The 12-ounce Thermos Funtainer Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw is our favorite kids water bottle because it’s the easiest one to use. Our youngest testers were able to open and close the top on their own, and its button-release cap design keeps grubby fingers off the straw, prevents leaks, and makes the straw less likely to get dirty when the bottle is dropped compared with other bottles we tested. With only four parts, the Thermos Funtainer is easy for parents to take apart to clean, and it’s safe in the top rack of a dishwasher (though you’ll probably want to use a skinny straw brush to keep any mold from developing inside the silicone spout). The vacuum insulation keeps drinks chilled for up to 12 hours, and the Funtainer usually costs much less than other insulated bottles.
The 14-ounce Takeya Actives Kids Insulated Water Bottle With Straw Lid has a hard spout that kids can open and close securely. Similar to the Thermos Funtainer, it has only four parts. It’s the easiest of our picks to take apart and reassemble for cleaning, though only the plastic top can go in the dishwasher. Like the Thermos Funtainer, the double-walled Takeya Actives Kids keeps drinks cold for hours. Although this bottle is typically more expensive than our other picks, we think the larger capacity (it also comes in a 16-ounce size), faster-flowing spout, and bright but not childish color options appeal to older kids, as well as to grown-ups looking for a smaller bottle. Plus, it’s a more compact version of one of our overall best water bottle picks, the 22-ounce Takeya Actives.
The CamelBak Eddy+ Kids is a straw bottle that’s a breeze to take apart for cleaning and simple for young kids to use, but it can leak if the spout is in the wrong position.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.
The durable 14-ounce CamelBak Eddy+ Kids is the lightest of our picks thanks to its plastic construction. The CamelBak’s spout is easy to open and close, and because of its bite valve, it’s the only bottle here that won’t leak even when its spout is open and it’s held upside down. Yanking the valve out of place, however, can cause major leaking, and the valve may not survive heavy chewing (but is also replaceable). The dishwasher-safe bottle comes apart easily for cleaning, though the valve’s interior crevices require a little more attention than the Thermos’s straw. If your kid is the type to mess with a spout, you might consider the Thermos Funtainer or the Takeya Actives Kids instead.
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