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Best Water Bottles for Kids (Sports, Cycling, and Hiking)

eric-awwy By Eric Awwy, 29 Jul 2021

Kids’ water bottles are a must-have for family bike rides as they bring hydration closer to the rider.

Because energy is constantly being used up with each pedal stroke, small cyclists need to stay hydrated.

But truth be told, there are so many considerations that one has to keep in mind when looking for the ideal water bottle for their child.

As a parent, you have to ask yourself when looking for water bottles for your kids, including Is this water bottle easy to drink from? Does it keep water cold? Will it fit in a bike cage? Can it be used both on and off-bike? ...and so forth.”

To ease your time searching for the bottle that ticks all the appropriate boxes for you, we’ve gone ahead and compiled 15 of the best kids’ water bottles in the market for you. Our comprehensive review entails a careful outlining of the strengths and weaknesses of each of these bottles so you can quickly identify which bottle best fits your child’s needs.

On top of that, we’ve added a brief buying guide to help you if you don’t know exactly what to look out for in a kid’s water bottle.

Now, without wasting any time, here are 15 of the best water bottles for kids.

Table of Contents

Comparison table of the best kids’ cycling water bottles

15 best kid’s cycling water bottles

Kids Cycling water Bottles Buying Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Comparison table of the best kids’ cycling water bottles

Water Bottle Material Capacity Sprout Style Insulated or Not? Dishwasher safe or not?
Simple Modern Kids reusable water Bottle  Stainless Steel 14 – 22 oz.  Straw lid  Yes N/A
CamelBak Eddy Kids cycling water bottle  Tritan Plastic 14 oz.  Flip, bite, sip  No Yes
Takeya Kids’ water bottle   Stainless Steel 14 oz. Folding straw lid Yes N/A
Vmini Kids’ Water bottle with straw Stainless Steel 12 oz. Wide mouth with patented straw lid Yes N/A
Thermos Funtainer water bottle  Stainless steel  12 oz.  Straw with pop lid  Yes No
Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids’ water bottle Plastic 13.92 ounces Auto-seal cap  No No
Snug Kids Water Bottle  Stainless steel  12/ 17 oz.  Flip-top cap with straw No No
Bubba Flo Kids’ water bottle Plastic 16 oz.  Built-in spout Yes Yes
Embrava water bottle  Tritan Co-polyester plastic  32 oz.  One-click open spout No Yes
Cute water bottle  Tritan plastic  23 oz.  Auto-flip top lid Yes Yes
Polar Breakaway Insulated bike water bottle  Plastic  20 / 24 oz.  High-flow self-sealing cap Yes Yes
Hydro Flask wide mouth 2.0 bottle  Stainless steel  12 oz.  Flip-top spout Yes Yes
Polar Breakaway Wave water bottle  Plastic 20 oz.  Self-sealing surge cap No Yes
Gatorade stainless steel water bottle  Stainless steel  26 oz.  Easy open/close drink-through cap  Yes Yes
Travel Kuppe Vacuum Insulated Cycling water bottle Stainless steel  20 oz.  Straw lid  Yes N/A

The Best cycling Water Bottles for Kids

Some of the outstanding factors for an ideal water bottle for kids, especially those that cycle, include easy to clean, leak-proof capability, and appealing design that resonates with the universal taste of kids. If they do not love carrying hydration water packs, it might be wise to try at least one of these 15 cycling water bottles for kids. We already reviewed the water bottle holders/cages that can help the kids carry these bottles around on their bikes for convenient on-the-go hydration.  

1 Simple Modern Kids reusable water bottle – Best Overall

Many users rank the Simple Modern Kids water bottle very highly as it is designed for effortless use.

This water bottle is available in a wide range of colors and sizes (14 – 22 oz.), so you can rest assured that there is something for your child.

Aside from an assured size and color selection, there’s so much more to love about the 14 oz. size which we tested.

Where durability counts, it’s an 18/8 stainless steel water bottle that is coated with a durable finish.

If you are keen on a temperature retaining bottle, you will love that it features double-walled vacuum insulation, which keeps drinks cold for hours on end!

It further features a BPA-free Summit straw lid which is leakproof even when the nozzle is closed.

The only downside to it is that while the straw delivers just enough water, its design makes it a little challenging to suck. As such, it requires a bit of effort to get water out.

But other than that, it’s a great addition to any bike collection, especially because all the bottle sizes fit in most standard water bottle cages and cup holders.

  • Premium copper-coated finish
  • Available in a variety of sizes and colors
  • Sweat-free double-walled vacuum insulation
  • Leak-proof straw lid
  • Straw is somewhat hard to suck

2 CamelBak Eddy Kids Cycling water bottle

CamelBak products are a popular go-to for reliable hydration among cyclists and most sports enthusiasts. And the CamelBak Eddy kids cycling water bottle is no different.

It’s a kids’ water bottle that will be sure to win them over as it comes in so many fun graphics!

This 14 oz. plastic water bottle stands out as it was recently updated from Echo plastic to a new eco-friendly plastic called Tritan Renew. The deal is that in comparison to the Echo plastic, the Tritan Renew Plastic is more durable as it will not crack even when put in a high-heat dishwasher setting.

Needless to say, this bottle is dishwasher safe.  

One of the star features of the CamelBak Eddy is the flip, bite, and sip spout style. With it, the child doesn’t have to tilt the bottle to have a drink! Instead, they simply flip, bite, and sip from the valve.

Additionally, this bottle is protected from spills and leaks when open and closed - none of that annoying wetness.

The bummer? Well, the bite valve can easily be pushed in by the child, resulting in a hole that then allows leaks. So while the valve doesn’t leak, it is somewhat prone to leaking depending on the type of user.

Furthermore, the spout is exposed to the elements even when closed.

But if that isn’t a deal-breaker for you, this water bottle is a great way to ensure hydration for your child.

  • Updated Tritan plastic is highly durable
  • Easy to drink with the flip-bite-and-sip spout
  • Very affordable
  • The bite valve is prone to damage
  • The drinking spout is exposed to the elements

3 Takeya Kids’ water bottle

One sure thing we love is that all parts of the Takeya Kids’ water bottle are kid-friendly.

Made of 18/8 stainless steel with double-treated powder coating, this water bottle is not only highly durable but also food grade certified as it won’t transfer flavors.

A removable protective bumper makes it all the more durable while protecting little hands from hot or cold beverages.

One of the first things you will notice about this bottle is that it features a folding straw lid from which the child can quickly draw water. The straw maximizes the flow rate of the drink in a way that serves the best thirst-quenching experience.

The other advantage of this drinking mechanism is that it encourages one-handed drinking, especially because it is tilt-free.

We also recommend the Takeya bottle as a solid option for use even when one is not riding, as a wide loop handle makes it easy to transport it anywhere.

The bottle further features double-wall vacuum insulation, which prevents condensation and thus protects bags from moisture-build-up and flat surfaces from sweat rings.

Moreover, a universal wide mouth makes for easy cleanups of the bottle. However, we will warn that the lid does leak when positioned upside down. Therefore, to experience the best use, you have to ensure it stays upright at all times.

That notwithstanding, whether it’s drinking in the car or carry-on in a water bottle cage, this 14 oz. water bottle is a recommendable buy.

  • Sweat-free double-wall insulation
  • Easy-grip protective bumper
  • Wide straw offers great water flow
  • A wide loop handle eases transportation
  • Tilt-free patented straw lid
  • It easily leaks when turned upside down

4 Vmini Kids’ Water bottle with straw

The Vmini water bottle has one of the most appealing and unique looks of all the bottles we have reviewed. We love how the gradient patterns complement each bike the bottle is set on, adding a classy touch to the whole look.

This bottle boasts of shatter-resistant durability thanks to the premium high-grade 18/8 stainless steel make. This stainless steel material also has perks, such as being resistant to corrosion and oxidation, which add to the longevity of the bottle.

One of the most outstanding things about this bottle is the patented straw lid. Drinking from the bottle while riding is such an easy job as the straw lid makes it so much more convenient for one-hand drinking.

In fact, the package features a complimentary straw lid, 2 straw sets, and a straw brush.

The convenience of use topples over to other features. For instance, a wide rotating handle makes it easy to carry, while a wide mouth makes it easy to clean the bottle. And being BPA-free, it is safe for daily hydration.

The Vmini also keeps beverages hot and cold accordingly, thanks to double-walled vacuum insulation.

High on durability, well-insulated, and easy to drink from, this bottle is the perfect outdoor partner for young sports lovers.

  • 18/8 stainless steel is highly durable
  • The new straw lid is convenient to drink from
  • Double-walled vacuum insulation
  • BPA-free
  • It takes some fiddling with the lid to keep it completely leak-proof

5 Thermos Funtainer kids water bottle

For extended periods of riding, you want a water bottle that is easy to drink from and even easier to have around the bike’s surroundings; and that is exactly what this Thermos Funtainer bottle offers. 

If you happen to like it as much as we do, you will love that the Funtainer is available in up to 18 different designs!

It’s a 12 oz. stainless steel water with double-wall vacuum insulation, which guarantees liquid coolness for up to 12 hours!

At the same time, an integrated handle makes it easy to grab the Funtainer out of a bike cage and carry it around as one goes about their errands.

Designed for children below ten years of age, we are thrilled with how easy it is for small hands to wrap around the slim design of this bottle. Although, we will only warn that the slim design doesn’t deliver a precise fit for most standard water bottle cages. 

Additionally, the Funtainer bottle has a hygienic touch to it in that it features a push-button lid with a pop-up straw which, in essence, protects the mouthpiece from any germs.

And while we love this feature, as with most straw spout styles, this wouldn’t be an ideal option for kids who love to chew on straws.

However, if your child isn’t the type to chew on straws, there’s no reason to stop this bottle from being the perfect companion for an on-the-go lifestyle.

  • Double-wall vacuum insulation
  • Easy to carry thanks to the integrated carrying handle
  • The slim design is easy for little ones to lift
  • Available in 18 designs
  • Straw style isn’t the best for children who like to chew on straws

6 Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids’ water bottle

The Contigo Autoseal Trekker water bottle is a plastic water bottle that resembles an adult’s coffee mug in looks and functionality.

The plastic material of this bottle makes it an excellent choice for kids as young as three years old who are just learning how to coordinate a bike.

The Trekker carries 13.92 ounces of liquid. Another thing we like is that this bottle fits most standard cup holders, so transporting it is an easy job.

Cleaning is also an easy job as all the parts of this bottle can be thrown into the top rack of a dishwasher.   

A unique feature about the Contigo bottle is that the cup is designed to seal the top in between sips automatically.

As such, the only likely challenge children would encounter with this bottle is trying to pushing and hold the drinking button. The mechanism does take some getting used to, but on the positive end, it makes these bottles an excellent aid for one-handed drinking.

No spills and leaks from this one!

And the best part is that it comes in a 2-pack! Perfect for longer use or families with more than one child.

  • BPA-free plastic
  • Automatic seal makes it leak-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Great for one-handed drinking
  • It can be challenging to push and hold the drink button

7 Snug Kids’ Water bottle

Kids and parents rave about this bottle. For parents, it’s because the price is hard to beat, and for kids, it’s because this bottle looks good.

The Snug Flask bottle is a tall and slim stainless steel water bottle whose design is just regal! Yet, the bottle looks good wherever it is placed. So, whether it’s in your hands or on the bike, this bottle serves magnificence.

More importantly, its slim design is much easier for little hands to handle as opposed to wider options.

It also helps that the bottle is made of high-quality stainless steel, which means that you can count on that elegance for years to come.

Another cool feature about the Snug Flask bottle is that it utilizes a flip-top cap with a really easy-to-drink straw.

This bottle is available in 12 oz. and 17oz. sizes, both of which have the aforementioned features.

But while we found the 17 oz. version to be elegant in terms of looks, it doesn’t give the best experience on bike cages. The reason is that the bottle is top-heavy, and as a result, its fit is predisposed to be loose and bumpy.

But despite the awkward fit, this bottle still sits on water bottle cages which is more promising than other options in the market that aren’t compatible with water bottle cages.

  • Sleek, elegant design
  • The slim design is easy for little hands to hold onto
  • Flip-top cap with straw is easy to drink from
  • High-quality stainless steel toughness
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Loose fit on water bottle cages

8 Bubba Flo Kids’ water bottle

If you’re worried about your child’s minimal water consumption while they’re out and about, then the Bubba Flo kids’ water bottle is an excellent solution for you.

It’s a 16-ounce BPA-free plastic water bottle that is sturdy and ready to take its place on your kid’s bike.

The list of nice features for this one is endless.

For starters, kids above three years of age can choose their preferred water bottle color from the three options available.

The Bubba Flo features an easy-to-grip silicone sleeve that reduces condensation, keeping the bottle away from sweat.

Furthermore, this bottle is top-rack dishwasher safe. You just need to take off the sleeve and throw the lid and body into the dishwasher for stress-free cleaning.

Another feature you will definitely like is that the Bubba Flo bottle incorporates a transparent window that allows users to track their water intake. With this feature, children can tell when they’ve had too little or just enough water.

Mind you; they can refuel thanks to a high-flow chug lid quickly. At the same time, a leak-proof lid and button lock keeps the bottle from accidental spills.

In our opinion, the most appealing feature of the Bubba Flo is its built-in spout which works to keep the drink free from any dust or debris. 

And while the Bubba Flo keeps drinks cool, it’s not as much as other water bottles we’ve reviewed.  

But for its user-friendliness, this bottle secures a top rank in our list.

  • Easy-to-grip silicone sleeve
  • The see-through window allows users to track water consumption
  • Cap-lock keeps it from accidental spills
  • Body and lid are top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Built-in spout keeps dust out
  • One has to remove the silicone sleeve to wash the bottle

9 Embrava water bottle

The Embrava water bottle is one that just looks the part!

It has a beautiful appearance that oozes sophistication in a way that other riders will have you asking where you bought it. And the bottle is available in four colors (grey, blue, pink, and white). 

Not just a good-looking machine, this bottle also serves its purpose with sophistication.

Featuring a co-polyester construction that is free of BPA, it’s a 32 oz. water bottle, which definitely has sufficient room to quench thirst.

The Embrava bottle has a lock that opens the spout for fast-water flow with one click. In addition, the secure lid lock efficiently deters unnecessary dripping while simultaneously preventing any dust from making its way into the drink.

It further comes with a carrying strap that we love because it means nothing stops the rider from having the bottle both on and off the bike.

If the rider tends to get super-attached to their favorite items, this feature makes it so convenient to have their favorite bottle with them as much as they want to. 

We also love that cleaning this bottle is an easy task, although it doesn’t have the most precise fit in cup holders.

That said, the selling factor of this bottle is that its casing has reflective features that are not only a stylish touch but also work to increase the conspicuity of the bike!

  • Fast water flow
  • The carrying strap is super convenient for off-the-bike use
  • Leak-proof lock
  • Toxin-free co-polyester construction
  • Features reflective casing for added conspicuity
  • Not insulated and prone to sweating
  • Narrow fit in cup holders

10 Cute Water Bottle (Best for Girls)

As the name suggests, this is a cute water bottle that is designed for the young girl who loves her riding excursions.

If you understand how an appealing look is vital for young users, you will appreciate this bottle's cool graphics, which will impress the young riders.

The Cute water bottle from Humtune is a 23 oz. bottle made of BPA FREE Eastman Tritan plastic that entails a carrying handle for ease of use when not cycling.

This bottle features a dust and leak-proof auto-flip top lid, which opens with one click.

The biggest advantage to the wide mouth and spout area is that the child can chug more water at once and that cleaning the bottle is really easy.

The bummer? Well, it’s probably going to be awkward trying to chug water from the wide spout while riding. It really does take some skill to coordinate between riding the bike and drinking without spilling from the bottle.

That means that every time they want to have a drink, they’ll probably have to stop. 

However, the wide mouth is not a deal-breaker for us, and most parents too. So if your child has an active lifestyle and doesn’t mind making stops for a drink, this is one of the handiest tools you can equip them with.

  • Features cool graphics
  • Easy to chug water with the wide spout
  • Easy clean by hand and dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free
  • Drinking from the wide mouth while riding may take some time to get used to

11 Polar Bottle Breakaway Insulated Bike Water bottle

Designed to hold 24 ounces of water, this water bottle is accurately sized for long rides.

Certainly not one to leave you with a plastic smell or taste, the Polar Breakaway bottle is BPA and Phthalate free.

If you, like most riders, are not a fan of warm water after hours of riding, then getting this bottle for your child is a no-brainer. 

The Polar Bottle Breakaway Insulated bottle manufacturer claims that its insulation level is certainly one that you don’t come across often.

This bottle features a triple wall of insulation which basically means that this bottle keeps drinks twice as long as the regular water bottle.

And for that, this bottle stands out from its competitors with such ease.

Our only reservation about this bottle is that we find the insulation to be true, but the extended level of insulation is no better than that of a double-wall insulated bottle. Not a deal-breaker, but certainly something to consider.

  • Great size for lengthy rides
  • Triple-wall insulation
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Triple wall insulation is pretty normal

12 Hydro Flask Wide Mouth 2.0 Bottle

The Hydro Flask water bottle is a 12 oz. water bottle that is toddler-friendly as it is appropriately sized for the smallest riders and utilizes a flip-top spout with straw.

The 18/8 stainless steel make of this bottle makes it a delight to most parents as it offers great durability.

And because it features a silicone boot, the durability is further secured as not only does it give a tight fit in water bottle cages, but the boot also protects the bottle from getting grazed and scratched.

We also love that it offers no-fuss cleaning as it is dishwasher safe.

In addition, owing to double-wall vacuum insulation, this bottle keeps drinks ice-cold for up to 24 hours, so the child doesn’t have to deal with warm water even after hours of participating in their favorite sport.

Our only concern (and it’s a small one) is that the double-wall tech adds to the overall weight of the bottle. This means that while the bottle is still easy to carry, it is a bit heavier than non-insulated options, especially when loaded with liquids.

The best-case scenario is to load up this bottle on a bike water bottle cage rather than piling it up alongside other bottles onto a backpack.   

That aside, the Kids Hydro Flask is one of the best tools for teaching kids good hydration.

  • Double-wall vacuum-insulated TempShield technology
  • Silicone boot delivers snug fit and protection from scuffs
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to drink through a straw
  • A tad bit heavier than most

13 Polar Breakaway Wave water bottle (Best Design for water cages)

There are many reasons why the Polar Breakaway wave water bottle will be a popular hit for your budding little cyclist.

Firstly, its structure entails a new shape that is easier to squeeze and draw water from. The 20-ounce water bottle delivers high water flow, which will rejuvenate your child’s energy levels quickly

Secondly, it is designed to fit water bottle cages with better accuracy for easy transportation.

Thirdly, riding with this bottle is much easier because it features a self-sealing surge cap that prevents leaks and spills. It is convenient to use the bottle without worrying about whether or not you correctly sealed the cap as it does so automatically.

Fourthly, not only is the bottle dishwasher safe, but the nozzle is removable for easier cleaning.

Fifthly, the manufacturers instilled grip grooves to hold the water bottle on water bottle cages extra-firm.

Make no mistakes because this bottle is not without its faults. While the single wall design makes for a sleek and compact look, this bottle is unfortunately not designed to withstand high temperatures. That means that it will not hold up ice cubes for long.

But all in all, the performance of the Polar Breakaway Wave water bottle is stellar.

  • Ultra-lightweight and compact
  • Fast-flow spout
  • 100% BPA-free
  • Grip grooves deliver a tight fit on water bottle cages
  • Non-insulated

14 Gatorade 26oz. Stainless Steel Bottle

Gatorade has created a perfect blend of durability and ease of use with the Gatorade 26 oz. water bottle.

The bottle’s construction is of premium 18/8 stainless steel which we have found up-to-task when it comes to withstanding forces of impact without succumbing to damage. This makes it an excellent option for rough riding as kids are very prone to crashing their bikes or, at the very least, incurring some kind of collision.

This bottle fits standard water bottle bike cages with ease and stays snug throughout rides.

We love that it features double-wall vacuum insulation. And to keep the child protected from whatever the liquid temperature within, it features a Gatorskin construction.

The Gatorskin doesn’t just function to protect the child’s skin from hot or cold drinks but also delivers a non-slip grip, making it comfortable for the child to hold the bottle while drinking.

Additionally, it is easy to drink through the cap, which we found extremely easy to open and close. And once the adventure is over, the bottle can easily be cleaned as it is dishwasher safe!

There isn’t much that we would change about this water bottle save for its weight.

  • Fully insulated with double-wall vacuum insulation
  • Gatorskin grip offers non-slip comfort
  • Convenient drinking cap
  • Available in 4 color options (Black, green, red, and white)
  • Not compatible with most bike frames
  • Heavy compared to other brands of bike seats
  • A bit heavy

15 Travel Kuppe Vacuum Insulated Cycling water bottle

The Travel Kuppe water bottle is a great treat for sports enthusiasts, not just cyclists.  However, this bottle is perfect for cyclists as it is designed with them in mind.

Gradual ridges located near the top of the bottle allow it to fit snugly into water bottle cages. This alone makes this bottle a better riding companion compared to its competitors in the market.

For one, the snug fit means the user won’t have to re-check and re-adjust the bottle back into place while they are riding. They also won’t be exposed to unnecessary accidents that can come from the bottle falling off and hitting their legs mid-ride.

The Kuppe bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel, which is collaborated with a full hammertone coating. In essence, the hammertone coating is better than normal powder coating, although we found it to be rather susceptible to scratches.

In addition, this 20 oz. bottle features a straw lid that takes a bit of effort to drink from, although not enough to discard the bottle from our review.

That aside, vacuum insulation prevents heat transfer for over 24 hours, so you can expect drinks to remain hot or cold for that whole riding session. And on top of that, it also remains sweat-free.

We believe that the ease-of-use and cyclist-oriented workmanship of the Kuppe bottle is commendable for all the above reasons!

  • Vacuum insulation keeps liquids hot or cold over 24 hours
  • They are designed to give a tight fit with most water bottle cages in the market
  • High-quality stainless steel construction
  • Takes effort to get water out of straw
  • Hammertone coating peels easily

Cycling water bottle buying guide

You need to consider a myriad of things before settling on the ideal water bottle for your child.

There are just one too many options in the market today, and it can become quite overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what to look out for.

Aside from price and looks, here are the most important features that one must consider when shopping for the ideal kids’ water bottle.

Spout style

The spout style of a water bottle is vital as it determines how easy it is to drink from the bottle as well as whether the bottle will leak.

The most common types of spouts are:

Pour spout

This is the most basic drinking style as its mouth resembles a cup. The tip and drink style makes it easy to drink from this bottle, especially when in haste. The only drawback is that it is easy to spill, especially for kids who don’t have much coordination quite yet.

Pop-top lid with straw

This spout style features a straw for drinking and a top lid that covers the straws from exposure to outside elements. The name comes from the fact that with the push of a button, the straw pops out, and the child can drink from it.

The only downside to it is that it isn’t as straightforward as other spout types. It usually takes some time for the youngest users to get used to the mechanism of opening and closing of the lid.

Exposed straw

This type of spout is easiest for kids to use as it just requires the child to flip the straw and drink from it. However, the straw is quite literally exposed as it is positioned openly at the top of the lid. The straw is usually flipped to prevent spillage. However, this drinking mechanism leaves the straw exposed to dust and germs.

Bottle material

Water bottles are generally made of 3 primary materials, and we shall dig into the merits and demerits of each of them.


This material is lightweight, BPA-free, and not susceptible to dents.

It also has the advantage of the user being able to track their water consumption. In comparison to other water bottles, they also happen to be the cheapest.

Stainless steel single wall (non-insulated)

Stainless steel single wall bottles can retain the initial temperature of the liquid stored within. However, being non-insulated, the liquid’s temperature does get affected by the external temperature, so it doesn’t retain the coolness of the drink as much as double-walled bottles.

These bottles are generally easy to clean and very durable.

Stainless steel double wall (insulated)

Due to an added layer, double-walled stainless steel water bottles have double the protection. In addition, the added layer creates a vacuum such that the temperature of the liquid retained within the bottle also does not transfer to the outside layer of the bottle.

The only disadvantage to this material is that it is heavier than the two aforementioned options.

Purpose of use

Another vital thing to consider is the purpose of the water bottle. If the water bottle is for cycling purposes, you need to consider whether the child’s bikes come with a water bottle cage. If it doesn’t, you might have to purchase one separately. The most important thing is that the water bottle you purchase actually fits in the cage.

Of course, some water bottles fit more securely than others. However, kids’ bottles, they can fit every water bottle cage out there, albeit some have a more precise fit than others.

If the water bottle intends to keep hydrated on a hike, then weight also comes into play. The heavier the bottle, the faster it will weigh your or your kiddo down.


User-friendliness has to do with the effort that the manufacturer has made to ensure that their user has a comfortable experience with their bottle. A lot of the time, user-friendliness depends on the comfort and convenience level of a bottle.

From our reviewed bottles, you will notice that some water bottles have a slimmer design which is easier for little hands to use.

At the same time, others have added features such as a protective bump to enhance the grip of the water bottle. In addition, a non-slip grip adds to the overall comfort level of a water bottle. 

You will also find that some also feature a carrying handle to make it easy to move around with the bottle.

Such features are a great tie-breaker if you have narrowed down a list of potential water bottles for your child.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the best size water bottle for a child?

The best size of a water bottle varies from child to child because many factors come into play.

The length of your ride is a factor to consider. If you are only going to enjoy short rides, there is no need for a huge water bottle.

Additionally, you want to consider how easy it will be for your child to carry around a water bottle when full. For the smallest riders, of course, that role falls on either their bike bottle cages or on their parents/ guardians.

Weigh all the options and find the perfect in-between.

What is the difference between an insulated and non-insulated water bottle?

The biggest difference between these two bottles is how much they can retain the temperature of the liquid stored within.

Insulated water bottles are designed to create a vacuum within the bottle such that liquid temperature remains locked within. That means that if you store ice cubes within the bottle, the water will remain cool for hours on end.

As for non-insulated water bottles, while the liquid’s temperature can be retained, it doesn’t last as long as insulated bottles. There is no wall or barrier created to prevent the temperature from transferring outside or being affected by outside temperatures.

This makes insulated bottles more accurate for extended periods of use. 

Which is the best way to store water on a bike between a fabric water bottle bag and water bottle cages?

It all boils down to preference as each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Fabric water bottle bags attach via Velcro, meaning that they are very flexible. On the plus side, they are easy to attach, easy to use, and have the advantage of extra storage space for snacks.

The biggest advantage is that this method does not interfere with the child’s stride. However, for some, the constant movement on the bike’s handlebars may be irritating.

As for water bottle cages, they are more rigid and can be placed so that they do not interfere with the child. In addition, they generally fit a wide range of differently sized water bottles.

Is there a kid-specific water bottle holder?

Not that we know of. Most water bottle holders are of the same size.

Should I use top-loading or side-loading for my kid’s water bottle holder?

Both spots have their advantages and disadvantages. We recommend side-loading for kid’s bikes as it is generally easier to put the bottle in and take it off.

How do I mount a water bottle holder onto my bike?

Some bikes are equipped to hold a water bottle while others aren’t. To determine whether the bike is equipped with a water bottle holder, check for small threaded eyelets which show that the bike’s frame has pre-drilled holes for mounting.

To mount the water bottle holder, you have two options. Either you use the screws that come with the holder to secure it to the bike’s frame or unscrew the eyelets, line up the holes on the bike’s frame and then use those eyelets to secure the holder.

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