Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
There are a lot of high quality vacuum-insulated bottles on the market these days. Whether you’re looking to keep a pot of coffee hot or a pint of ice water cool, it’s fairly inexpensive to get a buy-it-for-life bottle.
While entry-level bottles aren’t going anywhere, higher-end vacuum insulated water bottles are going to give you a much better drinking experience for often hours or even days to come. The secret in the vacuum sealed bottle lies in the three ways it traps in (or out) heat, a silver coating on the inside of the bottle prevents heat radiation, the vacuum double wall stops conduction, and the glass liner stops conduction in its tracks.
All of our picks have these features and they’re all readily affordable. Load up and stay thermally inert this winter!
1) Mizu: 26oz. V8 in Enduro Blue
Mizu’s 26Oz. V8 water bottle is a great option for those who don’t mind spending a bit extra on a dual-walled insulated water bottle if it means getting a lot more bang for their buck — and it certainly does. Mizu’s bottles are made from 18/8 stainless steel which help to keep beverages hot/cold for 12/24 hours; and each bottles comes with a lifetime warranty so you don’t have to worry about it giving out prematurely.
Available for $35 from Mizu.
2) Stanley: 1.1QT Classic in Hammertone Green
Stanley‘s Classic 1.1Qt Waterbottle in Hammertone Green is iconic with its notable design, coloring, and handle. While they have more competitors now than ever before they still make-up a large part of the quality water bottle market, and their loyal customer base has been given no reason to look elsewhere. And if you are looking for a different size, shape, or color of all-steel vacuum insulated bottle then look no further — they have one of the widest ranges on the market.
Available for $20 from Amazon.
3) Sigg: 1.0L Hot & Cold in Smoked Pearl
Sigg water bottles have been designing and making water bottles for well over a hundred years, but they’ve seen quite an increase in popularity just recently in the USA. Their Hot & Cold bottles are made using an odor and taste free stainless steel to avoid that unpleasant metallic taste that too often permeates the water in metal bottles, and can keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day. While I’m partial to the 1.0L design, which comes with a removable cup on the bottom and holds an ample amount of liquid, they offer a range of bottles in many shapes and sizes.
Available for $55 from Sigg.
4) Hydro-Flask: 24oz. Standard Bottle in Black
Many large-volume water bottles are too large in diameter to easily fit in cup holders or backpack bottle pockets, which is why it is so great to see Hydro-Flask embracing a tall-and-narrow design for their 24oz. Standard Bottle. It’s construction is fairly comparable to many of the other bottles on this list: 18/8 stainless steel, dual wall insulation, and with a screw-off cap. They come in a range of colors and at their relatively low price should be on everyone’s short list.
Available for $35 from REI.
5) Klean Kanteen: 32oz. Growler in Dark Amber
Klean Kanteen’s 32oz. Growler is certainly not a small bottle, but that can be a good thing. The large size results in an impressive 80 hour iced-time, and the rubber seal and latched closure allow this bottle to retain carbonation whether it’s filled with refreshing, naturally carbonated spring water or your favorite microbrew. It is also available in a 64oz. size for those of you who want something even bigger.
Available for $55 from Klean Kanteen.
Plus One – ORCA: 64oz. Silo Growler in Stainless Steel
ORCA’s 64oz. Silo Growler is one of the largest and most uniquely designed bottles on the market. While it’s certainly not for everyone or every occasion, it would make a welcome addition on many people’s desks or for long trips. It can stay hot/cold for 12/24 hours, and the dual-layered construction even prevents condensation from forming. Unlike many other bottles on the market this one is constructed from 18/8 stainless steel with a copper inner lining, and the exterior texture will certainly help to hide any dings that it might pick up during its years of service.
Available for $40 from Amazon.