The best sports bottle…
In many ways, finding the right water bottle for you can be tough. What suits you will depend entirely on where, when and how you’ll be using it.
And it’s especially difficult to find a good 1-litre sports bottle.
A while back, the BPA (Bisphenol A) found in plastic bottles and lunchboxes was found to be leaching harmful molecules that have been implicated in disorders such as heart disease, diabetes, sterility, and developmental issues in children.
So we are only recommending BPA-free, reusable water bottles.
Here are our favourite five:
Contigo only make their 1-litre bottle in green, but colour aside, it’s a handy, slimline size and easy to tote around. It’s both spill-proof and leak-proof with a fancy autoseal lid which you can press to sip.
You can get a range of Contigo bottle in Elverys stores.
The Swiss company Sigg has been making lightweight, recycled-aluminum bottles for 100 years.
An eco liner does not taint the taste of your drink and is BPA-free and toxin-free.
We loved this 1-litre sports bottle, but this particular model is a bit on the bulky side, so if you plan to carry it around, check out the Sigg sport 1-litre bottles which are slimmer.
You can purchase bottles at Sigg .
Punc 750ml (an Irish alternative)
They don’t do a one-litre size, but if you want to buy Irish you can’t go wrong with these great metal bottles from Punc.
Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into your hand, the 750ml bottle is slimline and easy to carry around. The smaller bottles have interchangeable lids/spouts to cover every situation. And they are suitable for hot or cold drinks, with a double-walled vacuum designed to keep your hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours.
Visit Punc for a list of stockists.
If you find toting a bulky reusable water bottle a hassle (especially when empty), then maybe you need a foldable bottle like the Vapur bottle. This California-based company has invented what they call the ‘anti-bottle’.
It’s a reusable water bottle that can stand up when either empty or full, but be rolled, folded or flattened when empty. It also comes with a 12 month guarantee. The portable Anti-Bottle can be easily tucked away, conveniently fitting into pockets, purses and bags, so if space is an issue, this bottle is for you.
Buy online from Vapur.
The Liquapod, 475 ml (another Irish alternative)
You can buy Irish and support Irish International development organisation Progressio if you buy the Liquapod.
Lightweight and foldable, the Liquapod holds 475ml of water, handy for all situations.
And if you order between now and Christmas (before the 16th to ensure delivery before Christmas), the price is only €6 excluding delivery.
Visit Progressio for more details.