8 Best Stainless Steel Water Bottles For Kids

These bottles are sure to make a splash in the back-to-school swag.

August 11, 2017
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A reusable water bottle is on your kid’s back-to-school shopping list—and picking a plastic-free one is just as important as staying hydrated.

First off, plastic is terrible for the planet. The material is made from nonrenewable materials and is very slow to degrade, so it clogs landfills, leaches chemicals into soil, and kills animals that accidentally ingest it. Plus, a 2016 report from the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish.

And it’s not just the health of the planet that’s a concern—plastic may not be the healthiest option for your child. Some plastics contain harmful chemicals like BPA, a hormone disruptor linked to cancer, heart disease, brain and nervous system abnormalities, diabetes, and more. It can be difficult to tell whether a plastic product is safe, so why risk it?

Related: 11 Best Glass Food Storage Containers That’ll Keep Your Lunch Fresh All Day

Stainless steel to the rescue. Stainless steel water bottles provide all the convenience and durability of plastic, minus the sketchy chemicals and environmental impact. (It’s one of our four recommended non-toxic alternatives to Teflon cookware) Plus, many companies are now making bottles with colors and patterns geared toward kids and teens. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Klean Kanteen Kid Kanteen Classic Sport

Made for the active child, this bottle comes with a food-grade silicone sport cap so she can stay hydrated between classes or at sports practice. And it’s durable enough to handle getting tossed onto the sidelines or banged around in a backpack. (Here are the best back-to-school backpacks for your kid and the planet.)

Buy now: $15, amazon.com

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Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Straw Bottle

Not only does a push-button lid make it easy to take a sip of water, but the canteen’s technology can keep drinks cold for up to 10 hours. It also prevents bacteria from building up inside. (To make sure your drinking water is safe from toxic contaminants, check out our guide to the best water filters.)

Buy now: $17, amazon.com

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Contigo Thermalock Stainless Steel Kids Water Bottle

This pick is full of kid-proof features: A leak-proof lid makes sure nothing spills out, and the top stays tethered to the bottle so it doesn’t get lost. (One of our editors is obsessed with Contigo’s high-performing coffee travel mug, so we feel especially good about this one.)

Buy now: $12, amazon.com

Related: 7 Healthy School Lunches That Chefs Make For Their Own Kids

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Kid Basix Safe Sporter Stainless Steel Water Bottle For Kids

A soft coaster on the outside of this option makes it easy for little hands to get a good grip. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe, which is easier for you!

Buy now: $16, amazon.com

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Pura Stainless Steel Bottle With Silicone Straw And Sleeve

Talk about the true antithesis to a plastic water bottle—this will last you forever. It transitions from a sippy cup to a sports drink container, and can even hold snacks.

Buy now: $21, amazon.com

Related: 17 Ways To Produce Less Trash And Waste Less Money

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S’ip By S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This bottle’s slightly larger size makes it a good option for bigger kids, and it doesn’t sweat—which means no soggy homework. The fun donut pattern is a definite cool-kid win, too.

Buy now: $25, amazon.com

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Marvel Grid Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This superhero-inspired sipper is perfect for kids who are committed to saving the planet—by going green.

Buy now: $15, amazon.com

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Crocodile Creek Stainless Steel Drinking Water Bottle

Staying hydrated on-the-go is simple with this cup—it has an easy-to-open lid and pop-up spout.

Buy now: $17, amazon.com

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