15 Best Kids’ Water Bottles for On-the-Go Hydration

Quench their thirst with a child-friendly canteen.
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ByEmily Platt
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August 6, 2020
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The best way to keep your kid hydrated? Give them good ol’ H20—especially when they’re on the go. Cue reusable kids’ water bottles, designed to carry agua from school to soccer practice and everywhere in between. But not all kids’ water bottles are created equal. For your child’s container to really come in clutch, ensure it meets all their needs. Will it be sitting in their lunch box for most of the day? Buy a super-spill-proof canteen that won’t leak all over their backpack, no matter how bumpy the bus ride gets. Sending them off to tee-ball? Opt for an insulated flask that’ll keep their water cold and extra-thirst-quenching. Whether you’re searching for an uber-cute toddler water bottle they’ll actually want to use or a kids’ stainless steel water bottle that really means business, we’re sharing 15 of the best water bottles for kids.

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CamelBak Eddy Kids 12Oz Water Bottle

This “Amazon’s Choice” toddler water bottle comes in tons of cute colors and creative, kid-friendly patterns. Plus, the straw valve only releases H20 when they bite down on it, which prevents spills.

Buy it: Starting from $8,

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Hydro Flask 12 Oz Kids Water Bottle

We love the look of these modern kids’ water bottles, which are made from insulated stainless steel to keep water cold for up to 24 hours. Sip, sip hooray! Another pro feature? Each one’s unique powdered finish is designed to give children a slip-free grip.

Buy it: $30,

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S’ip by S’well 10Oz Water Bottle

Meanwhile, this stainless steel kids’ insulated water bottle has a leak-proof cap your kiddo won’t ever lose—it stays attached to the vessel even when it’s unscrewed. Choose from a range of playful prints and bright solid colors.

Buy it: Starting from $15,

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Contigo AUTOSEAL Trekker Kids Water Bottles

These kids’ water bottles have a quirky-but-genius design. They’re easy to grasp and both leak and spill proof (as the product page notes, there is a difference). It’s all thanks to the curved shape and the button that instantly unseals (then reseals) the lid. Better yet, they come in two-packs perfect for siblings or when one’s in the dishwasher. Yep, they’re dishwasher-safe, because the best water bottles for kids are vessels that aren’t a total pain to clean.

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Buy it: Starting from $12 for a set of 2,

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Pink Posh Co. Personalized Kids Water Bottle

Why do we love personalized water bottles for kids? Because the easiest way to ensure your child comes home with their container is to buy one with their name on it. (And, let’s face it, custom products just feel a little fancier!) These colorful 10-ounce bottles are made from Eastman Tritan (read: ultra-durable) plastic. They’re double-walled to protect against condensation and can be emblazoned with your munchkin’s moniker.

Buy it: Starting from $14,

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Rubbermaid Leak-Proof Chug Kids Water Bottle

Many of the best water bottles for kids are actually super-affordable—score. Take this screw-cap 14-ounce jug that’s only $5. It’s top-rack dishwasher-safe and comes in a couple of adorable patterns. For an extra $1, you can also get a version with an interior “ice stick” meant to freeze between uses. It’ll keep your child’s drink extra-cool.

Buy it: Starting from $5,

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Bubba Flo Kids Water Bottle

This plastic kids’ water bottle has a few bonus features we love: a lid lock that fights against leaks, a spout cover to keep germs off the drinking valve and a silicone sleeve that wards off condensation. No wonder it’s another “Amazon’s Choice” for the best water bottles for kids.

Buy it: Starting from $9,

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Skip Hop Kids Water Bottle with Straw

As you’ve probably noticed, most of the best water bottles for kids come from popular, widely trusted water bottle brands, like S’well and CamelBak. But this one actually comes from a beloved baby and toddler brand: Skip Hop! This toddler water bottle is essentially a stainless steel sippy cup with a protected flip-up straw. It holds 12 ounces and includes a velcro strap so you can attach it to whatever, whenever. (Bonus: With the same too-cute animal themes across Skip Hop’s toddler products, you can get a water bottle that’ll match your child’s backpack and lunch box!)

Buy it: Starting from $16,

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Preston Avenue Dinosaur Kids Water Bottle

If you prioritize style, here’s another one of our favorite personalized water bottles for kids. This one has a _dino_mite decal: your child’s name displayed inside a cute dinosaur silhouette. Pick the bottle and vinyl color for extra personalization. These basic kids’ water bottles fit 400 milliliters and have attached straws to sip from.

Buy it: $8,

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Klean Kanteen 12Oz Kids Kanteen Stainless Steel Sport Bottle

These Klean Kanteen children’s canteens aren’t insulated, but that’s actually key if you’re looking for a lightweight kids’ stainless steel water bottle that won’t weigh down their sports bag (or your bag). Worried your kid will be left with lukewarm water? Just add ice cubes—the bottle opening is big enough to fit them.

Buy it: $18,

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Grosche Bop! Unicorn Double Walled Stainless Steel 11.8 Oz. Water Bottle

We’re swooning over this whimsical unicorn-inspired pattern, but the kids’ and toddler water bottle isn’t just fun—it’s also very functional. The flask is made from insulated stainless steel that keeps water cold for 24 hours. But the fact that it can also hold hot drinks for up to 12 hours is what really sets it apart. (Many other canteens—even metal ones—only accommodate cool beverages.) Versatile options make the best water bottles for kids.

Buy it: $20,

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Thermos 12 Oz FUNtainer Bottle with Durable Stainless Steel Interior

Shopping for a kiddo obsessed with their favorite movie, show or game? This kids’ insulated water bottle comes in lots of kids’ media-inspired designs (and some other fun styles too). Now they can get their Frozen or Toy Story fix and their water fix at the same time. And like many of the best water bottles for kids, these cold-drink thermoses are made from sturdy stainless steel.

Buy it: Starting from $11,

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Ello Luna Tritan Kids Water Bottle

The geometric silicone sleeve on this kids’ water bottle is ultra-easy to grip. The 16-ounce vessel won’t leak in backpacks or lunchboxes (so it’s an excellent kids’ water bottle for school), can be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher and has a locking soft straw for smooth sipping.

Buy it: Starting from $10,

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AQUAD Kids Silicone 19Oz Water Bottle

Think larger-volume kids’ water bottles are too bulky to tote around? Think again! You just need a collapsible kids’ water bottle, like this too-cute penguin-inspired container. When empty, the vessel folds down to a super-small size. The flexible silicone material is also essentially break-proof—no more stressing about dents or cracks.

Buy it: $19,

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Snug Flask for Kids

Last but not least, here’s one final kids’ and toddler water bottle we (and tons of happy reviewers) stand behind. The insulated stainless steel flask comes in two sizes: 12 ounces or 17 ounces. It has a hygienic push-button lid that keeps the straw covered when your child isn’t drinking, it comes in multiple trendy prints and it’s suited for hot as well as cold drinks.

Buy it: Starting from $10, Published June 2019

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