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    This Amazing Water Bottle Will Change Your Life

    :bows to water god: :starts hydrating profusely:

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    Washing water bottles is my Everest.

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    It's too hard, so I just...never do it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Don't get me wrong: I love my bkr. Water tastes so good out of glass, and the grippy silicone sleeve makes the bkr bottle easy to hold — but I think I've endured its un-handwashability for far too long.

    Many people have said to me, "Be a damn grown-up and get a bottle cleaner, you masochist!"

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    They're right. There are a ton of cheap, shockingly well-reviewed narrow scrubbers on Amazon.

    But quite frankly, my sink area can't handle any more shit around it. My kitchen's small and cluttered, so I try to keep it free of single-use gizmos. Plus, it's not very travel-friendly.

    I recently stumbled upon a very intriguing product called Alex Bottle through a friend's Instagram.

    The company, which finished its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, sent me a couple of bottles to try out. After nearly a month of nonstop reviewing, I'm already planning on ordering some bottles for myself (and every human I know).

    The 26-ounce stainless steel bottles, which are sold online, retail for $33 in various styles or $34 for a custom color combo.

    The concept is simple: Alex Bottle unscrews in the middle, making it easy to handwash.

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    Cool, huh?

    (The bottle is also dishwasher-safe.)

    Each opening is wide enough to fit a standard sponge.

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    It's also shallow enough to...really get in there (ugh, sorry, I know that sounds gross).

    I used to attempt to scrub the bottom of my Klean Kanteen (ironic name, come to think of it) by holding a sponge with the very tips of my fingers and rotating my wrist, which sort of did the job? But no matter how hard I tried, I could never get rid of the perma-grime left behind.

    Since it's easy to clean the Alex Bottle, I actually do it. Simple as that.

    Because of the nature of its design, the bottle also has some random benefits.

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    If you have cabinets with absurdly low clearance, you can collapse the bottle for storage.

    You can "hide"/store beer bottles in it.

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    DON'T DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL, FOLKS.

    You can mix cocktails with giant whiskey sphere cubes in it.

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    The bottle makes a great impromptu shaker. Pack some ice in the bottom, pour in your cocktail ingredients, screw the top half back on, give it a good shake, and serve (or drink right out of the bottle).

    This sphere mold is the one I have, btw.

    But it's not perfect.

    1. Alex Bottle is not insulated,* so it won't keep your drinks cold or protect your hands from a hot beverage. You could technically stack the bottom half of the bottle in the top half and use it as a double-layered cup, but you'd have to balance it on the cap, which seems a little precarious.

    2. It's also a little bulky compared to some other stainless steel styles (thinking Sigg or Contigo's Thermalock Matterhorn).

    3. The more I use the Alex Bottle, the less it seems to matter — but I still prefer water from glass bottles. It just tastes better?

    4. The cap is comically large (it's the size of a small tangerine). This is bad for bulk, but has some positives as well. Its size makes it a) harder to lose and b) easier to open and close.

    *If you're looking for a hot/cold option, my favorite bottles are the Bobble Insulate ($38), S'well, ($85) and Klean Kanteen's Wide Insulated Bottle ($22).

    For me, the pros of Alex Bottle ultimately outweigh the cons. Here's why I like it:

    It dries faster than my other bottles.

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    Because of the silicone sleeve, it doesn't dent when dropped, like my Klean Kanteen. :(

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    And another silicone sleeve plus: Because of the grippy bottom, it's easy to open the cap in a car cupholder with one hand (just push down and twist).

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    The carrying strap makes it convenient to hike with or clip on to your backpack.

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    It fits in my bike's bottle holder, and doesn't rattle.

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    There are also bottles that glow in the freakin' dark!

    Alex Bottle

    I talked to 22-year-old student (and Alex Bottle owner) Cammi Carter to make sure I wasn't completely nuts for loving this thing.

    Cammi Carter

    "In June, I'm going to be backpacking in Europe and needed a water bottle that was compact. I can unscrew it and make it smaller and that's something that I liked. I've also put Gatorade in it and didn't notice any Gatorade taste after cleaning it. I've had the bottle for two weeks and my only problem with it so far is that I was hoping it would be a little more insulated."

    Yes!! No taste contamination! For those of you who have ever put a sports drink (or iodine) in a plastic bottle/CamelBak, you know that this is a beautiful thing.

    If you're in the market for a new, fuss-free water vessel, you should definitely consider Alex Bottle.

    Buy one (or five) online for $33 each.

    Drink up, friends!

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