Whether it’s for hiking, cycling, exercising or for personal use at work, a stainless steel water bottle can keep you hydrated in style. They’re great alternatives to disposable plastic bottles because they are reusable, eco-friendly, good for our body and the environment.
We’re responsible for what’s happening to our environment and right now, it’s not looking good for us. Tons of plastic waste is piling up in our landfills and floating in bodies of water. While some plastics like water bottles are recyclable, only a small percentage end up in recycling plants. It’s important for us to at least reduce our reliance and use of disposable plastic bottles as much as we can. And using reusable water bottles is a good start.
If you have decided to reduce your plastic waste and start using reusable water bottle but don’t know which one is right for you, here’s some guidelines on how to choose the perfect water bottle to meet your hydration needs:
Double-Walled Vacuum Insulation
Stainless steel bottles with double-walled vacuum insulation technology are very ideal for people who love their drinks hot or cold up to the last drop. They’re also great if you have an active lifestyle and enjoy the outdoors like hiking and camping.
Double-walled vacuum insulation technology is pretty impressive because it keeps your beverages hot or cold for a longer period of time. It prevents heat transfer and even condensation on the outer surface.
Made from food-grade stainless steel
When buying a reusable water bottle, always choose food-grade stainless steel because it’s safe to use. Not all stainless steel are created equal and there are different ratings so it’s better to check and read the labels. Food-grade stainless steel bottles are rust-proof and durable.
Wide mouth opening
Stainless steel water bottles come in either narrow or wide mouth openings. There’s really no clear advantages and disadvantages to both so it depends entirely on your preferences. However, wide mouthed bottles are super easy to use and clean. It is even easier to reach the bottom part if there are stains, residues and gunk. It will also minimize the surface where bacteria can hide. Still, even a stainless steel bottle with a narrow opening can be cleaned using a bottle brush.
Stainless steel water bottles are available in a wide range of capacity. Depending on your preference and hydration needs, you can choose among 234 ml, 340 ml and 500 ml. You may also find variants that have larger capacities because some brands encourage sharing. Example is Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic Bottle in 1900 ml. It can even keep the contents hot for 20 hrs and iced up to 100 hours.
If you are going to ask why coatings, it is because stainless steel bottles that have coatings can help prevent dents, chips and scratches. Stainless steel bottles with coatings can withstand extreme conditions. Apart from that, they add beauty and elegance. However, these bottles are not dishwasher-safe because it can damage the coating.
While not really an important feature, there are stainless steel water bottles that have detachable bottoms. This type of water bottle is easy to clean. Most residue build up at the bottom of the bottle so removing the bottom part can let you reach and clean nasties effortlessly.
Looking After Your Stainless Steel Bottles
Here are some tips on how to look after your stainless steel water bottle:
Read care instructions.
- Some stainless steel bottles are not dishwasher-safe.
- Never put it inside the freezer or oven. Doing so can cause irreparable damage to your water bottle.
- At the end of each day, do not forget to take your stainless steel water bottle home with you and clean it. This can maintain its beauty and prevent bacteria build up.
- Replace damaged, loose or deteriorated accessories such as lids, cap, gaskets and seals. This can reduce the water bottle’s efficacy to retain temperature.
- If metallic taste is present especially for new bottles, soak and wash with warm soapy water.
- Use diluted vinegar or baking soda to remove unwanted odor.
- Use a cleaning bottle brush to reach and scrub dirt and residue from the inside and bottom of your bottle.
- Use a sponge to clean lids, caps and other accessories.
- Never use abrasive cleaning agents that will ruin the outside coatings of your stainless steel bottle.
- Battle scars and dents are okay. Generally, coated stainless steel water bottles have protection against impact and accidental bumps.