According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 700 people die each year in the United States from heat complications. That number is only expected to rise as temperatures go up from year to year. While it might not be an epidemic, wouldn’t you feel like a fool if you were one of those individuals who got killed by a hot day? The key to avoid becoming just another sad heat stroke statistic is to stay hydrated, and a water bottle you can carry with you day after day is the best way to do that.
Not only is it wise to have water on hand, it’s better for the environment if you’re reusing your water bottle, rather than picking up one made of disposable plastic that will probably end up in a landfill. To do this, you’re going to need a receptacle that has the insulation you need to prevent your water from becoming hot and disgusting, is small enough you can carry it easily, and looks good enough that you won’t get embarrassed lugging it around. So there’s no guesswork, we’ve found you the 12 best EDC water bottles for staying alive when the heat hits.
Pro: Safe for both dishwasher and freezer
Con: Limited lifespan
Sport Squeeze: Cyclists will find that the Polar is built strictly with them in mind as it fits in most standard bottle cages and is easy to grip with one hand for hydrating on the go. A little added double-wall insulation helps keep your beverages cooler longer than traditional biking bottles, and this can easily go into a gym bag for helping you maximize your pump.
Nalgene Translucent Wide Mouth
Pro: Most models built to fit in side pockets of packs
Con: No insulation
Incomparable: Nalgene was the name that made us all aware of BPA’s and they are still following the true path of making quality gear that doesn’t alter the taste of your drink and won’t slowly poison you. Volume gradations and a nice low price make these the simple choice for anyone who likes a bigger mouth and a bombproof bottle that makes minimal classy.
Thermos Nissan Intak
Pro: Water consumption meter
Con: Rubber seal tends to slip off and disappear
Pop Top: Thermos has come a long way from the days when they just made bottles covered with Potsie from Happy Days that went in your lunchbox. This quick-open container is well-insulated, has a mouth that’s the perfect size for sipping or swigging, and an ergonomic design that manages to hold plenty of liquid without being cumbersome.
Pro: Compliant seal closes tight even after years
Con: Mouth does not accommodate standard ice cubes
Quick Sip: Camping, lifting, running, driving, and even sitting at your desk can all make drinking from a wider mouthed bottle difficult. The narrow neck of the Traveller lets you take a swig quickly without spilling everywhere or going through any oral acrobatics. Never one to alter the flavor of your drinks, this Sigg’s a worthy sidearm.
Pro: Carrying loop doesn’t need to be removed to drink
Con: Bite valve can grow mold if not properly cleaned
Strawman: Never again risk your life or that of your passengers as you sip water on the freeway. Using a straw for drinking complete with a bite cap, the Eddy retains a tight seal while allowing for easy drinking. The hooked top makes it a breeze to carry by hand or strap to a belt, and it’s easier to clean than your average cup.
Pro: High frequency RF welded
Con: Adds a distracting odor to liquids
Soften Up: Reducing space is always a concern when you’re going to carry something everyday, which is why Hydrapak made the Stash to crumple down when not in use, but still retain its integrity when filled. Truly grab and go, it never wastes inches or falls apart when the going gets tough.
Pro: No toxic leaching
Water Bearer: If you live a slightly more sedate life, then this is good for EDC, but the glass interior will not stand up to rigorous abuse, even with the fine silicone sleeve. On the other hand, the Takeya looks far classier than most bottles and will bring a sense of refinement wherever you choose to use it.
Klean Kanteen Wide
Pro: Never sweats
Con: Lid seal needs to be tighter
Eco-Warrior: Completely recyclable, you won’t pay extra for the green manufacturing that Klean holds as their stock-in-trade. A wide range of colors, insulation that can keep temperatures cold or hot for hours on end, and a handy loop for your belt, backpack, or harness all make this a victory for you and the Earth Mother.
Lifefactory Beverage Bottle
Pro: Completely dishwasher safe
Con: Awkwardly sized opening
True Transparency: There’s few materials out there that won’t actually carry a slight taste with them, and glass is generally one of them, but for a bottle that you lug around day in and day out, it’s risky. That’s why Lifefactory puts this glass bottle into a quaint little silicone house. It combines all of the clean and clear flavor with enough protection for the bumps along the road of life.
Pro: Mouth is perfect size for both ice and drinking
Con: Drinking rim is a little sharp
Runway Ready: Beginning with its elegant bullet design, there’s few bottles that you can recognize at a distance, and fewer still that bespeak of true quality. You can choose the smaller models that fit into most any cup holder, or load up the larger one with a full bottle of your favorite wine. Even holds carbonation as needed.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Pro: Can retain heat for a full day
Con: Top latch has small parts that are highly breakable
Fort Knox: Those who complain about slipping caps and improper seals should celebrate the Zojirushi with its safety pictograph lock. Technically a mug, it comes in water bottle sizes, fits most cup holders, and keeps beverages cold as well as hot, though those who like it hot will find there’s a few extra features meant to make sipping a steaming cup of Joe a little easier.
Hydro Flask Insulated
Pro: Extremely lightweight
Con: Some colors will chip
Born Survivor: One of the most recognizable and ubiquitous bottles out there, Hydro Flask has a champion here. It comes with a lifetime warranty that they’re happy to honor should this fail in the line of duty. The food-grade 18/8 stainless steel won’t taint the taste, and the insulation can keep things hot for 12 full hours.