It’s been a while since I replaces my reusable water bottle but what I remember was that there were just so many options out there on the market. With so many great bottles you could choose how do you come to the right decision? Ease of cleaning and specifically being dishwasher safe might just be the deciding factor.
As a general rule, reusable glass water bottles and stainless steel water bottles that are not insulated are dishwasher safe however you should make sure by checking the bottle packaging, the manufacturer’s care instructions or the bottle itself for the dishwasher safe symbol or text.
As I was doing my research I found it quite difficult to keep certain features, such as being dishwasher safe, in mind and so I decided to put a list together which I hope you’ll find useful.
Below you’ll find details about many of the most popular water bottles on the market and whether they are actually dishwasher safe or not.
It’s worth noting that I also put notes such as “(not lid)” if parts of the bottle can be placed in the dishwasher and others cannot.
But first, let me answer a couple of questions I regularly get asked.
Why are Some Water Bottles not Dishwasher Safe
When I was doing my research I found it a bit of a nightmare because there didn’t seem to be any pattern of why some bottles were dishwasher safe and others were not.
In my ignorance, I thought that perhaps all stainless steel water bottles would be dishwasher safe, or maybe all glass bottles.
Although it does seem to be brand/manufacturer specific here are a few reasons why some water bottles are not dishwasher safe.
1. Sensitivity to Temperature
It’s certainly the case for some of the cheaper plastic bottles, that they are quite likely to deform in the dishwasher.
2. Chemical Leaching
We all know about the dangers BPA but what I didn’t know was that some plastic bottles can leach chemicals into beverages after they’ve been in the dishwasher.
3. Damage to Features
Damage to certain water bottle features is another reason why certain bottles can’t go in the dishwasher.
For example with many insulated water bottles, it’s not recommended to wash them in a dishwasher as the high temperatures and high pressures could damage the bottle’s insulation properties.
Other components such as lids may also be at risk if placed in the dishwasher.
4. Material Coatings
Some reusable water bottles, particularly those made from stainless steel have special coatings that when exposed to the heat and pressures of a dishwasher can actually get damaged affecting the bottle’s appearance or functionality.
As with any product, you should always consult the manufacturer’s care instructions when it comes to whether your water bottle is dishwasher safe or not.
If in any doubt, I’ve found the best approach is to air on the side of caution and wash your bottle by hand in warm soapy water.
If you are interested in finding out more detail about washing water bottles I have a couple of great articles I wrote which I’d encourage you to read next.
- How to Clean Stainless Steel Water Bottles (6 step guide)
- How to Clean Glass Water Bottles (a step by step guide)
How to Tell if a Water Bottle is Dishwasher Safe
Here are some of my tips on how you can tell if a water bottle can go in the dishwasher.
1. Buying New? Check the Packaging
This is an obvious one but if you’re out buying your bottle from a store then you’ll most likely find washing instructions in the packaging.
2. What is the Bottle Made From?
If you are desperate to wash your reusable bottle in the dishwasher then you may want to determine what the bottle is made from. As a general rule, glass water bottles can be washed in the dishwasher.
Stainless steel bottles that don’t have insulated features should be dishwasher safe.
But I must stress, I would prefer to know for sure than risk damage to my water bottle so my advice, again, is if in doubt wash it by hand.
3. Check for the Dishwasher Safe Symbol
Again, this tip seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many people miss the dishwasher safe symbol on the actual bottle itself.
Although this symbol differs between countries it usually depicts a plate and/or glassware with water drops above.
If you see this symbol on the water bottle, it would suggest that it is dishwasher safe.
4. Check with the Water Bottle Manufacturer
Now that everything is online water bottle manufacturers usually show their care instructions on their website so it’s worth checking there.
If your bottle is a little older and not shown on the website you can always contact their support team, they will be glad to help.
Our List of Dishwasher Safe Water Bottles
So below I’ve listed many of the most popular water bottles on the market, separated them by material and detailed whether they are dishwasher friendly or not.
I hope this helps to get you closer to that buying decision!
Dishwasher Safe Insulated Water Bottles
|Black+Blum Insulated Water Bottle||No|
|Black+Blum Insulated Water Bottle Large||No|
|Black+Blum Explorer Bottle||No|
|Black+Blum Explorer Bottle Large||No|
|Cirkul Stainless Steel||No|
|Cirkul Stainless Steel Custom||No|
|Chilly’s Series 2 Bottles||No|
|Chilly’s Series 2 Flip Bottles||No|
|Chilly’s Original Bottles||No|
|Chilly’s Original Sports Bottles||No|
|Ello Colby Stainless Steel Water Bottle||No (lid yes)|
|Ello Riley Stainless Steel Water Bottle||No (lid yes)|
|Frank Green Ceramic Reusable Bottle (20oz/595ml)||No|
|Frank Green Ceramic Reusable Bottle (34oz/1000ml)||No|
|Frank Green Ceramic Reusable Bottle (68oz/2000ml)||No|
|HydraPeak Active Chug||No|
|HydraPeak Active Flow||No|
|Igloo Sport Sipper Bottle||Yes|
|Igloo Twist ‘n’ Chug Bottle||Yes|
|Igloo Kids Sipper Bottle||Yes|
|ION8 Vacuum Steel Insulated Water Bottle||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Insulated TKWide||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Insulated Classic||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Insulated Kid Classic||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Insulated TKPro||Yes|
|Lululemon Back to Life Sport||No (Lid/straw yes)|
|Lululemon Back to Life Tumbler||No (Lid/straw yes)|
|Lululemon The Hot/Cold Bottle||No|
|One Green Bottle Stainless Steel Canteen||No|
|One Green Bottle Evolution Stainless Steel Bottle||No|
|One Green Bottle Baby Evolution Stainless Steel Bottle||No|
|Owala FreeSip Stainless Steel||Yes (hand-wash recommended)|
|Owala Kids FreeSip Stainless Steel||Yes (hand-wash recommended)|
|Owala FreeSip Stainless Steel Marvel||Yes (hand-wash recommended)|
|Owala Flip Stainless Steel||Yes (hand-wash recommended)|
|Owala Kids Flip Stainless Steel||Yes (hand-wash recommended)|
|Sistema Stainless Steel Bottle||Yes|
|Swell Original Bottle||Hand-wash Only|
|Swell Roamer||Hand-wash Only|
|Swell Traveler||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Swell Sip||Hand-wash Only|
|Super Sparrow Ultra-Light Series with Straw Lid||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Super Sparrow Ultra-Light Series with Flex Cap||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Super Sparrow Enjoy Series||Yes|
|Super Sparrow Wide Mouth Series||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Super Sparrow To Go Series||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Yeti Rambler Kids||Yes|
|Yeti Rambler with Hotshot Cap||Yes|
|Yeti Rambler with Chug Cap||Yes|
|Yeti Rambler with Straw Cap||Yes|
|Zulu Chase Kids||Yes|
|Zulu Echo Kids||Yes|
|Zulu Flex Kids||Yes|
Best Dishwasher Safe Insulated Water Bottle
Dishwasher Safe Stainless Steel Water Bottles
|Air Up 850 ml Classic Silver Steel Bottle||No|
|Air Up 480 ml Classic Silver Steel Bottle||No|
|Air Up 850 ml Pitch Black Steel Bottle||No|
|Air Up 480 ml Pitch Black Steel Bottle||No|
|Black+Blum Steel Bottle||Yes (not lid)|
|ION8 Stainless Steel Water Bottle||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Classic||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Kid Classic||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Reflect||Yes|
|Kleen Kanteen Wide||Yes|
|Pogo Active Stainless Steel Water Bottle||No (lid yes)|
|Pogo Stainless Steel Water Bottle||No (lid yes)|
|Pogo Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle||No (lid yes)|
Best Dishwasher Safe Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Dishwasher Safe Glass Water Bottles
|Black+Blum Glass Water Bottle||No|
|Black+Blum Eau Carafe||Yes (not cork lid)|
|Black+Blum Eau Good Glass||Yes (not lid)|
|Black+Blum Personal Carafe||Yes|
|Ello Syndicate 20oz Glass Water Bottle||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Happy Camper||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Free Spirit||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Super Sonic||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Rock Star||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Forever Young||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Pink Flamingo||Yes|
|Neon Kactus Sun is Shining||Yes|
|Soma V2 17oz Glass Water Bottle||Yes (not lid)|
|Soma 25oz Glass Water Bottle||Yes (not lid)|
|Soma Sports Bottle||Yes|
Best Dishwasher Safe Glass Water Bottle
Dishwasher Safe Plastic Water Bottles
|Brita Water Filter Bottle||Yes|
|Cirkul Plastic Custom||No|
|Cirkul Plastic Squeeze||Yes|
|Ello Aura Tritan Plastic Water Bottle|
|Ello Cooper Tritan Plastic Water Bottle|
|Frank Green Original Reusable Bottle (25oz/740ml)||Yes|
|Frank Green Reusable Bottle with Jumbo Straw Lid (25oz/740ml)||Yes|
|Frank Green Chrome Ceramic Reusable Bottle with Straw Lid – (34oz/1,000ml)||Yes (handwash lid)|
|INO8 Recyclon Water Bottle||Yes|
|Lululemon Purist Cycling Water Bottle||No|
|Lululemon Back to Life Sport Bottle||No (Lid yes)|
|Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle||Yes|
|Nalgene Narrow Mouth Water Bottle||Yes|
|Nalgene Lock-Top Water Bottle||Yes|
|Nalgene Sippy Cup (Grip-N-Gulp) Water Bottle||Yes|
|O2cool Mist N Sip||No|
|O2cool Mist N Sip Kids||No|
|Owala FreeSip Tritan||Yes|
|Owala Flip Tritan||Yes|
|Pogo Active Tritan Plastic Water Bottle||Yes|
|Pogo Chug Titan Plastic Water Bottle||Yes|
|Pogo Soft Straw Titan Plastic Water Bottle||Yes|
|Polar Bottle Breakaway||Yes|
|Polar Bottle Clean Cover||Yes|
|Polar Bottle Kids Sport||Yes|
|Polar Bottle Sport Insulated||Yes|
|Sistema Wave Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Square Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Helix Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Itsy Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Squeeze Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Swift Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Davina Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Gripper Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Active Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Traverse Bottle||Yes|
|Sistema Quick Flip||Yes|
|Super Sparrow Tritan Sport Bottle||Hand-wash Recommended|
|Zulu Tag Kids||Yes|
|Zulu Torque Kids||Yes|
|Zulu Flex Triton Kids||Yes|