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Jun 18, 2008 02:36 PM

Help with breaking bottled water habit...Safe Water Bottle?

Would like to stop buying bottled water and fill my own for economic and ecological reasons. Are stainless steel bottles the way to go? What about cleaning? I would prefer a bottle that cleans easily in the dishwasher. Started to look on-line but who knew it would be so complicated?

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  1. I've been using a Sigg bottle, and have been very happy with it. No plastic like material to discover down the road is poisoning you.

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    1. re: mattrapp

      we made the switch last year,to me the biggest thing is the opening on top,its impossible to get the small top style clean,plus its more like drinking out of a glass with the large lids.we now have about a dozen in rotation,its working pretty good so far,we use the nalgene bottles,theres plastic lids on the sigg bottle cans ,whatever.our recycle bin is so empty now

      1. re: mattrapp

        Sigg bottles have a plastic liner of some sort or other. They don't identify it (trade secret) but claim it is FDA approved and tested by a third party. But then all other food-grade bottles are FDA approved. I was just given one; I'm sure I'll use it but so far it does not have any obvious advantages over the plastic ones that I've using. (Sigg used to just make aluminum bottles for camping fuel).

        A way to partially 'break the bottled water habit' is to reuse the disposable bottles. 25oz pull top bottles fit nicely in my backpack and car holders, and are easy to use one-handed. I have no problems reusing one of those for most of a 2 week long trip. These are by far the most convenient bottles for packing and drinking from.

        If I need to store more water I find that 1/2 gallon rectangular juice bottles work well. Frozen they fit well in the cooler.


      2. I picked up a few metal bottles with plastic straws at Target a few years ago (I think they were Thermos brand) that I like a lot, but haven't been able to find again. I just saw this one, which is one of the funkier designs. Not on the market yet, though, and at $30, one of the pricier ones I've seen.

        1. Stainless is the way to go, get a Klean Kanteen. Siggs are nice, but the opening is small and they do have that coating on the inside that they won't tell you what it is, which doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.

          Camelbak has also updated their line of bottles to a new type of plastic which doesn't contain bisphenol-A, the compound which has gotten a lot of attention lately.

          1. I believe, at least in talking to a rep at LL Bean, that the traditional plastic manufacturers have switched to a plastic that doesn't have the problems with bisphenol-A. Its probably worth doing some research on.

            Of course, SIGG bottles are very nice as well, just not cheap..

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            1. re: grant.cook

              Last time I was a REI, they had a whole wall of bpa-free plastic bottles, from Nalgene, Camelback, etc. One would almost think the bpa-scare was a marketing ploy to get us to buy new bottles. In previous years the fads were new colors and new shapes.

              Then there are the accessories - flip tops, hoses, holders, bottle brushes, cleaning tablets, etc.


            2. It isn't hard to clean small-opening bottles - just use a bottle brush. True, it would be hard to get them clean in a dishwasher (I don't have a dishwasher).

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              1. re: lagatta

                Thank you everyone for your input. I have ordered a Klean Kanteen (27 oz.) and will see if it fits the bill.