Functional, beautiful and sustainable—this selection of water bottles will keep you hydrated all summer
They’ve always been common enough to be overlooked, but water bottles today have undergone a metamorphosis—and how! Given that they become permanent companions in scorching summer months, that can only be a good thing. On the one hand, you have high-functioning bottles that are perfect for the gym and easy to carry around when you hit the trail. And at the other end of the spectrum are well-designed water carriers that are statement-making summer accessories, whether you’re at work or simply at home. Whatever your inclination, we bring you some great picks for the season. Because it’s good to have something pretty to look at, even in the most utilitarian of things, isn’t it?
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MATERIAL: Terracotta (with a shisham wood stopper)
Apart from the fact that it makes tradition look cool, terracotta is eco-friendly, believed to preserve minerals in the water and keeps water cool on hot summer days.
MATERIAL: Glass (with a wooden stopper)
Glass maintains the temperature of water, is free from contaminants, doesn’t leach chemicals, is easy to clean—and looks pretty.
MATERIAL: Copper (and seasoned wood)
Copper as a mineral is essential to human health because it has anti-microbial, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Good enough even for the most fickle health nut.
MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is safe, eco-friendly, unbreakable, a great germ detractor (if washed regularly) and has that incomparable steely, slick look.
MATERIAL: Glass bottle with protective silicone sleeve
This is a “high borosilicate crystal clear glass bottle” that is 100 per cent chemical free. It keeps the fluids fresh, the environment safe and comes wrapped in an anti-hot and anti-slip silicone cover. It’s an entirely Indian brand that’s designed in Australia. How’s that for some international style?
FUNCTION: For the outdoors
MATERIAL: Stainless steel Isothermal
If you are the kind who absolutely has to have your dose of outdoor fun come rain or shine, take this hiking mug along; it maintains constant temperature, is easy to carry around, and has a wide mouth which makes it easy to drink the water straight up. And here’s a hint—the fuller the mug, the longer the drink remains cool (or hot).
FUNCTION: For the Gym
MATERIAL: 100 % PCTG Plastic
Here’s another great choice for hikers. PCTG plastic is stronger and more resistant to chemicals, and its BPA-free. The bottle has a detachable inner straw and it fits in your hands like a glove, giving you a great grip.
MATERIAL: Stainless steel infusion unit
Fruit juices are a given in the summer heat, and this fruit infuser is just what the doctor ordered. Take it with you wherever you go and keep yourself hydrated through the day.
MATERIAL: Stainless steel with coated finish
A quick fix if you’re not in the mood to lug around a bigger bottle. This shiny black FDA-approved, BPA-free bottle is small and perfectly sized to take around. It comes in various shades too.