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Best American Made Water Bottles

By Matt Mullins   Last updated April 29, 2021

These water bottles are all BPA-free, tasteless, and proudly made in the USA! We’ve included a variety of bottles to suit your needs for hiking, backpacking, camping, gym use, and for simply bringing water to work.

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I know how hard it is to find honest recommendations on American made gear. That’s why I started American Gear Guide which other sites are now copying. I take my recommendations seriously and only recommend the best of the best. Of course this is my subjective opinion but I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few reasons to trust me:

  • I make independent recommendations based on personal experience (not paid to endorse a product).
  • As an avid outdoorsman that review gear for a living, I also actually own and use all American made gear.
  • My background includes 10 yrs working with the US Forest Service as a Hotshot Firefighter, Ranger, Wildlife Crew-Leader, and Forest Ecologist. I’ve been certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I’ve backpacked extensively throughout the USA and 34 countries including in the Middle East, Central & South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. See About page for more.
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Nalgene Bottles

Nalgene bottles have been a staple in the outdoors scene for as long as I’ve known. They’re made from a nearly indestructible polyester, though a curious bear did manage to puncture mine (see below). Regardless of bear abilities, I highly recommend Nalgene bottles. You can find them in a variety of colors and sizes, 32 oz being the most popular size.
Last price range observed: $11 – 14

Nalgene bottle chewed on by a bear.
Apparently not bear proof. Culprit... a curious young Grizzly in the Absaroka Range.

Liberty Bottleworks Water Bottles

Liberty Bottleworks bottles are the only metal water bottles made in the USA. These aluminum bottles are durable, BPA free, tasteless, and have a smooth wine bottle like pour spout. Liberty bottles come in a variety of creative designs.
Last observed price range: $19 – 28

MSR Dromedary & Dromlite Reservoirs

Sometimes you need more water, sometimes a lot more. When fighting desert fires as a hotshot firefighter, I used a 10L Dromedary with a hydration kit bite valve. I easily finished the entire 10 liters plus multiple gatorades every day, no joke. Dromedaries are also very durable; mine has withstood tons of abuse. The Dromlite is a similar reservoir which is slightly lighter but also slightly less rugged.
Last price range observed: $40 – 50

​Platypus 2L Platy Bottle

Platy bottles are incredibly lightweight and quite durable for a collapsible, rollable bottle. They won’t last you forever being rolled up again and again but should last a good couple years of consistent use.
Last price range observed: ~ $15

Polar Insulated Water Bottle

A great BPA-free insulated water bottle. I use one for mtn. and road biking. It doesn’t keep things cold for a really long time but if you’re just out for a couple hours long ride then it probably won’t matter… and it’s far superior to no insulation.
Last price range observed: ~ $15 (depending on model)

Vapur Element Bottle

Vapur bottles are collapsible, leak-proof water bottles with a one handed flip top. The carabiner can attach the bottle to your backpack and also store the rolled up bottle as shown below. Of course they’re also BPA free.
Last observed price range: $12 – 14

Platypus Big Zip LP Reservoir

A nice big “camelbak style” reservoir with a low profile that fits into hydration-compatible packs. The Big Zip has a smart leak proof wide-mouth closure that allows you to easily fill up or clean the reservoir. The bite valve includes a good lockout to prevent accidental leaks.
Last price range observed: $40-50

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