I LOVE water. Getting enough has never been a problem for me, even when I was stuffing my body with other crap. It was and remains my main source of fluids and I generally drink between 80 and 100 ounces per day, sometimes more. It has gotten to the point that, on those rare occasions that I do not get enough, I feel physically ill.

That said, I am a water snob. No, I don’t buy bottled water (which I find to be a waste on many different levels) unless I need it in a pinch, but I much prefer water that has been filtered.

I grew up with wonderfully cold and delicious well water right out of the tap. When I wasn’t so lucky to live in a house with well water, I used a Brita filter pitcher. For the past nine years I’ve been lucky enough to have a fridge that has a built-in filtered water dispenser.

Over the years I’ve collected a variety of portable water bottles for use when I am out and about. Some are plastic, some are metal, and about a year ago, I got a glass bottle that has a silicone sleeve and a plastic cap, which protects it if dropped.

I love that glass bottle…it’s dishwasher safe, it’s free of chemicals that the experts say are bad for us, and best of all, in my opinion, water tastes best out of glass. The plastic and metal bottles are either collecting dust in the cabinet or I’ve gotten rid of them.

So when the Bamboo Water Bottle Company contacted me and asked if I’d try its new water bottle, I was intrigued*. You can read what they (and others) say about the product on the company’s site, but here are the basics:

It’s a 17-ounce glass water bottle, encased in a removable bamboo sleeve, with a food-grade plastic cap and base.

When I received it, I immediately took it apart so I could wash it and put it to its intended use. I was a little put off at how stiff the glass/plastic connection was in terms of both disassembly and reassembly, and time will tell if it gets easier.

Pros:

  • It’s gorgeous.
  • It’s environmentally and health friendly (although I am often skeptical of such marketing gimmicks).
  • Water always tastes better in glass.
  • The bamboo is not only pretty and renewable, it’s truly protective. I dropped my bottle and it was fine.
  • It’s dishwasher safe (sans the bamboo sleeve).
  • The mouth of the bottle is wide enough to easily add ice cubes.
  • The bamboo sleeve seems to keep water colder, longer.

Cons:

  • Bottle holds only 17 ounces. Depending on how long I am going to be out, 17 ounces won’t last long.
  • As previously said, disassembly/assembly is fiddly and sort of difficult, as is screwing the cap back on after taking a sip.
  • It’s a tad heavy. This isn’t really a “con” unless you want to take it hiking or something.
  • A pop top, flip top, or straw would make using it easier. In looking at the company’s online store, I noted that there is a version available with a flip top.

Do You Want One?

Bamboo Water Bottle Company has graciously offered to give one away to one of my readers. Comment on this post to enter. If you’re so inclined, you can also check out Bamboo Water Company on Facebook and Twitter.

Contest ends 12/31/11 at 5:00 p.m.. A winner will be chosen at random.

Bamboo Water Company is also offering 20% off the price of a bottle (list price is $25). Just enter “health” (without the quotation marks) in the coupon code box at checkout.

*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did receive a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.