Nalgene Wide-Mouthed Bottle Review

Nalgene Bottle

Product Manufacturer: Nalgene USA

Description: Everyday Water Bottle

Product Range: Wide Mouthed Water Bottle

Cost: $10 – $12

Quality Rating: 4/5

Value For Money: 5/5


 

I have written a few posts that have dealt with the travel experience and my own revelations or discovery that one can in fact take an empty bottle through airport security with the aim to fill it up either on the air-side or on the flight to your destination.

There are a 2 main benefits to this firstly being the cost saving as water bought before boarding tends to be on the expensive side and secondly that you have water available throughout the flight in sufficient quantities to prevent you becoming dehydrated.

When detailing some of the effects on a person during long haul flights, I highlighted that the relative humidity of the cabin can drop as low as 20% which causes the body to lose a lot of water. Therefore, it is recommended to drink approx. 250ml of water per hour on such flights to prevent dehydration.

I bought my bottle in 2016 when I flew to Germany and this bottle has been in continuous use while travelling, gym and work. I have included a photo below of the bottle which does show some wear to illustrate the durability of this bottle after a little over 2 years.

 

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Materials

 

Nalgene makes a big deal of their use of alternative materials to what is known as Bisphenol A or BPA. When researching the product online or in stores, this is usually in bold letters “BPA free” so I decided to research this a little. BPA is a synthetic compound added to plastics and can be found in a huge range of everyday products such as bottled water, food packaging and the epoxy lining of metal food and beverage cans. This however does not mean that BPA is safe or healthy to be in contact with.

There is much debate over the actual health effects of BPA with reports both supporting and denying that it has any negative health effects being made available from a number of different heath agencies and laboratories. The United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) however banned the use of BPA products in children’s bottles in 2012 which in itself is not a clear indication but should raise some red flags. BPA has a confirmed negative effect on the environment with it suppressing the reproductive abilities of all living organisms tasked with the breakdown of such plastics.

This being said, should you believe the reports that BPA is in fact not harmful to humans, it does have a negative impact on the environment and therefore this is still a positive selling point that all Nalgene products are BPA free.

The only negative point I can point out is that the materials are not scratch resistant and it does get scuffed over time which is why I gave it a 4/5 for quality.

 

Costs

 

The basic bottle is not expensive and costs around $10 with a number of variations in design, attachments and accessories that one can chose from. For me the base unit suited my needs completely but should you wish to have some additional features, this will naturally increase the price.

This is about as basic a product as can be reviewed and therefore the cost component of this review is very simple.

 

Size

 

Nalgene has a wide range of bottle products to suit everyone’s needs. I have provided the links here should you be interested in reviewing the various type. The range includes:

As mentioned in my other travel posts, the relative humidity of aircraft cabins can drop to as low as 20% which equates to approx. 250ml water per hour. I have a 1 L bottle that I find both practical to travel with and provides enough capacity to stay hydrated. Anything smaller I have found is too small and anything bigger becomes too heavy and bulky.

The type of mouth is mainly up to personal preference. I am a fan of the wide mouthed bottle as one can clean this easily and should you need to gulp water during an intense workout but still need to breath, then this is the best choice for you.

 

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Design

 

There are some designer decals that have also been added to the range such as the Marvel Comics range or American University Logo range where you can add some personal touches to the bottle for uniqueness.

I would not personally bother investing in these additional decals as they get scratched and damaged over time. I have included a photo of my Nalgene Wide-Mouthed bottle that is 2 years old to illustrate what I mean by this.

As you can see, the Nalgene logo has a chip out of it and there are thousands of scratches to the body of the bottle that bear witness to the abuse that this bottle has taken over the last 2 years and the many adventures it has been on with me.

The loop that attaches the cap to the bottle itself is made of a very durable flexible plastic that performs the dual function of keeping the lip attached to the bottle and attaching the bottle to my backpack when travelling.

So while the bottle does look a little beat up, the durability of this product is plain to see and I can confirm that this is indeed a great product.

Should you be looking for something that will be able to stand up to the rigours of travel and normal life outside of travel then this is the bottle for you. For $10, it’s really well worth the money.

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12 Responses

  1. ecpags74 says:

    Richard,

    I love Nalgene bottles and have used them ever since my children played soccer years ago.  The coach insisted that his players use Nalgene bottles for their water bottles because he did not want any player not being able to hydrate because of a broken water bottle and he did not want players sharing their water bottles and germs between themselves.

    It is an incredibly durable bottle and takes a beating well.  We’ve had several styles and sizes over the years and they have been holding up for over 10 years now.

    Excellent product.  Thanks for your review. Ellen

    • Richard says:

      Thanks for the personal endorsement of the product. This is definitely a great product.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Rich

  2. ido says:

    Hey

    First of all I want to say that I came across this post and took a little tour in your website and it looks great!About the product, it looks really good, and I have a question,

    Would you say that this is a good bottle to take on long hikes? perhaps the bigger sizes and not 250ml….I am currently searching for a good and trusty bottle and I want to know about this one.

    • Richard says:

      This is a good product for hiking however it would also depend on the temperature. This is not an insulated bottle so if you are hiking in winter, take precautions against it freezing over long periods of exposure. This bottle is the 1L variant which in my opinion is the idea all rounder size.

      Rich

  3. Christina says:

    I am always on the lookout for new water bottles, and the Nalgene wide-mouth bottle looks like it hits the mark! I love a nice, big bottle that I can fill up once and it’ll last me a while before I have to refill. I also love the wide mouth here. That makes it easier to drink. (Um, I am a bit clumsy though so it would likely also make it easier for me to spill! lol)

    I didn’t notice in your article whether or not you mentioned if it’s dishwasher safe? I don’t mind hand-washing bottles, but I’d prefer to let the dishwasher do that work whenever possible! 🙂 

    • Richard says:

      This is a good point to ask. It is most definitely dishwasher safe. Nalgene manufactures medical grade plastic equipment that must be designed to withstand harsh cleaning and this same principle has been applied to their domestic products. I hate hand washing items so this was a key consideration when I chose this product.

      Rich

  4. Chris says:

    I’m not really looking for a bottle for travelling at the moment, more for the cardio I go through on a daily basis (I constantly need to re-hydrate during my running sessions). 

    I kind of like the way this bottle has such a wide mouth for when I’m indoor running on a treadmill – do you think this bottle would be a good fit for this type of fitness?

    • Richard says:

      I use the bottle for Cross Fit training as it allows me to drink quickly between sets. You question is a good one but one that relates to the style of running. The wide mouth might spill the contents if you attempt to drink during a sprint but it will be OK if you tone the intensity down when you want to drink,

      Rich

  5. Sandra ehinomen says:

    Good article on water bottle, water is life no one can stay without it, Nalgene is that perfect bottle for whatever means one wants to persevere water, I guess you’ve seen how helpful it has been for you, and also less expensive in buying water from the airport. Great knowledge uv brought out, the idea of using nalgene water bottle and even the cost of it. I would get one. Thanks . 

    • Richard says:

      The low cost of this locally manufactured bottle is one of the major attractions when intending to purchase one. If you are uncertain, the investment is not extremely high for you to test the product and see for yourself.

      Rich

  6. Henry says:

    Hi! I came across your post “The Best International Airport Tips” and you recommended this bottle there. I really didn’t know you could carry an empty bottle through airport security and then fill it up on the air-side or on the flight. But yeah, it sounds perfectly okay to do so. I wonder why I hadn’t thought in that.

    And I like this Nalgene Bottle. Its design is cool and its durability is undisputable. I’ll buy one. Thank you very much!

    • Richard says:

      Many people are unaware of this that we are able to take empty bottles through security as most often we see people having to get rid of the bottles that they take through.

      I’m glad you were able to take something positive away from this post.

      Rich

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