Water Bottle Sizing Guide: How to Find the Right Bottle For You

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Water bottle sizes vary for the sake of convenience and it’s not uncommon to need one for different occasions. For example, the water bottle you use in your everyday life may differ from the one you take on outdoor excursions or the one you choose to travel with. Each has its own special shape, design and size that will determine which is the best fit for your needs at the time. 

Depending on what you’re using your water bottle for most often will help determine the right size. Once you take into account the customizable features available, it’ll give you a better idea of what might work best for you. However, all sizes can be used for various situations and are more sustainable solutions when compared to single-use plastic bottles, pitchers or other containers. 

With so many options available, it may be difficult to narrow down the options to a single one. This guide highlights the different sizes available and ideas on how to get the best use from them so you can find the right water bottle for you. 

Swap Single-Use Plastic for a 17-Oz. Reusable Water Bottle

The typical single-use plastic water bottle is 16.9 ounces. While these have been popular for decades, they lose their shape easily, especially if you try to use them more than once, and contribute to the increasing amount of plastic waste that’s affecting the environment. Plastic bottled water has been banned in several airports and outdoor events. Replacing your plastic bottle habit with a reusable 17-oz. Original S’well bottle allows you to reap the benefits of a durable, sustainable solution. 

The 18/8 stainless steel water bottle makeup is an eco-friendly switch from single-use plastic. The material has a sturdier construction to last much longer than the average plastic water bottle. The slim design makes it easy to stow and tote wherever you go and have it filled without having to purchase another bottle of water, which saves on costs. Keep it with you at home, during workouts, while running errands or add it to your list of sustainable gift ideas. Since it keeps drinks cold for 36 hours, it’ll stay fresh as you go about your day to better quench your thirst. This 17-oz. bottle is so convenient, it’ll become second nature to never leave the house without one. Soon you will be teaching your friends how to incorporate hydration into their daily routine.

Transport a 20-Oz. Traveler Anywhere 

To stay hydrated with a few extra ounces of water, the 20-oz Traveler is the way to go. This model is also available in 12- and 16-ounce sizes as well, making them perfect carriers for your entire family’s favorite beverages, especially when needing to keep drinks cold or hot for an extended time. For the 20-oz. Traveler, specifically, water stays cold for 36 hours and coffee stays hot for 15. If you have a long day of work planned or are heading out on a road trip, you can have your favorite drink at your preferred temperature the entire time. Many airports, hotels and other communal spaces now offer free, filtered water stations where you can fill up, too. 

Additionally, the wide mouth of this bottle size allows you to add ice cubes to keep liquids extra cold. Pack Travelers when camping, driving to the lake, or embarking on any activity — including hanging around the house — because they take up far less room than using coolers full of ice and drinks. Although they’re only slightly larger than the 17-oz. bottle, the extra few ounces make a difference when on the go, by limiting the number of times you have to refill, especially in places where you don’t have as much access to fresh water. You can also change out the closed, screw top lid for a pop-top lid that allows for easy, splash-proof drinking.  

24-Oz. Tumblers Make for Sustainable Party Cups

Some people prefer drinking out of a tumbler versus a bottle or want the option of having both. The 24-oz. S’ip by S’well Takeaway Tumbler with stainless steel straw is a great option to have at home and sip from throughout the day. The stainless steel vessel is favorable to take by the pool or when relaxing on the patio. It’s a sustainable replacement for single-use plastic and safer than breakable glass, which is often prohibited in public spaces.

The bright prints and colors make them a festive alternative for picnics and other social get-togethers. Plastic is often the expected choice, but go the sustainable route by investing in quality alternatives that can be used whenever the next party comes around. Skip throwaway plastic cups and use these 24-oz. Takeaway Tumblers instead. 

Store More with a 40-Oz. Roamer 

This super-sized bottle still has a sleek design making it optimal to take with you wherever you go. The Roamer comes in both a 40-oz. size that keeps beverages cold for 48 hours and a 64-oz. size which keeps them cold for a remarkable 72 hours. They each also keep hot liquids and beverages hot for 16 hours and 24 hours, respectively. It’s an ideal option for a picnic, BBQ, or other type of outdoor soiree. It saves on buying individual plastic liters of beverages that can be cumbersome to pack or carry. Pair a few of these with 10-oz. or 18-oz. Tumblers to serve a small crowd. 

This impressive size of the Roamer is also valuable for hikers or outdoor enthusiasts who may not have access to fresh water for several hours. The handle top makes it easy to clip to a backpack for hands-free carrying and is durable enough to withstand changing weather conditions. Although you may rely on it to store water, it also holds soups, coffee, and other liquids that need to maintain their original temperature and quality. By using different colors of Roamers, each one can be assigned to a different use, such as coffee, water and soup. 

Slightly Smaller, 10-Oz. Size for Kids

The 10-oz. insulated bottle option with silicone strap is an optimal size for kids who may not need as much to consume during the day and can be better managed by smaller hands. The smaller size can be stowed away in a backpack for school or used during a playdate, making it one of the top back to school essentials. The whimsical prints motivate them to drink more water throughout the day. Plus, it limits the confusion of which bottle belongs to whom. 

Beverages stay cold for 18 hours and hot for 8. It allows kids to exercise the importance of hydration during school, at home and everywhere in between to ensure they’re drinking enough water. 

Between the various colors, designs and sizes available, everyone can customize their water bottle to meet their individual needs.

Personalizing Your Pick

Once you’ve determined the optimal water bottle sizes for you, you can customize them by color and style to create your own personalized water bottles. You can personalize certain models by choosing to engrave your initials or name. There’s also the option of having multiple caps to swap out for different situations. Some activities call for the pop-top lid while others require the screw top. There’s the option of having a handle to attach to a backpack or carry-on bag as well. Whether you’re using it at home, on a commute, a travel adventure or to keep loved ones hydrated, there are options for every size of water bottle to make the most of it. 

Regardless of the size best suited for you, the true beauty of buying a S’well product is that it’s sustainable, durable and available in a wide array of designs. With many public spaces and organizations moving away from offering single-use plastic bottle options for beverages, it’s nice to be ahead of the curve and come armed with a reusable water bottle of your own. 

Once you settle on the size you want to use for your everyday water bottle, you’ll likely find that having more than one option is actually the way to go. They’re an essential part of everyday life because they allow you to take drinks to go without compromising the temperature or quality. They limit spills and leaks and are condensation-free. They’re durable, eco-friendly and stylish. Start with the size that suits you best and expand your collection to find extra joy in sustainable living.