Sealed Tight: 10 Best Vacuum Insulated Water Bottles

Oct 10, 2016

Category: Gear

We’ve all been there before. You’re parched. Dying for a big gulp of water. But when you reach for your water bottle, pop off the top, and take that swig – what you get is a mouthful of warm water. Sure, a bottle full of warm water on a hot day isn’t going to kill you, quite the opposite in fact, but it most definitely will make you uncomfortable. Thankfully, instances like this and others (cold coffee is, in our opinion, just as tragic a situation) can be easily avoided with a solid vacuum insulated water bottle.

During winter, spring, summer, or fall – having a good insulated bottle on hand can be a real boon. Whether you’re looking for caffeinated assistance in the morning but don’t have the time to drink your whole mug, or are going out for a long hike in hot weather and need to bring along something to keep you cool, they’ll preserve the original temperature of your beverage for longer, and stand up better to daily use. To help you and yours avoid sub-optimal drinking experiences, we studied the different offerings on the market right now and assembled a list of some of the best vacuum insulated water bottles. You’ve been warned, warm water, cold coffee.


Thermos Vacuum Insulated 18 Ounce

It’s only fitting that this list begin with Thermos. The brand is the Post-It Notes of the vacuum insulated container market. After being the first to produce the stainless steel vacuum insulated mug in 1978, they became synonymous with the technology. This bottle, in particular, can hold 18 ounces of hot or cold liquid, and employs a button activated flip top lid for easy access while driving into work or while taking a break at the worksite. Thanks to a screw-off top and a dishwasher safe design, cleaning the bottle is a cinch as well

Purchase: $19


Stanley Vacuum Insulated 25 Ounce

Since 1913, when William Stanley Jr. invented the all-steel vacuum bottle, Stanley has been a go-to brand for rugged and reliable insulated containers. This 25 ouncer in no way deviates from that over 100-year-old trend. Made from 18/8 stainless steel, this thing can keep drinks iced for 36 hours, and cold for up to 11. For worry-free use while on the trail, the cap is attached to the insulated lid. As if all of that wasn’t good enough – this product comes with a lifetime warranty as well.

Purchase: $22


Takeya ThermoFlask Insulated Stainless 24 Ounce

Double walled. Leak proof. BPA Free. Lifetime warranty. We all look for at least some of these qualities in a water bottle but rarely do you expect to find all of them. Takeya, however, breaks the mold by including all in their insulated bottle. Literally topping off the 18/8 stainless steel body is a lid featuring a hard plastic handle and drinking cap – both of which screw off to reveal an opening large enough to take ice cubes. And when you throw in those cubes, you can expect them to keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. Coffee fan instead? No worries. This will also keep your warm beverages hot for 12 hours.

Purchase: $25


Hydro Flask Insulated 20 Ounce

Based out of Bend, Oregon, Hydro Flask has built a good reputation in a relatively short amount of time by putting an emphasis on quality built vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles. This bottle, like all others from the brand, comes with TempShield which keeps hot liquids hot for 6 hours and cool liquids cold for up to 24. In addition to impressive insulation, this 20-ounce bottle comes in a variety of bright powder-coated colors.

Purchase: $27


Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth 20 Ounce

While Thermos and Stanley are without a doubt some of the first to really start making vacuum insulated bottles, it is Klean Kanteen that is responsible for popularizing this type of water bottle again. Started in 2004 in a small town in Northern California, the brand’s stainless bottles quickly gained traction at a time when Nalgene seemed to reign supreme. A quick look at this bottle can help explain why they did so well. The tough insulation makes it so water can be kept cold for 24 hours, hot for 6, and the stainless steel doesn’t retain flavor so if you decided to pour yourself a beer in it the night before you won’t be tasting IPA in your morning coffee. A wide-mouth makes for easy inclusion of ice-cubes, and the looped top cap allows you to latch the bottle onto any pack.

Purchase: $28


AVEX Brazos Autoseal 24 Ounce

Screw-tops are nice, flip tops are alright too, but what takes the cake when it comes to easy access to your preferred liquid is the Autoseal push-button top. No splashing coffee on your lap while driving, no dribbling water down your chin when eagerly drinking after a run – just a controlled one-hand operation to help you keep dry. That, in our minds, is what separates the Brazos bottle apart from other vacuum sealed bottles out there. The bottle doesn’t just have the cap to recommend it. It can also keep water cold for 20 hours, and easily attach to your bag via a tough plastic loop making it ideal for long treks through the woods.

Purchase: $28


MiiR 23 Ounce Bottle

If you are the type to slowly sip on a beer in the hot sun, it actually wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider drinking out of an MIIR bottle. It is so seriously insulated that it can keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours. While it is likely that you won’t take that long to actually finish a beer – it’s nice knowing you have the cushioning. On top of just being damn good at keeping cold things cold and hot things hot (12 hours for hot liquids), the Seattle-based company also donates profits to providing clean water to those in need. Water for you, water for those without. Not bad at all.

Purchase: $29


S’well Basic Bottle

If you are looking for something to throw in your gym bag or to bring along to the office, this bottle from S’well is a good pick. Looking like a plastic water bottle turned metal, it’s a simple but attractive container that can hold between 9 and 25 ounces (depending on what size you purchase) of cold liquid and keeps it chilly for 24 hours. Despite being on the slimmer side, the opening is large enough to fit ice cubes.

Purchase: $35


Yeti Rambler Bottle

If anyone knows anything about building out containers that keep liquid good and cold for a extended period of time, it’s Yeti. Their 18 ounce Rambler Bottle manages to embody all of the traits that have made them such a highly regarded brand. Built to be used and abused, this bottle features a super wide mouth that can fit over your nose, a big TripleHaul cap for easy grabbing, and a double-walled insulation that keeps water as ‘cold as science allows’. Not bad. You can get yours in either an 18, 36, or 46-ounce size.

Purchase: $40


Snow Peak Kanpai

With the Kanpai Bottle, Snow Peak managed to blur the line between mug and water bottle while also nearly managing to break the laws of thermodynamics. Featuring a no-messing-around container and three different lids – one for hot beverages, another for cold, and yet another for easy drinking, it’s an ideal container for sipping anything from hot toddy’s around the campfire to big gulps of cold water. In addition to making it stand out, the straight design of the bottle also makes it incredibly easy to clean.

Purchase: $70

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