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Product Test: What's The Best Steel Water Bottle?


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Buying a steel water bottle is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to make your home more sustainable. Once you have one, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with plastic water bottles. Steel bottles are more durable and reusable, they keep liquid colder, and they don’t leech any BPA or funky taste into your water. But with multiple, popular brands now on the market, which one should you get?

To answer this question, I tested four widely available options. The styles varied a bit, as did the size and price points. But I tried to stick to “classic” examples from each brand, to give you a good idea of their offerings. Here’s what I thought of the bottles, and a suggested optimal environment for each one: