The Takeya Actives is the best water bottle

There are many good water bottles out there – heck, there are many big water bottles out there – and as a trade writer and hydration enthusiast I have tried many. They all have their moments and features, but the Takeya Actives bottle has the best features and functions for most people. After using mine for about a year, I highly recommend it for its leak-proof seal, excellent insulation, and a wide variety of fun colors to choose from.

For a quick look at the specs, pros and cons of the Takeya Actives stainless steel bottle, see below, and keep reading for a full, in-depth review.

At a glance


  • Sweat-free, even with a lot of ice
  • Wide mouth is easy to fill with ice
  • Multiple leak-proof tops to choose from
  • Rubber bottom reduces noise and damage to bottle or surfaces
  • Plenty of bright or neutral colors


  • Threaded spout lid can be difficult to clean
  • Handle could be firmer
  • Not dishwasher safe
Material: Powder Coated Stainless Steel
Sizes: 18 oz., 22 oz., 24 oz., 32 oz., 40 oz., 64 oz.
colors: 12

The Takeya Actives water bottle has some great features, but most importantly, it starts with a great base in the form of a double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottle. It claims to keep cold liquids cold for 24 hours, and while I haven’t timed it, I believe it – this thing stays cold. The other bottles I love either sweat or don’t have an opening big enough for ice to fall into the bottle easily. The Takeya is sweat free and has a nice wide opening for ice. Perfect for anyone who really likes water as cold as possible.

Takeya - open
Thanks to Rachel Dunkel

On top of its great base, the bottle has the perfect amount of special features to make it as functional as possible without being overloaded with extras. My favorite feature is the rubber bumper on the bottom of the bottle, which prevents loud noises (or worse, dents) when placed on a table. The bumper is removable, but never slips off. I don’t know why not every metal bottle has this useful feature.

The bottle has two lids to choose from: a spout lid and a wicker lid. I can only vouch for the spout lid, but boy oh boy do I love it. The entire lid is a screw cap and the hinged lid to the spout is also a screw cap, making it 100 percent leak proof. I toss this bottle in every pocket with full confidence that it will not leak. It never happened and I know it never will. The spout lid is also easy to drink without spilling, perfectly combining the benefits of an open top and a reed top in one unique lid.

If left unattended for a while (a week plus, I’d say), the screw on the spout cap can get a little dirty. That’s to be expected, but it may take some scrubbing to get it clean again. It’s worth it for a leak proof bottle, just…don’t let your wet bottle hang out as long as I did.

Both lids have a handy movable handle that is wide and easy to carry. While many water bottle handles are narrow and awkward to hold, it’s really comfortable to loop these on a few fingers. If you try to unscrew the lid by using the handle it can bend a bit as it’s plastic, but that slight bend is the only other minor complaint I have about the bottle.

The Takeya Actives bottle is offered in a wide variety of colors and sizes. There really is something for everyone. I have the 18-ounce version and find it fits gracefully in almost any medium-sized bag I carry, as well as any cup holder. It is the perfect size to have a little water on hand. My bottle is still bright blue and scratch-free, even after a year of jingling with my keys in my bag.

Takeya Actives Insulated Spout Lid Water Bottle

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