The cooler-looking and more user-friendly the kids water bottle, the more water a child will actually drink. They fill it up, they drink. Simple as that. Gone are the days of bottled or pouched water from the supermarket; filtered water is readily available from your kitchen sink, at airports, and at many schools. But, what water bottle is the best? Like your own personal favorite, there's no shortage of options claiming to be the best water bottles for kids. Yet, some leak, others are a pain to clean, and still others crack the minute they hit the playground pavement.
The best kids water bottles (and what your child will use) should be easy to open and close and sized just right for their hands. There are thermos-like insulated kids' water bottles, which keep drinks cold longer, and plastic water bottles, which are lighter and simpler for them to handle. Some can be paired with a slew of different lid types, depending on your child's sipping or gulping preference. More importantly, whatever bottle you choose has to be as leak-proof as possible, because you don't need the drama of a soaked backpack. With so many great kids water bottles available, you'll soon forget what it was like to badger your child to drink and more time chaperoning them in public bathrooms.
The Best Water Bottles for Kids 2021
Leakproof and easily sippable by small hands and tiny mouths, this bottle is also dishwasher-safe and durable, and it comes in a bunch of fun kid-friendly graphics. But really, this company makes us nostalgic for our own youth.
A tiny version of your favorite personal bottle, the 12-ounce Wide Mouth features the same double-wall, vacuum-insulated features of the full-size options. Its dishwasher-safe package includes a straw lid for kids. Take note, the lid is not considered leakproof and shouldn't be used with hot liquids.
There's a lot to love about the Thermos Funtainer. It holds 12 ounces, keeps a drink cold for as many as 12 hours, and it's also made of stainless steel for use after use after use. But who's kidding whom? It's got Batman on the front, and your kid is into Batman, so buy this mug already.
The signature CamelPak Big Bite Valve is probably the best feature here, allowing a kid to bite down on the straw to get the water, an easy-to-use mechanism that helps eliminate spills. Every part of this bottle is dishwasher-friendly and easy to (dis)assemble. The integrated loop handle makes it easy for kids to carry this bottle everywhere.
No surprise that Yeti wins the water bottle wars. Not only is the lid absolutely hardy. Not only is the construction absolutely crack-proof. But the magic is in the details. Like the straw cap, which has a wide toggle hook that keeps it in place when your kid is drinking but then secures it back down when she's done. So there are no spills. Ever.
It's made from food-grade stainless steel and has a double-wall design to keep drinks cold. The exterior has a powder coating so it won't fall out of kids' hands. Best of all is the lid, which pops up when kids are ready to gulp down some aqua, and then goes back down when they're done. The clip is a nice touch for backpack attachments.
The large lid, about 1.75 inches in diameter, is wide enough to fit ice cubes and the cap is narrow enough for kids to drink from without making a mess. The electropolished interior is guaranteed not to absorb or impart any unpleasant flavors, and the stainless steel is thick enough to last a lifetime. It can keep iced drinks cold for up to 100 hours and warm drinks hot for 30. The only issue is the straw, which can be hard for little hands to pull up or push down.
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