Water is essential. We need to stay hydrated at all times to stay healthy and comfortable. This is easy if a source is always within reach but not if we are traveling around or staying in a remote place. Glass water bottles can help us stay on top of our hydration for a while until we reach a refill station. The question is: what kind of bottle is best to use for drinking? These come in different materials which each having their own pros and cons. The right pick will depend on your personal priorities. Let’s look at the most common types of bottles below:
This is perhaps the most ubiquitous of them all. Plastic bottles can be found in almost every store because of two things: they are cheap and they are convenient to use. Companies can easily churn out countless pieces thanks to the affordable materials and highly developed manufacturing processes. Plastics are also tough and lightweight which are great for their portability. On the down side, they may contain toxic chemicals that can mix in with water. If users drink the contaminated liquid regularly, then they may develop serious illness like cancer further down the road. Opt for plastics that are certified as BPA-free for safety.
The potential for developing major illness is not really something that you want to think about if you are drinking from a bottle. Fortunately, there are good alternatives such as metal containers. Stainless steel is particularly common since the material is relatively affordable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and recyclable. Although these bottles cost more than plastics, they tend to last longer and there is no need to worry about mountains of waste at the end of their service life. They will not leak dangerous chemicals when exposed to heat and some even heat up their drinks directly above fire in camping situations. Food grade stainless steel can usually be found with an 18/8 rating which stands for 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
Finally, we have glass water bottles which are the best when it comes to taste. The container will not affect the liquid in any way so drinking from them provides a great experience. The material is translucent so it is easy to check the volume in one glance. Users can quickly get a refill before the water runs out. It is also a safe option so there is no need to worry about toxic chemicals. On the other hand, glass is heavier than its competitors so portability can be compromised. The cost is also higher and the durability is not as good as the other two. Still, if you prize taste and safety then this is a good option.