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Healthiest Water Bottle For Consumers

Updated on May 23, 2016
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If you're a consumer trying to slowly replace various products with healthier and more eco-friendly products, I understand the difficulty in finding unbiased and credible information. I would like to help you by presenting my choices and reasons to those choices. I hope you will find this information valuable in making a decision and encourage you to switch over from disposable water bottles to a reusable bottle. By making the switch, you aid in reducing toxic waste-products, but also improve your own health. A win-win situation.

This article will be dedicated to the healthiest water bottles for consumers. If you're looking for the healthiest water bottle, odds are you know the importance of drinking water and other various drinks such as teas on a daily basis for optimal health, but simply aren't sure what material makes the safest water bottle. Take the following suggestions into consideration when choosing the material of your new water bottle. In no means do you have to buy the recommended products. These products are simple suggestions.

First Pick: Stainless Steel

My favorite pick are stainless steel water bottles for consumers. Stainless steel water bottles are fairly-lightweight, are much stronger and durable than glass water bottles, and are chemically inert, which means they won't leach any chemicals in any significant away. I would not worry about heavy metals leaching in stainless steel bottles, especially since water bottles are made of food-grade stainless steel. Stainless steel bottles make a good choice for outdoor adventurers because they can be used for various purposes such as water sterilization over an open flame (make sure to use an uncoated bottle, including paint).

Stainless steel bottles are also great at retaining the temperature of the liquid, meaning hot liquids stay warm longer and cold liquids stay cool longer. Stainless steel water bottles are also fairly inexpensive, but more expensive than reusable plastic bottles that can leach potentially carcinogenic chemicals into liquids. Stainless steel can hold any liquid you desire. I often use my bottle to hold hibiscus tea, which is quite acidic. You can find a good stainless steel bottle in the twenty to thirty dollar price range. Your bottle should last you for years with proper-care; making stainless steel an excellent investment.

Second Pick: Titanium

Titanium is the new kid on the block, and is often touted as being better than stainless steel. Titanium has a similar strength to stainless steel, and is more durable than glass as well. Titanium water bottles are more corrosion resistant than stainless steel and slightly lighter, but are both chemically inert in practical terms. Titanium bottles and other titanium products are often marketed towards outdoor explorers for their lightness and ability to be used over fire for various functions such as water sterilization; however, stainless steel can also preform these functions with only a slight increase in weight.

Titanium may have a few advantages over stainless steel, but is found at a much higher price point, which is why it's my second choice. Be prepared to pay up to one-hundred-dollars for one titanium water bottle. Compare that to a stainless steel bottle that cost twenty to thirty dollars, and the winner seems clear. If money is no obstacle to you, then a titanium water bottle may be a slightly better choice over a stainless steel bottle, but for the average consumer, titanium isn't worth the extra cost. Titanium is new and edgy, but may become more commonplace in the near future when manufacturing improves.

Third Pick: Glass (borosilicate)

My third and final pick for best water bottle material is glass, more specially borosilicate glass, which is stronger and more resistant to temperature changes than soda-lime glass. Glass water bottles are definitely less durable than stainless steel or titanium, but are transparent and allow one to see the contents, which may be important to some consumers. So, if you have an expensive flowering tea you need to show off to your friends, then consider getting a glass water bottle, or perhaps a glass bottle just for special occasions.

Glass water bottles may be the most inert material, but not inert to the point of having a significance difference health-wise. I see no practical reason to why a consumer would choose a glass water bottle over stainless steel or titanium. Glass bottles may look pretty, but will break easily compared to metals that will simply dent. Even though borosilicate glass is stronger and more temperature resistant than soda-lime glass, sudden a change in temperature may cause the bottle to explode into a small fragments, which is unsafe (especially around children and pets). You cannot use a glass bottle to boil water.

Avoid Aluminum & Plastic Bottles

Aluminum and plastic bottles are far more common than stainless steel, titanium, or glass bottles, but may increase disease risk through leaching. If you can't find a hard-anodized aluminum bottle, you should skip using aluminum. Aluminum will react to a much greater degree than stainless steel with liquids, especially hot or acidic liquids, and will leach aluminum ions into the liquid. The dangers of aluminum are controversial, but why take any risk when there are better choices on the market for consumers?

Plastic bottles are an obvious choice to avoid when shopping. Plastic water bottles are probably safe if you choose to only use water, but if you plan to use any other liquids, I would recommend skipping plastic. Plastics are known to leach endocrine disrupting chemicals when exposed to heat and acidity. Plastics bottles have the potential to melt when hot liquids are introduced, which may cause serious burns and hospitalization. Plastic is cheap and plentiful, but I would recommend saving up for a good water bottle that will last you for years.

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