[dropcap]U[/dropcap]sing a reusable water bottle is a great way to stay hydrated -- and we love that it's way more eco-friendly than using single-use plastic water bottles. Sure, there are stainless steel options out there, and while those are fantastic options for outdoor activities, glass water bottles are great for all sorts of beverages. Plus, they're BPA-free, and often come with silicone sleeves that keep your hands dry and your grip sturdy. For nearly indestructible bottles, find one made of borosilicate glass, which has the same high-quality durability as lab beakers. Of course, the silicone sleeve helps to prevent cracks or breaking as well, and most glass bottles are dishwasher-safe. Glass has some other benefits, too. It won't stain or retain odors over time, so you'll never get that weird smell from these that you can get from other reusable water bottles.
Another bonus: they also come in all kinds of styles. Bring one with a handle on your next commute, or try one with a straw for your next infused beverage or iced tea. We think they're sleeker and more aesthetically-pleasing than other water bottles, oftentimes making them great to give to teachers, friends, and family as a summertime gift. Here's our favorites below:
1. The Best Option With a Built-In Straw
This Tronco glass tumbler has a straw lid and is made from some excellent and sturdy materials. The silicone straw makes for easy sipping, the glass base holds 20 ounces of liquid, and the wooden top is attractive and eco-friendly. It comes in a number of colors, and even has a one-year warranty: they'll replace this bottle if it breaks within the first year.
2. The Best Glass Bottle for the Gym
These large glass bottles can hold 42 ounces of water, have silicone sleeves, a straw, and are completely leak-proof. This would be the best pick for the gym, and it comes in a number of different colors. The wide mouth will fit ice or fruit inside of it, and you could even use it for your pre-workout drinks as well.
3. The Best Bottle for Travel or Commuting
This wide-mouth water bottle works super well if you want to add ice cubes or fruit to your water. We think it's the perfect pick for commuting because of the sturdy silicone handle -- and it's slim enough to stick in the side of your backpack. It comes in a bunch of different colors on Amazon, and even the cap is dishwasher-safe, as long as you wash it on the top rack.
4. The Best Option With a One-Handed Opening
The flip top on this water bottle makes it really convenient to drink from with one hand, so if you're at the gym or in the car you don't need to unscrew a lid to get your hydration fix. The lid and sleeve are made from food-grade silicone, and the whole thing is dishwasher-safe.
5. Our Pick for A Sleek, Giftable Option
This trendy water bottle is a beautiful option to give as a gift -- it is sturdy, has appealing clean lines, and comes in a variety of colors like sage green or dusty pink. The sleeve is removable, and all pieces are dishwasher-safe. One reviewer writes: "Beautiful product. I wanted something small and compact that I could carry around with me to work. It takes up very little room and really motivates me to drink water."
This piece was published in 2021 and has been updated by Alida Nugent.