Any dietician or health advisor will tell you that keeping hydrated is not important, it is absolutely essential. Our bodies need plenty of water to stay healthy – indeed, the general advice is on average 2-litres per day – and it is helpful to us in many ways.
Large numbers of people carry a water bottle with them when they are on the commute to work, or when out running. Others like to have water with them at all times, just in case, and where families are concerned, a day out is not the same without having to carry copious bottles of water or juice!
In recent years, people have become a lot more health-savvy – the famous ‘five a day’ rule of fruit and veg is very much part of daily life – and many very useful items have come to the market as a result. One such is the fruit infuser water bottle, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
What is a fruit infuser water bottle, and why do you want one? Let’s have a quick look at what it’s all about!
What is a Fruit Infuser Water Bottle?
First, it’s a bottle, but with a difference! If you are bored with sipping water to keep you hydrated, and don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive flavoured water, these bottles are most certainly the answer.
They take the form of a normal bottle – usually in food-approved plastic for durability and safety – and come in a variety of different sizes. The general design includes a central ‘infuser rod’ – a compartment that is smaller than the bottle itself and fits in the middle. This is where the fruit goes.
Make a note here: it doesn’t have to be fruit. Some people make a mixture of fruit and vegetables, some add herbs. Whatever your choice, you simply cut your chosen fruit into chunks and insert them into the rod. Next, fill the bottle with water to a certain point, and insert the rod. The lid attaches and away you go – the fruit begins to infuse into the water, and soon you have delicious fruit-flavoured water, which is far better than plain!
How long does it take? It will take a few hours for the flavour to become strong enough for you to taste. So, if you want it for the morning commute, prepare it in the evening, put it in the fridge overnight, and you have a lovely chilled drink for the morning!
These bottles are designed to be used on the move so are usually leak-proof. They are suitably compact and intended to take the knocks that they will get in crowded trains or buses. So, let’s look at our selection of the top 10 fruit infuser water bottles, and see if there is one here that is right for you.
The Top 10
OMORC 1L Fruit Infuser Bottle
First on our list is this very typical fruit infuser bottle, which makes it a good place to start! It’s a 1-litre bottle – a sensible size that is neither too big to carry or too small to be convenient – made from ‘Tritan copolyester’. What you need to known about this material is that it is 100% toxin-free. Some plastic bottles contain a worrying chemical known in short as ‘BPA’ which has raised some health concerns. This bottle is certified as BPA-free, so you don’t have that concern.
The bottle comes with a handy cleaning brush – a nice touch – and is fitted with a strong O-ring that forms a very tight seal to protect against leaks. It has a clever metal clasp that keeps the lid intact at all times. It is designed with grips on each side so that it is easy to hold, and comes with an 18-month warranty. Customers report the bottle as generally being a five-star item – it’s very popular with more than 600 reviews – and we like it.
Balhvit Motivational Water Bottle
We wondered what a ‘motivational water bottle’ might be, but in fact it’s a simple trick that gives this one a unique touch. The plastic bottle – toxin-free as usual and durable for daily use – is marked with sections, giving the user the inspiration to drink at certain times for correct hydration throughout the day. It’s a clever touch, and perhaps a selling point, and while a touch of a gimmick, does serve a sensible purpose.
The bottle is a 1-litre vessel – that’s pretty much the norm with these as any bigger and they will be a chore to carry, and any smaller means you have to fill up often – and the core rod removes so you can use it as a sports water bottle. It has all the usual features such as leak-proof closure, a metal ring to lock the lid in place, and grips designed into the sides of the bottle, and it comes in black, blue, green or pink. It’s a decent price for a decent infuser bottle.
Willceal Fruit Infuser Bottle
This design follows suit in that it is a 1-litre volume bottle – we should clarify that is 32oz for those using imperial measurements – and it comes with the usual fully detachable infuser rod, leak-proof lid with a very solid seal, and the flip-up lid design that is common to most of these bottles. It’s easy to clean as all the parts come apart from each other, and it’s made from BPA-free plastic that is designed to be durable enough for sports use.
Available as a clear bottle or in one of five rather fetching colours, this one has a feature we haven’t seen so far: a removeable ice gel ball. This is a ball you can freeze and then drop into the bottle, keeping your drink cool for a long time. All in all, this is a nice design with useful external grips for holding the bottle when in use, and almost 9 out of 10 customers rate it 5-stars, which is encouraging.
Premium Infuser Bottle with Insulating Sleeve
Often, when the word ‘premium’ is applied to an item, it means a premium price is also applied. As it happens, that’s not the case with this infuser bottle, which is a rather nice item at a surprisingly affordable price. The bottle itself is a 700ml volume item – that’s smaller than most on here, but not too small – and is made from toxin-free plastic that will be durable enough to withstand the rigours of the daily commute.
It has the flip lid, the infuser is designed for maximum efficiency with a bottom infusion design, which is interesting and claims to keep the water infused even when the water is low, and it is leak proof and designed to be very easy to refill. This model is dishwasher safe – please check the manufacturer statements on this as it can be confusing and not all of these bottles are – and is supplied with an insulating sleeve that is quite a neat accessory. Some customer reviews cast doubt about its overall quality, but at the price it remains a contender.
Hydracy 750ml Sport Bottle
This is another of the smaller type of infuser bottles – this one is just 750ml – yet it is a nice design with some interesting features and a good selection of accessories. The usual first: it’s made from BPA-free plastic that will stand regular use, it is easy to fill and has a removeable rod for the fruit, and it can be had in a variety of nice, fresh fruity and summery colours, which is a clever design touch.
This model comes with an insulating sleeve, the main benefit of which is protection from condensation if it is placed in a bag, and also comes complete with a gift book of 27 recipes to use with the bottle, which is also rather nice. One recurring problem with the customer reviews is that the top does not seal properly sometimes, but overall it rates at 4-stars from almost 400 reviews, which seems pretty good to us, but it’s not among the cheapest.
Mama Wata Infuser Bottle
As this is the sort of item that may be bought as a gift, it’s interesting to see this one promoted as such. Let’s start by saying that this is a great-looking infuser bottle, but as it’s finished in a nice rose-gold scheme, it’s probably one for the ladies. It’s also among the most expensive here, perhaps thanks to the quality of the expensive-looking quality gift box that it comes presented in. This is all nice but, if you just want an infuser bottle, you’re probably paying for something you don’t need.
Having said that, it would make a great gift. It’s a 700ml bottle that comes with a nice insulated sleeve, it has a locking top so there should be no leaks, and it comes apart to clean as do all of these. It also features a carry strap for added convenience. One thing we need to mention is that while it scores overall 4-stars, there are quite a few customers who mention it leaking, so be aware of that. Would we buy it? There are others here we would choose first, but it is very pretty.
ROC Premium Fruit Infuser
This is another 1-litre model – and the only one of that size we have seen so far that comes with a sleeve – and it follows the basics throughout. It has the detachable rod for the fruit, the lid locks to prevent leakage, the flip up design makes it easy to fill, and it is made from toxin-free plastic that is durable and long-lasting. It’s a nice-looking bottle, and does the job.
Is there anything that singles this one out from the others? Well, it does come with a nice recipe book – an e-book to be precise – with 40 recipes for you to try, and it scores very highly with more than 200 customers at an average of 4.5, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s not the cheapest – nor is the costliest – but one factor that may influence some is the fact 10% of the profits go to charities providing clean water for the needy.
Artoid 800ml Sports Water Bottle
It must be difficult for brands to come up with unique selling points for a product such as this, one that is purely practical, so full marks to Artoid for trying very hard. This is another bottle that comes with time markings – showing you when you need to hydrate – and it is a nice touch if you use your bottle when running or engaging in other sports. Plus, you also get a sheet of stickers, which track how you are handling your runs when you apply them to the bottle or to a chart.
The bottle is a nice design with a leak-proof lid, it’s toxin-free plastic, and it’s an 800ml bottle, which may be too small for some. That does mean it is more compact than many on this list, which could be a bonus. It’s easy to clean and infuses from the bottom part of the rod for more flavour, and it’s not a bad price. However, there are some customer reviews – as with quite a few of these – complaining about it leaking and not lasting very long, so check those out carefully.
AMER Glass Water Bottle 400ml
This nicely designed bottle is sleek and stylish, but only contains 400ml of liquid. It is designed to be used as a tea infuser or for fruit; we suspect it is more likely to be used as the former. A quality metal lid is a nice touch, and it does look the part, but we can’t see this being used like the rest of these as a fruit infuser, as it does not have the standard glass rod in the middle. Think of it as a tea flask, and it might appeal.
It is made from BPA-free plastic and metal, has a nice carry handle, is leakproof, and also has a nice metal base. If you’re looking for stylish quality design, then this is right up your street. It’s also nicely priced – you’ll get change from a tenner – and customer reviews are generally good. Not really a fruit infuser, more of a portable teapot!
Personalised Infuser Bottle
The last bottle on our list is this rather nice little infuser bottle – it’s a 740ml model so not the largest – which has a USP we haven’t seen before: you can have it personalised, with a name up to 12 letters, in pink, blue, black or white writing, applied in vinyl. If you’re looking for one of these as a gift, this might be the ideal choice, and it also comes with its own drinking straw.
The flip-top lid is perfect for easy filling, it is 100% BPA-free plastic that should be durable and long-lasting, and it is compact enough for a school bag or a handbag. There are no customer reviews available for this one yet but we like it. You will pay a little more for this one than for some, but we like the idea of the personalisation as it gives you something a bit different.
That’s our selection of the top 10 best fruit infuser water bottle UK users can buy right now, but which is for you? Before we go on to try and give you a conclusion, let’s check out some of the important features you need to consider.
Important Features and Further Information
We’ll talk about features to look for in a moment, but first we’d like to answer two important questions that are often asked about these products: what is the best fruit to use in an infuser bottle, and how long should you leave fruit in the bottle?
The best fruit is obviously one that you like, but when we researched this subject, we kept seeing one word come back to us – citrus. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes are among the best to use in these bottles, as they infuse effectively in the water and add great flavours quickly. Also, strawberry is a very popular one, and we find that a lot of recipes suggest adding mint for a touch of freshness. If you are partial to any of the citrus fruits, that’s the right way to go.
As for how long you should leave the fruit in a bottle, if it is kept refrigerated then up to three days is perfectly safe, but we can’t see it lasting that long! It is perhaps best recommended that you clear out any old fruit after a day, especially if it is fruit that deteriorates quickly such as strawberry.
So, features to look for? Here we go!
Size – do you want a 1-litre bottle or would a smaller one suffice? We like the litre bottles as they give you plenty of water through the day, but the smaller 700ml versions do have the appeal of being more compact.
Sleeve – the sleeve is a useful accessory as it will prevent condensation from getting onto other items in a bag along with the bottle. Not all have sleeves, so check for one that does.
Looks – to be fair, each of these looks like what it is – a bottle. There are some that come in nice colours, so that may sway your decision.
Quality – we like to check customer reviews of these items as they can highlight particular problems with certain models. For example, quite a few of these score highly, but also have a few comments about leakage, so it’s worth checking them out more carefully.
There could be other things to consider, but all of these are 100% toxin free, come with a sealed lid, and do the same thing. Cost is not really an issue, as the price range goes from just under £10 to around £16. So, is there one here that we would recommend to you?
Let’s see if we can wrap this up!
We made our choice by studying what customers have said about the bottle, and by its practicality and the deal you get, so the one we would pick is the ROC Premium Fruit Infuser. It’s a 1-litre bottle that comes with a decent sleeve, is well-made and scores very highly with users, and also comes with a handy e-book of recipes, which is a nice touch.
However, each of these has its merits, so the choice is yours! Get yourself a fruit infuser bottle, and you’ll enjoy tasty flavoured water whenever you want!