The 8 Best Water Bottles for Kids

Eco-friendly, functional water bottles to keep your kids hydrated

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First Look

Best Overall: Contigo AutoSeal Stainless at Amazon

"Playground proof while keeping their drink cold for hours."

Best Budget: Reduce WaterWeek at Amazon

"Super-adorable and BPA free."

Best Insulated: Rehydrate Pro at Amazon

"Keeps water icy cold for 24 solid hours."

Best Leakproof: CONTIGO Gizmo at Amazon

"Stops leaks even when it’s open and laying on its side."

Best Stainless: Camelback Eddy at Amazon

"Famously effective at keeping water cold while being easy to clean."

Best Design: Thermos Funtainer at Amazon

"Your child can personalize their water bottle."

Best for Teens: Hydro Flask at Amazon

"Double insulated water bottle with a wide-mouth top."

Best Glass: LifeFactory at Amazon

"Great if you're trying to cut back on plastics."

It’s important for kids to drink water to maintain adequate hydration and reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Adequate hydration is also linked to improved cognitive function, alertness, and short-term memory. Since kids are always on the go, water bottles make it easy for them to stay hydrated. But, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose one. Keep reading for our top picks, plus what to consider when choosing a water bottle. 

Here are the eight best water bottles for your kiddos.

Best Overall: Contigo AutoSeal Stainless

Contigo AutoSeal Stainless

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There’s a fine line between a leaky water bottle and one that seals so tightly that your kid can’t get to their water without help. And finding one that avoids both scenarios can feel like detective’s work! The Contigo AutoSeal Stainless water bottle checks all the boxes you’re looking for in a water bottle for your little one. It features an easy-to-access straw that seals tightly with little effort, a stainless finish that keeps water cold for hours, and an unbreakable outer layer that can withstand playground abuse. 

This water bottle is pretty large at 24 ounces, so it may be best for bigger kids (our recommendation is 8+), but it’s insulated to keep water cold throughout the school day and well into after-school sports practice. The stainless version comes with a top that’s available in five fun colors.

Best Budget: Reduce WaterWeek

Reduce WaterWeek bottles are on the smaller side, so they're perfect for little hands. These BPA-free, sturdy plastic water bottles come in a pack of five with a convenient fridge tray and a tight-fitting screw-on top. Simply fill each one with water and pop the tray in the fridge and your kiddo is all set with fresh water for the school week. And with a cute new design each day, they’ll be begging for water in no time! 

These bottles fit perfectly in backpack side pockets and lunchboxes and at only 10 ounces, these dishwasher-safe water bottles are a great size for quick trips or younger kids.

Best Insulated: Rehydrate Pro

Rehydrate Pro Double Wall Vacuum Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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If you’ve got a kid who likes their water super cold, the Rehydrate Pro copper-insulated stainless steel water bottle is a great choice. This water bottle keeps water ice cold for 24 solid hours without condensation, so your kids won’t have to worry about pulling out soggy homework and art projects. The outer layer of the bottle isn’t slippery, making it easier for kids to handle without dropping. The Rehydrate Pro comes in a variety of painted stainless colors and designs, so your kids should be able to find one that suits them just right.

Best Leakproof: CONTIGO Gizmo

The CONTIGO Gizmo is built with kids in mind. This colorful bottle is designed to be leakproof even when it’s open and laying on its side. There’s a handy spout cover that keeps germs and foreign objects out of your kids’ water, and the plastic is all BPA and phthalate-free. Finally, a convenient carry loop allows kids to hang onto their water bottle with one finger or attach it to a backpack or clip. 

Take a peek at our article on the best backpacks for kids.

Best Stainless: Camelback Eddy

If you’re looking for an alternative to plastic, check out the Camelback Eddy. This 12-ounce bottle comes fitted with Camelback’s trademark bite spout that’s famously effective and easy to clean at the same time. An added bonus: The stainless finish keeps your kid’s water colder, longer. It’s available in a number of kid-friendly designs, so your child is sure to find one that suits their style.

Best Design: Thermos Funtainer

If you’re on the hunt for a water bottle for your little Elsa devotee or Paw Patrol fan, then the Thermos Funtainer is a great choice for your kid. There are nearly 30 different characters to choose from, so your child can find their favorite. And if you’d like to stick with a more neutral design, there are plenty of solid colors to choose from too, or designs like rainbows and stars.

The 12-ounce size makes these a great choice for the younger set, and a double-insulated inner and outer layer keeps beverages cold all day long, no matter how hot it gets at the park.

Read our roundup of the best lunchboxes for kids.

Best for Teens: Hydro Flask

With a logo that’s already super recognizable among high schoolers, this sleek, powder-coated water bottle comes in an array of great colors and it’s sized just right for everyday use. Teens will love the wide-mouth top that’s easy to open and doesn’t restrict liquids the way some kid water bottles tend to. 

The Hydro Flask is double insulated to keep hot beverages hot and cold ones cold, for longer than just about any other water bottle out there. Innovative design elements like a honeycomb pattern at the lid and double-wall insulation inside the bottle work together to help this water bottle go the distance.

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Best Glass: LifeFactory

If you’re over plastic but stainless steel isn’t really your speed either, consider opting for a glass water bottle. We love this one from LifeFactory. At 12 ounces, it’s sized just right for the younger set, while still providing enough hydration to get through the day. The food-grade silicone sleeve fits snugly over the BPA-free glass bottle to prevent breakage, and it’s available in a variety of attractive colors.

A screw-on top is great at preventing leaks while an integrated handle makes it a snap to take off. If you'd prefer a different top, LifeFactory brilliantly sells several different lid options, each of which is interchangeable with any of their water bottle sizes. Options include a flip cap, a straw top, and a press and go top.

Final Verdict

The Contigo AutoSeal Stainless water bottle (view at Amazon) is the best for older kids, while the Contigo Leak-Proof Gizmo (view at Amazon) takes first place for toddlers and elementary-age kids. If you’re looking to ditch plastic, go for the Camelback Eddy (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in a Water Bottle for Kids

Size

Teenagers need more water than younger kids, especially if they play sports, so a larger water bottle around 24 ounces or more will better suit their needs. A 12-ounce water bottle should be adequate for younger kids.

Use

Water bottles vary from wide mouth to spouts to straws. Consider the primary reason why your child will be using the water bottle when purchasing. Water bottles with spouts are preferable for kids playing sports because they can swig water without spilling it everywhere. Spouts and straws work well for younger kids too, who are apt to end up with a soaking wet shirt if they drink out of a wide mouth bottle. For kids who want to add ice or fruit to their water, a wide mouth bottle will make it easier. Plus, wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean.

Material

To keep water cold for several hours, choose a stainless steel, insulated water bottle. Otherwise, it’s personal preference. Most plastic water bottles are BPA-free nowadays but check to be sure. The downside of plastic is that it will not keep water cold for as long as an insulated bottle, but the plus side is that plastic water bottles aren’t as heavy as stainless steel, so they are lighter to carry around.

FAQs

How much water should my child drink per day?

Water recommendations vary by age. Children under the age of one only need 4 to 8 ounces per day. Children ages 1 to 3 need about 4 cups of beverages each day, primarily water and milk and limiting juice.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, boys and girls ages 4 to 8 years old need 7 cups per day, girls ages 9 to 13 need 9 cups per day, boys ages 9-13 need 10 cups per day, girls ages 14-18 need 10 cups per day, and boys ages 14-18 need 14 cups per day. Keep in mind this includes total water intake from water, other beverages, and food like fruits and vegetables, so actual cups of water could be a little less.

Do kids need a water bottle for school?

Each school will have its own policy surrounding what kids can bring to school, but the CDC encourages schools to allow children to bring a water bottle to school to help them stay hydrated. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandated that schools that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide free drinking water for students where meals are served. If you want to make sure your child drinks enough water while at school, sending a water bottle with them is a smart idea.

What Experts Say

“Pop-up insulated containers are ideal for travel or school, keeping beverages cold and the drinking surface clean and undercover and snapped shut via a dome or pop-up lid. Choose one with a straw that doesn’t have a valve for easier cleaning. Ideally, the straw should not be rectangular or require bite-and-sip motor patterns. Biting and then drinking is not a typical pattern for children learning to drink, so speech pathologists generally discourage these types of water bottles. Containers that have a screw-off lid, allowing the child to drink directly from the vessel, should have a wide opening to ensure that kids don’t stick their tongue inside the narrow necks of some bottles. There have been instances where kids sucked water quickly and with enough force to cause the tongue to stick inside the neck of the bottle, causing serious injury.”—Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

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Lainey Younkin, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian and toddler mom who believes in evidence-based recommendations for your kids. She researched recommendations from the CDC and consulted a speech-language pathologist and feeding specialist for the most up-to-date, research-backed guidelines on hydration and the most appropriate water bottles for children. She would recommend any of these water bottles to her patients, friends, or family.

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