To bottle your own water, you need a water filter, but you also need a bottle. The bottle options are staggering. You can find entire isles of just different bottles: glass, stainless steel, plastic, insulated, with flavor chambers, disposable, collapsible. This list can leave you wondering which one is the best for you. To help make the decision a little easier, we lay out our top picks:
To us, glass is boss in this category. It is far and above the best way to store both food and liquids for a few reasons. Glass offers “purity of taste” meaning it doesn’t impart any flavors into the water or whatever liquid you have in the bottle. Glass also offers peace of mind. Many plastic, and some metal, vessels contain bisphenol A, (BPA) a chemical the FDA began warning against in 2010. Glass is chemical free, made from natural materials, and dishwasher safe. When buying a glass bottle, there are a few things to look for. Has it been tested for lead and cadmium content? Make it sure it has been tested and has neither – it’s that simple.
There are also different types of glass. Borosilicate is the top of the line. Think Pyrex. This stuff can withstand high and low temps without shattering and is lighter and less prone to break. Soda lime glass or traditional glass are great options that are less expensive, but don’t offer the shatter resistance or temperature tolerance of borosilicate.
Stainless steel bottles
Stainless steel bottles are typically made from “culinary-grade” stainless steel and come in a wide variety of sizes and some different colors. In our opinion, stainless steel bottles are the second best option (to glass) and the best option if you can’t have a glass for reasons of safety. There are no known safety issues associated with using stainless steel, assuming your stainless is indeed stainless and lead free. Look for testing there. Some people think stainless bottles make water taste metallic, and stainless steel bottles will heat up in the summer temperatures. Finally, some stainless bottles actually have plastic liners inside. Look for options with plain old culinary grade stainless steel.
Aluminum bottles look like stainless steel, but they are very different. Aluminum is reactive with acidic liquids so aluminum bottles have to be lined with an enamel or epoxy that can wear away over time, and BPA is often a main ingredient used in epoxy. Like stainless steel, aluminum will also dent if you drop it, and it is not dishwasher safe.
Plastic bottles come in a wide variety from disposable to reusable, and if you can, you should avoid them all. Plastic bottles frequently contain BPA, which has been linked to cancer in lab tests. Although some companies have stopped using BPA in production of plastic bottles, plastic is not a natural substance and chemicals can still leach into your water.
Plastic disposable water bottles
Inexpensive disposable water bottles are made of plastic #1 or PET. Some people try to wash these bottles out and reuse them, but bottles made out of #1 are not reusable. Bottles made of #1 are not durable enough to withstand use, cleaning and reuse without losing their integrity. Cracks can form in these bottles and bacteria can easily grow. This is especially true if the bottle is stored in a warm area like a garage or a car.
Why not get your office staff to change to Glass Water Bottles as a healthy option?