2021 WATER BOTTLE BUYER’S GUIDE

Wherever you may be in the world, there’s one item that you always need to survive and that’s a water bottle.

I know you may think we have lost the plot at MyGolfSpy by testing water bottles but what if I told you 480 billion plastic water bottles were sold in 2019 according to BioPlastics.com? That’s nearly one million bottles sold every minute.

As the environmentally conscious among us try to rely less on single-use plastics, the water bottle industry is booming. Not just in golf but the same bottle is being used for your morning coffee, lunch drink and even at dinner.

So we had to test them to provide you with the best water bottle information in 2021.

Whether you’re looking to buy a Water Bottle today, some buying advice to get started or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right bottle to fit your needs.

Winner: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

If you want the best water bottle, look no further than the Hydro Flask Wide Mouth. It may just seem like any other water bottle but it performed well in all categories. It has a robust design making it one of the best water bottles for durability. The Hydro Flask comes with a straw to regulate the amount of water you get, ensuring you don’t get a face full of water when tipping it. The flask comes with a carry loop. These are just a couple of reasons why Hydro Flask was crowned Most Wanted Water Bottle of 2021.

  • 2nd in durability
  • 3rd in performance
  • 2nd in drinkability
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 Water Bottle – Features That Matter

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.

Performance (Hot and Cold)

What’s the point of an insulated water bottle if it doesn’t keep your drink cold on those hot days or warm on the winter nights? Luckily for you, 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 one of your main priorities, check out the RTIC Water Bottle and Yeti Rambler 26 oz.

Drinkability

Depending on your personal preference, the water bottles tested had either a straw or a wider spout for drinking. We found the straw was better as it is a controlled amount of water intake. We found that 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 were the Contigo Ashland and 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 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductMaterialColorsSizesStraw Option
Contigo Ashland

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Stainless Steel924ozYes
Corkcicle Classic Sports

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Stainless Steel2312-25ozYes
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
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
Yeti Rambler 26 oz

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Stainless Steel1326ozNo
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.
  • A larger water bottle is beneficial as you do not have to refill it as often. The downside is the water bottle will be heavier than most standard-sized water bottles.
  • 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 your health. It helps with your kidney function, makes your skin look healthy and helps maintain healthy bowel function.
  • If you tend to carry your bag during your round, you should consider a water bottle with a clip system to attach to your bag.

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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 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductDurabilityPerformance (Hot + Cold)DrinkabilityPortabilityTotal
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

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3rd3rd2nd10th93.5
Yeti Rambler 26 oz

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1st2nd6th14th93
Corkcicle Classic Sports

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4th3rd6th8th92.5
Contigo Ashland

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7th14th1st1st92.5
RTIC Water Bottle

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4th1st14th3rd92
Orca Hydra

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1st3rd8th16th91.5
Hydrapeak Flow

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11th3rd3rd14th91
Iron Flask Wide Mouth

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7th14th3rd10th91
Taketau 32 oz

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11th8th3rd10th91
Takeya Originals

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4th8th10th3rd91
Simple Modern Wave Ascent

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14th14th8th1st90.5
Tempercraft 22oz

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7th8th10th3rd90.5
Thermoflask Amazon Basics

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11th3rd10th8th90
Hydro Cell

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7th8th15th3rd89.5
Mira

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7th8th10th10th89.5
Polar Bottle 20 oz

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16th16th16th3rd74.5

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 Water Bottles?

Q. Is my water bottle dishwasher safe?

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

Q. Do I need an insulated water bottle?

A. Depending on where you live, or preference for that mater, will determine if you need an insulated water bottle. An insulated water bottle will keep your cold drinks cool and your hot drinks warm. If you were to take a chilled water bottle on a hike or run on a hot day, an insulated variety would keep your H2O cool.

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.