If you hate the idea of spending more than you absolutely must on a water bottle that will keep water cold and won’t sweat all over your bag or desk, allow us to introduce you to our $ winner, the Mira Alpine water bottle. In fact, our budget-range test group also included the Mira Cascade model, but the Alpine won by a long shot, thanks to its fantastic insulation, convenient size, wide-mouth opening, and nifty handle.
At eight inches tall and three inches wide, this bottle was the smallest of the test group, but definitely made the most of its compact size. We found that most bottles in this price range are either taller or wider than they need to be for the amount of water they hold, but Mira’s Alpine model manages to keep things compact — easily slipping into car cup holders, backpacks, and large purses — without sacrificing insulation.
To test the temperature, we placed five ice cubes in each bottle, filled them with filtered water, and let them sit on a counter at room temperature (73 degrees). We then evaluated the temperature one hour, five hours, and ten hours later: times that correspond with everyday use cases, like quick trips to the store, half-day errands, and a full day of activity.
All insulated water bottles claim to keep water cold (or hot) for 24 hours. That’s nice, but rather excessive. We just wanted to know if a bottle could last through a 10-hour day without the water temperature changing dramatically from its starting point. The contents of the Alpine bottle rose by 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit after 10 hours. This was in line with the other contenders in this price range, which included brands like Simple Modern, Iconiq, and Polar Bottle.
It wasn’t just the Alpine model’s insulation function that impressed us. Our parched testers particularly appreciated the fold-down metal handle, which is slightly reminiscent of the lid design of our $$ pick. Not only does the metal handle make the bottle easy to hook onto a carabiner or carry for extended periods of time, it also serves as leverage for twisting the cap on and off. The Mira Alpine also won because of its wide-mouth opening, which our testers clearly preferred, citing that they’re easier to load with ice and lemon slices.
The bottle is not without faults, however. While the powder coating feels better than those on most low-cost bottles, it didn’t take much to scratch it. But if you’re looking for a solid budget water bottle that’ll keep you hydrated from point A to point B and back again, we say a few scratches here and there come with the territory. It’s worth noting that the bottle also comes with a sports cap, which none of our testers actually used. (We also collectively agreed to go to the gym more often.)
If you’re looking for an everyday water bottle that’s easier to lug around and that’ll keep your H2O cold, you can’t go wrong with Mira’s Alpine water bottle. Need more proof? Check out the reviews below!