Water Bottles – Not Such A Simple Choice

With so much emphasis put on staying hydrated and ensuring your body is ready to survive in any situation, there is hardly a thought on what to use to do just that. When discussing the attributes of different types of water bottles, there are a variety of things one must take into consideration. What kind of materials is it made of? How much does the bottle weigh? Could there be any repercussions from the type of bottle used? What kind of features does it have, and are they what you need? All of these must be reviewed when choosing which type of water bottle to use when fueling your body.

Water Bottle Material Options

There are a variety of materials that water bottles are made out of, and each has their own pros and cons. Whether its chemicals, flavor, durability, insulation, travel-friendly, or ease of use, you must decide which material you want your favorite water bottle to be made of.

Stainless Steel


Stainless steel bottles have increasingly become more favorable for consumers in the last few years. According to PR News Wire, the reusable water bottle market will reach over 10 billion dollars by 2024. A large majority of that market includes stainless steel water bottles. Some of the pros and cons of stainless steel water bottles are:

    • They don’t contain harmful chemicals and are 100% BPA free. Studies show that BPA, or bisphenol-A, is extremely harmful to your health. Even though there are plastic water bottles that state they are BPA-free, none of them are completely free of BPA
    • They help the water retain its temperature when used properly. As long as you choose a stainless steel bottle appropriate for your needs, you should have no problems with temperature control. For instance, look at YETI. They pride themselves on how long their cups and coolers maintain their temperature. On the other side of the spectrum, if you take a non-insulated or poorly insulated metal bottle and leave it outside in the sun for a while, the bottle and the water inside is going to become hot.
    • They are more sustainable. Stainless steel is much harder to destroy or damage enough to make the bottle unusable, or at least the metal part (the plastic lid is a different story). But in general, if the bottle is well taken care of, there will be no need to replace it for a long time, even though it might accumulate some scratches and dents throughout its lifetime.

Plastic

Plastic water bottles have been around for some time, and are available in an almost infinite array of shapes, styles, and purposes, which makes this a very popular choice. However, there is a downfall to plastic water bottles. According to Livestrong.com, there are a number of health concerns when dealing with plastic water bottles. Unlike the steel bottle discussed above, there are very few plastic bottles that are truly BPA-free, which can cause disease and fertility issues in adults. In addition, bacteria in certain types of plastic bottles (mainly reusable water bottles) has been found even after they’ve been cleaned. This includes bacteria from sources like food and saliva, and fecal matter was even found in 9% of the bottles examined.

Glass

Although not a popular type of water bottle, there are a handful of glass water bottles out there that people tend to like. The obvious downfall of glass is that it is fragile, so these types of bottles are usually used at home instead of on-the-go. One does not normally use a glass bottle when traveling unless it’s for a very specific reason (like vino glass bottles for the wine drinkers).

However, there are benefits of using a glass water bottle, and if you take the issue of fragility out of the picture, they are rather tempting. Some of the benefits of glass bottles are:

  • They are free from BPA and other health hazards
  • They maintain a fairly steady temperature
  • They are easy to clean and can even be sanitized
  • They will keep your liquids clean.

Compared to the other types of water bottles, these benefits are pretty substantial, so if you need a bottle or two to use around the house or office, this would be an excellent choice.

Weight

When you think about the weight of a water bottle, you probably don’t remember ever worrying about it when ordering one from the internet. The look and size are the main factors, with the price being the next main focal point. However, depending on what you want the bottle for, weight can be a very important aspect. For instance, if you are buying a bottle for survival or hiking, you want to carry as much water as possible without any additional weight. Just because you can buy a large-capacity steel bottle, with a thick exterior for durability and extra insulation to keep the water cold, do you really want its weight added to your pack, before adding water?

Price

When looking at the price of a water bottle, you want to make sure you get a high performing bottle with the proper attributes, for the right price. With the vast array of different materials and features available for each type of water bottle, the price is going to vary as well. The cheapest material is usually plastic, with the average price for a 24-ounce plastic water bottle going for around $10. Next would be the metal bottles, with an average price for a 24-ounce bottle going for $20. Lastly, for glass, you’re looking at around $25-30 for an 18-ounce bottle. And of course, you have to consider shipping costs if you’re ordering them online. Glass is going to cost more to ship because of the packaging needed to protect them from breaking in transit.

Overall, when trying to choose the right water bottle for you, look at all of the variables. Instead of buying one water bottle to use for everything, pick the optimal bottle for each hobby or scenario. Whether it’s hiking, traveling, vacations, the office, or survival, ensure you have the right bottle for the job. Do you want a straw or an open top bottle? Wide mouth or small? Light or heavy? If you can’t decide when in doubt, the folks at US Patriot can always help you make a choice.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Jeffrey Sabins

Jeffrey Sabins

Jeff is an experienced operations manager with a background serving in the USMC as a infantry unit leader. His education includes a Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition, Bachelor of Arts in Terrorism Intelligence, and is currently working through his Masters in Organizational Leadership. He currently writes articles, short stories, product reviews, and assists companies with curriculum management and CPI processes.
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