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Parents have always struggled to goad their children into drinking water. Amid the screaming and running and crying of play-dates, any dad might worry about the hydration level of his kid. Well, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that the cooler-looking and more user-friendly the kids water bottle, the more water a child will actually drink. Gone are the days of bottled or pouched water from the supermarket; filtered water is readily available from your kitchen sink, at airports, and at many schools. So what water bottle is best?  Like your own personal favorite, there’s no shortage of options claiming to be the best water bottles for kids.

The best kids water bottles (and what your child will use) should be easy to open and close and sized just right for their hands. There are thermos-like insulated kids’ water bottles, which keep drinks cold longer, and plastic water bottles, which are lighter and simpler for them to handle. Some can be paired with a slew of different lid types, depending on your child’s sipping or gulping preference. More importantly, whatever bottle you choose has to be as leak-proof as possible, because you don’t need the drama of a soaked backpack. With so many great kids water bottles available, you’ll soon forget what it was like to badger your child to drink and more time chaperoning them in public bathrooms.

The Best Water Bottles for Kids 2021

S'well, like others on this list, may be an adult favorite, but its kids bottles are sure to please. Made from stainless steel, which sterilizes completely, it's double-walled and vacuum-sealed to keep drinks at their intended temperature longer. Its top is also attached, making it more difficult for your child to errantly lose it.

Leakproof and easily sippable by small hands and tiny mouths, this bottle is also dishwasher-safe and durable, and it comes in a bunch of fun kid-friendly graphics. But really, this company makes us nostalgic for our own youth.

A tiny version of your favorite personal bottle, the 12-ounce Wide Mouth features the same double-wall, vacuum-insulated features of the full-size options. Its dishwasher-safe package includes a straw lid for kids. Take note, the lid is not considered leakproof and shouldn't be used with hot liquids.

There's a lot to love about the Thermos Funtainer. It holds 12 ounces, keeps a drink cold for as many as 12 hours, and it's also made of stainless steel for use after use after use. But who's kidding whom? It's got Batman on the front, and your kid is into Batman, so buy this mug already.



The signature CamelPak Big Bite Valve is probably the best feature here, allowing a kid to bite down on the straw to get the water, an easy-to-use mechanism that helps eliminate spills. Every part of this bottle is dishwasher-friendly and easy to (dis)assemble. The integrated loop handle makes it easy for kids to carry this bottle everywhere.

Stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated, and with a dishwater-safe straw cap, the bottle is as durable as the full-sized Yetis. As you might expect, this bottle has a higher price tag than most, but if you're a fan of the brand, then it's to be expected.

It's made from food-grade stainless steel and has a double-wall design to keep drinks cold. The exterior has a powder coating so it won't fall out of kids' hands. Best of all is the lid, which pops up when kids are ready to gulp down some aqua, and then goes back down when they're done. The clip is a nice touch for backpack attachments.

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