Despite the fact most parents can't recall drinking a single glass of water for their entire childhood, we all seem to do a great job keeping our little ones hydrated. So much so that finding the perfect toddler water bottle is a legit quest. It's got to be easy to clean and easy enough for little hands to open, but not so easy that it floods the bottom of their backpack or your diaper bag.

Whether you're looking to help the environment or reduce your use of plastics, stainless steel water bottles are a great solution for keeping your little ones hydrated all year long—especially when the weather is hot. We also prefer stainless steel water bottles for toddlers for their durability and the fact they don't leach chemicals when exposed to heat (like baking in our beach bags.)

Our picks will keep your kiddos cool and are perfectly sized for little hands. Shop our favorite stainless steel water bottles for toddlers below!

Water Bottles for Toddlers

thermos funtainer

Thermos

$13.99

Funtainer

This one is Wirecutter’s top pick for kids’ water bottles and we’d have to agree. Not only is it the least expensive on our list, it’s also super easy to clean, easy for little hands to operate and it legit NEVER leaks.

takeya kids insulated water bottle

Takeya

$24.99

Kids Insulated Water Bottle

From the brand responsible for our favorite $20 iced coffee maker, Takeya’s Actives kids’ insulated water bottle is a favorite for the older set. It’s made of just four parts that separate easily for cleaning and comes in a variety of sizes and gorgeous colors.

thermoflask kids stainless steel water bottles

Thermoflask

$27.99

Stainless Steel Kids Water Bottle 2-Pack

Parents who once grabbed these off the shelf at Costco will be thrilled to know you can find them on Amazon. The two-pack is not only a great value, but reviewers rave about the durability, ease of cleaning and completely leak-proof construction.

yeti rambler jr. water bottle

Yeti

$29.99

Rambler Jr. Kids Water Bottle

Are their coolers over-hyped? Maybe. Their water bottles on the other hand? Totally worthy. They’re virtually indestructible (dents and dings included) with a super easy-to-carry handle and sweat-proof outside. The wide handle makes it easy to carry or clip onto something and like the grown-up version, it’s also completely leak-proof and keeps drinks ice cold for hours.

hydroflask kids water bottle

Hydro Flask

$29.95

Kids Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask makes awesome adult water bottles, so we’re not surprised that their kid version also hits it out of the park. Features we love here include double-wall vacuum insulation (translation: put ice in in the morning, and you’ll still have ice in the afternoon), an easy-to-drink (and clean) top, a silicone bottom to prevent dings, and a bottle that’s just the right size for little hands. What age are these bottles appropriate for? We tried them on our two-year-old and eight-year-old and both were easily able to maneuver the straw lid, making it a great option from Pre-K straight through elementary school.

planet box stainless steel water bottles

Planet Box

$25.95

Capsule Water Bottle

The brand behind all those Pinterest-famous bento-style lunchboxes, PlanetBox also makes a mean (and clean!) water bottle. Comprised of a stainless steel bottle and a removable silicone spout (no plastic comes in contact with liquid), the double-walled and vacuum-insulated water bottle keeps drinks cold for 12 whole hours.

ecovessel stainless steel water bottle

Eco Vessel

$27.99

The Frost Insulated Water Bottle

Eco Vessel began with the goal of replacing wasteful, single-use bottles with insulated stainless steel ones, a message we can definitely get behind. Their straw bottle features a flip spout for no-tilt drinking, a sturdy design, and a great selection of fun patterns + designs.

camelbak eddy water bottle

Camelbak

$18

Eddy

The ‘big bite valve’ is our favorite feature of this bottle—it’s simple for even the youngest toddlers to master, prevents spills, and is easily replaceable. We also love that everything is top-rack dishwasher safe and easy to clean, and that this bottle keeps liquids cool for hours.

contigo kids water bottle

Contigo

$16.99

Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle

If you’re worried about spilling, don’t be with this stainless bottle. It features an ‘autospout’ lid with a straw and a spill-proof valve, perfect for even the messiest of little drinkers 😄 It keeps liquids cool for up to 14 hours and is perfectly sized to fit in most cup holders.

Klean Kanteen kids narrow water bottle

Klean Kanteen

$17.95

Kids Classic Narrow Water Bottle

More of a traditional water bottle style, this stainless option works well for older toddlers + little kids as it’s not leak-proof. We really like the chip-resistant powder coat finish (available in either a shiny finish or an awesome matte option) as well as the wide, easy-to-fill opening. The brand offers sippy and sport top styles which are conveniently interchangeable with the bottles themselves.

Skip Hop Toddler Sippy Cup with Straw

Skip Hop

$17.99

Toddler Sippy Cup With Straw

We 💜 all things Skip Hop, especially this stainless steel bottle. The silicone sleeve keeps the bottle safe in the grip of little hands, and the flexible straw is easy to clean. And your little one will love choosing the adorable animal design that’s just the right match!

s'ip by s'well water bottle

S'well

$19.99

S'ip Bottle

The classic water bottle style of S’well makes them a great match for lunch boxes, backpack bottle pockets and even bike bottle holders. Unlike the adult version, this one conveniently keeps the lid attached (because you know they’ll lose it otherwise.) The slim top is easy for little ones to hold and it keeps drinks super cold the entire day.

A version of this story was published September 21, 2021. It has been updated.