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10 of the best drinks bottles for kids

Check out our pick of plastic, steel and silicone water bottles for children

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Finding an affordable children’s drinks bottle is safe, durable and looks appealing enough for your child to actually want to use it can be a challenge.

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That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, whittling down the best kids’ water bottles on the market to the selection below.

From bottles with straws for mess-free hydration, to insulated designs that keep drinks cool (or hot) for longer, we’ve found bottles to suit even the pickiest child. There are also eco-friendly options, a quirky carton-shaped design, and a transition cup for toddlers who want to act all grown up.

We’ve also found other essentials like some of the best kids’ lunchboxes and best kids’ backpacks to help you get everything you need together. Or, if it’s your child’s first time away from home, we’ve also got a guide on how to help your toddler settle into nursery.

Here’s our pick of the best water bottles for kids…

1. Rachel Ellen Dinosaur Water Bottle, £10

– Best for a leakproof lid

Capacity: 350ml | Size: H20cm x W7cm

Make sure your child’s water bottle is on trend with this leak proof kids water bottle. There are 2 fun dinosaur designs to choose from and both promise to be leak proof with no BPA.

There’s both an internal straw and flexible silicone spout that folds down and you can remove all components for cleaning (hand-wash only).

One grandparent who bought the product was impressed with its effectiveness and described it as a “lovely looking bottle for toddlers.” He said, “It has not leaked and my grandson loves it.”

Available from: John Lewis

2. One Green Bottle Stainless Steel Curvy Bottle, from £14

– Best for sustainable design

Capacity: 350ml | Size: H23 x W10 x D10 cm

These kids’ stainless steel water bottles are an environmentally-friendly choice, as 25 plastic bottles are reclaimed from the sea with each one purchased. Made with zero plastic, this bottle comes with a detachable silicone straw, making it straightforward for kids to drink from.

There are lots of colours to choose and it is even guaranteed to be a leak proof kids’ water bottle. There’s even a a 1 year warranty and you can chuck the bottle in the dishwasher, but you’ll need to wash the cap by hand.

Available from: One Green Bottle and Amazon

3. Thermos FUNtainer Football Hydration Bottle, £10.99

– Best for insulation

Capacity: 355ml | Size: W18.8 x D6.6 x W4.39 cm

This kids’ stainless steel water bottle is ideal for footie-loving fans. The flask by iconic brand Thermos comes with vacuum insulation meaning it can keep liquids cool for up to 12 hours.

There’s a push button lid with a pop-up straw and there’s even a 5 year guarantee included, although it isn’t dishwasher-safe.

“My older son has had his one for a few years now and it’s been dropped and used all the time,” said one parent. “It’s really solid and has no damage to it after all it’s been through.”

Available from: Amazon

4. Oxo Tot Adventure Water Bottle, £10

– Best for easy drinking

Capacity: 340ml | Size: H13.9cm x W7.6cm

Oxo Tot’s Adventure bottle comes with a handy twist top which conceals the straw when its not in use, keeping it clean for your child to sip on.

It’s been designed with little hands in mind, with an hourglass shape and flexible hook for kids to hold onto while they’re out and about.

Available from: Kidly

5. Three D Cartoon Sketch Initial Water Bottle, £14.50

– Best for personalisation

Capacity: 500ml | Size: H19.8cm x W7cm

If you want a water bottle that’s going to standout from the rest of the class, we love this personalised option which comes with your child’s name and initial.

There’s a whole range of colours to choose from and you can pick from 2 different lids – a sports top or screw top to be used however your child prefers. There’s also a useful clip hook for attaching to a school bag or coats.

Available from: Not On The High Street

6. Drink in the Box, £9.99

– Best for a carton design

Capacity: 225ml | Size: H15cm x W7cm x D4cm

Do your kids love juice cartons? Now you can prevent all the disposable packaging and straws by giving them this reusable version.

This clever drinking box can hold 225ml and comes with an integrated straw which is reusable. The box is also BPA-free and it seemed to go down well with previous buyers on Amazon.

One parent said it was “easy to clean” while another described it as “perfect” for her son’s small hands while still being “handy enough that I can pop it inside my purse while we are out and about.”

Available from: Amazon

7. Elefunkie Ice Cream Water Bottle, £13.97

 – Best for a novelty design

Capacity: 500ml | Size: H17.5cm x W7.5cm 

Kids will love the fun, brightly coloured ice-cream design on this water bottle which also clips on to a backpack so they can proudly show it off. 

Cute as well as practical, it comes with a flip-top spout and collapsable design which means you can roll it up (without water inside) and store it in a bag – particularly handy if you’re short on space with all your other day out essentials.

Available from: Amazon

8. Daily Intake Water Bottle, £15

– Best for keeping track of water intake

Capacity: 900ml | Size: H26cm x W7.5cm

A fun way for older kids to keep track on their daily water intake is with this bottle designed with time labels down each side, so they can make sure they’re drinking enough throughout the day.

It comes with a secure flip top lid so shouldn’t accidentally open in their bag, and we love the cute cloud and rainbow design too.

Available from: Not On The High Street

9. Skip Hop Straw Bottle, £7.50

– Best water bottle for toddlers

Capacity: 340ml | Size: H17.8cm x W7cm

A good choice for smaller children (suitable for 12 months+), this BPA free kids’ water bottle features an extra straw and a flip-top lid. The cute bee design is bright and fun for little ones and it comes with a budget price tag.

The bottle is top-shelf dishwasher safe and impressed parents with its toddler-friendly straw that’s easy to suck as well as its durable design. It also comes with an extra straw, which one parent found useful after their toddler chewed the top of the first one. 

Available from: Amazon, Jojo Maman Bebe and John Lewis

10. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel water bottle, £16.95

– Best for a choice of fun designs

Capacity: 355ml | Size: H17 x W7.4 x D7.4 cm

This kids’ stainless steel water bottle comes in 7 different designs and has a spout as well as a covering lid. The steel should help keep the contents cool and it also means it is a BPA free kids’ water bottle.

You can put the bottle (but not the lid) in the dishwasher and there’s a handy loop for carrying or attaching to backpacks.

A popular choice, this bottle has over 250 reviews averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars overall. Parents said they were impressed with the product’s performance and their children particularly liked the bottles.

“Holds plenty of water and looks really nice, my daughter loves it,” said one buyer while another described it as “long lasting, eco friendly and kids love them too.”

Available from: Amazon

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