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Last updated on June 16th, 2022 at 07:04 am

The Ultimate Guide to Promotional Water Bottles

Most people carry a water bottle everywhere they go these days. In fact, it has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. It’s no wonder that promotional water bottles is an amazing choice for promotional gifts! 

This is a follow up blog post to our guide to promotional mugs. In this blog post we will talk about material, shape, printing on custom water bottles.

What are Promotional Water Bottles Made of?

Plastic Water Bottles

tritan water bottle
Tritan water bottle

As one of the most popular material on earth, plastic water bottles come in all shapes, colors and sizes in custom water bottles. There are a few things you may have heard of. All plastic water bottles are now BPA-Free. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical that is often found in consumer goods. However, a growing amount of research links Bisphenol A to some major health concerns, such as a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, diabetes, and birth defects. They eventually led to a California ban on BPA. All bottles are now BPA-Free water bottles.

Some promotional plastic water bottles are made of PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate); it is BPA-Free, and it is the plastic most commonly used in single-use plastic water bottles as well.

Tritan Copolyester is a thermoplastic developed by Eastman Chemicals in 2007. Tritan is neutral in taste, food-safe, heat-resistant, break-proof and dishwasher-safe up to 80°C. It’s also produced without any harmful plasticizers such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS). Tritan water bottles are hard plastic, looks like glass and are break resistant.

Since plastic water bottles are usually the least expensive, they are a good option for promotional giveaway in outdoor events or summer events.

Glass Water Bottles

frosted glass water bottle

Many people think glass is the best material for water bottles. Glass is recyclable. It is chemical-free, made from natural materials, and dishwasher safe. There are different types of glass water bottles, some water bottles are covered with silicone to prevent breakage.  Borosilicate glass water bottles is the best kind of glass water bottles. It is lighter and less prone to break.

Aluminum, Stainless Steel Water Bottles

stainless steel water bottleAluminum and stainless steel custom water bottles may look similar. However there are significant differences between the two types of promotional water bottles materials. Aluminum water bottles are obviously made of aluminum, which will react with certain types of liquids. Therefore on the inside of the promotional aluminum water bottles there is a plastic liner layer. Some are BPA liners and some are not. So be sure to look for one with BPA-free liners. Aluminum water bottles are generally lighter, less expensive than stainless steel water bottles and not dishwasher safe.

Custom stainless steel water bottles are made with food grade stainless steel. It is not reactive with liquids so there are no liners inside the bottles. Look inside your stainless steel water bottle, it should just be stainless as well! It is also dishwasher safe. Double walled stainless steel tumblers can keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Specialty Water Bottles

blender bottle
Blender Bottle
wine tumbler with full color logo printing
wine tumbler with full color logo printing
Bubba growler
Bubba growler

Some water bottles serve double duty and can be a great way to distinguish from a sea of custom water bottles. Infuser water bottles flavors the water with fresh fruit or tea. Shaker bottles come with a blender ball to mix protein powder or other supplement with water. Growlers are traditionally used for transporting beer, but the large capacity can be used for water and other drinks too. Wine tumblers are shaped like a stemless wine glass. They keep hot / cold drinks for hours, and can hold a lot more than just wine! Tumblers with straws especially useful for sipping cold coffee, juice or tea. 

Premium Brand Water Bottles

Nalgene wide mouth water bottle
Nalgene wide mouth water bottle
Camelbak Chute water bottle
Camelbak Chute water bottle
igloo custom water bottle
igloo water bottle
corkcicle canteen
Corkcicle canteen
Takeya stainless steel water bottle
Takeya water bottle

Using a name brand promotional product that aligns with your brand can uplift your brand image, and ensure product quality. Here is a few of our favorite brands that are available as custom water bottles:

Camelbak: one of the largest retail brands of water bottles. Loved by outdoor enthusiasts and cyclist.

Igloo: for over 70 years, the brand has a reputation for providing quality drinkware for campers, professionals and athletes.

Nalgene: another outdoor and active water bottle brand favorite. Its wide-mouth has become the trusty take-anywhere trail companion because of its Goldilocks weight, versatility and price.

MiirR®: MiiR makes high quality stainless steel drinkware. It is also a brand that gives back: Every MiiR product sold helps fund trackable giving projects at the intersection of communities and the environment.

S’well: It all started with its iconic 17oz bottle. S’well makes water bottles stylish and cool. It now expands into barware and food.

Takeya®: currently on many experts’ list of best water bottles. The brand started in Japan and now it’s in America. It is the go-to water bottles for those who have an active lifestyle.

Corkcicle: Corkcicle started with one product (in-bottle wine chiller) to canteens, tumblers, cooler bags. Its iconic modern design appeals to wine drinkers and those who appreciate styles and design.


How Are Promotional Water Bottles Printed?

Once you selected a water bottle that align with your marketing plan and customer, now it’s time to design the logo to go on the bottle! There are a few different imprint methods on for custom water bottles, including laser engrave, screenprint, digital printing and dye-sublimation. They all have advantages and disadvantages. Read more about water bottle imprint methods in this blog post.

About the Author

Shirley Ho

Shirley is the co-founder of Garuda Promo and Branding Solutions. With a background in print production and graphic design, she specializes in promotional products marketing, creating end-products that aligns with her client's marketing goals and brand strategy.

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