Best Hiking Water Bottles of 2021

It seems the water bottle section of any sporting good chain has grown over the years. Where there used to be one or two standard options there are now several companies jockeying for your hard earned dollar with enhanced water bottles complete with wide mouth lids, insulated designs, and other bells and whistles. However, let’s face it, without testing all your options it can be hard to tell which one deserves your wallet’s attention. The following list compiles the five best water bottles on the market in 2021. These top water bottles are well suited for a variety of outdoor activities, and are compared against each other in areas such as ease of use, value, and weight. The list includes popular water bottles from Yeti, Hydroflask, and Nalgene, as well as two dark horse favorites.

Best Water Bottles

Brand Water Bottle Category Price Average Rating
Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Best Water Bottle Overall $34.95* 4.7/5.0 Stars Learn More
Nalgene Wide Mouth Wide Mouth Best Value Water Bottle $11.95* 4.5/5.0 Learn More
Yeti Rambler 26 Most Rugged Water Bottle $39.95* 4.5/5.0 Stars Learn More
Soma Soma V2 Most Stylish Water Bottle $30* 3.7/5.0 Stars Learn More
Platypus Duolock SoftBottley Best Collapsible Water Bottle $8.95* 3.0/5.0 Stars Learn More

Best Overall Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth

Price: $34.95 | Volume: 24oz | Weight:12.9oz
4.75 out of 5.0 Stars
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The most versatile water bottle on the market and our choice for best overall water bottle of 2021, the Hydro Flask Standard Mouth water bottle can hold cold or warm beverages and performs exceptionally well in almost all environments. The bottle’s sleek but durable design allows users to easily hold on to the bottle, but also makes it one of the best hiking water bottles and best backpacking water bottles of 2021. Vacuum sealed water bottles do normally carry a rather heavy price tag, and the Hydro Flask Standard Mouth is no exception. However, it clocks in at five dollars cheaper than its closest competitor: the Yeti Rambler 26. The biggest problem associated with the Hydro Flask Standard Mouth and the only thing keeping it from a perfect five star rating is the mouth itself. The narrow design makes filling it with ice or enjoying a piping hot beverage quite tricky.

While the Hydro Flask Standard Mouth does pose some inconveniences when trying to fill the bottle with ice or when enjoying hot beverages, the water bottle is the clear front runner of the pack. The Hydro Flask Standard Mouth is cheaper and lighter than its closest competitor, and more durable than most water bottles on the market.

Best Value Water Bottle

Nalgene Wide Mouth 

Price: $11.95 | Volume: 34oz | Weight: 6.4oz
4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
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A time-honored classic, the Nalgene Wide Mouth water bottle excels in terms of value, ease of use, and weight. The Nalgene Wide Mouth’s price tag is its most attractive feature. Listed at just under twelve dollars, the water bottle could be purchased three times over before reaching a price tag similar to the one attached to water bottles from competitors like Yeti and Hydroflask. However, the Nalgene Wide Mouth isn’t the most durable. Made out of hardened plastic, the Nalgene Wide Mouth can be taken around town or the trail, but will most likely crack or start to leak well before the Hydro Flask Standard Mouth even dents.

For individuals looking for an outdoor water bottle to accompany them on standard hikes and the occasional backpacking trip, the Nalgene Wide Mouth is one of the best water bottles on the market. Though, user’s who frequently pursue more rugged outdoor experiences should look to invest in one of the market’s stainless steel options.

Most Rugged Water Bottle

Yeti Rambler 26

Price: $39.95 | Volume: 26oz | Weight: 18.5oz
4.5 out of 5 Stars
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Yeti, Yeti, Yeti. The company’s name and products seem to be everywhere these days, but how well do their products actually perform. Well, it turns out pretty darn good. The Yeti Rambler 26 is the clear favorite for most rugged water bottle of 2021. This signature Yeti water bottle is crafted out of kitchen grade stainless steel to protect against damaging cracks and punctures. The Yeti Rambler 26 also features a double-wall vacuum sealed insulation system that guarantees hot and cold beverages retain their temperature all day long.

Yeti crafted their Rambler 26 with sportsman and outdoor adventures in mind, but it can also be efficiently carried by anyone on their commute around town. However, the Rambler’s weight slows it down a bit compared to its competitors. The bottle weighs a whopping 18.5oz when it is empty. So, individuals planning to carry the Yeti Rambler 26 around with them everyday can go ahead and cancel their gym membership.

Most Stylish Water Bottle

Soma V2

Price: $30 | Volume: 17oz | Weight: 10oz
3.75 out of 5 Stars
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The Soma V2 is the perfect water bottle for any user looking to bring style to their daily hydration routine. Soma’s V2 water bottle is best suited to be brought with you to the office or on your errands around town. The water bottle is constructed out of shatter-resistant glass, features a easily gripped silicone sleeve, and comes standard with a stylish bamboo cap. The water bottle comes in a series of pastel colors including blush and eggplant.

Though the Soma V2 exceeds in terms of style, weight, and ease of use, the water bottle falls short of its competitors in terms of durability, and value. Being a glass water bottle, the Soma V2 already is at a disadvantage, but its $30 price tag also hinders its ability to be competitive. While this price tag is lower than offerings from Yeti and Hydro Flask, the Soma V2 simply doesn’t hold up against the continued stainless-steel durability those water bottles provide.

Best Collapsible Water Bottle

Platypus Duolock SoftBottle

Price: $8.95 | Volume: 34oz | Weight: 1.6oz
3.0 out of 5.0 Stars 
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While a collapsible water bottle will never provide the durability a stainless-steel model can offer, the Platypus Duolock SoftBottle still brings a lot to the table. The bottle’s best attributes are its value, weight, and convenience. At only $8.95, this offering from Platypus will surely never break the bank. The bottle also includes a revolutionary lid design and a carabiner hook that will make hikers and climbers fight over what it is best suited for. The Duolock Softbottle’s 1.6oz empty weight also makes it one of the most lightweight water bottles on the market.

The Platypus Duolock SoftBottle’s downfalls relate to the maintenance and overall tendency for flavors to cling to the bottle’s soft plastic design. Being a collapsible water bottle, the Duolock SoftBottle requires a rather strenuous cleaning process. Flavorful liquids like sports drinks or hydration powders are also prone to linger after several refills.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Bottles

Is Yeti better than Hydro Flask?

Both companies produce popular water bottles that are constantly the best rated water bottles on the market. The Hydro Flask Standard Mouth water bottle took home our “best overall water bottle” award and is one of the best hiking water bottles. However, the Yeti Rambler 26 received recognition as the “most rugged water bottle” of 2021. Both companies offer the best stainless water bottles and the best insulated water bottles.

What is the healthiest water bottle to use?

Any water bottle that keeps you committed to a healthy hydration routine is a great option. There are no additional health benefits attached to a $40 water bottle that are not attached to an $8 option. Giving your water bottle a good clean after using it for smoothies, coffee, and other non-water liquids is a good way to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Water bottle reviews normally cover how easy a water bottle is to clean.

Is it better to drink from glass or stainless steel?

While both glass and stainless steel are completely safe to drink from, glass water bottles offer a pure taste that cannot be replicated. Good water bottle brands offer competitive options made out of both materials.

Is it okay to drink bottled water left overnight?

Drinking water that was left out overnight in your water bottle is not unsafe. However, drinking water that has been left in a bottle for a week or longer or water that has been left out in an uncovered container can be dangerous. Refrigerating your bottle overnight is a great way to prevent any issues.