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Plastic versus metal water bottles?

Asked by lrk (757points) August 3rd, 2008

I’m buying a new water bottle soon to replace my old PBA – ridden one.

Do I want a one of the new Camelbak PBA-free bottles, one of these bottles of unknown metal makeup, or something else entirely?

(Take into account the taste of the water, ability to clean, lack of cancer… any factors you think might be relevant in using my bottle!)

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joeysefika's avatar

Just buy a bottle of water or juice or whatever and reuse the bottle. Sheesh!

timothykinney's avatar

I really prefer glass, but it’s heavy and easy to break. I use plastic ones if I have to, but I really dislike it when I can taste the plastic. I often resort to reusing an Ozarka water bottle, though my girlfriend says this has traces of carcinogens in it also.

Good luck finding a solution to this problem. It’s a tough one.

lrk's avatar

@joeysefika: The goal is trying to get rid of the carcinogens!
@timothykinney: Yeah, I’ve also been trying to stop reusing old Poland Spring bottles, but they’re just so convenient…

joeysefika's avatar

Hell what doesn’t give you cancer these days. But fair enough point

aisyna's avatar

I would go with the Camelbak

arllyn's avatar

i think plastic….....

bulbatron9's avatar

It’s BPA


gooch's avatar

Go with new BPA free camelbak for travel. At home use glass. It can be sterilized between uses nor does it leach out toxins. Plastic ones can’t be safely or effectivly sterilized between uses.

trumi's avatar

Get a Sigg. That’s what that picture is.

Its aluminum coated with copper (no Alzheimer’s risk), painted in hundreds of different styles. They keep your water way colder than plastic, can be used over and over, and are getting really popular in CA and NY.

So popular that the website is currently sold out, so try to find it somewhere else on the internet of near where you live.

I love mine, I use it every day and take it everywhere with me. Plus it doesn’t look ridiculous like a Camelbak (although those are awesome if you’re skiing).

marinelife's avatar

Glass for now.

AstroChuck's avatar

What has happened to the general population that has made them so thirsty all the time? Everyone has to always carry around a bottle of water with them everywhere they go. I don’t know how we got by when I was growing up in the sixties and seventies. I just drink Dr. Pepper. You can get it in paper cups with ice at Burger King.

btko's avatar

I suggest Klean Kanteen. They are simple stainless steel. Some of the cheap bottles that look stainless steel are actually aluminum with plastic coating. Don’t buy an aluminum bottle.

A lot of glass these days is created with parts of plastic in them for strength. I don’t really think that’s any better.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Thank you bulbatron (GA). That was really bothering me. Nalgene makes BPA free water bottles now. I would get one of those.

lrk's avatar

@btko Are the SIGGs (aluminum with copper coating) okay?

lapilofu's avatar

I would go with plastic. They’re light and if it’s a well-made water-bottle (as I assume a Camelbak would be) relatively unbreakable. I’d be worried about a metal bottle getting nicks and dents. Especially if it had something painted on it, as cool as those bottles are. I’d be worried about a glass bottle being way heavier than reasonable for going anywhere. (Although, I did have a friend who carried around an emptied handle of vodka that he filled with water. That’s definitely an option worth considering.)

lapilofu's avatar

P.S. Thanks for educating me about PBA!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

…it’s BPA, (Bisphenol-A) as bulbatron pointed out…

btko's avatar

I’m not sure Irk,

Certainly a copper coating is fine, I wonder though how thick the coating is… and does the aluminum leech through the copper? And maybe not right away… perhaps after you put some acidic drink in your bottle it may affect the coating?

Just some questions I would ask.

timothykinney's avatar

I’m fairly certain that Copper would tarnish.

trumi's avatar

No, they’re pretty awesome. BTW, I guess I don’t know the composition.

Sigg Advantages and Disadvantages

btko's avatar

I’d still go straight stainless steel… no coatings, no linings…

btko's avatar

true , that would be even better.

Knotmyday's avatar

Plastic. Won’t freeze to your lips in sub-zero. Everest, ho!

timothykinney's avatar

Neither will water? Oh wait…

nephrons's avatar

if having drinking water with you all the time is a NECESSITY, then i guess bringing it along with you in breakable bottle (healthy specially when cleaned properly) is not a BURDEN.. we all know plastic containers have carcinogens specially those labeled “disposable”, and re usable ones when exposed to certain temperature and condition, will also emit toxins..

timothykinney's avatar

Steel bottles leech metals into your water at extremely high temperatures when the steel becomes molten.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

LOL Tim. You’re responses are always so witty and clever. You should fluther more often. ;-) (GA)

Knotmyday's avatar

@timothykinney: From Tim Mosedale, Everest summiteer:

1. Nalgene Lexan wide neck preferred – won’t burn your hands when it’s hot, easy to fill with hot water and won’t stick to your lips when cold. Platypusses (Platypae?) / Camelbacks are fine for trekking but are absolutely NO good for early starts on the mountain – the tubes freeze even with insulators. NOTE – Please DO NOT bring Sigg bottles. They are a nightmare to fill with hot water, they will invariably burn you if you use them as hotties in your sleeping bag, you’ll spill water everywhere when you try and fill from a pan of water when cooking on the mountain, they are prone to leaking if dropped or damaged and will stick to your lips when they are cold. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

Apparently, you and I have no common frame of reference. I speak from experience. Thank you, however, for the enlightening observation of the physical properties of water.

@Irk: The unknown metal bottles are Siggs, or knockoffs thereof. Some folks swear by ‘em…not me. Nalgene is the good stuff.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

(I think he was joking, knotmyday)

Knotmyday's avatar

Sorry. Didn’t realize this was a joke thread. In that case:

What’s the difference between roast beef and pea soup?

anyone can roast beef

La_chica_gomela's avatar

haaaaaa haaaaa haaaaaaaa

aidje's avatar

Nalgene is phasing out the BPA-ridden plastics. So I’m just sticking with Nalgene.

derekpaperscissors's avatar

Nalgene is a strong, known, and reliable water bottle. Comes in different shapes and colors. A lot of my fellow mountaineers recommend it since they also come with models that have loops to attach carabiners or have carabiners already included. No need for water bottle slots, you can easily just hang it anywhere.

Better yet, get a hydration pack. You can wear it like a backpack and you just need to sip through the hose whenever you’re thirsty. Camelbak has some of these. Check out their website.

Metal bottles tend to dent, and are slightly more expensive i think. And since bottles are mainly used for liquid storage and drinking, you can’t really use metal ones to heat your coffee over a campfire or something. Not unless you’re talking about metal cups. Oh, be careful what kind of metal and coatings are used as well as some studies indicate health risks. Generally, the lighter the metal used, the more expensive it is.

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it is so not cool

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