are lid options which appeal to a range of users.
One of their most popular bottles is the 30 oz wide mouth with straw lid.
Hydro Flask bottles are specifically made for outdoor use, making them far stronger and longer-lasting than other brands. The 32 oz size is perfect for majority of outdoorsmen – it’s large enough that you don’t need to pause often to refill, but isn’t so large that it’s cumbersome or heavy to carry on hikes.
The Straw Lid is a true customer favorite, as it makes drinking while walking, running or traversing terrain must easier. The bottle has a wide mouth which makes refilling easy, allows you to add ice to cold drinks, and can be used with popular water filters.
Since you can fit most popular water filters with this water bottle, you can use it on longer camping trips. It will keep your fresh, filtered creek water colder for your day of hiking or mountain biking.
This water bottle is more for long adventures than everyday use. You may want a smaller, lighter weight water bottle if you will be using it every day.
Klean Kanteen is another brand that has quite a fanbase around it, though it’s marketed more towards casual use versus outdoor use. These bottles are very nicely designed, with a classic small-mouth, screw cap style. Their 20 oz insulated classic is ideal for shorter hikes, trail runs or outdoor events where refilling with clean water isn’t a concern.
Klean Kanteen’s original stainless steel bottle was created over 10 years ago, and could arguably be the iconic bottle of that type. With the need for beverage temp control growing, Klean Kanteen took their original design and recreated it with double-wall insulation.
Essentially this model has everything customers loved about the original, but will keeps their drinks hot or cold for an extremely long period of time. This bottle easily has one of the best temperature controls times on the market. While few people really need their iced drink cold for an astounding 50 hours, the fact that this bottle can perform that well is extremely impressive.
Although this water bottle may keep your drink cold for record breaking times, your drink may not last that long. This bottle only holds 20 oz of liquid at a time. Making it not the best for scenarios where you would need a lot of water.
Yeti is best known for their ice chests and coolers, but their insulated cups and bottles are equally impressive. Yeti’s popular Rambler Tumblers have been a mainstay for their customers, and recently they took this technology and turned them into insulated bottles. If you work outdoors and really need a big, beefy insulated bottle all year round, this one might be the perfect choice.
The Rambler bottle is about as no-frills as you can get. It doesn’t come in fancy colors or have a plethora of accessories to go with it. Compared to other brands this might seem boring but to the outdoorsmen that wants something basic that gets the job done, it doesn’t disappoint in the least.
The Over-The-Nose technology makes this bottle super wide mouth, so when drinking your nose actually can fit inside the mouth. This eliminates spills and allows for easier drinking while moving.
The Insulated Rambler has nearly 600 review on Yeti’s website with a 4.8 star rating, so it goes without saying that this bottle performs extremely well.
With the high performance of this stainless steel water bottle comes a higher price. This water bottle has the highest price of the list. Along with the highest weight.
Avex may not be as popular of a brand as Yeti, Klean Kanteen or Hydro Flask but don’t let that put you off. It can be tricky to find the classic slim shape of a smaller bottle above a 20 oz size, but the 24 oz Brazos Autoseal is a perfect example of what some lesser known brands can create.
This particular bottle is made more for sports, but you’ll find that it’s perfect for active outdoor activities like hiking, camping, trail runs, mountain biking and more.
The Avex bottle is designed for cold drinks, and will keep icy water or other beverages cold for up to 20 hours. It is sweat-proof, even in hot weather, so you don’t need to worry about the bottle slipping from handle or annoying condensation leaving your backpack wet.
The Autoseal lid is one of the major selling points for the Brazos. It only takes a one finger touch to open the lid, and after taking a drink it automatically seals itself again. When you’re in the middle of an activity, having to pause and screw a lid back on or pop a tab back down can be a hassle.
This bottle eliminates that annoyance. The lid also has a spout shield which keeps dirt and other debris out. This is naturally handy for outdoor environments.
This water bottle is a slightly smaller bottle. You wouldn’t want to use it in situations where you may need a lot of water or don’t have access to fresh water.
Stanley created the all steel vacuum bottle long before other brands. It has been improving over all of these years without compromising the original design. They’ve added the hinged lanyard so that you do not lose your lid and use 18/8, medical grade stainless steel.
The Stanley Vacuum Insulated 25 oz bottle holds more water than your standard 20 oz bottle, yet it still fits in a car cup holder. Although, it is slightly taller than a standard 20 oz water bottle to fit that extra 5 oz.
The best thing about this water bottle is they provide a lifetime warranty with your purchase. If your Stanley bottle doesn’t do exactly what it’s suppose to or something breaks you can replace it at any time.
However, Stanley bottles have a very small opening. You may not be able to fit ice into the opening. You can’t drink right out of the lid in this one either. You have to unscrew the top everytime you want a drink.
This water bottle is different from the others because each bottle purchased provides clean water to one person for one year. Miir dedicates 3 percent of profits to funding non-profit organizations clean water programs. Your bottle comes with a bracelet with a “give code” that you can enter into Miir’s website to view the well project you helped fund.Miir’s stainless steel bottle has a slightly higher volume than the 20 oz bottles, but still fits in a car cup holder. The cup holder compatible along with the one twist lid makes this bottle great for everyday use and people on the go.
The hard shell powder coating makes the paint on this bottle some of the strongest (they use this stuff on vehicles). Meaning when your bottle takes a really hard fall, you don’t have to worry about your paint chipping.
Although Miir is a great company, there are no accessories for the Miir stainless steel water bottle. The cap has a big handle, but does not have access to drink from. You have to unscrew the lid everytime you want a drink. This one is also not dishwasher safe.
Simple Modern is the most affordable vacuum insulated water bottle you will find. It doesn’t have all the fancy accessories that you will find with most other water bottles, but gets the job done. If you’re looking for a stainless steel water bottle that actually works and is the most budget friendly, Simple Modern is your bottle.
As you can see, Simple Modern bottles are cheaper than all the other bottles on this list, but have almost all of the same features. It even comes with an extra lid and much more of a variety of colors and designs.
The inside of the vacuum sealed area is lined with copper. Copper insulates the bottle more by reducing the transfer of temperatures. The lid is also insulated with double walled stainless steel.
Simple Modern is a charitable company as well. They donate their water bottles to help with natural disaster relief where clean water becomes scarce.
With a cheaper price comes some absent features. It doesn’t keep temperatures as long and does not fit in a standard car cup holder. You also can’t put this water bottle in the dishwasher.
Even though the 7 bottles featured are more expensive than other bottles, they are worth every penny. Not only are these bottles safer to use, as they are BPA- and chemical-free, but they will also last for many years. The ability to use them for both hot and cold drinks is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts that may want ice cold water in the summer or a hot thermos of cocoa in the winter.
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.