Alternatives to the traditional drinking bottle:
Cup with screw cap:
You're probably familiar with those cups that come with a tight screw top and a small drinking hole. Usually made of plastic or stainless steel. Ideal for Coffee on road.
Foldable water bags:
A space-saving miracle! When empty, they take up almost no space. Fill it up and you have a practical hydration solution that is especially great when hiking.
Single-use plastic bottles:
Not exactly environmentally friendly, but they are available everywhere. Good for a quick thirst, but please recycle afterwards!
Hydration systems for backpacks:
Very popular, especially for long tours or cycling. A water reservoir in backpack, from which you can drink through a tube. Clever!
How are drinking bottles tested?
Water bottle tests focus on different aspects. Of course it's all about tightness - no one wants a leaking bottle in their bag! The material is also crucial: Is it BPA-free? Then the handling: Is the bottle easy to open and close? What about the insulation? And don't forget: the taste. Some bottles can give the water a plastic-like or metallic taste.
Where were drinking bottles tested?
- Öko-Test (June 2020): Plastic bottles in particular were tested for harmful substances. Rating: Many bottles scored “very good”.
- Outdoor Magazine (May 2019): The focus here was on drinking bottles for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Review: There were some clear recommendations and also a few disappointments.
Most well-known manufacturers and brands:
Bestsellers among drinking bottles:
The bestsellers are always changing, but brands like Hydro Flask, Nalgene and CamelBak are often at the top of the list. The insulated stainless steel bottles are particularly popular with consumers.
Where can you buy drinking bottles?
You have numerous options online, including:
- specialized online shops such as drinkpure.de or trink Kolben24.com
- Sport shops like Decathlon or Intersport
- Large stores like Real or Metro
- homeware stores
Why buy a drinking bottle at all?
Honestly? We live in turbulent times. Between work, sport and leisure, people constantly need fluids. And instead of constantly buying disposable bottles (which are harmful to the environment and expensive), a reusable drinking bottle is a real life saver. Not to forget: it promotes the healthy habit of drinking regularly!
What should you know about drinking bottles?
- Material: There's a lot, from tried-and-tested stainless steel to BPA-free plastic to stylish glass. Every material has its advantages and disadvantages, but it should be BPA-free!
- Cleaning: It's hard to believe, but not every bottle is dishwasher safe. If you don't feel like washing by hand, you should look twice.
- Tightness: Nobody wants a puddle in their backpack. So you should have a tight lid on it.
- Insulation: Should the coffee stay hot and the water cold? Then it must be an isolated variant.