By: Dr. Gregory Betts
Staying hydrated is extremely important for remaining a healthy individual. Dr. Kathleen Jade from University Health News states, “Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, stay in a better mood, prevent disease, and more. Is that enough to have you reaching for your water bottle?”
I think that quote is enough for me to reach for my water bottle–but which one? There are so many choices today that it is hard to decide what bottle is going to give me the best H2O experience while at work while, most importantly, upping my overall coolness factor.
1.Sweat-proof/Spill proof. Who wants a water bottle that is going to sweat all over and potentially ruin student work? This is prevented by only using a double insulated bottle. A high-quality screw-on/twist-on lid is essential to keeping your water inside the bottle where it belongs.
2. Safe.The interior of the bottle should be 18/8 stainless steel. 18/8 is food grade, resists corrosion, and eliminates the worry of being poisoned by plastic. It is BPA free.
3. Quality Insulator.At a minimum, any water bottle should keep your water cold for a minimum of 12 hours—but doesn’t need to keep it cold forever. The purpose of having a water bottle at work is to drink the water, not to set a world record for keeping it cold.
4. The rest is about choice and convenience. How much water do I want the bottle to hold? Color? Accessories? Portability? Size? Convenience of use? Does it fit in my work bag?
Hydro Flask. The Hydro Flask I have used is a 18 oz bottle with a screw-on/twist-on hydro flip lid. This combination allowed me to throw the Hydro Flask in my bag, cup holder, take a drink without unscrewing the lid, and was big enough that I did not have to refill the bottle too often during the day.
S’well. The 16 oz S’well was also convenient with the screw-on/twist-on lid, size, and durability. The downside here for me was the 16 oz size and if I wanted a drink I had to unscrew the lid every time.
Yeti. My 20 oz Yeti Tumbler fit in my cup holder, kept my drink cold, and has been durable. The downside with my Yeti is the lid. The tumbler lid has an opening that never closes. This feature of the Tumbler has prevented me from easily transporting the Tumbler without the fear of spilling. The tumbler is great for weekend fun or watching your favorite show and not so good for transportation. Yeti does sell an 18 oz water bottle with a screw-on/twist-on lid and I do not have any experience with that model.
I needed a water bottle that would fit easily in the water bottle holder on my bag, would keep my drink cold, wouldn’t sweat, that had a screw-on/twist-on lid so the liquid didn’t spill, that was convenient to use, and that wouldn’t slowly poison me. The 18 oz Hydro Flask has been my go-to and after two years, the Hydro Flask is still going strong.