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The 11 Best Water Bottles for Cycling

Water-Bottles

Staying hydrated is crucial when you hit the road or the trail on your bike, especially if you are riding hard in the summer heat.

The best water bottles for cycling allow you to focus on riding secure in the knowledge you have water on hand when you need it.

By taking the time to choose the most effective bottle for your purposes, you can sidestep bottles that impart nasty plastic tastes and say no to water bottles with leaky valves or awkward mouthpieces.

Now, picking a bike water bottle might seem like one of the easiest decisions you’ll encounter as a cyclist. Nevertheless, you can maximize your chances of choosing the right one if you bear the following pointers in mind:

  • Capacity: The majority of water bottles designed for cycling have a capacity falling somewhere between 20oz and 26oz. Bottles in this size range will fit into most standard bottle cages. If you only ride short distances – commuting to work on a city bike, for instance – you could easily get away with a smaller water bottle with less capacity.
  • Shape: The water bottle you choose should fit snugly in the bottle cage on your bike without making any noise or rattling around. Look for one with the indent situated quite low down on the bottle to achieve this.
  • Insulation: If you intend to ride in hostile weather conditions, whether hot or cold, you might want to consider a water bottle with double-walled insulation. This style of bottle will prevent your water from freezing when the temperature plunges below freezing and will also ensure the water stays cooler for longer when the weather is hot. The drawback of water bottles with double-walled insulation are heavier and more difficult to squeeze. If you don’t require extreme insulation, opt for single-walled bottles made from lightweight plastic for a more user-friendly experience that won’t weigh you down.
  • Type of valve: Most water bottles for cycling come with one of two valve types, a push-pull valve, or a squirt valve. The former is a soft rubber valve you can open and close using your teeth. With the latter, simply squeeze the bottle, and this forces water from the valve.
  • Ease of squeezing: A good water bottle for your bike should be flexible enough that you can squeeze it gently and get a decent gulp of water as you pedal.
  • Flow rate: Make sure any water bottles on your shortlist have a strong flow rate allowing you to drink more easily.
  • Texture: Water bottles with a textured outer will ensure the bottle doesn’t slip out of wet or sweaty hands.
  • Nozzle: Some water bottles come with lockable nozzles. Ensure the nozzle has a tight closure to minimize leaks whatever the terrain. Nozzle caps are especially useful if you take your mountain bike off-road.
  • Neck width: A wide bottle neck gives you more space if you want to add energy powders to your water. This type of bottle is also easier to clean and to refill.

With that framework in place, you should be ready to explore our reviews of the leading water bottles for cycling.


The 11 Best Water Bottles for Cycling

1. Our Pick: CamelBak Insulated Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: 100% polyamide
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.6 x 3 inches

CamelBak has a deep bench of water bottles for cycling, including this model from the Podium line.

The key selling point with this water bottle is the double-walled insulation. This ensures that the plastic keeps your water cooler for longer, even on demanding and lengthy rides.

A universal fit means this bottle will fit snugly in most conventional bottle cages, ensuring that you stay hydrated without the bottle weighing you down.

Despite packing such efficient insulation, the bottle is quite lightweight at 0.22 pounds.

The standard 20oz capacity is designed to cater for most purposes. If you frequently head out on very long rides, you may want to explore some of the more substantial water bottles we review below.

A self-sealing cap should help to keep dirt and debris from working its way inside the bottle while you ride.

Although this is our favorite water bottle from today’s showcase, the primary drawback of the Podium line concerns squeezability. Despite the manufacturer’s claim, this bottle makes it quite tough to access water, so think closely about your intended usage.

Overall, this bottle made from BPA-free plastic is easy to clean and long-lasting, in addition to being compatible with most cages, but does it make the right choice for you?

Things We Like

  • Free of BPA
  • Simple to keep clean
  • Compatible with most bottle cages

Things We Dislike

  • Quite tricky to squeeze

2. FIDLOCK Twist Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.1 x 4.2 inches

FIDLOCK’s innovative twist-and-lock water bottle for cycling is a design-driven model ideal for those with more fluid budgets. Fortunately, this is not an example of form over function.

The sleek and ergonomic bottle has a 20oz-capacity, ideal for road bikers and mountain bikers who cycle reasonably close to home. You can choose between this smoke gray finish or a transparent alternative.

Ease of use is uppermost with this bottle. The wide opening makes your life easier when you want to refill or clean the FIDLOCK.  Unlike many competing water bottles, this one couldn’t be much easier to squeeze, allowing you to stay hydrated without necessarily dismounting from your bike.

The main benefit of this water bottle is the combined magnetic and mechanical closure. The bottle comes with an integrated locking system which lets you snap it into place on the frame of your bike with a loud click. When you need a drink, just twist the bottle in a clockwise direction and gently squeeze. For anyone tired of grappling with

Although the overall build of this bottle is impressive, the notable weak point comes in the form of the fragile and brittle plastic lock pin. Handle this with care to avoid premature lifespan issues.

Things We Like

  • Highly effective closure system
  • Easy to use and simple to squeeze
  • Clicks seamlessly into place

Things We Dislike

  • Cheap plastic lock pin

3. Spurcycle Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 22oz
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 3.3 x 2.8 inches

If you want a budget water bottle for cycling with a vibrant graphic design, Spurcycle offers a choice of three plastic models in red, yellow, and green. The yellow bottle is designed to look like a bottle of mustard, while the red resembles a ketchup bottle, and the green looks like a bottle of relish. While this brand is most famous for its bicycle bells, these water bottles continue the winning tradition.

The designs are printed onto the bottles, giving you much more durability than stickers.

The plastic bottle features a coating designed to prevent any aftertaste being imparted to your water. The treatment should also help to discourage stains, giving you hassle-free maintenance – see our FAQs below for advice on cleaning your water bottle.

A generous 22oz-capacity gives you enough water to last you an hour or so of cycling. If this doesn’t give you quite enough latitude, we review some larger bottles below.

Although this water bottle is leakproof when it’s closed, you might find some water leaks out when you hold the bottle at certain angles.

The plastic construction is free of BPA and other known contaminants liable to leach into your water, allowing you to buy with complete confidence. Choose one of these water bottles to make a statement as you ride and to stay fully hydrated all the way to the finish line.

Things We Like

  • Fun designs
  • Completely leakproof when closed
  • Stain-resistant coating

Things We Dislike

  • Leaks at some angles

4. CamelBak Insulated Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 4.3 x 4.2 inches

Next in line is another insulated water bottle from the CamelBak Podium line, this time from the Dirt series. If this black bottle doesn’t suit your tastes, choose from a white or bright green alternative.

As the name implies, this bottle makes a smart bet for mountain bikers who often go off-road. The bottle features a robust dirt cap to stop any debris from the trail from getting into your water supply. The last thing you want is a mouthful of mud after a steep hill climb.

Insulation is impressive with double walls to the plastic build keeping your liquid chilled for longer as you ride off-road.

The neat sealing cap is designed to enhance the flow rate, making it easier for you to drink out of the bottle while cutting back on leaks and spills.

You will find the bottle slots snugly into the majority of standard bottle cages, so you’ll have no nagging concerns about compatibility.

Not only is this water bottle super-simple to use, but it’s also just as easy to keep clean. You can disassemble all parts of the bottle so you can rinse and dry them thoroughly, keeping mold and dirt at bay and staying hydrated all day.

Things We Like

  • Double-walled insulation
  • Fits snugly in most bottle cages
  • Convenient nozzle cover

Things We Dislike

  • Some complaints about customer care

5. Elite Fly Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 18oz
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches

This small but well-engineered bottle from Elite is also one of the cheapest water bottles for bikes you’ll find that doesn’t include BPA in the build or let you down on the performance front.

This bottle is finished in a matte black, but you can choose from eight other options if you want more color.

Some riders might find the capacity of this bottle is not quite sufficient for their needs. At 18oz, it’s one of the smaller bottles we review today and works best for city riders and commuters rather than for those heading off on lengthy rides.

Although the bottle feels rugged and long-lasting, the plastic is easy to squeeze when you’re thirsty and need water.

The cap of the bottle is designed to prevent road debris from penetrating and contaminating your water supply.

The bottles are not designated as dishwasher friendly, but they are easy enough to keep clean. Just use some mild dish soap and warm water, make sure you dry the bottle thoroughly, and you’re good to go.

For anyone who is hunting for a cost-effective water bottle for their bike, this is arguably the finest option out there in budget territory. If you need a bottle with more capacity, this brand also offers a 25oz model that’s also very keenly priced.

Things We Like

  • Wide variety of colorways
  • BPA-free construction
  • Impressive price/performance ratio

Things We Dislike

  • Minimal capacity so not ideal for longer rides

6. Polar Bottle Breakaway Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.2 x 3.4 inches

This offering from the impressive Polar Bottle line is one of many water bottles designed to help you keep hydrated while riding your bike.

Of the multiple configurations available, this is the two-pack featuring bottles with the standard 20oz-capacity ideal for most casual cyclists. Those who often undertake longer rides may prefer the 24oz or 30oz-alternatives, although these are correspondingly heavier and costlier.

This bottle is made of plastic finished in black, but you can also pick from one of six alternative colors. The bottles feature muted designs in the same color as the bottle for a sleek and subtle look.

Made from a lightweight plastic with single walls, you might find the bottle fails to keep your water cold enough if you ride longer distances when it’s hot and sunny.

The flow rate of the bottle is commendable, and you won’t struggle to access water when you need it.

Aside from a few reported customer service issues, there is not much to knock about this water bottle from cycling, and you can pick one up for much less than you might imagine. The main drawback with this bottle is its popularity – you may often find the manufacturer has completely sold out, so act quickly and grab yourself a high-performing bargain.

Things We Like

  • Great choice of color and capacity
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Efficient flow rate

Things We Dislike

  • Quality control concerns raised

7. CamelBak Podium Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches

Yet another water bottle from the mighty CamelBak line next with this iteration of the Breakaway Wave series.

Ideal for use with most conventional bottle cages, you get a choice of sizes, including this regular 20oz-bottle. As you’ll see from the rest of the water bottles we review today, this capacity is the sweet spot for most casual cyclists who don’t ride huge distances but need enough water for an hour or so on the bike.

Made of a lightweight polypropylene that’s free of BPA and other known contaminants, your water bottle won’t weigh you down, and it won’t allow any toxins to leach into your water either.

The cap of the bottle seals automatically, minimizing the amount of fiddling around you need to do.

If forced to isolate a disadvantage to this bottle, this comes in the form of the mouthpiece which is slightly too big in our opinion. Do your due diligence and give this bottle a swerve if that mouthpiece puts you off.

When you have finished your ride, snap the two parts of the bottle apart. You can then choose between washing the bottle by hand or safely popping it into the dishwasher for stress-free maintenance.

Things We Like

  • Self-sealing cap
  • Suitable for most bottle cages
  • BPA-free plastic build

Things We Dislike

  • Mouthpiece is too big

8. Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 24oz
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 2.8 inches

As we edge to the end of our collection of the best water bottles for cycling, we have another outstanding Polar Bottle for your consideration. How does this model shape up, then?

The first thing that stands out is the 24oz-capacity, giving you more space inside for water than the regular 20oz-bottles provide. You can also choose from larger or smaller bottles to suit.

The main draw here comes with the triple-layered insulation, guaranteeing to keep your water fresh and cold during longer rides. Combine this with the oversized capacity and you have one of the most striking performers in this crowded market segment.

Not only is this bottle easy to use and long-lasting, but it’s a cinch to clean, too. Take the components apart and handwash the bottle. Alternatively, pop it in the dishwasher with no safety concerns.

The sports cap should prevent dirt from working its way inside as you ride your favorite trail. You also benefit from an integrated handle on the cap, a nice extra missing on most of the opposition.

The plastic construction contains no BPA and no PVC. Designed and sourced in Colorado in the United States, you can buy with complete confidence from this award-winning collection of bicycle water bottles.

Things We Like

  • Generous capacity
  • Cap equipped with handle
  • Super-simple to clean

Things We Dislike

  • Quality control issues

9. PRO BIKE TOOL Insulated Water Bottle

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Features

  • Material: Plastic and silicone
  • Capacity: 24oz
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 3.9 x 4.1 inches

PRO BIKE TOOL might not be the first brand that springs to mind when you are shopping bike water bottles, but this plastic and silicone example is well worth popping on your shortlist.

Like the bottle reviewed above, this model has a substantial 24oz-capacity, allowing you to ride for longer without worrying about refilling your water bottle, or needing to carry more than one bottle.

Designed for use on both road bikes and mountain bikes, this bottle is mainly marketed on the strength of its insulation. Regrettably, this is one area in which it falls down slightly. You might find that your water doesn’t stay quite as cool as you would like inside the bottle, especially when the temperature rises. That said, you will still benefit from double-walled insulation.

On the upside, this bottle is remarkably easy to squeeze, so you won’t be grappling with it roadside or struggling to get a drink of water when you need it.

Compatible with almost all bike bottle cages, you should be up and running right out the box and you will feel more refreshed than ever as you ride.

Additionally, the bottle is very easy to keep clean and completely safe to put in the dishwasher to complete a winning package at a very reasonable price point.

Things We Like

  • Large fluid capacity
  • For road biking or mountain biking
  • Dishwasher safe

Things We Dislike

  • Doesn’t keep water cold enough

10. GEMFUL Bike Water Bottles (2-pack)

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Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Capacity: 25oz
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.5 x 3.2 inches

Before we wrap up our bike bottle reviews, we have time for a couple more offerings, including this nifty two-pack from GEMFUL. As an added bonus, you can pick up two of these bottles for less than a single bottle from some other manufacturers, ideal for any bargain hunters out there.

The oversized 25oz-capacity means these bottles are the perfect accompaniment to longer bike rides, giving you enough liquid for several hours of riding, especially if you take both bottles along for the ride.

Made from a food-grade plastic free of all known contaminants, these bottles won’t impart any aftertaste into your water, and there are no toxins to leach into your drink either.

The leakproof spouts are great for preventing any spillage on the move. Squeezability is impressive, too. All you need to do is gently squeeze and you’ll get a refreshing gulp of water as you pedal.

Although these bottles are claimed safe in the dishwasher, we advise against this and suggest that you clean them by hand instead.

For a lightweight and affordable bike bottle solution, you can’t go wrong with this two-pack from GEMFUL.

Things We Like

  • Two-pack for added value
  • Soft and easy to squeeze
  • Lightweight yet rugged

Things We Dislike

  • Not dishwasher safe as advertised

11. PROFILE DESIGN Water Bottle

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  • Material: HDPE
  • Capacity: 28oz
  • Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 7 inches

To round out our bike water bottle reviews is a sleek and aerodynamic offering from PROFILE DESIGN.

Boasting a supersized 280z-capacity, this bottle makes a wonderful companion for longer bike rides.

As you would expect from a bottle with this sort of capacity, it is heavier than the 20oz models dominating this vertical. That said, it still weighs only 0.5 pounds, so you shouldn’t find carrying this bottle in your bottle cage slows you down.

The cap is intelligently designed to promote quick and easy refills.

When you’ve finished riding and it’s time to clean up, just use some warm soapy water to rinse the bottle out then hand dry it carefully to prevent mold from growing inside.

Aside from a potential safety issue with the straw being made from such a hard and unforgiving plastic, this is one of the finest water bottles you’ll find, and it’s also one of the best looking.

Things We Like

  • Class-leading capacity
  • Easy to refill
  • Excellent aerodynamics

Things We Dislike

  • Hard plastic straw is potentially dangerous

FAQs

1) What is the best water bottle for cycling?

There is no universal water bottle that makes the ideal fit for all cyclists. That said, there are some general elements that contribute to a great bottle. In terms of capacity, anything above 20oz should give you enough water for a short ride. Look for larger bottles with a 28oz-capacity if you frequently head on lengthier rides. Ensure that any bottles on your shortlist are constructed from materials free of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in some plastics capable of leaching into your water). Bottles with an internal liner will reduce plastic aftertaste. Alternatively, opt for a stainless steel bottle and get no taste of plastic at all. Depending on your needs, you may want to prioritize highly insulated water bottles so you keep your water cooler for longer. Make sure the bottles you are looking at are easy to squeeze and feature secure caps and you should have no problem finding the right water bottle for your bike.

2) How do I carry water when I’m cycling?

Most bike frames have fixings where you can mount a bottle cage. These are usually find tucked away on the down tube. Often, bikes have a secondary set of fixings on the seat tube. These are called bosses. So, find a water bottle compatible with your bottle cage to transport your water or pop a bottle in your jersey if you don’t want a bottle cage on your bike.

3) Is it worth buying an insulated water bottle?

This depends on the conditions in which you cycle. If you are often riding in very hot or very cold conditions, it might be worth spending more for a water bottle with double-walled insulation. Those who only ride short distances in more temperate conditions could easily do without an insulated water bottle.

4) How often should I replace my bike water bottle?

There is no fixed rule when it comes to how often you should replace your bike water bottle. A plastic water bottle will have a lengthy lifespan, but they will degrade and become more difficult to use over time. As the outside of the bottle picks up scratches, so it will become more awkward to remove the bottle from the cage. Bottles also become more difficult to keep clean and might even start imparting an aftertaste. You may find that you need to replace your cycling water bottle after just a few months, or you may get a year or more of use before you need a replacement. If you want the longest-lasting bottle, look for a metal or stainless steel bottle instead of opting for the more lightweight plastic bottles.

5) How should I clean a bike water bottle?

Cleaning your bottle after every use is the easiest way to minimize overall upkeep. You can also be confident that you won’t be drinking any mold or debris that’s worked its way into the bottle on long rides off-road. Some bottles are dishwasher safe, but you can easily clean a water bottle by hand. Just use some warm water and mild soap. This will be sufficient to kill any germs. Dry your bottle thoroughly, too. Never leave water bottles sitting in the cage as this will encourage mold to form.


Conclusion

We hope today’s guide to the most effective water bottles for cycling has given you some inspiration and a handful of options to choose from.

Getting a water bottle with sufficient capacity for your needs is perhaps the most critical element of your buying decision. Pick any of the bottles we review today, and you can buy with your eyes open and a clear understanding of their benefits and drawbacks.

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