2022 WATER BOTTLE BUYER’S GUIDE

Did you know 480 billion plastic water bottles are used worldwide every year?

So before you go rolling your eyes at the fact that we actually researched a Buyer’s Guide for golf water bottles, think of the enormous impact plastic water bottles have on our fragile environment and what you can do to help.

There are many different types of reusable bottles to keep your liquid hot or cold. We have tested some of the leaders in the industry to help you find the one that best fits your needs.

Whether you’re looking to buy a golf water bottle today, want some buying advice or just a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the perfect fit.

Winner: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

If you’re looking for a water bottle that is durable and performs in all weather conditions, you need the Hydro Flask Wide MouthIt has a robust outer shell with a stainless steel inner cylinder that keeps your liquid cold or warm for hours. It also comes with a straw to regulate the amount of intake to ensure you don’t get a face full of liquid. Throw in a carry loop and you have the Most Wanted Water Bottle of 2022.

  • 3rd in durability
  • 3rd in performance
  • 2nd in drinkability
  • 12th in portability
BEST WATER BOTTLE WITH A STRAW - Contigo Ashland

BEST WATER BOTTLE WITH A STRAW - Contigo Ashland

The Contigo Ashland is a water bottle for everyone. Its straw system is incredibly smooth allowing for a consistent amount of water to be distributed. The shape and size allows it to fit in most cup holders and golf bags. If it doesn't you can always clip it on to your bag instead.

The Best Golf Water Bottle – Features That Matter

Drinkability

The water bottles tested had either a straw or a wider spout for drinking. We found the straw was better as it controlled the amount of water intake. Bottles with wider, more open spouts don’t regulate the amount that comes out and, if there is ice in the bottle, can become blocked.

Water bottles that performed well in this category were the Contigo Ashland and Hydro Flask Wide Mouth.

Performance (Hot and Cold)

What’s the point of an insulated bottle if it doesn’t keep your drink cold on those hot days or warm on the winter nights? Most water bottles tested performed well in this category. It should be noted that not one bottle kept the water cold for the whole 24 hours but, let’s face it, who needs it to be cold for 24 hours?

If keeping your drinks hot or cold is a priority, check out the RTIC Water Bottle and Yeti Rambler 26 oz.

Durability

Whether you buy a cheaper or more expensive water bottle, you want it to last. Most of the water bottles tested were made from stainless steel. However, where we see differences is in the vacuum seal and toggle for portability reasons. Some come with a straw for easy drinkability which can play into the durability.

The Yeti Rambler 26 oz and Orca Hydra are great examples of high durability. Those who like water bottles with straws should consider Hydro Flask Wide Mouth.

EXPERT TIP - Insulated Water Bottles

If you want to keep your drink cold or hot hot a long period of time, you should consider water bottles that are insulated.

BEST WATER BOTTLE 2022 - FEATURES

 ProductMaterialColorsSizesStraw Option
Coleman AUTOSEAL FreeFlow

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Stainless Steel324ozYes
Contigo Ashland

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Stainless Steel924ozYes
Corkcicle Classic Sports

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Stainless Steel2312-25ozYes
Ello Cooper Vacuum

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Stainless Steel822ozYes
Hydrapeak Flow

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Stainless Steel1532ozYes
Hydro Cell

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Stainless Steel1914-64ozYes
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

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Stainless Steel1032ozYes
Iron Flask Wide Mouth

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Stainless Steel2414-64ozYes
Mira

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Stainless Steel924-40ozNo
Orca Hydra

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Stainless Steel822-66ozNo
Polar Bottle 20 oz

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Plastic320-24ozNo
RTIC Water Bottle

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Stainless Steel1816-26ozNo
Simple Modern Wave Accent

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Stainless Steel1240-128ozYes
Stanley GO The Quick Flip GO

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Stainless Steel324ozNo
Takeya Originals

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Stainless Steel918-40ozNo
Taketau 32 oz

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Stainless Steel1232ozYes
Tempercraft 22oz

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Stainless Steel1018-40ozYes
Thermoflask Amazon Basics

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Stainless Steel716-64ozYes
Vessel MiiR Wide Mouth

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Stainless Steal120 ozNo
Yeti Rambler 26 oz

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Stainless Steel1326ozNo
Zojirushi SM-SA60RW

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Stainless Steel2412-20ozNo
BEST WATER BOTTLE WITHOUT A STRAW - Yeti Rambler 26 oz

BEST WATER BOTTLE WITHOUT A STRAW - Yeti Rambler 26 oz

The Yeti Rambler may not have a straw but it has what they call a Chug Cap. It allows water to funnel evenly without coming out too fast and ending up all over you. It is also dish washer friendly which makes all our lives easier.

More Tips

  • If you plan to sip while exercising, you’ll probably want a model with an easy-open mechanism that you can operate with one hand.
  • Those who carry their bag should consider a water bottle with a clip or loop to attach it to their bag but only if the golf bag doesn’t have a designated cooler or water bottle holder.
  • The benefit of a larger water bottle is that you don’t have to refill it as often. The downside is it will be heavier than most standard-sized water bottles.
  • Glass bottles are not recommended because they shatter easily.
  • Whatever you use your water bottle for, make sure you check the specs so that it fits your bag, cup holder, etc.
  • Drinking plenty of water is good for you. It helps with kidney function, makes your skin look healthy and helps maintain healthy bowel function.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect water bottle to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Water bottles are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating water bottles include Durability, Performance (hot and cold), Drinkability, and Portability.

BEST WATER BOTTLE 2022 - RESULTS

 ProductDurabilityPerformance (Hot + Cold)DrinkabilityPortabilityTotal
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

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3rd3rd2nd12th93.5
Yeti Rambler 26 oz

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1st1st11th12th93
Contigo Ashland

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20th6th1st1st93
Coleman AUTOSEAL

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3rd6th8th5th93
Corkcicle Classic Sports

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7th3rd6th11th92.5
RTIC Water Bottle

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7th1st11th5th92
Orca Hydra

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1st6th10th21st91.5
Ello Cooper 32 oz

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5th6th6th20th91.5
Vessel MiiR Wide Mouth

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10th6th11th4th91
Takeya Originals

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7th16th8th5th91
Taketau 32 oz

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10th14th2nd12th91
Iron Flask Wide Mouth

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16th6th2nd12th91
Hydrapeak Flow

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16th6th2nd12th91
Tempercraft 22oz

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10th6th11th5th90.5
Simple Modern Wave Accent

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16th14th11th1st90.5
Zojirushi SM-SA60RW

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16th16th11th1st90
Thermoflask Amazon Basics

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10th3rd11th12th90
Stanley Go Bottle 24 oz

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5th16th11th12th89.5
Mira

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10th16th11th5th89.5
Hydro Cell

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10th16th11th5th89.5
Polar Bottle 20 oz

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21st21st21st12th74.5

EXPERT TIP - Extra Features

Some water bottles have extra features . For example, some bottles have built-in fruit infusers that allows you to integrate fresh fruit with your beverage.

What Do I Need to Know About the Best Golf Water Bottles?

Q. Do I need an insulated water bottle?

A. Depending on where you live, or your personal preference for that matter, determines if you need an insulated water bottle. An insulated water bottle will keep your cold drinks cool and your hot drinks warm.

Q. Is my water bottle dishwasher safe?

A. Most are dishwasher safe but always check the specifications from the manufacturer before throwing it in the dishwasher.

Q. How much water should I drink a day?

A. It’s recommended that men should drink about 125 ounces a day and women around 90, according to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Q. Should I get a water bottle with a wide or narrow mouth?

A. Whether you prefer a wide or narrow mouth comes down to personal preference. Wide-mouth bottles fill faster and the water comes out faster, too. Occasionally, it might come out too fast, causing you to spill it while you’re drinking.

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