By Bryce GruberUpdated Feb 27, 2023
Who knew that back-to-school and camp lists entail so many decisions? If you've come face-to-face with shelves upon shelves of reusable water bottles, you're probably stumped over which are the best kids water bottles. We're here to help you find the perfect one.
Stumped between metal and plastic? Plastic is lighter but metal will keep water colder, if that's important to your kid. It's also regarded as potentially safer. See what your kid is more comfortable with. It's important to choose one that kids can operate independently; a flip top with a straw is easier for a preschooler while an older kid may prefer a screw-on lid.
Be sure to also test it out for yourself and see how easy it is to wash. Water bottles can contain a surprising amount of bacteria (yuck!) and experts advise you to wash and dry them thoroughly after every use.
Finally, you'll want something that's durable and leakproof. Look for a bottle that has easily replaceable parts (straws, lids, etc.); some companies even offer a lifetime warranty!
Here are the best water bottles for kids in 2023.
This wide-mouth Miir bottle is a cinch to clean. Kids love the soft edges and fun designs. It's an easy-to-carry water bottle for toddlers that's easy on the eyes and the wallet.
These cult-favorite Hydro Flask bottles come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes and sip styles. They're as durable as can be and promise smooth drinking all year round. They keep drinks color for hours, if not days. Pro tip: get a bright color that's easy to spot in a backpack or on a bus seat.
Little ones can't get enough of these adorably printed kids water bottles from Thermos. They offer top-notch insulation that promises cool, refreshing water all day long—even during the dog days of summer. These Thermos Funtainer picks are an affordable choice that comes with a flip straw and plenty of colors to choose from.
Cute characters, bright colors, stainless steel and excellent prices? Yes, please! Sign us up for all. These Skip Hop water bottles for kids are a perennial favorite and hit all the right notes. The narrow, flexible straw makes it easy for kids of all ages to hydrate.
Want to impress the big kids? Buy them a Yeti Rambler Jr.—one of the best water bottles for kids, teens and adults alike. These things are virtually indestructible. Plus, they're easy to clean, hold and admire. Insulated stainless steel makes these timeless.
Bright colors and prints adorn these stainless steel Kleen Kanteen sippers. They're lightweight and easy to carry for the youngest kids, and make eye-catching accessories to consider matching with their toddler bike helmets and other summer gear.
Their drinks will stay ice cold for up to two days in this impressive Grosche Lil' Chill kids water bottle. We love the bright colors and easy-to-clean design. It's impossible to lose something this bold, and if they do, it's affordable enough to replace.
Best for bigger kids, these Sip by S'well water bottles for kids back a heartier 15-ounces into every bottle. They're lightweight, easy to carry and offer fun prints.
The thicker spout-style straw top on this Camelbak water bottle makes it a perfect transition piece for toddlers outgrowing their sippy cups. It's lightweight and packs neatly in a backpack or lunch bag. No hand washing is necessary—all the parts are dishwasher safe.
Sturdy, reliable and affordable—those are the best words to describe Contigo water bottles. Kids love the lightweight designs and ergonomic carrying. Parents love how easy they are to clean. Did we mention these are dishwasher-safe? They are!
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