The Chilly’s reusable water bottle is the best you can buy, but we wish it was dishwasher-safe.
Dozens of color and pattern options
Available in a range of sizes
Not dishwasher safe
The lid squeaks when you fasten it
The Chilly water bottle is durable and high-quality, guaranteed to never spill or leak—that’s why we think it's the best reusable water bottle you can buy. It's also sleek and stylish, with an ever-expanding range of colors and patterns. You can buy a traditional Chilly’s bottle in one of four sizes. The smallest will fit into any bag or even a coat pocket, with a capacity of 260ml. The standard 500ml size is the most popular in the range, with the largest range of colors and patterns available. And for those who want something a little larger, the 750ml capacity will make sure you always have a water supply on hand, while the 1.8lh is great for days out and picnics.
Chilly’s bottles have vacuum insulation designed to keep cool drinks cold and hot drinks hot. You’re guaranteed a cold drink for 24 hours, and it will keep hot drinks toasty for 12 hours. Of course, it won’t take the place of a flask because of its distinctly water bottle-style design, but if you do want to keep some hot tea or coffee on hand for journeys or spill-free trips, it will do the job.
Chilly’s bottles rarely go on sale, so if you do happen to see one at a reduced price, you’re better to snap it up quick. The pricing depends on the design you buy, and the size of the bottle. A regular, one-color bottle in a 260ml size costs $20. That price increases incrementally at $5 for every size up you go, so it’s $25 for a 500ml bottle, and $30 for a 750ml.
Patterned bottles typically only come in 500ml, and will cost $30. That’s $5 more than if you bought a monotone bottle, but given the high quality of these prints (they definitely won’t flake or come off) we do think it’s worth the difference to opt for a bottle you really like. After all, they’re designed to be somewhat of a style piece, and they’re something you’ll likely only buy once.
Chilly’s bottles come in an immense range of colors and patterns. By that, we really do mean immense. Every month, Chilly’s releases one or two new bottle designs in its artist series, featuring unique and quirky designs from worldwide artists. December’s design came from Jacqueline Colley, who favors bold graphics and neons. You can also opt for some classic colors such as Chrome Silver, Pastel Purple, or Black Gradient.
260ml, 500ml, 750ml, 1.8l
100% stainless steel
Vacuum insulation keeps drinks cool for 24 hours, and drinks hot for 12 hours
A lot of the designs dip into traditionally feminine territory, featuring fruits and florals or polka-dot designs. That’s not so much a critique as an observation, though. If you’re shopping for a man who’s not deterred by a good pastel or a femme print, you’ll have absolutely no trouble. If you want to steer clear of all that though, there are a few line drawings and bold colors that are sure to suit every preference. A small complaint we’d make is that not all designs are available on the 260ml and 750ml bottles, so if you see a stylish and bespoke bottle you like the look of, you may be stuck with the 500ml size.
We’re pretty sure that Chilly’s bottles are designed to only be bought once. They’re long-lasting, and made of rust-resistant stainless steel that’s sure to last. Even if you lose your bottle lid, you can buy a replacement without having to buy a brand new bottle.
That’s bittersweet, because while the sustainability element of the brand is a money-saver (and something you can feel good about supporting financially), you can’t add to your collection as the company rolls out new and exciting designs.
Ease of use
Chilly’s water bottles have double wall vacuum insulation, and perhaps because they were the first reusable water bottle of this type, they have a very distinct yet classic design. The base is heavier, and it tapers in towards the top of the bottle like a classic single-use water bottle would. The screw-top lid is definitely leak-proof, and you can store this bottle sideways, upright, or even upside down in any bag without worrying about spills. Because the lid is so secure and airtight, we’ve noticed that these water bottles can be a bit squeaky to use. It’s not too bad, but if you’re in a quiet classroom or an office, people will be able to hear when you use your bottle.
Because you need to unscrew the lid each time you drink, this water bottle isn’t ideal for use in the gym. You’re probably better off with a water bottle that’s designed to be sipped, so you won’t end up with water all over yourself (and the treadmill) when running. That said, the water inside this bottle really does stay very cold, so it’s great for a refreshing drink post-gym.
Let’s talk cleaning, because that’s a major hang-up we have. When you’re using a bottle every day, you want to make sure it’s as clean as can be, but for those with dishwashers available, you can’t use them to clean your Chilly’s bottle. All you can use is some good old-fashioned dish soap and a reasonably sized scrubby brush. You’ll want one that’s small enough to fit inside the neck of the bottle, and long enough to reach down into the bottle. Realistically it's no harder than hand-washing a champagne flute, but unlike a water bottle, most of us don't use those on a daily basis. You can buy some of these scrubby brushes on Amazon or directly on the Chilly's site, but they’re not your standard cleaning brush and they will cost you extra.
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