Water is the most important thing to drink in order to stay hydrated. However, there has been a lot of debate over whether or not it is good to drink water in steel bottles. The debate stems from two major points: safety and health.
The first point is that some people believe that steel bottles are not safe for drinking water because they may contain trace amounts of nickel, lead, and other toxins which can leach into the water through the lining of the bottle. The second point is that some people believe that drinking water from steel bottles can have negative effects on your health because it contains heavy metals like nickel and lead which can cause kidney damage and other long-term health problems.
On our hand, there are two main different water bottles: plastic water bottle and steel water bottle; which one is good to drink water with?
What is the Difference between Plastic and Steel Water Bottle?
Plastic and steel containers are both used for storing liquids. They have their pros and cons.
Plastic bottles are less expensive than steel water bottle;
Plastic is easier to recycle than steel;
Plastic bottle is more lightweight than steel bottle;
Plastic bottle is transparent which you can see water inside but steel bottle doesn’t;
but steel water bottle with vacuum insulation properities can keep water cold for a long day period without condensation issue.
There are many advantages of plastic water bottle, but there are two factors that need to be taken into consideration when deciding which type of container to use.
1. Single wall steel water bottle can be used as kettle for boiling water;
2. Double wall steel water bottle with vacuum insulation properities can keep water cold or hot for a long day period without condensation issue.
Noted: both plastic bottle and steel bottles can be recycled and both can be healthy safe as long as your water bottles are manufactured with healthy and food contact grade raw material as follow:
1. Stainless steel 18-8 (SUS304)
2. Stainless steel 18-10(SUS316)
3. Polypropylene (PP: plastic 5#)
4. Eastman Tritan (plastic 7#)
Conclusion & Final Thoughts on Plastic or Steel Water Bottle
We have discussed many aspects of steel and plastic water bottles. We have learned that both are safe for drinking water. Plastic water bottle is better for storing room temperature water when you don’t mind to drink lukewarm water, and steel insulated water bottle is better for carrying cold water for a long trip.
In conclusion, steel and plastic water bottles are safe to drink from. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all plastics are BPA-free.