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Subject: Can anyone recommend a good reusable water bottle?
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 6:06 PM ET
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So, I have been trying to bring reusable water bottles to work everyday to fill up at the water cooler instead of using disposable water bottles and I'm having such a hard time finding one that I like. I bought an Eddie Bauer one from Target that looked great, but it leaks on me everytime I drink from it. I bought a metal one from Amazon, but I dropped it and now it has a big dent, but even before that I wasn't crazy about it because it was a pain to wash because the neck was so small that my bottle brush would get stuck. I have a plastic Rubbermaid one that I've been using for awhile, but now the water doesn't taste very good out of it.

Now I have some money to spend on a new reusable bottle, but I'm afaid of buying another dud, so can anyone recommend a good reusable water bottle? My only requirements are that it have some other cap besides a screw on one as those are banned at work. . .

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/21/2009 11:42 AM ET
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I love my Klean Kanteen, and the opening is large enough it goes in the dishwasher.

My SO & I each have one & I have a second by my bed. He dropped mine soon after I got it, so it has a small dent, but oh well.  Still works fine, and I tend to have it in a sling so it's not visible anyway.

Several types of tops & several types of carrying & several sizes.  You can get them in colors as well.  I like the fact it isn't coated inside with anything.


Date Posted: 5/21/2009 5:32 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to check them out!

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 1:03 AM ET
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Sigg, the famous Swiss metal water bottle company also now makes a wide mouth bottle that's a bit easier to clean. Still not recommended for dishwashers, but much easier with a bottle brush. You can find the full range online at mysigg.com
Date Posted: 5/22/2009 7:28 AM ET
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I have had good success with the Nalgene bottles, they have ones that are now BPA free.  The wide mouth versions are nice but you can buy an insert for them so you don't end up with wet shirt in case you tip it up too fast.

The film that builds up from hard water can be easily removed by denture cleaner.  Nalgene sells tablets that dissolve the hard water deposits but it is very expensive.  I found the denture tablet idea online somewhere.  So I bought a bunch of Polident tablets and when the bottles need a cleaning, I drop a tablet in and it does the trick. :)

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 7:56 PM ET
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My local Big Lots carries the Nalgene bottles with 20 tubes of  Crystal Light - On The Go inside for only $2.  I bought 5 so far.  : )

Just like these:


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Subject: Little bit late on the subject......
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 10:52 AM ET
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I have two kinds of water bottles I love and use all the time. One of them is a nalgene bottle I won on Twitter - believe it or not  - from Filter for Good and I love it. I never win anything so I was thrilled. I have two others that I got from Ideal Bite when I bought their starter kit. I've been receiving Ideal Bites tips for about 2 years now and they are a very useful and entertaining source for greening your life. I had wanted their starter kit forever and finally got it a couple of months ago. It's an excellent deal. Good luck.


Date Posted: 5/26/2009 5:16 PM ET
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I have several different types of water bottles.  I like drinking from the kinds that have built in straw.  
I recently got a cool water bottle for outdoor use on hot days.  It was from REI.  It has a weird REI-styl drinking spout that is a rubbery plastic that you bite on gently to open and drink from.  The cool thing about this bottle is that it also has a spray trigger, allowing you to spray a fine mist of water  - this is great for when you get really hot outside.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 4:16 PM ET
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I've got some BPA-free Nalgene bottles and some Sigg metal bottles. I like both. The Nalgene bottles are wide-mouth, which makes them very easy to wash either by hand or in the washer, but I use silicone inserts to narrow the mouth for easier drinking. The Sigg bottles have a narrow mouth, but I usually just rinse them with soap & water. I also have a bottle brush should they ever require more significant washing, but they rarely do.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 5:08 PM ET
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I second Klean Kanteen water bottles. The Environmental Working Group (EWG, GREAT site, btw) used to give them out when you donated. There are different style tops you can buy, if you can't use the screw tops at work.

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Here is a web site for the EcoCanteen:  ecocanteen.com

Also, you can find a good one from Rubbermaid in grocery stores and places like WalMart.

What is a nalgene bottle, and Klean Kanteen?

Personally I purchased a BPA-free water bottle from WalMart recently.  It didn't have a brand name but is double walled to keep drinks cool, has a built in straw, and the cap has a loop for hanging.  I believe it was only about $3.00.


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Date Posted: 6/18/2009 2:40 AM ET
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I've tried all the reusable bottles out there, and while I find the stainless steel to be safer, I still do not like the flavor.  I now exclusively use glass bottles.  Aquasana makes a larger bottle that is very durable...and we just love it!  The only trouble we've had is on a road trip, it was placed next to the door and forgotten; when we opened the door it smashed to the ground.  So, now on road trips, we use something that we don't really care about; I keep all my glass Synergy bottles and they are a smaller, easier size to lug around (my bigger Aquasana bottles stay in the cooler or in a safe spot for refills).  Aquasana started selling bottle protector/carriers this year, too.  They do have a screw on lid, but I imagine you could get a substitute lid.  Nothing tastes better than glass!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 1:51 AM ET
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My favorite is a stainless steels thermos with drinking style top available at Walgreens (don't know brand).  I don't like metal taste and had taken two other brand bottles back prior to trying this item. It holds about 20 oz and I love that I can put ice in the thermos and it will stay cool for hours.  Slightly larger than the metal bottle I've seen, but absolutely love it.  And had no metallic taste... 


Didn't know they made a glass bottle, that seems great....


Subject: Nalgene water bottles at REI
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 9:59 AM ET
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I have two of the everyday 36 oz.  Nalgene BPA free water bottles with the wide mouth, very easy to clean and recommended.  You can buy them online. I also had an aluminum water bottle from Pottery Barn that I dropped and was ruined. But it was very pretty the few times I used it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 11:22 PM ET
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Klean Kanteen is what I like. It is a stainless steel bottle, and the threads for the cover are inside. A problem I have with it, though, is that it is not temperature controled - hot things make the bottle hot and burn your hand, and cold things freeze your hand. I have trouble drinking from bottles in the car, and I discovered yesterday that I can take a regular straw and stick it into the bottle, and use that. The cover still closes with no problem, for my 20 ounce and larger Klean Kanteens. I bought them from REI with gift certificates from MyPoints.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 1:15 PM ET
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I agree with everyone who has said Klean Kanteen.  I absolutely love them!  They're stainless steel and have wide enough mouths to put ice cubes in.  I have the regular screw-top bottle but my mom loves the sports top one and says it's much better for driving and working out.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:19 PM ET
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Jari: We found if we bought the insulated tote, it takes care of that problem. It certainly doesn't keep them hot/cold for as long as, say, a thermos, but it does help--and keeps the hands much more comfy.

I had problems with water out of my Kleen Kanteen stainless bottle for a while. I found if I put filtered water in from our Britta pitcher it was fine (not just my mind, I could tell which it was when my SO filled it for me a couple times).   After a couple months, normal water was suddenly just fine and has been since.   I don't offer an explanation, just my experience.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:44 PM ET
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Thanks, Kayote! I'll have to try that.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 12:28 AM ET
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I have a couple of these from Old Navy. No leaks, and I just put them in the dishwasher. They're great.


Date Posted: 8/16/2009 11:11 PM ET
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I actually saw some of the aluminum ones from SIGG at Target this past week. They were about half the regular price.

Subject: Kleen Kanteen
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 8:02 PM ET
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I have two Kleen Kanteens, one 27 oz and one 18 oz.  They ran me between $10 and $20 ea. but are durable stainless steel and accept any one of several screw tops.


Date Posted: 1/25/2010 9:59 AM ET
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I have a couple of different reusable water bottles.  I have a Klean Kanteen, which is great, but huge.  Mine has a screw top but you can buy a flip top/sports top for it as well.  The mouth is wide and I can put ice in it, as well as get a bottle brush all the way in.  I also like my BPA-free Nalgene plastic bottle.  Nalgene only recently went BPA free- I was very happy when I found it.  Wide mouth, easy to put ice in and clean.  My other favorite is a stainless steel Thermos bottle, made for cold drinks only.  It has a straw top with a flip top cover for that.  It's smaller than the other two but stll easy to put ice in and clean.  Oh, I also loved my Camelback BPA-free plastic bottle.  Interesting top (had to slightly bit down on the spout to sip)... but I lost it.

Be careful with Sigg.  I'm not sure if this is fully changed yet or not, but up until at least a few months ago, they were lining the aluminum bottles with BPA.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 4:53 AM ET
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For those who have trouble with metallic taste, try using True Lemon. It is usually on the aisle by the sweetners or in the area of drink mixes. It is made of crystallized lemon and tastes great, they also make a lime and an orange flavor. Almost no calories to them and they are very tasty.

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 11:22 PM ET
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I've done my homework as I had needed bottles for the kids at school. Polar water bottles. They are plastic. Double thick with a aluminum liner for isolation. Also, made in U. S. A. Let me say that again Made in the U. S. A. and not may water bottles are. With all the problems we have with lead content,made in USA was very important to me. So, check out Polar water bottles. I put some water in it at night, and freeze it. In the a.m. I fill it with water and the kids have cold water all day. Sometimes I even get an ice cube when they come home!