​What Is The Best

Sports Water Bottle In 2019?

​As a runner, weight-lifter, biker, hiker, and overall adventurer, finding a water bottle that could solve all my needs was a pain.

The ideal water bottle for me would be one that was light enough to carry around easily, could fit into my (cheap) bike holder, and was tough enough to take a serious beating.

All while holding a pretty good amount of water.

Needless to say, I have high expectations for my water bottles.

So partly to scratch my own itch, here's a list of the best water bottles in the business - all of which ​have my own personal stamp for guaranteed excellence.

​Who Needs A ​Water Bottle?

​​​Water bottles can be used for pretty much any situation and even before I worked out, I made sure to carry one with me at all times.

They're good to keep with you in situations where you will be needing water - like working out - and situations where you don't want to walk to get water - like school, work, or hiking trips.

Or, if you're part prepper, they're always good to have in case of nuclear disaster.

​​​What ​Makes Water Bottles Different

​​Water bottles have namely one use: store water until you want it.

​Seemingly in an effort to confuse everyone, there are apparently a ton of ways to go about doing this.

Some water bottles are very user friendly (just suck on it) and some... not so much. Do I ​really​ need to flip it open and then bite down to get water?​​​​​​​​​

Water bottles are made out of a variety of materials and some break more easily than others. With my active life, I go through them pretty quickly.

Many bottles do great at keeping your drinks hot or cold and others do not.

No fear though. I have graded all the candidates on these criteria (and more) just so you don't have to.

​How To Choose The Best ​Water Bottle For You

​​Your #1 pick will really depend on how you want to use it.

For most effective selection of your ideal water bottle, I would recommend figuring out the top three most important characteristics of your ideal water bottle and going from there.

For example, bikers may want a water bottle that is slim enough to fit into a holder, tough enough to be dropped a few dozen times, and doesn't need a lot of work to get the bottle open so they can get a drink while riding.

Your best choice will depend on your wants and needs.

With that said, here's our definitive list of the best sports water bottles.

​​Our Picks For Best ​Sports Water Bottles

​​I've chosen five of the most popular ​sports water bottles to review. Let's see how they all stack up and hopefully you can find the one you would like to try out.

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​​​Note: this bottle comes in a ​lot​ of colors.

​Camelbak has made their name as an incredible maker of water bottles​​​ and have my personal vote as more-or-less the best water bottle manufacturer. The Podium Big Chill (hereafter referred to as "PBC") is no different and is my personal water bottle of choice.

​It doesn't involve any complex levers or a twelve step system in order to open the bottle and drink from it. Simply squeeze one end and water comes out the other. 

Sadly, you can't pick which end to squeeze, but I'm sure that's only a minor inconvenience.

The PBC is pretty tough too. Water bottles in general seem to be very susceptible to me and tend to get smashed, bashed, or otherwise shattered in my hands.

In other words, I break them pretty easily.

The PBC has so far withstood my wrath for several months now. I've dropped it, kicked it, stepped on it, and run over it at least once. Somehow, it's still kicking. The only area that could possibly possess a weakness would be the cap with the rubber nozzle. I could see it breaking, tearing, or snapping under significant pressure.

​The PBC keeps ​hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. I usually drink things at room temp by preference, but ​many of the reviews on Amazon were saying that their water stayed cool for hours.

​The PBC doesn't leak due to a self sealing cap. Unlike many water bottles I've used, the thing just ​looks​ very secure. Been using it for months and no complaint here.

Finally, the PBC comes with the Camelbak signature guarantee: ​the Got Your Bak lifetime warranty. If it breaks, they guarantee they'll replace it.


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    ​Easy to use​​​​
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    ​Lots of color variety
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    ​Tough as nails
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    ​Double walled construction to keep drinks the temp you want
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    ​No leaks
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    ​Got Your Bak lifetime guarantee
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    ​Cap and rubber nozzle could be a potential weak point


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​The Nike Hyperfuel is a ​great water bottle containing many of the necessary features in the best water bottles of today.

It is squeezable, so no instruction manual needed to learn to drink from the thing. The bottle is also translucent, meaning that you can see exactly how much water you have consumed so far.

The cap is simple to twist and untwist and is great at preventing leaks.

The Hyperfuel is pliable plastic and tough, so absolutely no complaints here. Again, the top piece is really the only part I can envision becoming unusable due to damage.

Sadly, the Hyperfuel does tend to sweat some.​​​ It's not a huge problem and certainly name a deal breaker, but should be known before buying the bottle.

Nike doesn't have any guarantee on this bottle that I could find.


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    ​Easy to use
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    ​Can take a beating
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    ​No leaks
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    ​Translucent so you can see water level
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    ​Many reviews mention excellent customer support
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    ​Sweats
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    ​Top nozzle ​may be a point of weakness​​​​​​


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​​​Under Armour has built a beast of a bottle with the Dominate.

​The bottle itself is two layers of stainless steel. One layer for the outside, and then one layer on the inside to keep water cold.

The problem, and the reason that this bottle loses durability points, is that the cap is ​not​ stainless steel. It is plastic.

Very flimsy plastic.

I've had a couple of these bottles and none of them have ever broken. I've had probably a dozen of these caps.

They have all broken.

This bottle can withstand a tank running over it, but if it is dropped on its head, looked at funny, or if the occasional lady bug walks across the top, you can expect the cap to break.​​​

Glaring weakness aside, this is a great bottle for nearly anyone to have. 

It doesn't sweat and does a great job with temperature retention. Under Armour claims that the bottle will keep water cold for up to 12 hours.

That's some serious protection against the elements.

Also, for all the caps I've had, I've never once had this bottle start to leak on me.

My only critique aside from the weak cap is that a button has to be pressed to open the bottle. This is definitely not a big deal in any way and I loved my bottle for years, but it makes it a little bit more of a hassle to get a sip of water while running or biking.


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    ​Bottle is stainless steel
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    ​Great temperature retention
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    ​No leaking
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    ​Never had a problem with sweating
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    ​Has a place on the back of the cap to hook the bottle on something (backpack, belt loop, etc.)
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    ​CAP IS WEAK
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    Have to push button to get water


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​​For the avid hiker, camper, or otherwise adventurer, this is the water bottle of choice.

This is probably one of the best filtrated water bottles on the market today. LifeStraw says that this bottle filters out 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% of protozoa including giardia and e-coli.

The LifeStraw markets to a customer who is active and frequently engaged in the wilderness, so you know this bottle is pretty stout.

​I'm not a huge fan of straws in water bottles since I find that they usually leave some water on the bottom of the bottle, but I understand the need for a straw filter ​in this bottle. In addition, you can actually remove the straw and the filter if you want.

I haven't experienced this, but several reviews on Amazon said that their bottles were leaky. Again, this isn't my experience, but new buyers may want to take a look at this with a grain of salt.

The filter does wear out after 1000 Liters or 264 gallons of water going through it. Unless you're using the bottle a ​lot​​​​, I don't see most people hitting this wall and needing a new filter.

Everything is removable, including the straw and filter, so the bottle should be easy to clean.

Also, every bottle sold gives free water to a child in Africa for one year at school.

​Highly suggested for campers, hikers, etc.


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    Great filter
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    ​Tough
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    ​Lots of uses from one filter
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    ​Can use water from almost all natural sources
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    ​Straw and filter removable
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    ​Every bottle sold gives an African child a year of free water at school
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    ​No temperature retention
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    ​Straw can leave some water unreachable to drink without removing the cap
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    ​May be leaky


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​​The Eddy is a solid water bottle useful for many occasions. Before buying the Under Armour Dominate and the Camelbak PBC, the Eddy was my faithful companion for many moons.

It's undoubtedly the best of the "bite and sip" water bottles. Even so, I'm not a big fan of biting and sipping now that I have seen the light of "squeezing and going".

While the Eddy does the best job of the bite and sip, I still feel like it's an outdated technology.

Despite my personal feelings, no one can argue that the Eddy is pretty well leakless. Camelbak consistently does a great job of ensuring that their bottles retain all their liquid.

The Eddy does not, however, retain its temperature as well as many other bottles in this list. As a result, it is prone to sweating a bit.

The Eddy is durable and comes with the Got Your Bak lifetime guarantee. If it breaks, they'll replace it at their expense.

All in all, it's as solid as it's ever been. A good choice and a faithful companion.


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    ​Best of the "bite and sip" squad
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    ​Durable
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    ​Got Your Bak lifetime guarantee
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    ​No leaking
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    ​No temperature retention
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    ​Sweats like a fat man doing burpees


C​onclusion

​Based on quality, durability, and features on each​ water bottle, I'd have to say the overall best ​water bottle for nearly any situation is the ​Camelbak Podium Big Chill.

The ​PBC is a great combination of quality and excellent price. It ​takes the crowded water bottle market and shines clearly above many of its competitors.

In addition, ​Camelbak has an incredible lifetime guarantee on all their water bottles called the Got Your Bak guarantee. If it breaks, they replace it.

Granted, their bottles are so stout that I've never once had to replace one of mine.

Tell us in the comments below: Do you have a favorite sports water bottle? If not, what are you looking for in a sports water bottle?

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