I’ve always liked to drink a lot throughout the day, but when I moved to a dry climate, my urge to hydrate multiplied. One of the reasons I love carrying a gigantic purse is that I can always have at least one water bottle with me at all times. Water comes with me everywhere I go–not just the gym. It’s come in handy more times than I can count.
Just like I like my workout clothes to be stylish and attractive, I have a soft spot for pretty yet functional water bottles, too. My favorites are definitely my bottles from bkr and S’well. Both have a minimal yet undeniably chic look.
The bkr is glass with a silicone sleeve, while the S’well is made of stainless steel and comes in a wide variety of matte, gloss, metallic, and printed finishes. Each comes in 3 sizes, but my favorite is the middle size: 500 ml, aka 17 oz.
What I love about my bkr bottle is that it’s glass. I prefer to drink out of glass when I can, because it just tastes sooo much better than plastic or steel to me. Although you might think that glass is a crappy option because it’s fragile, you might be surprised to hear that mine is over 2 years old and still going strong! I’ve used it basically every day since buying it–it sits at the bottom of my purse most of the time and is always next to me on the floor of my CrossFit gym when I’m working out. In other words, it’s not exactly getting babied.
Another bit of bkr goodness to love is the mini-handle on the lid, which makes it easier to carry versus the S’well below. The lid only needs a slight twist to seal. I usually have my bkr next to me when I’m working out, so the quick flick of the wrist to get the lid on and off when I’m mid-WOD is handy. By comparison, the S’well takes 3-4 “flicks” to open or close. Once closed, I’ve never had an issue with either of them leaking.
The silicone sleeve helps to keep the bkr from sweating if you put cold water inside. That said, the sleeve does tend to attract dust and pet hair. Lighter colors are definitely better for hiding those little imperfections. The dark teal color I have is called lush. It’s no longer available since I bought it so long ago, but they offer several other shades of teal nowadays instead.
On the other hand, the S’well has some pretty cool perks too. I had been wanting to try a S’well for a while, and finally caved when I saw this gold metallic. It’s simple and incredibly elegant. However, in the months that I’ve had it, I’ve noticed that the metallic finish has gotten quite a few scuffs on it if you look closely.
S’well’s biggest claim to fame is that their bottles are insulated. That means if you put a hot or cold drink in, it’ll stay hot or cold all day. And their claims really are true! If I fill up my S’well with cold water, it’s still cold even if it’s been in a hot car or I’m hiking in the heat. The insulation also means the bottle doesn’t “sweat”. Unlike glass, you don’t have to worry about rapid temperature changes shattering the bottle, either. Overall, the S’well definitely has the upper hand when it comes to issues of temperature.
The S’well also has a larger top opening than the bkr, so you can more easily fit regular sized ice cubes inside. Or, if you’re me, it means you more easily spill water all over yourself when you’re trying to take a drink. :) Because the openings are still fairly small on each, it’s hard to scrub inside to get them totally clean. Since I only drink water out of my bottles, hot, soapy water is good enough for me, but both companies sell special bottle brushes if you need one.
One downside to both the bkr and S’well bottles is that both are on the heavy side. Glass is always heavy, and the S’well is much heavier than most stainless steel bottles due to the added insulation. Neither are particularly cheap either, but if it’s something you use every day and it lasts for several years, the cost is pretty trivial in the long run.
If you have a favorite water bottle, I’d love to hear about it!