Of all the things that should always be in your bag, car or backpack, a good water bottle is on the top of the list. After all, from the classroom to soccer practice, your kids go hard and need lots of hydration. With so many options out there, it’s important to find the best water bottles for kids, and with that, we mean the leak-proof kind! We looked everywhere and came up with 20 of the best picks. See them all below.
Welly Bottle Traveler
The sleek design of the Welly Bottle traveler means both you and your tween might feel cool sporting it while out and about. The handle makes for easy handling, plus it's got a removable infuser you can use to add a little flavor to your kids' water. It's double-walled, with vacuum insulation and the bamboo bottom gives it an eco-feel you don't see many places.
Available at wellybottle.com, $35.
Custom Nalgene Bottle
One of the original water bottles is now customizable. Choose from 19 bottle colors, 18 cap color combo options, and then add graphics to the sides of the bottle! You can even upload your own images to be transferred. The customized water bottle will be shipped out in 10-14 days.
Available at custom.nalgene.com, $20.
Frozen 2 with S'well
The limited-edition Frozen 2 Sip by S'well and regular S'well bottles are still available. Each one features graphics from the new movie, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Christof and more. Sizes range from 9 oz. to 25 oz. and each bottle is composed of BPA-free, double-walled, insulated 18/8 stainless steel and will keep water cold for up to 24 hours.
Available at swell.com, $14.99 and up.
The M5 from Mizu
The 17oz M5 slimmer version of the popular M8. It's a single-wall, stainless steel bottle, with 14 different colors to choose from. You can also choose a color for the twist cap. It's small enough to stash in backpacks or in car seat cup holders, but it's large enough to carry enough H20 to get the kids through the day.
Available at amazon.com, $20.46.
This new stainless steel thermos is perfect for any unicorn-obsessed kid in your house. Choose between three pastel-hued colors (pink, blue and lavender) and two sizes (12oz and 17oz). It's lightweight, but keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and hot for 12.
Available at amazon.com, $10.99.
Snug Flask for Kids
This insulated water bottle from snug keeps drinks hot or cold until lunchtime! There's a push-button lid and the 120z container is perfect for school days. Choose between five different patterns,
Available at amazon.com, $13.50.
Available in 10 oz. (perfect for lunch bags), 18 oz. or 32 oz. sizes, Purist water bottles are made for families on-the-go. The bottles are designed so they resist unwanted tastes, meaning you can use the bottles for soups, coffee and water without any residual, unwanted stains or taste. Leak-proof and with an unbreakable interior glass finish and double-wall vacuum insulated, these bottles are a win-win for families.
Available at puristcollective.com starting at $40.
Reduce Kids Hydro-Pro
Sized just right, the hydro-pro is 14 oz., leak-proof, sweat-proof, has an opening big enough to add ice and comes in an array of bright colors.
Available at reduceeveryday.com, $12.99.
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Hydaway Space Saver
Your favorite collapsible water bottle just got even better! This genius bottle from HYDAWAY packs down small enough to fit in any pocket which means you'll never be without a refillable water bottle again. When expanded, the 18-or 28-ounce HYDAWAY fits in most vehicle cup holders and backpack water bottle pockets. It comes in an array of cute colors and the most recent improvements include a new lid and accessory options; a flip-up handle; an improved ergonomic spout with higher flow rates and a carbon filter disc that helps remove bad tastes and odors from any water.
Available at hydawaybottle.com, $25-$35
Aquasana Water Bottle
This 25 oz. stainless steel water bottle from Aquasana comes in four vibrant colors, will keep water cool for up to 24 hours, is sweat proof and has a lifetime warranty. And, the price is totally on point.
Available at aquasana.com, $19.99.
reduce WaterWeek Kids Reusable Water Bottle Set
Meal plan like a boss with this five-pack of kids reusable water bottles. Choose from four different design sets, then top off with water and pack in the handy fridge tray for easy access. Bottles are BPA, Phthalate, and Lead-free, are dishwasher safe and an inexpensive way to teach kids the importance of reusing bottles!
Available at amazon.com, $16.99.
Zulu Torque Kids Water Bottle
The Zulu Torque Kids Water Bottle (with flip straw) is a 12 oz. bottle, and it’s about as tough as they come. It’s BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free plastic in a silicone sleeve for max impact protection so bottle flipping won’t bring it down. Four different colors.
Available at amazon.com, $9.99.
Gululu Interactive Water Bottle
For the kid who needs a nudge to stay hydrated, check out this interactive water bottle from Gululu! It’s definitely a splurge, but reviews show that this bottle is great for kids who typically flat-out refuse to drink water, have health needs that mandate that they stay well-hydrated, or are really resisting potty training. Gululu personalizes and sets water consumption goals for your child, and then reinforces these goals via progress through an adventure with a digital pet. It connects to WiFi through your smartphone, and you can even set up "School Mode" or "Bedtime" in the app to make the bottle distraction-free.
Available at amazon.com, $129.
Ion8 Leak-Proof BPA Free Water Bottle
This 100% leak-proof, BPA-free water bottle comes in four sizes (and four fun colors!) and opens with the touch of a single finger. Its scratch-resistant, soft feel is easy for little hands to grip, and a tough carrying strap will withstand bumps and bruises in your child's backpack. Dishwasher safe, the bottle keeps drinks hot or cold, and its hard shell keeps the pouring spout germ-free. Available at amazon.com, $12.99.
Eco Vessel Flip Spout
The crew at Eco Vessel promise to make hydration fun with this reusable 13-ounce stainless steel bottle featuring a flip spout and no tilt drinking—convenient whether kids are playing sports, snuggled up in front of the TV, or plowing through a pile of library books. Super lightweight, this bottle is easy to carry and fits in most lunchboxes. Kids love the cute, colorful designs (Foxes! Ladybugs! Rocketships!) that make this a favorite and it’s now available with interchangeable tops.
Available at ecovessel.com, $13.45.
POW SQUEAK from Zoli
This 10oz stainless steel water bottle is perfect for little hands. It has a flip-top to keep the straw clean and the powder-coated finish provides extra grip. It fits in a standard size cup holder, and it's BPA, Phthalate, & lead free.
Available at zoli-inc.com, $22
Kids Collection from Liberty Bottleworks
We’re smitten with the adorable graphics and bold colors in the Kids Collection from Liberty Bottleworks, where every purchase contributes to environmental sustainability and economic revitalization! Choose from creatures like the Alicorn, monkey, dinosaur, bumble bee, jellyfish or hedgehog, all printed with a finish that is baked on with the safest BPA-free, food-grade coating. Available in a 16-ounce size with a sports cap.
Available at libertybottles.com, $21.
Pop-Up Sipper from Thermos
The folks at Thermos have been around long enough to build the perfect kids’ water bottle, and here it is: for children 18 months and older, this one’s made with durable, BPA-free double-wall stainless steel and features an easy-to-open, hygienic push button lid with a pop-up straw. The contoured body is easy to grip so your little ones can stay hydrated while at home or on the go--and it keeps liquids cold for up to 10 hours, so you arguably can’t say “no” when the troops ask to swim alllllll day long.
Available at amazon.com, $16.94.
We love Contigo, and this sleek model is one of the reasons why. Available in bright orange or blue, its patented auto-seal lid is 100% leak- and spill-proof. It’s BPA-free and you can even wash it in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Available at amazon.com, $11.99.
Kleen Kanteen Classic Sippy
Small and lightweight, this durable 12 oz. bottle with a soft silicone spout is the natural progression from a sippy configuration. It fits into just about any cup holder, stroller or car seat, and its large-mouth design fits ice cubes and makes cleaning simple. Go with the leak-proof Loop Cap option to prevent spills in lunchboxes or backpacks—or upgrade to the Sport Cap for older toddlers. Baby bottles can even transition to snack canisters with the use of any of Klean Kanteen’s wide caps!
Available at amazon.com, $17.95.
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Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.
— Katie Brown, Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier
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