11 Chic, Functional Water Bottles You’ll Actually Want to Carry Around With You

Your hottest accessory this fall.

By Brandy Joy Smith

By now, it’s pretty clear that single-use plastics are terrible for the environment, and one of the worst kinds of plastic waste comes from water bottles. Did you know that over 500 billion plastic cups are used every year and less than half of those are recycled? While finding the best stainless steel water bottle and using yours on the reg doesn’t solve the issue, it certainly helps.

But before we get to the goods, we need to spend a little more time thinking about the ways our plastic consumption harms the environment. It can take plastic water bottles 450 years to decompose (and even then, petrochemical products never break down completely). They will be ingested by marine life and create thousands of floating microplastics as they breakdown, which are life-threatening to fish and mammals. 

Long story short, while it’s important to stay hydrated, drinking water via plastic cups or bottles is doing a tremendous amount of damage to the environment. It’s up to us to lead the charge in minimizing the amount of plastic waste being produced each year. So, what can you do to help? First things first, it’s time to ditch the plastic and invest in the best stainless steel water bottle you’ll actually want to carry around with you every day.

Featured image by Riley Reed.

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How to Find the Perfect Water Bottle for Your Lifestyle 

Stainless steel water bottles have come a long way in recent years, so thankfully, there are plenty of lifestyle-friendly and stylish options to choose from. However, I totally understand that when finding the best stainless steel water bottle, there’s a lot to consider. That’s why I broke down the best of the best ones to help inform your purchase.

Finding the perfect water bottle is like slipping on the perfect pair of jeans—it all depends on your lifestyle and personal aesthetic. Some things to consider when looking for the perfect water bottle: size (will it fit into a cup holder or backpack pockets?), shape (is it awkward to hold?), spout (will I flood my face with water from the spout?), and weight (can I carry it on a hike or across town?).

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Living in LA, I don’t leave the house without my water bottle. These days though, the water bottle I carry versus the one I had in New York is very different. (It’s mostly because now I need something that fits in a cup holder and is easy to drink from while in the car.) In NYC, I wanted something lightweight and easy to refill (i.,e., a large mouth bottle). 

To keep the playing field even, I curated this list to help you find the best stainless steel water bottle, mainly because this material is a great choice for the environment and, in my opinion, much more practical than glass.

Stainless steel water bottles are one step closer to creating a better world and environment for future generations, so consider this your sign to ditch the plastics and switch to a reusable bottle, whether it’s for yourself or you’re looking for a great, practical gift.

And I want to know: What’s your go-to pick for the best stainless steel water bottle? Drop a link in the comments below!

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Image by Kate Zimmerman Turpin 

11 Picks for the Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Best Chilling Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Personally, I like my water at room temperature, but I know there are many people (especially my friends in hot climates) who prefer their water ice cold. If you fall into the latter camp, this is my top recommendation for keeping your water nice and chilly. 

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug

u003cpu003eThis stainless steel, vacuum-insulated water bottle is known for keeping drinks cold and ice cubes frozen for up to 12 hours.u003c/pu003e

Best Stylish Stainless Steel Water Bottle

I’ll be honest, style isn’t the first place my mind goes when sourcing a water bottle, but… it is an accessory, so why not drop a few style options? (Especially when you want to flex in your workout class!)

Prada Stainless Steel Water Bottle

u003cpu003eIt doesn’t get any chicer than a Prada water bottle.u003c/pu003e

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles With Straws

Thankfully, most places are phasing out plastic straws, but the reusable straw is here to say. Whether you have sensitive teeth or you just love sucking on a straw, these picks might be the best stainless steel water bottle for you,

YETI Rambler

u003cpu003eDishwasher safe and BPA-free! u003c/pu003e

Simple Modern Stainless Steel Classic Tumbler

u003cpu003eTumblers aren’t only convenient (I love anything that lets me sip with one hand and scroll with the other), but this one gives big Starbucks vibes—if you’re into that LA girl look.u003c/pu003e

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth w/ Straw Lid

u003cpu003eHydro Flask is a go-to classic, and not just for the sporty, outdoorsy ones among us.u003c/pu003e

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles With A Wide Mouth 

Personally, I struggle with extra-wide mouths, but that’s mostly due to my lack of coordination. If you like a big gulp or find yourself needing to fill up often, these are the options for you. 

S’well Azurite Traveler

u003cpu003eAppropriately named, this petite bottle is perfect for the traveler at heart. While it still holds 16 ounces of water that’ll keep hot or cool (thanks to its vacuum-insulated design), it also makes for a convenient fit into any bag or backpack.u003c/pu003e

lululemon The Hot/Cold Bottle

u003cpu003eThe array of colors this super-chic bottle comes in can’t be beaten. The Pink Mist is my #1, but this ombré-effect pick is so cute, too. (P.S. This is a hot seller, so grab it while you can!)u003c/pu003e

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle With A Screw Off Top 

If you spend a ton of time in the car then I’d avoid the screw-off top (we have enough distractions on the road as is!). But for a walk, this is a perfect choice.

S’well Onyx Bottle

u003cpu003eTo seal the deal on this sustainable stunner, you should know that this brand has been getting five-star reviews in the water bottle game for years. u003c/pu003e

Best Techy Stainless Steel Water Bottle

OK, while I didn’t ever anticipate shopping for a water bottle-speaker hybrid, I’m more than thrilled to have come across this one in my search. The fact that it combines both incredible audio quality and beautiful design is a surprising, but welcome find.

Asobu Wireless Speaker Water Bottle

u003cpu003eOne of the coolest and most innovative stainless steel water bottles out there. u003c/pu003e

Best Sports Top Stainless Water Bottles

For when you want to sip some water without drowning yourself in H20 (and if you don’t love the look of a straw). These bottles’ sports top design gives you the confidence to transport and take them with you on the go.

Hydroflask Standard Mouth Bottle with Sport Cap

u003cpu003eMy personal favorite for the car! u003c/pu003e

Burmate Rehydration Bottle

u003cpu003ePerfect for a hike, late summer camping adventure, or anywhere you can’t refill often. u003c/pu003e