The Science Behind Choosing The Right Insulated Bottle


1. What is the water bottle going to be primarily used for?

     Is your water bottle a workout buddy, a daily accessory, a travel companion, or a reminder to hydrate and move throughout the work day? Depending on how your sustainable water bottle will be replacing your use of plastic bottles you may want to consider these uses.

     If you plan on transporting the bottle you want to look for lid or handle features that make the bottle easy to swoop up with a single finger or two for convenience when your hands are full. If you will be running errands with your bottle, look for a bottle with a 3” or less diameter as this will accommodate over 80% of the car cup holders on the roads today.

     It is also important to decide what is more important, how the bottle looks, or how the bottle handles dings, drops, and scratches over time. If you will be hiking, tossing the bottle, camping, biking, or dropping the bottle often you will want to look for a bottle with a powder coating as this surface is nearly impossible to scratch.

     If you would like more vivid colors and artistic designs and will be using the bottle primarily at home, or transporting it with you in a purse, backpack, or gym bag then you have a wider range of coating options.


2. What will you be drinking out of the water bottle?

     Identifying what you will be drinking out of the bottle is a big help in determining size, shape, lid type and how easy the bottle is to clean.

Primarily Ice Water – Your options are endless! From big to small, pink to yellow, water is the most user friendly beverage as it requires no advanced cleaning techniques and is not lid-restrictive.  

Primarily Hot beverages Tea or Coffee – this user tends to stick to sizes from 12oz to 18oz (350ml to 500ml) and generally prefers lids with a flow-control design that ensures hot beverage doesn’t come rushing into your mouth. Straw lids are not advised and screw top lids are generally not preferred for these reasons. Additionally, if you prefer to have milk or cream with your coffee make sure that your bottle has ample room for getting a cleaning brush into the bottle so you can completely access all the nooks and crannies.

Smoothies, Milkshakes, Mixed Drinks – The suggestions for this class of drinks is in consideration of one aspect: ease of cleaning.  This drinks are the most difficult to clean because the dairy (or dairy substitute), the sugars, and the organic ingredients are all highly decomposable and odor causing so you want to be sure that the bottle openings allow access to all parts of the bottle.  If you enjoy this class of drinks regularly, it is best to avoid unique shapes and go with the symmetrical cylindrical bottles.


3. What type of coating is best for you?

     This comes down to personal preference but below are a couple practical reasons why you may choose one coating over another.

Powder Coating – The most durable coating on the market, this baked on coating will not scratch or chip easily. Ideal for outdoors, hiking, camping, and any situations where the bottle will be roughed up.  It is important to note that powder coating has a rougher texture to it, similar to a fine sandpaper, while this can help grip in some settings, some consumers do not prefer this rough of a coating on their bottle.  

Rubber Coating – a quickly growing trend in the fitness space is the popularity of rubber coated bottles due to the fact that it is actually gets easier to grip when sweaty! Flexible enough to provide colors from matte to metallic based, it is easy to see why rubber coatings are seeing a surge in popularity.  Be aware that while rubber coatings offer a fun feel, and great gripping properties they are more susceptible to scratches and chips.


4. What size bottle is right for me?

     A common question from customers is, ‘How do I know which size bottle to get? Here are some important considerations that will help you determine which size is best for you.

     For hot beverages, coffee, tea, etc., customers prefer sizes between 12oz and 18oz  (350ml – 500ml) or up to 24oz (750ml) if you are using your insulated bottle to transport the hot beverage.  

     Another important consideration is if you prefer the bottle to fit in your car cup holder. While there is no set standard for car cup holder sizes, 3 inches (~7.5cm) is a good measure that will accommodate 80% of car cup holders.  If you are looking for a larger capacity bottle, 24 oz and above, and still want the bottle to fit in your car cup holder consider a bottle with a unique shape, such as this 24 oz thermos, or consider a cup holder extension.

     Finally, consider your ideal weight limit as insulated water bottles full of water and ice can tend to get heavy.  For example, a 32 oz (1 liter) bottle full of water weighs on average 4 pounds.


5. What am I going to drink out of my bottle?

     Whether it’s a veggie smoothie, fun coffee mixes, or a refreshing margarita, what you drink out of the bottle will determine everything from what type of lid you should use, what shape of bottle is best, and how big the bottle should be.  

     Thicker beverages, sugary drinks, fruit and veggie smoothies, soda, and powdered drinks are ideal for the benefits of insulated bottles but also the most difficult class of beverages to clean.  Stick with symmetrical shapes, and wide openings that can fit a cleaning brush set, a must-have if you are going to drink this class of beverage from your insulated water bottle

     If you are going to enjoy hot beverages, consider the type of lid, and go with a design that has some sort of flow control design such as this 16 oz Coffee Tumbler .