I want to answer a question that has been coming up more and more lately related to our stainless steel water bottles post: Glass Water Bottles. People like to buy glass water bottles because they usually aren’t made in China, are BPA free, are easy to clean, are often made from recycled glass, and don’t result in a metallic taste.
We are always on the lookout for glass water bottles and love trying them out. Here’s our review of glass water bottles. Be sure to check out our review of the recycled glass water bottles, Eco Vessel and Zulu.
Best Glass Water Bottles that are BPA Free Water Bottles
The best glass water bottle is the Lifefactory 22 ounce bottle according to Amazon.com reviewers. The Lifefactory 22 ounce glass water bottle has several unique features – notably it has a 100% silicone case. This makes it harder to break this bottle. It has a wide mouth so you can easily clean, add ice, and drink from it. Plus, because of the silicone grip if there’s condensation on the bottle it won’t be slippery. And it’s dishwasher safe (even the silicone sleeve). This bottle has the best reviews on Amazon. (Also note that they make a glass Lifefactory baby bottle.) These bottles are made in France, and the silicone sleeves are made in the United States.
UPDATE: CamelBak has come out with a glass version of their popular Eddy glass water bottle. The CamelBak glass Eddy is a great bottle. (Read our review of it.)
Other glass water bottles
The Takeya glass water bottle comes in sizes 16 ounces and 25 ounces and features a silicone sleeve. They also have a wide mouth. Takeya glass bottles are made in Japan.
For the best deal buy 6 Aquasana 18-ounce bottles. These bottles also have wide mouths but they don’t come with silicone sleeves. You can, however buy a 6 pack of colorful silicone sleeves designed just for these bottles on Amazon for a good price. These bottles are a little smaller than some, holding 18 ounces of water.
Bormioli Rocco Giara Bottles are made in Italy (though there is some indication that some are made in the United States) and very reasonably priced. They come in the largest size of the glass water bottles at 33 3/4 ounces and there are lots of cool colors. These bottles seem to us to be more for your dining table instead of toting about, however.
The Love Water Bottle allows you to write on your own bottle. However, these bottles are made in China.
Glass Water Bottles Made in the U.S.A
(…or at least not made in China)
Glass water bottles that are (mostly) made in America include Lifefactory and BottlesUp bottles. Because of production costs and requirements, it’s difficult to find a glass water bottle made in the USA completely. Lifefactory’s bottles are made in the USA, Poland, and France. Parts of BottlesUp glass water bottles are made in the USA; the other parts are all made in North and Central America. These (partially) American-made bottles are the only bottles I can find that are made in the US. Even though it’s tough to find a bottle made in America, the glass bottles listed above, with the exception of the Love Bottle, are not made in China.
Why Use a Glass Water Bottle
With a glass water bottle you know what you’re getting – a BPA free water bottle that’s durable and dishwasher safe. People tend to prefer glass bottles to stainless steel water bottles because they are made in countries other than China. Plus, if you don’t like the slight metallic taste that comes with some stainless bottles you’d likely want to try a glass bottle. They also usually can be washed in the dishwasher safely.
Downsides to Glass Water Bottles
The biggest problem with glass bottles is that they break more easily than stainless steel. The silicone cases are supposed to help, but because they break so easily a glass water bottle may not be the best choice for children.
What to Considering when You Buy Glass Water Bottles
- Size: The Sizes of water bottles made of glass vary – ranging from 22 ounces to 33 ounces. (Though there are also very large containers, see below.) Depending on your access to water during the course of the day you may want a larger bottle.
- Sling/Protection: The best bottles have a built-in protection. But depending on your lifestyle and use for the bottle you may be fine with no sling or protection.
- Where It’s Made and Manufactured: As previously mentioned, many people like glass water bottles because they aren’t made in China. If this is important to you consider the bottles that are manufactured in France, Italy, or the US.
- Use of the Bottle: Are you planning on using your glass water bottle for sports? Hiking? Sitting at your desk? Around your house? You may want a wide-mouth bottle if you are more active and will want a protective case if you expect the bottle might drop during your activities.
Large 3 Gallon Glass Water Bottle or 5 Gallon Glass Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a large glass water bottle, consider a 3 gallon or 5 gallon (sometimes called a glass carboy). These are great for storing water as well as more making homemade beer and wine. They are generally not for toting water around, however.
Can You Just Reuse a Glass Water Bottle?
You can certainly choose to reuse a glass water bottle from another container. Or you can buy a 12 pack of Voss Water which is packaged in 27 ounces glass bottles and just reuse those bottles.
We did review the Eco Vessel Glass Water Bottle…and it’s one of our favorites!
What is the best glass water bottle?
We believe the best glass water bottles have a plastic sleeve on it and is one that you will use. Decide if you prefer the screw on top which is easier to clean and prevents leaks, or if you prefer one with a flip cap, which is easier to open and close and use in general, especially on the go. It’s great to use a reusable water bottle, whether it is glass, plastic or stainless steel. Just make sure it’s BPA-free.