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15 of the Best Water Bottles for Kids (That Are Actually Leak-Proof!)

written by GABRIELA GARCIA & BRETT NICOLE HAYDEN

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water bottles in kid hands"
water bottles in kid hands
Graphics by: Caitlin Schneider
Graphics by: Caitlin Schneider

Among all of the summer and back-to-school necessities that made my family’s shopping list this year, sturdy lunch boxes and leak-proof water bottles were at the top. At the end of the day, there is nothing more frustrating than opening up my children’s backpacks from camp or school to discover books, artwork, and forms soaked with water. Last year, I would have to put gallon-sized Ziploc bags inside their backpacks where they could store their documents so they wouldn’t get wet. Looking back, it was too much extra work for me and completely unnecessary—I just need to find leak-proof water bottles that actually work!

Between school, camp, and other activities, my children need a dependable water bottle to keep them hydrated throughout the day. But there is so much more that goes into finding a good water bottle besides being leak-proof. My son likes to put ice in his water, so he needs an insulated bottle that keeps water extra cold. My daughter likes to use straws, so she wants a flexible spout to drink out of. And, of course, both kids get excited by a water bottle design they love. 

We know kids’ schedules are ever-changing, but what remains true is that they’re busy. As parents, when we buy things for our kids, we want them to last. For something like a quality water bottle, we have expectations. Durability is a must, leak-proof has to be the standard, and a color that ensures our kiddos will actually use it is a priority. 

That’s why we went on the hunt for the best kids water bottles. Here we’ve rounded up 15 options that will keep your children’s things from getting soggy and will stand up to the demands of their busy schedules—shop the list below!

 

The Best Kids Water Bottles

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YETI
Rambler Jr. Water Bottle

This editor and reader-favorite water bottle has an easy-to-carry handle and works for both cold and hot beverages.

8 colors and personalization available

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CamelBak
Spill-Proof Water Bottle

Leak-proof, no BPA, colorful, and a chewy straw—what more could you want in a kids water bottle?

many colors and patterns available

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hydro flask water bottle
Hydro Flask
Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

We've known and loved the brand for keeping our drinks impenetrably cold for years now. Give your kids the same luxury with this water bottle that's super durable and includes a helpful straw lid.

many colors available

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swell water bottle
S'well
S'ip Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Thoughtfully designed for kids of all ages, S'well's S'ip line comes in two sizes (10 oz and 15 oz) and plenty of fun designs that your kiddos will love. Plus, its slim design means it fits easily into water bottle holders on backpacks.

many colors and patterns available

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Stanley
Flip Straw Water Bottle

For fans of the viral Stanley cup, grab this 17 oz insulated water bottle for your little one that includes a flip-top straw and easy-to-carry handle. Plus, beverages stay cold for 10 hours (and iced for 30) and the bottle is dishwasher safe and can fit in most car cup holders.

2 colors available

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Contigo
Spill-Proof Water Bottle

Newly designed to include a leak-proof straw and easy-to-clean interior, grab a two-pack of these so your kid will always have a clean water bottle at the ready.

many colors and patterns available

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MIRA
Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This 12 oz bottle is insulated and built to last for the whole year.

many colors and patterns available

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Sprouts
Insulated Water Bottle

This water bottle is the perfect size for any lunchbox. Plus, it's built with a wide, drip-free opening for ice cube insertion.

many colors available

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Thermos
FUNtainer Water Bottle with Handle

The 12 oz FUNtainer water bottle can keep your drink ice cold for up to 12 hours. It comes with a convenient carrying handle, is dishwasher safe, and has a pop-up straw.

multiple colors and patterns available

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Takeya
Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw Lid

This 14 oz insulated water bottle features a convenient handle and a straw lid for easy drinking. Plus, the removable protective bumper adds durability.

Note: This water bottle's straw has to be fully closed not to leak, so practice with kids ahead of time.

many colors available

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Klean Kanteen
Stainless Steel Sport Bottle

Lightweight yet reliable, this 12 oz bottle is great for little ones who just need something simple. Note, though, that reviewers say it does leak a little if kids don't push the top all the way down.

more colors and patterns available

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corkcicle water bottle
Corkcicle
Cup with Lid & Straw

The Corkcicle team really thought of everything when they designed this water bottle cup for kids: a spout lid, carrying handle, flat sides, 18 hours of cold drinks, and the cutest designs.

many colors and patterns available

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Lululemon water bottle
Lululemon
Back to Life Sport Bottle

With a 24 oz size, easy-to-open lid, and a double wall design that keeps the outside sweat free, this water bottle is a great option for any kiddos starting or continuing sports this year.

many colors available

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brumate water bottle
Brumate
ReHydration Mini Water Bottle

Brumate has become a household name in the beverage department. Now your kiddos can appreciate the brand too with this 16 oz leak-proof water bottle with a convenient handle.

many colors and personalization available

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rtic water bottle
RTIC
Screw-Top Water Bottle

This water bottle was made for the days of summer camp, but is also perfect for everyday use. It has an air-tight seal, is vacuum insulated, and comes in several sizes.

many colors available

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