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The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Insulated water bottles are an essential gear item for summer — that much is obvious. But they also have lots of great uses throughout the year. Check out the best insulated bottles of 2024 here.

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If you’re looking to purchase a water bottle for outdoor adventures, an insulated bottle should be high on your list. Insulated bottles are designed to keep cold liquids colder longer (and hot liquids hotter) and are usually higher quality and more durable than their plastic counterparts.

Plus, having a reusable water bottle is great for the environment. For this review, we looked at water bottles that have some form of insulation (whether stainless steel construction or otherwise) and a good-sealing cap or lid. And we evaluated each on factors like insulation, shape and volume, durability, and price. All told, we’ve sourced, filled, and drained more than 40 different water bottles since 2021, and pulled together the top 14 in our line-up today.

These bottles didn’t get off easy, either. Each vessel underwent our in-house testing regimen, which saw them all examined for timed ice retention, a leak test, as well as a quasi-scientific taste test. Safe to say, these bottles have been vetted, and to choose the best of the best, we ranked each bottle on features, feedback from our testing, and price.

For more information about insulated water bottles, check out our buyer’s guide, comparison chart, and FAQ at the end of this article. Otherwise, top off your bottle and scroll through our picks for the best insulated water bottles of 2024.

Editor’s Note: We updated this guide on October 25, 2023, to include our new favorite insulated sports bottle, the Hydro Flask Insulated Sport Bottle. We’ve also included some additional notes on our testing process.

The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024


Best Overall Insulated Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 1 lb., 2 oz. in 40 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 20, 24, 32, 40 and 64 fl. oz.
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Pros

  • Long-standing cold and heat retention
  • Slim profile fits into many pockets and cupholders
  • Wide mouth accommodates ice cubes

Cons

  • Not impervious to dents
Best Budget Insulated Water Bottle

Igloo Sport Sipper Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 14.4 oz. in 20 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 20 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Budget price
  • Rubberized bottle stays put
  • Flattened edge on bottle improves grip and lines up straw

Cons

  • Bail handle is a bit loose
Most Durable Insulated Water Bottle

YETI Rambler Chug Water Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 1 lb., 3.2 oz. in the 18 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 18, 26, 36, 46, 64 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Fits in most cup holders
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and lid types

Cons

  • Standard issue Chug cap isn’t for everyone
Best Insulated Can Cooler

YETI Rambler Colster

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 9.6 oz. in 12 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 12 fl. oz., 12 fl. oz. Slim Can, 16 fl. oz. Tall Can
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Simple design with only two parts
  • Truly keeps drinks chilled

Cons

  • Not a one size fits all solution
  • A little heavy
Best Insulated Growler

MiiR Growler

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 1 lb., 13 oz. in 64 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 64 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Handles carbonated beverages easily, no leaks here
  • Lid and pour handle make for easy distribution

Cons

  • Rubber seal can retain scents
Best Self-Cleaning Insulated Water Bottle

Waatr CrazyCap 2

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 12.6 oz. in 17 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 17, 25 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Makes travel hydration a breeze
  • No funky smell from an unwashed bottle

Cons

  • A proprietary charging system is bulky
  • Battery life could be better
Best Insulated Water Bottle for Kids

Thermos Funtainer Bottle With Straw

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 4 oz. in 12 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 12, 16 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Perfect size for lunch boxes and backpacks
  • Built-in straw is easy to manage for kids

Cons

  • Can leak from air hole if not closed properly
Best of the Rest

Owala FreeSip Vacuum Water Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 15.2 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 19, 22, 32, 40 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Well constructed flip top lid
  • FreeSip spout for sipping or gulping
  • Tough powdercoating

Cons

  • Handle doesn't lock out
  • Not for use with hot liquids

Hydro Flask Insulated Sports Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 14.1 oz. in 20 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 20 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Ergonomic grip
  • Fits in bottle cage
  • Cap is backward compatible with standard mouth Hydro Flask bottles

Cons

  • Rigid, no-squeeze construction
  • Mediocre flow rate
  • Cap can whistle when sucking

Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Water Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 16 oz. in 22 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 17, 22 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • One of the better straw-drinking lids
  • Bottle shape fits well in your hand

Cons

  • Only smaller volumes are available
  • Can be difficult to clean

Hydro Flask Lightweight Wide Mouth

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 12.6 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 21, 24, 32 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Lightweight construction
  • Same Hydro Flask build quality

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Temperature retention somewhat compromised by low weight

Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide With Twist Cap

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 1 lb., 4 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 12, 16, 20, 32, 64 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Fully insulated cap increases temperature retention
  • Stainless steel cap bottom means there’s a full steel interior

Cons

  • Lid can be a bit hard to grasp

Purist Mover Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel & glass
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 12.2 oz. in 18 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 18, 32 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Glass lining eliminates any metallic taste from water
  • Sleek fit and look

Cons

  • Painted finish scratches easily

CamelBak MultiBev Water Bottle

Specs

  • Material Stainless steel
  • Insulation type Double-wall vacuum
  • BPA-free Yes
  • Weight 1 lb., 5 oz. in 16/22 fl. oz. size
  • Available volumes 12/17, 16/22 fl. oz.
The Best Insulated Water Bottles of 2024

Pros

  • Many options for sharing beverages
  • Keeps drinks cold for a long time

Cons

  • Heavy design
  • A bit fiddly to keep track of all the parts

Insulated Water Bottle Comparison Chart

Insulated Water BottlePriceMaterialInsulation TypeWeightAvailable Volumes
Hydro Flask Wide 
Mouth Bottle
$50Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum1 lb., 2 oz. in 40 fl. oz. size20, 24, 32, 40 and 64 fl. oz.
Igloo Sport Sipper Bottle
$20Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum14.4 oz. in 20 fl. oz. size20 fl. oz.
YETI Rambler Chug
Water Bottle
$40Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum1 lb., 3.2 oz. in the 18 fl. oz. size18, 26, 36, 46, 64 fl. oz.
YETI Rambler Colster$25Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum9.6 oz. in 12 fl. oz. size12 fl. oz., 16 fl. oz.
MiiR Growler$60Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum1 lb., 13 oz. in 64 fl. oz. size64 fl. oz.
Waatr CrazyCap 2$84Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum12.6 oz. in 17fl.  oz. size17, 25 fl. oz.
Thermos Funtainer
Bottle With Straw
$20Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum4 oz. in 12 fl. oz. size12, 16 fl. oz.
Owala FreeSip
Vacuum Water Bottle
$33Stainless steelTriple-wall vacuum15.2 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size19, 22, 32, 40 fl. oz.
Hydro Flask Insulated Sports Bottle
$40Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum14.1 oz. in 20 fl. oz. size20 fl. oz.
Stanley IceFlow Flip
Straw Water Bottle
$32Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum16 oz. in 22 fl. oz. size17, 22 fl. oz.
Hydro Flask Lightweight
Wide Mouth
$50Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum12.6 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size21, 24, 32 fl. oz.
Klean Kanteen Insulated
TKWide
$45Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum1 lb., 4 oz. in 32 fl. oz. size12, 16, 20, 32, 64 fl. oz.
Purist Mover Bottle$50Stainless steel & glassDouble-wall vacuum12.2 oz. in 18 fl. oz. size18, 32 fl. oz.
CamelBak MultiBev Water Bottle$50Stainless steelDouble-wall vacuum1 lb., 5 oz. in 16/22 fl. oz. size12/17, 16/22 fl. oz.
Insulated Water Bottles
A sample lineup of the insulated bottles we tested this year; (photo/Mary Murphy)

How We Tested Insulated Water Bottles

Long a holdout to the niceties of an insulated bottle, GearJunkie Senior Editor Nick Belcaster finally came around to the wonders of insulated water bottles after being gifted a Hydro Flask. It turns out that having ice-cold water hours after leaving the house is worth it.

When you work and play in extreme environments, the benefits of keeping hot water hot and cold water cold start to click. Contributor Katie Griffith originally sought an insulated bottle so she could sip on a liter of hot chocolate during an ice climbing trip. Now she packs her Hydro Flask every day for work as a rock climbing guide in Joshua Tree and savors each gulp of cold water in the desert heat. 

Many in the GearJunkie offices enjoy bringing an insulated bottle to work, and we tapped into this collective knowledge to assemble our list of bottles. We then put them through the wringer and pulled together the best of the best insulated bottles you see here.

We started our foray into the world of insulated water bottles in 2021 with a slate of 14 bottles, aiming to cut through the noise and distill down a huge market into a handful of the best insulated water bottles available. In order to test our slate of insulated bottles, we subjected them to common-place use, such as on hot day hikes, bike commuting, or airline travel. We paid close attention to how long each bottle held onto chilled water as well as important issues such as leaking or denting.

In 2023 we expanded our horizons when Senior Editor Nick Belcaster looked afar for the best bottles for more special circumstances, and tested models to include best options for insulated growlers, can coolers, and self-cleaning water bottles. 

At the end of 2023, we tweaked our choices again, pivoting some of our award winners to newly updated standard bearers, and added significantly to our Buyer’s Guide to really dig deep into subjects such as volume, materials, and styles.

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottle in Action
A veritable jack-of-all-trades, the Hydro Flask water bottle finds use from the trails to campus; (photo/Nick Belcaster)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose an Insulated Water Bottle

It’s worth noting that this article specifically covers the best insulated water bottles. We also have a separate gear guide for the best thermoses, for when the temps dip and a hot drink is needed. You may also want to read up on the best backpacking water filters.

Volume

Pick a water bottle with enough volume for all your activities. If you really love one particular insulated bottle, consider getting two sizes — one for daily use and one with more volume for longer trips or travel. (Also consider if the bottle you’ve chosen will work with a water filter or in your pack pocket if you know you’ll be taking it with you on the trail.)

Most bottles we tested are available in volumes from around 12 to 64 ounces. It’s important to note that after a certain volume, fitting into most cup holders isn’t going to happen.

Make sure the bottle you choose lists how long it keeps water (or other liquids) cold. The standard is 24 hours, but we’ve noticed in many of these bottles the contents will stay colder for longer. You’ll want to know how good the insulation is, especially if you live in a hotter climate.

Miir 64oz Growler
At 64 ounces, the MiiR Growler can haul some serious liquid — be it H2O or your favorite IPA; (photo/Nick Belcaster)

Materials

What are the interior and exterior materials? Most insulated bottles use some form of stainless steel double-wall insulation, but not all, like the triple-wall build of the Owala FreeSip. Also, look at the exterior material: Is there a powder coating? Does it reduce condensation? Is there a rubber grip or protective design on the base?

Once you find a bottle you think will work for you, pick out a fun color while you’re at it! Colors are mainly just a preference but can also help identify your bottle in a crowd.

Temperature Retention

One of the most important aspects of an insulated bottle, temperature retention is how well it keeps the hot things hot and the cold things cold. The majority of insulated bottles will use some type of vacuum insulation to achieve this.

Heat energy needs mass to travel through, so by removing the air in between the two layers of the bottle, the liquid inside is able to retain its temperature for longer. We’ve found that most bottles are able to keep hot liquids hot for around 12 hours and cold liquids cold for about 24.

CamelBak Multibev Bottle
(Photo/Nick Belcaster)

Taste

Metal bottles can sometimes impart a metallic taste to water, often after being left for a long period of time. Bottles like the Purist Mover implement a silicon dioxide coating on the interior of the bottom to create a glass-like barrier. This can greatly reduce the metal taste that is imparted to water.

Keeping insulated bottles clean is also important to limit any off-tastes. Pay attention to how easy the bottle might be to clean. Look at the threads on the lid as well as how easy it is to remove any gaskets for cleaning. Many bottles are marked as dishwasher safe on the top rack but not all.

YETI Rambler Bottle
(Photo/Nick Belcaster)

A quick tip for cleaning your insulated bottle: Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda and warm water and shake inside your bottle. Let sit for a few hours and then rinse out with water.

Finally, some bottles are preemptive in limiting the growth of funk, like the Waatr CrazyCap 2 bottle. By exposing the interior of the bottle to UV light every 4 hours, the CrazyCap sanitizes itself and keeps your water funk-free.

Lids & Handles

A bad lid can ruin an insulated bottle. Manufacturers understand consumers have many uses for their bottles and produce a number of different lids to fit them. The most basic will be a simple screw cap, but there are also lids that incorporate straws, flip closures, and even magnets.

Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Water Bottle
The handle bail of the Stanley IceFlow was one of the most enjoyable to carry around; (photo/Nick Belcaster)

Lids will also have a good bit to do with the mouth style of the bottle. Narrow-mouth bottles can make sipping directly from the bottle nice and easy but will limit your ability to put ice into the bottle. Wide-mouth bottles can accept things like water filters with ease, but without a steady hand, they can lead to some spillage.

At their most basic, insulated bottles are sleek cylinders, which aren’t the most stable. Having a lid that you can clip a carabiner to can ensure it won’t make an escape. Others will sport a layer of silicone to improve grip or a contoured shape that fits your hand. We found the Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Water Bottle to be one of the nicest to handle.

YETI Colster Can Cooler
(Photo/Nick Belcaster)

Price

Lastly, think hard about your budget. These bottles are an investment but totally worth it, especially if (like us) you spend lots of time outside. And before buying, always check to see if your favorite bottle is on sale.

FAQ

What is the best insulated water bottle?

On this list, we have selected the Hydro Flask Wide Mouth 40-ounce bottle as the best overall insulated water bottle. This option provides a useful blend of quality insulation and heavy-duty construction. We also like that it fits easily in most cup holders.

Still, the best-insulated water bottle is the one that meets your needs. If you are looking for a bottle with smaller volume, you may want to go with the 26-ounce YETI Rambler or 32-ounce Owala FreeSip.

Which water bottle keeps liquids hot and cold the longest?

All of the bottles on this list will do a great job at keeping your hot liquids hot and your cold liquids cold for impressively long periods. That said, the YETI Rambler Chug Water Bottle performs exceptionally well when filled with hot contents. It’s a lightweight bottle that keeps liquids piping hot and is thoroughly leakproof.

Does bacteria build up in insulated water bottles?

It is important to regularly clean reusable water bottles to prevent the growth of bacteria. Many insulated water bottles are dishwasher safe, and others can be easily cleaned with dish soap and hot water.

On this list, many of the bottles are made from easy-to-clean materials such as stainless steel and linings such as glass or copper. After cleaning, it is a good idea to take the cap off of your bottle and let it fully air dry.

Can I put coffee, tea, and food in my insulated water bottle?

Generally, it is safe to fill insulated water bottles with contents other than water. For coffee and tea, an insulated water bottle can allow you to enjoy a hot drink all through the morning.

However, it is especially important that you clean your bottle thoroughly after filling it with anything other than water. Because of the different shapes of insulated bottles, some are easier to clean than others.

For food like hot soup or oatmeal, you’re going to be better off with a food-specific thermos. These are similar to insulated water bottles, but their short and stout shape makes them easier to use and clean. A good thermos can keep hot food at a safe temperature for hours — an excellent counterpart to an insulated bottle!

Can I put my insulated water bottle in the dishwasher?

Yes, many insulated water bottles are dishwasher-safe. Always double-check the manufacturer’s directions before washing your bottle. If your bottle is not dishwasher-safe, it can be cleaned with hot water, a little dish soap, and a thorough rinsing.

What’s the best way to rinse an insulated water bottle?

Always check to see what the manufacturer suggests. Many insulated water bottles can be washed in the dishwasher, which is an effective way to thoroughly remove any bacteria that may be present.

If washing by hand, scrub the inside and outside of the bottle with hot water and dish soap. Be sure to fully clean out the threads on both the cap and bottle. After cleaning, let all parts fully air dry.

How long do insulated water bottles last?

Thanks to hardy stainless steel or ceramic construction, a good insulated water bottle should last many years — or potentially decades for the careful owner. We’ve all seen those old green Stanley bottles that are three decades old and still going strong.

The biggest threat to insulated water bottles is puncturing. If the double or triple-walled insulation of your bottle is punctured, it will lose its ability to insulate. To prevent this, avoid dropping your bottle onto jagged or hard surfaces. Plastic insulated water bottles are less prone to dents and punctures, but they are generally not as rugged overall.

How do you check an insulated bottle?

If an insulated bottle becomes punctured, it will lose its vacuum and be replaced by air molecules. Since there is now matter in between the inner and outer bottles, heat transfer occurs much quicker.

To test if your bottle still has its vacuum sealing: Carefully fill the bottle with boiling water and wait five minutes. Then feel for any hot spots, which would indicate loss of insulation.

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